Los Angeles brother duo Cones built up a lot of buzz over the last couple of years having slowly dropped some singles here and there. After all the hype, the boys recently announced the release of their debut album entitled Pictures of Pictures out on September 20th via Dangerbird Records. As the release date draws near, a new single called “Laugh of the Party” has found its way to the interwebs. What you’ll find is a truly impressive piece of indie pop music which might remind you of a band like Generationals or even earlier, non sucky Vampire Weekend. It’s a hit. Maybe you should pre-order the new album now?
Mirrorball is a fairly new band to the LA scene, though its two members have long been working in the musical community. But, their new project has this shimmering fragility that you can identify with almost immediately. The guitar chords seemingly dance in the distance, while there’s an electronic noodling that wavers in the foreground. There’s this forlorn vibe, almost making you weep as the song moves along…and I’m not even sad. They’ll likely draw some comparisons to Beach House, which are apt, but as a new band, there’s plenty of ways they can grow. For now, this single appears as part of Dangerbird’s Microdose Series.
Here comes our interview with No Win, who will play SXSW, then drop their debut LP via Dangerbird at the end of March. It’s a busy time of year for them (and for us), so we figured we’d let you slide right in and get to know the band with their answers below.
Moar SXSW interviews! Yes we are crazy people and are planning to share more SXSW interviews than you could possibly imagine. Today I am pumped to share with you an interview with some old friends of ours Criminal Hygiene. These guys are on a high right now with the upcoming release of their new album Run it Again just prior to their Austin visit. We are excited for them. Hit the jump for answers.
Criminal Hygiene is an L.A. based band we have known for many years after meeting at SXSW one year and doing a show together afterwards. Well the guys went quiet for a few years after that, but have returned this year with a ton of new music and a new album on the way. Their latest single “Dangers of Convenience” can be found below and features the always enticing garage rock, in your face style which is what caused me to originally be turned on to the band. I’m happy for the boys to hop on to major label Dangerbird to release the new album Run it Again on March 1st.
The Rosen brothers have previously supported Eleanor Friedberger in her live band,but they’re now focusing on their own project, Cones. It’s the best way to open up a Friday; it’s got a natural spritely attitude lurking beneath the subtle pop structures. Slight electronic pulses and looped drums provide the perfect background for the vocals to softly take a ride in the front of the mix. The emotional hook comes via the chorus where the tones take a slight turn and varying textures are added to flesh the track out. The single is now available via Dangerbird.
I still remember seeing the Dears at the Parish in 2009; I remember thinking that no one had owned the stage quite like Murray Lightburn…I still think that to this day. They just released the second single from Times Infinity Volume Two…the companion piece to Volume One that was released in 2015; these songs were recorded in the same session. Despite Lightburn’s claim that these songs were “during an unmistakable sense of unease” you can still hear the band holding onto hope. Even the spirit of the song survives, with an upbeat vibe from the bouncing percussion. Still, the winner will always be Murray’s pipes. Always. Look for the the new LP on July 14th via Dangerbird and Paperbag.