NEW TRACKS: The Birds of Satan - ‘Thanks For The Line’
The lead track for Taylor Hawkins’ latest project, the Birds of Satan, has hit us with a fury of hard rock and metal awesomeness to be expected from the Foo Fighters drummer. Accompanied by bassist Wiley Hodgden (who previously collaborated with Hawkins for the 70s hard rock cover band Chevy Metal) and shredder Mick Murphy, “Thanks for the Line” plays like a cross between Them Crooked Vultures and 80s metal’s vocals and shredding. Murphy’s solo is on point and just what hard rock needs right now. And who doesn’t like a little cowboy in their songs?
The forthcoming eponymous debut album is due out April 15th and, per a recent Rolling Stone article, will also feature fellow Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Pat Smear, along with frequent collaborating keyboardist Rami Jaffee. Get pumped for an album that has what is described as “the first documented recorded Van Halen style guitar solo of this decade.” This should be good.
NEW TRACKS: Hercules and Love Affair - ‘Do You Feel The Same’
As we approach the end of this goddamn winter, which threatens to hemorrhage well into March, treat yourself to a listen of the debut track off Hercules and Love Affair’s new album, “The Feast of the Broken Heart,” slated for release in May. This is the third record from the eclectic group, which, again, features multiple vocalists; namely, Belgium’s Gustaph – who belts the lyrics of “Do You Feel the Same?” audaciously, liltingly. The song manages to maintain a throwback-feel, despite sounding totally fresh. That provocative bass line is surely liable. And the build up to the chorus will certainly cause a slight and much-needed skip of your tired heart. (Projecting a bit, here…) As this fun, post-disco group continues to evolve, it is a pleasure to hear the results. Hopefully, Gustaph and his counterpart – Rogue Mary – will join Andy Butler and his crew on their upcoming European tour. Hopefully, the whole gang will tour elsewhere, too. For example - oh, I don’t know - WASHINGTON, D.C.?
NEW TRACKS:Lykke Li - “Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone”
Lykke Li has done it once again, enchanting us all with her powerful vocals, though not in the way “Get Some” had you dancing. “Love Me Like I’m Not Made of Stone” is a powerful ballad that beautifully showcases the power and emotion of this Swedish rocker’s voice, accompanied only by an acoustic guitar. Lykke is definitely pulling on my heart stings with this one and I can’t wait to hear what the rest of her new album, I Never Learn, will sound like.
Holychild is a duo that we need to keep tabs on because their quiet beginning is moving towards something much bigger. “Every Time I Fall,” from the upcoming EP Mindspeak, is a track I can imagine hearing both on GIRLS and remixed by all of the hottest DJs within the next year. Just think CHVRCHES, but more upbeat, or Sleigh Bells but not quite as loud. Holychild recently scored a record deal with Glassnote, which will undoubtedly give this song and Mindspeak great exposure. The magic that is Holychild actually started out in DC when the two musicians met at a GWU dance class. Hopefully, they will be back in the District soon enough and we can witness this developing talent live.
The first show I ever saw at 9:30 was Tokyo Police Club in 2010 when they were touring in support of their album Champ and ever since then I’ve been eagerly waiting for some new tunes. Well, after three years, the wait is finally over and TPC has released the first single off of their forthcoming album Forcefield. “Hot Tonight” is a little different for the band with a more electronic sound than previous singles. However, lead singer David Monk’s distinctive voice provides a familiarity to the track. The lyrics still hold the wittiness and wry feel of previous TPC songs and combined with the beat, "Hot Tonight" is the perfect summer jam. Alas, winter is still upon us so turn this song all the way up and pretend that summer nights are just around the corner.
The latest track from Brooklyn duo Japanther is a great one. The sound of “Do It (Don’t Try)” is squarely in the recent post-punk/garage punk revival wave, and it’ll get you dancing along to the beat. Even sitting here at my desk I found myself swaying my head back and forth and barely being able to control the urge to sway my body. The overdrive bass is divine, as is whatever that strange xylophone-esque instrument that appears during the chorus. I have no idea what you are, but I love you, just like I love this track.
Coldplay decided to join the likes of David Bowie, Daft Punk, and Beyoncé in everybody’s favorite new game: “Surprise, here’s a new song!” The song, “Midnight,” is not only a surprise in its release but also in it sound.
Whereas the recent “Atlas,” attached to the latest Hunger Games movie, was very much so in line with the band’s classic canonical sound, “Midnight” has a lot in common with the more experimental tracks on Mylo Xyloto. Chris Martin’s filtered vocals and minimalist synthesized instruments are reminiscent of late 70s electronic rock like Peter Gabriel and Kraftwerk along with a splash of turn-of-the-millenium Radiohead. Is this their new direction or just a blip like the openers to their last two albums? Only time will tell.
Conor Oberst is important. A lot of people grew up with his music. He served as the spirit guide through adolescence for teenagers in the 2000s. He understood angst; he understood depression; he understood heartbreak. He got it. Well, those teens have for the most part grown up now, and so has he. The last new material Oberst released was Bright Eyes’ 2011 release, The People’s Key. With this single, “Hundreds of Ways,” he announced his new solo album, Upsidedown the Mountain. As soon as the song begins, it becomes very evident that this album is an act of genre-jumping. It’s easy to pick out that Nashville sound – steel guitars and jaunty slap-back rhythm guitars. The album sounds more country than emo. Sure, Oberst could probably just make albums re-hashing the same concepts in Fevers and Mirrors over and over, and people would probably buy them. But he’s not doing that. He’s chosen do something else, explore something new, and that’s pretty cool.
Cage The Elephant Baby Blue (B-Side from Melophobia) From Brad: “This was one of the first tracks we worked on for the record — and was originally inspired …
Kentucky rockers Cage the Elephant have once again graced our ears with new music, this time with a B-side from their 2013 release Melophobia. The band claims that the single was one of the first tracks they worked on for the album, which is apparent from the sound of the single. It evokes the same style as the rest of Melophobia, with a little less blues and a little more post-punk. Lyrics like “I didn’t know I was supposed to…” coupled with those heavy guitar rifts and Matthew Shultz’s in-your-face vocal style makes “Baby Face” another classic Cage the Elephant song that’s great for driving, dancing, and singing along to.
With the announcement of a new album, Shriek, and a new tour, including a just announced stop at the 9:30 club on May 6th, we’re really excited to see what these Baltimore natives will do next.
To give us a taste of Shriek, out on April 29th via Merge Records, Wye Oak has released the first single off the album, entitled “The Tower”.The song has taken Wye Oak’s music in a little bit of a different direction compared to 2011’s Civilian.
“The Tower” still has Jenn Wasner’s beautiful haunting vocals that we have come to love and expect in Wye Oak’s sound.However, this new single strays a little further from their folk influences towards a different sound.The use of repeated keyboard chords instead of their usual guitar melodies gives the song a sound that is vaguely reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock horror movie scores.I suppose that’s fitting considering the title of their upcoming LP is called Shriek.
“The Tower” is a great single that leaves us curious to know what the rest of the album will sound like.