I’ve backed the power of the Coathangers for some time now, and things won’t change now that the group have announced an up-coming split with Audacity (another ATH fave). On this split, the girls offer a gruffer vocal, which is actually a welcome touch; it makes the girls seem a touch more hardcore, not that they really needed it. But, I also like the steady approach of the songwriting; it has a resemblance to the ferocity of early YYYs, yet they pull back in their own way. The split 7″ will be available from Suicide Squeeze Records on October 15th.
I’m not usually one to get all hot-and-bothered about cover songs, but I’ve spent enough time with Girls Names that I almost feel like what they’re doing is completely separate from just a typical cover. For one, this cover of Brian Eno’s “Third Uncle” will appear on the band’s The Next Life EP, which will be a limited 12″ with some remixes from the group’s latest opus The New Life LP; it also is the first recorded piece featuring the band’s new drummer, Gib Cassidy. Feel like it’s a good day for some sweet cover action, so why not go there with one of my favorite acts. If you dig, the EP will be out on October 29th on Slumberland.
There was a time in my life when ethereal pop was my forte, and occasionally I’ll go back and dabble in it from time to time. Listening to this new single from Elephant provides me with that perfect opportunity, using this floating bit of song construction to back the powerful vocals of Amelia Rivas. Given that we’re all coming back to our appreciation of R&B influenced vocals, this UK group fits right into our cyclical musical world. The single below is from their forthcoming debut, which will see a release in the near future by Memphis Industries. We’ll keep you posted, but for now you can sit back and absorb this special number.
Just because it’s Hump Day doesn’t need we all need a little something extra to get over that bit of a hump. For me, I think this new track from Cub Sport will do just the trick. It’s a track with the kitchen-sink approach, utilizing great percussion to create undeniable hooks. Combine that withe group’s knack for providing listeners with great melodies and you’re standing down the barrel of a much needed pop shotgun. The Aussie act just released their Paradise EP, which is filled with tunes very similar to what you’ll hear. Hope you have a blast today folks!
Feel like it has been awhile since I harped on the great work being done by the folks over at Art is Hard Records, continuing with their always interesting approach to releasing music. As part of their Postcard Series, the label has just gotten out a new tune from Home School. Here, you’ll hear music sitting in the background, with the vocals taking the main focus here. I like the relaxed feel of the approach, not to mention I’m a huge sucker for twanging/jangling guitar parts these days….every day now that I think about it. Think you’re going to dig this tune for real.
Some bands are destined to disappear into the annals of history, while others will find that their style has influenced many other, or at least left a long-lasting impact. Such is the situation for Primitive Calculators, the Aussie act that disappeared in 1980 until Nick Cave asked them to play his own curated ATP. Luckily for those in search of industrial synth, the band have opted to release their fist studio album with our friends Chapter Music. If you’re looking for an album title that represent the sentiment behind the music, then look no further than The World is Fucked. It will see a release on November 1st, offering up discordant synth noise for you to absorb.
When you’ve got it, you’ve got it, as evidenced by the recent works of The History of Apple Pie. After releasing an album earlier this year, the group is already back with a brand new single that will be released via 7″. I love the feel of the track itself, harkening back the sensual days of alternative girl groups in the 90s. Sure, the music isn’t quite as forceful as some of those acts, but there’s this quality in the vocals that will surely make it appealing to all those that found their musical way in the post grunge era. The single will be available on October 14th.
I first caught wind of The Gooch Palms last year when they released a nice little EP, but this new single is just so damn good you wouldn’t want to miss rocking this out really loud. It’s a simple formula, seemingly, with just guitar and drums and male/female vocal interplay. But, very few bands really pull this off to a degree where you’re coming back begging for more, unless it’s incredible; this song is one such incredible track. This track comes off the group’s NOVOS LP, which will be released by Anti-Fade on October 4th. I don’t even have to listen to the rest of the record because this song alone makes it worthy of one of my album’s of the year.
It’s pouring rain down here in Austin, so I feel like we need something to brighten up our days a bit, or at least give us some spirit. This tune from Zula is really working for me, as it really shows a more ecclectic version of your modern indie pop. I sort of hear bits of all the bands everyone loves, but none stands out, allowing the group to stake claim to their own sound. They’ll be releasing This Is Hopeful, their debut, on October 29th via Inflated Records.
If you want to vote for International Label of the Year, on the small scale, then you’ll probably be looking right at Chapter Music; the Australian folks have pumped out great band after great band in 2013, and they don’t aim to stop with the release of the next LP from The Ancients. Their third album, Night Bus, will be released by the label on October 18th. If you need something that holds the warmth of creativity, yet still appeals to your search for catchy hooks, then you needn’t go any further than this single. Personally, I’m feeling drawn to the fuzzy sound of the guitars throughout, though the vocals are quite pleasant too. Give it a whirl.