The Matinee ’18 February 19th is filled with 6 new exciting tunes to get our week started off right. For those of you that might have a holiday today, we hope these get your day away from work on the right track. Artists are representing Australia and The US today. We hope you find your new favorite song or band.

Arms Akimbo – “Seven Mirrors” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: Local Natives, Milky Chance, Sir Sly

Arms Akimbo have a new single titled “Seven Mirrors”. The band are creating extremely melodic indie pop-rock. “Seven Mirrors” definitely continues along this trend with hypnotic percussion, soaring harmonies and infectious guitar riffs.

“Seven Mirrors” lyrically describes a complicated relationship. The vocals or Mr. Schrupp are warm and inviting as the chorus provides an anthemic quality. It will be the perfect song for those upcoming warm weather playlists as we hope the warm weather arrives sooner rather than later.

Arms Akimbo are Colin Boppell, Chris Kalil, Peter Schrupp, and Matt Sutton.

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Chelsea Lankes – “Easy” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: Phoebe Ryan, Rozes, VÉRITÉ

Chelsea Lankes is back with a new track titled “Easy”. We knew the artist recently got married so we are glad to hear the current happiness in her life vs. some of her songs about past broken relationships.  The track is filled with smooth beats as Chelsea’s airy vocals share the lyrics “I don’t know what you did, but you did and you make it feel easy”.

“Easy” is the perfect track for this recent Valentine’s week and a great song to dedicate to your significant other that is treating you just right.

“I’ve been so excited to release this song because it’s not just a random attempt at writing something happy,” Chelsea says of the track. “It’s truly reflective of where I’m at in my life and relationship. It’s refreshing to be in a genuine place of joy and excitement and i hope people can feel that when they listen to this song.”

We look forward to hearing more from Mrs. Lankes in 2018.

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Lyon Apprentice – “Starlight” (Melbourne, Australia)

RIYL: Fairchild, Mating Ritual, Work Drugs

Lyon Apprentice is the side project of brothers Adam Lyons and Nathan Lyons, who also form half of Fairchild. They have a new release titled “Starlight”. It’s got a nice and groovy vibe with a killer guitar riff as well as a compelling melody. The vocals are soothing and the track is about not dwelling  on your past and focusing on what’s ahead.

Lyon Apprentice share a bit about the track: “Starlight was a collection of different ideas that we had floating around for quite some time and continued to manipulate. When it came time to record, we tried not to limit ourselves to a particular genre and let the song naturally come together. It’s definitely a new style for us and lyrically reflects on past experiences that we feel everyone can relate to in some way.”

Now that the duo are back in Melbourne after a two year stay in the UK, we are sure there will be new material later this year.

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MAINLAND – “Hometown” (Los Angeles via New York City, USA)

RIYL: Colony House, DREAMERS, Knox Hamilton

MAINLAND have a new track titled “Hometown”. It captures that desire to get out of where you are from and truly begin chasing your dreams. Not only is it a super upbeat track and totally puts you in a good mood, it has you reflecting on where you came from and more importantly where you are heading.

Jordan Topf shares about writing “Hometown”: “I grew up in a tiny beach town about an hour and forty five minutes south of San Francisco. It’s a doubled-sided stoner paradise – miles of Pacific Ocean with a dark underworld to it. They shot the movie The Lost Boys in Santa Cruz for a reason, the weirdos and transients roam the streets after dark. In writing this song I wanted to channel that feeling of escaping to a big city like New York or Los Angeles and breaking free from the surroundings that haunt your teenage life. A lot of the friends I made and spent time with as a teenager who got stuck in Santa Cruz turned to black tar heroin. It’s become a serious epidemic and I lost many friends to drug abuse. Some of my best friends found solace and sobriety in support groups others didn’t make it. The song is extremely special to me for that reason because I battled to break out of my drug ridden community to chase my dreams in New York where I met Corey and Alex and formed Mainland. I always knew there was a light at the end of the tunnel. Many children in America are trying to run away from things that may hurt them, destroy their relationships, or lead them down a dark path. I just hope the song inspires people to hang on and chase their passions, knowing that there’s always someone who understands them out there. Outside of that small town reality that may be bringing them down there is a place and another person out there that sees the world the way you do.”

MAINLAND are Jordan Topf (lead vocals/guitar), Corey Mullee (guitar), and Alex Pitta (bass).

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Scratch – “Newer Things” (Perth, Australia & New York City, USA)

RIYL: Audioslave Foo Fighters, QOTSA,

Scratch are an indie rock duo out of NYC and Perth, Australia. With only a few songs (two to be exact) online to date, we are intrigued to hear more. “Newer Things” is a fairly tame track compared to their guitar heavy debut, “Soak”

We hear nice influences like early 90s rock and even a bit further back the likes of Led  Zeppelin. The vocals feel pressing as the singer laments on a relationship that seems like it is no longer viable and it’s time to move on. The guitar work flows effortlessly and works well with the melody and instrumentation. Between the two tracks released so far by Scratch, the duo definitely have great potential.

Scratch are Ruzbeh Irani and Avinash Lalwani. They are currently working on their debut album which could possibly be out later this year.

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Swimming With Bears – “French Girls” (Austin, USA)

RIYL: Bombay Bicycle Club, Portugal. The Man, SWIMM

We are swiftly approaching the arrival of SXSW and expect to hear more artists featured in the coming weeks that will be attending the festival. Swimming with Bears is one of them. “French Girls” is their newest release and it’s sooo super addicting! Those unique vocals (faintly Adam Levine-ish) and that chorus! It’s definitely an earworm track that you can’t get out of your head. Just when you think it can’t get any better, they add this psych-shoegaze element towards the end that just makes it all the more amazing.

We definitely have Swimming with Bears on our radar and they will be a priority to catch their live set next month during the festival. Swimming with Bears are comprised of Joe Perry- Lead Vocals / Bass, Alec Conte- Lead Guitar, Jonny Boy Kerr- Rhythm Guitar, Ryan Hannasch- Drums.

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