Select Level

Select Level | Select level | 3hive.com
Select Level | Select level | 3hive.com

Seattle multi-instrumentalist Andy Sells has been doing his thing for quite some time, (all in bands that I need to/ will be checking out) including playing bass for Nosretep, drums for Afrocop and being part of the electronic outfit FCS North.

Sells’ new project (with Joel Cuplin, Noel Brass Jr. and Jason Powell rounding out the band) is Select Level. Their upcoming self-titled album is a funktastic, 8 song romp of post-punk meets disco-groove goodness – seriously, these guys aren’t messing around, this is a solid contender for album of the year.

Give album opener “The Race” a spin (below), it’s just a small sampling of the groove packed into this album.

Select Level drops on June 21 and is available for preorder now from Wax Thématique, you should preorder this. We will also have some copies at the 3hive Record Lounge as well. You don’t want to miss this one.

Slow Pulp

Slow Pulp | Big Day EP | 3hive.com
Slow Pulp | Big Day EP | 3hive.com

Slow Pulp’s recently self-released sophomore EP, Big Day, is a solid 10 minutes of dream-pop meets shoegaze goodness that ends way sooner then it should. Give the standout “High” a spin below, for a taste. Big Day is available now via their Bandcamp page. Be sure to catch them on tour as well. Enjoy.

Shady Bug

Shady Bug | Lemon Lime | 3hive.com
Shady Bug | Lemon Lime | 3hive.com

St. Louis four-piece, Shady Bug, pack quite the punch on their sophomore release Lemon Lime (out now via Exploding In Sound Records). The band’s formula throughout Lemon Lime is lull you into a groove with jangly guitar melodies that float around singer/guitarist Hannah Rainey’s vocals before unexpectedly punching you in the mouth with a brass knuckled fist of blistering distortion. Each song has you waiting for that punch to happen and it’s so good when it does.

Check out “Whining” below for a taste, you’ll be glad that you did, just remember to duck. Enjoy.

Young Hunting

Young Hunting | True Believers | 3hive.com

Young Hunting’s new album True Believers is a smooth, chilled-out effort of pop songs that’s easy to find yourself getting swept away by. Check out “Every Living Thing” and “Seventeen Days” below for a taste. True Believers is available now from Gold Robot.

Leggy

Leggy | Let Me Know Your Moon | 3hive.com
Leggy | Let Me Know Your Moon | 3hive.com

Cincinnati 3-piece Leggy have been cranking out the solid gold, garage-pop/rock goods since 2014 and their brand new full length, Let Me Know Your Moon is no exception. The shredded guitar licks, chugging bass lines, pounding drums and powerful vocals that we’ve come to expect from a Leggy release are all there and better than ever. Give “Not What You Need” and “Taffy” spins below to hear for yourself.

You can pick yourself up a copy of Let Me Know Your Moon on your preferred format from Leggy’s Bandcamp page. Enjoy.

Sunwatchers

Sunwatchers | Illegal Moves | 3hive.com
Sunwatchers | Illegal Moves | 3hive.com

New York quartet Sunwatchers bring their A-game on their newest LP “Illegal Moves” (out now via Trouble In Mind). Their brand of jazz-psych meets noise-rock swirls and hypnotizes and just before you’re lost in their psychedelic haze they punch you right in the mouth. Give “Beautiful Crystals” and “Greeneyed Pigmen (Get The Blade)” a spin below to see what I mean.

The Exbats

The Exbats | E Is For Exbats | 3hive.com
The Exbats | E Is For Exbats | 3hive.com

Arizona’s The Exbats consist of father-daughter dynamic duo Inez and Kenny McClain with the Resonars’ Matt Rendon rounding out the band on bass. They play solid, crunchy, pop-punk tunes. I think you’ll like them. Their new album, E Is For Exbats is not really a new album at all, it’s a compilation of their first two cassette releases put to vinyl for the first time via Burger Records. Check out “Everybody Loves My Mom” below for a taste.

Business of Dreams

Buisness of Dreams | Ripe For Anarchy | 3hive.com
Buisness of Dreams | Ripe For Anarchy | 3hive.com

Corey Cunningham has been making music for quite sometime now, most notably in Magic Bullets and Terry Malts. He started Business of Dreams as a way to cope with loss and a life he had left in the past. His second album and first (as BoD) with Slumberland Records, Ripe For Anarchy, Cunningham has focused his songs on moving on and letting go. What he’s created with Ripe For Anarchy is a pure indie-pop gem. A sure fit in the Slumberland catalog. Give the incredible “My Old Town” and “Ripe For Anarchy” a spin below for a taste. I can say with certainty that this will be on my favorites of 2019 list come December. Enjoy.

Eerie Wanda

Eerie Wanda | Pet Town | 3hive.com
Eerie Wanda | Pet Town | 3hive.com

Eerie Wanda is the musical project of the Netherlands’ Marina Tadic. Her new album is called Pet Town – it’s a poppy affair, full of toe-tappers that don’t disappoint. Take album opener and title-track “Pet Town” (below) for example. Tadic’s fuzzy, yet chilly vocals work nicely with the added snaps, noodley guitars and driving bass and drums.

Pet Town is out now via Joyful Noise and available on most formats via Eerie Wanda’s Bandcamp page.

Pedro The Lion

Pedro The Lion | Phoenix | 3hive.com
Pedro The Lion | Phoenix | 3hive.com

David Bazan is back as Pedro The Lion with a new album titled Phoenix – his first PTL release in nearly 15 years. Bazan’s writing is as personal and introspective as ever as he conjures up memories both old and new thanks to a tour stop in his hometown and a detour past his childhood home.

Phoenix is January 18 via Polyvinyl Records. I highly recommend it.