The Matinee ’18 June 4th includes an ample amount of rock to get you moving for this upcoming week. We have bands representing the Netherlands, The UK and The US today. We hope you find your new favorite artist, song or band today.

Backgammon – “Other Side Of Town” (Ermelo, Netherlands)

RIYL: The Libertines, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Stereophonics

“Other Side of Town” is the newest track by Backgammon. The dutch quartet offer up an impressive rocker with an anthemic chorus, pounding percussion and punk infused harmonies.

“Other Side of Town” is the latest release since the band put out their eponymous debut album last year. Their newest offering is a bit more rough and raw vs. their debut album which had a bit more of a classic feel to it. It’s an exciting new evolution for the band’s sound. We still here some traditional elements on “Other Side of Town” yet we are digging the harder hitting elements similar to Stereophonics. The band is currently working on a new EP .

Backgammon are Thijs van der Meulen, Hugo van Dam, Pim van der Meulen, and Coen Peddemors. They are signed with This Could Be Your Music Label or TCBYML for short.

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Beachwood Coyotes – “I Am Just A Stand In” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: The Jungle Giants, Sheppard, Sundara Karma

“I Am Just a Stand In” is the newest track from LA based band Beachwood Coyotes. The track is a lively indie pop track with driving drums, jangly guitars and a super infectious chorus that easily gets stuck in your head. It’s perfect for the approaching hot summer days where you need an upbeat track to keep your weekends glorious.

The band’s name is extremely interesting as frontman Jason Nott decides after 2AM he simply must go on a night hike up the Beachwood Canyon trail to the iconic Hollywood sign. The band Jason has played guitar in since age 16 has just broken up after years of cross-country tours, he suddenly faces an uncertain future. Unfortunately for Jason, as he approaches the trailhead he spots a group of coyotes heading down towards him.  Jason retreats back to his apartment, wallowing in disappointment at another lost opportunity. He discovers the next morning that three decapitated bodies were discovered on that very same trail, victims of an apparent gang hit. Time of death? The exact same time he was scared away. Did those beachwood coyotes save his life? You bet they did.

“I Am Just a Stand In” tackles the reality of knowing that the current relationship just isn’t going to work out. The lyrics state “Operator, Operator, screaming please send an ambulance preemptively, it’s OK”  Jason shares more about the track: “Sometimes I can lack empathy in relationships and writing this song was my way of reckoning with that. When I wrote ‘I Am Just A Stand In’ I was dating someone and started to realize I was just a placeholder for the person they deserved to be with. I knew I was never going to live up to or be what they wanted me to be.”

The band are Jason Nott (lead vocals/guitar), Drew Smith (bass), Bryan King (drums), and Yan Clermont (lead guitar).

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New Luna – “Knew Too” (Manchester, England)

RIYL: Blaenavon, The Cure, The Twilight Sad

New Luna have just released a brooding new track titled “Knew Too”. On their newest offering, the Manchester based band provides a track that starts kind of melancholic and builds to an epic post-punk/new wave inspired rocker. Their guitar prowess and harmonies could have been from early 90s The Cure (think “Cut” from their Wish album). It’s a stellar track that displays the collective talent of the quartet, especially with their impressive guitar work.

The band shares about the newest release: “Knew Too” is our first fully self-produced track and one of the newest songs we’ve written. It’s one of the most sinister tracks we’ve ever written and gives off a feeling of ritualistic isolation while the lyrics talk about a steady breakdown in the minds of two people”.

New Luna are Tommy Deedigan, Zack Bamber, Toby Duncan, and Nathan Gray. “Knew Too” is self produced and available on all platforms now.

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The RPMs – “Let Things Happen” (Brighton, England)

RIYL: The Academic, Marsicans, Written Years

“Let Things Happen” is the newest track from Brighton based The RPMs. The track is perfect for summer with it’s upbeat harmonies and a super addictive chorus. The song speaks to just let things happen, especially when it’s out of your control. The band also has a really great video to go along with the track.

“Let Things Happen” is perfect for the summer and of course those upcoming festivals as well. Speaking of festivals, The RPMs will be at Isle of Wight Festival later this month. After catching these lads at SXSW earlier this year, they will definitely be a live set you don’t want to miss.

“Let Things Happen” is out now on Xtra Mile Recordings.

The RPMs are Jack Valero (guitar/lead vocals), Miguel Cosme (bass/backing vocals), Callum James (drums), Ollie Summers (lead guitar), and Chris Bowden (keyboards).

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Swimm – “Uh Huh” (Los Angeles via Orlando, USA)

RIYL: COIN, TEN FÉ, Mating Ritual

Swimm have just released their most recent single from their new album, Sentimental Porno which will actually be released tomorrow. “Uh Huh” serves up an awesome dose of psych pop with Mr. Hess’ unique and undeniable vocals. The track also provides trippy yet contagious harmonies.

Chris Hess shares a bit about the track: “Uh Huh” is a bounce-house-party version of a slacker-gen anthem.  It deals with that guilt that comes with being a night owl and working in an industry that is prone to late nights and late sleeping.  What do we miss in those early morning hours? What gems of knowledge are escaping us when we sleep through ‘The View’? This song is us sitting under the interrogating sheen of the Flolights and CBS morning camera lenses, across from Barbara Walters and asking her, “If I left behind the lifestyle I’ve grown accustomed to as a function of this wacky occupation, God, what would I be trying to prove?”

Swimm are Chris Hess, Adam Winn, Hany Zayan and Marton Bizits.

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Van Bellman – “I Hate To See You This Way” (Brooklyn, USA)

RIYL: Royal Blood, Blood Red Shoes, Arctic Monkeys

Van Bellman is the brainchild of Brooklyn-based musician Zac Taylor. You might be aware that he plays guitar with the band American Authors. “I Hate To See You This Way” is his debut offering and it’s an awesome bluesy-rock track that has you wanting to move. The song really packs a bunch with a gritty sound that hovers on modern yet classic. It’s a stellar new rock offering that reminds us full well that rock n’ roll is far from dying. If there is more energetic rock coming our way from Van Bellman, he has just been added to our ones to watch list.

Taylor shares a bit about the track: The theme of “I Hate To See You This Way” focuses on the pain of watching someone you love go down a dark road, witnessing them self-destruct. Anyone can relate to this heartbreaking and helpless feeling, whether they have played the role of the nurse or the patient. It means a lot to me as both a lyrical and sonic story,”

“I Hate To See You This Way” will be released on Spotify and iTunes next Friday, June 8th.

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