The Matinee ’18 March 23rd edition features some blistering, explosive songs and a few smooth, cool tracks. Let it be your soundtrack to the last day of the work week and the entry into a fantastic weekend.
The Cavemen – “Janey” (Auckland, New Zealand)
RIYL: The Stooges, Dead Kennedys, Buzzcocks
If you ever get the chance to see New Zealand punk stalwarts The Cavemen in concert, don’t hesitate to purchase tickets. These guys are right out of the ’70s when bands like The Stooges, Dead Kennedys, Ramones, Buzzcocks, and New York Dolls had crowds climbing the walls of CBGB and the 100 Club (and they, too, would join them). For 60 to 90 minutes, these Kiwis will leave you in a sweaty mess. Heck, you don’t even need to go to a show because listening to songs like “Janey” are perspiration-inducing.
This song is classic punk rock. It’s dirty, grimy, intense, and, most importantly, fun. Clear out your living room, invite your friends, and start your own mosh pit. Pad the walls, though, because unless they’re made of concrete they might not still be standing after the song ends. If you’re not a mosher or dancer, then take out your best air guitar and rock out. Rock out hard!
The Cavemen are Paul (vocals), Jack (guitar), Nick (bass), and Jake (drums). Their third album, Nuke Earth, is out April 6th via Slovenly Recordings.
Ganser – “Avoidance” (Chicago, USA)
RIYL: Savages, FEHM, Bambara
From the shores of Lake Michigan comes the howl of an exciting post-punk band who possess the exhilarating power of Savages and FEHM. A band whose arrival comes at the perfect time when chaos reigns and we search for people to make sense of it. Get to know Ganser, the Chicago-based quartet who are channeling the forceful sonic explosions and provocative lyricism of their overseas cousins on their latest single “Avoidance”.
Right from the opening bass line and militaristic drum roll, Ganser mean business. The reverb-drenched guitar arrives and frontwoman Alicia Gaines’ calm yet confident vocals take the song to more menacing heights. Suddenly, “Avoidance” becomes a fast-building storm where lightning and thunder erupt every second and interrupt our thoughts. Interrupt all forms of communication, where words and syllables turn into murmurs and static. Keep this image in mind because this is what “Avoidance” is about – our inability to communicate to one another and where instead of verifying what was said we “speculate” because we have no time. Because we, as humans, are impatient. Kind of sounds like the approach taken by a certain someone sitting in the Oval Office.
Ganser’s new album, Odd Talk, is out April 20th on No Trend Records. That is when the storm hits full force.
The band are Alicia Gaines (bass/vocals), Nadia Garofalo (keys/vocals), Brian Cundiff (drums), and Charlie Landsman (guitar).
Glassio – “Back For More” (Brooklyn, USA via Dubai, London, and Paris)
RIYL: courtship., Girl Friend, Great Good Fine OK
Glassio have a new track titled “Back For More”. The electronic duo are pros at combining rich vocals with lush electronic elements and ethereal harmonies. “Back For More” delivers along the same vein with superb pop harmonies with an almost orchestral backbone. The feeling is laid back and upbeat even though the song chronicles the end of a relationship.
The lyrics share that often extremely lost and shocking feeling when the end of that relationship changes your entire world: “I don’t know where to go, it’s over now / you keep me running back for more, you keep me burning at the front of your door.”
Glassio are two internationally-raised songwriters Sam R. (Dubai/London) and Charles Pinel (Paris).
Henry Green – “Something” (Bristol, England)
RIYL: Rhye, Cigarettes After Sex, S. Carey
Rising Bristol producer Henry Green continues releasing songs that are lyrically heartfelt and expertly produced to provide cinematic harmonies and gripping vocals.
“Something” is the last single to be released before his debut album. It’s a positive track that is tribute to someone or something that keeps another going. Mr. Green’s hypnotic vocals reel you in against the perfect combination of acoustic and electronic elements with just the right amount of space in between. Mr. Green’s overall sound so far is simplistic yet sublime and that combination could easily catapult Mr. Green into the spotlight.
Mr. Green shares about the latest track released: “Something” is about having someone, or something, that consistently provides you with warmth and light, even when you’re seemingly in the darkness. I wrote it for those people in my life, the ones who give me that energy.”
Green’s new album, Shift, will be released March 30th on Akira Records.
Hop Along – “Not Abel” (Philadelphia, USA)
RIYL: Big Thief, Joanna Newsom, Waxahatchee
We’re not sure how we missed news about Hop Along’s new album, but better late than never. One of the forerunners of the indie-rock resurgence of this century, the Philadelphia quartet are once again pushing the boundaries of their talents and the genre itself with “Not Abel”.
This song should be considered as two songs in one. The first half is theatrical and sprawling, reminiscent of the instrumental art-pop of Regina Spektor and Joanna Newsom while the final ninety seconds has the band’s signature slow-building, melodic indie rock. Together those parts make “Not Abel” a remarkable number that is one of the year’s very best. It’s not just the music that makes the track outstanding. Frances Quinlan’s songwriting is incredible, melding Dylan’s poetry with Neil Young’s insightfulness. The song touches on the issues of the day while using Biblical references (“And yet it was not Abel but Cain who got to hear / The voice that for so long had been a stranger”) to reach out to people who see the world through a specific lens. Intelligent, touching, sincere, and brilliant.
