KNGDAVD is a collaboration of New York duo Tye James and Jon Buscema. Their first release is the gritty, extravagantly swaggering "Say My Name. I don't have any more information, but they dropped this delicious nugget in my inbox and it seems like an excellent way to cap off the evening.
Saturday, July 30, 2016
The give and take between classic power pop and electro-pop commences in the first track, "Gun Fhaireachdain". The following "First We Take Dumbarton is galloping power pop, and classic Kid Canaveral. It also should be on everyone's playlist. "Tragic Satellite" is chiming, glistening guitar pop. A dreamy instrumental interlude comes courtesy of "Ten Milligrams", which leads to one of the sneaky masterpieces of the album for my money, "Callous Parting Gift". Other highlights for me are the surging "Lifelong Crisis of Confidence", the sweet synth pop "Listen to Me", and the epic "Lives Never Lived". Thematically, the we find the band in the mood for refection. But whether you also are inclined to reflect, or just want some stellar guitar pop, Faulty Inner Dialogue delivers.
Kid Canaveral are David MacGregor (vocals/guitar), Kate Lazda (guitar/vocals), Rose McConnachie (bass/vocals), Scott McMaster (drums), and Michael Craig (keys). Faulty Inner Dialogue is out now via Lost Map.
Bandcamp for Faulty Inner Dialogue
Friday, July 29, 2016
Here at WYMA we like Slotface. We liked them when they were Slutface as well, but we like them no less now. We like them even thought they are a bit needy and insisting that we take them dancing. More seriously, "Take Me Dancing" is a decades-later feminist response to Big Star's "Thirteen". Hey, some things take a little time -- and it is a cracking fun song, as well.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
About two years ago I featured "Hunter" by Aldous Harding, the performing name taken by Hanna Claynails Harding (link). Harding, from Lyttelton, New Zealand, possesses a disarmingly pure voice, but writes gritty and stark folk songs that pack a devastating emotional punch. Her debut album was released by a small, home town label, but is getting a well-deserved US release via Flying Nun Records on September. Here is album track "Stop Your Tears.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Melbourne's Jess Cornelius performs as Teeth & Tongue, delivering poptastic arrangements and clever songwriting. Check out "Dianne" below. It is from her upcoming album Give Up On Your Health, which will be out September 2 via Dot Dash/Remote Control in Australia and New Zealand, and Captured Tracks in the US.
Bandcamp for pre-ordering album
Bandcamp for Typical Girls
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Almost astonishingly, the result is an excellent album. It is fresh, vital, and challenging, and my appreciation grows with every listen. And perhaps most important from my perspective, Double Bind is exciting. Each new track brings anticipation of what the band will say and how they will arrange it. It is a new beginning for Trust Punks, and the future looks very bright indeed.
Trust Punks are Paul Brown, Alexander Grant, Lliam Powell, Joseph Thomas, and Maté Vella. Double Bind is out now via Wharf Cat Records in North America, Faux Discx in the UK and Europe, and Spunk in Australia and New Zealand.
Bandcamp for Double Bind
Wharf Cat Records
Summer Slummin' is a cassette, but the cassette comes with use of the Bandcamp stream and a digital download so it is about as flexible of a release as you could desire. It is out now -- check out the Bandcamp link below. I wouldn't be surprised if this one sold out, so delay at your own risk.
Bandcamp for Summer Slummin'
Facebook for Fruit Tones
Fruit Tones on Soundcloud
Facebook for Abjects
Facebook for Halfrican
Monday, July 25, 2016
The song is "Sweet Company", an ode to emphasizing good times and fond memories, and not dwelling on the negative debris. Seems like a fine aspiration to us, and it is a great tune. You know what else is great? It is available as a "Name your price' download at this Bandcamp link.
"Sweet Company" is the work of San Diego outfit Inspired and the Sleep. The band is Max Greenhalgh (bass/vocals/keys/arrangements/mixing), Bryce Outcault (guitar), and Andrew Satterlee (drums). It isn't their first time here, and I suspect it won't be the last.
Shakes are an indie rock band from New Zealand, playing gritty indie rock with a bit of pop polish and a lot of swagger. The hard-working quartet will release their second EP of 2016 in a few months, but has given us a taste with single "Strange Tides".
And if you like that song, and I expect that you will, here is their first EP of the year, Tambourine Girls, which is available for 'name your price' at this Bandcamp link.
Friday, July 22, 2016
I love songwriting that works both as a superb soundtrack and, for those that want to dig deeper, wonderfully twisted entertainment. "St Paul's (Westerberg Comprehensive)" focuses on gay students in a Catholic school, but adds references to Paul Westerberg of The Replacements, whose "Androgynous" was the inspiration for this song. Famous revolutionary makes an appearance, but she is re-imagined as a gumshoe in "Goldman's Detective Agency". Another song discusses fining romance in the supermarket. There is plenty more there, but I shouldn't deny you the fun of discovering it for yourself. And for those inclined to look, the Bandcamp link below includes the lyrics (which I think all bands should do). Suffice it to say that the album is about life and how to deal with it, roll with it, and persevere. An album this good deserves your ears, and your ears and heart deserve it.
