The Matinee February 3rd includes 6 amazing new tracks to get your Friday moving. We hope you find your new favorite song or band. We have a nice mix of indie rock and dream pop from Australia and the US. Check back tomorrow for our Saturday Sampler and of course the Weekend Showcase on Sunday.
Bad Wave – “Time To Get Lost” (Los Angeles, California, USA)
RIYL: Foster The People, MGMT
Bad Wave have managed to express how many people are feeling these days in their sweeping, dramatic new single “Time To Get Lost.” Music publishers, are you listening? This song was made to be a soundtrack to a modern drama.
Bad Wave incorporate gorgeous harmony, lush strings, and a deep bass line in this new song which makes it feel larger than life. This orchestral pop song takes unexpected turns drawing you deeper in to the tune each time.
The Los Angeles-based duo of Tucker Tota and Patrick Hart have created this upbeat track lush with pop, synth, and even some disco beats fused with intensely dramatic violins while emoting about frustration. And you can hear every bit of that frustration in the progression. Although written during Donald Trump’s seemingly successful campaigning, Tucker says of the track, “I don’t want this song to be taken as anti-Trump. It’s more about frustration with authority. About the lack of representation I feel from those who claim to represent me. Obama said in his farewell address that “citizen” is the highest office in a democracy. This is a song about remembering who’s in charge. Remembering whose name is on the building.” Now that’s a message we can all get behind, and dare we say, smacks of ‘anthem’?
Bad Wave just finished a supporting slot for Great Good Fine Ok. Keep an eye on these guys for future tour news and (we hope) new singles. Bad Wave is Tucker Tota and Patrick Hart. “Time To Get Lost” was released on 10k Islands.
Bleached – “Can You Deal?” (Los Angeles, California, USA)
RIYL: Ex Hex, Sleater-Kinney
Whatever you do, don’t put Bleached in the box labeled “girl band”. The box that says “talented band”? Yes. By all means. Seriously, it’s 2017 and women are still doubted as being capable, amazing rock and rollers that BELONG.
Bleached is fed up and they’re not the only ones. Along with this raging single, they’re releasing an accompanying zine with contributions from Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara, Jane Wiedlin of The Go Go’s, Liz Phair, Alice Glass, Hayley Williams of Paramore, Sadie Dupuis of Speedy Ortiz and more. The limited edition zine is a collection of shared experiences from contributing artists. The riot grrrl movement began in the early 1990’s and here we are in 2017 still talking about women’s place in music. That’s almost 40 years. No wonder Bleached is fed up.
“Can You Deal?” is a full on assault full of anger and frustration in dance form. Starting with a short isolated beat, it doesn’t take Bleached long to start rocking in their super catchy melody. This popping punky dance tune will have you working your way to the front. “Yeah I’m a girl and I play in a band. Can you deal?” Well, can you?
“Can You Deal?” can be purchased/streamed here. It is the first single and title track from an upcoming EP due out March 3rd, 2017 on Dead Oceans. The limited edition (500) zine is available through pre-order. Bleached is Jennifer Clavin and Jessica Clavin with Micayla Grace and Nick Pillot. You can catch Bleached on these tour dates when they hit the road with The Damned.
Chase City – “Cycle.” (Hobart, Australia)
RIYL: High Tyde, Kasabian, The Night Café
Chase City seem to be evolving their style a bit with each new release. As we have heard more of a surf rock vibe from the quartet in the past, we are impressed by “Cycle.”
With their newest release, we hear an awesome mixture of electronic elements blended with upbeat indie pop-rock. “Cycle” is their third single release from their much anticipated upcoming album that will be released in June. The band have been busy writing and touring supporting the likes of Gang of Youths, Jinja Safari and Sticky Fingers.
Chase City are Tarik Stoneman (vocals), Michael Snape (drums), Peter Snape (guitar), and Jeremy Ferguson (bass).
Loose Buttons – “Between Brick Walls” (New York City, USA)
RIYL: New Order, The Strokes, The Last Shadow Puppets
“Between Brick Walls” is the newest from Loose Buttons, and we totally are hooked. The vocals are dreamy and hold our attention with thrilling guitar and fiery drums that keeps us hitting repeat.
Frontman Eric Nizgretsky shares a bit about the track with Baeble: “Between Brick Walls’ was penned after a much-needed epiphany that my ex and I were fundamentally wrong for each other,” “Being the train-wreck romantic that I am, I made the mistake of keeping the relationship alive for much longer than I should have. Truthfully, I did it because I was insecure about being alone. The song is about going through the motions to avoid that dreaded loneliness.”
Loose Buttons’ forthcoming EP, Sundays, is out February 24th.
Loose Buttons are Eric Nizgretsky, Zack Kantor, Manny Silverstein, and Adam Holtzberg.
Mosquito Coast – “Television Love” (Perth, Australia)
RIYL: Cults, La Sera
Western Australians may be a bit more familiar with the dreamy duo of Mosquito Coast than others, given that they gained some recognition from none other than winning the Triple J Unearthed’s Unearthed High competition in 2015.
The young duo of Naomi Robinson and Conor Barton are putting out breezy, beachy hooks that smack of youth and summertime. Naomi’s sweet vocals sing of comfort and love, both in relationships and in the comfort of watching your favorite television show in the single “Television Love.” Those honeyed vocals are backed up by poppy guitar riffs and layered with snare and shakers by Conor Barton for some depth of percussion. This is the perfect song to warm you up on cold winter’s day. We can only imagine what dream pop will come with more experience and more living.
Mosquito Coast are keeping busy with a whole slew of tour dates across Australia. The single “Television Love” is the title track of Mosquito Coast’s EP and can be purchased on their website in CD or digital format.
Salt Cathedral – “Fragments” (New York City, USA via Colombia)
RIYL: GEMS, Misun, VÉRITÉ
Salt Cathedral is comprised of duo Juliana Ronderos and Nicolas Losada. The Columbian-born artists are blazing a path in the electronic duo category. Ms. Ronderos’ ethereal vocals hold our attention while Mr. Losada’s perfectly spaced-out beats craft an impressive new track.
The lyrical depth is also present in “Fragments” which means they have all the elements needed for success. With lyrics like “When you fight a war your love trickles down, gets depleted,” we are all ears.
Juliana shares a bit about the track, and they are now on our SXSW list of bands to see: “Fragments is the effect that conflict takes on us – making us crumble into small pieces as we hope to find balance and strength to reattach. Conflicts big and small, on an everyday personal basis and those of humanity – all they do is break us. What I want to say with this song is that we can “calibrate” our love. It takes an active, rather than a passive attitude to tune into love and tune into empathy and not hurt others around us, to not argue in what I call “the wrong way” which is arguing with hatred and fear. We’ve all seen way too much of this lately. I believe we can calibrate our love.” – Juli
“Fragments” is the lead single from Salt Cathedral’s debut album, Big Waves/Small Waves, which will be released later this year.
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