Carefree, sun-drenched garage rock from the UK… need I say more? Aight fine. YOOFS aren’t the most original band making music now, but as I’ve come to learn more and more during this year that really doesn’t matter much when music is good. ”Toy Organ” packs a whole lot into a lean 3 minutes including a power guitar solo, a call to “shake it, shake it” and what I’m guessing is an actual toy organ. Like fellow UK hook-masters Temple Songs, YOOFS demonstrate a lot more interest in psych rock than many of their piers and more importantly demonstrate an ability to write it well.
I’m honestly surprised that it has taken someone this long to release a song entitled “Get It On”… unless of course someone has already done that and I haven’t heard of it. Regardless, Only Real’s unsurprisingly breezy jam (his first new drop in a few months) has got to be the definitive “Get It On”. Featuring easily his most garage rock inspired hook yet, “Get It On” shows that for now Only Real has no plans to change his winning formula of guitar driven pop hooks with talk-rap verses. I have no problem with that.
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.
Gorgeous Bully have been an interesting band to follow with their music bouncing from UK garage rock to anthemic slow jams and “So Bored” takes them on a breezy, summer appropriate ride. It may not be a game changing track but “So Bored” has enough memorable hooks and guitar rawking to deserve a spot on anyone’s 2013 SUMMER JAMZ MIXTAPE. Play this on a boat or while drinking a cheap beer or both.
In case you’re craving even more garage-rock from Manchester, Spring Kings may be your new favorite band. The stop motion video for their appropriately stuttering “V-V-V-Vampire” matches the frantic energy and fun of the group. It’s like cool, guys.
Whether he’s making music as Pink Teens or Temple Songs, Jolan Lewis is a goddamn hook writing genius. ”Passed Caring” is an unsurprisingly care-free punk romper with plenty of punch packed into it’s 3 minutes. For anyone who still isn’t convinced that Temple Songs are a legit band with “good” instrumentalists, just check out the guitar freakout/solo that carries the tail end of this track. The don’t need to prove anything to anyone anyway. They’re passed caring and it’s cool.
Although kinda fell off the Gorgeous Bully wagon for whatever reasons, it turns out I’ve been missing out on some of the most interesting and consistent garage rock to come out of the UK. ”Misery Loves Company”, the bands newest release, takes a departure from the loud raucous they usually stir up and is instead a slow paced and highly emotive ballad. Supported by swelling, muted synths and waltz paced drumming, “Misery Loves Company” is the prom song for that dude standing in the corner with no date (like Terry did last year). It honestly reminds me a bit of Coldplay… but it’s good.