Sunday, May 16, 2021

“Shenandoah Shakedown” by John R. Miller

John R. Miller is a Nashville-based singer songwriter playing an invigorating combination of folk, country and rock music. His new track "Shenandoah Shakedown" is good - especially notable is the way his voice lays on top of an ever-changing instrumental bed - starts out with a fingerpicked acoustic, but builds with violin, mandolin and even an electric guitar run that is sort of scorching yet restrained at the same time. Everything's in service of the melody of the song, which is carried by his voice, which of course is telling the story. This is story music. Here's the video:


I really like the feel of this song. Miller has released two other singles, which look to be on this album as well: "Faustina" and "Looking Over My Shoulder". "Faustina" has some good steel guitar, and "Looking" has an intro with a sort of countrypolitan feel. The variety, and more important, the quality of these tracks augur well for the album. The track is available now, and the album Depreciated will be released July 16 on Rounder Records. 

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Tangled Shoelaces - Turn My Dial - M Squared Recordings and More 1981-84 (Reissue)


Sometimes when I see a band name I wonder whether there had been a decision to close their eyes and then name the band after the first object in view when eyes are opened again. So, it might be a 'car seat headrest', 'blue ocean', 'mountain' or mean uncle Bob - and I'm 'grateful he is dead' (only shortened to fit on the drum kit). Whatever, some of those names work and some don't. And of course, many or all may have been chosen for other reasons. But if a young Brisbane band in the early '80s chose their name by opening their eyes finding themselves looking at their tangled shoelaces, it would be all too perfect. Perfect, because they were kids aged 10-14 when they started the band. Moreover, the songs on the record featured here -- Turn My Dial - M Squared Recordings and More 1981-84 -- were recorded when they were 11-18 in age. The charming name is one thing -- and a very good thing -- but the quality of the music from musicians so young is truly remarkable.

Their music is relatively uncomplicated, but melodic, resolutely upbeat, sincere, versatile, and playful. Sure, is is naive at times, but that is honest expression for teens too young to enter a pub or get a driver's license. Moreover, the 22 songs on this compilation reveal a band whose members could write ace songs, play multiple instruments, and deliver a good show. That they broke up in 1984 when the oldest members were just 18 seems a shame, but they left a number of tracks which previously were issued by Sydney label M Squared. That album and other selected gems now has been reissued in digital and vinyl formats via Melbourne's Chapter Music. And having lived with this delightful playlist for a few weeks, we are extremely grateful that they did. It helped us all feel young again.

Tangled Shoelaces were sibling Stephen, Lucy and Martin Mackerres, and their neighbor Leigh Nelson on drums.



Bandcamp for album

Link index for Tangled Shoelaces

Kendra Sells - All In Your Head

In the course of seven songs, one an interlude and one labeled an outro, Kendra Sells takes the listener on an exhilarating trip, and true to the title, it is all in your head. The one constant throughout the EP is her sinuous, fantastic voice. She is able to contort the vocals to fit all types of music - for example, the psychedelic soul of lead track “Your Cut”, a song that has plenty of musical twists:


 Another turn around the bend is "Call Me When Ur Dead", a pleasant instrumental with sort of a samba feel, which plays out as the singer fully executes a breakup. How many ways can you say "don't call me again"? Well, that's the deal here. She's singing it all the way out, because she wants to make sure this person gets the message:


 The key track to me on this record is "Wondering / Bad Doctorzz". This is the one where Sells delivers her eclectic musical talent with both barrels, and it is a true wonder. As mentioned, this record is all over the place, in the best way possible. From psychedelic soul to a Brazilian-tinged sweet-sounding breakup ballad to, what we have here, a track featuring a Black Sabbath guitar intro which leads into a slinky vocal in which Sells sounds like she is singing about a bad boyfriend ("It's a trap so don't pay him no mind / Cause he's used to getting his way all the time"), and then the music switches gears into some serious Bad Brains-style punk guitar noise, while Sells segues into singing about a real problem in a personal way:

Bad doctors build a repertoire of writing people off
Say call us when you’re dead if you’re just worried bout a cough
You don’t look like my daughter and you don’t look like my son
If they don’t see a problem then they don’t believe there’s one
Just cause they don’t see a problem doesn’t mean there isn’t one



That probably works better than a study or a page full of statistics at getting you to pay attention to the fact that some people are not treated the same way as some other people by the health care industrial complex, because she sounds like she's singing from experience, with some real anger, and the music is bracing, so you're going to listen. 

This is an amazing record. What is most impressive, other than, again, her terrific voice, is the amount of musical ground that is covered in the course of essentially five full songs. I feel like she has more to say, and I’m looking forward to hearing more from Sells. If you don't like your music in preset "genres" and squeezed into categories, you'll be rewarded for giving this one a try. 

"Another One" by Declan Welsh and the Decadent West


I've followed Glasgow's Declan Welsh and the Decadent West for several years, and am a big fan of the sound, passion, and willingness to articulate their political views (frontman Declan also is a poet, author, activist, and has Billy Bragg lyrics tatooed on his arm). Their last album was Cheaply Bought, Expensively Sold, released in 2019. This fall will bring a new EP titled It's Been A Year, and the band will prime the pump by releasing three singles in the next few months. Happily, the first one, the pandemic inspired album closer "Another One", is already here. Mid-tempo but with a big sound, it is a fine first taste of what promises to be a very good record.

“Nervous” by Madi Diaz

“Nervous” is the newest song from Nashville’s Madi Diaz, and it’s a nice one. She’s got a clear, light voice and the song makes good use of the quiet/loud/quiet dynamic with both her voice and the electric guitar backing. The song seems to be describing the dangers of too much introspection, the kind that leads to solipsism, and probably we could use a warning like that these days:

I know why I lie to myself

I’m not really looking to get healthy

I have so many perspectives 

I’m losing perspective I make me nervous.

Here’s the video:


 This song, and several other 2021 singles, are on -ANTI and are available to download or stream via her website.

Friday, May 14, 2021

“Early Hours” by Joris Delacroix feat. Run Rivers

Here is a new track featuring a really soulful vocal with crisp production, a steady deep bass line and a brisk pace, all of which adds up to a song I have put in the mix on repeat while running or driving for the last few days. It's super upbeat, and you can just about feel the sunshine. I would encourage you to do the same. The song is "Early Hours", by French producer Joris Delacroix, featuring Run Rivers on vocals. Play this outside, loud. 

You can learn more, stream or download it now - via the websites below. 

Thursday, May 13, 2021

"Bubble" by The Prefab Messiahs

 New England's favorite politically oriented garage legends, The Prefab Messiahs, have a new album coming. Titled Music for Concerned Citizens, we expect it will be a sober guide to good citizenship. Or maybe not. But we do expect good music. The album won't be out until July, but timely album track "Bubble" is ready for your ears right now.

"Bluebird, Hollywood ... Domino" by The Gorstey Lea Street Choir

Some projects take longer to come together than others. As teenagers in Manchester in the '80s Michael Clapham and Russ Phillips, who were in separate bands, discussed working together. And finally, it has happened - please meet The Gorstey Lea Street Choir. They released an EP last December (Bandcamp link), and will release an eight-song LP titled …from Prince’s Park to Farsley - Volume I on July 9. While we don't have the album yet, we do have "Bluebird, Hollywood ... Domino", the album's first single. The song has a peaceful, '60 psychedelic pop vibe that we find quite appealing. It also has a trippy video to underscore the effect.

The single and album, as well as the recent EP, are released via 500 Broadcast Recording Co.




Bandcamp for single

“Witchoo” by Durand Jones and the Indications

Just in time for the weekend, for Memorial Day Weekend, for the summer - comes a new track from Durand Jones and the Indications. "Witchoo" has several of their trademark features - great vocal interplay between Jones and Aaron Frazer and an absolutely rock solid rhythm section (check out that bass line). The song flows along, daring you to sit still, until it ends up in a sort of community sing-along. Put it on in your car, and for your outdoor activities, and you'll probably draw a crowd. Kind of the way they do in this video.



The song is available to stream right now, and the album is due out July 30, with some tour dates set starting in September.

Carlos Niño & Friends - More Energy Fields, Current


Carlos Niño & Friends' new record, More Energy Fields, Current, is out, and you will enjoy spending some time with it. Niño is a DJ, producer and percussionist, but his most important talent appears to be his ability to pull groups of artists together and sort of inspire their best work and collaboration. This album is carefully arranged and layered to create quietly spectacular moments one after another, like the way the gently swinging but insistent drumbeat fades into a flute by way of what sounds like a treated B3 or synthesizer along with some ambient sounds (water, woods), before building to a crescendo on "Salon Winds":


 That video is a film by Cara Stricker, who has done videos for Blood Orange and Alicia Keys, among others, and the track was recorded at a backyard concert at Mike D's Malibu home by the team Nino assembled for this record: Jamire Williams, Nate Mercereau, Jamael Dean and Aaron Shaw. Every song on here provides an opportunity to explore new sounds or combinations of sounds, and Niño's collaborators are completely in sync. Spend some time with it, and please be sure to put on your best headphones, or find a quiet night for driving and put it on. The final track, "Please, wake up" is a reflection of the opener and it has a patient but insistent feel, and sort of gently glitches out into a quiet set of chimes, which is the perfect way to end the record:


 Wake up! it says. From Nino's liner notes: "We’re all in this together. I look forward to living in a much higher, much more conscious, harmonious state, here, with You, on this Magical Planet Earth.” The digital is out now, available from International Anthem and the vinyl will be out on June 25.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

"Chinese Medicine" by Quivers


I really can''t shake my obsession with Melbourne-based Quivers, although truth be told I can't see any reason to try. Anyone who has paid attention to their releases so far presumably understands my view, and new single "Chinese Medicine" will only enhance appreciation of the band's melancholic but warm melodies and jangling arrangements. The video accompanying the release of the single is the work of Jordan Thompson of Melbourne bands The Ocean Party and Pop Filter.

Quivers are Sam Nicholson, Bella Quinlan, Michael Panton, and Holly Thomas. Golden Doubt will be released on June 11 via Spunk Records (Australia/NZ), Bobo Integral (Europe), and Ba Da Bing (North America/UK).



Bandcamp for "Chinese Medicine"

Bandcamp for Golden Doubt

Various links to pre-order Golden Doubt

“Seeds” by Yoke Lore

Here is a nice electronic song by New York solo artist Yoke Lore (Adrian Galvin) that builds slowly to a majestic soundscape. It's part of a soundtrack to a film called Pink Skies Ahead, scored by Galvin with collaborator Ariel Loh, which premiered on MTV over the weekend. It’s sort of a coming of age, self-discovery story about a young woman coming to grips with life and anxiety. The song, according to Galvin, is “about trying to love someone who’s going through a crisis.”

Here is a link to a review of the film at EW, if you're interested to learn more. Among other things, Henry Winkler’s in it! 

"Love Only" / "Heavy Glow" by The Glow

 LVL Up's Mike Caridi's solo project The Glow has become a four piece band, and we think it sounds quite good. But you don't need to take our word for it because they have released a two song single. The songs are textured, melodic pop rock that sound like springtime to our ears. "Love Only" / "Heavy Glow" is out now via Double Double Whammy Records, and we recommend it to your ears.

The Glow is Michael Caridi, Kate Meizner, Nicola Leel, and Greg Rutkin.




Double Double Whammy Records

Dope Sagittarius - Sacred Places

Dope Sagittarius is a group led by Harlem musician Luqman Brown, playing an exhilarating blend of funk, rock and jazz, in a style that is pretty much unrestrained and without borders as to “genre”. The record was to be released in 2016, but due to Brown having a stroke and a lengthy recovery, and of course, 2020, the record encountered delays and obstacles, but is finally ready to see the light. And you are going to want to check it out, because you need this unrestrained, upbeat record in your life. 

It’s a riot of sounds: layered synthesizers, drumbeats and vocal choruses behind Brown’s singing and the occasional rap break or guitar solo (somebody has been listening to their Eddie Hazel). It is mostly uptempo, with the funk and rock elements driving at a fast pace, until it slows down a bit for a ballad like “LaRonda” (but even that contains danceable elements). Check out the galloping tempo on lead song, “Alive”:

I take sort of a double meaning on this song - he states that it's about doing what you can against bullying, but hearing him sing "I'm living for today / watch the first step I take", given what he's gone through in the last several years, is to encounter a very high level of joy. Did I say that he's a hell of a singer? Well, he is. 

The song "Black Empress" is faster, with staccato drum machine beats driving the tempo and a frenetic violin solo that moves up and back in the mix, with an extended rap about halfway through that delivers this couplet: "and damn if the karma didn’t boomerang / And you wish you had treated them better then you had" - the song is a warning, and the Empress an instrument of vengeance. As Brown says: "When I wrote this song, back in 2016, it was because I was fed up with the killing of unarmed Black people by police that year and throughout American history. Sadly, not much has changed since then. This is my way of saying that, if we can't stop this senseless killing, the world will end in chaos and violence”:


My favorite track is "Sacred Place", mainly because I think it's got his best singing. But the extended dancehall rap does add a bit of variety:


This is a great record, fairly bursting with ideas, eclectic musical approaches and, again, some great soul vocals from Brown. The music is available online, and the vinyl is out this week. Highly recommended.

Dope Sagittarius at Bandcamp

Dope Sagittarius at Buddhabug Records

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

"Händerna" by Per och Olof


 Malmö, Sweden's Per och Olof is releasing a single each month of the year so far, which means that the fifth now is available for our ears. This one is titled "Händerna" (hands), and it is all rhythm and chorus. Sounds simple, but it wiggles its way into your brain and you can't help but bopping along with it and hitting 'replay' for a few more servings.

The single, and its predecessors, are out now via Rama Lama Records.



Bandcamp for "Handerna"

Various links for "Handerna"

Rama Lama Records

“Back to Nothing” by The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable has been making heavy, melodic guitar rock for years, and this new song is a strong indicator for the quality of their upcoming summer release Into the Blue. Lead singer and guitarist Ritzy Bryan says, "Back To Nothing takes a stance on self-compassion, realizing your worth and your boundaries and deciding not to give your love to an undeserving other.” Their trademark sound is Bryan’s clear, strong vocals over swirling guitars and a power trio sound base, and this track has that quality:

 The album is due out in August, and probably some news about touring will be shared by then. The Joy Formidable have toured arenas with the Foo Fighters and played some huge festivals - their big sound plays well in a big space, so stay tuned. For now, you can add this track on whatever streaming service you use, and enjoy it until they share more music. 

Guided by Voices - Earth Man Blues

Guided by Voices’ latest album, Earth Man Blues, is variously described (by Robert Pollard, now the band’s sole songwriter) as a collection of rejected songs, but also a song cycle, the story of Harold Admore Harold. I’m not sure about the story cycle, but there are some of the trademark Pollard creations -- pastiche songs that change identity two, three or four times in a minute or two and make it clear that Pollard never runs out of ideas, never censors them, never throws them away and can always find a way to create a sort of miniature song cycle right in the middle of an album.

The first track, “Made Man”, is a great start, with an insistent sort of punk guitar line leading into a quick change into a short section with strings, then a fadeout with a shouted chorus over a quick, insistent guitar riff:


“I’m a fast ride”, he says. That thing changed three times in 1:21, and nobody does that like Pollard. Others in that vein include "Dirty Kid School", "Ant Repellant", "Sunshine Girl Hello" and the prog rock centerpiece here, nearly 6 minutes of Who-meets-Wire-meets-Pollard uniqueness, "Lights Out in Memphis (Egypt)", which even though it explicitly mentions Egypt, seems to make oblique reference to a great Memphis, Tennessee indie rock band that Guided by Voices has some history with. Coincidence? I doubt there are any coincidences, just words like "grifters" that are fun to say, represent some band history and are, well, newly societally relevant:


That's the way to pay tribute to some colleagues in a song. Maybe the Grifters are “trained alien sales reps for Aluminum Can Siberia in your home”, which is one of the fictional commercials in the fictional television network that frames this song.

As usual, there are some stunning pop songs here, full 2:00 to 3:00-plus guitar-led numbers, like “The Disconnected Citizen”:


Is that one about our polarized society, or is it simply about Harold's parents having trouble agreeing on anything? Probably, yes. It does have some of his best singing on this album. Other full-bodied "creamy" tracks include "Free Agents", "I Bet Hippy" and the GbV anthem of this album, "Trust Them Now", which is about as good a motto as I could come up with for Pollard and his band by this time. Just trust them.


 What I'm saying is that this is another great Guided by Voices album. I expected no less -- from the beginning, Guided by Voices songs have been assembled in a way that seems uniquely suited to the socially distanced process employed here. (read more at about the process) It's out now, and between this one and the imminent Cub Scout Bowling Pins, we will soon have a couple dozen new songs for them to add to the live show. Can't wait. 

  Guided by Voices website 


Monday, May 10, 2021

Steve Goodman - It Sure Looked Good on Paper: The Steve Goodman Demos

This is a terrific collection of Goodman demos, both solo and with a band. It’s a must-have for any Goodman fan, but more than that, it has the potential to have Goodman’s talent be exposed to a new generation, or to a wider population that may only know him from stories like the one about the perfect country song. You don’t know that one? Look it up, it’s worth the effort and it includes, in addition to Goodman, his friend John Prine and David Allan Coe, who ended up having a huge country hit with “You Never Even Call Me By My Name”. I’m just saying it’s a good thing to have a collection showcasing Goodman putting his songs down on tape the way he thought they ought to sound. 

