For the 8 or so people who read this blog on the regular, you’ll likely be aware of my affection for all things Oceanic, primarily New Zealand and Australia. So, with year end lists in mind, I thought I’d offer up my personal takes on the best tunes to come out of the area in 2017. There’s no particular order, just my sixteen favorites of the year.
There’s even a fun little playlist at the bottom for you to enjoy!
Not that long ago we brought you news of a new Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys album coming our way, and now we’ve got another jam from the album to share with you. For me, this is where indie rock should always go. The chords ring, with slight elements of distortion to keep the noise level up, but it all works in a unifying pop realm. You like noisy rock? You’ll win with this one. You want a swirling bit of pop as waves of feedback crash? You win again. Basically, we’re all winning when songs like this are unleashed into the world. Look for the group’s brand new album, Rot, to drop via What’s Your Rupture on November 10th.
The sounds from this new single released by Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys might sound fairly familiar, especially if you read this here site. The group is the new project of Joe from Royal Headache, and it rides along the same lines; it uses these great gritty guitar chords that ring through your speakers while the vocals are delivered in a very matter of fact manner…those fans of the Replacements will want to keep an eye on this for sure! The group will be releasing their new record, Rot, on What’s Your Rupture/RIP Society come November 10th. I give this jam an A plus.
Who doesn’t love some quality synchronized dance steps done to the beat of a 70s glam rock hit? When you take a peek at the video that Savoy Motel did for “Sorry People” below, you’ll find yourself transported to another age completely– visually, the aesthetic of the video matches the traditional glam rock of the music, which makes it all feel right. The song is a gem, and I find myself even more engaged in the music while watching the video. Take a few minutes to spend with Savoy Motel and ease through the rest of the day. Their self titled debut album will be out October 21st viaWhat’s Your Rupture? Records.
We knew this was coming (insider trader info), but we’re glad the whole world gets to finally be part of what’s sure to be the next big thing, Savoy Motel. The Nashville group should please the fans of old school R&B/boogie, whilst still showing the new school hipsters that there’s enough noise and creativity (and swagger) to make the music important to them. It’s a sound that seems timeless and refreshing; there’s nothing like it on the current landscape, and there might not have been anything like it in the past, yet you’ll feel like you’re in the know. The group are working with What’s Your Rupture now, so expect news on an album soon. Oh, and it stars Jeffrey Novak, who we’ve covered in varying ways here on the site…ya dig?
What’s Your Rupture just recently tossed up another of the new tracks off the forthcoming Honey Radar LP, and this one takes the band’s psychedelic tendencies to another level. From the get-go, the song has a funky little guitar plod and a settle vocal delivery that casually chills atop it all. That guitar, however, is just waiting for its moment, waiting to creep out of its cage and take the freak-out level a little bit higher. As the guitar squeaks and squawks, there’s a vocal sample fading out the track. Cool and crunchy…Blank Cartoon comes out on May 20th.
Look who’s back with a brand new full length for those ears? Honey Radar. I only recently (as in the last year or so) got into the band, but I’m definitely ready for the vibes I’m hearing in this new single from the group. You’d be an idiot to ignore the psychedelic influences, yet the recording of the vocals seems to have a different effect than many of the other like-minded acts. Looks like the band are readying their brand new album, Blank Cartoon, via Whats Your Rupture on May 20th.
Just last week I urged you to check out Honey Radar and their new 7″ for What’s Your Rupture, but now they’ve got a new jam they’ve offered up for Unblinking Ear Records Office Series. This track is definitely on the shorter side, but it manages to pack enough of a punch to make it worth your time, offering up a psych-jangle with a coated vocal calmly cooing in the forefront. I’m in love with the band’s seemingly casual approach to songwriting, crafting hits that feel half-hearted in a sense, though somehow managing to pull at your emotions. It’s up for the NYP over at Unblinking Ear.
I like to think of What’s Your Ruptureas the label that births the cool. Seems like every band they work with at some point explodes and gets cool; see Love is All, Parquet Courts and Royal Headache. One of the newest releases is this very small scale 7″ by Honey Radar, and I’ve got big expectations for this band’s sound. Not sure how one would really identify their sound, though you can hear all sorts of influences from lo-fi to jangling pop to art punk; it makes for a beautiful sound that I can’t believe more people aren’t clamoring over just yet. Guess that’s the price one pays for being ahead of the curve. Stream the 7″ below and BUY IT HERE.
It’s pretty hard to pick a show of the week when the week is just getting started, but seriously, if you miss this show you’re going to regret it for the rest of the night. One of our favorite local acts, Jonly Bonly is opening up, followed by their friends and rock n’ roll trio Bad Sports. I’d go to a show to see both of those bands alone, but Royal Headache is coming! They’re an Aussie act, so you never know when you’ll be able to catch them. But, they’re also blowing in to support their new LP, High (WYR?). It’s the perfect blend of soul and post-punk, and the energy from Shogun on stage is something you won’t wanna miss. Please please come hang out. Doors are at 8 PM.