Hop Along are Frances Quinlan (vocals/guitar), Mark Quinlan (drums), Tyler Long (bass), and Joe Reinhart (guitar).
Kraków Loves Adana – “The Day The Internet Died” (Hamburg, Germany)
RIYL: Vita and the Woolf, Air Traffic Controller, Savoir Adore
The majority of Kraków Loves Adana‘s songs can be described as brooding roller coasters. They either possess rousing peaks (such as on “American Boy”) or steadily titillate for the entirety, like on their classic “False Alarm”. Two things, however, are also present: Deniz Cicek’s deep, emotive, powerful vocals and Robert Heitmann’s cinematic orchestration and trembling guitar work. Rare is the moment where they settle into a slow pace and create a song that feels like one is gliding in the jet stream. That feels divine, and yet here they are with “The Day The Internet Died”.
With just a keyboard, synthesizer, and electric drum kit, the duo create a serene soundscape that could be the welcoming music to a digitized heaven. Cicek’s voice welcomes us, as it is soft, lush, and immensely intimate. We’ve often stated this before, but it’s worth mentioning again: she is one of the industry’s most underrated songwriters. This time around, she elegantly explains how humanity has become dehumanized, where the emotional connections between us have been erased and apathy now reigns.
“What if the internet
Closed its gates at midnight?
We’d have to take a look at each other
For the first time
Would we be tempted to say nothing
Or have nothing left to say?
Sitting awkwardly in silence,
Doesn’t matter anyway.”
Kraków Loves Adana’s new album, Songs After The Blue, arrives April 6th via Better Call Rob Records. We can say with confidence it’s one of our early contenders for Album of the Year.
The Ninth Wave – “New Kind of Ego” (Glasgow, Scotland)
RIYL: Iceage, Eagulls, Protomartyr
Holy cow! How have we missed The Ninth Wave, particularly since we have a thing for Scottish bands and post-punk? Talk about the perfect formula, which is also a way to describe “New Kind of Ego”.
Bursting with the dark anthemic qualities of Eagulls, the brooding approach of Iceage, and electrifying bleakness of Protomartyr, this song is a mind trip. It is intense yet exhilarating with an approach that feels like you are hurtling through space on a comet with nothing but the stars as your guiding beacons of light. Despite the super-sonic speed of the song, the band take us back to Earth with socially- and politically-charged lyrics that focus on the insecurities of a few and the emergence of “new kind of evil”. By these, the band’s members – brothers Ronan and Haydn Park-Patterson, Finlay Park, and Elina Lin – are between 19 and 21 years old. The future is extremely bright for these four.
The song is taken from The Ninth Wave’s new EP, Never Crave Attention, which is out on Distiller Records.
Spielbergs – “We Are All Going To Die” (Oslo, Norway)
RIYL: Japandroids, Cloud Nothings, The Men
We had Spielbergs‘ new single, “We Are All Going To Die”, lingering in our queue for some time, and honestly we should have shared it when it came out three weeks ago. Like all great songs, however, there’s never a bad time to share them. There will always be a moment when we need a full-assault rocker to blow our minds, which is what the Norwegian trio do and then some.
“We Are All Going To Die” could be (and should be) the companion piece to Japandroids’ “The House That Heaven Built”. Similar to the Canadian greats’ track, Spielbergs deliver a propulsive, in-your-face, exhilarating garage-rocker that will make you want to live every single day like it’s your last. To fulfill every dream and desire because eventually the lights will go out and we will be finding our way to the afterlife. As we cross off the items on our bucket list, we will have a trusty playlist that has at its start this awesome banger.
Spielbergs are Mads Baklien (guitar/vocals/synth), Stian Brennskag (bass), and Christian Løvhaug (drums). Their new EP, Distant Star, is out April 27th via By The Time It Gets Dark.
Vaarwell – “Stay” (Lisbon, Portugal)
RIYL: Wet, Men I Trust, Yumi Zouma
If you’ve been to Lisbon, you know this beautiful city possesses some of the most beautiful architecture, terrific seafood, and the sinful Pasteis de Belem (an egg custard tart to die for). It’s not exactly known for its music, though, at least when it comes to English-language bands. This could very well change with Vaarwell, who, like the famous pastry, will have you craving for more once you hear “Stay”.
The song is a delicious slice of indie synth-pop. It is reminiscent of the smooth sailing heard in Yumi Zouma’s music while possessing the warm intimacy of Wet and fellow indie fast-risers Men I Trust. The combination of the crystalline guitar, the scintillating synths and production, and the steady bass create a summertime feel. Frontwoman Margarida Falcão’s vocals have an ocean breeze quality – cool, calming, and unforgettable.
Despite the song’s sunny vibes, Falcão sings about how a relationship collapses as a result of miscommunication and a lack of trust and respect. Her words are the perfect contrast to her bandmates Ricardo Nagy and Luís Monteiro whispering the word “Stay” in the background, where they are her subconscious that desires for her estranged partner to remain. After hearing this song, you, too, will be uttering this word, longing to hear what is to come from this talented trio.
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