mp3: Passion Pusher – Your My Favorite Coast

On the outside, Passion Pusher’s “Your My Favorite Coast” is four minutes of blown out fuzz.  And for the most part that’s all “Your My Favorite Coast” is, an impenetrable wall of fuzz, distortion and melody-less noise.  But there is something else there underneath all that fuzz that is barely even discernible but affecting.  It’s something that shakes around like No Age and moans like Modest Mouse.  It’s just enough of something to let us know that Passion Pusher have some sort of method to their madness.  Or maybe they’re just really good at writing music while drunk.

-PK

Video: Temple Songs – I Can’t Look After You

Despite the wave of Manchester-based fuzz-pop and punk groups that dominated our blog in 2012, Temple Songs have managed to rise above and outlast the rest as clear standouts.  I’ve written the story a few times now, but I never expected Temple Songs to be where they are now after listening to their (really just Jolan’s) earliest material.  It’s been almost two years since that first release and it’s nice to finally get to put a few faces to the group courtesy of their video for “I Can’t Look After You”.  It also helps that “I Can’t Look After You” may be one of their best tracks yet and demonstrates that Temple Songs may be more akin to the homies Happy Jawbone Family Band than anyone else in the Manchester scene.

-PK

mp3: Temple Songs – Dinosaur Alley

Temple Songs have come a long long way since I listened to their first very exciting yet very rough-edged 15 Bygones tape.  Due to what I can only assume are amazing performances around England and a constant stream of catchy jangly rock, Temple Songs are finally putting out their proper premier release as a full band.  Cheers.

-PK

mp3: Cough Cool – Blue Eyes

By the end of every summer I am usually ready to take a break from scuzzy, tape-hiss filled bedroom recordings that dominate during warm weather season.  It’s April now so that season is just starting and “Blue Eyes” from veteran bedroom rocker Cough Cool isn’t a bad way to tee things off.  Guitar is the real driving force behind this track as the vocals take turns humming into the soaring guitar lines.  If you’re not experiencing the warm weather yet you should listen to this song, decide it’s time to move and then listen to the song properly again.  Do it for real though.

-PK

mp3: Menace Beach – Dream Out

It’s easy to write off Menace Beach for being one more scuzzy, surf-punk bands that have been consistently invading our blogosphere for the past few years after taking one look at their art work and making a sarcastic chuckle at their name.  Of course I wouldn’t be making this blog post if that was all there is too Menace Beach and as it turns out there is a lot more to the UK band than first impressions would let on.  For better or for worse, a lot of surf-punk neglects putting time into writing a memorable verse as long as the hook is catchy enough.  With ‘Dream Out’, Menace Beach ditch that idea and experiment with psych-rock sounds and as a result their verses and instrumentation are incredibly melodic and instantly catchy.  Through their entire Dream Out EP, Menace Beach make the kind of music that I would expect from John Lennon if he had grown up as a skater in Southern California during the 90s.  They have an ear for grand, psychedelic compositions but have enough pop sensibilities to keep their jams under 3 minutes.  Stream ‘Dream Out’ below and check out their entire EP over at their soundcloud

-PK

mp3: The Beardy Durfs – Dead Poncho

One of my favorite albums from last year came from European noise-rockers The Uptights so I set some pretty high expectations when I saw this submission from Danish lo-fi ruffians The Beardy Durfs.  Meant to be played at an incredibly high volume, ‘Dead Poncho’ absolutely delivers on their noisy promise of an irresistibly sweet blend of raw energy and a cacophony of fuzz and static.  Instead of focusing on tight and precise guitar work, The Beardy Durfs simply strum as fast as they can through sometimes broken guitars to create the huge wall of sound that builds up throughout the entirety of ‘Dead Poncho’.  The lyrics are hardly discernible and at points sound like someone trying to yell over an orchestra of helicopters, which is exactly how it should be.

-PK

mp3: Splashh – Vacation

After dominating our spring with an onslaught of sun-saturated and endlessly catchy tunes, Splashh made us wait all through the summer before finally dropping some new material.  The sun may not be out in full force anymore, but it hardly matters if Splashh keeps dropping music like this.  ’Vacation’ is a song that demonstrates Splashh as a proper four piece.  Throughout the composition, Splashh create some great instrumental interplay between the dynamic bass lines and guitar with plenty of guitar solos scattered throughout the mix.  Lo-fi and fuzz-rock are often criticized for being overly simplistic and straight forward and ‘Vacation’ provides a strong case against that assumption by demonstrating a group that is dripping with songwriting inspiration and a knack for creating great hooks.  I haven’t heard a bad song from them yet so I’m excited to see how the continue to develop going into 2013.

-PK