Ski Lodge Return to Smooth Out the Edges

skierIt’s been a bit since we’ve heard from Ski Lodge, and I’m glad to see the band’s return…I loved Big Heart.  While their first effort seemed to hold tight to the realm of indiepop, they look to go with a smoother, larger pop sound behind the efforts of main songwriter, Andrew Marr.  You’ll still hear huge harmonies and melodies bursting forth, though in a different fashion…those touches have been polished to sound more like a band working in a hi-fi studio. The “Trust” 7″ will be available for pop fans on February 23rd.

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Jeremy Jay form Dystopian Violet

1040150_1592993227601811_4312947698220765168_oLong has ATH supported the work of Jeremy Jay, and we’re not backing down on giving his writing our full support, as he now officially has a band, Dystopian Violet.  Our first glimpse at the band has them picking up 0n the warm tones that Jay has often employed, though I hear a slight difference in the way his voice was recorded for the track.  Unfortunately, this track will not be released on the group’s forthcoming LP, but it’s a separate 7″ that should see the light of day shortly.  This is the perfect way for our week to start.

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Listen to the New Lemuria Single

Earlier this fall we caught a quite exceptional set from lemuriaLemuria over at Mohawk, and I’ve been thirsting to hear more music from the band ever since that night.  Luckily, this track popped up just the other day, and it’s worth sharing with you all. I really love the approach the band takes on this tune, revealing a classic alternative rock sound, which was produced by Mark Ryan of Marked Men.  Plus, if you pick this up (December 16th), as you should, then you’ll get a 40 page comic book alongside your purchase…so you’ve got to appreciate a little differentiation on the sales side…that and this song’s great. They’ll also be back in Austin at the end of November.

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The Coathangers Ready New 7″

squeezerIf you haven’t read these pages since February, you might not be aware of how much I love the work of The Coathangers in 2014…not that the love wasn’t there beforehand, but it’s pretty strong this year after the release of their album Suck My Shirt.  The three ladies have readied a brand new 7″ for Suicide Squeeze where they’ll be covering “Sex Beat” by The Gun Club.  It’s just another example of their ability to add a gritty catchiness to anything they touch.  You’ll also be able to hear a song from These Arms are Snakes, who are splitting the 7″ with the band; it hits stores on December 2nd.

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Missed This One: New Tune from Audacity

audacityLast year I was really digging the sounds of Audacity; this was fueled on by a great performance I caught of the band during SXSW.  That being said, I’m surprised I missed a new tune and 7″ announcement from the group, which has been billowing about for a week or two.  The band is one of those that offers up two sides of things, hitting fast and heavy or bringing some pop stylings…this round they’re landing more on the side of fast and heavy, and even a little brash.  I’m game for it all when it comes to this band, so check it out. You can grab the Counting the Days 7″ on December 2nd from Suicide Squeeze.

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The Mantles Are Back with a New 7″

mickeysThere’s just something that captures your ear like a catchy good tune, and it seems like The Mantles keep pumping those sorts of tunes out. Recently they left us with the gem of an LP, Long Enough to Leave, and they’re back with a brand new 7″ that’s set to hit stores in December.  This particular tune puts more of a dreamy California spin on their sound; there’s a slight little vocal call-and-response that adds a nice dosage of pop emphasis to the track as well.  If this band hasn’t captured your ears and heart just yet, then maybe this song will do the trick for you.  Look for the 7″ via Slumberland just in time for the holiday giving of gifts.

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Beauty From Communions

10646748_695315667227066_7770546735906319449_nCopenhagen based Communions are wooing me today with this beautiful number called “So Long Sun”.  The track starts out with some atmosphere to ease you into things, but then builds and builds into some loud, hazy pop moments of shear beauty.  All in all, this is a track worthy of a few spins today.

This song appears on a new 7″ due out from the band on November 10th via Tough Love Records.

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Hear a New Single from Cherry Glazerr

cherrySucide Squeeze already released one gem of an album from a female-fronted outfit by way of the Coathangers, but dangit if this tune from Cherry Glazerr isn’t as good or better…the single that is.  The band is extremely young (2 members under 18), which is striking considering how strong this single is; it feels as mature as anything I’ve heard this year, or before for that matter. Clementine Creevy has a rather sultry voice, though there’s brief moments when she unleashes her raw power with a bit of a growl to her delivery.  This single is delicious. Going to play it all weekend. It’ll be available on October 28th in the 7″ and digital formats!

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New Electro Pop from Superhumanoids

superhumanYou know that B. Gray is going to be upset that I got to this new Superhumanoids track before he did.  There’s a huge vocal effect here, but it’s not such a huge issue that you can’t feel the humanity of the vocals themselves.  The track pulses and moves forward, and the music sings perfectly constructed around the lyrics, bubbling and popping forth into a groundswell of electro-pop bliss.  This is the A-Side to the group’s Flipping Out 7″, which is available from Innovative Leisure.

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Suicide Squeeze to Issue Dasher 7″

dashFrom the moment this song kicks off, there’s something dangerous about this song from Dasher.  You can just hear the volume turned up to deafening levels in the live setting, with the vocals screamed in your face the entire set.  Your ears are going to take a pummeling, but that’s precisely why I feel like sharing it.  There’s an inherent violence in the tune, and in that approach there’s also a disregard for personal safety.  I’m hooked on it, so why not give it some space here. The Soviet 7″ will be released by Suicide Squeeze on October 14th…music to my ears.

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