We already had a tune from Kathryn Woods other project Fresh earlier this week, so now we turn to another project she’s involved in, ATH faves ME REX. This track is punctuated by Myles McCabe’s clever wordplay and quick delivery of lines, with these keyboard lines thrown in to build on the band’s pop aesthetic. The chorus is ultra-catchy, as one would expect from the group, bringing up various ways for Myles to exclaim that “these are the best days of my life.” This song is a great way to start your morning, and will feature on the group’s Plesiosaur EP, out June 17th via Big Scary Monsters.
In the first week of May, there will be a new Yawners LP out on the streets, and I’m totally in love with the band’s latest single, dropping before they hit up their European tour. Singer Elena Nieto wrote the track in English, then in Spanish, and now we’ve got a version that combines the two. Musically, this song hits you right in the pop punk gut, energetic and carefree from the instant you press play. There’s also a moment in this that feels like they’ve turned Glen Hasnard’s “Falling Slowly” into a pop rock tune (let me know if you hear it too, or if I’m loco!). Duplo, the new LP, will be out on May 6th via Big Scary Monsters.
Me Rex has been on everyone’s radar, continuously knocking out pop rock hit after hit…and today they add another to that list. In fact, they’re one of the main acts I’ll be looking to catch as many times as I can at SXSW next week. This new song has a huge feel, hitting quick with the vocals, looking at a more hopeful future, a little bit of joy “when the sun comes back out.” Their songs are infectious and punchy, which is just how I take my rock n’ roll in the mornings. This new tune comes with the announcement of their Plesiosaur EP, out in June via Big Scary Monsters.
As a big pterosaur fanatic, it seems required that I’ve got to throw my hat into the ring for ME REX‘s forthcoming Pterodactyl EP. It’s a good thing that the song’s they’re crafting are up to the challenge, particularly the latest single, “Skin It Itches.” When this one starts, there’s a noticeable calm to it, almost thoughtful. It’s a nice little tease, as the band’s frantic nature definitely makes an appearance as the tune trickles out. That chorus has this punch to it, though it’s not heavy-handed, with just the right balance of volume and backing vocals. Perfect jam if you ask me, particularly if you’re a fan of acts like Martha. The new EP is out on February 4th via Big Scary Monsters.
I’m obviously really high upon the forthcoming LP from Maine’s Weakened Things, and it’s going to be one of my favorite pop rock records to pick up this year. Today we’ve got the last single before Quitter hits the streets, and I think this might have the best set-up yet. It takes off slow with Sonia Sturino seemingly operating solo, working her distinctive vocals atop careful guitar notes; the song still seems muted when Annie and Adam join up to flesh out the sound…but, everything still seems slightly muted, only building the natural tension for the listener. Don’t worry listeners, as the trio unleash their power around the 1 minute mark with another delicious chorus that’s been making this LP a surefire singalong when it drops. Speaking of releases, Quitter is out Friday via Don Giovanni/Big Scary Monsters.
With Weakened Friends new record Quitter on the horizon in a few weeks, I just can’t get enough of the band’s new single; I’m pretty sure I’m responsible for half the plays today alone. I hate to use the cliche language of timelessness, but everything about this track is just the perfect dose of pop rock, seeming like it might just be one of the best jams to come out this year. There’s something about Sonia’s delivery of her vocals that’s effortlessly distinctive; it seems biting yet somehow punches you with this melodic hook. I mean, I dare you turn away from this chorus and not fall absolutely in love. This is how all pop rock should be written. Definitely ready to be the old guy at the show full of youngsters screaming along at the top of their lungs to this jam! Quitter is out November 19th via Don Giovanni/Big Scary Monsters.
You know when you just want something big and poppy, something that seems just perfectly built for you? Well, I present you with the new single from London’s Me Rex. If you’re into British pop rock like Martha, you’re going to want to spend some time here; you might also want to go back and revisit the band’s other releases. Here, we get a little synth into before the song hits hyperdrive into euphoria…backing vocals swell with these magical hooks that dig deep into your soul. Myles McCabe has this great delivery within the confines of the song to kind of tie it all together; it comes across as spoken and call, straining when it hits the song’s rising tension. If you dig this, look for the band’s Pterodactyl EP in February of next year via Big Scary Monsters. Also, fun fact. Pterodactyls are not dinosaurs. Duh.
They’ve been hinting at it for a bit, but the Scottish outfit We Were Promised Jetpacks have officially announced their new record, Enjoy the View. The band have come a long way since dropping one of my all time favorites, “It’s Thunder and Lightning;” they seem to have come out with this sharp optimism in place of their typical bombast. Personally, I love that, as you don’t want to hear a band write the same record time and time again. Plus, Adam Thomspon’s voice will always hold a special place, so listening to him in any fashion immediately feels like home to me. Enjoy the View is out September 10th via Big Scary Monsters.
Edinburgh lads We Were Promised Jetpacks have long been a running staple on ATH with multiple song postings, album reviews, live reviews, and even some interviews back in the day. Our connection to Scotland based artists has always been incredibly strong, almost weird if you’re on the outside looking in. WWPJP is by far one of our long time favorites from the country and we are simply elated to share with you this new single from the band called “If It Happens”. It’s been crazy to see this band grow up and flourish over the last 12 or so years since their stunning debut back in 2009. For me, this song shows a band truly learning how to flesh things out and truly build an impeccable indie rock song. Enjoy it.
I’ve really been enjoying this new track from ME REX, as the band seem to sort of resemble a strange blend between Martha and We Were Promised Jet Packs…though I’ll admit this outfit show a bit of restraint. The rhythm section definitely drives the song forward, pounding on the drums as the band kick forth, featuring feuding vocals that scream ambition and joyous reflection. If you’re digging this song, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a handful of others from the band’s Triceratops/Stegosaurus EP, which is currently available from Big Scary Monsters.