Back near the beginning of the year, we had the pleasure of introducing you to Falmouth based scuzz rock band Internal Credit. Not pleased with just the one release on the year, the band recently sent over their new EP entitled Internal Credit II. Similar to the last release, the band yet again feature their very own brand of fast paced, garage slug rock. It’s a short release with each song around 2 minutes so you have to know these guys aren’t about a bunch of BS in their rock n roll. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.
Porridge Radio might just be one of my favorite bands of the moment, and in that, also one of the best. The UK outfits latest tune begins with this off kilter strumming and percussion, that quickly breaks into noisy discord, establishing a dangerous mood. But, while it would be easy to sink into that, the band quickly turns it into this blossoming pop chorus that’s sure to stay with you when the song ends. Once they return to the verses, things will put you even more on edge; the guitar strings almost seem like they’re being sawed in parts as the vocals rise to cacophonous. Yet in the end, we’re left with this glittery pop coda that erases the anger and tension, leaving you with a smile, begging you to play it all over again.
LOCALS is a moniker used by the talented London based songwriter Peech Panko. As the only member of his band, it’s even more inspiring when you hear a great song like this new one “Talkboy”. Peech has created something in the garage rock vein of Wavves/Cloud Nothings, but with a much more polished sound and pop sense. It’s a short banger you should listen to now.
LOCALS will be working on an EP for release sometime later this year.
We’ve previously mentioned the Brighton group GURU and their knack for loud guitars and growling vocals. Well the boys are back at it again, this time with a loud, raucous single called “Fixation”. For this one, the band do manage to slow things down at spots in the song for a more swing, or post-punk type sound. Those elements paired with the group’s usual snarling vocals and fast paced energy create a truly inspired song. I’m sure we will be sharing more from these guys as the information reaches us.
Another Sky is a London based band I discovered during my meandering during SXSW a short few weeks ago. The band had this unique atmospheric rock sound, but most impressive, were the vocals from singer Catrin Vincent. Her range is truly astounding as she can drop down for low, angry bass notes to rise up again for the high ones as well. The band’s new song “The Cracks” demonstrates her range, and the band’s sound, perfectly. I’m not sure I’ve heard a band with such a unique sound in a very, very long time.
Another Sky will release a new EP entitled Life Was Coming in Through the Blinds! on June 14th.
Brighton, UK based band Youth Sector just sent over this new single “Run” and I though it needed to be shared with the ATH community. I immediately loved the way these guys create this mixture of 80s rock like Devo with some nice and bright elements of Brit pop. For me, the band is really creating something unique with the blend of these two styles and I expect we’ll be hearing more about them soon. We’ll of course share more tunes as we get them.
British duo Skinny Girl Diet aren’t here to live up to your expectations, nor they hype of their super fans like Iggy Pop and Viv (of Slits fame). They’re here to take back everything that’s been taken from them from as women and as artists; the only way they know how to do it is to leave their emotions and politics bare before the ears of the listener. Today, they announced Ideal Woman, their second LP, and in doing so, they’ve shared this shredding single, heavy-handed from start to finish; it’s the sort of song that makes any modern rock outfit seem soft. The new LP is being handled by HHBTM, dropping on January 19th of next year!
I’m a sucker for little guitar notes that add some pep to my step…and the lads in Far Caspian are doing just that. They offer a brand of guitar pop, bordering on moving into the dream pop region with the effects that shine in the mix. But, it’s not all about the beat here, as the group have a really strong vocal presence. It’s gentle, and emphatic where needed, but never really reaching for the top…I like a voice that knows when you can just sit down and chill in the middle of the goings-on. Go ahead, enjoy yourself.
Corasandel is a UK outfit, stretching the expectations of what we define as shoegaze or dream pop. Today they drop their latest single, with two new tunes that show the band branching out into the distant regions of the shoegaze galaxy. Some of the guitar notes are easily set in that box, while some of the more elegant work gives an almost folk vision to the tune. The more I sit back and listen, the more I start to see some similarities with the Clientele, crafting these atmospheric post-rock songs that your body slowly absorbs. If you’re interested, grab the single HERE.
Chorusgirl needn’t do too much to persuade me to come back for repeated listens, but the band have unleashed a brilliant pop tune this week to announce their new album. It jumps off almost like a brooding bit of jangle, before settling into a calming bounce to reinforce the vocals. Suddenly, guitar lines get sharper and the percussion is tight as can be, giving way to a catchy bounce that’s hard to ignore. The band even play upon that hook as the vocals move forward, giving into the vibes of classic girl group harmonies. The band will released Shimmer and Spin to rave reviews on November 16th.