Reading the release info from Skinny Girl Diet is like a dream, saying all the right things, promising all the right dreams. The three piece build off their love of punk, grunge and even R&B, but aren’t looking to be defined by anything specifically; they’re aiming to make music that’s as passionate as they are, leaving you with a message in the long run. They claim to be tired of what’s been labeled “punk,” and they aim to take back the attitude of a lost culture. Musically, you can definitely hear the remnants of grunge on this particular number, which, for me, created feelings of nostalgia along with a simultaneous promise of hope for their new record Heavyflow; it’ll be released by HHBTM Records on November 4th.
I’m a big fan of frivolous rock n’ roll…the let your hair down, turn the volume up and let yourself go. Seems like HHBTM Records is the same, which is why they’re putting out the upcoming Cowtown album, Paranormal Romance. I mean, the promo work asks you to imagine Deerhoof covering Devo in the vein of the Minutemen, so it’s gotta be something…artistic, spastic and high energy. The records is scheduled for a release on August 19th, and the video below should entice you, especially as the guitar squall closes the tune out!
Out of the ashes of Throwing Muses came 50 Foot Wave, and they’ve been blasting rock n’ roll since 2003. It’s interesting to hear Kristin Hersh amidst the current climate, especially since her voice and style has definitely influenced the work of a lot of current female artists, whether they’re aware of it or not. This track opens fairly casually, just Hersh and a maneuvering guitar, waiting for the rhythm section to join her. Soon after the 30 second mark the band picks up the energy, giving heavier riffs while Hersh’s powerful vocal performance dominates your speakers. I appreciate the fact that the surface level of this track seems so simple, yet beneath it lurks varying changes in structures and time; it should make for a powerfulalbum worth of tunes; look for Bath White on may 27th via HHBTM Records.
The last time we heard from Eureka California was back in 2014 with their album, Crunch (you should already own that one by now). They returned this week with this exhilarating rocker, fueled by distorted guitars and an earnest vocal performance. Before you know it, the song’s over and you press play again, taking you on another rocking journey from these Athens rockers. Their new album will be released on March 26th via Happy Happy Birthday to Me Records; it’s titled Versus…and it’s shaping up to be better than the last one, which is saying a great deal.
Purgatory/Paradise saw a limited CD release last year, which earned Throwing Muses some incredible press. But, with the CD medium not always reaching all the corners of the world, HHBTM Records has opted to release the full length via vinyl and cassette. The song below is one of the main singles from the band, so why not revisit for a taste of what you’ll get when you, undoubtedly, pick up your own copy. Kristin Hersh sounds as confident and strong as she ever has, and that goes for the whole album, not just this track. You’ll definitely want to take a listen if you haven’t already.
After an excellent album on Slumberland Records last year, Joanna Gruesome are here with a brand new 12″ to illustrate why they’re one of the most exciting acts of the last few years. They’re splitting this 12″ release with Trust Fund, with three songs coming from each band; the US release will come via HHBTM in late September. The immediate infectious quality of this song comes in via a jumping rhythm and male/female vocal duties. There’s even some erratic shouts in the background to help keep the band’s edge in tact. Fall in love with Jerome below:
Joe Jack Talcum is probably better known for his comical word play in songs like “Big Lizzard,” but it seems that the Dead Milkmen songwriter has long had a soft side that I wasn’t even aware of, despite calling myself a fan. HHBTM is releasing the second collection of Talcum’s home recordings, illustrating a more down-trodden songwriter; this song has a heavy buzz on the guitar in the recording, showing us all what lo-fi really is meant to sound like. So if you’re wondering what one of your favorite writers does in the confines of his home, give a listen to Home Recordings Vol. 2 1993-1999; it’s available right now.
I really love a track that just gives into the soul of the song, discarding all the bullshit to the side. That’s the feeling I get when I listen to pretty much every song on the up-coming Eureka California album. Their songs are catchy, as you’ll see below, but aside from standard song structures, the group doesn’t worry about much else; they dive into their songs with reckless abandon, emboldened by the spirit of just playing good rock n’ roll. You can pick up their new album, Crunch, from HHBTM Records as we speak.