Our first introduction to UK band Spring King was their song “Avocado City”, and although that song is still a favorite, it wasn’t really that great of an indication of what was to come next from them. Their debut LP, In All This Murk and Dirt, takes their sound in a fairly difficult direction, but one that has completely won me over. On this LP Spring King explore whichever rock sub-genre they feel like while putting their own full-throttle spin on them. On “Dig Deeper” it sounds like Spring King are trying to see how much energy they can possibly pack into one track with aggressively strummed chords and chanted vocals, while on “My Sleeves” they show their sappy side with a sax solo and delicate chord progressions, and on “Better Man” they execute Libertines-esque pop 10x better than any of the hundreds of bands who have attempted that previously. Overall, Spring King have put together one of the most unique and confident debut LP’s I have heard in a while with incredible energy that I guarantee will have you wishing to be in the crowd at one of their shows. Stream two songs off of it below and the whole LP after the jump.
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.
FFNORDZZ is from Plymouth, England and from what I can tell (from my google maps search) Plymouth probably isn’t a big surf hot spot. Listening to FFNORDZZ however you might be convinced that Plymouth is an English version of Los Angeles. FFNORDZZ (if you couldn’t tell from my clever aside) makes surf-pop and punk music with ample amounts of distortion, lo-fi charm and songwriting talent. His POP STARDOM EP is apparently the first part in his “GAZE UPON MY WORKS, YE MIGHTY” trilogy so I’m expecting plenty more good music to be coming our way soon.
When trying to sort through an embarrassing amount of unread emails in hopes of finding something good, it helps when an email title stands out a bit. Amongst the clutter of “dope trap drops” and “music video submissions” one email asked “ocean be my home?” so I clicked on it. Instead of including an extended paragraph about who he is, where he’s from or what kind of music he makes, Jacob Braun linked to his bandcamp and let his music talk for himself. ocean be my home? is a release that sounds too big to be recorded amateurishly yet so coated in lo-fi distortion and hiss that it could have only spawned from some dude’s basement, garage or bedroom. Whether he’s flipping the unforgettable opening line of Outkast’s “Hey Ya” into a scuzz-punk anthem on “bby don’t mess around” or playing around with ambient sounds, devastating distortion and acoustic guitar on the Campfire Songs-channeling “palm”, Jacob Braun always demonstrates a knack for melody and good old fashion pop sensibilities. A clear disciple of 90s slacker rock, lo-fi rock, garage rock, blues, ambient and hip-hop, Jacob Braun is everything I expect to hear from a kid making music by himself in 2013. It’s crazy to think I almost let this sink to the depths of our email inbox…
I’ve been following Philadelphia’s Pill Friends for a while now, and they finally dropped their debut LP last week. After listening to a few singles leading up to it, the full LP Blessed Suffering does not disappoint. Lots of Lo-fi bands with Emo undertones have been gaining momentum across blogs this past year, and it would be easy to lump Pill Friends’ music in with the rest, but for some reason this LP stands out. Lead singer Ryan Wilson isn’t afraid to lay the emotions very thick in his vocals, and although I’m sure that will piss a few people off, I think it works really well with Pill Friends’ instrumentation which a lot of the time isn’t as overly dramatic as their aesthetic may suggest. Listen to two of my favorite songs off of the LP below and stream the whole thing after the jump.
Why is every new punk band that roles around adorned with a hyphenated genre tag to describe their punk sound? On another day I might just go ahead and call this riot grrrl or maybe noise-punk, but most punk is noisey and letting you know that Echols have a girl singer doesn’t help describe their sound much. ”Sunset Song” sounds like punk. In fact, their kick-ass Erotic Friend Fiction EP sounds a lot like punk. It’s sweaty, harshly DIY and just as appropriate in 2013 as it would have been in 1978.
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.