This word doesn’t get thrown around so much in relation to Tangible Excitement, but my record collection is definitely calling these guys a supergroup: 1/4 Summer Cats, 1/4 Boyracer and 1/2 Lucksmiths. Need I say more? Indiepop fans are already clamoring to get their hands on this ridiculously fun release. I like the upbeat jam, “Puzzle Pieces;” it’s the best jangling pop tune you might not have heard yet…feel that groove. For those of you not familiar with the participating acts, just spend about 12 minutes indulging in the delightful pop waiting at the click of a button. Then, be a good human, and go grab the 7″ from Emotional Response!
It’s a tough world out there for media types, be it online blogs or magazines, but there’s still a few folks out there doing things on their own terms…and I hope there are people out there that still care. That’s where I bring you Fuckin’ Ziggurat news, the new mini-book/limited CD from Emotional Response. It includes 60 pages of careful work, with interviews from Primitive Calculators, Ginnels and more. The CD includes 17 tracks, including this delightful gem from Croque Madame. You can even stream the rest of the tracks by traveling HERE.
Women deserve to stand alongside their male counterparts in the front of the indie music community, but let’s face it, this isn’t always the case, unfortunately. This is why the Typical Girls Compilation is so vital to the scene, or to the world. Emotional Response is releasing this album, filled with 16 female focused bands, playing music that should establish them as anything but “typical.” They’ve uploaded two sample tracks from PRIMETIME and Earth Girls, so I’ve got those below streaming for your listening pleasure. I like the PRIMETIME track for it’s grittiness, compiled with its self-deprecation. Earth Girls spin it differently, blasting through with catchy indiepop that will make any listener clamor for more. Grab a copy of this vital listening experience HERE.
If you didn’t get your hands on the Gunnels/Tangible Excitement album that came out via Emotional Response then you’re surely missing out on something great. But, that’s neither here nor there, as Tangible Excitement (Boyracer/Lucksmiths) are back with a brand new track…though rumor has it that this isn’t the final version (expect more noise). For my two cents, I think this one succeeds without the noise; there’s a moment just before the 1.5 minute mark that really got me. The melody is spot on, with just enough twinkling from the guitars to catch the listener. You’ll hear this song on a new 2 song flexidisc that’s slated for later this year via Freakscene.
Three names. Scott Stevens, Mark Monnone and Stewart Anderson. Those of you who are indiepop/power pop fans are surely swooning, even at the thought of these three getting together. Well, you’re in luck because this new super group, Tangible Excitement has written some great songs for a split mini-LP with the Ginnels (who I’ve included track of as well because I love them). My only complaint on this piece is that it’s too short. It’s like a teaser, leaving me clamoring for more and more. Luckily, Emotional Response will be releasing it on February 5th…so not too far away!
Emotional Response is becoming one of my more reliable go-to labels. They’ve only been around for a short while, but already I’ve been turned onto new bands I wouldn’t have otherwise heard about. This time around, we’re all meeting UV-TV, some of us for the first time. Winning off the bat is the rhythm section, bouncing us into the distorted guitar before the vocals come in to sweep us pop fans away. I love this sort of stuff, as it’s walking the line between indiepop and punk rock, keeping an edge while remaining ultimately catchy. This track is off the band’s new split with Shark Toys, and it’s available now!
The great thing about the vinyl boom is it seems like everyone’s out there making music, and even more people are out there to release it for them. Still, with some many boutique labels, you’ve got to really search for the right place to release music, or even to buy it. One of those labels that I’ve gravitated towards is Emotional Response Records. They’ve just announced two brand new Split 7″s, and I love them both equally, though for separate reasons. I’m absolutely stuck on Oakland Health Academy (members of Boyracer, American Culture) and their track; it’s featured below and I’d love for someone to deny the power in that song…the feedback on the guitars comes in all the right places. They split the 7″ with Heavy Pet. But, another release is the Enemy Anemone/Cougar Vox Split 7″. That EA track is just this joyous blast of pop music, completed in an endearing ramshackle fashion. Bounce = fun. Stream the songs below, and grab the vinyl from Emotional Response.
I’ve been a fan of Emotional Response and their work since they label was first brought to my attention, so keeping an eye on the label is our job here at ATH. Seeing as the label has been run by Stew and Jen from Boyracer, it would make sense if you pigeonholed the label (though unfortunate), which is why I want to bring you attention to the Wanda Junes. The group specialize, at least in my time with the album, as creators of saloon Americana. By that I mean you can hear the history of our fairly young country (I wasn’t referencing the bastardized genre), dripping with booze and a big band sound recorded in a small room. You should grab the group’s Hi Fi Record from the label right HERE.
The two sides of this new 7″ from the Debutantes are pretty brilliant, yet completely distinct in their respective sounds. The A Side “Adams Apples” is the punishing bit of noise rock with an underlying current of pop sensibility, and very likely to break through your speakers…in a really good way. The flip side has “Kids,” which is a much softer look at the Irish act. This song stays true to the historical undercurrent of indiepop, though the recording has this endearing distortion to it, so as not to be too shimmering. The 7″ just came out from the really awesome folks over at Emotional Response, so you can grab yourself a copy of it right HERE. Oh, and if you order it now, it comes with a 4 song download that makes up the band’s debut EP.
If you didn’t get your hands on last year’s Divide and Exit LP from the Sleaford Mods, then perhaps you missed the boat. The UK act was all over year end lists, and I’ve got a certain fondness for the duo. Musically, they’re definitely in the vein of punk rock: brutal all the way. But, what’s more punk to me are the vocals from Jason. It’s semi-spoken word, semi-rap, yet there’s no subject matter that’s off limits, including relegation rovers, QPR. They’ve got a 7″ featuring one of the catchy tracks off that LP, but it’ll have an exclusive B-Side, which we also have below. Emotional Response is responsible for the single, so get it while it’s hot! Here’s “A Little Ditty” and “I’m Shit at It.”[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/LittleDitty.128.mp3] [audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/ShitAtIt.128.mp3]