When you get your copy of Wares new LP, the first three tracks fit seamlessly together, reaching its apex with “Living Proof.” This song almost feels like a state of dreamy consciousness, which fits with the writing experience of Cassia Hardy, who describes the tune as a moment of euphoria after having gender affirming surgery; its one of those rare moments when you can almost trade places with the narrator…perhaps a great thing considering the difficulties the trans community faces. Still, there’s a feeling of hope, a feeling of escaping into the world on your own terms and never looking back. This is just one of the various brilliant moments that fills Survival; you’ll be sure to grab it from Mint Records before its release on April 24th.
I think my favorite thing about this fresh Wares track is that I was actually unable to pigeonhole the song; it’s got sort of a collection of everything we’re all enjoying in the indie rock community. There’s hints in the opening seconds of emo allegiance, though as the song evolves, dreamier aspects open the tune up, occasionally leaving huge space for rocking breakdowns and Cassia Hardy’s voice. At times, she sings with urgency in her delivery, and at other moments she seems exasperated with the world. Perhaps that’s just a representation of an album titled Survival, with this song shining a light on the importance/joy of “consent and safe sex.” This new LP drops via Mint Records on April 24th.
Woolworm just recently released brand new single into the world, and I’m just now soaking it in. I think the band has locked into the modern day tension of humanity; they have these darkened foreboding riffs that ring out, and if not, they bubble just beneath the surface, ominously haunting the song’s pop moments. Those pop moments, though seemingly weary from the world, illustrate our need to keep trying, keep finding our whatever routines work to carve out our own little niche in the world…mine will probably include listening to this song a whole bunch. This tune appears on Awe, which drops on November 8th via Mint Records.
The opening five seconds of this brand new Woolworm track definitely got me; that drum roll moving into those ringing riffs really set me up. I love how the verse came in and offered up a certain softness, especially when that backing vocal sparingly enters the picture. Moving fast, it quickly jumps towards the chorus, where the notes get downshifted ever-so-slightly, taking on more melody and giving off an even softer mood. They call this “Vancouver blanket rock,” and they’re spot on because I just want to snuggle up next to this song and kick back into Tuesday. Awe will be out on November 8th via Mint Records.
You haven’t heard me rave about Dumb? Well, then clearly you haven’t been following this site as of late because I’ve been pretty excited about their forthcoming LP, Club Nites. This tune gives you a little something different, and perhaps in the whole of the record, a little respite. Typically the band are offering frantic, angular chords; there’s a natural pacing that seems to race through your speakers; here, however, they’re pulling back, ever so slightly, showing patience that really allows for the innate hooks to shine through. It’s refreshing to hear them stay in their line while offering you an alternative glimpse at their sound. The album drops next week via Mint Records!
I know just what you think Dumb sounds like when you press play, so lets just put all that nonsense aside. For me, the latest single from the band’s forthcoming Club Nites is that it’s filled with this energy, but only on the surface. The band can always offer pace and angular guitar stabs, but here, the rhythm propels things while the guitars hold back. It’s this unsettling vibe that really forces you to hold onto the lyrical content/vocals just so the song doesn’t spit you up and chew you out…and the song even has this mild mannered fade out…how can you not fall in love? Dumb will release Club Nites on June 7th via Mint Records.
If you’re like me, you need about another day of the weekend to catch up, so you might be struggling on this Tuesday morning. It’s probably best if we kick off this day with something that’s got a little bit of a punch. This new Dumb number doesn’t even give you a chance before force-feeding crunchy riffs and wonky vocals right down your gullet. Sure, you can hear a slight angular jangle in the twisting of the verses, but by and large the band’s pushing heavier riffage through the speakers as the rhythm section has you pogoing right out of your damn office chair. Get up, get loud and get Dumb, but save your best dance moves for that secret sax solo! Club Nites drops June 7th via Mint Records.
I jumped right into this Necking tune because it was delivered my way via Mint Records, a hit making outfit I can always rely upon. In the release, the word “powerhouse” was utilized, and I can’t help but think that’s the most apt descriptor I can come across. It begins with this heavy, almost grunge riff, pummeling your speakers for the first 20 seconds before slinking into this seductively bouncy pop moment; don’t get too comfortable, as the quartet are working with this ‘powerhouse’ concept. As soon as the chorus screams at you, you completely fall for it; “big mouth” is howled at you, angrily, yet when juxtaposed with the verses, you’re hooked. A powerful tune from a powerhouse quartet, who will deliver their power to you via Cut Your Teeth on July 5th.
When Dumb released Seeing Green last year, I blasted that record plenty; it was spastic and fun, yet filled with just enough hooks to satiate a pop nerd like myself. Today the band announce Club Nites, a new collection of tunes, though stylistically, it seems quite similar. It’s got that sort of wonky punk progression, bordering on being just a bit nerdy why keeping the listener a bit off balance. The vocals get delivered with this matter-of-fact spoken word, taking on the style popularized by art-school punkers of late. But, just as I thought I had it all figured out, the track spins and sputters with this angular tailspin that gets out of control before the band bring things right back to order. Club Nites will be out June 7th via Mint Records.
This Friday you’ll be able to get your hands on Football Money, the new record from Kiwi Jr, and the band thought it would be a solid move to drop one final track before sending you to your record store. Here you find the band looking back on the slacker-pop of the 90s, though spun through their own wheelhouse; it sort of sounds like Pavement, with [dare I say] a better vocal. Those chiming guitars twisting and turning high up in the mix are likely to make folks swoon, or at least folks of my ilk. Football Money should be on your radar, and your shopping list; it drops Friday via Mint Records.