Earlier this month Alpine Subs released their debut self-titled LP, and I’d like to personally apologize for giving you late notice of how great the LP is. It’s weird, it has this strange blend between the mid 00s college indie rock vibe and the omni-present power-pop; it uses these two consistently, giving you 12 songs that can be either soft or be seen as rock. I like the 2/3 punch of “Miles Away” and “Menomonee; the former has this soft swagger akin to I Was a King, while the latter has this innate softness in its style that gives you a little ear candy. But, the more I sit around and listen, the more I realize that the entirety of Alpine Subs is probably best suited for a sit-down/listen-all-the-way-through moment, but you do you…just stream it below.
When you reach out to us with news of a new band comprised of members of Clearance and Pool Holograph, you can’t expect us to pass it up, can you? No way! Especially when Discus brings as good of a track as “Watch the Milk Turn Dry.” The tune has these cavernous vocals that seep into the crevices that surround you, surrounding you in this dreamy cocoon you won’t want to escape. All the while, discordant chords dance around the voice, circling them as the drums lead your toes to that impulsive tap that lets your body know what a great song you’ve got at your ears. This tune will appear on a new LP, which is slated for a Fall release via Balaclava Records.
Stop me if you’ve heard this before… I found a new band I love. Yep crazy I know. This time my new favorite band is self-proclaimed #3 band in Chicago, Quasar Wut-Wut. Though the band’s name may be hard to say, I can assure you that the music is very easy to get into. For your consideration is the group’s latest single and video called “Jezebel’s Arm”. It’s a really fun bit of jangly rock music with some unique vocal deliveries and a totally upbeat tempo. It reminds me of late British invasion bands if they had better vocals like The Dodos.
Quasar Wut-Wut just released a new album called Digesting Mirror which is available to stream in full on Spotify.
Last November, we got a new single from Pool Holograph, and it looks like now we’ll be getting another new tune via a new split with Courtesy. At first, the song runs its first thirty seconds like modern guitar pop; the chords are bright and sharp, with breathy vocals crawling atop. But, it’s their turn towards discord that gives the song a grittier punch; the song has this internal stomp as the band crashes and thrashes about just after the 2 minute mark. It’s both strikingly beautiful and brooding, with the perfect mix of pop sensibility. Impressive work yet again; Land and Sea Dept will release the split in June!
Last year Deeper released their self-titled record via Fire Talk; I wrote about it a whole bunch, and was super in love with it upon its release. Today we’ve caught up with the group to have them answer our SXSW questionnaire so you’re more informed when you go watch them play! The band play at Hotel Vegas on March 15th.
After a five year gap from their last album until now, Chicago based group Walking Bicycles are ready to release some new music to the world. Their first single in awhile, “Fat Cat”, shows a band full of energy and passion as they slam through four minutes of powerful psych tinged rock music. If you’re into a bands like Screaming Females or even Ty Segall, then this will be your jam of the day. Check it out below.
Chicago act Dehd have a pretty solid pedigree, but we needn’t focus on that when they’ve got this stunning new track to enjoy. The track really has this sound that seeps into your soul, and I get that that sounds strange, but those guitar chords seem to weave their way into your skin as the vocals take on a heavy solemnity. All the while you feel as if the track is rolling, churning you over and over like a wave crashing upon the shore. Man, this is a serious jam for serious people. Rock it out and have a happy Friday.
Chicago shoegazers Lightfoils have just announced that they’ll be dropping Chambers, their new LP, in mid-November. It’s the brand of shoegaze focusing on melody rather than on sheer noise, though that wall of distorted guitars definitely shines through from the background. Single Jane Nicholoson has a powerful voice that’s able to sort of ride out the noise of her bandmates, giving you these crisp notes that hang on every turn. Below you can stream the cut…and be reminded that this is the album edition…there’s a radio edit rocking around for those of you with short attention spans. Look for Chambers on November 16th.
A quick search on the ATH will show only a single post from several years ago about Chicago based band Clearance. All that really means is I don’t know a whole lot about the band and can allow myself to listen to each song with fresh ears. Impressing my critical ear today is this fresh new piece of work called “Haven’t You Got the Time?”. Immediately one can compare this to something straight out of the 60s pop genre if you blended it with a few parts of more recent indie bands like Foreign Born or Fruit Bats. I’m thinking this will begin a whole slew of posts on our website featuring Clearance.
This track appears on new album At Your Leisure due out July 27th via Top Shelf Records.
There’s a new band in Chicago, and it should come as no surprise that the Stolz brothers (Jake and Paul) are involved. The two have previously played in Varsity/Pool Holograph, but their new project Discus is readying its debut EP for Middle Distance Records. They’re pulling off a casual guitar pop vibe here, akin to all that Aussie stuff you know I love; it’s never in a rush to go anywhere, settling for a solid groove and delightful melody. But, the band do add some extra little flourishes that have me fawning over them. For instance, the moments at the 1 minute and 2:22 mark when the guitars dive down and they’re matched by a falling vocal that’s simply intoxicating. Then they close it all out with this rad guitar noodle that takes it all home in the most sublime way possible. The debut EP drops June 29th; they’ll be playing a release show in Chicago at Sleeping Village with our ATX friends Why Bonnie!