Not too long after the release of their recent single “The Holding Hand,” and the announcement of their signing to “Mexican Summer,” “Iceage” have unveiled details of their new album Seek Shelter. The album will be released on May 7th via “Mexican Summer,” and the band have also released a new single off the album titled “Vendetta.” You can watch the music video for “Vendetta” below:
After signing to label “Mexican Summer,” “Iceage” have returned with a new single titled “The Holding Hand,” and it’s looking like there are big things from the band coming our way. New album perhaps? Fingers crossed. About “The Holding Hand,” the band have stated “the song lives in a slurred world, movements are elastically stretched out and strength is found in weakness while you find it hard to tell the difference between fume and matter. Gently the swaying intensifies, feel it escalate. Reach out for the holding hand, it seems almost within scope now.” You can watch the music video for “The Holding Hand” below:
I’m pretty sure i’ve already said this before, but Bristol band “Sapphire Blues” just keep getting better and better, so forgive me if I sound like a broken record, but their new single “Daydream” without a doubt proves that. Released via “Blitzcat Records,” “Daydream” further explores the Post-Punk style the band have perfected and touches on a subject that isn’t new by any means, but is undoubtedly relatable. Our spirits can be damaged by a routine of overworking and excessive amounts of pills to help us smile through it all, but is this truly the way of adulthood? It’s a question too complicated to answer, but the band have shared a song to make us feel less alone, and to daydream of a brighter future. You can listen to “Daydream” below:
U.K. band “Squid” are set to release their long awaited debut album Bright Green Field on May 7th via “Warp Records.” Today the band have shared the album’s first single “Narrator,” and it is an ambitious 8 minute plus track that features vocals from rising artist Martha Skye Murphy. About the track, the band have stated “the song follows a man who is losing the distinction between memory, dream, and reality, and how you can often mold your memories of people to fit a narrative that fits your ego.” Martha Skye Murphy has stated “the unreliable narrator is, more often than not, a male who wishes to portray women as submissive characters in their story.” In the song she plays the part of a woman wanting to break free from the dominating story the male has set. You can watch the music video for “Narrator” below:
Billy Nomates released her debut album last year and immediately solidified herself as the voice for the forgotten normal people. The people who work regular jobs who would love to roll up their sleeves and lay their bosses out with a nice fat punch to the face. She’s someone who acknowledges the working class, but rather than preach, she observes the importance of normal people and sheds a catchy light on said people to provide realistic Pop music that is the antithesis of Pop music that celebrates luxury and celebrity. Today she has announced that she will release a new E.P. titled Emergency Telephone on March 5th via “Invada Records.” She has also released a new single off the E.P. titled “Heels,” which is about knowing who you are and finding the warrior within you to fight the many obstacles and inconveniences that break you down. You can watch the music video for “Heels” below:
“Dare Above Nemo” is the Project of singer/songwriter Ethan Attwood-Summers, and following the release of two dreamy tracks that combine the lush and watery guitar tones of “Dream Pop” with minimal but infectious electronics, (one of the tracks being a cover of The Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Just Like Honey”) he has released a new track titled “Everything’s A Countdown,” and it’s just as irresistible as its predecessors. The track, alongside with his previous single “Be Here Now” will appear on his upcoming debut E.P. Mimic, scheduled to be released on February 12th. You can listen to “Everything’s A Countdown” below:
Artist: Viagra Boys
Album: Welfare Jazz
