Hollie set the tone with yesterday’s Melodic Tonic, sharing songs with an edge. The Matinee May 3rd edition follows Hollie’s lead, offering a few songs that also are gritty. There are, of course, a few songs that are more of the relaxing, laid-back variety to help recover from the more blistering numbers.


Estrons – “Drop” (Cardiff, Wales)

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E S T R O N S - "Drop"

Late in 2015, Welsh quartet Estrons released their debut EP, a collection of songs that spanned the indie-rock and post-punk spectrum. A month ago they released their first single of 2016, which sees the band take an even edgier approach. “Drop” is an intense, blistering track that will melt your face, combining the pounding power of Wolf Alice and the gritty garage rock of Royal Blood. It’s difficult not to thrash around the house while spinning this tune, so let loose and let your head and entire body uncontrollably gyrate. “Drop” only furthers our fandom for this little gem.

E S T R O N S are Taliesyn Källström, Hugh Parry, James Keeley, and Rhodri Daniel.

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Hannah Georgas – “Don’t Go” (Vancouver, Canada)

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Hannah Georgas - "Don't Go"

Earlier this year, one emerging Canadian singer-songwriter – Toronto’s Basia Bulat – released her new album. Now it’s Hannah Georgas‘ turn, the singer-songwriter from Vancouver. In 2012, her self-titled, sophomore album was acclaimed across Canada, and the single, “Robotic”, was among the most popular songs of the year. Georgas is now readying her third full-length album, and the lead track is the stirring “Don’t Go”. For anyone who has loved someone and ended up tragically losing her/him, you’ll be able to empathize with the emotions in Georgas’ words and vocals. It’s a song that will tear your heart out.

“Don’t Go” is from Georgas’ forthcoming, new album, For Evelyn, which will be released this summer on Dine Alone Records. The album’s title is named in honor of Georgas’ grandmother.

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Little Children – “Every Little Light” (Stockholm, Sweden)

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Little Children - "Every Little Light"

If you solely listened to “Every Little Light” without reading who the band was and from where they come, you probably would think this song was written and performed by an American band. It just goes to show the talent that Sweden’s Little Children poses. The project of Linus Lutti – who is supported by Mattias Gustavsson, Lars Skoglund, Petter Granberg, and Andreas Söderström – Little Children released their debut EP, Travelling Through Darkness, nearly a year ago. “Every Little Light” follows the same ’80s soft-rock approach of their EP, although this song is more anthemic, more vibrant, and just flat out awesome. If Ryan Adams fronted The War on Drugs for just one song, it would probably sound something like this stellar tune.

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Ol Silver Tongue – “Dead Or Deranged” (Oakland, USA)

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Ol Silver Tongue - "Dead Or Deranged"

There are no shortage of garage-rock bands emerging from the Bay area, thanks to the influence of Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, and a host of others. One of these bands is Ol Silver Tongue. Last month, the duo released an EP, which is highlighted by the title track, “Dead Or Deranged”. The song combines the ferocity of Royal Blood, the gritty riffs of The Black Keys in their early days, and the intensity of Highly Suspect. There are no bells and whistles on this track; just an old-fashion, hammer-meets-nail, garage-rocker.

Their sophomore EP, Dead or Deranged, can be heard in its entirety on SoundCloud or purchased on iTunes or Amazon.

Boronkadonk on vocals/guitar and C. McCock on percussion/vocals.

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Psychedelic Witchcraft – “A. Creature” (Florence, Italy)

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Psychedelic Witchcraft - "A. Creature"

Italy isn’t the first place one would expect to find a witch-rock, voodoo-psychedelic band, but there are always exceptions to the rule. From the beautiful city of Firenze comes a quartet who channel the rock sounds of New Orleans and the US Deep South. Meet Italy’s hidden gem of a rock band Psychedelic Witchcraft, who recently released their debut album, The Vision. The entire album has religious and mythical undertones, which are evident on the record’s opening track “A. Creature”. The best way to describe this track – imagine Shirley Manson of Garage fronting Black Sabbath, and you’ll get an idea of what this song – and the entire album for that matter – is like. If you play it backwards, it likely won’t have those kind of undertones, though.

The Vision can be heard in its entirety on SoundCloud and is out via Soulseller Records. Psychedelic Witchcraft are Virginia Monti (vocals), Riccardo Giuffrè (bass), Jacopo Fallai  (guitar), and Mirko Buia (drums).

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Thyla – “Motherlode” (Brighton, England)

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Thyla - "Motherlode"The little band that could. That’s how I like to describe Brighton quartet Thyla, who continue to churn new song after new song. Known mostly for their driving indie-rock song, their latest single “Motherlode” is more methodical and calculated in its approach. Instead of coming out blazing with guitars, “Motherlode” has a trance-like, hypnotic feel as the band slowly lures you into the underworld of indie-rock. The song is a further demonstration of a young band maturing and evolving into one of the UK’s best kept secrets.

Thyla are Millie Duthie (vocals/guitar); Elis Davies (guitar), Danny Southwell (drums), and Dan Hole (bass).

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Zack Adams – “Dead Horse Bay” (Brooklyn via Bowling Green, KY, USA)

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Zack Adams - "Dead Horse Bay"

A long-time musician who is still finding his footing within New York City’s competitive music scene, Zack Adams is a name to remember. His approach that borders between James Vincent McMorrow, Matthew Houck of Phosphorescent, and John Grant, Adams, where Adams takes conventional arrangements and turns them into something beautiful. His latest single, “Dead Horse Bay”, evidences the warm intimacy and stirring emotions of his sound. Adams’ music that is meant for relaxed evenings with loved ones, where all can share the experience of being lost in his deep tenor, haunting melodies, and sincere storytelling.

Hear more of Adams’ music on SoundCloud.

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