Friday, January 17, 2020

"The Clap" by The Chats

We know a number of people who consider The Chats to be one of the more interesting young bands in recent memory. This is the case, despite the Australian trio not having released a debut album yet. Obviously, such notoriety speaks well of The Chats' brand of garage punk. Of course, no one should be surprised songs about that beer and sex, delivered with a smile, are almost as popular as the real thing.

The reason The Chats are on our mind today is the they finally are releasing the debut album, appropriately titled High Risk Behaviour. The album won't reach our ears until the last week in March, but the band have released a video for album track "The Clap" and announced tours in North America and Europe (venues and dates are listed at the bottom of this post). Enjoy your dose of "The Clap" below.

The Chats are Eamon Sandwith, Matt Boggis, and Josh Price. In true DIY punk fashion, High Risk Behaviour will be released via the Band's own label: Bargain Bin Records.

Bandcamp for Pre-order of High Risk Behaviour
Various links for pre-order of High Risk Behaviour

Fri. April 10 - Indio, CA @ Coachella
Sat. April 11 - Berkeley, CA @ The UC Theatre *
Sun. April 12 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades *
Mon. April 13 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom *
Tue. April 14 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon *
Fri. April 17 - Indio, CA @ Coachella
Sat. April 18 - San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park *
Sun. April 19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *
Mon. April 20 - Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf *
Wed. April 22 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues *
Thu. April 23 - Austin, TX @ Emo’s *
Fri. April 24 - Houston, TX @ Bronze Peacock at House of Blues *
Sun. April 26 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre *
Tue. April 28 - St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall *
Wed. April 29 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues *
Thu. April 30 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In *
Fri. May 1 - Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre *
Sat. May 2 - Charlotte, NC @ Epicenter Festival
Sun. May 3 - Washington, DC @ The Fillmore Silver Spring *
Tue. May 5 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts *
Wed. May 6 - Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club *
Thu. May 7 - Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw *
Wed. Oct. 7 - Amsterdam, BL @ Melkweg Max
Sat. Oct. 10 - Paris, FR @ Maroquinerie
Sun. Oct. 11 - Cologne, DE @ Gloria
Mon. Oct. 12 - Hamburg, DE @ Gruenspan
Tue. Oct. 13 - Berlin, DE @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
Fri. Oct. 16 - Southampton, UK @ 1865
Sat. Oct. 17 - Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
Mon. Oct. 19 - Dublin, IE @ Olympia
Tue. Oct. 20 - Belfast, UK @ Limelight
Thu. Oct. 22 - Glasgow, UK @ Galvanizers
Fri. Oct. 23 - Manchester, UK @ O2 Academy
Sat. Oct. 24 - Newcastle, UK @ Boiler Shop
Sun. Oct. 25 - Leeds, UK @ Stylus
Mon. Oct. 26 - Brighton, UK @ Dome
Tue. Oct. 27 - Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy
Wed. Oct. 28 - London, UK @ Electric Brixton
Thu. Oct 29 -  London, UK @ Electric Brixton

* = w/ Mean Jeans & Thick

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Kiwi Jr. - Football Money

Kiwi Jr. plays indie rock with the competence of seasoned professionals headlining an extended tour and the exuberance of the teenage band down the block who just secured their first paid gig and have their fake IDs sorted. Fuzz, jangle, distortion and an injection of bratty attitude - no fucks given and no apologies offered or needed. Spinning Football Money, the Toronto band's new album, gives the listener the improbable -- although undeniably delightful -- impression of Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, Pavement, and Scott & Charlene's Wedding combining for a set at your local venue. The proceedings are sunny and uptempo, and infused with a sense of fun and adventure.  And when they dial down and reflect, as on penultimate rack, "Swimming Pool", the effect is just as stunning. The influences detected on Football Money are plentiful and varied, but with writing and guitar-work this good, the quartet's material stands on its own without comparisons.

Oh, and be warned, this album gets better with each listen.

Football Money is out Friday, January 17, via Mint Records in Canada and Persona Non Grata Records elsewhere.

Bandcamp for Football Money
Mint Records

"Ghosting" by Spinning Coin

In November we featured "Feel You More Than World Right Now", the debut single from the upcoming album by Spinning Coin. As the Glasgow (with two members now residing in Berlin) band is one of our favorites, we are looking forward to the arrival of Hyacinth on February 21. Meanwhile, today brings the video for another album track, the tense and urgent "Ghosting". Treat your eyes and ears below.

Spinning Coin are Chris White, Jack Mellin, Sean Armstrong, and Rachel Taylor. Hyacinth will be released via the Geographic imprint of Domino Records.

Digital links for "Ghosting"
Bandcamp for Hyacinth
Pre-order link for Hyacinth (vinyl/CD)
Link for digital order of Hyacinth

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

"Neve Give Up" by Son Little

One of our favorite records of the year so far drops at the end of the month. The artist is Los Angeles' Aaron Earl Livingston, who performs under the name Son Little. The title of the album is aloha, and it will be release via Anti-.  Of course, we will have more words about the fantastic set of songs later, but for now we will leave a taste for your ears in the form of the video for album track "neve give up".

Bandcamp for aloha
Links to pre-order aloha
Anti- page for Son Little's recordings

Monday, January 13, 2020

The Just Joans - The Private Memoirs and Confessions of the Just Joans

It is rare to read a review of a new recording from Glasgow's The Just Joans without a mention of the fact that they are named for an advice columnist for Scotland's Daily Record newspaper. But we aren't going to fall into that trap. No sir, we are too clever for that. So we will jump right into the important stuff: The Just Joans have a new album titled The Private Memoirs and Confessions of the Just Joans. As knowledgeable  fans would expect, the songs are filled with tales of non-love, disintegrating relationships, casual violence, gender battles, annoying acquaintances and wry observations on our fellow men and women. The lyrics are sardonic, humorous, self-deprecating, bittersweet, and eminently clever.

We are reminded of the joys that will be revealed every time we receive a recording from this band just by reading the titles of the songs. For example, this outing brings us "Hey No, Let's Not Go", "Who Does Susan Think She Is?", "My Undying Love For You Is Beginning to Die",  "The One I Loathe The Least", and "Another Doomed Relationship".   But the titles are just the appetizers, as The Just Joans never fail to deliver on the promise of a clever title. They entertain, they make you laugh, and they poke fun. But ultimately, their work is full of humanity and makes us happier to be alive.

The Just Joans are David Pope (vocals/guitar), Katie Pope (vocals), Chris Elkin (lead guitar), Fraser Ford (bass), Arion Xenos (keys), and Jason Sweeney (drums). Alison Eales contributed lovely string arrangements. The Private Memoirs and Confessions of the Just Joans is out now in vinyl, digital and CD formats via Fika Recordings.

Spotify link for album
FIKA Recordings page for album
FIKA Recordings