The Matinee September 14th has an eclectic mix of tracks today that will help you get through your busy week. We have awesome gritty indie rock, amazing singer-songwriter, sunny synthpop, and a bit of psych inspired rock. Artists represent the US, the UK and Canada today.
Blonde Roses – “Bullet” (New Orleans, USA)
RIYL: Be Calm Honcho, Bernaccia, Field Mouse
With Blonde Roses, the band combines alternative gritty rock with an element that reminds of days past (like way past the 90s). The New Orleans based quartet offer us with uplifting songwriting, solid alternative rock with a hint of blues that instantly captivates throughout.
“Bullet” has a great mix between 90s inspired grunge, modern day indie rock with a splash of blues. The end of the track impresses with an explosion talented guitar playing. Ms. Portier’s vocals on “Bullet” are sassy and strong which is the perfect way to deliver a song about overcoming a negative situation.
She shares a bit about the track: “I want our fans to feel like they aren’t alone in feeling alone at times. But I want to them to also know that it’s going to be ok even if it doesn’t feel like it at the time. That there’s something bigger and better waiting for you if you look hard enough. Life isn’t always going to be easy, but it’s a blessing.”
Blonde Roses are Molly Portier, Harold Rosenberg, Albert Moliere, and Anthony Mikhael. “Bullet” is from their forthcoming EP.
Computer Magic – “Gone For The Weekend” (Brooklyn, USA)
RIYL: Grimes, Frankie Rose, Neon Indian
Computer Magic is the project of Danielle Johnson and she’s providing us with some awesome synthy dance pop that we can’t get enough of.
If you dig Grimes, you should definitely be a fan of Computer Magic. “Gone For The Weekend” frames Ms. Johnson’s sugary vocals in the perfect setting with a few experimental elements and samples along with feel good synth vibes that force you to move.
“Gone for the Weekend” is off of her upcoming EP Obscure but Visible which is out October 7th on Channel 9 Records.
A Festival, A Parade – “If Dogs Could Talk…” (Newcastle upon Tyne, England)
RIYL: The Twilight Sad, The Editors, The National
With “If Dogs Could Talk” I might have found one of my new exciting bands I need to keep major tabs on.
We have an awesome mix of mind blowing math rock mixed in with a brooding atmospheric tone that leaves you a little breathless. “If Dogs Could Talk” is exciting, captivating and is a refreshing track to hear. It breaks through the sea of music we often hear that include countless similarities.
The closest nod we have hear is The National, but they are bringing their own unique elements to the table which sets them apart. I love the main lyric, and this might be my inspiration to be loyal and awesome today (you get it if you are a dog lover). “If dogs could talk, we’d all fall short”.
A Festival, A Parade is comprised of Joe Allan (vocals, guitar), Reece Spencer (lead guitar), Ollie Winn (bass) and Liam Tellum (drums). We will be keeping up with this emerging and talented quartet.
Maria Kelly – “Stitches” (Dublin, Ireland)
RIYL: Lisa Hannigan, Julien Baker, Cloves
Maria Kelly has everything it takes to make a memorable imprint in the singer-songwriter landscape. She has captivating vocals set against acoustic guitars and ethereal strings on “Stitches” that continue to prove to us her immense talent.
Aside from an amazing voice, she also has a way with telling her story with transparent lyrics that come straight from her heart.
With “Stitches” we hear a story of a relationship’s inability to flourish or grow most likely due to each person’s lack of trust or ability to become truly intimate due to past experiences. It describes so delicately a relationship on the verge of collapse.
“Stitches” will be released on October 7th via Veta Records.
The New Royales – “Lonely But Not Alone” (Los Angeles, USA & Vancouver + Toronto, Canada)
RIYL: Anteros, Saltwater Sun, Tame Impala
We thought they sounded familiar, and now we’ve finally figured it out. The New Royales include members of Altar Eagles, whose single “Time Out” we shared in June.
The New Royales are creating an awesome mix of psych inspired rock, slick production and overall stellar composition. With “Lonely But Not Alone” we hear Ms. Rodrigues’ soulful vocals set against a myriad of different sounds including psych undertones, experimental beats and attention grabbing guitar rock. We are digging this track and look forward to more from this talented foursome.
The New Royales are DJ Khalil, Chin Injeti, Liz Rodrigues, and Erik Alcock.
The Night Café – “Mixed Signals” (Liverpool, England)
RIYL: Jinja Safari, Local Natives, Sundara Karma,
The Night Café are back and we previously shared “Time” a few months back and we proclaimed they will satisfy your indie pop/rock appetite with dreamy vocals, meaningful songwriting and those perfect guitar riffs.
With “Mixed Signals” we have a face paced indie rocker on our hands with an unforgettable melody that keep us intrigued throughout. Lyrically we have a song about those relationships that throw you a curve ball because the other party is not being forthright and is giving you mixed signals. The result is the perfect break up song you can just keep hitting repeat until you feel better.
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