When German outfit Velcros sent an email that described their latest single as “Big Star on an adrenaline rush,” I absolutely had to check it out. They’re not far off here either, rushing through this fuzzy scuzzy punk rock ditty, filled to the brim with all sorts of musical gems. It’s crazy to me how well they pull of the pop-centric middle of the tune with all that fury thundering around them. If you’re able to keep pace with their 192 beats per minute rock anthem, you’re welcome to sing along! But, if you just want to jam, grab Strange News From the Vault when it drops on March 22nd!
Berlin based Grimson has really been catching our ear over in the ATH offices as of late. Already we’ve been treated to two new singles over the last few months, and now we have the entire new album to stream below! Climbing up the Chimney is a showcase of all the things that make the young Aiden Berglund a true spotlight of a songwriter in the game today. He has a delicate nature to things with folk inspirations and light hints of brightness throughout the entire album. Check out this beauty below and also consider picking up a physical copy via bandcamp.
I’ve been covering Lars Schmidt’s project the Radio Field the last few years or so, and with Don’ts and Dos hanging on the end of August horizon, we get a chance to hear one more track before the record officially hits. When this track dropped in, it had this huge kick to it that immediately took me aback; it felt like a really punch bit of pop rock, and for some reason reminded me of the Rentals. Lars gets some harmony help by friend Mimi Welldirty here, building in some vocal textures that allow for maximum hook potential. A bit of snappiness with a huge wallop of volume have this single sitting as one of the LPs standouts. Don’ts and Dos drops via Subjangle on August 25th.
If you’ve not got German band Onyon on your radar yet, might I suggest traveling back in time to revisit their self-titled debut from 2022. If you’re already hip to it, or just looking for something new, Trouble in Mind Records just announced a fresh LP is coming from the group in October. Personally, I love the way the song sort of hits you with these thumping drum beats and this warbling wayward guitar line; the guitar line continues while another more angular note rings in, adding to the tension as the track seems to pogo about in your brain. When the vocals first enter, they do so in this cavernous mode, creating this ominous feel that pervades due to the growling bass line. As the track progresses, there’s a little more emphasis hitting, with the vocals almost operating as a call and response to the musical textures bounding in your ears. If you’re into cool vibes, then check out this ripper; Last Days on Earth is out October 13th.
As German outfit Clear Coast prepare for the release of their latest LP, Departure, they’ve sprinkled in another enticing little number to get your ears all geared up. There’s a heavy wash of keys that gives the song this sort of ethereal nature to it, almost as if the rest of the tune is able to float atop. Vocals and bass both seem to pop and rise, then sink back into the mixture, all of it swirling through your ears with faint hints of modern psychedelia. In the end, the group manage to build this dense blend of styles to create a nice little ditty to kick you into Monday.
German outfit The Radio Field are an up-and-coming band on the whole dream meets jangle realm, and I for one and totally on board. They’ve dropped an EP, but as they ready their debut LP, they’ve enlisted Federica from ATH faves Phantom Handshakes to join them in the fun on this go round. Once the starting gun is off, the guitars twist and turn, opening their jangles into the dreamier realms of of the genre. Vocals enter, overlapping one another; you get a deep tone meeting up with angelic notes, intermingling for maximum sweetness. Churning and turning, there’s a nice emphatic close with some added punch, leaving us with the promise that Don’ts and Dos is going to be a banger; look for the release this August via Subjangle.
If you recall last year’s SXSW recap, you might remember me harping on the work of Roller Derby. The young German outfit are in the midst of finishing up their debut LP, and with that, they’re teasing us with this incredible single. This tune is precisely why I love the act; they bring in this knack for huge choruses and boast powerful vocal work from Philine. Plus, you won’t ever hear me arguing with the jangling guitar work throughout; it’s the sort that gets you jumping about joyously, like the folks you’ll see in this video! Still, it would be easy for the band to circle back through verse/chorus/verse/chorus, but they don’t!. There’s this beautiful breakdown just after the two minute mark before the group dance right back into the hooks! Can’t wait to hear this band’s LP!
Don’t let the dark and dreary atmosphere of the outside influence your mood too much today, and instead check out this new tune called “Phonecall” from German based outfit Clear Coast. It features some really groovy synth work with dance inducing beats and an indie electro influence heard from bands like Small Black or even Tame Impala. I dare you to hit play and not immediately move your body to the beat.
I’m told that this song is featured on a new album entitled Departures coming out sometime this summer.
If you’re like me, and you see the holidays as a long slog through social anxieties instead of rest, though you wish you could make your brain think otherwise, then perhaps turn on this bright new Clear Coast single. These German lads have this sound that’s built somewhere between New Order pop radio tendencies and early 2000s indie rock; it’s a wash with synths and catchy melodies. In summation, its just an energetic bop that really helps you put one foot after the other, giving you a little bit of strength to push on through. I love when a pop tune walks that fine line of dreaminess and hope, so if that’s your need, it’s right below!
I covered a lot of ground at least year’s SXSW, and one of the band’s that absolutely knocked it out of the park was Germany’s Roller Derby. I’d been super high on the band before their show, but their latest single illustrates the group continuing to perfect their pop sound. Here you get the comforting tones from Philine Meyer’s voice, hanging out there almost like a more earnest Nico; it’s a great performance, and one that’s sure to captivate. Still, the band has refined their sound, allowing the chorus to represent the powerful punch, while the verses toy with the dreamier vibes. Hopefully this new single means we’ve got a new LP on the horizon.