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.
Right now Mining Boom are repping Perth, Australia better than just about anyone on our radar and are delivering a steady stream of catchy and sunny lo-fi jams. Their newest single “Telecom” is dedicated to the Australian communications company of the same name with an irresistibly sweet hook about calling someone as much as they can. Whether or not it was a conscious choice, “Telecom” sounds straight out of the same era that the company ran a monopoly in Australia (the 80s) with touches of synths with their wall of sound guitar work. The track continues to build upon the same great character and personality that Mining Boom have managed to create with hardly over 7 minutes of released material and we can’t wait to hear more of their upcoming Dining Room II.
Splashh “need a vacation” and for them that means driving around in golf carts, chilling with tennis chicks and jumping into pools in slow motion. The video for ‘Vacation’ mirrors the development of the band, especially when compared to their video for ‘Headspins’. As much as I still love ‘Headspins’, it’s hard to ignore the boost in songwriting talent that ‘Vacation’ brings. At its core, Splashh is still just a bunch of dudes who enjoy hanging out and playing together, just in a bit higher definition.
Garage-rock is always there for us when we need something to soundtrack our late nights or pent up angst, however, Gap Dream are making sure we also have some garage-rock to support us on those Sunday mornings… or afternoons. ’Generator’ is an ambling paced jam with mellowed and delightfully reverbed vocals over some restrained guitar work and even accents of synth work. The hand clapped percussion that keeps the track at it’s even pace practically invites you into Gap Dream’s garage where everyone is welcome to crack a few beers and try and piece together the events of the previous night.
I wouldn’t expect any other kind of music from a band called Splashh. Just like fellow aquatic-referencing and consonant-doubling Wavves, Splashh make distorted and sun-saturated garage rock jams. ’Headspins’ is their latest breezy tune and it’s packed with enough quality riffs and ‘ooo’ing vocals to win anyone over. Splashh is another example of the boominglo-fiscene in the UK that is killing it right now with great tracks and catchy hooks. Listen to more Splashh and ‘Headspins’ below…
The newest single to drop from Australian punk-band Royal Headache is the infectious ‘Psychotic Episode’. The track is a frenetic and fast-paced piece of garage rock that never lets the pace drop over the track’s 2-minutes. The lyrics aren’t easy to discern but the opening statement “I am the antipsychotic” seems like a clever nod towards the Sex Pistols. I really can’t get enough of everything I’ve heard from this group so far so I can’t wait to hear their full-length when it drops.
Today’s sunshine-filled dose of garage rock comes from Brooklyn’s Fletcher C. Johnson. ’Messin’ Up My Mind’ is well a produced slice of good vibes and sounds that only this kind of carefree garage rock can tap into. This is the kind of music that inspires people to get convertibles and ride around with no destinations. The incredibly catchy chorus sums up the track’s mood very nicely “Must have been messin’ up my mind / Must have been messin’ up my hair”. Stream and download below..