Dark bubblegum pop? Isn’t that a contradiction? Well yes, but in the best possible way. Vancouver’s Thee AHs just released this terrific album called Names over at their band camp page that shows a mastery of sugary pop music with enough darkness to tone it down to not only an enjoyable level, but a great one at that. This track, “Andrew,” that I’ve got below will give you a good idea of what I’m talking about, as it blends these two sides of the spectrum quite well. The guitars kick things off on a grungey note, and then the gang female vocals wash the track over with sugary sweetness. Like this song, the whole album is filled with pop goodness that needs you attention, so go pick it up over here and enjoy.
It’s a beautiful day here in Austin and it seems to me that we could all use a bright and sunny tune to go along with our day. This track, “Conversations”, from Vancouver based Avid Walker is exactly what I’m talking about. In it’s simplistic take towards song delivery, the track is catchy as hell and certainly worthy of repeat plays.
Avid Walked has a new EP coming out this September. Stay tuned as we get more tracks your way prior to that date.
Do Tell is the project of Vancouver’s Jocelyn Price, who makes lo-fi indie pop. This track, “See-Through,” is the perfect song for these early spring days, as it combines Price’s airy and whimsical vocals with classic indie pop instrumentation: hooky electric guitar riffs, combined with filling acoustic strumming and the light pitter-patter of percussion. And just when you think you’ve gotten used to the track, Price changes it up slightly and the whole thing builds. If you like what you hear, go head over to Do Tell’s Bandcamp Page and order the Midseason EP.
After a few spins of this great new track “Unburden Yourself” from Vancouver based Mode Moderne, I’m excited to see what their new full length has to offer. The band will of course get the Joy Division label from the get go, but I think the band mix those darker tones with some brighter, more polished pop tendencies. I’ll keep ya posted on how the entire album turns out. Count me as a fan.
New album, Occult Delight, is coming out on January 21st via Light Organ Records.
As many of you know, I have been recovering from a birthday extravaganza over the weekend so my posts have been few and far between. Well I’m getting back into the game with a tasty little fuzz rock number called “Raccoon” coming your way from newer band Zen Mystery Fogg. It’s definitely a fuzz rock song that has a a rougher edge to it that is putting me in a badass mood on this Tuesday. Oh and if you don’t know what a badass mood is, well you’ve never lived my friend.
This song will appear on a 7″ single from the band coming your way on Vancouver based Kingfisher Bluez label.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Zen-Mystery-Fogg-Raccoon.mp3]
Download: Zen Mystery Fogg – Raccoon [MP3]
This new single from Peace is really something special to listen to in its entirety. For the first two minutes (plus) the song builds with intricate guitar play before Dan’s hauntingly deep vocals cooly join in on the fun. While the guitars seem to move in and out, the vocals keep steady hold of the pacing for the track…and then it all breaks down into a raucous stomp in the end, with faintly shouted vocals, then rinsed and repeated. This is just another jam off their upcoming album, The World Is Too Much With Us, which is being put out by Suicide Squeeze on October 8th.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Peace_Tattoo.mp3]
Download:Peace – Tattoo [MP3]
Those of you who are fans of well constructed pop songs that are full of extra instrumentation and catchy guitar lines are really going to love this new tune from Vancouver’s The Belle Game. While the band prepare for the release of their latest effort, Ritual Tradition Habit, which comes out on October 9th via Boompa Records, they’re offering up a single to tease our ears. While the soulful vocals soar, you can’t help but listen for bits of horns hiding behind the indie percussion section, with the band going in and out of focus on different instruments. It’s a fairly exuberant track and I hope you enjoy it.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Wait-Up-For-You.mp3]
Download:The Belle Game – Wait Up For You [MP3]
The great thing about the Internet is that it makes discovering acts a lot easier than it used to be, and lucky for Suicide Squeeze I think they’ve stumbled upon to a real gem. They’ve just signed Peace, a Vancouver act, and plan to release the band’s album, The World Is Too Much With Us on October 16th. It has the slightest hints of Fresh and Onlys, with that heavy vocal being the focus, although it’s not exactly in the realm of modern psychedelia. I appreciate the onward stomp of the track with its crashing cymbals propelling the song forward. Congrats SS, this is going to be a great one.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/YourHandInMine.mp3]
Download:Peace- Your Hand In Mine [MP3]
What? You thought I was joking? Here’s more rock n’ roll, this time from Vancouver’s Nu Sensae. In just a few weeks the group will be releasing their new record, Sundowning, on August 7th via Suicide Squeeze. This track opens with Andrea Lukic’s rough snarl, but while it hits hard immediately, it also has the ability to draw back a little bit. You’ll find a smoother vocal during the chorus, followed by a gut busting guitar solo. I love the brash mentality here, putting a little (or a lot) of balls into the formulaic girl-fronted garage rock of the day.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/NuSensae_100Shades.mp3]
Download:Nu Sensae -100 Shades [MP3]
If you dig hard enough, you can find some really incredible groups putting out records on bandcamp. That’s how I discovered this great number from Little Chords, an act hailing from Vancouver. After doing my research, I was shocked to find out that it’s Jamison from Teen Daze, who’s winning over a lot of people on the Internet. This Little Chords effort isn’t as dance heavy, instead reminding me of the bedroom works of Jack from Wild Nothing. You can find this song, as well as other on the new record just released called Afterlife. It’s definitely repeated spin worthy.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/03-Always_Never.mp3]
Download:Little Chords – Always/Never [MP3]