Principia is out now via Trouble In Mind Records.
Principia is out now via Trouble In Mind Records.
After a week of visitors we are back to bring you news of quality indie music. We begin with the pop perfection of Weird Sisters, a two-track single by The Telephone Numbers. The project of San Francisco songwriter Thomas Rubenstein (whose terrific Ballad of Doug LP wowed us), it brings you the best of the two sides of jangling indie -- blissful and sunny on side A, and bittersweet and melancholy on side B. Great stuff, so dig in!
via Meritorio Records (Spain) and Prefect Records (UK).
This could be one of many readers' favorite posts in a long time. Why? 1. Because it introduces them to a great new band; and 2. We don't know enough about the band to bore everyone. What we do know is that the name of the band is The Plus 4, and they are based in the UK. Their sound is an appealing '60s throwback, and .... well, that's all we know.
The Plus 4 have released two singles so far in 2023, and we have been lucky enough to hear a third which will be coming soon. For now, you will have to be satisfied with "Your Look Right Through Me" and "Resolution (Happy New Year!)".
Blues Lawyer are Elyse Schrock (drums/vocals), Rob I. Miller (vocals/guitar), Ellen Matthews (guitars), and Alejandra Alcala (bass/backing vocals). All In Good Time is out now via Dark Entries Records.
Today's first featured tune is "I Wasn't Thinking At All" by Melbourne's Cold Irons Band. The four-piece has an appealing sound based in scrappy power pop with '90s distortion and an Americana vibe, and this song features both their rocking and Americana bona fides. We also should mention that our spouses endorse the notion that we at WYMA feature a song titled "I Wasn't Thinking At All". We aren't sure what they are hinting, but I'm sure it is loving and supportive.
The single is out now via Golden Robot Records. It is taken from the upcoming LP No Place I Can't Find You.
Cold Irons Bound are Mark Adams (guitars/vocals), Ben Carter (guitars/vocals), Sam Fiddian (bass/backing vocals), James Alderman (drums).
National Honor Society are Coulter Leslie, Jerry Peerson, Andrew Gaskin, and Will Hallauer. All The Distance Between Us will be out April 21 via Shelflife, Discos de Kirlian, and Subjangle. Check for your 'local' label among those to save shipping costs.
We've been awol for a few days (work/illness/skiing), so we thought we would celebrate our return with a thoroughly delicious free song titled "Velvet Lovers" by Portland, Oregon's Nate Wey and the Dreamers. The song is a mash up of Velvet Underground's Waiting for The Man and The Modern Lover's Roadrunner. So the songwriting credit belongs to Lou Reed and Jonathan Richman. But Nate gets the inspiration credit for the mash up. And lets not forget a round of applause for the Dreamers: Tobias Berblinger (keys), Christa Buckland (backing vocals), Kyle Cregan (drums), Leah Heuser (backing vocals), Sarah Nienaber (electric guitars). Nate provided vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, and keys. In addition to being a musician, he also is a sound mixer and composer.
When we last covered Dignan Porch they were camped out in South London. Since then main man Joe Walsh has moved to Manchester. But he still is writing music and thank the gods for that! His songs appear to have roots in '60s garage and folk rock, rinsed with psychedelia and jangle. It manages to simultaneously sound mysterious and innocent. And while it certainly isn't music aiming for the bullseye of any commercial channel, it is timeless music superbly crafted. We are going to be playing it for a long, long time.
Joe Walsh wrote, sang, and preformed most of the instruments on Electric Threads, although his brother Sam contributed as well. Electric Threads is out now in vinyl and digital formats via Hidden Bay Records (France), Safe Suburban Home (UK), and Repeating Cloud (US).
Today's first featured single is "I Hear Music" by The Sprouts. Note that these The Sprouts are not The Sprouts from Vancouver, British Columbia, but a newer project from Melbourne. And while the band is new to us, the members hail from such Australian worthies as Chook Race, Dippers (fka Thigh Master), Permits and Ill Globo, some of which have featured here in the past. While such familiarity preconditioned us to like the music, we think the tune is worthy all by itself. It chugs along in shaggy, earworm style and then gives us some shredding electric guitar to close. We like surprises!
The Sprouts are Rob Remedios, Innez Tulloch, Tom Marinelli and Matthew Ford. Eat Your Greens will be out March 24 via Tenth Court.
Let's begin the week with some sparkling indie pop, shall we? The artist is Mark Mannone, whose solo post-The Lucksmiths project is (almost) aptly titled Mannone Alone. We say "almost" because for this single Mark called on Joe Foley, Gus Franklin, and Louis Richter to flesh out "Ways to Wear My Hair". And a song this fine begs a question: Isn't 2023 time for another Mannone Alone LP? We certainly hope so. Meanwhile, enjoy a fine song, and presumable some hairstyle advice.
"Ways to Wear My Hair" is out via Melbourne's Lost and Lonesome Records, with a vinyl available via Finland's Royal Mint Records.
For indie music fans, we have had a good start to the year. And it going to get even better. How do we know? The Reds, Pinks & Purples have a new LP coming this spring. The first tracks available are "Too Late for an Early Grave" and "Life in the Void". It won't shock you to learn that we love the songs and very much look forward to the album. The album is called The Town That Cursed Your Name, and the songwriter helming the project advises that it is about trying to live while feeling compelled to make music.
The Town That Cursed Your Name will be out March 24 in digital and vinyl formats via Slumberland Records and Tough Love Records.
With 26 songs and a range that encompasses Americana, alt country, indie rock and jangle, Somehow Or Another (2017-2022 EPs and singles compilation) has songs that are certain to please any indie fan. The artist is California singer, songwriter, and guitarist John McCabe. John has released five EPs and some singles since 2017, and this record collects all of them. The country/American-oriented material has heft and and authenticity. As for the songs in the pop and rock channel -- which, to our ears, is most of the album -- useful touchstones are R.E.M. and Miracle Legion (John's vocals even sound like Michael Stipe's). John's lyrical perspective seems to be the loner, looking in at the world. But the material isn't soft and mournful. His vocals adorn full-blooded electric guitar arrangements in overdrive. Quite simply, it sounds wonderful.
The album is out now via Janglepophub in digital and CD formats. By the way, John also plays in a band called Good At Rockets.