Friday, October 30, 2020
The origin story for Smokescreens is that the members bonded over an appreciation for New Zealand guitar bands. And as origin stories go, this one seems to us to hit the bullseye. The influence of The Clean, The Chills, The Bats and others is evident in their sound But leaving little to chance the band brought on David Kilgour of The Clean (and David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights and solo work) to produce and create the cover art. Of course, the world being a sharing place, the listener also will detect similarities with more recent guitar bands from Melbourne, Glasgow, Sweden and other locales as well. The songs on their new album, the eight-track A Strange Dream, have plenty of jangle in the guitars and an appealing mix of upbeat and more restrained songs. The songwriting is so good, and the performances so spot-on, that this is an album that sounds like a timeless classic right out of the box. Unless you were paying attention to the singles, you haven't heard these songs before. But your head and your heart will try to convince you that you have, and that they are among your favorites.
A Strange Dream is out now via Slumberland Records.
Bandcamp for A Strange Dream
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Probably most of you woke up this morning with one question in mind: When will be blessed with the second album by The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness? Fortunately, we actually know the answer to that question. The album, which is titled Songs From Another Life, by the way, will be released on January 20, 2021, via Bobo Integral. And because you will want it, here is the wonderful "Play (On My Mind)", a sweet dose of perfect power pop that happens to be the first single from the album.
The Boys With The Perpetual Nervousness are Scottish/Spanish duo Andrew Taylor and Gonzalo Marcos.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
Bandcamp for All Hash and Cock
Thursday, October 15, 2020
As a tough work week draws to a close we found ourselves desiring music with sonic heft, and we didn't have to look far. The self-titled album by Bergen, Norway's Slomosa is a heavy, swirling stew of desert rock built on a stoner groove. Admittedly, desert rock from a cold country with plenty of rocks, trees and water, but no sand, seems odd. And there have been quips that the play 'tundra rock'. But our ears tell us that this band's version of desert rock sounds pretty damn authentic to us, and their own unabashedly heavy and energetic performance makes Slomosa a winning album.
Slomosa is out now in digital, CD and vinyl formats via Apollon Records.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
For this recording, Supercrush are Mark Palm, Phil Jones, Allen Trainer, Bob Reed, Inna Showalter, Greg Ehrlich, and Jay Kardong. SODO Pop is out now in all formats via Don Giovanni Records. By the way, the album title is a Seattle in joke. While it looks like Mark misspelled "soda", he actually is referring to the name of the neighborhood of Seattle south of the downtown business district.
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
The Flatmates are Lisa Bouvier (vocals/backing vocals/bass/guitar), Martin Whitehead (guitar/backing vocals), Mattias Lidehall (bass), Rocker (keys/programming/backing vocals), and Brian Price (drums). The Flatmates is available in digital, CD and vinyl formats via Bristol label Local Underground.
Sunday, October 11, 2020
In addition to Ms. Fowler, Latitude is Josh Miller (guitar), Justin Frahm (keys/vocals), Rob Duncan (bass), and Joe Z. Armin (drums/vocals). Mystic Hotline is out now in digital and vinyl formats via Emotional Response Records.
Bandcamp for Mystic Hotline
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
And what have our non-kissing cousins created? A veritable cornucopia of garagey psychedelic pop. Think Syd Barrett and Dan Treacy (Television Personalities) working their magic direct to tape in your garage with stories of colorful characters and memorable encounters, and you have it. It is comprised of 16 songs culled from their decades of work and recorded over the last five years. This is the kind of album The Dupont Circles have deserved to deliver for years. For whatever reason, the didn't. But thanks to Canadian label The Beautiful Music, their work is available to charm us all.
In Search of the Family Gredunza is available now in CD and digital formats. See the Bandcamp link below or visit The Beautiful Music website.
Monday, October 5, 2020
Bandcamp for HMS Blake
Friday, October 2, 2020
If you aren't familiar with this band, here is an introduction. The main man is Craig Dermody -- singer, songwriter, painter, and all-around good dude. His musical approach is a somewhat rough-edged and charmingly disheveled singer-songwriter-as-indie-rocker. The compositions are warm, heartfelt and infused with humanity. The current version of the band includes Jack Farley (bass), Ela Stiles (guitar), and Joe Alexander (drums). And for this recording they were joined by former member Gill Tucker (guitar). So obviously, there is a lot of rumbling, snarling guitar riding a solid rhythm, and the energy leaps out of the speakers. You might even get the sense that there is beer sticking your shoes to the floor. It might be your imagination, but it may just as well be your own beer when as you started grooving to one of the best live recordings you have heard in a long time.
Live At The Tote is available in digital and cassette formats. See the Bandcamp link, and rock on.
Bandcamp for album