Some bands are just Clay bands, whether or not he posts them. Upon first listening to The Asteroid #4, I catch that British re-invasion vibe that make Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Brian Jonestown Massacre, and the Lilys all Clay bands as well. In fact, Lilys frontman and fellow Philly Kurt Heasley produced The Asteroid #4’s first two releases. So, with all this said, I feel a little weird invoking Clay’s rep without getting his take first. So, Clay, what do you say? The A4, yay or nay?
When I lived in San Francisco, I worked for a company whose founders were from Melbourne, a city they often called â€œAustraliaâ€™s San Franciscoâ€ for its artistic community and hipster quotient. It makes sense, then, that the Morning After Girls, whose delicious guitar psychedelia sounds perfect on a podcast next to San Franâ€™s Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, would hail from Melbourne. They are too cool for school, no doubt, but with the Cobain-esque wail of â€œHigh Skiesâ€ and the Ride-esque riffs of â€œStraight Thru You,â€ they make school seem way less than cool anyway.
Heavy on harmonies and trippy licks, The Waxwings pay more homage to British psych pop than to their Detroit garage rock forebears. Who cares, so long as it feels good, right?
Each of these harmony-drenched psychedelic pop romps tells a chapter in the story of a fictional character named Silas. Does that make it sound any sweeter? Not really, but it’ll give you something to talk about as you play this for friends.