The Matinee May 12th edition covers a variety of genres – indie rock, garage pop, electro-pop, post-punk, alt-folk, and indie folk. Sit back, relax, and spin some great new music today.
The Bay Rays – “New Home” (Kent, England)
I think we need to move The Revue’s base to England because it seems we tend to share an extraordinary amount of music from the Manchester, London, and southeast regions of the country. If England continues to produce bands like The Bay Rays, then we’re going to have to seriously consider it. This relatively new band’s second single, “New Home”, is rip-roaring fun – a three-minute blast of whirling guitars, rocking melodies, and boisterous vocals. It’s basically one quick but awesome adrenalin rush, recalling the rock ‘n roll that permeated in the early and mid-’80s.
The Bay Rays are Harry Nicoll, Maxwell Oakley, and Anthus Davis. These guys probably put on one sweaty, energetic live show, so go see them if you live in the Brighton and Kent areas.
Diarrhea Planet – “Bob Dylan’s Grandma” (Nashville, USA)
When Diarrhea Planet arrived on the indie scene some seven years ago, people spoke more about their oft-kilter, witty name than their music. Over time, however, they’ve won people over with their frenetic live shows; blazing, guitar-driven music; and witty wordplay. The latter two are on full display with their latest single, “Bob Dylan’s Grandma”. The song buzzes with some great guitar work, but the Nashville-based sextet show some growth by slowing the track down completely before revving it up to add a bit of drama. The storyline, meanwhile, is weird and imaginative, but then again Diarrhea Planet have never been mistaken as just another ordinary band. They’re just one of the best post-punk bands around.
“Bob Dylan’s Grandma” is from Diarrhea Planet’s upcoming new album, Turn To Gold, which drops June 10th via Infinity Cat Recordings.
Diarrhea Planet are Jordan, Brent, Mike, Emmett, Evan, and Ian.
Emily Jane White – “Frozen Garden” (Oakland, USA)
Long before The Revue was born, I was a fan of Emily Jane White, a singer-songwriter from Oakland whose previous recordings were reminiscent of everyone from k.d. lang to Laura Veirs to Laura Marling. In many respects, she is a chameleon within the indie-folk industry, and she’s once again changed her colors with her new single “Frozen Garden”. On this song, White channels the lush and ethereal beauty of Hope Sandoval and the chamber brilliance of Marissa Nadler. Be sure to be sitting down while hearing this haunting but majestic track.
Fear of Men – “Sane” (Brighton, England)
It’s not often we share multiple singles by a band. However, when the songs are as captivating as what Fear of Men have been sharing, it is difficult to ignore them. The latest number is “Sane”, which is a dark, haunting, and heart-racing number in the mould of the glacial post-rock coming out of Iceland. And beneath the crippling sound is a poetic, tragic story that you would expect to read from someone like Edgar Allan Poe or William Makepeace Thackeray.
“Sane” is from Fear of Men’s forthcoming new album, Fall Forever, which will be released June 3rd via Kanine Records. Fear of Men are: Jessica Weiss (vocals), Daniel Falvey (guitar), and Michael Miles (drums).
Katie Dean – “You Should Know” (Leeds, England)
The city of Leeds has brought the world a great collection of artists over the past few years, such as Alt-J, Kaiser Chiefs, Wild Beasts, and Eagulls. As you can see from the list, most are in the indie rock and indie pop spheres, which makes Katie Dean somewhat of a aberration. The young singer-songwriter writes engaging indie-folk music, and her new EP, You Should Know, demonstrates her talent. The title track, in particular, is a stunner with its upbeat, folk-pop vibe and Dean’s terrific voice. It’s early, but this EP might have you thinking Dean is the female equivalent to The Tallest Man on Earth.
Twist – “Soaked” (Toronto, Canada)
Toronto music fans better start etching the name Twist in their mind because this project of songwriter Laura Hermiston has some major backing, which includes Brian Borchedt of Holy Fuck, who is one of Hermiston’s collaborators, and Crocodiles guitarist Charles Rowell. The newest backer is Toronto boutique label Buzz Records, and Twist’s first single for Buzz is “Soaked”. Dripping with mid-90s garage-pop, “Soaked” is highly infectious with its jangly guitar hook and Hermiston’s high-pitched but soothing vocals. If your a fan of Alvvays, Twist is someone to discover now, first by listening to this great tune and second by seeing Hermiston and friends in concert (tour dates here).
Tales in Space – “Stormy Eyes” (Sydney, Australia)
The Matinee ends on a cheery note with the new single by Sydney-based, electronic / electro-pop duo Tales in Space. “Stormy Eyes” is a hook-filled, summery, pop tune that will stick with you for hours. The sweet melodies and the catchy guitar licks are effortless, making this a great tune to spin in the warmer weather. The approach and vibe are akin to OK Go – positive, uplifting, and just enough cheekiness to make you smile.
“Stormy Eyes” is the lead single from Tales in Space’s forthcoming, sophomore album, which should arrive late in 2016.
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