What? You didn’t get enough Terry last year with I’m Terry? Well, lucky for you and I that the band have something new up their sleeve by way of the Who’s Terry? 7“. Pulsing electronics kick the song off, eventually submerging beneath the front of the mix to serve as the song’s heartbeat. Ringing guitars come in, matched in their pace by a steadied vocal delivery that marches you through the track, fading away just enough for a nice little crisp guitar solo. There’s even some faint audio that almost sounds like the band sitting around at practice in the track’s latter half; it’s charming, drawing your ear even closer. At this point, I don’t really see Terry writing a bad tune; they just keep crafting hit after hit; this one drops on Upset the Rhythm on July 19th.
One of the great things about the wealth of information at our fingertips, to me, has to be the discovery of acts long ago forgotten. And Upset the Rhythm, having already reissued More Wealth Than Money have opted to follow up that album by re-issuing What’s Going On, the 1984 album from Normil Hawaiians. This track, like the album, is just this sonic exploration pulled off in post punk fashion. It begins with what almost sounds like looped tapes, something we’re all familiar with by now…just before the guitar begins to ring through your speakers in that angular stomp. Vocalist Guy Smith enters the frame, wailing on the high (and is that a whistle?); it’s working in complete contrast with the propulsive rhythm section, yet it’s all tied tightly together. Later bits of the song get these little stabbing riffs cutting through the vibe, and then bam, we’re done. This is an intoxicating introduction to a group I knew little about.
I feel like I could listen to Red Channel every day. The LA act just shared another tune from the redone and soon to be reissued Crazy Diamonds EP (the EP originally came out in 2018), and dammit if it’s not a jam and a half. It’s got this sure-fire punk vibe, especially with the way some of the vocals are delivered, but beneath it, there’s this soulful nod to R&B/doo-wop that gives the track an undeniable catchiness. Plus, the rhythm section is spot-on throughout the entirety of the track, particularly the bass work bumping in and out during the verses. This song is fire! The whole EP drops on April 19th via Upset the Rhythm.
Last summer, Vital Idles quietly released Left Hand; I’m not sure it got the appreciation it deserved in my neck of the woods. But, perhaps the sharpness of their new EP will put folks in the US on notice that they’re an outfit to keep an eye upon in the future, if not today. The bass line bounces the listener into the song as muted guitar riffs await the full barrage of the rest of the group; here, the band walk that fine line between minimalist pop and post-punk. I love how the lyrics are stretched over several chords in their delivery, though they do grow more frantic; that all culminates in a closing moment of discord for the last 45 seconds, with the band acting out just a wee bit more. They release their new EP on March 8th via Upset the Rhythm.
Just the other day I was rambling on with Internet fans about the best bands coming out of Australia/New Zealand these last few years…and I know for a fact that Terry were mentioned. Well, clearly they were reading our online banter, as the group just announced a brand new LP…with a catch new track. Like many great acts from the region, the band here balance scuzzy noise with savory sugar pop antics. There’s a musical meandering that closes the song that’s so ominous, those who jump right to it will likely think they’ve found a punk gem. But, there’s bubbling bass lines and sing-along chorus work to thrill! The group release I’m Terry on August 30th via Upset the Rhythm.
Strangely, was just having a discussion the other day, or a listing party rather, of great Australian acts currently working over there…I’d now like to add Primo to my list. The Melbourne based group are about to drop Amici next week, and what better way to start your day then with a little preview. The opening distorted guitar solo might lead you the wrong way, switching immediately to this bubbling wonk of a guitar line that’s most assuredly going to have your toes wearing holes in the floor. In the chorus you get a smoother pop vibe, almost entrancing you before bounding back to the energetic pulse of the tune. Upset the Rhythm drop Amici on July 13th.
School Damage are in the release cycle, and this is the second track we’ve heard from their forthcoming EP. Apparently, this whole EP is dedicated to a cat, thus the title Four Songs About One Cat. However, when it comes to the musical element, you might be slightly surprised at this new single, unless you spent enough time with their self-titled LP (like the track “Online Shopping”). Their songs typically have this frantic art punk styling, but here, there’s almost a dreamy 60s Velvets vibe, or perhaps some intoxicating track from a Wes Anderson movie. If you’re into it, then go grab the new EP form Upset the Rhythm.
Perhaps there’s no greater joy for a blogger than to watch a band you love, such as Rat Columns, blossom into something you can tell you’re going to obsess over for years to come. This new single from their album Candle Power is honestly one of the favorite things I’ve stumbled upon this month; it’s got this relaxed indiepop vibe with twinkling bits of bells bouncing through the mix. There’s even a classic rock n’ roll guitar line cutting through in the distance, popping up between verses. Upset the Rhythm release the album on April 1st, and I’m going to love it from that day forth.
Just because Seattle gets all the love, doesn’t mean you should ignore Olympia. Its got the history, and more importantly, its got VEXX. The four-piece rock n’ rollers are prepping another mini-LP, Wild Hunt, which is going to be released in early November via M’lady’s Records and Upset the Rhythm. If this tune were shorter, I don’t know if I’d love it as much, as there seem to be two ideas smashed into one another, creating this cacophonous rabble that’s as enchanting as it is energetic. Sometimes it seems to me like the world can use more bands like this…just bringing home great no-frills rock.
While I was out of the country (or actually waiting at the airport) I saw an email with info about TERRY. I was salivating…Dick Diver, Total Control and UV Race members? So, excuse me if I’m a touch late, but this shit is rad. There’s a slightly surfy guitar chord being picked throughout, working against a more discordant compatriot guitar and vocal. There’s something about the attitude of the song, something saying I don’t give a shit, just going to non-chalatantly kick this song out…a rad touch. The band release their debut TERRY HQ on Upset the Rhythm on July 1st.