Friday, November 20, 2015
Thursday, November 19, 2015
Stuck In The Never Ending Now is available this week via Matinee Recordings.
Matinee Recordings page for Stuck In The Never Ending Now
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Wreckless Eric (the performance name for Eric Goulden) climbed into the consciousness of many of us indie rock fans as a musician we considered very British. British like Ray Davies, Robyn Hitchcock, Peter Astor and Nick Lowe. Like many "facts", the truth is a bit different. Eric is, in fact, a bit less British in current physical form, as he has lived a number of different places over the years, and if my usually casual research is correct the man now is living in upstate New York. And for those not inclined to research, the latest Wreckless Eric album is titled amERICa, and the cover announces "Made in the USA Using American Parts And Labor". So if you want to 'buy British', I think the man's work still qualifies, but if you want to buy American, I think you can be comfortable.
Now, after that background the relevant questions is whether the album is worth your time and money. Our answer is"yes". The album contains eleven eccentric nuggets of personal stories and societal observations, packaged in Eric's adept songcraft and recorded with a chugging style that oozes both rock and roll spirit and the feeling that the author doesn't quite fit in society's well-defined boxes. And for those of us in America, it is interesting to see our country through another's eyes.
amERICa is out now via Fire Records.
Bandcamp for album
Fire Records page for album
Monday, November 16, 2015
The Obleeks are two brothers, Andy and Lee Ketch, plus Nick Harris. The Chicago trio plays power pop and bar rock with energy and verve. A self-titled four song EP was released in March, and it is available for 'name your price' at the Bandcamp link below. The Bandcamp page has links to other releases by the band.
To our ears, The Obleeks have the rock and roll fever, and will happily infect you as well.
The Jackals are an Edinburgh four-piece whose brand of warm, psychedelic indie rock sounds as at home on the American west coast as it does in their home city. Their new album People features soulful vocals, jangling guitars and melodies that range from dusty psychedelia to surf to foot-tapping country rock. Some of the songs, such as "Ghost Soul Traffic", are perfect for racing down the highway with the top down. Some are better for late at night. But the boys don't put a wrong foot forward over the course of this album, and the quality begs for a wide audience. Unfortunately, no major label has stepped up to do assist with that task, so it fall to fans like WYMA. Check out a few tracks below and then hit the links.
The Jackals are Scott Wilson (vocals/guitar), Paddy McMaster (drums/vocals), David Panton (bass/vocals), and Gary Quilietti (guitar). People is available in digital and vinyl formats from the Cartel page and other outlets below. The cassette version is available from Burger Records.
The Jackals' Big Cartel page