Formed four years ago, Martha are Nathan Stephens-Griffin (drums), Naomi Griffin (bass), JC Cairns (guitar), and Daniel Ellis (guitar), all of whom write and sing. Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart is out now in digital, CD and vinyl formats via Fortuna POP! in the UK/Europe and Dirtnap Records in North America.
Bandcamp for Blisters In The Pit Of My Heart
Homemade Lemonade is out now via Glasgow's Olive Grove Records. See the Bandcamp link below.
Bandcamp for Homemade Lemonade
Olive Grove Records
Olive Grove Records on Facebook
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Bandcamp for Centre of Their World
Bandcamp for Calico Review
Webpage for album and tour
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Community Radio are Cameron Emerson-Elliott, Malcolm McKernan, Jen Kevin, Patrick Mathews. Look Now You're Cursed is available now on CD, vinyl and digital formats from two separate Bandcamp links, the band's (for CD and digital) and Madrid's Tenorio Cotobade (for vinyl), which I've provided at the bottom of the post.
Bandcamp for digital and CD
Bandcamp for vinyl
Sex Schön, Guido Minisky, Hervé Carvalho, and Kenzy Bourras are Acid Arab, four musicians that combine western electronic music with North African and Middle Eastern influences. Minsky and Carvalho founded the band in 2012, and are based in France. They are signed to Belgian label Crammed Discs, which will release their LP, Musique de France, on October 7. Here is "Buzq Blues", the first single. We think this album is going to be very good.
Crammed Discs page for Acid Arab
Crammed Discs page for Acid Arab
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
These guys take the spirit of early punk and take it places, and add influences and genres, that you wouldn't expect -- which of course is the most punk act of all. These guys are a blast of fresh air, albeit fresh air in a sweaty basement with beer on the floor.
Lumps are Aaron Hester, Ara Arnn, Rory Fortune, Sam Backer, Nick Carter, and Joe Wilson. Curses! is an absolute bargain at $5 for a digital download of 11 tracks at the Bandcamp link below.
Monday, July 18, 2016
Terry HQ, by Melbourne's Terry, reveals a band capable of jangling with the jangle poppers, rocking with the post punkers and dishing attitude with the punks. And there are a few slacker pop ballads as well. But for a band assembled by by two couples, who variously are members of Dick Diver, UV Race, Eastlink, Total Control, School of Radiant Living, Constant Mongrel, Russell Street Bombings, and Mick Harvey's band, talent and vision shouldn't be a surprise. The four-piece, consisting of Al Monfort, Amy Hill, Zephyr Pavey, and Xanthe Waite, share songwriting and vocal duties, resulting in a range of styles and tempos. But all the tracks share a sharp focus, incisive writing and a forward-pushing delivery. The band doesn't shy away from social criticism (e.g. "Third War"), but makes sure to provide some laughs as well. The approach is decidedly lo-fi, and there nothing about the album could be termed slick. But the approach fits the surging, rhythmic arrangements like a glove.
Australia seems to produce great guitar bands like Munich produces beer (and we wouldn't want to live without either), and Terry is a worthy addition to the roster. Get on the Terry train before it leaves the station! Terry HQ is out now via Upset The Rhythm in digital, CD and vinyl formats.
Terry's Bandcamp page (two previous EPs)
Upset The Rhythm
Over the course of ten songs, the band never puts a wrong foot forward. The songs are well written and executed with complete confidence. There is a special vibe to the music when the band knows they are good, and this album has it. And by the way, Heliotropes, I love, just love, the sax solo in "Wherever You Live".
For Over There That Way the band, in addition to Numsuwankijkul, is Ricci Swift, Richard Thomas, and Gregg Giuffre. The album is out now on The End Records.
The End Records
Friday, July 15, 2016
London's The Fireworks are all fuzz pop energy and sweet hooks, often at amphetamine speed and level 10 energy. Their 2015 LP Switch Me On dazzled us, and now they are back with a four song EP titled Black and Blue to prove that last year's quality was no accident. The record starts off above the speed limit with the pounding percussion and J&MC guitar blast of "All The Time". It is followed by the sweetly sad "The Ghost Of You", which provides ample evidence that this band can slay you as easily with a mid-tempo indie pop tune as with their trademark fuzz bombs. And speaking about fuzz bombs, "Bury Me" fills the room with a lovely pop tune wrapped in distorted guitars. "Go So Slow" closes Black and Blue in glorious fashion with elements of the three preceding songs, and may be the sleeper gem of the set. The EP is like a musical Red Bull for your spirit. And it is calorie-free!
The Fireworks are Matthew Rimell, Isabel Albiol, Emma Hall, and Shaun Charman. Black and Blue EP is out today via Shelflife Records in digital and 10" vinyl formats.
