Harms is the solo project from Brooklyn based songwriter Jake Harms who previously spent a majority of his time in indie band What Moon Things. To be honest, I am not super familiar with Jake’s work in his primary band, though my extreme love of his new solo EP will likely turn me on to all his work. The new EP, entitled Aquarium, is a loaded 6 song short player with highly emotional vocals and Gothic pop themes. In particular, lead single “Pop Song” is definitely one of my favorites of the year and has already reached 10 plays on my iTunes. Something about the unique and totally transparent songwriting, paired with the slick beats, has me putting this on the “highly recommended” list.
If you hit play below and begin reading these words, you will likely finish the song before you finish reading the post. Yes this new singled called “Super Pop” from Brooklyn based duo Washer is a short and sweet rock n roll song urging you to turn up the volume. It’s a little old school garage rocker with some nice elements of an updated rock sound to give it a solid edge. I’ve already played it three time while writing this post.
It’s a balmy and grey day here in Austin and I think we could all use a little rock n roll to put a bit of perk in our steps. Bringing the jam this morning is Brooklyn based outfit Native Sun and this awesome new song “Big Succ (ess)”. It’s a raucous taste of rock music full of loud guitars and a head banging rhythm section. This song might just get me through this slow ass day.
Native Sun will release new EP Always Different, Always the Same on November 9th via Papercup Music.
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Since we’ve already posted two singles from the upcoming Hypoluxo album, I figured we would be missing out if we didn’t also post the third and final single. I’m not sure what else we can say about this band that can’t be said with a quick listen to this new joint “Trust Fall”. The band is dreamy and sort of new wave with deep vocals which might just put you in a trance. These guys are making some remarkable music right now.
Hypoluxo will release Running on a Fence on September 21st via Broken Circles.
Ah yes, the city of Brooklyn. That glorious New York City Borough will many a musical dream has come true. Continuing this dream of rock star fame is fuzz rock band Baked and their new track “Hope You’re Happy”. It has a nice throwback, almost alt-rock sound to it with some nice, slacker style lead female vocals. Welcome to the game.
Man it’s been a bit since we’ve heard anything from the Brooklyn based, ATH favorite band Lazyeyes. As usual, I say things like that to explain my excitement for the band when I’m sent some new music after a small hiatus. So join in my excitement will you and check out this sweet new song “Echoes” from our old friends in Lazyeyes. The song blends a really great shoegaze/dream pop sound with a very nice dose of new wave to keep things interesting. This is one of the better songs I’ve heard this month. No doubt.
Lazyeyes will release Echoes on June 15th via Egghunt Records.
Ah yes, couldn’t we all agree that 4 day weeks followed by 3 day weekends should be the social norm? As you struggle with this serious intellectual quandary, I suggest you check out this new track “Front Porch” from Brooklyn based band Good Looking Friends. It reminds me quite a bit of post rock band like Sparta, especially with the gritty and explosive vocals. If nothing else, it should certainly wake you up on this slow moving Monday.
Good Looking Friends will release Settle In, Decay on April 6th via Old Press Records.
If you’re in the mood for some feel good rock music, I’d suggest you check out this new track called “Christa” from Brooklyn based Las Rosas. It’s pretty straightforward indie rock with some great sounding guitars and a super tight mix. The band might be confused for early era Phoenix or even a little bit more of a guitar driven act like The Vaccines. Call it what you will, I dig it.
This track is currently available on a fancy pink 7″vinyl version you can buy now via Greenway Records. It will also appear as the lead single to the band’s new album entitled Shadow By Your Side due out May 11th.
We’re done talking about how much we’re struggling after last week and it’s time to start rocking again! Getting you back in the rock mood is this banger called “Tough Talk” from Brooklyn based Stimmerman. The group, artistically run by Eva Lawitts, features some loud and rocking guitars with some very impressive key and speed changes. It’s sort of like some old school Cursive if fronted by a female lead singer. Nicely done Eva.
This track will appear on an EP entitled Pleasant Vistas in a Somber Place due out this April.
Earlier this week BODEGA announced they’ll be working with What’s Your Rupture to release their new LP. With that came the additional buzz as the band head from Brooklyn to Austin for SXSW, bringing a blend of creatively arty rock n’ roll. If you’re looking for that act that everyone will rave about when the fest is over, I have a feeling this might be the one. Click on for their answers to our little interview! Including the hot gossip on their label boss and his disdain for cheese! Who doesn’t like cheese?!