Big Heet retains parts of the post-hardcore approach that informed Ex-Breathers without merely retreading the same ground. One listen to “Flint,” the lead single from the band’s debut album On A Wire, shows a band going even further back into hardcore’s past.
The quintet, led by the songwriting duo of Taylor Batton and Jack Stansbury (ex-Princess Reason), create warm Americana and "slacker" pop with an effortless feel. Everything is natural. Everything is easy-going. Their songs feel like lost memories, experiences you've lived over and over, and yet, it all seems new.
"Ozone" is part of the album's centerpiece, a tension filled song led by Anthony Focareto's soaring vocal croon, lilting through layers of cosmic guitars and a tight rhythmic groove.
Philadelphia's Cherry hit the sweet spot where power-pop and slacker fuzz-punk meet, blending together enormous guitar tones with even bigger melodies. Similar to the hometown DIY bands before them, the quintet create weary pop tunes with layers of hazy guitars, fuzzed out solos, and inescapable hooks of pure gold.
With their split coming out on September 29th via Invertebrate Music, the pair got together to ask each other some questions, so we can all get to know them as they get to know each other. It's learning at it's finest.
What started as the solo project of Kara Stafford aka KC has evolved into a dynamic quartet, pushing ground between fragile bedroom pop bliss and explosive tangled post-hardcore. The band's "official" debut EP, Bees Are Thieves Too, (out 10/20 via Community Records) is down right stunning.
"Respectably, Desperately," the album's second single and the grandest of gestures, opens with a gorgeous horn section, a twinkling piano, and a delicately brushed rhythm that's almost too good to be true. Prepare to swoon.
There's a sense of panic and quirkiness to Full Body, but the band's acrobatic instrumentals will forever steal the show. Set to release What's Good?, their full-length debut, on September 22nd via Sad Cactus Records, the band sounds alive; unpredictable but exceedingly approachable.
Justin Moyer is no stranger to a solid groove. If you’re a fan of any of the bands he’s been a part of (Edie Sedgwick, Antelope, Puff Pieces) then you’ll find a lot to love in his latest group Light Beams.
Relying on sonic diversity throughout the EP, the band take four divergent paths, each as intriguing as the last. In that regard, "Barf Haus" is sort of the "welcome home" moment, a reintroduction to the Sleepies we know and love.
"Crystal Listerine" feels as funky as it is deranged. The song stabs and convulses, toppling over itself with grace like a somersault over a bed of nails. Ivry-Block croaks out the song's oddly anthemic vocals at her harshest, howling in time with the colossal bouncing rhythmic groove.
"Theme From Beverly Blender" is a glorious introduction, a track that bleeds together the band's noise pop, art-rock, and twee senses into an unpredictable swirl, Molly Hastings (guitar/vocals) ruminating aloud, "you gotta wonder what it's like to be chill."
Paired down from a quartet to a duo, the band continue to push the envelope on With Your Belly, exploring a wide spread color palette of fuzzy slowcore, shoegaze, lo-fi, and experimental pop, immersed in clouds of atmosphere that both obscure and augment their slowly shifting songs.
Their upcoming full-length, Transparent World, is set to be released on cassette through Cleveland/Houston imprint Jurassic Pop, and, if the first couple of singles are a good barometer of the album, it is going to be a mesmerizing listen from start to finish.
Quiet moments and delicate reflections are built from empty spaces and the lo-fi hiss of the recordings, lending an intimacy to Hadusek's internal struggle.
Indianapolis' VV Torso know how to make an entrance. "Boy," the band's new stand-alone single, is a song about toxic masculinity, and its a great introduction.
The ultra-confessional solo album from Mail The Horse's Brendan Smith is worth the wait. Set to release BBQ Downer on October 13th via Fire Talk Records, it's a remarkable collection of earnest rock 'n' roll that's full of real sentiment and stoned-folk tendencies.
Following the split of Toronto's Animal Faces comes Chris, a new project from their own Zach Van Horne (guitar/vocals) and Ryan Naray (bass) together with La Luna's Nicolas Field (guitar/vocals) and Keean Mansoor (drums)... and they sound great.
"Fan Dance" is one of the record's lighter moments, a pop song that floats and bubbles with a sinewy art-pop charm. The atmosphere is thick and full of color, built on a steady beat that finds their warbling guitars and keyboards setting the tone and lulling calm.
Minneapolis' Stanley creates music with warm texture. Ryan Gebhardt's dreamy pop sound is filtered through layers of sonic fog, adding and dropping elements to create lush orchestration from otherwise simple recordings.