Friday, September 13, 2019

Mermaidens - Look Me In The Eye

For Look Me In The Eye, their third album, Wellington, NZ trio Mermaidens look to expand their reach beyond dream and fuzz pop, and in the effort craft an intriguing album of light and dark, pop hooks and arty textures.  Expanding use of synths combined with twin vocals, guitar, bass and drums result in a sound that is varied and dense, while remaining nimble. The songs are shaded with moody themes and emotional contrasts, expressed with confidence and clarity. Our take is that Mermaindens are a band that knows what they want to say, and says it very well, indeed.

Mermaidens are Gussie Larkin (vocals/guitar), Lily West (vocals/bass), and Gabe Hollingsworth (drums). Look Me In The Eye is out now in digital, vinyl and CD formats via Flying Nun Records.

The band is touring in the UK in the latter half of September.









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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Lost Ships - All Of The Pieces EP


We think that making it to Wednesday means we deserve a slice of heaven, and we get exactly what we want via All of the Pieces, the new EP from Portsmouth, UK's Lost Ships.  The band boasts a robust power pop sound, plenty of jangle, and big hooks and choruses. Unsurprisingly, they earn references to Teenage Fanclub. And while it is nice to be compared to the heroes of jangling power pop, this band carves out their own identity. This EP is a terrific addition to our library and will be an essential part of our Autumn soundtrack.

Lost Ships are Dave Sarney (bass), Simon Rapsey (drums), Dev Cross (guitars/vocals), and Ashley Chaplin (guitars/vocals). All of the Pieces is available now in digital and CD formats via Subjangle.






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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Champion of Youth - Champion of Youth

Some days we are racked with indecision. For example, is Champion of Youth a new band for us, or an old band?  In support of the former proposition, we haven't previously featured any music by the band. For the latter position, we note that we have featured music by Amida, a band whose membership apparently overlaps with the players in Champion of Youth. Fortunately, like all well-run institutions we have a procedure for addressing such dilemmas.  We gather together, drink a few beers, and then cop out.  In this case, the cop out is deciding that Champion of Youth is a 'new old band'.

With that heavy lifting our of the way, please welcome the new old band's self-titled mini-album to your ears. Are you stuck in a rut on a Tuesday with a crying need for pep? Do you need some pop hooks, rumbling riffs, humor, jangle, and energetic performances? These guys have you covered.  It is just the sort of thing you would want, and expect, from a live show.  And while you won't get a live show unless you go to Manchester, you can grab the music from Bandcamp right now.








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Sunday, September 8, 2019

The Memory Fades - Space Pilot


Every recording by The Memory Fades earns a special place in our music library, and we are thrilled that Space Pilot is the second EP by the project this year (the first was She Loves the Birds (link)). But this one may be extra special because it evokes WYMA favorites The Jesus and Mary Chain.  In fact, the second track even is titled "Listening to the Marychain", although the lead track bears the strongest resemblance.  The third and fourth tracks are lovely jangle pop gems that finish off the EP line a top chef's special dessert.

For this EP, The Memory Fades' Stephen Maughan is assisted by Pete Bowers, Estella Rosa, Joanne Galley, and Max Saidi.  Space Pilot is available in CD and digital formats - see the Bandcamp link below.






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