The Matinee January 16th is packed full of awesome indie rock and indie pop for your listening pleasure. Whether you are working today or have the day off to remember the great Martin Luther King, Jr., we hope you find your new favorite song or band today. We have artists representing the UK, the US and Sweden today.

Bad Wave – “Daniel” (Los Angeles via Miami, USA)

RIYL: Washed Out, Day Wave, Tame Impala

Bad Wave didn’t mean to start a synth pop band. The duo of Tucker Tota and Patrick Hart released “Look Out” last year and after charting on Hype M, the rest is history. The cool thing about Bad Wave is they continue to experiment with their sound and each new track just keeps getting cooler and cooler.

“Daniel” is super melodic and is also inspired by the birth of Tucker’s nephew Daniel. We just can’t seem to get enough of the ethereal feels we get with each new synth inspired gem that Bad Wave creates. We look forward to hearing even more from Bad Wave this year.

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Beerwine King – “Dusty Valley” (Oakland, USA)

RIYL: Cake, Doosu, Toadies

Beerwine King is an awesome modern day 90s inspired rock band with a hint of psych sprinkled in. “Dusty Valley” contains amazing guitar riffs and stellar percussion throughout. We also hear a bit of an indie-garage vibe that totally works for this track. “Dusty Valley”  also contains clever lyrics like “I need to extricate myself from this place.”

Beerwine King is comprised of Thomas Gardea, Jacob Turner and Michael Gallagher and we are intrigued to hear more from this Oakland based band.

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Deaf Havana – “Fever” (London, England)

RIYL: The Front Bottoms, Jimmy Eat World, Moose Blood

“Fever” might be one of the darker tracks off of the forthcoming album by London based Deaf Havana but it is definitely powerful. The song is written about heavy drinking and recounts a visit to the songwriters mother that brought change to his lifestyle. The rock track hits us heavy with perfect guitar work, driving percussion and solid vocals as always by James Veck-Gilodi.

The lyric “I remember all those dark days with darker friends when I wouldn’t come home, you’ll never get back a piece of yourself that I stole.” speaks to everyone that has ever dealt with a loved one that has struggled with drugs or alcohol. The beauty about this track is that it includes hope that we all have a choice of how we want to live our lives; we do have the power to change.

“Fever” is the newest single by Deaf Havana off their upcoming album, All These Countless Nights which will be out January 27th on via So Recordings/Caroline

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Get Inuit – “Barbiturates” (Kent, England)

RIYL: Pale Honey, Surf Rock Is Dead, Spaceface

“Barbiturates” is the newest from Kent-based Get Inuit. Lyrically this band is solid with “I’m not stressing but I’m constantly regressing at an alarming rate” as the song mentions the use of barbiturates and that his mind has no health inspector.

The composition of the track is genius, and we really can’t explain it any better than frontman Jamie Glass himself who stated he wanted to write a song that could contain a theatrical contrast of ferocious guitars and silence. Skin-crawling screams and pitiful whispers. Manic episodes and tranquility.” Mission accomplished with “Barbiturates” and it forces us to hit play again and again.

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Rubblebucket – “Not Cut Out For This” (Brooklyn, USA)

RIYL: Camera Obscura, San Fermin, Warpaint

Rubblebucket has another awesome track that we are excited to share. The Brooklyn based band never cease to amaze us with their eclectic vibe that encompasses synth pop, indie rock and those lovely horns.

Even though the lyrical content isn’t super sunny and proclaims that “We are not cut out for love”, we could totally dance to this track. It’s upbeat, dreamy and feel good. It has us dreaming for warmer weather, too.

If U C My Enemies is out January 20th on So Sensation Records.

Rubblebucket are Kalmia Traver (vocals/baritone saxophone), Alex Toth (trumpet/vocals), Dandy McDowell (bass), Maddie Rice (guitar), and Adam Dotson (trombone).

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Sugar Mae Baker – “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” (Falun, Sweden)

RIYL: Alanis Morisette, Liz Phair, Ryan Adams

Sugar Mae Baker is the project of Hanna Edlund and we are in love. “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” reels us in with Ms. Edlund’s strong vocals and melodic indie rock vibe we really can’t get enough of. The bad-assness that she exudes has us hooked.

We are loving the vocals that remind us, “You used to say you have to lose some to win some” as the track recounts a relationship that seemed perfect, yet didn’t last. We are now Sugar Mae Baker fans and look forward to hearing more from the talented Hanna Edlund.

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