This is our site and we do what we want! Sure, I introduced you to the great new “Feel It Disappearing” single from Monnone Alone a few weeks ago, but I wanted to remind you of its pull by sharing this brand new video version of the tune! It’s also in my Top 10 songs of 2021 right now; I think I have it at the No. 4 spot. You get some great images of Mark traversing the wild, socially distanced of course, not to mention some additional flare added in by director Simon Fazio. Still claiming that hook at the 2:17 mark might be one of my favorite 10 second pop nuggets of the year, period. Don’t you agree? Whatever. This song rips. This song appears on the forthcoming Stay Foggy LP (and on a 7″ too) available via Lost and Lonesome and Emotional Response.
It doesn’t seem like Summer of the Mosquito was released almost 2 years ago! Alas, Mark Monnone, formerly of the Lucksmiths, is at it again with a brand new 7″ under his Monnone Alone moniker, and hinting at an LP later in the year! Feuding guitar sounds open the tune, one bringing in fuzzy edges and the other a light-hearted beach stomp, giving off this sort of bewildering pop sensibility. And, while I love the steadfast pop quality, I think the true winner here is Mark’s vocal performance; he doesn’t seem to miss a note, almost as if he’s singing at some beachside lounge resort, making all the kids scream and swing about as they spill their Mai-Tais in the sand. You want to take a bite out of some truly great pop music? Then give this one about 12-13 spins; I know I certainly have. Like the Beach Boys, but honestly, better. The 7″ is out at the end of March via Lost and Lonesome/Emotional Response/Meritorio/Royal Mint. Here I go skipping down the hallways of our school screaming and bouncing “I’m going to lose my mind!”
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Boyracer released their 13th album in April; 30 years in the scene, working with the likes of Sarah and Slumberland…and perhaps just now hitting that sweet spot. “Stand By Yr Words” is a quick burst of fuzzy pop punk, coming in at just over 1 minute; it does a great job of summing up the sounds you’re going to find inside On A Promise. You get the aforementioned fuzz, high-octane riffs and a big dose of melody; the balance between the melody of Penny and Christina against Stewart’s gruffness is the perfect balance. Plus, they throw in some horns, which are prevalent throughout the record too. If you dig the song, go stream the entirety of On A Promise right HERE; or just pick it straight up from Emotional Response.
If you’ve got two minutes to spare, you wouldn’t possibly find a better way to spend them today than listening to the fuzzy bop of Boyracer‘s latest single from their forthcoming On a Promise. Every time I listen to the band, I can’t help but make comparison’s to the Wedding Present; I’m sure Stew would hate to hear that. But, just take that great guitar work and really build on the pop sensibility, and that’s what you get here; there’s a certain driving ferocity, though this has a huge bounce to it from the rhythm section…and that horn was a really nice touch. Guitar pop’s supposed to have a hook and this bunch is full of them. Stay tuned for On a Promise to drop on June 5th via Emotional Response.
By now, you’re surely aware that I’m an avowed Seablite fan, so as another tune pops up, of course it’s going to make the pages here. This one’s got these sharp little guitar chords that jangle and hang in the front of the song during the verses, setting up the chorus to deliver a noisy wall of fuzz that blows your hair straight back. Throughout, the band walk that narrow tightrope between noise rock and bubblegum pop; you get the best of all your favorite genres in one delicious little pop nugget. You can grab the new High Rise Mannequins EP from Emotional Response, out on February 21st.
Last week I shared another track from the forthcoming Seablite LP along with news of the Pre-Order, but just a day later they dropped another tune and this video. I had to wait a bit to post it because I know you guys are fickle, and need some Seablite space…but now I’m ready to get back at it. This track pulls away from the jangling pop side of things and moves into the shimmering realm of dream pop. I think the rhythm section still holds things really tight, propelling the tune forward while the guitars seem to swirl and dip in and out of your ear holes. I love how you can sort of tie the album title into the two sides of the band, with their jangling leaning towards the more playful “Grass Stains” and this track here bending towards “Novocaine.” Grass Stains and Novocaine is out June 7th via Emotional Response.
If that bobbing bass line that opens up this new single from Neutrals doesn’t get you, then I think you might want to call a doctor. That didn’t work? Well, maybe take into account the group features members of Terry Malts, Cocktails and Giant Haysticks? That should do the trick. But, if you’re still struggling, then let the rhythm push you on, then await those circular guitar lines that up the ante on the songs natural enemy. You might get a little offset with the deadpan delivery of the vocals, but those of you with punk rock in your veins should be more than ok. With only a handful of demos to their name, Kebab Disco aims to be a pretty powerful debut; it’s available for pre-order from Emotional Response.
Seablite aren’t strangers to this site, but it had been a minute since we’d heard the name until our friend pointed out that their new album is now up for pre-order! And, it’s possible I’ve completely missed this, but there’s this bubbling pop number that comes with that announcement. Opening up with those ringing jangle guitars is a sure-fire way to catch my attention, especially when the rhythm section kicks in a toe-tapping bounce. Vocals are hitting just the right note, aided by these delighting backing notes, purifying the harmony. Some fuzz kicks in around the 2 minute mark, just in case you weren’t aware of the band’s ability to rock…which I’m pretty sure ties into the album title, Grass Stains and Novocaine…you can get down and dirty and still be really sweet; it’s out June 7th via Emotional Response.
In quiet circles around the Internet, folks are on the edge of their seats waiting to hear the new Monnone Alone LP; the former Lucksmiths guitarist is held in high regard, and Summer of the Mosquito largely lives up to those expectations. The record is fill with mostly sunny numbers, apt for an LP with such a title…though you might find a melancholy tune hanging about. Regardless…people will fawn over this for some time, so I wanted you to be one of the first to hear it all the way through. Stream it or Buy it from these folks: Lost and Lonesome (Australia), Meritorio (Spain), Emotional Response (US), and Royal Mint (Finland). For an added bonus…you can click after the jump and read my thoughts on each track!
Mark Monnone’s been teasing us with a single here and a single there, but now we finally have what we knew was coming, the announcement of the second Monnone Alone LP. It takes just 8 seconds for the song to hit you smack in your pop face, dropping this huge riff to match Monotone’s voice. Interestingly, the delivery here of those vocals almost has a snarky punk attitude to it, which for me, bridges the gap between power-pop and indiepop, making the song all the more appealing in my ears. Summer of the Mosquito will be out on May 10th via all your favorite pop labels (too many to name).