Electric Pets Drop Don’t Leave Me

When someone drops Mazzy Star meets Dick Dale notes in your inbox, you know you’re interest is going to be piqued, right? Well, I checked out the new single from UK outfit Electric Pets, and now I’m hooked on their sound. My ears hear a bit of that smokey Sandoval-esque vocal, though channeled in a sort of dark psychedelic nature fit for a smoke-filled backroom lounge; it fits really well with the loose surf meets garage feel of the guitar work, with cymbal work adding in an added layer of hipness. The video’s a collection of other clips, past and present, furthering this modern nostalgic vibe that they’ve captured so well, walking that line between then and now. Look for the band to drop their Rhinoceros EP later this summer via Reckless Yes.

Playful New Tune From Mewn

Though it may be understandable if you haven’t heard of Manchester risers Mewn prior to today, I think they’ll be on your radar after you check out this new single “Two Days”. It has this sort of melodic emotional vibe similar to The National but with this tiny hint of pop playfulness to make it even more engaging and memorable. It progresses quite nicely.

Mewn will be releasing this tune on a new EP due out sometime later this summer. In the meantime, enjoy “Two Day” below.

Banging New Single From Pet Shimmers

Bristol based band Pet Shimmers took the ATH offices by storm back in 2020 and we’ve been eagerly awaiting some new music ever since. This Spring our patience has been rewarded with news of a new 7″ featuring this new track called “Sonder”. The tune has those familiar fuzzy pop notes we love from Pet Shimmers, but also maybe a touch more of a pop element and a beautiful song progression. This band is surely on a path to stardom.

This tune will be featured on a 7″ single coming out on June 16th digitally and July 17th on vinyl. Pre-orders are live now.

Fresh Announce Raise Hell LP

If you haven’t been listening to UK punks Fresh, then what have you been doing? I was stoked today to wake up and see that the band had just announced their brand new Raise Hell LP with a rocking new single. Kathryn Woods dominates the track, giving this powerful performance linked to the feeling of having a “mind that’s both under-stimulated and over-stimulated at the same time.” I love the way the bouncing keyboard sets up the huge drop in of heavy riffs to match up with the melodic delivery of Woods in the chorus. I can tell this one’s going to rip. Raise Hell will be out in July via Specialist Subject/Get Better Records.

New Tune From English Teacher

On a day that more resembles a cloudy and windy day in the UK than our actual home of Austin, it seems like a fitting day to share a tune from Leeds based outfit English Teacher. This new tune “Mental Maths” features a sort of frantic, almost sloppy yet beat driven sound with some really timely and engaging vocals. All Leeds aren’t we!English Teacher will be releasing this track on their upcoming debut EP entitled Polyawkward due out on April 22nd via Nice Swan Records.

 

SXSW Interviews: Grandmas House

Are You Ready!? If you follow our site, you may have seen us going a bit crazy with 1-2 SXSW interviews each day. Don’t follow us regularly? Well welcome to the madness! I hope that we’ve been helping you wade through the madness with some of these spotlights featuring artists we think you should be checking out during the festival week. Today I’ve got a good one here with Bristol based outfit Grandmas House who are definitely climbing my must see list quickly! Hit the jump to check out their responses along with some tunes.

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LIFE Share New Single, Big Moon Lake

Looks like LIFE have a new record on the way, and I’m totally stoked with this new single; it seems like their sound is hitting just at the perfect time, as folks are clamoring for this brand of punk. Mez Green’s vocal delivery comes off in that very matter-of-fact manner, his voice matching up to the rhythm; I love when he playfully gets a little out there with the tonal notes on the delivery of the line “Don’t go to Big Moon Lake.” Plus, the rhythm section just crushes on this tune, with the guitars adding this harrowing shriek that builds on the band’s noisiness. North East Coastal Town will be out on June 10th via Liquid Label.

Public Body Reset My Password

Okay, so maybe Public Body didn’t reset “my” password, but that’s the new single from the band’s forthcoming EP, so it seems a fitting post title. The band are specializing in that frantic bit of angular post-punk, driving their angst against the storm as the vocals serve to steady the ship. It’s quite similar to a lot of what’s coming out of the UK, with the lyrical content delivered in a very matter of fact manner. Still, the driving nature in the musical element is sharp and bouncing, enticing you to get out of your chair and pogo about with glee. If you’re digging it, Flavour of Labour is out on March 4th!

New Video from Robert Sotelo

Robert Sotelo will be releasing Celebrant in early November, and with that date approaching, there’s another new video to tease you into buying the LP. I love how it opens up with this muted glitch, evolving into a layered glitch and melodic pulse that drives the song’s tension. Then comes Sotelo, hanging his voice in that sort of darkened pop expanse, swirling with melody, bravado and hints of drama. The chorus hits on these playful notes, lifting the tune briefly. All that said, the song is about longing and protection with Robert saying the track is about feeling “overly paternal towards a parent,” which becomes increasingly difficult in the current climate. And just to say…I wish more people wrote pop tunes like this. Celebrant is out November 12th via Upset the Rhythm.

 

Penelope Isles Deliver Another Hit

The Brighton based brother/sister songwriting duo Penelope Isles have long been a running favorite around the ATH offices, so naturally we are incredibly excited for their upcoming album. Hopefully you will share in our excitement with the band’s latest single entitled “Terrified” found below. For me, these new singles, and this new album, truly show a band growing into their sound with more pop sounds blended in with their already dreamy, sort of shoe gazy, indie rock vibe. This will likely be near the top of our year end lists.

Penelope Isles will release new album Which Way to Happy on November 5th via Bella Union. Pre-orders are live now.

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