Saturday, June 3, 2017
The songs on the band's self-titled debut address the issues of young modern life. The atmosphere is superficially DIY, as well as alt-bubblegum (hey, we can construct genre labels as well!), but don't be fooled. The performances are focused and tight. They can sound like a almost out of control circus band, a bunch of punk thrashers, a taut post punk outfit or a Gothic folk project. But whatever the guise, it is effortlessly charming and, I suspect, sounds exactly the way the band intends. So, in keeping with the circus keys, be ready for a wild ride. But like the circus, you'll be smiling and come back for more.
The band was founded by Carolyn Hawkins (of Chook Race (one of our favorites) and Pronto) and Jake Robertson (of Ausmuteants, Hierophants, Frowning Clouds). The band has since filled out with Jeff Raty and Dani Damage. This is their debut album, and it is released on a Chapter Music, which rapidly has become a tastemaker for Melbourne area bands. Check the Bandcamp link below for a full stream and acquisition details.
By the way, the album was mastered by Mikey Young, because, well, of course it was. He mixes much of what is good in the world. I think he mixed my oatmeal this morning, and it was delicious.
Bandcamp for album
Chapter Music page for album
Friday, June 2, 2017
The band is founded around the songwriting duo of Matthew Eaton and Darren Moon. They list their location in Cardiff, Wales, but the members come from various points in Wales, England and Scotland. For this album, The Pure Conjecture are Matthew Eaton (vocals/guitar), Darren Moon (vocals/guitar), Matthew Twaites (synths), Rose Elinor Dougall (vocals/piano), Johny Lamb (horns), Marc Geatty (bass), and Joel Gibson (drums). Additional contributors are Andrew Michell (lead vocals and co-writing credit on "Knock Four Times"), Ashley Mcavoy (backing vocals on "Not A Cloud In The Sky"), and Joe Harling (lead guitar on "No Ghosts"). No Ghosts, the band's third album, is out today via Glasgow's Armellodie Records. See the Bandcamp link for details.
Bandcamp for No Ghosts
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
The Stammer are Brian Brotman (guitar/vocals), Gavin Landesberg (bass), Ted Quann (guitar) and Zachary Zimmerman (drums). They blew us away in 2015 with their debut LP, and we are happy to report that the band will release new album Face In Peril this summer. And if you are lucky enough to be in Philadelphia on June 21, The Stammer will be there playing their new and old songs at The Pharmacy, and making everyone happier that a billionaire with a tax cut.
Bandcamp for "Over And Over"
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
We don't know much about Blanket Rule, other than they are from Melbourne, Australia, and intend to release a tape later this year. Oh, and this debut song was engineered by Zac Denton of WYMA favorites The Ocean Party. So we'll just encourage you to listen to the song and take advantage of the band's king offer of a free download.
Rat Fancy is Diana Barraza, late of Sweater Girl (vocals/guitar), Gregory Johnson (guitar/keys), and Gavin Glidewell (drums). Suck A Lemon EP 12" is out now via HHBTM Records. Check out the Bandcamp link.