The Matinee ’20 May 29 has 9 awesome tracks to get your weekend started off proper. Have a happy weekend and we hope you discover your new favorite song or band.

Eades – “Forget What You Want” (Leeds, England)

RIYL: Talking Heads, Parquet Courts, The Velvet Underground

“Forget What You Want” is the perfect track to spin while heading into the weekend (even if you have no plans). The riffs in their newest single definitely take cues from Parquet Courts but even something a bit further back like Velvet Underground. Not to be one to compare because EADES is blazing their own way with a unique sound that includes a few influential nods.

“Forget What You Want” is super punchy and upbeat all the while delivering a bit of a heavy lyrical subject. Singer Harry Jordan shares about the track:

“It’s about a malcontent mind, who whilst trying to sleep, without the distractions of day to day life, gets caught up in an abstract etiological search for the root of all his current problems. The chorus refers to how dark moments are often more formative than happy times: you simply experience and enjoy happy moments, whereas dark moments can linger, stew and twist you irrevocably.”

EADES  have a way of packaging up lo-fi nostalgia that you can’t help but falling in love with.

Debut EP ‘Microcosmic Things’ announced for July 10th via Bam Bam Records

Eades are Harry Jordan (vocals and guitar),Tom O’Reilly (lead guitar), Dave Lancaster (bass), Dan Clifford-Smith (synths and percussion), and Jof Cabedo (drums).

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Initiates – “Minotaure” (Stockholm, Sweden)

RIYL: Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, Holograms

When was the last time you got chills hearing a song for the first time? Do you remember the ripple of excitement when a band you’ve never heard of cast a spell on you? If you have been missing an experience like that, you’re in luck: an emerging Swedish band will soon trigger those feelings. Say hello to Stockholm-based indie rockers Initiates. Hearing their riveting tune “Minotaure” from their forthcoming debut Esoteric Pop sent chills up our spines.

The lush atmosphere they create is reminiscent of Joy Division, thanks in part to the rich vocals of frontman Andreas Lagerström (of the punk band Holograms). “Minotaure” features a bright intro that smolders, becoming a dense wall of guitars and bass. The band’s chemistry adds extra fuel to the incendiary second half. These guys have a cohesion you usually only find in groups that have been together for decades. When they let loose at the bridge with a furious display, you may feel compelled to utter some loud profanities. (We certainly did!)

“Minotaure” is available to stream or purchase from these linksPNKSLM Recordings will release Esoteric Pop on September 4. You can pre-order it here.

Initiates are: Andreas Lagerström (vocals, guitars), Oliver Brink (guitars), Joakim Andersson (bass), and Adam Hansson (drums).

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Laveda – “Rager” (Albany, NY, USA)

RIYL: Ringo Deathstarr, Pinkshinyultrablast, Chapterhouse

What’s the perfect song to welcome the weekend? The answer depends on who you ask, but for us it’s a tune that reminds of the past while looking to the future. It’s a tune that gets the adrenaline flowing, heightens our senses, and makes us believe that tomorrow will be better than today. On their most recent single, “Rager”, Ali Genevich and Jake Brooks – the wunderkinds behind Laveda – capture all these emotions and experiences in just over four minutes.

The duo impressed us in March with their shoegaze revival, “Ghost” ; now they absolutely blow our minds again. “Rager” surges with the sonic tidal waves of recent shoegazers Ringo Deathstarr and Pinkshinyultrablast while retaining the blistering dreaminess heard of Chapterhouse, Cocteau Twins, and My Bloody Valentine. The first 35 seconds gently lure you in before the song reaches another level. Its closing crescendo, though, is an exhilarating tumult, as if we were on the world’s grandest roller coaster while fireworks burst around us. This explosiveness is also repeated in Genevich’s lyrics that describe life in a post-apocalyptic world inside the mind of a person who has had enough.

The duo’s debut album, What Happens After, is out today. Get it on Bandcamp and celebrate shoegaze’s next great band.

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The Lemon Twigs – “Moon” (Long Island, NY USA)

RIYL: David Bowie, T. Rex, Allah-Lahs

Add the D’Addario brothers Brian and Michael – better known as The Lemon Twigs – to the growing list of artists whose 2020 album releases have been delayed by the pandemic. Their third LP, Songs for the General Public, is now slated for an August arrival instead of April as originally planned. Fortunately for fans, there is plenty of grooviness in their newest single to stave off impatience.

“Moon” is a fitting title for a tune that evokes the Starman himself. There are strong similarities to David Bowie’s glam-rock days, not that The Lemon Twigs mind the comparison. Vintage ’70s-era rock is the cornerstone of their sound. On “Moon” they also channel a bit of T. Rex with churning guitars and full-throttle swagger. We have been singing the praises of this band since their 2016 debut, Do Hollywood, for good reason: the authenticity of their sound is matched only by the sheer brilliance of their artistry. These guys are the real deal. Their winning streak continues here with riffs and lyrics that appeal to restless souls:

“‘Cause there’s something about walking around
In the pale moonlight
And you feel like you wanna get out of here”

Crank this one and prepare yourself for the treat that awaits you later this summer. The album is due August 21 via 4AD with pre-orders and pre-saves here.

