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Cedar Spring Motel

18 Jul

Cedar Spring Motel are a snotty, heavy, in your face punk rock trio out of Hamilton, Ontario. They describe their music as “… the feeling you get on your teeth when you forget to brush them.” How do I top that?

Give their spazztic, Refused-esque, scorcher “Smoke Break” a spin below – it’s a neck breaker.  Cedar Spring Motel’s debut self-titled EP is out now and available on 7 inch vinyl or digitally from their Bandcamp page. Get it!

Cedar Spring Motel – Smoke Break from S/T EP (2016)

A.M. Nice

22 Jun

What a pleasant surprise A.M. Nice’s new release was when I found it in my inbox a week ago or so. The Cincinnati trio’s angular guitars, chunky bass lines and pounding drum blasts throughout their upcoming, self-titled LP, make for one tough as hell release.

Give opening track “Self Mediate” a spin below – it will shred your speakers.

A.M. Nice’s new LP is out on June 24, I highly recommend it. It’s available on CD and vinyl from Phratry Records and their own Bandcamp page. Thanks to Jerry at Phratry for sending the vinyl my way!

A.M. Nice – Self Mediate from S/T (2016)

Used Cassettes

14 Jun

The members of Seoul, Korea’s Used Cassettes hail from all over the map, including Canada, South Africa and Detroit. They have been tearing up the local scene while becoming the first foreign band to be signed to top Korean label, Magic Strawberry Sound.

Their new LP, Rock N Rills is a sun-soaked, guitar-driven blast that’s perfect for sharing with the neighbors as your cruising down the street with the volume cranked to 11. Check out the slower-paced “Ducati” (below) for a taste of what these guys can do.

Rock N Rills is out now and available through iTunes.

Used Cassettes – Ducati from Rock N Rills (2016)

Massenger

5 Jun

Massenger are a 4-piece garage punk outfit out of Ventura, Ca. They play a heavy, fuzzed-out brand of punk rock that’s sure to get the beads of sweat forming on your forehead. Check out the grimey burner “Eego Game” below for a taste.

Their new album, Peeling Out, is available now on vinyl or cassette from Burger Records or digitally from their own Bandcamp page. Enjoy.

Massenger – Eego Game from Peeling Out (2016)

King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard

6 May

Those of you familiar with Australian psych rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard know that they are always pushing the musical envelope. On their 8th album in 4 years, Nonagon Infinity, they are at it again. This time they have created what they are describing a “never-ending album” – with each of the 9 tracks flowing into each other, including track 9 flowing back into track 1.

Putting the “never-ending album” claim to the test over the past weekend, I made Nonagon Infinity my soundtrack for around 15 miles or so of walking, and it is as advertised – seamless.

Nonagon Infinity is a damn fine album, potentially album of the year, packed wall to wall with scuzzy guitars and throbbing bass lines over the top of frenzied double drumming beats.

Nonagon Infinity is available now in all formats via ATO Records and King Gizzard’s Bandcamp page.

Polyon

25 Mar

Washington, DC trio Polyon unleash their brand of 90′s inspired shoegaze meets pummeling indie rock on their newest EP Blue.

Check out the fuzzy, heavy-as-hell title track below for a taste.

Blue is available now on cassette from Funny / Not Funny Records and digitally from Polyon’s Bandcamp page.

Polyon – Blue from Blue EP (2015)

Waveless

8 Mar

Waveless is a three-piece post-punk band out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Their layered, shoegazey, reverbed, noise-rock is hard to beat. Their newest 12″, Spirit Island, is out now through Deranged Records. Check out album opener, ‘My Apathy’ (below) for a taste.

Spirit Island is available to buy digitally or physically from Deranged Records, and is also available through Midheaven.

Waveless – My Apathy from Spirit Island (2016)

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Wahyas

22 Feb

Greensboro, NC duo Wahyas play a sinister style of raunchy, garage-psych that’s hard to top. Their own description, “Evil garage gospel like Johnny & June with less church”, pretty much sums it up.

They just co-released their 7″ single, Third Eye, with Shipwrecked Records and  Six Tonnes De Chair Records. You can get this on vinyl or digitally through Six Tonnes De Chair’s Bandcamp page. You can download this directly from Wahyas’ Bandcamp page as well. Stream this bad boy (below) and get your self a copy on wax before they are gone.

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The Missing Souls

9 Feb

Garage soul stompers The Missing Souls are a 4-piece band out of Lyon, France. Their debut U.S. single features their snarly, lo-if take on two lost gems from the 60′s — Oscar & The Majestics’ “Got To Have Your Lovin’” and Lindy Blaskey & The Lavells’ “You Ain’t Tuff”. Both tracks rule!

Get this bad boy now from Hidden Volume Records. Enjoy.

The Madcaps

27 Jan

I missed on the Madcaps debut self-titled last year, I will not make that same mistake twice. These rockers out of Rennes, France play a sugary sweet brand of fuzzy garage pop tunes that could come off of any of the old Nuggets compilations of psych/garage songs from the 60′s. Their ode to the Taco Truck could be our founder, Sean’s theme song.

Below are two songs for your listening pleasure, “Too Big for Your Boots” from their new album, Hot Sauce, and “Emily Vandelay” from last year’s debut. Both are great examples of what these guys can do.

Hot Sauce is out now on Howlin’ Banana Records. Enjoy.

The Madcaps – Too Big For Your Boots from Hot Sauce (2016)

The Madcaps – Emily Vandelay from S/T (2015)

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