The Baudelaires – “Bomber Dan” (Melbourne, Australia)
RIYL: The Dandy Warhols, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Tame Impala
Australia knows what’s up but it’s time for the rest of the world to get hip to The Baudelaires. This quartet from Melbourne, Australia have been catching people’s attention since their debut EP in mid 2014. After the EP release, they’ve been playing festivals and mainly touring close to home in South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales.
Now they bring you their latest release, the single “Bomber Dan” off of their new LP Musk Hill. This swirling mass of fuzzed out guitar and indistinct and sparse vocals is a blend of psych rock and shoegaze. As a matter of fact, the vocals feel like another instrument adding to the layers. Trippy percussion complement the distortions. This song is best served in a dim room with a lava lamp. You can find “Bomber Dan” on the LP Musk Hill released by Colourtone Records November 4th.
The Baudelaires are Grischa Zahren, Ben Reid, Blair Wittstadt, and Ryan Wittstadt.
Dude York – “Black Jack” (Seattle, Washington, USA)
RIYL: Joyce Manor, Nada Surf
Seattle based trio Dude York, although on the scene since 2009, are releasing their first album on the Hardly Art label. “Black Jack” is the first single off of the forthcoming LP Sincerely due out February 2017.
“Black Jack” is a perfect slice of power pop with an edge. Though the first few notes are light and airy, everything Dude York does after that is very much strong and deliberate. Every note is hit and vocalized with authority and emphasis. This is a great pick-me-up song that will inspire you with its message of unity and teamwork. Self-aware enough to realize that no one can do everything by themselves. Perhaps this is a lesson learned throughout the musical collaborations of the band members, Peter Richards (guitar/vocals), Claire England (bass/vocals), and Andrew Hall (drums). If that’s the case, we’re glad they’re working together because they’re putting out some incredibly strong power-pop. You can pre-order Sincerely here.
Grit – “Look Away” (Los Angeles, California, USA)
RIYL: Joan Jett mixed with Sleater Kinney
I’m always on the fence about whether to call attention to that strong female fronted band or to point out that the gender is a moot point. Strong music is strong music. I suppose I’ve just done both here. Kat Meoz fronts the Los Angeles based trio garage rock blues band Grit. The name is perfect. Listening to their track “Look Away”, I want to throw on my black leather jacket, my boots, and head to a local garage with some cheap beer.
Fast guitar and powerful drums back up Kat’s strong vocals. Her singing is cool and clear and has just enough sand to add the blues to the garage rock. Repetitive lyrics are used to make sure you get the message and it definitely comes through loud and clear. “Look Away” was released by Bodan Kuma Recordings.
Sticky Fingers – “Our Town” (Sydney, Australia)
Your favorite feel-good festival act Sticky Fingers have released their single, “Our Town”, a song that’s somewhat down tempo from the usual Sticky Fingers but no less bucolic. This song in particular seems to encapsulate everything good about this band. Genre-blurring between reggae, power pop, and psych rock, they somehow make it all work brilliantly.
“Our Town” conjures images of warm summer nights with friends, trying to sing harmony to this anthem of belonging. You may even be tempted to air guitar your way through the scorching guitar solo three quarters of the way through.
And how can you not love guys that go by the names Dylan Frost (Vocals & Guitar), Paddy Fingers (Bass & Vocals), Seamus Hollywood (Lead Guitar), Freddy Crabs (Keys), and Beaker Best (Drums/Percussion). My new mission in life is to get Sticky Fingers to hand me a name like that. You can find the song “Our Town” on their latest album Westway (The Glitter & The Slums) digitally here or on CD/VInyl here.
Swimm – “Groupie” (Los Angeles, California, USA)
RIYL: Tame Impala, Animal Collective
SWIMM is enchanting the nation coast to coast. This duo have landed in Los Angeles by way of Florida winning fans from each side of the country as well as in between. They’ve just released their latest single “Groupies”, a psych-pop tune with a melody so catchy you won’t get it out of your head for days.
SWIMM wastes no time in launching into the message, starting out with “we all want something from someone”. This line is the driving force behind the rest of the lyrics. The song is said to have been inspired by a meeting with Nic Cage (yes, the actor) and the band fan-girl crushing over him only to be interrupted by one of their fans, crushing over them.
What starts off as a pop-heavy beginning dips into something a bit heavier a little after the 2 minute mark. The addition of some synth beats and other effects add depth to the song structure and turn it into a sophisticated tune.This single was released as the B side to “Man’s Man”. You can find both singles on the band’s Bandcamp page. SWIMM is the duo of Chris Hess and Adam Winn.
The Trouble With Templeton – “Vernon” (Brisbane, Australia)
RIYL: A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Fleet Foxes, Radiohead
There are some songs out there that are so good at emoting they’re capable of bringing a tear to your eye. This is one of those powerful songs. The new track “Vernon” by Brisbane band The Trouble With Templeton is a sweeping arc of a song. It’s lush and dramatic with a beautiful melody. Upfront vocals are backed up by sharp snare and delicate guitar creating the most gorgeous soundscape.
The Trouble With Templeton originally started out as a project of solo artist Thomas Calder. The band now has four members, Thomas Calder, Sam Pankhurst, Ritchie Daniell, and Jack Richardson. If you want more of this dreaminess, you can find this single amongst others on the band’s upcoming LP Someday, Buddy due out December 2nd on Bella Union.
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