Friday, March 22, 2019
The lyrical content reflects a keen inner eye and sufficient detachment to tell the story in a relatable fashion. For us, highlights are "Heather Army", "Learn Your Lines" (Claire's take on learning to play the role to make it in a male dominated industry, we think), "Moving Blankets", and "Wear Me Out". But there are no weak songs, and while we think the band gels best on the more up-tempo songs, they always deliver. Then again, Claire could probably sing the dumpling menu at Dough Zone and we'd ask for an encore.
Next weekend we will announce our favorite five or six albums for the first quarter of 2019. Expect to see Loose Wing on the list.
In addition to Claire Tucker (guitar/vocals/keys), Loose Wing are Jack Peters (bass), Rusty Willoughby (drums), and Bill Patton (guitar/pedal steel). Loose Wing is out now in vinyl and digital formats; see the Bandcamp link below.
Bandcamp for album
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Credit Rama Lama Records, and emerging bright light on the Swedish music landscape, for recognizing this young talent and providing her with a platform. fEELz is out now in digital and vinyl formats.
Bandcamp for fEELz EP
Soundcloud for fEELz EP
Various links to source EP
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
If you are a long-time reader you know what to expect -- sweet melodies, sharp hooks and plenty of jangle. And Laz delivers what we expect every time.
And all three songs -
Bandcamp for Our Mother's House EP
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
The Vapour Trails are Scott Robertson (lead guitar/vocals), Nicholas Mackie (vocals/rhythm guitar), Kev Robertson (vocals/rhythm guitar), Andrew Crossan (bass), and Kenny Munro (drums/percussion).
Various links to source "Sanity"
Monday, March 18, 2019
Long running Philadelphia band Half Japanese has dropped their fifth album, and we think it is a good one. Injecting a good bit more melody and structure into their trademark noise generation machine, Invincible lives up to its name in hinting that Half Japanese can, and should, continue their rock and roll production indefinitely. Of course, Jad Fair still is Jad Fair, so the lyrical themes include horror movies and romance, all a bit free-wheeling and off kilter to be sure, but that just makes it more entertaining. A sublime merger of the primitive and pop songcraft -- enjoy!
For Invincible, Half Japanese are Jad Fair, John Sluggett, Gilles-Vincent Rieder, Jason Willett, and Mick Hobbs. The album is out now in vinyl, CD, and digital formats via Fire Records.
Bandcamp for Invincible
Fire Records page for Half Japanese