The Matinee January 21st Edition goes melodic – whether through infectious indie-pop, soaring indie-rock, or mesmerizing folk. It’s the perfect elixir to get you through Thursday.
A Band Called Quinn – “From The Gutter” (Glasgow, Scotland)
We start things off with a song from 2013, so it’s not exactly new. That said, people are only starting to get to know the name A Band Called Quinn, who recently were nominated for two Arts & Business Scotland Awards (to be awarded next month). To celebrate the occasion, ABCQuinn are re-releasing some singles, including “From The Gutter”. This stuttering synth-pop track is a mix of Broken Social Scene, Alvvays, and Operators, the kind of track that brightens up any day. The pillowy soft vocals of frontwoman Louise Quinn, in particular, are captivating, as if she was lying next to you.
A Band Called Quinn are Louise Quinn, Bal Cooke, Robert Henderson, and Steven Westwater.
Easy Kill – “Samson” (Manchester, UK)
Hollie was telling me the other day how she had a thing for bands from Manchester – the echo effect from the crystalline guitars and frontmen with other deep tenors or baritone voices. I don’t think this preference is limited to her, as I, too, tend to gravitate to music with that Manchester sound. One emerging band that has caught my attention is Easy Kill, who reside in the city that is home to Man U. Their new single, “Samson”, is a fantastic, melodic art-rock tune that blends the sonic beauty of Wild Beasts and the sparkling guitar hooks of Interpol. It’s a song that has the “ooh” and “aah” quality.
“Samson” is the first single from the band’s forthcoming EP, Sermons, which will be released on February 26th. Easy Kill are Theo Tobias, Ronan Clowes, Alex Howes and Thomas Short.
Hans Pucket – “Illest” (Wellington, New Zealand)
When I attended Mac DeMarco’s gig in Wellington last week, the first opening act was local youngsters, Hans Pucket. A Wavves-meets-Woods type band, they impressed with their great mix of post-punk and laid back psychedelic. The last song they performed was “Illest”, when heard live was awesome as they took the ending refrain and turned it into a stoner-rock jam. Keep an eye out on this trio from the Coolest Little Capital in the World.
Tangerine – “Tender” (Seattle, USA)
Seattle favorites Tangerine are getting set to release a new EP, Sugar Teeth. The lead single from the album is “Tender”, which recalls the anthems created by The History of Apple Pie. The song presents a slight change for the band, who move away from bubbly, harmonious pop tunes to a guitar-driven sound. The result is a deliriously fun and infectious number that will have you whirling around your living room, the office, or wherever you just want to let loose.
Sugar Teeth drops February 19th via Swoon Records. Tangerine are comprised of sisters Marika and Miro Justad and Toby Kuhn.
Witching Waves – “Twister” (London, UK)
As we anxiously await the arrival of Savages’ new album, Adore, we could use something to tie us over and get the adrenaline flowing. Meet London trio Witching Waves, a post-punk rock band creating gritty, heavy, anthemic numbers like their fellow Londoners. The latest single, “Twister”, blares with reverb-filled guitar hooks, heart-racing drum and bass lines, and the smooth vocals of frontwoman Emma. It’s pretty awesome. Don’t you think Witching Waves would be a great opening act for Savages? I definitely think so.
“Twister” is the lead single from Witching Waves’ second album, Crystal Cafe. It comes out February 26th via Soft Power (UK) and Happy Happy Birthday To Me (US). UK pre-orders can be made here while North American fans can check this link.
Youth Policy – “Wanderer’s Waltz” (Los Angeles, USA)
We often receive music that makes us ask, “Where the heck has [insert name] been all this time?” Such was the reaction when listening to Youth Policy‘s stunning debut album Time Has Told Me. The mysterious singer-songwriter sings and writes with the intimacy of a young Nick Drake and Sufjan Stevens and plucks an acoustic guitar with the masterful skills of a Zachary Cale. From the album is “Wanderer’s Waltz”, a folk number that is serene yet engrossing and one that will have you recalling those quiet yet memorable days.
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