Detroit 4-piece Protomartyr’s sophomore release, Under Color of Official Right, and first with Hardly Art is an indie rock meets punk rock meets post punk hybrid of stabbing, angular guitars and bludgeoning drums. 14 tracks blasted through in 34 minutes definitely leaves you wanting for more.
I slept on this release for months. Don’t make the same mistake as I did, check these guys out now!
Protomartyr – Scum, Rise! from Under Color of Official Right (2014)
Protomartyr – Come & See from Under Color of Official Right (2014)
Dragster is a speaker-melting garage rock band out of Rennes, France. Their style is fierce and grimey- somewhat similar to Thee Oh Sees. Check out the fuzzy, distorted, burner “Lou l’Enfer Chasseur De Dragons” from their new EP, Ganja War, below. The Ganja War EP is available now on cassette from Six Tonnes De Chair Records or digitally from Dragster’s Bandcamp page.
Dragster – Lou l’Enfer Chasseur De Dragons from Ganja War EP (2014)
Louisville, Kentucky’s trio of face melters, White Reaper, are about to drop their debut EP with Polyvinyl Records (out on June 24). This self-titled EP is 6 songs of rowdy punk rock sure to make any fans of Ty Segall and Thee Oh Sees sit up and take notice. Check out burner “Funn” below then head over to Polyvinyl’s site and click “buy”. Who knows you may even get a delicious Airheads® in your package.
White Reaper – Funn from S/T (2014)
Los Dos Hermanos is a two-piece garage rock band out of Bordeaux, France. Their mix of 60′s style garage, surf guitar and echoey vocals (played in a face melting “Thee Oh Sees”-esque style) makes their new single Alienor a must listen for any fan of this style of music or any kind of rock ‘n’ roll. Alienor is available to purchase from their Bandcamp page or as a 7″ from Six Tonnes De Chair which includes an awesome Ty Segall cover medley on the B-side.
Special thanks to Jason at 7 Inches blog for introducing these guys to me.
Los Dos Hermanos – Alienor [MP3] from Alienor single (2014)
Here are 15 tracks that are sure to meet your fancy. Featuring hits from Monster Rally, The Chemical Brothers, Black Lips, The Hold Steady, Pixies, La Luz, Bill Callahan, First Base, The Limiñanas, The Velvet Underground, Epicycle, Troubadour Dali, The Undertones and Elvis Perkins In Dearland. Enjoy.
With 12 songs in roughly 26 minutes, songs about girls and more songs about girls, Toronto’s First Base are a pop punk band in every way. After releasing several singles and EPs over the past few years, First Base has finally released their debut self-titled LP with Hozac Records. Check out “You Can Come Over” (below), it’s pure teeth rotting candy for your ears. Snag yourself a copy now. Enjoy.
First Base – You Can Come Over from S/T (2013)
The dense, lo-fi, garage rock of Chicago’s Heavy Times has had me captivated for the past several days. Their recently released 3rd LP, Fix It Alone out on Hozac Records, is an 18 songs in 33 minutes frenzy of jangly garage rock, heavy fuzzed-out lo-fi and in your face punk rock that will leave you exhausted and wanting more. Check out the :41 second blast of “Future Creeps” along with the fuzzed out “In My Sleep” below, both songs are killer and represent the album well. Head over to Hozac’s site and snag you a copy before they are gone, I highly recommend it. Enjoy.
Heavy Times – Future Creeps from Fix It Alone (2013)
Heavy Times – In My Sleep from Fix It Alone (2013)
North Carolina’s all female garage punk band Barren Girls formed back in 2011. After catching the eyes and ears of Merge Records at a show back in September, they recorded this 4-song EP in their cotton mill practice space. The EP blows by at pretty scorching speeds, with only one song clocking in at over 3 minutes. Alter Ego (below) is the shortest song on the EP, it’s also the most powerful. It’s short blast of strained vocals and hi-energy music sounds like the bands rhythm section is in an all-out race to the finish with guitarist/vocalist Carla Wolff. You will definitely need to catch your breath when it’s over. Enjoy.
Barren Girls – Alter Ego from S/T EP (2013)
Orange County’s The Lovely Bad Things are right up my alley. They play infectious, hook-driven garage rock, sounding like a mixture of The Soviettes, Pretty Girls Make Graves and The Pixies. They also appeal to the geek in me by referencing Star Wars and Macho Man Randy Savage on three of their song titles. They even have an image of Bigfoot on the album cover.
The Pixies influence is strong on “Fried Eyes” (below) with spoken-word vocals and the laid-back, Kim Deal bass line. “Hear or Anywhere” (also below) the opening track from their new album, The Late Great Whatever, starts the album off right with sugar-sweet female vocals and pounding drums. The Late Great Whatever is out now on Volcom. For all of the analog lovers out there you can get this on cassette as well from Burger Records.
The Lovely Bad Things – Fried Eyes from The Late Great Whatever (2013)
The Lovely Bad Things – Hear or Anywhere from The Late Great Whatever (2013)