We’re going global today, having hit up Finland and jumping over to Italy with this brand new single from Smile. The group are brandishing a classic big guitar pop sound, flirting with the edges of jangle pop. At times, the tune hits at the later work of bands like Teenage Fanclub, hitting those heavy notes built around a nice little melodic moment. Other times, I can here an allegiance to REM at their poppiest, so suffice to say it’s a pretty classic rock sound here. For someone that spends a lot of time with the nostalgic sounds of the past, this just makes me, dare I say, smile.
We’re only a few weeks away from the release of Songs from Another Life, so the Boys with the Perpetual Nervousness have tossed us one final single to entice your ears. If you haven’t already heard the crisp pop rock sounds the band have to offer, then please, indulge us by clicking play below. Just imagine Teenage Fanclub peeling off their masks Scooby Doo style to reveal an even poppier version of themselves; this is what you get back. The pacing and vocals are pretty spot on comparison, but there’s this lightness that comes with the Boys presentation, something in the riffs just feels a bit more airy. Plus, they’re dropping the new LP via Bobo Integral on February 5th, and you know we love the label, so its a win-win!
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When I first pressed play on this track, I immediately thought of Joey Ramone’s voice, which took me to a happy place. Something in the opening with the guitar reminds me of “I Want You Around,” but then it turns into a more calming take on Teenage Fanclub. Take those two things into play, and you’ve got a really great pop tune that rings in your speakers loud enough to make you feel alive. DA Stern will release his new album, Aloha Hola, on January 20th of next year via Twosyllable Records, so be on the lookout for huge riffs and good melodies.
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Well, you had to know this was coming, and you had to know I was going to be the one to remind you about this new Teenage Fanclub tune. It just popped up yesterday, offering that classic TF sound, bringing heavy distorted guitars into a melodious zone while the vocals carry your heart home. I’ve listened to their new album Here quite a bit lately, and I think anyone remotely interested in the finer side of guitar pop will want to get their hands on it; it’s available via Merge on September 9th.
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Some bands never get old. Album after album, you devour the songs, put them on playlists and share with all your friends. For me, one of the bands I always go back to is Teenage Fanclub, and they’ve just announced their newest album in their long running career. It’s exactly what you’d expect, filled with careful power chords and great vocal melodies that carry warmth to listener’s ears. And of course, it’s a love song, but with lines like “there is pain in this world/I can see it in your eyes,” they show that their subject matter is as timeless as their songs. Look for the new effort, Here, on September 9th via Merge Records.
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Tell your ears to hold on, the distortion level runs high with Frail. But, that being said you’re likely to fall in love with the band’s blend of melody and heavy riffs. There’s some resemblance to Teenage Fanclub (or Growl if you’re in Austin), though these guys play a bit louder, and perhaps a bit more youthful. Sounds like they just want to turn their guitars up as loud as possible and invite you have a bit of fun with them. This tune appears on the band’s forthcoming debut EP, which will be released on May 13th via Fleeting Youth Records.
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It’s great watching little labels grow and blossom, and I’m continually impressed by the work of the guys over at Art Is Hard Records. They up-the-ante on their subscription every year, and with that hard work, have afforded more time and finances to put out other works, such as this new piece from Warm Brains. I can’t help but to hear little bits of Brit Pop lurking within the track, though it seems much more modern than that. I guess you can say it’s a more angular version of what I hear when I listen to Teenage Fanclub. The EP is titled Happy Accidents, and they’ll be releasing it on December 16th to wrap up a great year.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Warm-Brains-Happy-Accidents.mp3]
Download: Warm Brains – Happy Accidents [MP3]
It’s been a solid year so far for Gerrad Love, having released his latest Lighsthips album, Electric Cables, earlier this year to great fan fare. But, that’s what you’d expect from a member of Teenage Fanclub, at least what I expect. He’s back already with some brand new tunes featured on the Fear and Doubt EP, which includes three tracks that didn’t make it on the album, including this new gem. Love just floats in with his vocals here, letting them playfully rest atop the track, while the instrumentation is steady, yet chilled out. Can’t say enough good things about this dude and the tunes he’s writing in 2012.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/01-Fear-and-Doubt.mp3]
It’s already been a great year for our friends over at Matinee Recordings, having released the new Cats on Fire and several great EPs. And they’re at it again with a new EP from Brazil’s Pale Sunday. The title for the release is The Fake Stories About You and Me, and you can grab it from the label right now. Gentle pop music seems to be the group’s specialty, and you can see similarities to the great Teenage Fanclub, but personally I think that things on this listen are a lot softer–in an endearing way of course. Find yourself falling in love with this new track…it’s easy to do.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Happy.mp3]
Download:Pale Sunday – Happy (When You Lived Here) [MP3]