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When the dudes over at Tye Die Tapes aren’t putting out some of the best in underground garage-rock, they themselves are making some great underground garage rock.  As Collider, they are making some lo-fi rock with a heavy emphasis on the rock aspect of their sound.  With ‘You Didn’t Think This Through’, Collider show off some song-writing chops with a totally rawkin’ punk track with some guitar work that could have come from a 90s Modest Mouse release… or really any 90s indie-rock song.  Stream the track below and download the mp3 at their bandcamp

-PK

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KEEL HER is an artist I’ve been following for a little while now not exactly sure what I to think about the artist.  Rose Keeler-Schäffeler’s solo project as KEEL HER is probably the closest any artist has come to being the rock equivalent of Lil’ B.  Their compositions aren’t anything alike and Rose doesn’t sing repeated one-liners about swag or getting boys, however, through her soundcloud and bandcamp, Rose has built up an incredible library of tunes.  KEEL HER plays lazy, sloppy and lo-fi as hell bedroom pop that range from subjects of being bored, weed and general chilling.  It’s the kind of creative output that would make a lot of people skeptical but after her putting out so many good jams it has become very difficult to deny.  So I’m going to just invite you all to join me on the KEEL HER band wagon.

KEEL HER- LA:

KEEL HER- Chill Yourself:

-PK

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Usually it’s ok to judge what sort of song to expect from the beginning of the track.  Black Manilla’s ‘England’ starts off with some bright guitar chords and sunny vocals, all signs pointing towards a nice, fast, potentially forgettable indie rock track.  One glance at the track length, which I’m sure everyone does before they’ll press play anyway, puts that assumption to rest.  ‘England’ is an 8-minute epic that bounces between plenty of rock sounds but mainly stays routed in punk and classic styles.  Black Manilla are able to put some bite into their tracks that would put most lo-fi groups to shame.  The instrumentalists flex some great soloing during the middle of the track where the guitarist finds all sorts of ways to bend his strings.  Sure, as a blogger I’m never against short tracks that are easy to type about it in a clean 4 sentences, but it’s nice to have big tracks like ‘England’ every once and a while.

-PK

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I thought I’d have an accurate idea of what kind of sound to expect from Aussie-based Royal Headache who just put out this single on punk label What’s Your Rupture?.  Even the opening 4-seconds of feedback supported my lo-fi/thrashy/punk assumption.  I’m very glad I was wrong.  Turns out Royal Headache is much more Guided by Voices than Black Flag and crafted an incredibly melodic and catchy piece of rock with their single ‘Down the Lane’.  The track has a distinct 60s rock vibe that is making it hard for me to take this track off of replay.  What’s Your Rupture? is prepping to reissue their 2011 self-titled album on May 8th.

-PK

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Temple Songs has gone through a huge evolution since I first heard their music as they’ve transitioned from a solo-act to a proper 4-piece group.  Their last two singles have experimented with a punk sound reminiscent of a lot of great indie bands from the early 2000’s.  Their latest track, ‘Luxury Lice’, may be their strongest effort yet with the band crafting a track that refines all the past sounds that they’ve worked with.  ‘Luxury Lice’ shares some sonic similarities with the extremely lo-fi vibe their album 15 Bygones had while still utilizing all the benefits of the new band members.  Temple Songs have been putting out some killer tracks lately and they’ll only keep getting better from here.

-PK

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Slowcoaches are the latest indie-rock band with their own blend of that lo-fi music that all us bloggers crave.  With track names like ‘Get Ripped’ and ‘Gimmie Fuck Ups’, Slowcoaches make music that’s nearly impossible for any self-respecting hipster to resist.  Based out of Leeds, Slowcoaches make some seriously noisy rock which finds a comfortable niche somewhere between Buzzcocks and Wavves.  Their newest release, We’re So Heavy, is giving me the same sort of impression that I got when I first listened to The Uptights‘ AT THE WÖRTHERSEE HOTEL which ended up being one of my favorite releases of 2011 so I don’t suspect I’ll stop listening to this release anytime soon.  Stream We’re So Heavy below and check out more over at their bandcamp

-PK

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Although most people probably could have accurately described exactly what the music from a band called Teenanger would sound like ‘Frights’ was still a surprisingly good listen.  ‘Frights’ and the video display the Canadian-based group with a fully realized aesthetic that takes most bands a while to establish.  Their own brand of frenetic punk definitely falls close to Joy Division (on the punk-spectrum… duh) but it has enough personality to pull the band from sounding faceless.  Check out more Teenanger over at Telephone Explosion

-PK

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