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Maya Hawke – “So Long” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: Okay Kaya, Fenne Lily, Hope Sandoval

Maya Hawke returns with “So Long”, which is a sultry and enigmatic single that lets us know she has a bright future doing whatever she damn well pleases.

It’s clearly evident Maya is talented in many aspects, and it’s no surprise considering who her parents are. Let’s remove the status, the fame and notoriety and purely examine musical talent alone. We close our eyes and hear timeless and endearing vocals on “So Long”. Maya Hawke definitely has what it takes to make waves in the singer-songwriter realm.

“So Long” is the perfect track to spin on a warm summer evening or during a long drive in the middle of nowhere. The guitar riffs remind of Johnny Cash or could even pass for a track on the Twin Peaks soundtrack.

Lyrically the single speaks to an idea of a relationship that has run it’s course. Sometimes it’s the idea instead of what it truly is in reality and it’s just time to let go.

“I woke up with a longing
For just that mistake
Your ghost was calling
I was just beyond the break
So long so long
You know I understand
So long so long
I’ll see you when I can
When I can”

Blush arrives June 19th from Mom+Pop; pre-orders from the label and from Apple Music.

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Muzz – “Knuckleduster” (location)

RIYL: Interpol, The Walkmen, Bonny Light Horseman

One of the summer’s most anticipated albums is only a week away. The self-titled debut from Muzz – the indie supergroup of Paul Banks (Interpol), Josh Kaufman (Bonny Light Horseman), and Matt Barrick (The Walkmen) – arrives June 5th. Earlier this week the band shared a video for the newest single, “Knuckleduster.”

Shot in the same museum as their previous single (“Red Western Sky”), the trio took things down a notch for this track. (Literally: the video was filmed in the deserted basement.) While the overall tone leans toward the mellower side (like on the understated “Bad Feeling”), “Knuckleduster” remains a riveting experience. Banks maintains a more reserved vocal delivery, letting Barrick’s percussion take center stage. We know these guys have been playing together for five years now. Our only question is why it’s taken them so long to finally deliver their debut? Perhaps this no-rush approach explains why each track thus far has been a treat to consume.

Grab your copy of the album via Matador Records from these links. Don’t want to wait that long? This single is available now on Bandcamp.

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New Luna – “Prunus” (Manchester, England)

RIYL: Blaenavon, The Cure, The Twilight Sad

New Luna might have just released your new favorite jam. It’s the perfect track to let out a bit of pent up emotion. “Prunus” is the perfect blend of post punk and dream pop all tied together with with fuzzed out gritty guitar. We can only imagine how this song would sound in a live setting. The vocals draw you in and don’t let go as the harmonies perfectly ebb and flow in between killer guitar solos.

Singer Tommy Deedigan shares a bit about the meaning behind the track:

“I think sometimes people find it difficult to hear men being openly vulnerable, like it’s almost the opposite of what’s expected of them in lad culture or just in friendships and relationships at times. In some ways I just wanted to be openly vulnerable and make those people feel uncomfortable to challengethat stigma. There’s also this very real relationship between mental health and art that I guess this song addresses on a more personal level –about this fear that if you fix those issues, then maybe you wouldn’t be able to write anymore”

The only complaint we have with New Luna is the lack of frequency in single releases (it’s been over a year) although each new release does not disappoint.

New Luna is Tommy Deedigan(vocals/guitar), Zack Bamber(guitar), Tom Owen(bass, backing vocals) and Nathan Gray(drums)

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Skullcrusher – “Day of Snow” (Los Angeles, USA)

RIYL: Phoebe Bridgers, Odina, Snail Mail

Although the weather is getting warmer, a chill still lingers in the air. Our lives have been turned upside down. Some of us feel lost and trapped, not just physically but also psychologically. It can be a scary place, but the quiet and solitude also present opportunities to rediscover who we are  and possibly even create something unforgettable. This is what L.A.-based singer-songwriter Helen Ballentine, who performs as Skullcrusher, has done with “Day of Snow”.

The song is a stunning piece of indie folk-rock. Its solemn yet serene beginning, featuring only Ballentine, a light guitar, and slight keys, draws in listeners immediately. As it gradually progresses, the track swells and becomes breathtakingly enchanting, leaving listeners with mouths agape and eyes shut tight. We’re left imagining what the world once was and what it could be, all the while being enclosed in a tiny room and with nowhere to go. As you listen closely to what Ballentine has to say, her words heighten these emotions and the sense of loneliness and how much we need the touch of another.

The eponymous Skullcrusher debut EP arrives June 26th on Secretly Canadian with pre-orders available here.

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SODAPOP – “Right Back” (Santa Barbara, USA)

RIYL: Clairo, Dayglow, Triathalon

“Right Back” is the debut single from SODAPOP. We don’t know a whole lot about SODAPOP except that they are from Santa Barbara, CA and have recently traveled a bit and also written a bunch of songs.

The dreamy lo-fi bedroom pop single is the perfect one to spin if you are looking for laid back harmonies and soothing vocals. “Right Back” lyrically speaks to a relationship that needs to be reconciled, yet it’s not always that easy. There is always a push and pull or expectation of how each other needs to be treated, or how each person wants to be loved.

“If you love me like that, then I’ll love you right back
If I take it all back, would you let me come back?”

“Right Back” is self-released by SODAPOP and available via SoundcloudYouTube, and Spotify.

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