With her band Honeyrude, Jess Ledbetter makes hard charging reverb soaked rock. She’s recently put out Slow Desert, a new solo EP on Shifting Sounds that has a softer tint to the music.
The band, which features current and former members of Nine of Swords, Ted Nguyent, and Loose Tooth, released their self-titled debut EP today, a furiously skronky beast of hardcore yelps and tangled chord progressions.
At its core, “Had A Fantastic” sees Mike Bellis leading the band through the kind of song that’s seemingly built for humid summer days, as the oppressive heat gives way to a relief that’s both earned and fleeting.
Mating Surfaces is a record that is filled with tension and walks on the border of full on breakdown that it never really succumbs to until it’s fitting ending. For a record that plays on jittery soundscapes and emotions it can be a quite intense listening experience.
Their latest video "Giant Brain" is one part 80's corporate culture, one part slacker punk, and well... a whole lot of parts enjoyment. Get warped into the screen in director Marcy Stone-Francois' homage to Max Headroom.
The Canadian band’s music is all about roughing up the edges of songs that would otherwise be outwardly pop. Jo Hirabayashi’s melodies, and there are plenty of them, are delivered in a restrained, almost somnambulant manner that makes the listener work for their sugar rush.
This young group has an eye for interesting tempos and a handle on time signatures that fill this shorter release with a depth of capable songs. As if the release was made of shredded textiles, patch-worked into a comfortable blanket - clean in some parts, and stained in others, but nonetheless, a whole.
The scene is set innocently enough, the fellas meet for band practice and make plans to hang out afterwards to play a friendly game of darts... or friendly enough. Their dreamy indie pop takes gets literal as they find themselves "Living In Dreams".
On their latest, Sediment Club perfectly balance the jarring and the inviting. Psychosomatic vocal exercises scorch through conjoined drum and bass—the primary drivers under each track’s supplemental guitar meanderings.
Ferrell speaks much as he sings -- at a considered but somewhat irregular rapid morse code-like pace. When accompanied by music, his voice is infused with a palpable sneer, somewhere between Kathleen Hanna and James Hetfield when he gets really sassy. In conversation though, he is earnest and focused.
Welcome to FUZZY MEADOWS, where we recap the past week in music. We're sharing our favorite releases of the week in the form of albums, singles, and music videos along with the "further listening" section of new and notable releases from around the web.
ONLY LOVE is aggressive and violent, but it is also atmospheric, authentic, and tender. Recorded and produced by Converge's Kurt Ballou and with drum performances by Ben Koller, the collective of musicians, performers, and visual artists that make up The Armed have managed to make a dense album drawing from influences across the punk-rock spectrum.
Their latest is another aggressively blown out batch of perfected weirdness. Squealing distortion is used like paint on the canvas, coloring in songs with otherwise common structures, dropping enormous bursts of noise and feedback with a haphazard sensibility.
American Dollar Bill - Keep Facing Sideways, You're Too Hideous To Look At Face On is a psychedelic journey that travels between metal, noise, and back again. It’s a long record (about 66 minutes), so be ready to embark on a trek when you put this album on,
Every day can be the refreshing, familiar sip of a Cola, an appropriately named record for New York’s A Beacon School’s new record out now on Grind Select; an experience that is altogether new but feels surprisingly familiar.
Over the course of the album the band veers between rock classicism and Western swagger, letting drums gallop, guitars criss, cross, and then clash, all while frontman Ronnenfelt mumbles, spits, and gnashes over the newly streamlined discord.
The video, directed by Mark Perro is a grainy and simplistic look at well... horses, and while they don't seem to be dying (thankfully), there's an overcast atmosphere to the clip that captures the bleakness of the song.
The distinction from earlier efforts is the sense of completeness, the confidence of a final draft as opposed to (also compelling) sketches.
New York's Giant Peach are set to release their sophomore album, But You Made Me Such A Beautiful Thing, this June via Dead Broke Records, a record that makes more than a few changes to the sound of their Don Giovanni released debut.
Just when you were wondering if there would be any hot jams for the summer to get down to, Philadelphia's Yeah, Baby are ready to release Killer Instinct, the duo's infectious minimalist post-punk meets new-wave pop bliss.
Chicago’s Varsity begin their sophomore effort Parallel Person with a question that foreshadows the record’s candid discussion of self critique, isolation, and human relationships. Fortunately such difficult topics are approached with levity in one way or another.
Woolen Men are a national treasure, and with an upcoming European tour this September together with Honey Bucket, they are soon to be an international treasure.
What really shines on this album, as often does in Thanks For Coming’s work, are the unique, clever lyrics delivered by Brown’s distinct vocals. The six-track album has an inviting and fun feel to it, while maintaining a sort of intimacy found in its style and message.
ALBUM OF THE WEEK:
"Two Parts Together"
NEW & UPCOMING RELEASES:
- LICE - It All Worked Out Great (Vol. 2)
- Thick - Would You Rather?
- Baptists - Beacon of Faith
- Blowdryer - Blowdryer
- Deeper - Deeper
- Doffing - Tower of Ten Thousand Miles
- Failure - Your Body Will Be
- The Flaming Lips - Seeing The Unseeable: The Complete Studio Recordings Of The Flaming Lips 1986-1990
- Greg Electric - Greg Electric
- Jo Passed - Their Prime
- Lithics - Mating Surfaces
- The Love-Birds - In The Lover's Corner
- Momma - Interloper
- Nate Terepka - Sunlight Farm
- Pusha-T - Daytona
- The Sediment Club - Stucco Thieves
- Split Cranium - I'm the Devil and I'm OK
- Wand - Perfume
- Wooden Shjips - V.
- Blue Ray - Open Sesame
- The Coathangers - Live
- The Dreebs - Forest of a Crew
- Giant Peach - But You Made Me Such A Beautiful Thing
- Mazzy Star - Still
- Sam Evian - You, Forever
- Scrunchies - Stunner
- Vital Idles - Left Hand