Even before the departure of banjo and harp player Craig Struble, Bronze Radio Return had been shifting from barn-stomping roots music to a more modern pop aesthetic. Their new single, “Ready To Go” finds them comfortable and confident in that arena, their songwriting chops at peak form, with a radio-ready sheen that remains relatively organic, recalling some of the best of The Shins. Analog synths and tight, dry drums carry clean guitars and the band’s trademark harmonies over a great melody. Not a surprise, then, that banjo and harp might be superfluous to the production.
Every month, the OurStage community (that’s you) listens and ranks the songs competing on OurStage.com. Once those songs get to the Finals stage, five grand prize winners are selected. Those winners get featured on the ‘OurStage on Amazing Radio’ show, broadcast to hundreds of thousands of music fans around the world. Last month’s show is streaming now. Below are the top five that you’ll hear on this month’s show, along with other favorites from the charts.
Dallas TX-based singer Larry g(EE), who earned the opportunity on OurStage to appear as the musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2012, is back with a brand new single, “Losing You.” After a few tumultuous years, during which he signed to a boutique label with a major distribution deal (ADA/Warner), only to see the label collapse amidst accusations of mismanagement and bad faith, Larry g(EE) did the only thing he could − get back to making music. In this case, however, he took the unforeseen misfortune and turned into an opportunity to shift directions, reevaluating his sound and ultimately trading the high-energy, anthemic soul/rock that had been his trademark for a pop/R&B vibe. That sound is apparent on the new single, which also marks a lyrical shift, finding the singer getting introspective and touching on a wounded past that informs the dissolution of a love affair. Listen below:
The House of Jed, aka Jarrod Gollihare (formerly of Admiral Twin), has been supplying us with a steady drip of concise pop gems for a few years, all written, performed, and recorded by the singer and multi-instrumentalist in the comfort of his home studio (click here to read more about his creative process). These songs are usually quick and unsettling vignettes about strange characters against the backdrop of otherwise ordinary life.
Witness Annabel, a monster, and antagonist of “You’re A Monster, Annabel.” To be honest, I’m not sure exactly what emotional horrors are perpetrated upon our narrator, but clearly he just wants to talk to Annabel, and she is not really there. As the song comes to a close, our hero, abandoned by the music, seems to meet an abrupt end, in one way or another. Check it out:
Jesse Terry has delivered a cover of the Johnny Cash classic “Ring Of Fire,” putting a slow roll Americana spin on it, complete with prominent mandolin, a baritone guitar solo, and some beautiful three part harmonies, courtesy of Lizanne Knott and Michael Logan. The three with join forces again on a tour that hits the UK for most of October. Terry will briefly be on the U.S. East Coast just before and after the overseas dates. See the full list of tour dates with ticket links here.
The Wallies have returned with their rollicking, drawling, punch-drunk, fuzzed-out, catchy-as-hell, pure rock and roll on a new LP called Things I’ll Never Tell Anyone. In fact, hard as it is for this writer to believe, this is their debut LP. After all, the band has been kicking around for a few years, steadily dropping a stream of impressive covers, singles, EPs, and videos. All of the promise of those releases is wrapped up in Things I’ll Never Tell Anyone, with the high/low contrast between the music and the vocal delivery, the disaffected romanticism of the lyrics, the surf-pop elements, the modern indie rock aesthetic inside the Wallies’ overall vintage vibe. This is great stuff.
Get the full album here: