Spain Is On A Roll
by Heads of Charm
album Spain Is On A Roll
Heads of Charm is a post-hardcore trio out of Melbourne that ride stout Fugazi-esque bass lines into pools of propulsive mathy riffs and Mclusky influenced vocals. They seem to have quite a cult following in their hometown after the release of their If I Was Still General Manager Of The World You Guys Would Be Fucked! EP due to it’s loud, in-your-face riffs and heavy At the Drive-In-like songs; however, what got my attention is their latest loosie, Spain is On a Roll.
Keeping in-line with their loud and progressive ethos, both songs have an aggressive kick but hold a more controlled and melodic sound than what they presented on their EP. The quirk in David Gagliardi’s voice is infectious and the band’s loud-quiet dynamics are executed with ease. It’s a big bodied sound coming from a small trio that seem to have hit a stride with their music.
album Unselves in Arrival
Habits is the synthesizer/sample based musical vision of Los Angeles based songsmith and cat owner, Dustin Krapes. Driving rhythms and a psychedelic collage of otherworldly synths provide the sonic backdrop to Dustin’s lofty metaphysical themed lyrics, typically delivered in a nonchalant speak-sing style of crooning. Habits’ revolving cast of collaborators currently includes professional wrestling hall of famer Dithy Ramb on drums and vegan taxidermy expert Gabriel Armenta on bass.
In a live setting, Krapes does more than merely play to the crowd, preferring to engage the audience while playing the role of a slacker shaman armed with a disintegrating laptop, effects pedals, and a unique brand of cosmic indifference. Catch them at a warehouse party or a new age book store near you.
Rare Monk - Splice
by Rare Monk
Hailing from Portland, Oregon, the young turks of Rare Monk have a sonic resilience that’s like everything and nothing you’ve ever heard. While the obvious signposts are there to guide you (Modest Mouse, Sonic Youth, Phoenix), Rare Monk combine their love of both 90s and contemporary Indie Rock with a fevered Pop intensity, before shooting the whole thing into outer space to see what comes back. As frontman Dorian Aites puts it, “Although we draw upon many genres for inspiration, we’ve been creating our own thing based on nothing other than the idea that, ‘these are the songs we wrote cause they sound cool’”.
In 2014 Rare Monk release a limited edition 7” AA-side single with new songs “Splice” and “Sleep/Attack” via B3SCI Records. The release was recorded and produced late Summer 2013 in Los Angeles at Wax LTD Studios by Wally Gagel (Best Coast, Muse, Family Of The Year, Folk Implosion). The songs showcase the next frontier for a band who venture toward a lauded career, capturing the sheer energy of an incredible live show, bridging a sound for the masses and that of music appreciation.
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by Twin Oaks
Twin Oaks is an American dream pop and folk duo consisting of multi-instrumentalist Aaron Christopher and singer-songwriter Lauren Brown. The pair first began their collaborative efforts in 2009 with a few long-time high school friends before disbanding a year later, leaving all members in pursuit of their own creative efforts. Aaron began writing a batch of songs before starting up Twin Oaks with Lauren two years later.
With influences ranging from Mazzy Star, Sharon Van Etten, Nick Drake, and Cat Power to electronic-based contemporaries such as The XX, the Los Angeles-based duo take their contemporary folk influences and blend with etheral, shoegaze inspired electric arrangements to create a more intricate dream folk sound.
Their latest album, The Lion’s Den, is out now.
Butter the Children resurrect post-punk’s bleak color scheme and often high-speed melancholy in the video for “Spit It Out,” a gauzy highlight from the Brooklyn crew’s upcoming debut EP, True Crime. Directed by Lyle Owerko (previous video credits include Rufus Wainwright), the swift two-and-a-half-minute clip maintains a narrow focus: Frontwoman Inna Mkrtycheva, guitarist Ray Weiss, bassist J Boxer, and drummer Jordyn Blakely glare into a fisheye-lens camera, looking as if they stalked off the streets of Manchester circa 1979.
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5. Naked Walrus- Aliens
Based in Los Angeles, California - Naked Walrus is a group of friends who create an original sound and unique form of Alternative Rock. All the members collaborate together to create a sonically charged force that not only composites driving rock & roll music, but also combines all art forms.
4. Carly Taich- Eggshells
Taich, a North Carolina native has been compared to a cup of coffee, as her writing style satisfies the familiar yearning for a morning buzz. Carly’s beckoning voice demands her honest lyrics be heard, later to be sustained in the listener via infectious melodies. Take a sip.
3. Amen Lucy, Amen- Look Out!
Amen Lucy, Amen is a woozy-boozy cyclone of a five-piece folk group out of Saint Louis, MO. The band draws from diverse musical backgrounds to create its propulsive and dynamic sound.
2. Hozier- Take Me To Church
Born on St. Patrick’s Day and hailing from County Wicklow, Hozier was raised on the building blocks of popular music: rhythm and blues, soul, jazz and the deep dark stuff stretching from Chicago to the Delta. He joined his first band when he was 15 years old, fronting a soul band with some older heads. Taught himself to play guitar and piano, and went to Trinity College to study music. Whilst there, he bagged a seat on the flight deck of the symphonic B-52 that is the Trinity Orchestra, fronting their missions into the world of classic rock.
Hozier’s first release is a 4 track EP. ‘Take Me To Church’ (the lead track) reflects the gospel – soul gumbo at the heart of his music.
1. The Sun Parade- Need You By My Side
The Sun Parade, at its core, is built on the musical partnership between frontmen Chris Jennings & Jefferson Lewis. The two often play as a full band with Jacob Rosazza on bass and Doni McAulay on drums, but sometimes grace stages as an acoustic duo.
The Sun Parade has never failed to captivate an audience, whether there are five people or fifty, and whether they come as a full rock outfit or two friends singing their hearts out. The Sun Parade has released a 6-track EP which can be streamed on their bandcamp, and has received considerable radio play from local stations with the single “Need You By My Side.” Their first full-length EP will be released next February. Chris Jennings has been described as “what Elliott Smith would have sounded like with the right medication.”