The Matinee July 6th is an upbeat one that is longing for it to still be a holiday weekend. We have lots of upbeat tunes to get you through this mid-week lull. We hope you find your new favorite song or band. We have quite a few representing the UK and also the US today.

CHARIOTS – “Love Is The Weapon” (Oxford, England)

RIYL: Lostboycrow, Jane’s Party, Yukon Blonde

chariotsCHARIOTS is the project of Tom Read. “Love Is The Weapon” is a hopeful, upbeat and energetic dose of indie-pop goodness. The track is from his self-titled EP which was released last month.Sonically the track is cinematic with the perfect amount of synth inspired indie pop highlighting the powerful vocals of Mr. Read.

Lyrically, the song flips everything around and poses the question, could love be the weapon we need to turn our lives around? We are even reminded that Hell is lined with good intentions. Could we hold the power to bring positive vibes into the world instead of negativity and hate? We can, we all have a choice of how to live our lives.

We hope to hear more from Mr. Read in the future.

You can hear the debut EP CHARIOTS in its entirety on SoundCloud.

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FYFE – “Better Man” (Feat. Peter Gregson & Iskra String Quartet) (London, England)

RIYL: Bastille, Honne, Matt Woods

fyfeThere is just something about mixing orchestral elements with alt/pop music. The result is often captivating and mesmerizing.  FYFE (aka Paul Dixon) accomplishes this task with “Better Man”. He takes a different turn and collaborates with cellist Peter Gregson and the Iskra String Quartet which is quite different from going it alone like he did with “Solace” which received major blog love last year. He is sure to continue to gain a following with his newest EP released this month titled STRONGER.

“Better Man” is cinematic and beautiful. It contains just the right amount of synth and strings which perfectly showcases Mr. Dixon’s often delicate yet strong vocals. He might even be paying a bit of a homage to his classical roots, as he spent time playing piano, violin and trumpet in youth orchestras growing up.

Hear Fyfe’s new EP, Stronger, in its entirety on SoundCloud or find purchase and other stream links here.

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GIRL FRIEND – “Hello Stranger” (Manchester, England)

RIYL: Fickle Friends, KAPTAN, Myzica

girlfriendGirl Friend are back and they are continually winning us over with each new track they release. “Hello Stranger” is once again filled with 80s synth pop goodness and is the perfect song for those relationships from the past, when you were younger that you never seem to forget.

“Hello Stranger” is once again groovy, catchy and remind us a bit of a more restrained Passion Pit. We look forward to hearing more new releases from this talented family duo.

Girl Friend are siblings Amory (vocals) and Eleanor (vocals) plus Sam (drums) and Jake (keys, guitar).

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GROVES – “Swim” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: Bad Suns, Pleasure Beach, Peace

grovesGROVES are a Los Angeles-based indie pop band who have recently popped up on the scene. “Swim” is the perfect feel good summer track. At first listen, they could be mistaken for Britpop with their perfectly placed guitar riffs set against shimmery synth akin to Fickle Friends or Peace.

“Swim” can be immediately added to your summer playlist as the chorus and melodies instantly force you to move. Lyrically the track is uplifting and hopeful. If you happen to be in the Austin area, they are playing tonight at Stubb’s indoors with Austin favorites The Sour Notes.

Singer Stephen Salisbury shares a bit about the track: “‘I can’t tell you why it took a life to get it right.’ That line really captured the message I wanted to get across with this song. We all desire things without really knowing why. ‘Swim’ is a reminder that the simple things in life are what we cherish the most. 

GROVES are Stephen Salisbury (Vocals/Guitar) Reid Guidry (Bass) Will Smith (Drums).

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Paper Route – “Laugh About It” (Nashville, USA)

RIYL: Mutemath, Jack’s Mannequin, Passion Pit

Paper Route - "Laugh About It"We previously shared Paper Route‘s track “Chariots” last month and since becoming fans, we are compelled to share their lead single “Laugh About It” from their upcoming third full-length album titled Real Emotion.

So far Paper Route is providing addicting indie pop tunes that you can’t get out of your head. “Laugh About It” has just the right amount of indie rock goodness and synth to win over a multitude of fans. The chorus is also one you wont’ soon forget.

Real Emotion will be released this fall on KEMOSABE records. With their perfected pop tunes, Paper Route have all they need to breakout in a big way.

Paper Route is JT Daly (vocals, keyboards, percussion), Chad Howat (bass, piano, programming), and Nick Aranda (guitar).

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TWIN KIDD – “Fade” (Nottingham, England)


RIYL: CHVRCHES, MS MR, Purity Ring

TWIN KIDD - "Fade"“Fade” is an awesome synthpop track from TWIN KIDD‘s debut EP, Fold. The vocals of Ms. Williamson captivates against the perfectly placed synth and drum beats.

Not only are TWIN KIDD providing great electro pop beats, but they are also producing meaningful and introspective lyrics. Many bands can produce a beat or symmetry within their sound, but for the perfect formula, the lyrical content and songwriting talent needs to be there as well. TWIN KIDD has both, and we feel it’s only a matter of time before more people hear about this trio’s talent.

“Fade” is from TWIN KIDD’s debut EP, Fold, which can be heard in its entirety on SoundCloud and picked up on Bandcamp.

TWIN KIDD is comprised of Stef Williamson, Rich Lyon and Sam Davies.

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