Japanther is a band who’ve given us some great tracks in the past that usually show up here on ATH. Today I have another one of those stellar tracks called “Take Me In”. It’s a definite pop-punk number for all of you who sometimes over think your musical tendencies. This one is short, sweet, and gets to the point quick with a track time of under 2 minutes. I can dig that.
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The Wind-Up Birds are a UK pop-punk band, but it’s clear that the definition of pop punk varies from continent to continent. Vocal delivery is definitely a touch different, which you’ll easily notice–to me it recalls Art Brut in the way it’s very matter of fact, almost spoken word. The group’s just released their new album, The Land, and it’s full of sharp and jagged guitar licks just like the one here. If you’re a fan of bouncing punk rock, then this is going to be right up your alley!
Download:The Wind-Up Birds – Cross Country [MP3]
There are tons of reasons to adore the hard-work of Slumberland Records, but as the band continues to expand their catalogue I’m amazed at the talent they’re bringing on to their team. English Singles is a Sacramento band, and while you can see similarities to a lot of their labelmates, they’ve got a little more of an off-kilter punk rock sound. My ears finds this sort of raucous gang vocal approach ultra-endearing, and the more I listen the more that seems to move beyond my nostalgic leanings towards punk rock and more towards simple adoration. This four song 7″ is out now!
Download:English Singles – Finer Points [MP3]
We’re running a very rock oriented Thursday it seems, so Sweden’s Terrible Feelings fit right in with that motif. The group recently signed on with Deranged Records to release their album, Shadows, this April. For my ears, it’s definitely got something going on, beyond stereotypical punk/pop; there’s something in the vocal delivery that harkens back to days before punk was even born, lending itself to sort of a haunting effect. Sweden seems to think they’re full of angst and darkness, and I see that, but over here in the States, it’s just good old fashioned rock n’ roll–the kind we love here at ATH.
Download:Terrible Feelings – Intruders [MP3]
It’s been a mild week, musically speaking, with nothing really rocking coming my way. So, when I got this new track from Dirtnap Records about the Steve Adamyk Band, a little bit of joy came across my face. It’s got a classic pop-punk sound, and there’s nothing wrong with that. For those looking for a little bit of fun, get into this one now. Sharp guitars, hooks, gang vocals and oh so much more. If you dig this, you can get your hands on the group’s newest, Forever Won’t Wait, come the end of the year. Maybe it’s just me, but this definitely made my day.
Download: Steve Adamyk Band – Landslide [MP3]