Marcel Wave Announce Something Looming

If you were all aboard the Dry Cleaning brand of jangling post-punk with spoken words, but then felt a little desensitized, might I ask you to check in on Marcel Wave. In many ways, the bands both employ similar sentiments in some of the jittering mannerisms, but ultimately, I find this London bunch a lot more springy. Skip into the song and you’ll likely notice the fashionable post-punk plod, that is, until you hit the chorus where there’s a sparkling disco-ball vocal performance bouncing rays of light all across the track. There’s also some aggressiveness too in spots, hinting at the right type of edge we might find on Something Looming; the LP drops June 14th via Upset the Rhythm/Feel It Records.

Parsnip Announce Behold + Share The Light

I thought I was totally sold on all the hot tracks for today, when out of nowhere, Parsnip sneak in a brand new single and album announcement…the first new stuff we’ve heard from the band in some time. They don’t seem to skip a beat, operating as a psychedelic jangle rock tour de force. Sure, the guitars dance and shake, but there’s this purring from beneath that gives the group a more fuzzed out vibe; I still find that rather intoxicating as the vocals only build in the textural groove that leaves the group with this insatiable quality that’s going to have you rushing to pick up their new LP. Behold is out on April 26th via Upset the Rhythm and Anti Fade Records.

The Pheromoans Share Faith in the Future Video

I’ve really been enjoying the sneak peek at the new LP from the Pheromoans; there’s something in their sound that sounds like a matured Dan Treacy at its best. As you’ll hear on the latest single, the tune offers up these little musical digressions tethered to the song’s center. Vocals are unsettling, melodic at times, then coming across sort of like radio transmissions from the depths of the tune. Is it post-punk or indie rock or some meaningful bastardization of all of the above? Whatever it is, the sound feels refreshing and promising, so I’m all on board for Wyrd Psearch; it drops March 1st via Upset the Rhythm.

The Pheromoans Share New Single, Announce New LP

I have a tendency to fall in love with music that seems like it doesn’t give a shit. Now, that doesn’t mean that the Perhomoans don’t give a shit about you or about how good their songs are, it just means they embrace this cooled indifference that allows them to exist in your pocket, ready to be shared with your closest musical allies. This new single feels like the best single that Robert Pollard never wrote. There’s clarity in the mix, which really allows the listener to focus on the personal narration of the vocals. Guitars turn on a dime, wrapping themselves around every beat and word. Honestly, it’s one of those things where its so good you can’t even describe it, you just feel how good it is. The band release Wyrd Psearch on March 1st via Upset the Rhythm.

New Videos from Upset the Rhythm: Brontez Purnell and Screensaver

I’ve made no secret of my adoration for all things hitting from Upset the Rhythm; they seem to be locked into my coverage, and today they’ve got two brand new videos that I felt were worthy of sharing. The first cut is the new single from Brontez Purnell; he’s a Berkley based artist laying down playful pop punk songs that sound like they were made by your best friend in his garage (I mean that in a good way!). The label releases Confirmed Bachelor on November 10th. On the other video, you get the video version of Screensaver‘s latest, “Future Trash,” which I covered a few weeks back. This is a dark wave goth hit; you’ll find it on their Decent Shapes LP, dropping this Friday!

Screensaver Drop Future Trash Single

A few more weeks and we’ll be able to hear the entirety of the new LP from Screensaver, but for now, I’ll settle for another stunning single to keep my ears ready. This one opens with a purely goth opening, industrial vibes filling the space, which allows the vocals to stalk your speakers, guiding you through the song. While the vocals and the goth nods operate in the front of the mix, you get some added flare behind, listening to the guitars run up and down the corridors from behind, with horns skronking behind in various spaces, filling every inch of the song. Decent Shapes will be out on October 20th via Upset the Rhythm.

Vintage Crop Announce New 7″

Felt a little power-poppy this morning, so felt like I should turn into something a little sharper, a little more brooding, such as this fresh track from Melbourne’s Vintage Crop. The guitars on this song really get you wound up; they curl around your ears, snaking inside in this sort of off-kilter chug, thrusting you right into the pounding stomp of the drum. Jack’s vocals come across in this similar throttle, almost hitting you as each syllable tries to step in line with the rhythm. You get a hint of respite in the track’s middle, with some punctuating synth stabs hitting from behind the mix, all of it leading to the resolution. The video was directed by Oscar O’shea, who aimed to present three parallel versions of Jack, coinciding with the feelings of change in the lyrical content. This new 7″ is available on September 8th via Upset the Rhythm and Anti Fade.

Checking In on New Screensaver

This Screensaver track has been around for a few days, but I’ve been busy okay! Still, I love the rawness of the tune, so I had to be sure that someone over here gave it a look-see. It’s a really challenging vibe, in terms of my ability to pigeonhole things and put them into little boxes, but I’ll give it a go. The track has these varying textures; it feels very much like an early 00s synth band in one channel; the other ear gets to hear this industrial toying, like machines gone awry. All of it gets paired up with this exasperated punk howl that dominates the band’s performance while also fusing all the pieces into one concise musical throttling. the group will release Decent Shapes on October 20th via Poison City and Upset the Rhythm.

Brontez Purnell Announces Confirmed Bachelor

Fresh on the heels of the excellent Jaboukie 7″, Brontez Purnell is ready to return with a new full length LP, Confirmed Bachelor. With that, you get a fresh single, introducing Brontez new solo stuff, and man, I just love the way this song unfolds. It kicks off with these huge riffs ringing around Purnell’s voice. The drums snap in quickly, and the track quickly begins to have this playful bounce to it, but mid-track, there’s a pause and then this striking swirl of guitars feeding back through your speakers, shattering the pop structure just a bit as the tune filters towards a stomping close. Twist and turns and hooks and noise; this tune has it all. Look for Confirmed Bachelor via Upset the Rhythm on September 15th.

The Latest Single from The Toads

This recent Toads track has been bouncing around in my head since last week when it first came out. There’s this natural chug to it, rocking with this rad riff on cruise control. It allows the bass and drums to join at their leisure, seemingly building speed into the song, while steadying folks with the vocals. At 1:42, the song begins to let loose, which is where I totally got hooked, as there’s a rise and fall lyrical moment that sets up a quick drop into a bass line that leaves the listener with one final hook you’ll enjoy! The Toads will release In the Wilderness on June 9th via Upset the Rhythm.

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