Over the years, Vancouver’s been delivering some quality acts, so let’s go ahead and add Species Traitor to that list of rad bands from the area. Having just released their self-titled LP, I wanted to point folks ears in their direction, particularly for those in love with the sounds of Silver Jews. A great many of the tracks have that playful folk style, drawing on heavy vocal tones and the ambiance of the accompaniment. I tossed up the song below as it gives a bit of a glimpse of the band’s capabilities when they put their foot on the pedal, as it picks up a bit more flare and drive. Something I reckon you oughta check out now that we’re back in it!
While the world might not be entirely aware of Ovens and their history, the indie world surely knows of Tony Molina and his gifted songwriting. He released several great LPs via Slumberland and has since dropped a few more, but we’re here to talk about his earlier work in Ovens. The San Fan band are getting the reissue of their work via Tankcrimes, and there’s now two more tracks available from the collection. Honestly, you’d be best suited to jump to Bandcamp and play these songs in succession. They’re perfectly matched, “Good Idea” offering Tony’s softer side, teasing his craft of melody before jumping right into the ripper that is “Bad Day.” The Ovens collection drops on December 2nd.
London based artist Olly Bailey has really been delivering some solid, rocking jams recently under his recording moniker Jaws the Shark. Today his new single called “Reno” is yet another real example of a true knack for crafting some catchy, raucous, and energy packed rock tunes. Take some time to give it a listen, you won’t be disappointed.
Jaws the Shark will be releasing this track as part of a self-titled EP due out on November 25th via So Recordings.
I’m an avowed Tony Molina fan, and knowing part of his history, Ovens is definitely a huge piece, which is perhaps why the band are releasing a huge double LP 44 song reissue of their work via TankCrimes. There’s a couple of tracks to enjoy from the release, with one certainly nodding to the pop riffs Weezer was pulling off about the same time, but it includes the noted Molina brevity. The other tune still has a nice little bounce, but a little cleaner sound, hinting at some of the work Tony would pull into his later catalog. Regardless of whether you’re a TM fan or not, the collection has a bit for everyone, if you’re into power pop, punk, metal, emo; it all fits into the Ovens LP, which will drop on December 2nd.
There have been some really great tracks that have all led us to the release this week, and we’ve spent some time hopefully supporting the stuff that hits the hardest, in our books anyways. Most of these, other than one, probably haven’t gotten as much hype as they deserve, thus, here I am to be that voice. So, I’ve collected those album streams and encourage you to go grab copies for your collection, as all of these releases are worth spending your time with today.
Chorusgirl – Colapso Calypso (Reckless Yes)
The Reds, Pinks and Purples – They Only Wanted Your Soul (Slumberland/Tough Love)
Cozy Slippers – Cozy Slippers (Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten/Subjangle)
Adults – For Everything, Always (Fika Recordings)
Winter – What Kind of Blue Are You (Bar None Records)
Just like many bands in 2019/2020, Brooklyn based group S.C.A.B. was hit pretty hard during the dark times of lock down/quarantining. In 2019, the band released their promising debut album Beauty & Balance, but unfortunately couldn’t do much to tour or continue or promote. Well the band pressed on and managed to record a whole new set of songs as part of their upcoming sophomore, self-titled LP. New single, “Why Do I Dream of You” shows a sludgy meets haze brand of indie rock which might be for fans of Deeper with a hint of New York Garage rock. Welcome back dudes.
I hope you’re not afraid of bears, as this video is chock full of them, or at least one! But, the video comes with the joy of knowing that an LP is on the way from Cozy Slippers, with the added bonus that that’s just around the corner in October. As for the tune, it splits a nice balance between some psychedelically washed guitar grooves and a sugary sweet bounce from the vocals. Generally speaking, both styles are great, but its been a minute since I’ve heard them both balanced so seamlessly. Psycho-pop for the win? Whatever the genre, the self-titled release is out October 14th via Subjangle and Kleine Untergrund Schallplatten.
So, I’m probably a few days late to this one, but I was on vacation! And, as a huge Slumberhead (that’s what we call ourselves, right?), I’m entitled to to post about the announcement of the Umbrellas debut LP! This San Fran act honestly reminds me of their label-mates, the Jeanines, except maybe clearing out some of the fuzzy cobwebs and offering up a more sugary presentation. It’s heavy on the jangles, sharpened with great melodic vocals, and to be fair, it’s everything you’ve probably ever loved about indiepop bands, past and present. A timeless sound that I never tire of hearing; look for the self-titled debut on August 6th via Slumberland!
I can see how some folks might get confused upon watching the first minute of the new video from Dark Tea, but, thematically it opens up the story of the video…not to mention it builds the anticipation, which upon release, is quite special. The song is built entirely on a background piano, sort of slogging its way through, almost working its way out of tune as Gary Canino lets loose. That nice little pop burst you’ve been waiting for lives near the 3 minute mark, letting you get lost in the swirl of guitars and riding waves of cymbals and backing vocals; it’s filled to the brim with delicious layers of musicality. Look for the tune on Dark Tea, out April 30th via Fire Talk Records.
It’s Friday…and I just wanted to point you in the direction of some jams that have been on rotation around these parts, just in case you don’t have the time to really browse through the web and find that magic. So here’s a couple of suggestions on my end.
Cool Sounds are an Aussie outfit we’ve supported for some time, and today they release Bystander around the world. For me, I’ve been drawn to “Back to Me” since I first heard it, so I’m sticking with that as my favorite slow burn on the LP, but, there’s this subtle sunlight from “South of France.”
And, earlier this week we tossed out a tune from Toledo, and the band drop their Jockeys of Love EP today. It’s a collection of well written ballads with just a faint hint of that subtle emo sound; it reminds me a lot of Good Morning, offering just good clean guitar tunes to bounce around in your head.
Kelly Duplex‘s debut LP is something I’ve been raving about the last few months, sharing every little single I could. Well, today’s the day you get to hear it in its entirety, courtesy of Strange Daisy. Plus, if you’re a collector of vinyl, you’ve got to see all the limited edition colors they’re offering…on top of these rad songs!