A long while ago I posted a hit from Joanna Gruesome, and it appears Slumberland Records were watching, as they just picked up the Cardiff group to release the band’s debut album, Weird Sister. On the first single from said album, the group comes out with a rioting rock taste, blasting off noisily. But, one of the reason’s I love the band is evident in the track too; they pull back from the barrage of noise and add a sweetness to the track, with softer melodies and a bit of serenity….of course they blast right back off again. You can grab the album from the group on September 10th when it hits stores.
There’s really not too much information floating about for Manchester outfit, Money, although they did get a decent response with their Cillian Murphy directed video. I’m pretty impressed with the group’s sound, with the group making stunningly dense pop tunes with various movements within their tracks. You’ve got to listen carefully to grasp, or hear rather, all the tiny touches the band put into their songwriting. Should make for a remarkable debut when they release The Shadow of Heaven on August 26th via Bella Union.
The last month has been pretty kind to New York’s Porches, garnering a strong positive response with their early single. They’re back already with the newest tune from their upcoming album, Slow Dance in the Cosmos. For my ears, this song has two personalities, both equally enjoyably. The first is sort of an amped up sad-bastard approach to pop structure; it slowly builds until the change up. It’s brief, but there’s a bouncing step that comes in a couple of times in the track. I like that it gives a different touch, though slight, to the song’s overall feeling. Give it a go and see what you think. You can pick up the album on August 27th via Exploding in Sound Records.
I just picked up this gem of a 7″ from Rainbow Gun Show the other day at the record store, and I’m so hooked that I had to share it with you all. The Chicago act has this lo-fi quality that bursts with catchy melodies. I can’ describe the sound perfectly, so I won’t even try, but I think that this 7″ has the making of a great future for the group; they clearly have elements that make their music accessible and interesting. If you’re into the sound, you can pick the release up from Hozac Records, who I consider pretty dependable.
Okay, so Of Montreal puts out tunes almost every year, so why is this so exciting? Well, for me, this single seems to exemplify the sound from the group that I first fell in love with when I jammed to Satanic Panic in the Attic; it’s not all bleeps and bloops, choosing to focus on more traditional guitar based melodies. Still, it’s every bit a Kevin Barnes sound, which never ceases to impress me; I really like the vocal tone switch around the 2:15 minute mark. The new record is titled lousy with sylvianbriar, and it’ll see a release from Polyvinyl Records on October 8th. Hope it all sounds this great.
One of the acts I’ve been keeping a close eye on, Classy Nude, is releasing a split with another such act, Quitters. Both Austin acts specialize in crafting pop tunes centered around well-written guitar chords, leaving listeners with hooks to tap their toes to today. CN has been kind enough to share their part of the split 7″ with us, and we’re happy to share that track with you as well. If you like what you hear, you can order the 7″ HERE, or you can head out to Hotel Vegas on Thursday night to pick one up in person from both bands. That bill also includes other heavy local hitters like Act Rights, Poppy Red and RF Shannon. Dig the tune below![audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/CD-Master.mp3]
We’ve long been fans of Islands, not to mention the various other projects by Nick Thorburn (especially Human Highway), so we’re always happy when he pops up with a new song. His group are back, after a little over a year, with a brand new album titled Ski Mask; it hits stores in September. The first single we get to here builds really slowly, but jumps off into the collage-o-pop masterpiece that has made Nick so endearing over all these years. Plain and simple, the guy knows how to write catchy tunes. Listen and see.
Those of you who were elsewhere Saturday night missed the mesmerizing set by Love Inks that closed out the Rockaway Beach Party at Hotel Vegas. On the heels of that remarkable performance I awoke today to find news that the group had announced the release of their new album, Generation Club; it’ll be released on September 24th. Their lead single for the upcoming release has a hypnotic beat that vibes throughout, whilst lead singer Sherry Leblanc cooly let’s the warmth of her vocals float atop. Songs like this one, and a live show to back it up, show that the band is poised for a really incredible end to 2013.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/01-Solar-Diary.mp3]
Oh man. Monday rules. I can’t tell you how excited I am for the return of one of my favorite bands, The Terry Malts. Their debut album still gets spins, but we should all rejoice knowing that they’ll be back with Nobody Realizes This is Nowhere on September 10 via Slumberland Records. Their first tune from the album definitely has that chainsaw buzzing guitar accompanied by infectious bass lines and precision drumming. I really can’t say enough things about this band, on record or in the live setting; they kill, simple as that. Enjoy this new jam.
If you haven’t seen us raving about Warm Soda, then you probably haven’t been following our site for too long. Their album released earlier this year was full of delicious power pop that continues to show up on all of our playlists. But, the band has turned around instantly with the Tell Me In a Whisper 7″. The A-side isn’t as furious as previous work, but it definitely exemplifies the group’s habit for constructing perfect melodies around their guitar chords. Soft or not, this is such a sweet jam that it only convinces me this band won’t do anything wrong. Keep writing the hits boys!