I’ve really dug what I’ve gotten to hear from the forthcoming This Dream LP, so as Sungaze keeps dropping singles, I’m going to keep spending a little time with them. Honestly, when “Slow the Burn” opened, there was a brief minute when they felt like they were drawing from the organic nature of early Badlydrawnboy, but as the guitar work begins to ring in your ears, the song naturally takes on a slow burn of its own. Ivory Snow’s voice comes across heavy, offering these drifting tones that craft this natural dreaminess. Little nuanced synth stabs add some textural balance to the track, illustrating the band’s intent of touching up every little detail in their work. This Dream will be available on August 13th.
Summer presses along this week with no more soccer to watch but plenty of rocking tunes to add to your playlist. On this lovely Monday morning we have this new track called “Deflector Head” from Cincinnati based rock group Vacation. The song has a very nice, gritty, driving pop/rock sound to it perfect for your next pool party or adventure.
Vacation will release new album Mouth Sounds #2699 on July 27th via Let’s Pretend Records.
I’ve been writing about Connections pretty much nonstop since I discovered them a few years back via a friend at the record store. They’re back with exciting news…a new LP and a new label; they’ve just signed up with Trouble In Mind. Our first listen has the group readying a steady rock number, heavy on DIY attitude, but filled with infectious hooks. The guitars and drums crash down emphatically, matched by the band’s vocal performance. Perhaps my favorite thing is that the group are just banging out rock n’ roll hits; there’s no pretense, no BS, just swagger and hooks. Foreign Affairs will drop on May 11th.
I know so very little about Columbus based Saintseneca, though I’m looking to remedy that as much as I can today. Let’s start by sharing this new track from the band entitled “River” to get things started the right way. Rock n roll is the name of the game here, with some hints of pop and a pretty slick drumline keeping things driving and interesting throughout. This is an easy one to to enjoy so hopefully we hear more from these guys in the future.
New album Such Things will be out October 9th. Pre-order here.
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Okay, so it’s not actually a filmstrip, though that would be cool. Instead it’s Filmstrip, the band. Listening to their latest single, I can’t help but to recall a more country-fied version of Dinosaur Jr. There’s a slight bit of drawl in the vocals, while the guitars have a cascading effect, though definitely a bit more patient than something Mascis might have penned. Still. there’s something to be said about the ease with which this song hits you in the face; it’s so enjoyable, you’re not even sure you’ve fallen in love with it before it’s left and gone away. The group releases Moments of Matter, their new LP, on November 4th.
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Don Giovanni Records has had a good go of things lately, especially with the work of Screaming Females on their roster. But, new boys Vacation aim to make their own mark with Candy Waves. It provides listeners with sharp guitar lines and catchy hooks, while managing to sound appropriately unpolished.
Feedback opens the doors to Candy Waves with “Pyro Hippies” opening moments before the furiously quick drumming assaults your ears. Here you’ll find the guitar chords knifing their way through the song, and the vocals border on angst, yet still retain a bit of melody. Yet moments later, the bubbly bass work on “Make a Mess” is what grabs you by the ears and pulls you within the depths of the record. This tune has less detail oriented guitar work, but the rhythm section surely offers enough to get your toes tapping and your body jumping about. I want to attach myself to the vocals on this tune, yet they’re just a bit too far below the mix.
For my two cents, the band excels when they offer their pop affinity in their music. “SFA” jumps right into your meat and potatoes punk rock, though spun through a sludgy blender. The vocals offer a glimpse at anthemic moments, while the apparent allegiance to Vacation‘s metal influence is also visible. It opens the way for the hook-laden “Candy Waves,” which might be the record’s standout tune. Again, I think the lyrics could break through if they had just a hint more clarity in the mastering, but you can tell that this is a tune built for fans to join in during live performances. You don’t think the band can share pop sensibility with their metal/punk pedigree? Just start listening at 1.36. They make it three brilliant songs in a row with “Everyone Loves the Sun,” again establishing a gritty beach party feel. This song excels due to the fact that every instrument, including voice, seems to be pulling in an opposite direction, while still maintaining a healthy balance that unites the tune.
Concluding Candy Waves is another of the record’s standouts, “Horny Politicians.” Yes, the killer rhythm section comes through again to give a good push on the final tune, but I think it’s the vocal that allows this number to rise above the rest. There’s clarity throughout the entirety of the song; this allows listeners to really partake in the joy of the song. It’s the perfect closing moment, allowing us to glimpse Vacation at their very best, and perhaps a possible look into their future. And in the end, the record ends with a bang, but you’ll go right back to the beginning to play it all over again. You’ll get the feeling we all had when bands like Wavves felt dangerous, and you’ll be thankful bands like this are still doing it right.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/11-Horny-Politicians.mp3]
We’ve gotta keep Friday going with a banger, and I think this new tune from Vacation is just the right fit. Underneath it all lays a very earnest pop song, verging on power-pop, but the song is filled with discordant noises and a furious rhythm that moves it to an entirely new place. It doesn’t take too long to find this song repeating in your daily playlist, especially if you jam it outside on this beautiful Austin day (hope the rest of the world has such rad weather). You can pick up the group’s new album, Candy Waves, on June 18th courtesy of Don Giovanni Records.
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Daytrotter brings us even more goodness this week with a live recording of a set by Damien Jurado. You can stream or download each song right this very second. If time is limited for you, download or stream the song “Ohio” below. It’s a beauty.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/damienjurado_daytrottersession_4.mp3]
Download: Damien Jurado – Ohio(live) [MP3]