mp3: YOOFS – Toy Organ

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.

-PK

mp3: Temple Songs – She’s Away

Another week, another new irresistible jangle-pop single from Temple Songs.  ”She’s Away” is one of the sweetest songs Temple Songs have ever written and finds the boys channeling their inner-”I Wanna Hold Your Hand” era Beatles.  If you’re a pre-pubescent boy and you want to win the hearts of that girl in your 7th grade math class, learn the chords to this song ASAP and tell her you wrote it for her before Temple Songs become as big as Justin Bieber.  Which is going to happen (if I could do anything more about it).  Or if you’re just like me and enjoy the occasional piece of guilt-free pop, bop on brethren.

-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: Temple Songs – Passed Caring

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.

-PK

EP: Fruit Tones & Pink Teens – Hamlovers

When going through the embarrassing amount of unread emails currently in our inbox, I often go by the philosophy “anything by Temple Songs or Pink Teens will be amazing”.  With this new split EP along with Fruit Tones, that philosophy has yet to let me down.  I don’t know if Pink Teens is completely replacing Temple Songs as the main project of jangle-pop mastermind Jolan Lewis, however, his songwriting has never been better.  ”Hands are Shaking” is a slice 60s garage rock flavored bliss and reaches the same energetic highs as any of Temple Songs previous fuzzed-out material.  Fellow Manchester natives, Fruit Tones hold up their end of the split with tambourine shake saturated garage rock.  The Tones even offer up a cover of Temple Songs “$$$$$$’ $$ $ $ $$$$$$$$$” with “¢¢¢¢¢¢’ ¢¢ ¢ ¢¢¢¢¢¢¢¢¢”.  It’s awesome to hear two groups inspiring each other to make cool things.  Stream the entire EP after the jump.

-PK

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mp3: The Pink Teens – La La La La La La

Call me biased, but I knew I’d love this song before I pressed play.  ”La La La La La La” is the debut single from The Pink Teens a new project from Jolan Lewis the mastermind behind Temple Songs.  Although Temple Songs cleaned up their lo-fi sound a bit since I first found their music, The Pink Teens have Lewis returning to an endearingly amateurish recording sound.  Staying true to the promise of its name, “La La La La La La” is a straight forward and catchy romp unsurprisingly carried by a “la la” heavy chorus.  Although I definitely want to see lots more Temple Songs in 2013, I wouldn’t mind some of Lewis’ time spent towards The Pink Teens either.

-PK