HEROES & HEROINES are a four piece bubblegum pop band from Los Angeles. Two Weeks is their self-released, debut 7″, containing two new songs of their uplifting, button-downed garage pop. Continue reading “Heroes & Heroines – Two Weeks 7″”
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from KING TUFF but his sophomore LP is just around the corner. Wild Desire is his latest effort coming from the Suicide Squeeze label and it’s an excellent indication of good things to come. Continue reading “King Tuff – Wild Desire 7″”
THE DELRELLAS hail from places all over the globe including London, Brighton and Portland to keep it simple. This is their brand new 7″ coming from the Dirty Water Records label based out of London. Continue reading “The DeRellas – Stick It To the Man 7″”
Coming from Mexican Summer is what appears to be the second official full length album from PART TIME. Their first came from Voice Academy Records in 2010 and this new LP looks to be a step up to the next level. Continue reading “Part Time – What Would You Say?”
This is our first meeting with Oakland’s own BARE WIRES. Coming from the Robot Elephant Records label out of the UK, this looks to be at least their fourth 7″ to date, while also releasing two full lengths since 2009. Continue reading “Bare Wires – Don’t Ever Change 7″”
At first SILVER SHAMPOO was an unfamiliar name. However, once you throw on their record and give it a couple spins, the stuff really starts to sink in. That seems to be the case with all the countless bands who dwell in the Denton, TX area, which is exactly where these striped-down pop-punkers hail from. You probably didn’t need us to tell you that, but it should all become clear after hearing this cut from the album below, called “On Wheels.” It’s overflowing with wonky bass lines, jagged guitars and an innocent adolescent spirit bursting with energy, and acts as a nice snapshot of what the rest of the album holds.
On Wheels –
I’m sure there’s not much more I could say about KING TUFF’S “Was Dead” that hasn’t already been said, but when the new repress came through my doors yesterday there really wasn’t anything else I wanted to hear. Now I’m going to hopefully transfer that addiction over in your direction because if you haven’t heard this stuff yet, it could just be the best record from 2008 (excluding this one here). Kyle Thomas arguably restores substance to the all-encompassing genre of rock with his 60’s and 70’s dance-influenced rock and roll, evoking an equally positive spirit paired with the notion to get up and just fuckin’ dance the night away. The last time I heard a record where all 13-fucking-tracks were just as good as the last was probably… well, never. Okay, maybe just one other time. Clearly that is an exaggerated statement.
If the thought of wanting to buy this record even crosses your mind in the least bit, DO IT NOW, or forever regret the decision. Don’t say we didn’t warn ya!
Just Strut –
Get it here: The Colonel Records, DON’T SLEEP, SRSLY
Genre/ Tags: Pop, Garage Rock, Glam
By now I feel like a significant amount of people are familiar with Wild Nothing. This would probably be because of that first 7″ the one-man-band put out on the Captured Tracks label in 2009. Since then, Jack Tatum, the man behind the music, has put out one other 7″ called “Cloudbursting” that was also put out by Captured Tracks. Now the release of the first Wild Nothing full length is upon us, and it’s due out on May 25th going by the Captured Tracks “coming soon” section. How perfect. The album is coming out just in time for summer. Although you’ll have to wait to hear the entire album, why not hold yourself over by checking out a few of the tracks below? You’ll be happy you did!
The album starts off on a good note, beginning with the song “Live in Dreams”. It welcomes you at the door and beckons you to come in for more, and chances are you’re going to find it hard to resist. Jack Tatum tells us right away that “Our lips won’t last forever,” and that’s exactly why he wants to live in dreams. This way, if you’re living in dreams, you can’t die. This song is bursting at the seams with hovering, gorgeous sound effects. As you listen to the album you’ll pick up on all the subtle effects and sounds that are thrown into the mix, but you have to listen carefully! The following track “Summer Holiday” is one that many of us have probably already heard, but in no way is that a bad thing. The only reason that is true is because of that 7″ we already mentioned. Up next on the album would be the totally blissed out track “Drifter”, with it’s heavenly sound effects and the ability to bring you to that special paradise you could only reach in your dreams. This is the type of song where you lose all train of thought while you become completely immersed in the sounds – Like I said earlier, once you’re stuck in it, it’s difficult to get back out.
Skipping ahead to the halfway point of the album brings us to the song “Bored Games”. Lots of quick and little intricate sounds dominate this song, all over top of a muffled bass line that’s sure to keep your head bobbing along to the beat. For about the last minute of the track, Tatum delivers a laid-back guitar solo as the song comes to an end and slowly fades out. Next up would be the other somewhat familiar track on the album, “Confirmation”. Just like the songs on the 7″ records, this track has been floating around on the web for awhile now, but it did not come on either of the 7 inches. Moving right along to another highlight from the album, “Chinatown”. “Chinatown” is drenched in more heavenly, spaced out sound effects that are present throughout the entire song, while Tatum’s voice continues to saturate everything even more, giving this track (and most of these other tracks) a real sense of longing. Second to last on the album comes the song “Our Composition Book”, which is a glamorous, picture-perfect pop song complete with shimmering sound effects and some excellent guitar playing by none other than Mr. Tatum himself.
In looking back on this album, I’d have to say it was quite a refreshing listen. Just about every last track sounds like it’s been dunked in a pool of spaced out, glamorous and almost ambient sound effects, which goes a long way for giving this album an otherworldly quality. If you’re still not sure what to think, then the best suggestion I’d have for you is to listen to these few songs below. After listening, it shouldn’t take long for you to decide whether or not you’re a fan of the one-man pop sensation that is Wild Nothing. Thanks for reading once again, and stay tuned as always!
Our Composition Book –
My Rating: 7/10
Genre/ Tags: Dream Pop, Shoegaze, Glam
1.) Live in Dreams
2.) Summer Holiday
5.) O, Lilac
6.) Bored Games
8.) My Angel Lonely
9.) The Witching Hour
11.) Our Composition Book