I have no idea how this new jam from Guards slipped under my radar last week, as I’ve long adored this band something fierce. The band’s released a a couple of EPs, but they’re prepping for the release of their debut, In Guards We Trust, which comes out February 5th of next year. Listening to the first single, it’s precisely what I wanted the band to do. They highlight their exuberance with bright hooks and swirling melodies that emotionally encourage you to soar. Be prepared to hear more great things from this group next year.
Download:Guards – Silver Lining [MP3]
You know, I don’t think too many people talk about the scene over in France, aside from a few acts. So when I got this heads-up on Dead Horse One, I was a bit intrigued, and then I was pleased. The band has crafted a blend of early shoegaze with hint of psychedelia, creating a heavy sound that begs your attention today. Earlier this year they released their Heavenly Choir of Jet Engines EP, and while it might be a short affair (4 tracks), it’s been really rewarding listening to the wash of guitars coated in this odd pop approach. It’s clear that the French aren’t worried about pretense here, aiming to craft their own unique sound.
Download: Dead Horse One – Alone [MP3]
I’ve been in love with Girls Names since their inception, but even more so now that their drummer Neil is battling for album of the year with his latest effort as Sea Pinks. That point aside, the group’s got a great new single they’ve throw out, illustrating the bold new steps they’re taking in working towards the completion of their upcoming record. There’s still an element of lurking darkness in their sound, but the music seems to have drifted into a broader spectrum that I think shows the group really pushing themselves to find a new playground (musically speaking). I love the ringing guitar that jumps in just after the 4 minute mark.
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Let’s kick off the day with a nice little bit of anthemic rock n’ roll, you know, of the garage sort. Dirty Fences is a New York act with a few small releases to their name, but I’m digging the sing-a-long attitude of their swaggering rock. This jam comes from the group’s self-titled EP, which is filled with energetic tunes you and your friends will use to get you amped up for the night. It’s nothing out of this world, but it’s got the simplicity and grit that made bands like the New York Dolls huge, so look out for these dudes!
Download:Dirty Fences – Sid [MP3]
||Friday, October 5th
||$8 from Transmission
Friday nights are always a blast, especially if you can squeeze in some well performed rock n’ roll. One of the bands coming into town Friday, who are destined to be popular, if they’re not huge already, is Buke and Gase. Their shape-shifting indie-rock even got a Best New Music nod after announcing the release of their upcoming album, General Dome (1/29/13). If you want to be hip, and you want to be on the cusp of truly creative art, then you need to get to this show, or else your friends will mock you for being the one person who wasn’t on board with the group from the beginning. Horse + Donkey will be opening the night, so be sure to show up around 10 PM. Here’s a hit from the band.
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It’s a good thing I have some sort of lineage in Scotland, otherwise I’d feel sort of odd about the way I fawn over their musicians. I’m pretty sure this is the second Scottish track I’ve posted this week, and I’m okay with that. Calm as the Colour is a four-piece (again not from Glasgow), and I was completely caught off guard when I heard the work they’ve put in on their recent Tomorrow Belongs to a World Apart EP. It’s got four great tracks, and this one in particular approximates my love of both loud guitars and tight-knit guitar-monies. It’s a pretty pop ballad, and sometimes those do just the trick!
Download:Calm as the Colour – Sometimes [MP3]
This is a solid week for Those Darlins on our site, with the band letting us present their show at the Mohawk this coming Sunday evening, and now they’ve got a great little rocker to toss your way as well. I like how the group’s slowed things back here just a second to allow for the story to take place, if not more allowing it to take on more of the focus. Also, there’s a fuzzed out guitar rambling near the end, which is one of my favorite sides of the band, not to mention that inherent swagger/bravado they always capture in the studio. If you dig this song, and you live in Austin…I better see you Sunday. If you don’t, but you love the band, here’s yet another reason.
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Things are really slow, with a lot of the music just getting stuck in the same space, so I’ve been relying upon the words of friends around the Net to discover things outside the typical realm. I’ve really been digging this group from Athens by the name of Triads. They’ve just released a new single with a killer track, “Day Off,” but I wanted you to look at their starting place, so you get the same introduction I received. It’s got sort of a post-punk feel to it, though it feels a bit warmer, as opposed to darker…it’s smoothed out by a nice melodic churning guitar that runs throughout. Hope you’re as excited by these cats as I am.
Download:Triads – Dirty Laundry [MP3]
I know I’m in the majority here, but I love my dance parties fueled by cutting guitars and jangling that makes me shuffle my feet in a joyous explosion. I feel like I’d have a blast with my friends if I turned on this new tune from Squares, who I heard about from the very solid Indie Pop Saved My Life. The UK group has just released, for the NYOP fee, an excellent little album titled Hate, Love and Public Transport. I chose one of the more upbeat tunes, but there’s slow ballads, jangling songs, and hooks galore to make you smile through and through. Surely this is going to make your Tuesday.
Download:Squares – From Rags to Richmond [MP3]
You may have noticed that I am randomly sharing songs. This one by Errors was added to my playlist of tunes that are regularly cranked at the Gray Manor a couple weeks ago.
This gem, “Pleasure Palaces”, is from Have Some Faith In Magic with a mini-LP called New Relics landing in mid-October. They’re opening set for Mogwai was excellent. Currently on the road in the UK, Errors will play Red7 11/13 opening for The Twilight Sad and I will be there.
Check their latest track called “Relic” here.
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