It’s been clear from the start that Swedish Post-Punk outfit “Viagra Boys” don’t take themselves too seriously. I mean, just their name alone is an indication of that, but that isn’t to say their music doesn’t have its place in contemporary Rock. Ah yes, “Rock.” What does that name mean anymore? It’s a vague term indeed. In this day and age where fusions and genre bending are commonplace, there’s enough proof for me that this is the most exciting time for music, and contrary to popular belief, I feel that “Rock” music and its countless sub genres are doing something exciting spawning younger bands drifting further and further away from traditionalism and music elitism. The spirit of “Punk” resides in “Hip Hop” in this day and age, the days of pristine and clean pop stars are fading away and now we’ve reached a more realistic “Pop” world that isn’t afraid to celebrate sexuality in its many forms, and just about anyone can produce their own music in the comfort of their own home. How is that not exciting? “Viagra Boys” in spirit are a celebration of modern music. However, I highly doubt the band see themselves as that. The band that once was considered the resurgence of “Punk” are so “Punk” that they don’t give a flying fuck about “Punk.” They just want to make noise, and making noise is what they do best, so that’s why it’s no surprise that they explore new territory on their new album Welfare Jazz, combining their signature rough and raw dive bar Art Punk with elements of “Jazz,” “Electronic” music, and “Country.” This album truly represents the idea of genre bending. Their uncompromising “Post-Punk” is still present, but the band cleverly incorporate elements of “Jazz” with woodwind instruments, dominating bass grooves that are both bluesy and funky, and southern twang that surprisingly fits quite well in the chaos, even going as far as covering John Prine’s “In Spite of Ourselves” with Amy Taylor of “Amyl and the Sniffers.” This album can even be considered the band’s most mature effort yet. Lead singer Sebastian Murphy gets a little more personal lyrically, jumping into self-realization and working out the flaws of someone who recognizes his wrongdoings. “I’d stop drinking and gambling to earn back your love,” laments Murphy on “Into the Sun,” and following this up with the synth-heavy “Creatures” is a moment that perfectly sums up this album. Likening his old self to a creature, he views himself as someone who’s at the bottom of the barrel. It takes courage to be completely honest about yourself like that. I don’t know the man personally, but whether or not he really was this person, or if he’s just singing from the point of view of a character he’s created, it’s impactful either way. As mature as this album is, well, whatever “mature” means in “Viagra Boys” world, this album is still fun from beginning to end, because at the end of the day, we do need to frequently work on ourselves yes, but we can’t forget to have fun. I think the band even knows that when they reach a point where they take themselves too seriously, that’s when it’s time to call it quits.
Written By: Steven Sandoval
Shame are set to release their upcoming album Drunk Tank Pink On January 15th via “Dead Oceans,” and the band have given us one last teaser as the release date approaches. Today the band released a track off the album titled “Nigel Hitter,” and according to the band is a pivotal track off the album that touches on daily routine and normalcy in life after extensive touring, and how adapting to that can be a difficult task. The band have also shared a music video to accompany the track, directed by Maxim Kelly, and features old footage that focused on the development of children, while the band make a rather comedic appearance disguised as scientists. You can watch the music video for “Nigel Hitter” below:
It’s not exactly Saturday, but for some, everyday feels like a Saturday being cooped up at home due to social distancing. What do we do with all of this free time to ourselves? Well, some of us like to relax and watch movies all day, and if we’re lucky enough, with our loved ones. Some of us are losing our damn minds just aching for human interaction. Well, whatever your case may be, just remember you’re not alone. Listening to CMON’s new single “Blu-ray Saturday” captures that lazy but content feeling of being in the zone watching movies and relaxing. It’s definitely some of the band’s most laid back work with “Psychedelic” guitars, a very minimal beat, and soothing vocals that will make you want to stop living so fast and just enjoy the moment. This track is good for all moods. You can listen to “Blu-ray Saturday” below:
Song: My Kind of Love
Genre: Indie Rock/Alternative Rock
Hailing from Tel Aviv, “Borito” are focused on rewinding things back a bit to Summer with their new single “My Kind of Love.” Well, at least the Summers we had before our current pandemic where we could enjoy the sunny days without fearing for our lives. “My Kind of Love” is a sugary and undeniably catchy ear worm with it’s jangly and dreamy guitars and sense of playful fun. It’s sure to make anyone’s Summertime playlist. The track will appear on the band’s upcoming debut album “What We Have Now” for which a release date has yet to be unveiled, but it’s looking like the album will drop soon at a time when we need a sunny escape the most.
Written By: Steven Sandoval