Ever listen to a song and you’re drawn in, but you’re not sure why? Well, that’s what happened as I watched this Worthitpurchase video, drawn in by the child-like imagery and the warmth of the guitar strum. Omar Akrouche’s voice has this haunting draw to it too, like some magical tractor beam drawing you into the fragility. While the song feels innocent and sparse, the band gradually layer the tune going forward, increasing the tension that allows for the group to create their own melodic cacophony near the tune’s end. If you’re into it, the group release Truthtelling, their new LP, this coming August via Anxiety Blanket.
There was something immediately gratifying about the sound of the new Holy Coves single; the squall of light feedback working over a steady bit of rim shots, opening the way for this wash of guitar noise to hit hard. As the song builds, the Welsh outfit slowly starts to apply a heavier hand, though they never entirely stray from the tasty pop center, with Scott Marsden’s voice bringing in the huge wave of emotion. Interestingly, the Welsh bunch got a little tie to Texas, linking up with local Erik Wofford to handle the mixing and mastering of the track, which is brought to us courtesy of Yr Wyddfa Records.
Mamalarky have been on a journey since their earliest days in Austin, moving about the country in hopes of finding the right fit for their sound; they’ve now settled in Georgia for the time being, ready to work on the follow-up to their debut. This tune alludes to their time in Austin, with Livvy commenting on how Austin “gave us the proper nutrients to do what we’re doing now.” And, we couldn’t be prouder. I love the way the guitar unleashes here, echoing through your speakers, with the production giving it just enough muddiness to balance out with the group’s natural pop hooks. Hopefully we get more from the band now that they’re settled in their new home.
I’m a big Shivas stan over here, though admittedly I’m still waiting for them to recreate the joy of “You Make Me Wanna Die.” Today, the band drop a fresh new burner for Suicide Squeeze‘s Single Series, Pinks and Purples. Slow and jammy, the song evolves into this psychedelic stomp of cool. The maniacal guitars set you up, but eventually fade into this mellower groove where the band’s pop sensibility unfolds with vocal harmonies. But, stick around long enough and they turn the slow burn into a riotous affair around the 1:40 mark; this is just many of the twist and turns the band are taking you on in these four minutes.
It’s that time of the week friends, where you get to revisit all the stuff we covered last week, mostly because we’re too lazy to do it on a Friday. We had a lot of super rad stuff, with fresh tunes from the likes of Living Hour, Interior Geometry and Lost Film. Plus, with Liars reissue treatment, I get a chance to post an old school Liars jam, so I was stoked there. Plus, our friend Nick Rad documented his fun at the Turnstile show, so I included a jam in here too, because why the heck not?! Happy Monday!
Shout out to my friend Joe for pushing me to jam to this new album from Green/Blue; it’s an album that’s right in my wheelhouse for the current post-punk revisiting. The driving nature of this song puts some pace into it, though it’s not quite as frantic, allowing for the vocals to kind of set up the mood. In contrast to the swirling sound around, the vocal harmonizing creates this sweet pop center; it’s like a post-punk tootsie pop, and it only takes a few licks to immerse yourself in the band’s sound. If you’re into this ripper of a tune, get ready for Paper Thin, which is dropping on Jun 10th via Feel It Records.
In a couple of weeks London outfit Popstrangers will be releasing their new album, In Spirit, and drawing near, I’m liking the way things are shaping up. The album’s title track is one of my favorite tunes of the year, and now we’ve got their latest, sliding into a heavier vibe. Perhaps its the video accompaniment, or just that jittering noise in the background, but there’s something slightly evil about the way this tune begins to unfold. The vocals hide in the background, letting the tension build through the thumping drum work and these anxiety-inducing elements of noise. How they manage to hold onto any pop sensibility it beyond me, but its there, giving the song this brooding bubble that hopefully catches your ear. In Spirit is out June 10th via Rice is Nice.
You might recognize Jared Sparkes as one of the members of Michigan’s Dont, but for now, we’re focused on his solo project Interior Geometry and the sounds of the forthcoming Tore Through the Sky EP. A great deal of the EP is spend with Jared meandering the territory between extravagant bedroom pop like early Grandaddy and the noisier tendencies in his songwriting. But, for “Tender Terrible” he’s given up the vocal duties to Mary Fraser (Child Sleep), who allows us to fixate on this sweet melody while the buried jangling guitar line dances in the background. There’s no way you can escape the infectious joy in both the chorus and the following work on the keys; it reminds me of the playful soul we got on those early Camera Obscura records, so I know a whole bunch of you are going to spend your day fawning here. Look for the EP later this summer, which was mixed and mastered by Fred Thomas, so we get an added bonus here.
This news has been floating around for a few days, but I really just wanted an excuse to post about my favorite Liars record. The band have announced they’ll be giving their back catalog the reissue treatment, though they’ll be doing it with recycled vinyl, which sounds like the right move considering all those toss away Adele record sitting at Target. While I know the band is predominantly Angus’ project nowadays, They Threw Us All in the Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top is a pretty spotless debut illustrating how incredible the group were. The reissue of this LP is out on July 22.
Today I am pumped to share with you all this video premiere for “Tick Tock” from Seattle based rock n roll band Biblioteka. It sort of gives off this very The Hives vibe with a touch of 60s era garage/fuzz rock. It’s a fun, rocking number with a trippy and trance inducing video to go along with the overall psych mantra of the track.
“Tick Tock will appear on Biblioteka’s new album entitled Pretty Ugly which is due out on July 24th via Freakout Records. We’ll mark out calendars.