Sugar Shield is the new project of Dana Telsrow, who came to my attention via his participation in Karen Meat. While the two share a quirky sensibility to songwriting, the sounds crafted for this project are a touch different. Vocals rise and fall melodically over these electronic bursts, carrying you into the core of the song. It’s here where you find bass and drums accenting the electronics, giving Dana plenty of room to let his voice bounce in step with all the sounds he’s created for you. The whole tunes this intoxicating swirl of pop touchstones that I’m hoping will have you looking towards the release of Beautiful at All Times, out October 18th.
Sure, it’s all sorts of hot outside. But, the best part about Summer (at this point, anyways) is that it does tend to cool off at night. What better way to cool off than hitting up a solid little rock show at Hotel Vegas tonight. Lola Tried recently returned from a nice long tour, so you can bet they’re a well-oiled machine…more so than usual. But those looking to get something extra will enjoy Karen Meat, who just recently released You’re An Ugly Person via Emotional Response…and which we’ve mentioned previously. The songs are catchy and infinitely witty…and you might just leave having snuck in one of the best kept secrets in indie rock circles.
We know you get bombarded with hot new bands every day, but sometimes you overlook really great acts that swim under the radar, such as Karen Meat. The Iowa-based group has everything to make them your favorite act, if you’d only give it a little time. This single has this groovy funk to it, something you’d definitely find on an 80s dance floor, however, the group spins it in a far more playful manner, particularly with the biting lyrical content. You’re an Ugly Person is the album that everyone needs in their life; it’s an amalgam of influences, from electropop to doo-wop to surf pop…with just a hint of kitsch; you can grab the LP right HEREfrom Emotional Response.