Here’s a piece of wordy, nerdy, and perturbed-y piece of art punk that’s been growing on me lately: Big Ups‘ Eighteen Hours of Static. “Goes Black” is one of the couple songs the band is letting people stream from their new album, which is out now via Dead Labour Records.
The tracks on this thing really check a lot of boxes for me. It’s well-read, aggressive, emotive, and plenty of skilled guitar play with a punk edge. Enjoy!
Stream the new Black Lips album if ya know what’s good for ya! The band seems to live up to grimy and catchy expectations with this new set of tracks, which will be out officially on the 18th of this month. Enjoy!
While Temples’ shows a sincere appreciation for psychedelic pop on their debut album, the band does very little to deliver novel ideas or exciting performances.
Over the course of running my YouTube channel, I don’t think I’ve reviewed any one band more times than I have Woods. Though I’ve thought their discography has had its ups and downs, it’s been interesting to watch this band’s approach to folk rock go from spectral to sunny. “Moving To The Left” is the latest installment of that transition, and it’s one of their catchiest and most feel-good results yet. The vocal melody on the chorus here is absolutely killer, and the sharp guitar leads twanging away in the background are a nice touch as well. Plus, Wood’s production hits a perfect pocket, finding a harmonious balance between rickety and punchy. I’m digging this one a lot!
The band’s next album, With Light And With Love, is dropping April 15th. Also, check out this song from the forthcoming record as well.
Noise rock outfit White Suns drops a new song and video with “Carrion.” The track delivers the band’s usual blend of dark, tortured poetry and abrasive rock instrumentation. There are loads of loose, twangy guitars and sputtering shots of feedback set against sporadic drums and heavy bass notes.
There’s an incredible explosion of intensity around the halfway point of the song that leads the track to drift off into some spacious, tense rhythms and ear-piercing guitars. White Suns really is reclaiming the noise element of “noise rock,” and they’re doing it in a way that’s eye-wideningly weird, too.
The band’s next album, Totem, is dropping soon via the Flenser.
Check a review for the band’s previous album, Sinews, below:
We’ve been pretty stoked about this Jorge Elbrecht and Ariel Pink collaborative project ever since they dropped one of 2013′s best singles, “Hang on to Life,” last summer. You might recall the single later receiving a crazy, smokey music video that was equally great.
Well, second single “Called to Ring” has received the same treatment. The video features a strange camo-clad band playing along to the song in slow motion, occasionally being interrupted by the conjoined, mask-wearing faces of Pink and Elbrecht mouthing the lyrics. Like the previous one, it’s a trip. Hopefully there’s a full-length in the cards for Jorge Elbrose because this pair has proven to be just a machine at turning out obscenely catchy songs.
The previously mentioned Frankie Cosmos drops a hilariously frank birthday song that tells it straight about these annual celebrations of existence. While it may seem like Frankie is raining on the parade, it’s sometimes good to laugh at arbitrary rituals a bit. Plus, the instrumentation is pretty endearing as well. Enjoy!