Man, Hooded Fang is really hitting the ground hard with all these singles. I think that “Bye Bye Land,” the latest, is definitely one of my favorites of the three we’ve heard so far. It opens with this light guitar just before the drums get pounded and the vocals swirl in with a nice little echo effect. Again, the band is displaying the varying skills in their repertoire, making the likelihood that Gravez will go stale over time very small. The record will be in stores for all to enjoy today, so be sure to get your hands on a copy.
Five years ago when we were just young bucks starting out on our site, we threw a small SXSW party at the now defunct ghost room. One of the acts we were really excited to bring in was Surf City, and I’ve closely followed the group since those early days. Through three albums, they’ve polished up their sound a little bit, bringing the excessive noise down a bit, choosing to replace it with more direct melodies. They’ll have a new album coming out titled We Knew It Was Not Going to Be Like This, which comes out August 19th via Fire Records. Should definitely be a good record to wrap up the summer.
One of the greatest things I remember about being a kid was following labels like Lookout or Dischord or Matador, knowing that I’d love whatever they put out. It’s a good thing I still stick to that sort of attitude, which is why I chose to check in today with Volar Records, who’ve put out things by Tropical Popsicle and Window Twins, to name but a few. One outfit they’re working with, though I don’t know much else, is San Fran group, Fine Steps. The group released a pretty solid LP in 2012 titled Boy’s Co, but it seems they’ve got something new in the works. This song has some heavy vocals over this old school punk rock work. If this jam isn’t making your day, then I don’t know what else to tell you, but I’m glad I stumbled upon it today.
At the moment, I’m pretty obsessed with listening to Posthumous Release, the newest LP from Coma Cinema. There’s something about the craftsmanship in the songwriting, dwelling in the same sphere as early Elf Power, where darkness and fairy tales blend with incredible pop sensibility. On this newest single, there’s a bit of a wash over the vocals, coating them in a shroud of mystery, yet the ability to infect you with emotion still resonates in my ears. This album is one of my personal highlights of the year thus far, and you can grab your copy on June 11th.
Sometime last year I brought you all a jam from Diarrhea Planet, and while I questioned the name, I couldn’t help but enjoy the anthemic brashness of the group’s sound. You’ll hear just that on the group’s latest single, “Separations,” which will be on their new album, I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams. If it sounds like this tune, then you can be sure the whole album will be filled with exuberant energy and hooks you can sing along to all day long. Perfect for summer time; the album hits late summer via Infinity Cat Recordings.
When this track from Exwife begins, it seems like you might be in for a drifting bit of post-rock, featuring ambling guitars and distant vocals. But, as it heads into the 2 minute mark, walls of distortion are inserted, then pulled back. In the end, the song begins to fade, with atmospheric noise circling the listener’s ears as the song draws to a close. I like the sense of brooding and danger that rides throughout. You can hear this song on the group’s upcoming New Colors LP, which hits stores on May 28th, courtesy of Evil Weevil Records.
Long have we supported Jesse Lortz, ever since his early days with Dutchess and the Duke; he’s since moved on, working on his new project Case Studies. He seems so much more comfortable stepping into the light on his own, with a great drawl to his voice, evoking every last drop of emotion. The song’s built around the backbone of a piano, but the solo guitar work near the end of the track really emphasizes the accomplished range of Lortz as a songwriter. His new album This Is Another Life will be out on June 11th via Sacred Bones.
The last track we offered up from Spectrals was an upbeat affair, somewhere in the vein of modern power-pop. But, this new single definitely shows the songwriting prowess that’s present on the band’s new album, Sob Story; the title track is an ambling number with bending guitars and a soulful croon walking you through it all. It’s almost as if this is a country track, which definitely hits home with us down here in Texas, yet more importantly, I’m just excited that the album’s going to have various avenues for listeners to enjoy. You can pick up your copy from Slumberland Records on June 18th.
Man, I’ve been listening to the latest single from Lemuria pretty much non-stop for the last hour or so. Sure, it’s got a pretty clear homage in sound to the alternative rock of my youth, but with the combination of male and female vocals, it just kills. Throughout the song, it’s pretty steady in both hooks, but they even add a stylish pause near the end of the track. If you’re into the sound, and I think you really should be then you’ll have your chance to hear even more from the band when they release their album, The Distance is So Big, on June 18th; it’s filled with hit after hit.
Clearly I’m in the mood for upbeat tunes today, and this one is definitely another to add to my list for the day. Honeymoon is a duo from LA, who are in the process of working on a full-length release. While their at it, they’ve leaked this new song, which shows them dabbling with various elements from across the musical landscape. It all revolves around pop, but they branch across varying genres to include space-age oddball moments, but also reach across varying decades for touchstones. Give it a listen and let me know what you think.