The name’s always been an oddity, but the music and showmanship has always been entertaining for Quintron and Miss Pussycat. There’s something familiar about their new single that reminds me of The Moldy Peaches, in both the lo-fidelity quality and the duo’s approach…and I like both acts for the record. They’re working on a new LP release for Pizza Burglar Records titled Spellcaster II: Death in Space; it’s slated for a release on October 28th. Definitely something I’ll be looking forward to, so hopefully you get some good feels from this tune.
Chapter Music always has the pulse on what’s going on over in Australia, and they’ve been working with some great R&B influenced acts, such as Jonny Telafone. This new single from his upcoming LP starts off really slowly, working mostly with his voice and some atmospheric undertones. But, the beats burst in and the song just takes off into this heavenly swirl of incredible club-friendly pop music. You can also check out this great video for the tune, which may or may not be NSFW; it’s after the jump, HERE. Look for the new album, Romeo Must Cry in early 2015.
Ultimate Painting, the group comprised of members of Veronica Falls and Mazes is back again with a brand new single; it’s one that shows their relaxed side to pop construction, which is one of the reasons I’ve really been enjoying listening to the group’s debut. It’s the sort of pop music that allows you to chill out, searching your ears for the melodies you know are lurking within; you’ll even find a nice little solo, as seen in the track below. Their self-titled album will be out for the masses on October 28th via Trouble in Mind Records…packing that release day full of good tunes.
I honestly don’t really know how to pigeonhole Dirt Dress (I know you’re probably thankful for that); they definitely have this groovy vibe with those sunny Cali vocal recordings, but I don’t feel like the music they’ve crafted on this latest single really has a lot of compatriots. It’s actually kind of refreshing, and I love the fact that the guitar seemingly wobbles out of key, though clearly its done with purpose. You’ll enjoy the mini-pop explosion near the end with its touch of horns and keyboards. Look for their new Revelations EP on November 4th via Future Gods.
Just last week I wrote about the pop tunes of Holy Youth, and this time they’ve got an even softer approach to their songwriting that might win over listeners. It’s interesting, as there’s multiple textures working together, though they seem to approach a point of cacophony…you know distorted guitars working against bright angular tones and such. Personally, the vocal touch on this song is immediately more appealing (though I grew to like the vocals on the previous single), which I think will go along way for listeners. Don’t forget that Happenin Records will be releasing the group’s self-titled album on October 14th.
It seems like it’s been far too long since our friends at Matinee Recordings have unleashed something new on the masses, but they’re now ready with the much anticipated return of The Popguns. The Brighton act had largely been quiet until the last few years, tweaking their line-up a tad, and writing their first new material in 18 years. This single below is the feature on the group’s Lovejunky EP; the shimmering guitar work has this attraction you can’t deny and Wendy’s voice has this matured innocence to it that’s inescapable. You’ll be able to get your hands on one of the rare cherry red 7″, numbered by hand, but you better act quick because songs like this get a lot of love.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/01-Lovejunky.mp3]
Download: The Popguns – Lovejunky [MP3]
Man, I’m really loving this stuff from Evil Arrows. During the hours when I’m feeling the need for relaxation, I put on this act. There’s something about them…something that reminds me of Superdrag (one of the most underrated acts in my opinion). They’ve got this spin that’s half-pop, yet a little bit out there in the world, filling space with cascading solos and crashing cymbal work. Sure, it’s the softer side of rock n’ roll, but it’s right up my alley. If you like what you hear, look around for the bands EP 4, which comes out today.
As I’m finally getting back on top of life, I’ve come across this gem from Methyl Ethel that I seem to have glanced over mistakenly, as there’s no other reason for that exclusion on our site. Recently they gave this tune a live spin via THIS VIDEO, but I’m stuck on the swirling guitar work that casually glides like only the dreamiest pop songs can. A nice little echo on the vocals smooths things out just a bit, completing my love of the tune. They’re wrapping up the finishing touches on their debut album, so I’ll keep you posted on the Aussie outfit.
Some bands just get you. Their sound encompasses everything you’ve been enjoying over the last however long, which is where my infatuation with Cool Ghouls begins. They’ve got this semi-folk feel to their sound, though admittedly, it’s been more folk than semi. That being said, the newest single from the group has a nice touch to it that seems to amplify the band’s sound; I love the way the vocals hold onto a gang approach. If you’re looking for something that adheres to the current psychedelia cum folk realm, then check out their new album, A Swirling Fire Burning Through the Rye, when it hits on November 11th via Empty Cellar Records.
Ugh. I’m really in a rock n’ roll mood as of late. I’m just tired of the indie rock tropes, so I just want something I can turn up really loud…today it just happens to be Furrow. The UK act have recently released their West Felton LP via Bleeding Gold Records, and this tune is probably one of my favorites. Starting slow, it picks up pretty quickly with this fuzzy riff and bouncing drum beat; vocals are shouted our way with a bit of ferocity. It’s simple in the grand scheme of things, but often those are the things that blow me away the most. Give this a whirl folks.