Bandcamp for Black And Blue EP
A few days ago I hadn't heard of Sloucher. But I am an admirer of Puget Sound label Swoon Records, and I'm familiar with Cayucas, Hibou, and The Globes, of which a couple of Sloucher have been members. So I thought it would provide a pleasant listen working through a long list of music that I need to cover. I pressed play on Certainty, their debut EP, and began doing other things. But "doing other things" quite quickly became "devoting full attention to some really, really good music". Headman Jay Clancy's songs are melancholy and melodic, with layered arrangements, a few country rock touches and enough distorted guitar to fit well in the Pacific Northwest musical scene. I found favorable echos of the work of Pavement, Elliott Smith and The Shins. As fleshed out by Clancy and his bandmates Kyle Musselwhite and Jack Hamrick, the seven tracks display delightful detail and nuance. Certainty has been occupying my ears steadily for a days, and I highly recommend it.
A couple of fine tracks can be streamed below, and you can stream and order the EP at the Bandcamp link below.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Chris Stewart heads Black Marble, a synth pop project of considerable quality. He has announced a new album, It's Immaterial, for release on September 30, and has stoked our anticipation with "Iron Lung". Stream it below. It will make your day much better.
The work will be released by Ghostly International.
Black Marble's Twitter
Black Marble's Soundcloud
Ghostly International's Twitter
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Part of surviving in the modern world is picking up on clues. For example, when we learned of a local Seattle band named Roaming Herds of Buffalo, it seemed reasonable to assume that they wouldn't take themselves too seriously and would have a sense of humor. OK, maybe that isn't rocket science in your corner of the world, but we take our victories as they come. Anyway, we loved the band's 2015 release Apocalypse Beach, so we were interested in hearing their new digital EP, Japanese Cars. I must say, we weren't disappointed. The EP begins with a lament about impermanence, noting that nothing lasts these days except Japanese cars. In "Racetrack" our protagonist is confessing spending all the couple's money at the racetrack 'just trying to make ends meet'. The proceedings slow down for an acceptance of "Fake Honey". Next we get a dose of weirdo pop with pounding percussion, ball park organ and talk-sing of "Love Potion". My favorite is the closer, "Morning Light", a romping, stomping, jangling blast of indie rock.
There you have it -- five songs and a Japanese car full of fun. This is what you need for summer.
Bandcamp for Japanese Cars
Monday, July 11, 2016
Feeling adrift in the singles scene while in or approaching your thirties? Reminiscing fondly about your past thirties singles scene (amazing how your brain alters memories as a defense mechanism, but I digress ...)? Don't worry, this September Melbourne's Scott & Charlene's Wedding has you covered with their third album -- Mid Thirties Singles Scene. A joint release by Fire Records in the UK/Euro/North America and Bedroom Suck Records in Australia/New Zealand, it will have all of the thoughtful, cogent observations you need. But until then, take to heart the chill advice "Don't Bother Me".
Dot Dash hasn't put out a mediocre album yet, but Searchlights is their most complete, consistent and, to my ears, most satisfying. It appears that a conscious decision was made to increase the rock muscle and leave a few ragged edges. The result is brilliant, as the approach adds immediacy and punch to the perfectly crafted power pop nuggets. You can listen to a few examples below, but I strongly suggest putting on your earphones and listening to the entire album at the Bandcamp link.
Dot Dash are Terry Banks, Steve Hansgen, Hunter Bennett, and Danny Ingram. Searchlights is out now via This Is Beautiful Music. See the links below, and don't miss the special label offer linked at the bottom of the post.
Bandcamp for Searchlights
Special offer on Dot Dash music from The Beautiful Music
Friday, July 8, 2016
The Academic are Craig Fitzgerald (lead vocals/rhythm guitar), Matt Murtagh (lead guitar/backing vocals), Stephen Murtagh (bass/backing vocals), and Dean Gavin (drums/backing vocals).
Thursday, July 7, 2016
After all these years, how do they do it? I suspect witchcraft is involved.
Desire and Signs EP 7" is available via Shelflife Records on heavyweight vinyl with a download code for "Under London Skies", "Wander Epic Part II", and bonus tracks "Wander Epic Parts I & II" and "Wander Epic Part III". A digital version will also include a bonus mix of "Under London Skies". I believe the digital is available now, and the vinyl will be available to ship later this month.
Shelflife Records page for Desire and Signs EP 7"
Bandcamp page for Desire and Signs EP 7"
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Three tracks are streamed below, but you can listen to/buy the entire album at the Bandcamp link below.
Bandcamp for In Awe Of Nothing
Young Cherie Ko seems to have boundless artistic energy. While still a member of Singapore's Obedient Wives Club, which was our first introduction to her, she now has launched Tomgirl. By my count, that is at least her fourth project (including OWC, others are Bored Spies and the now defunct Pastelpower). Tomgirl is a collaboration of Ko and Singapore/Australian musician Ted Dore.
I don't think there have been any live shows yet, but Tomgirl has released a video for their first song, "Darker Now". The noir shading of the video combines the attitude of Natural Born Killers with an angular, post punk version of early The Raveonettes. An entire album of good stuff is slated for September.