It’s Friday, and while I’m here trying to wake up for a late night of Levitation, I know there are three pretty near perfect records for you to soak up today, all with different sonic appeals, meaning you get a little bit of everything if you wanna win!
Red Pants – Not Quite There Yet (Meritorio Records)
This is a record that lands somewhere in the land between Sonic Youth and Low, but if you had recorded that record in hopes of offering a solitary listening experience. The more time you give this LP, the more its secrets are revealed.
The Louisiana band is crafting post-punk like no other; they fill their songs with quick turns and sonic changes, each song refreshing in its ability to shift gears in an instant. Oh, and with all the weirdness, it still comes off catchy in the right spots.
Honestly, its been a minute since I’ve had this much fun listening to a record. It pulls in psychedelic nods with this punk ethos that gets mixed up in electronic textures that continue to push the envelope of what is and isn’t “indie rock.”
Half Eaten by Dogs is dropping next Friday, and before we get there, we get another chance to sample the incredible work from the Serfs. Jamming this new single you get a sharp little electronic pulse that sets the scene, providing the groove that lets the band lock into their style. A snappy drum beat with hints of tambourine aims to keep pace while the vocals lurk in between the shadows. Speaking of the vocals, they’ve got this animated delivery that almost feels percussive on its own, marching in unison with the notes as they spin us towards the track’s end. It’s begging you to boogie, taking you right to the edge, so sink your teeth into this new one; new LP drops courtesy of Trouble in Mind on October 27th.
We’ve covered all the Onyon jams from Last Days on Earth, so it seems only fitting that we add another of their singles to our coverage, mostly so I can have it in my weekly playlist. This track seems like the sort of tune that could drive the crowd into a frenzy in the live setting; it’s employing these stabbing guitar rhythms that tear through your speakers. The vocals almost work with a pogo stick, bouncing in your ears while the angular nature sets your feet afire. Frantically, you try to keep pace, only to realize, you’re whole body’s spinning maniacally with joy. Last Days on Earth hits on October 13th via Trouble In Mind.
One of the records I’m looking towards before the year is up is this new LP from Cincinatti’s The Serfs; you could file them under a darker brand of outsider post-punk or creative new-wave, but every time you think you’ve got them penned, the new LP seems to shift towards something else. For some reason, the tune feels like you’re locked into a serious round of Arkanoid at your favorite arcade. You can hear the manager complaining in the background, or perhaps cavorting with the local teens in awe. But, you’re locked into the game, the pinging of that little ball hitting a cold electronic note that bounces in your head as it does on the screen. Furthering it all, you hear the echoes of other games and their like-minded digital noises, all bleeding into this one sound that continuously has you pumping quarters into the machine. It’s futuristic nostalgia, and it’s pretty awesome, so be sure to get ready for Half Eaten by Dogs, out October 27th via Trouble in Mind Records.
Like Hansel and Gretel, Melenas have been leaving little motorik breadcrumbs in the forest on the way to the release of Ahora, their latest LP for Trouble in Mind, and while it seems to really come to the forefront of their recent work, I’m really captivated by the textural layering. Here, they’re employing these various rhythmic synth pulses, punctuated by that motorik rhythm, but as the tune is unwrapped before you, you get to hear these overlapping vocal pieces. In doing so, they build yet another layer atop the intoxicating heavy wash of their pop constructs. We’ve reached out via the Internet with some questions about the new album, and maybe bringing back a rock n’ recipe with the band, so stay tuned for news on that before the LP drops. Until September 29th, you’ll just have to take our word on how good the Ahora is.
Officially dropping on Friday, but appearing here today, this great new Onyon track is a must have for everyone’s listening pleasure. In contrast to the dark nature of “Alien Alien,” we find a bit more of a spirited punch to the opening minutes of “Egg Machine.” There’s this upswinging garage guitar work that kicks the tune into movement, driving this hook-laden rhythm right into your earholes. Still, as willing as they are to get a little playful inside their songs, there’s still a hearty growl on the vocals that give the German outfit that edge that makes them standout from many a modern peer. Last Days on Earth drops on October 13th via Trouble in Mind.
This fresh tune from the Serfs, accompanied by an album announcement, was the tune and groove I didn’t know I needed. At times, there’s some synth work that has that crystalline stab like a record from the Knife. But, there’s this heady pulse being pushed here, squeezing every ounce of cool into these shuffling beats working in the undercurrent. Little vocal samples creep and lurk around every corner, but the core vocal is cold and distant, almost indifferent to the twist and turn of every beat bouncing off your bedroom walls. This feels like my soundtrack, the groove for a kid who can’t dance but does it anyways; the band release Half Eaten by Dogs via Trouble in Mind Records on October 27th.
If you’ve not got German band Onyon on your radar yet, might I suggest traveling back in time to revisit their self-titled debut from 2022. If you’re already hip to it, or just looking for something new, Trouble in Mind Records just announced a fresh LP is coming from the group in October. Personally, I love the way the song sort of hits you with these thumping drum beats and this warbling wayward guitar line; the guitar line continues while another more angular note rings in, adding to the tension as the track seems to pogo about in your brain. When the vocals first enter, they do so in this cavernous mode, creating this ominous feel that pervades due to the growling bass line. As the track progresses, there’s a little more emphasis hitting, with the vocals almost operating as a call and response to the musical textures bounding in your ears. If you’re into cool vibes, then check out this ripper; Last Days on Earth is out October 13th.
I am ready to admit that the new stuff coming out on this new Melenas LP is fucking marvelous. Their latest single begins with these synthesized beats creating this giant open space that slowly unfolds as more texture is built into the track. Vocals enter the foray, but their passive calm almost feels like an added layer of melody being built; it’s like a synthetic cake of pop goodness, sugary in all the right spots. I can easily see where fans of Broadcast would find this their favorite new place to hang out, so if that sounds like you, you’re going to want to grab Ahora, which comes out on September 29th via Trouble in Mind Records.
I wanted to run this preview yesterday, but seeing as I already had one Trouble in Mind post, I figured it could wait until today. So, tomorrow night, those inside the greater Austin area can catch Parisian outfit En Attendant Ana playing over at Hotel Vegas. They released the brilliant Principia earlier this year; it showed a lot of maturity in terms of allowing the empty space of their songs to have the same emotive pull as their more energetic bits do. It may seem like I’m talking trash here, but imagine taking a great guitar pop band like Alvvays and asking them to really stretch their sound beyond the confines of expectations for that style; it made Principia one of the more rewarding LPs of this year. Tickets are $10 at the door, which seems super reasonable, and they’ll be joined by Dorio, Exercise and Dmitri: Doors are at 9. You can grab the new LP HERE or at their show!