Zero Percent APR Drop Halbum LP

Let’s not beat around the bush here, Zero Percent APR is the alter ego of our favorite Austin ghouls, Being Dead; you might remember we helped the band put out this rad EP a few years back. Well, their here today to bewitch you with their Halloween album, just out on cassette via Spared Flesh Records. This collection of themed music still has the same experimentation and devilish humor that the band always utilizes in their work; it still has me wondering why they aren’t the biggest band in the world right now? Seriously, how is a band with these gifts and a rocking live show not bigger than Shakey Graves? I have no idea, but Halbum is a fun collection of tunes from the ZPAPR, something for you from the underworld.

Semi Trucks Share Motorbike Riding Star Single

I always wish I had talent to write songs, or even sing them for that matter. I think if I could, I’d be crafting tunes like LA’s Semi Trucks. The vocals, like mine, have this sedate baritone to it, giving off this naturally forlorn vibe, despite little nods of melody inching to the surface. Musically, the song is not-quite pop, the kind of music a pop fan would make from the shadows, illustrating that there’s a nostalgic glimmer in the eye of Brendan Sepe, reflecting on various levels of pop both past and present; I love how little noisy wrinkles mix it up too in the song’s latter half, giving just the faintest hint of rough edges to the tune. This is great pop…for sad bastards. Vs California will be out on November 26th via the esteemed Meritorio Records.

Chayse Porter Shares Purpling Dawn

I’m a big fan of what Chayse Porter is doing on his latest single from his forthcoming LP, Chay’s Palace. Toying with the structure, he offers this sort of spinning carousel pop, a whirling-dervish of outsider bops. But, just as he’s seduced you with his ringmaster gifts, the song flips over, shockingly bringing in this hook-laden burst of melody that on its own is worthy of your listening pleasure. It’s all dreamy notes and bouncing beats, kicking the chorus into party mode before slinking back into the realm of twisted pop guru. If you’re into it, Chay’s Palace is out via Earth Libraries in December.

Dummy Share Atonal Poem

We’ve been on board the Dummy train since their first EP, and let me tell you, you’re in for a real treat when you unwrap your copy of their debut Mandatory Enjoyment. On the last single before the record drops, the band have chosen to release an instrumental jam…but one that ties this LP to their first EP. When we first heard EP 1, you were getting the feeling that the band was just finding their footing, sampling a collection of sounds. But, in retrospect, and seeing how “Atonal Poem” fits into the new record, it feels more purposeful. It’s like they sat down to create a 7 course (or 12 song) meal, and in it, there are supreme highs, and subtle treats, and there are palate cleansers, like the closer we have below. Coming across like an instrumental sonic exploration, this tune caps off the record, allowing you the space and time to reflect on the whole of your experience. Mandatory Enjoyment hits on October 22nd via Trouble in Mind.

Green Gerry Drops New Single, Heaven 22

Wanted folks to get into Green Gerry today, so let’s start with his latest jam from his forthcoming Pigeon Fix. Stylistically, I think folks will lump his work into the likes of Alex G or something akin to that; I like to think of it as the rock version of bands like Hovvdy or Good Morning. Green Gerry always employs this incredible melodic backbone for his songs, allowing him to dabble with the structures and build in various layers as the tunes progress, precisely as he does with this latest single. Pigeon Fix hits on November 10th, raising the bar a little bit on this genre, and I’m all ears.

Furrows Shares Burial Single

Peter Wagner’s Furrows project will release Fisher King this Friday, and its high time we pay some attention to the songwriter, with the latest single being one of the many highlights we’ve found. In a sense, the construction reminds me a lot of Papercuts, sort of this psychedelic swatch collection, little bits here and there unfolding at each turn; I will say there seems to be a bit more clarity in these tunes, like the focus is purely on the melodic connection between song and listener. In that, you get sort of this effortless ride on the musical waves, never cresting, just sort of bobbing on the sea of life, happy to still be afloat in this mess of a world. Fisher King drops Friday!

Marissa Paternoster Announces Peace Meter

Seeing as I love Screaming Females, I was super excited to hear that Marissa Paternoster would be releasing her debut solo effort; we got news today that Peace Meter will be out via Don Giovanni on December 3rd. On the opening single, we get Marissa marching through a cemetery as she repeats the chorus of “your feathers soaked in blood.” The imagery is striking, but what really hits home is the construction of the song as a whole. There’s this patience that’s evolved in Pastnoster’s songwriting, based on this calmed guitar strum, allowing her to maximize this huge wall of emotion; it’s buoyed by the production and added arrangements from Andy Gibb (of Thou). It’s a pretty powerful opening statement from a record we’re sure to adore.

Pin Cushion Drop I Don’t Know Why

Been looking for something that could get my day up and rolling, something that could give me that energetic boost to jump into, which is where Long Island’s Pin Cushion come into play. This song opens with a little bit of jumping around, but then it just takes off rolling, sort of giving you that sort of sped up shanty sound…though I’d be lying if I didn’t say I heard a little of Ted Leo in the opening verses. They break it all down in the end, giving more of a thrashing sputter, illustrating they’re not tethered to just one sound, leaving plenty of of room to go this way and that when they’re new album finally comes out! Stay tuned on that front!

Spirit Was Release Stranger to the One

Having been a fan of LVL UP, I’m definitely interested to see what Nick Corbo is doing with his Spirit Was project, particularly as his debut album looms on the horizon. To me, listening through the latest single, it feels like he’s sort of finding his path as he builds the songs. He starts this one off really quietly, almost like a field recording made to be used later, leaving the song fairly open as his vocals begin to take control of things. Textures get added, carefully, however, almost giving the nod to personal discovery as Corbo makes his way through the scenery of his musical world. Suddenly, the riffs that were merely foreshadowing in the song’s opening crash in, giving the track this almost crashing metal feel, though Nick’s voice feels very Bazaan here, providing some lineage to his sound. Definitely enjoyable to see him find his way, even in his own songs. Heaven’s Just a Cloud is out on October 22nd via Danger Collective Records.

Cumgirl8 Share Bugs Video

I’ll admit, my interest has been piqued by Cumgirl8, but it wasn’t until the band dropped “Bugs” today that I officially was way on board. While the band’s output has swirled around the dance pop world, this one takes the dance, but spins that in a very post-punk passion; there are moments when I can hear remnants of Life Without Buildings, or maybe even some of Chk Chk Chk at their most exciting. This is the sort of rock blending with pop that I want to hear, energetic and yet frantic and earnest all at once; this could be a real force live too, especially if you give the latter half’s breakdown moment so proper volume. RIP Cumgirl8 will be out on October 22nd via DERO Arcade.

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