Music, Singles, The Revue — February 29, 2016 at 6:00 am

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 8


This week’s serving of new music cocktails features six talented artists whose paths will cross next month in Texas. They’re all scheduled to play the South By Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin which showcases hundreds of emerging and established acts. If you’re lucky enough to attend the festival, check out these promising performers. If these singles are any indication, they will put on amazing shows!


The Big Pink – “Hightimes” (London, UK)

the big pinkIt’s been a while since we’ve heard any new music from London electronic/rock outfit The Big Pink. Their last album (the 2012 release Future This) now has a follow-up in the form of this smashing new single. “Hightimes” is bold and unapologetically anthemic, showcasing the vocals of Robbie Furze. “It’s about high times / better than the last time” he sings, perfectly summarizing the song’s hit potential. It is even better than anything else they’ve done, which is saying something since they always produce stellar material. It’s from their upcoming EP, Empire Underground, due March 4 via B3SCI Records. The album is available for pre-order from the label’s online store. The band is currently touring the U.S. through mid-April and will play SXSW on March 16.

The Big Pink includes: Robbie Furze (lead vocals/guitar), Mary Charteris (vocals/keys), Free Hallas (drums), and Jesse Russell (bass).

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Caveman – “Never Going Back Again” (Brooklyn, USA)

cavemanBrooklyn indie rockers Caveman are also back with an instantly addictive new single, and not a moment too soon. “Never Going Back Again” is more upbeat than their last hit (“In the City”) from their 2013 self-titled album. Their upcoming release, Otero War, is due out in June from Cinematic Music Group. The band plays SXSW on March 16 before joining Frightened Rabbit on their spring tour. They will also perform at several U.S. festivals, including Shaky Knees in May and Forecastle in July. The single is available now from iTunes.

Caveman are: Matthew Iwanusa (vocals), James Carbonetti (guitar), Sam Hopkins (keys), and Jeff Berrall (bass).

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Death By Unga Bunga – “Best Friends” (Moss, Norway)

death by unga bungaYou may not have heard of Norwegian band Death By Unga Bunga, even though they have one of the coolest names of any group we’ve featured on The Revue.

These psychedelic rockers have been together for six years, and they’re about to release their fourth album next month. “Best Friends” is a rollicking tune steeped in vintage Britpop that begs to be cranked up on a sunny day while driving with the windows down. Pineapple Pizza releases March 4 via Jansen Plateproduksjon, just in time for their performance at SXSW Festival on March 15.

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Fast Romantics – “Animal” (Toronto, CAN)

fast romanticsCanadian indie rock quintet Fast Romantics have consistently produced incredible music since forming in 2008, and their latest single is no exception. “Animal” is destined to be another indie hit. The track’s killer power pop hooks pair with lyrics that address horrible human behavior, putting a positive sound to a negative trait. Bold and bright with a rousing chorus, it’s nothing short of brilliant. “Animal” is available now from their Bandcamp page, with the full album expected this summer. They play SXSW on March 18.

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The Gills – “Lemonade” (Nashville, USA)

the gillsThe saying that “medicine heals the body but music heals the soul” certainly applies to emerging Nashville indie rock band The Gills. Originally from Pensacola, FL, the group got its start when lead singer Jesse Wheeler began writing songs after battling childhood leukemia. The band took shape with the addition of brothers Andy and Matt Prince on bass and drums, followed by Justin Locke (keys/guitar). Since their formation, this band with exuberant hooks won the Nashville Music City Big Break competition last December, and now they’re slated to play SXSW on March 19.

If you like bold, energetic rock ‘n roll in the style of Dr. Dog, Blitzen Trapper, Delta Spirit, and J. Roddy Walston & the Business, then let The Gills quench your sonic thirst with “Lemonade” from their upcoming album. The song is available now from their Bandcamp page while the album is up for pre-order through Pledge Music.

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Matt Gresham – “Small Voices” (Rockingham, Western Australia)

matt greshamWestern Australia singer/songwriter and surfer Matt Gresham has a warm tenor voice and a soulful delivery on his new single, “Small Voices.” The uptempo track with electronic nuances will have you snapping along by the third bar. It’s completely irresistible, which is expected from an artist who grew up listening to artists like Paul Simon and Ben Harper.

Gresham co-wrote “Small Voices” with Jaymes Young (of London Grammar), and he’s now relocated briefly to Los Angeles while he completes his upcoming album. He plays SXSW on March 16. The single is available on iTunes.

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