The Matinee ’18 March 5th includes an eclectic sampling of various artists, some of which will be attending the upcoming SXSW festival next week. We have a mix of singer-songwriter, indie rock, synth pop and indie pop. We hope you find your new favorite song or band. We have artists representing Canada, The US and The UK today.

Allman Brown – “Moonlight” (London, England)

RIYL: Dermot Kennedy, Old Sea Brigade, Riley Pearce

Allman Brown received much praise for his debut album 1000 Years released last year. He will be attending the SXSW festival next week and will hopefully gain new fans with each live appearance. “Moonlight” is his newest release and it’s a beautiful song about connecting with someone on a passionate way.

Mr. Brown shares a bit about the track:

“Moonlight” is off of Allman Brown’s upcoming EP, Bury My Heart out March 16.

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Catholic Action – “Little Girl” (Glasgow, Scotland)

RIYL: Blaenavon,Ten Tonnes, Warbly Jets

“Little Girl” is the newest track from Scottish quartet, Catholic Action. The band formed in 2014 and quickly made a name for their memorable and characterful songwriting. They have a nice retro surf rock vibe going on that makes for catchy melodies. Their debut album In Memory Of, is quite a brilliant debut album.

Catholic Action will be playing the DIY showcase at the British Embassy (Latitude 30) on Monday March 12 at SXSW.

“Little Girl” is a b-side track of the single “New Year” which was lifted from their debut album.  Vocalist Chris McCrory shares a bit about the two songs:

“One for falling out of, and one for falling in…

Two songs about love.

A party and a poem for afterwards.”

Catholic Action are Chris McCrory, Ryan Clark, Jamie Dubber, and Andrew Macpherson.

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Elephant Memoirs – “A Little Metaphor” (Gateshead, England)

RIYL: Biffy Clyro, Brand New, Jimmy Eat World

“A Little Metaphor” is one of the newest tracks from Elephant Memoirs. The UK trio’s sound is an awesome mix of pop-punk along with a prominent 90s grunge influence as well. Their melodies on the newest EP are similar to Jimmy Eat World yet the slick guitar work is akin to something you’d hear from Biffy Clyro. The band is creating their own signature sound which has the potential to reach a wide range of fans who have an affinity to harder rock or pop punk bands.

Elephant Memoirs’ songwriting tackles a myriad of subjects including mental health, addiction and societal issues as well.

“A Little Metaphor” is taken from the band’s new EP, No Pressure No Rush, which is available on Bandcamp.

Elephant Memoirs are John Aspinall (guitar/vocals), Barry Drew (drums), and Carl Aspinall (bass).

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Nuela Charles – “Do It Right” (Toronto, Canada)

RIYL: Fitz & The Tantrums, Portugal, The Man, Vintage Trouble

“Do It Right” is the newest single released by Nuela Charles. Her sophomore album, The Grand Hustle was just nominated for a JUNO Award. “Do It Right” is completely infectious and has that “Feel It Still” potential that catapulted Portugal, The Man from indie rock darlings to Grammy Award winners.

“Do It Right” track has that R&B soul seeping out as the snaps and bass totally hold your attention while the focus is on Nuela’s compelling vocals.

Nuela shares a bit about the song:

We were striving to create an upbeat, snappy tune with some attitude. “Do It Right” is a little bit cheeky, and basically says “if you’re gonna do it, better do it right.” So if you’re gonna try and step to me, step correctly.

Nuela Charles has an album’s worth of new material itching for release so with a JUNO nom and a catchy new single out this year, this could be the right time for her to gain a large following.

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Sam Frankl – “Patina” (South London, England)

RIYL: Haux, Lostboycrow, TENDER

Sam Frankl has a new single out titled “Patina”.  The London based artist only has a handful of singles out and “Patina” is soul filled and groovy. The lyrics chronicle the aftermath of a recent breakup.  Sam’s vocals are quite hypnotizing and the electronic production holds your attention throughout the track.

Sam Frankl shares a bit about the song:

“The song is about a couple after a break up. The girl is asking, quasi masochistically, about the boy’s new relationship. I don’t know if you relate but it’s about that odd desire to self-harm emotionally rather than succumb to complete indifference; as though to suffer at someone’s hand is preferable to being dismissed by it completely.”

The song was named “Patina” after the thin layer of covering that forms on various metals due to oxidation, an apt metaphor for love. Additional vocals on this track were also provided by Welsh singer/songwriter Meg Ella.

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Young Rising Sons – “+WHISKEY-” (Red Bank, NJ, USA)

RIYL: Bad Suns, CRUISR, Kyd the Band

Young Rising Sons are back with new music. The NJ trio has pretty much perfected creating super infectious indie pop. They already have numerous tracks you can spin on your feel good/summer playlist. “+WHISKEY-“ is no different as the chorus soars and Mr. Tongren’s vocals hook you after the first verse.

The band took a bit of hiatus in between a few EP and single releases over the past two years. They are back in full force with a slightly new attitude yet still providing amazing hooks that fully grab your attention.

YRS share a bit about their new track:

To be put simply, +WHISKEY- is about addiction, whether it be to a substance, activity, or another human.  It’s easy for lines to blur and for your judgement to become distorted when you’re so dependent upon something.  You fall into this push/pull routine where you can’t help but continue to come back to the source, no matter the misery it causes.  +WHISKEY- is about the moment where you have to say yes.
Young Rising Sons is comprised of Andy Tongren, Julian Dimagiba and Steve Patrick. A new single must mean more new music from YRS in 2018 (or hear is hoping).

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