If Tullycraft isn’t on your radar, and you consider yourself a pop fan, please go back and revisit the band’s catalog (I’m particularly fond of Disenchanted Hearts Unite). Now, more to the point is the charming new single they just dropped to celebrate their forthcoming album, The Railway Prince Hotel. It comes with a wonderful animated video, matching the playful mood of the track itself. Sean offers up the majority of the vocals, but don’t worry, as the sound wouldn’t be complete without Jenny in there to make sure Sean doesn’t get too much of the pop sensibility credit. Couldn’t think of a better way to wrap up a week than with this here tune; look for the new LP in February via HHBTM.
Two things this Sour EPfrom Sushi Backpack had going for it from the get-go: it’s being released by February Records; it references Tullycraft. On that alone, I feel like it’s worthy of a post over here, but three runs through the EP, and I’ve found it lives up to every bit of my expectations. “Bucky” is a charming number waiting for you at the near the end, employing playful male/female dueling vocals. The jangling opening of “Apokalypse” immediately sets you on your way for a listen that involves a lot of smiling. A lot of great releases today, so here’s an extra one that might not be on your radar as of yet.
Remember that one town that birthed Beat Happening? Well, that same town also had something heavier working simultaneously, though possibly not as prolific in the long run. Crayon kicked out these happy songs with this dangerous edge to them. Think about jamming to the Violent Femmes if they were fronted by one of your favorite gritty punk rock outfits. Sadly, the band disbanded in the early 90s, spawning the creation of Tullycraft (a delightful act in their own right), but you’ll be able to get your hands on some a pristine vinyl copy of the group’s Brick Factory, courtesy of the really rad people at HHBTM Records.
If you follow these pages you know I have a personal penchant for bubbling pop songs with powerful hooks, so I’m glad that Tullycraft is coming back after calling it quits several years ago. There’s a quickened pace to this track, and there’s not a moment that doesn’t beg to be stuck in your head. Whether it’s the fast vocal delivery, or the gang joining in to provide backing vocals, the tune is full of exuberant energy. You’ll notice from the stream that the tune is coming to you via Fortuna Pop, who should be putting out the effort from the band real soon!