After a little chill start to the day, let’s really get into gear here on Monday with a more rocking tune. This jam of a song comes by way of South Wales based outfit French Alps Tiger. The song obviously brings a ton of energy, loud guitars and washed out, effected vocals. For a band who openly wants to keep things fun and engaging, they’ve executed that goal perfectly with “Tell a Lie”.
After a long weekend away from the internet, I’m back with some chill music to share with you ever awaiting fans. This sweet new one called “Half the Day” comes from Chattanooga based artist El Rocko. The project, with the young Chase Waller the mastermind, features beautifully crafted bedroom pop music with a relaxed, warm vibe to the sound. It is this guy’s opinion that you will be hearing a lot more from Waller as he plans to release a full LP later this year on Yellow Racket Records.
I went to see Night Drive last week. They played the hits, they played new stuff. I got some intel. Rodney says they are working through the last bits of studio time to put together the next record. Now, will it be a really tight LP or a big EP? TBD, but the new songs I heard were fantastic. They carried an additional weight and had some interesting progressions and chord foundation shifts occurring over the mandatory synth pop bliss.
Honorable mention goes to Kae Astra. Eyes on her for the future, ethereal, but big voice.
Kae Astra track share and photos after the break.
The boys are back in town! Shivery Shakes announced their upcoming LP, Weird Weather, a few weeks back, but today, they’ve finally shared a track for our listening pleasure. This hometown four piece has been wowing us with their weirdo brand of surf pop tunes for a while, releasing their debut LP Three Waves & A Shake way back in 2014. Since then they’ve been quiet, but begin their triumphant return, ironically, with “No Return.” Impossibly tight knit beachy guitar riffs crash and collide with shimmery percussion, grounding bass lines and Will Glosup’s fuzzy vocals. The result is a track that’s perfect for the summer; listening to this song, you feel the need to get in your car, roll down the windows, pull on your shades and start driving to the beach or any body of water.
Weird Weather will be out sometime late September on our very own ATH Records. Word on the street is that this will be the pop album of the year. Take a listen to the perfect summer jam below and get stoked.
Duncan Fellows is among a handful of young acts in Austin working really hard to make a big name for themselves; I think “Cursive Tattoo” has them on the right road to breaking out big. The verses have this energetic forcefulness, akin to a lot of the pop punk that blends in with indie rock. But, the chorus is where they flip it on you, almost turning into this California croon style, bringing out this sunny vibe that rises up, spins you around then drops you right back into the band’s crunchy rock element. Fun tune for a Friday afternoon.
Guidon Bear is an a fairly recent project, but lets just say it’s members come with quite a resume of their own, the Olympia, Washington sort. Next week they’ll be releasing their debut LP, and this single offers us a glimpse at what is to come our way. My favorite piece about this track is that they employ the same style as many an act known for building discord, but slow it down and put it beneath some bouncing synth work, allowing for the creation of an almost-pop smash hit. Mary Water’s voice sparkles throughout; she definitely has this style that’s ever-present but slightly nostalgic; it’s really clean throughout the verses, which I dig. Downwardly Mobile: Steel Accelerator is out June 19th via Antiquated Future and Yoyo Recordings.
A few months back, I was delightfully introduced to the warm indie rock of LA’s Fell Runner. They’ve put out another single from their upcoming album, Talking, which will be out quite soon. “Same Way” has that similar sort of funky sound that we heard on “Come Home,” but this number has a building energy from the start. Choppy light noises welcome you to the track before the warm vocals cover over everything in a Future Islands-ish croon. The track builds up before it breaks at a chorus, but it’s not a typical soaring indie rock chorus, instead it’s a tempered release before back to the galloping verses. A solid single, making me even more excited for Talking, which you can pre-order here — it’s out today!
You know I love Julia Rakel; I was really pushing her indie fEElz EP earlier this year. She returns today with this brand new single, a sort of hazy ode to summer time. Her production is always spot on, and the little musical accents here really help create that sort of sunny blur that only means you’re getting closer to that oasis; it’s a nice touch in the song’s latter half when she ties in a vocal counterpoint to add layered depth. It’s been a great year for Julia, and it looks like she’s going to continue that momentum going forward, so Happy Friday for that one.
We’ve long been fans of Generationals here at ATH, so I’m excited to share that they’re back with a new single and a new album which will be released shortly. This new track, “Breaking Your Silence” dropped a few days back, but it’s a pleasant reminder of how well Generationals can craft an indie rock tune. The very beginning of the number reminds me a touch of Foals, but soon the band stews up a simmering blend of groovy bass, slightly fuzzy percussion and barely there synths. Lingering there for the first minute or so, we calmly groove with the band before the loud synth hook and vocals peak for the catchy chorus. Take a peek at the new video below.
Reader As Detective will be out on July 19, 2019. Pre-order it here.
It’s just one of those nights where you could practically walk downtown, fall over and land at a really incredible show. I’ve got my own eyes set on bouncing around to a few, but let’s see if we can’t point you in the proper direction…I gave you some hints, but you can also catch Hootie and the Blowfish if that’s your prerogative.
Darkbird, Daphne Tunes, The Lovely Sparrows, Royal Forest @ Cheer Up Charlies – 9 PM
Culture Abuse, Single Drop, Tony Molina @ Empire – 8 PM
Ryley Walker + Charles Rumback, The Hatch @ Beerland – 8 PM
Vundabar + Together Pangea, Dehd @ Barracuda – 8 PM
Caleb de Casper, CHEAP WAVE, MeanGirls, HiFi Kids @ Dozen Street – 8:30 PM
Sour Notes (7″ Release), Magic Rockers of Texas, Black Basements @ Hotel Vegas – 9 PM
Chill Russell, Dayeaeter, Arch Set Empire @ Swan Dive – 9:30 PM