We’ve previously mentioned the Brighton group GURU and their knack for loud guitars and growling vocals. Well the boys are back at it again, this time with a loud, raucous single called “Fixation”. For this one, the band do manage to slow things down at spots in the song for a more swing, or post-punk type sound. Those elements paired with the group’s usual snarling vocals and fast paced energy create a truly inspired song. I’m sure we will be sharing more from these guys as the information reaches us.
If there was one song I wanted you to listen to on repeat today, the one that you’d inevitably find haunting the caverns of your mind, it’s this fresh track from UK outfit Porridge Radio. It’d be enough to say that the bouncing opening lines had me hooked, and you’d find the same, but then enters Dana Margolin to steal the show from everyone else. Her delivery has this clever indifference, but there are moments when she’s able to stretch her powers to emphasize certain lines in order to give the listener emotional catharsis. There’s something magical in her performance, something that seeps into your soul and never leaves. This single is their first new tune since 2016, so hopefully there’s more of this just around the corner; it’s out today via Memorials of Distinction.
Brighton, UK based band Youth Sector just sent over this new single “Run” and I though it needed to be shared with the ATH community. I immediately loved the way these guys create this mixture of 80s rock like Devo with some nice and bright elements of Brit pop. For me, the band is really creating something unique with the blend of these two styles and I expect we’ll be hearing more about them soon. We’ll of course share more tunes as we get them.
Admittedly, I’m in the softer side of my listening years, but I still like my guitars nice and loud from time to time. Guru fits perfectly into that, especially with family traveling in…I need a noise escape. Your ears only gets 14 seconds of respite, as the band blasts through it all from start to finish. The guitars have this sharp chug action, while the vocals definitely carry a dangerous growl that’s sure to rile up any old crowd. The Brighton outfit punish your ears like early Ice Age, so if that’s your cup of tea, keep an eye on the act.
As you probably know by now, I am frequently looking for solid rock n roll, fast paced music in a sea of what seems like nothing but slow burner music. Today my friends in Brighton based Strange Cages have this new song entitled “False Prophet Death Waltz” that is fulfilling my rock needs. This song doesn’t mess around as it kicks things off from the moment you hit play with a swirling lead guitar, banging drums and a screeching vocal delivery. Imagine if QOTSA had a more 60s psych rock sound.
Strange Cages will release new EP Silver Queen in September via Vallance Records.
If you went out last night and have to work all day Friday, you’re likely in need of some recovery music to get you through the day. Phoria, a Brighton quintet, has crafted these really subdued pieces of pop music, featuring whispering vocals and minute electronic details throughout. It’s a pretty stark musical landscape that they’ve created, but I’m finding myself absorbed with each repeated play. You’ll be able to find this tune on the band’s Display EP, which is seeing an international release on June 16th via X Novo. Should be a nice little listening trip.
Feel like it has been awhile since I harped on the great work being done by the folks over at Art is Hard Records, continuing with their always interesting approach to releasing music. As part of their Postcard Series, the label has just gotten out a new tune from Home School. Here, you’ll hear music sitting in the background, with the vocals taking the main focus here. I like the relaxed feel of the approach, not to mention I’m a huge sucker for twanging/jangling guitar parts these days….every day now that I think about it. Think you’re going to dig this tune for real.
This new tune from Ancient Times has been making its way around the indie pop blogs as of late, and I’m really enjoying it…meaning it’s sharing time. Immediately you’ll notice the vocals taking on that Morrissey croon, but the more I listen, the more I see that the music is a bit different. There’s not that sheen to the guitar, though you can see a bit of a jagged edge in the playing. While the Moz is out hating on everything with meat, you can happily visit with Ancient Times today to get you through. I suggest jamming here, then heading off to the Soundcloud page for an extended taste.
We just got sent this short and sweet new sludge rock tune called “Dead N Bones” from Brighton, UK based outfit Theo Verney. Now Theo tells us that all of his recordings were done completely on his own with full responsibility of instruments falling on his shoulders. I don’t know about you, but I always find that pretty damn impressive. So the song we have for you definitely falls into what I like to call the sludge rock category with the darkness of Black Angels and guitars similar to The White Stripes. It creates this really great moment of rock n roll, though it only lasts a minute and a half. If you’re into it like me, check out a few more tunes by Theo over on his bandcamp page.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Theo-Verney-DEAD-N-BONES-FREE-DOWNLOAD.mp3]
Download: Theo Verney – Dead N Bones [MP3]
I’ve played this song on repeat at least ten times, and I can’t help but be transported back to my adolescence, fueled by angst and hooks. In two minutes, one of the UKs hottest acts, Bird Skulls, blasts through with distorted guitars at breakneck speed. It’s a bit of grunge, but a bit of punk rock, so in essence, it’s sort of like everything we all loved about the late 80s/early 90s. You can get your hands on their new single cassette from the kind folks over at Art is Hard Records, and they’ll throw in a nice little winter hat to make your life warmer. I’m glad people still make music like this.