link). We were impressed with them then, and we think this album is a terrific showcase for their evolution. If you only have time to check out one track, stream "Anything Anything" below.
The Holiday Crowd is Imran Haniff, Colin Bowers, Alex Roberts, and John Coman. The Holiday Crowd is out now via Shelflife Records.
Shelflife Records page for album
Friday, October 21, 2016
If you are like me, you wake up some mornings thinking only of pumping up with some tunes from Liverpool's Hooton Tennis Club, and scoring some chocolate. Well, today is our lucky day because Hooton Tennis Club is releasing a Big Box Of Chocolates. Satisfaction of two cravings in one tasty package. What a great world this is!
Big Box Of Chocolates is comprised to 12 expertly performed songs that still manage to sound effortless, spontaneous and sincere. It is direct, accessible and loads of fun. The band is known for their up tempo style, but songs such as "Sit Like Ravi" reveal the gentler side of foursome. Thematically, the album ranges over life in their part of the world, enriched by colorfully sketched real and imaginary characters. Both melodically and lyrically, the album is clever without being showy, and provides an energetic, friendly, and melodic brand of rock to which many bands aspire, and few attain. Give this one a chance to get under your skin, and you'll be playing it a long time -- maybe until Hooton Tennis Club releases their next album.
Hooton Tennis Club are Ryan Murphy (vocals/guitar), James Madden (vocals/guitar), Callum McFadden (bass) and Harry Chalmers (drums). Big Box Of Chocolates was recorded by the great Edwyn Collins, and is out now via Heavenly Recordings.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
The band doesn't move to a new plane with this album, but they already were very good, so that would have been a high bar. Long time fans will be pleased, and prospective fans should find a lot to like. If Las Kellies have a special sauce, it is that they understand that the kids want to dance. And the band wants the kids that want to dance to be able to dance. As an example, check out "I'm On Fire" below.
Friends & Lovers is out now via Fire Records.
Bandcamp for Friends and Lovers
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Records like this are one of the reasons we are enthusiastic fans if London lable wiaiwya ("where its at is where you are"). The music scene is awash with singles, many of them quite good, but the wiaiwya-7777777 singles club is the premier boutique purveyor of singles, due to the rarity of the releases, the unique combination of artists, the devotion to the format, and most of all, the freshess and quality of the recordings.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Highway Songs No.2 is out now via I Oh You in Australia and Hopeless Utopian Records in the United States.
Of course, you need time for the lyrics. The clever phrases grab you first, as they are meant to do. One of the best is the title of the standout single "Spooky, Stony, Barely Over Thirty". Beyond the quick rush of those phrases, your focus eventually is drawn to the stories themselves. Jon has a keen eye, and a memorable way of taking the past, perhaps giving it a bit of a twist, and wrapping it up in verses that burn into the listener's memory. You know the stories are someone else's, but Jon has a way of making them accessible. For example, I've never had a lover tell me she wasn't in Spain even though I saw her there, but when I listen to "Spanish Accusations" and its delicious retro chord progressions, it reminds me of a few situations with past lovers. And these lines from "Spooky, Stony, Barely Over Thirty" may tickle the memories of many of us for whom youth is in the rear view mirror:
We were wasted, we were warnedThe songs on Secret Kids that impressed me most the first few listens were the up-temp songs "Cardinal Points", "Spooky, Stony, Barely Over Thirty", "Spanish Accusations", "Queen of Sweden", and "Summer Palace" (all of which are on my current, go-to playlist). However, while the charms of the lovely "I Am A Bad Dreamer" or the withering "Victor Bockris" may show themselves more slowly, they are fully formed gems waiting your discovery. How can anyone who has loved not connect with this line from "I Am A Bad Dreamer"?
We were vague and poorly formed
We were soft, don't rub it in
Almost lost, don't rub it in
She was spooky, stony, barely over 30
She allowed herself to dream of the crusade
To lay waste to the city streets, and collapse every county seat
And depart from the apartments of the easily laid
I was dreaming of your love, I guessThis album is a treasure not to be missed, dear readers.
You were groping me, you were getting dressed
I was carnal, I was careful When you came to me and gave to me my evils
Virgin Of The Birds is out now via Abandoned Love Records in North America and Song By Toad Records in the UK/Europe.
Virgin of the Birds' Bandcamp
Song By Toad Records' Bandcamp
Monday, October 17, 2016
Flowers In The Dustbin, the Glasgow label that urges us all to demand genius, is offering another single from The Echo Session. The single is set for a November 25 digital release, which is a long time in the future. But we see no reason not to let you stream its wistful, '60s-shaded delights starting now. We have included a video as well, so you can enjoy a multi-sensory experience. And speaking of the future, the band's album, also titled Wait and See, is expected in 2017.
Bandcamp for "Wait and See"
Flowers In The Dustbin
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Two of my favorite songs are below. Harding's current tour still has nine more US dates, and then she heads to Europe. Check her Facebook page (linked below) for more details.
Saturday, October 15, 2016
"Bondi's Dead" is the lead track and first single from the upcoming album Sister Sister by Melbourne's Lower Plenty. Comprised of Daniel Twomey (percussion), Jensen Tmhung (guitar/vocals), Sarah Heyward (percussion/vocals), and Al Montfort (guitar/vocals), who collectively participate in other well-regarded local projects, Lower Plenty offers sparse, elliptical observations on life, remarkable for their quiet power and simple beauty. They also help satisfy the requirement under Australian law that at least 25% of the bands formed in Melbourne include Al Monfort (which, by the way, is a law we fully endorse). If you like the song, click on this link to fill out a form and receive a download free.
Sister Sister will be released on November 18 by Bedroom Suck Records. The North American release will be via Omnian Music Group. Preorder Sister Sister at Bedroom Suck's Bandcamp here. Preorder Sister Sister at Omnian Music Group's website here.
Bedroom Suck Records
Omnian Music Group
The album features upbeat, jangling songs with the crashing chime and fuzz of bands such a Razorcuts, Jasmine Minks, McCarthy and the Shop Assistants. But Real Number's art transcends their influences, with a confident swagger and bouncing, New Wave bass lines. The layered guitars are distinctive, vibrant and upfront. The lyrics reflect a youthful perspective and a quirky intelligence. Sweet hooks abound, and the choruses invite singing along. And by the way, this may be one of the more danceable C86-style bands I've heard. I'm on my third play of this record today -- it is a keeper.
Wordless Wonder is our now in vinyl, CD, and digital formats via Slumberland Records.
Bandcamp for Wordless Wonder
Slumberland Records page for Wordless Wonder