The first 30 seconds of this new song from Audacity has the band sounding like their most dangerous, furiously pushing the pace with pounding drums and rambunctious attitude via the guitar. Still, while this might be the heaviest I’ve heard from Audacity, the chorus offers some of their pop sensibility setting up for some great all out guitar jamming until the song’s conclusion. This is our first taste of Hyper Vessels, their newest album (recorded with some Ty Segall character); it’ll be released by Suicide Squeeze Records on April 1st…or will it?
In case you haven’t noticed for the last several years, I’m a pretty huge fanboy when it comes to Coathangers. So, I’m ecstatic that there’s brand new Coathangers music for me to consume and fawn all over (though they did just do a split). But, here you have Stephanie (or Rusty Coathanger) offering up her scratchy growl, in the most intoxicating fashion. Since the girls have stripped down to a three-piece, they’re songs have become so incredibly tight as a unit, that it’s hard not to just fall for each piece they write. Their new effort is titled Nosebleed Weekend, and it’s out on April 15th via Suicide Squeeze Records.
Suicide Squeeze is one of my favorite labels, always releasing tunes that hit home. They’ve just announced that they’ll be working with Violent Human System for their debut album, though they’ll offer up a 7″ teaser that includes this song. It’s definitely a post-punk approach, almost in line with some of the work done by Hot Snakes, though the vocals seem to take on more of that post hardcore emo tone as the guitars knife their way through. The 7″ comes out next week, with the full length to follow later on in the year. West Coasters can catch them touring all through February.
It’s about time you delve into the work of Michael Nau, the man behind Cotton Jones, as he prepares you for his new solo outing. As you’ll see on this track, there’s a very careful entry into the track via gently picked strings. Then Nau jumps in with his voice, offering up a softened vocal that’s quite enchanting. For those that weren’t familiar with him before, songs like this one should prepare you to get lost in the forthcoming listen of Mowing, his album for Suicide Squeeze that hits stores on February 19th.
Just because Cotton Jones haven’t released anything in a few years, it hasn’t slowed down the writing process for Michael Nau. He’s just announced that he’ll be releasing his new album, Mowing, under his own name, though all indications point to the help from his Cotton Jones crew. His approach on this first single seems to be one of really relaxed folk-influenced indie rock. There’s a slight swing in the guitar chords, almost implying a soulful feel to the track, met by his soothing vocals. Maybe this is the slow jam of the year. Look for his new record via Suicide Squeeze Records on February 19th.
What? A new jam from the Coathangers hits and you think I won’t post it? Well, you’re wrong. This new single comes as the opposite side of the band’s split with Black Lips, which we ran a bit ago. It’s definitely on par with some of the better songs the group has written of late; it’s got a pounding rhythm section, sliding guitar squalls and a bratty attitude that lets you know these ladies aren’t messing around. That new 7″ Split is going to come out on November 13th courtesy of the good folks over at Suicide Squeeze. They’ve also got an ATX date (as well as others) lined up for October, so keep a look out.
I’ve always enjoyed the Black Lips, but I have to admit, sometimes their ramshackle approach can make a full length listen difficult. Surely this new track exemplifies the band’s knack for wrapping their sound around warm melodies; it’s almost just a jangling folk pop tune…and that’s definitely fine by me. Perhaps it’s unexpected in the long run of their musical approach, but looking forward it might offer a glimpse at where the band is going. We get to hear this number on a new 7″ with my favorite ladies, The Coathangers, when they release a double-sided split on November 13th via Suicide Squeeze Records.
When I shared this first single with you from Childbirth, I dug it, don’t get me wrong, but I was slightly apprehensive as to how this punk/ ultra lo-fi sound would transmit to other styles of songs. With this new track, “Let’s Be Bad” these ladies have completely erased the doubts from my mind. This song is a creeping, twisted, sinister sounding punk track that slowly evolves into a raging fireball of rock as the lyrics ironically urge us to do seemingly ‘bad’ things… like splitting dessert and ordering white wine . Now I’m properly excited for the release of Women’s Rights out on Suicide Squeeze Records on October 2nd.
If you’re looking for pretty and clean girl pop then you’ve come to the wrong post. Childbirth is a supergroup comprised of members from Chastity Belt, Tacocat and Pony Time and word on the street is that they’re coming back with their sophomore record, Women’s Rights which is due October 2nd on Suicide Squeeze Records. This single from that record is called “Nasty Grrls,” and features perfectly imperfect punk vocals that chime in and out of the mix enumerating the rough edges and habits of these nasty gurlz while the guitars are fuzzy and lo-fi. The whole track will lodge itself into your brain for hours if you’re not careful, but maybe that’s a good thing. Get nasty with these ladies.
I have an inkling that it’s going to be a really good year for the trio that is Guantanamo Baywatch. They had a really good buzz both before and after SXSW, and the more we hear from their forthcoming album, the more we here at ATH are falling in love. Their latest track has the band falling in line with like-minded artists the Shivas or Shannon and the Clams; the bands all have a knack for blending elements of garage rock with the purity of doo-wop. It’s the sort of tunes you’d play to let your folks get hip to your good tastes. Look for Darling…It’s Too Late, their latest, on May 12th by way of Suicide Squeeze.