Premiere: Near Beer Drop Dead Drummers

Before you head out on your Thursday night adventures, I’d suggest taking a listen to this new tune “Dead Drummers” by Joey Siara’s new project Near Beer. For me, it’s always refreshing to hear a band who can ruthlessly slam through a true rock n roll song with fast timings, raucous energy, and timely guitar licks. It’s sort of like if Japandroids melded with the more Americana vibe of say The Hold Steady. Have a listen, and if we don’t see you tomorrow, stay strong out there over the long weekend.

Near Beer’s self-titled debut album will drop on July 15th via Double Helix Records.

Rush to Relax Prep Misli

If you’re solely an anglophone, then I’ll just come right out and say you should skip over this post about Slovenian outfit Rush to Relax. Honestly, I don’t have a clue what they’re saying, but the emotional draw still supersedes, dripping with sharp guitar pop. The drums have this little bob to them, occasionally kicking in with an extra little high step, so you’ve got the groove established. Various guitar lines come into play throughout; you get some dancing jangles, almost tickling guitar notes, but then as the song unfolds, those lines become more elaborate, accented by sweeping string arrangements to fill it all out. Misli is the name of the group’s new LP, coming our way August 31st via Hidden Bay/Look Back and Laugh/Pop Depresija.

Arp Drop Le Palace Single/Visualizer

Have you heard me shouting from the Arp hype train? I’m the guy at the back begging you to immerse yourself in the chilled textures the project is spinning as of late. I love the varying textural layers and how they’re stretched across various periods, seemingly, with some even focusing on a more futuristic outlook. Alexis even said the intention in the craft was to throw in something that was a “bit post-punk, a bit nightclub, a bit dubby,” which definitely encompasses a lot of territory, with wiggling room to boot. For me, the song takes a different turn around the 3 minute mark, adding in some darker structure, but ultimately illustrating how the project is stretching the boundaries of its own craft. New Pleasures drops July 15th via Mexican Summer.

First Rodeo Announce Debut Self-Titled LP

Summertime in Texas means sitting around in warm nights, sweating a bit and drinking a few beers with friends. The soundtrack to that classic night might be best suited by the latest single from First Rodeo (despite the band not actually hailing from Texas). Subtle drum work sets the tone, as the twang sets in from the guitar work, even working its way down the line to eventually erupt in a smoldering solo apt for late night jams. In the vocals you get that Americana croon, the sort that sounds forlorn and friendly all at once, particularly as syllables get stretched into melodies. Combining the two is a sure fire way to our Texas hearts over here, so pencil us in for a good old listening party when First Rodeo drops on August 5th via Forged Artifacts.

Pete Astor Announces New LP + Shares English Weather

Whether you’re an OG the Loft or Weather Prophets fan, you should be grateful that classic pop songwriters like Pete Astor are still doing they’re thing; you might even want to check Spilt Milk or One for the Ghost, to check what Pete’s been up to most recently. Just a few days ago Pete announced his latest LP, Time on Earth, which will be out in October; he shared the below mini-opus with the announcement, so its gotta be on our site, right? There’s all sort of arrangements working through the song: light percussion, tinkering piano, horns, etc; it really builds the song into this magnificent performance, but its success is mostly in the mix, as Astor’s voice and strum maintain a great deal of the focus, as it should be. Tapete Records will release Time on Earth on October 7th.

New Single From Up Is The Down Is The

Though it is rare to find up and coming bands from the Boise area, upstarts Up Is The Down Is The hope to change your musical perceptions of the area. After taking a few listens to this new tune called “Dawn” you are sure to be seeking out more from the band and others from the area. The song has this very subtle, gentle style of indie rock with noted inspirations from say Andrew Bird, but to me, the group has this very melodic and timely bass driven vibe akin to say Midlake or even Grizzly Bear. Label them how you like, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one.

Up Is the Down Is The will release this track as part of a new album entitled Pulling the Wool due out on August 12th via Earth Libraries.

Dungen Announce En Ar For Mycket Och Tusen Aldrig Nog

It’s crazy to think that I’ve been listening to Dungen for almost 20 years now, and as they’ve progressed, dare I say, they’ve aged like a fine wine. They’re first album in 7 years is on the way, and it still employs the psychedelic tendencies they’ve always been working with, particularly when the solo lets out a little heavy jam. But, the rhythm section has more of a groove these days, almost like they’re taking something from the acid-house days in the Uk and spinning it with modern psych; it really takes a tired sound (for me anyways) and ramps it up into something totally special and diverse. En Ar For Mycket Och Tusen Aldrig Nogwill drop on October 7th via Mexican Summer, which is techinically Kemado, where I heard about the band so long ago!

Phantom Handshakes Drop The Flowery Man Single

One of my absolute favorite dream pop acts, Phantom Handshakes, has a new single out this week, and they’ve given us an advance listen we’d regret if we didn’t share with you immediately. Understated jingles hang on the horizon, waiting for the drums and synth washes to catch up, while Federica’s voice coos atop the mix. Once the opening verse kicks in, my focus immediately shifted to that vocal; it has this really unique way of hanging a tonal switch at the end of each syllable. There’s also a moment when she steps away from the sort of shimmering nature, and delivers this softer melodic vocal that perfectly slides into the mix. Toss that performance in with the classic twinkling guitar sound, and you’ve got yet another hit on your hands; I hope we get a follow up to No More Summer Songs real soon.

Poolblood Shares Twinkie

Already with a couple of shows in Canada coming up, Maryam Said and their Poolblood project is something we should pencil in to explode in the very near future. There’s something so carefree and innocent in Said’s voice, reminds me in a way of Alex from Diet Cig; I love how it feels understated in parts, calm and collected in the right spots. The backing vocals on the chorus build this tasty little pop morsel for your ears. This Toronto songwriter is definitely onto something heavenly, so lets hope we get more sooner rather than later. Song brought to you courtesy of Next Door Records.

Well Wisher Sign to Egghunt Records + Share Single

I feel like the best thing we can all do right now is just turn up the music and get lost, which is why this anthemic singalong from Well Wisher is the perfect way to announce their singing to Egghunt Records. Starting off with a stomping drum beat, singer Natalie announces “this song is for my baby girl,” an allusion to her partner and the love song that unfolds in the lyrics. For me, I’m totally stuck on the chorus; it’s this huge burst of euphoric pop rock, and I can picture myself quietly singing under my breath as I turn it up nice and loud. Jam out here nice and loud, and look for a record later in the Fall!

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