Pop Lib, which got the tip from another blog. It takes a village ...
Auva is Jack Markwordt (guitar/vocals), Miette Hope (keys/vocals), Jake Levine (guitar/vocals), Michael Piccoli (drums), Andy Metzger (bass), and Austin Birdy (percussion).
Bandcamp for Side Effects
Thursday, March 9, 2017
This is post-punk with plenty of punk attitude, raw performances and an inventive and audacious approach to composition. I particularly like that the bass takes a co-lead role on a number of tracks. Captivating and challenging in equal measure, Snakes and Shapes is an exhilarating ride that gets better with each play. Put on your earphones and get Bent.
Bent is Heidi Cutlack (vocals/bass), Skye McNicol (drums), and Glen Schenau (guitar). Snakes and Shapes is out now via Emotional Response Records. See the Bandcamp link for digital, and the link just below the Bandcamp link for the CD version.
Bandcamp for Snakes and Shapes
Order link for CD
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Dude York is Peter Richards (guitar/vocals), Claire England (bass/vocals), and Andrew Hall (drums). If I correctly recall the background, the three met when students at Whitman, the highly regarded liberal arts college in Walla Walla, Washington. Perhaps that is relevant only to illustrate that the quality of the songwriting is less surprising as a result. But since I think that this band exceeds both for the quality of their sound and the content of the lyrics, it is important to us here at WYMA. Previously, Richards was the songwriter and primary vocalist, but on Sincerely England steps up in both categories, adding a depth in perspective and sound that adds greatly to the album's effect. Three songs are available to stream below. I assure you that others on the album are equally satisfying. This may be your indie rock find for the first quarter of the year.
Sincerely is out now via Hardly Art. Check the Bandcamp link below for details.
Bandcamp for Sincerly
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
On Stranger, Former Bullies' new album for CF Records and Towed By The Ghost, main man Nick Ainsworth has fashioned eleven songs with the leftover emotional parts from the termination of a long romantic relationship, glued together with an affirmation of life and some very jaunty hooks and melodies. It may have originated with some open wounds, and built in the garage (or more likely, the basement), but as a slice of guitar pop, it runs like a top-flight, fully warrantied machine. There are echoes of '60s guitar pop here, and even some surf rock touches on some songs (including the title track). Concision is important, with the less-than-three-minutes running time ensuring that no nugget overstays its welcome. It always is better to invite your listeners to hit the replay button rather than the skip button. A couple of the songs are provided below, but we think every song on the album is a keeper. So give the streams below a play, but we recommend following the Bandcamp links and living with the albums for a while. I expect you'll want to take them home and make them part of your life.
Former Bullies are Nick Ainsworth (guitar/vocals), Matthew Taylor (bass) and Tom Settle (drums/guitar/vocals). Stranger is the band's fourth album, and you can get it at the Bandcamp links below.
CF Records' Bandcamp page for Stranger
Monday, March 6, 2017
Bandcamp for "Catastrophe"
Forgotten Pleasures is out now via Findlay's Mint Records, BMG, and The End Records. Check your favorite online store. And so you don't easily forget the pleasures of Forgotten Pleasures, enjoy a few tracks below.
The End Records' page for Forgotten Pleasures