On this collection, there are 16 solo demos with just Goodman and his guitar, but they aren’t raw. They are well-produced and Goodman sounds good on all of them. There are also four band demos, all well-played, including some steel guitar on “Eight Ball Blues” and some electric lead, pedal steel and acoustic interplay on “City of New Orleans”:

This material is all previously unreleased, which makes it an even greater value and a real treat for anybody who’s even slightly a fan of singer/songwriters. Omnivore does these reissues and rediscoveries as well as anybody ever has, collaborating with Goodman’s daughter Rosanna, who supplied photos as well as consulting on the material. It’ll be out Friday (5/14).

Wy - Marriage

In Marriage, Wy -- the project of Malmo Sweden's husband and wife duo Ebba and Michel Gustafsson Agren -- has created a refreshingly raw and open album. Emotions are on the surface and voiced with passion and honesty.  If one just read the lyrics, they could have the impression that they were sitting in a room with the author listening to her confidential thoughts about her young marriage. However, the arrangements are detailed and cinematically dynamic without being lush, which prevents the focus on the band's relationship from inducing claustrophobia. It is the couple's third album, and it is clear to us that they are hitting their stride with this complete and consistent set of songs.

There is a magic to well written and performed music with power, and Marriage is powerful when it is dreamy, powerful when it is soft, and powerful when it is loud. It is out now via Stockholm's Rama Lama Records.




Rama Lama Records


"Made of Moods" by Massage

Monday is a day to be bold, so I will say right now that Still Life, the upcoming album by California's Massage, will be one of the top ten indie pop albums this year. Yes, I know the year doesn't end for a long time and many releases are scheduled before then, but I have a feeling about this one. As the album will not be released until next month, this is just your introduction to the latest single, "Made of Moods". Irrepressibly upbeat with a breezy springtime feeling, I may just make it my first song of the day for the entire month.

Your preferred source for Still Life and the singles depends on your continent: Bob Integral in Europe, Mt.St.Mtn. in North America and Tear Jerk in Australia.

Massage are Alex Naidus, Andrew Romano, Gabi Ferrer, Natalie de Almeida, and David Rager, four of whom were members of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart.



Bandcamp for "Made Of Moods"

Sunday, May 9, 2021

Peter Frampton Band - Frampton Forgets the Words

Do you like rock guitar? Then you will love this record. Peter Frampton’s guitar work doesn’t need any introduction, and neither do most of these songs. That said, the creativity displayed in his playing and in his band’s work make this an exhilarating listen, and certainly more than you might expect. There are some older, less “radio-exposed” choices from 60’s superstars that make a lot of sense as you listen to them, like Stevie Wonder’s “I Don’t Know Why”, Marvin Gaye’s “One More Heartache” and Sly and the Family Stone’s “If You Want Me to Stay”:

Frampton always played a soulful take on guitar rock, from his time in Humble Pie through his solo career, and he clearly is comfortable putting his lead guitar in place of some soulful vocals here. His band flexes both their sense of rhythm and rock and roll chops on these two tracks. Some of the other song choices seem inspired by the sense of melody in the originals - “Isn’t It a Pity” would be a great example of this:

There is not a weak number on here. Some seem to track more closely to the originals; “Avalon”, “Are You Gonna Go My Way” and “Loving the Alien”, particularly, seem to lend themselves to having a rock guitar fill in for the vocal and still retain a lot of the original song’s spirit. It’s a great set of song choices, played with enough creativity to render these versions worth coming back to. Highly recommended, and available wherever you get music. 

Peter Frampton website

"Whisky" by Dutch Wine

 Some people can shrug off a disintegrating relationship like an old sweater. Other people let it consume them to the point that it takes over their lives. For the latter group, Glasgow trio Dutch Wine has written "Whisky". And to accompany it now have a companion video with a speakeasy theme. Good song, fun video. However, we hope it doesn't describe your current state of mind.

Dutch Wine are Luc Grindle (drums), Christopher Devine (guitar), and Calvin Smith (lead vocals and bass). "Whisky" is out as a digital single via Negative Hope Records.



Dutch Wine Bandcamp page for"Whisky '

Negative Hope Records Bandcamp for "Whisky"

Jazmine Mary - The Licking Of A Tangerine


Some days are fast, and some days are slow. Due to a current (and, I hope, temporary) injury, this Sunday is a slow day. Thus, it is a perfect time to brew my best coffee beans, settle in near the fireplace, and cue up some music appropriate for the moment. The selected album is The Licking Of A Tangerine, a February release by Jazmine Mary. The project of New Zealand-based Australian singer-songwriter Jazmine Rose Phillips who formerly performed as Him, she crafts enchanting and somewhat darkly-shaded songs that combine folk and dream pop sensibilities. Her voice is remarkable and dynamic, and her delivery is impeccable. The songs unspool leisurely at, well, a perfect Sunday morning pace.  All in all, a fine debut album that is starting our day on good notes, and we are interested in what Jazmine Mary may have for us in the future.

Saturday, May 8, 2021

"Heartbeats of my Son" by Dawn-Song

Dawn-Song is musician Nick Evans. His latest work is For Morgan, and it will be released later this month. The album consists of songs he has written and recorded in recent years, some of which are collaborations with other artists. I think that Nick's own description of his motivation for recording the songs is more poignant that anything I could write, so here it is:

I made an album of my songs with some wonderful collaborators over the last couple of years.
When I’m gone I wanted to continue to be able to sing for my son Morgan if he needed me.
My father published a small book of poetry before he died and if I’m missing him a lot I read a bit of it and I feel reconnected.

The video below is for album track "Heartbeats Of A Son" and is intended to depict Nick's young song experiencing his new world through his own eyes. 

For Morgan is due May 28 via Ffynnone Recordings and can be steamed and ordered at the Bandcamp link below.


“Maré“ by Rodrigo Amarante

"Maré" is, first and foremost, a treat and a blast to listen to. It's the lead single from a forthcoming album, Drama from LA-based Brazilian native Rodrigo Amarante. They say that you may know him from the theme song to the show Narcos on Netflix, or one of his tours opening for artists like Devendra Banhart, Kevin Morby and Neko Case. Or maybe from his project Little Joy with Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti. Enough of that - check this out:



 Amazing, huh? So many things come together to make this song memorable - the delicate acoustic guitar lines in the intro, all the percussion, piano and horns rocking and swinging, and the rhythm... the rhythm is the key. His vocals are terrific - before I knew he was in a side project with a member of the Strokes, the impression I had was of their vocals, the warm, raspy quality that creates an intimacy you usually only find in acoustic singer-songwriter tracks. I would also connect his singing to similar qualities in bands like the Allah-La's and Growlers. But this swings like crazy! I can't wait to hear more and am off to put his earlier album, Cavalo, on repeat. You should also go to his Bandcamp page, scroll down to the bottom, and read his biography. 

Friday, May 7, 2021

"Big Deal" by Tiberius b

For me, "Big Deal" heralds the arrival of the 'real deal'. The real deal is Tiberius b, raised in Canada and living in the UK, the artist combines a flowing, confident pop sensibility with a Massive Attack and Portishead penchant for surging, punching rhythms -- all well illustrated by "Big Deal". The song is presented below as a stream and a video and, in my view, the video is well worth watching.

Tiberius b has signed to Mark Ronson's Zelig Records, and will release an album titled Stains via Zelig on June 25.





Various links for "Big Deal"

Bandcamp for Stains

“(Nothing You Can Do) To End This Love” by Split Single

Split Single is the rock band with a somewhat rotating membership anchored by singer and songwriter Jason Narducy. Jon Wurster is on drums, as he was on the first Split Single album Metal Frames, but on bass and (I assume from the angelic nature of them) harmony vocals is Mike Mills. 

But it's Narducy on lead vocals and all guitars who is leading the show, and he's on fire. This song is a sort of blast of indignation at the people who still have a problem with, as Narducy puts it, "diverse couples".

Who do you worship 
That tells you to aim your clip 
 at rainbows of love 

 She loves her and he loves him 
 There’s nothing you can do to end this love 

This is a great rock song, hard, fast and melodic. Wurster's drumming is fantastic; his fills are fast and on the button, and of course Mills supplies an energetic bass to underpin the fast guitars and he also brings those harmony vocals, the ones that made arenas full of R.E.M. fans sing along for the last 30 years or so. The single is out now, available on their Bandcamp site. The full album, Amplificado, is due out June 25.