The good people of Late Cambrian have released a video for their latest single “Dark Heart (Where Can We Go Now?).” It’s creepy as hell, but also a bit tongue-in-cheek, and adorned with surreal scenes. The song is a delicious slice of electro pop, with Late Cambrian moving away slightly from the crunchy and/or jangly guitar-driven pop that marked most of the music on 2014’s Golden Time LP.
Tyler Bryant and his incredible band The Shakedown have been busy spreading their brand of updated, blues-heavy rock and roll in the couple of years since they appeared as the OurStage spotlight band on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Now they’re back with a new release that marks a kind of shift in creative direction. Produced by Vance Powell (Jack White, Seasick Steve), the six-song EP The Wayside finds the band expanding further out from traditional blues rock (though fans of Bryant’s and 2nd guitarist Graham Whitford‘s dazzling guitar work should not be disappointed here) into what sounds a lot more like the kind of stoner rock purveyed by Queens Of The Stone Age, et al., while remaining rooted to the ’70s southern rock giants that are clearly close to their hearts. Atmospherics and texture are a primary focus here, and the band is clearly thoughtful about their approach to each song. Every track here has a different vibe, from instrumentation to production style to Bryant’s vocal technique. The singer has found the sweet spot that does not require him to reach for barrel-chested soul belting – he just doesn’t have that kind of voice. Instead, the songs here allow him to explore more subtle turns of phrase and melodic intricacies that will keep your ears glued to this release. When the band delivers their take on the classic “Mojo Workin,” this is most apparent. On a song that could easily, and surely pleasantly enough, be a vehicle for some slick guitar work and big yelping (as it has for a generation of early rock artists), Bryant instead eases back into the music to create a solid and more subtle slab of fuzz rock. Can’t wait to see these guys live again.
The Wayside is now streaming on Spotify: http://republicrec.co/TheWaysideEPSP
Haster, recently signed to Musicarchy Media for their new album The Current Sea, have announced a series of tour dates in the Western U.S. to support the album’s first single “The Unscene.” The heavy duty Huntington Beach CA band will hit cities in Washington, Oregon, and Nevada, in addition to California, over the next few weeks, and will release the new LP on January 29th. See the dates and check out the new single below.
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 from the UK to hundreds of thousands of music fans, both on terrestrial radio in the UK and online around the world. Last month’s show is streaming now. Below are the top five that you’ll hear on this month’s show, but you can preview them now by clicking here for a playlist.
“Falling For Your Everything” by The Chance
“A Love Quite Like Yours” by Derren Raser
“Creatures” by Soapbox Army
“What’s Good” by Axcess ft. Maskerade
“Dance With Me In The Starlight” by Mark Barnes
Chiptune maestros I Fight Dragons, who previously won our MTV ‘Needle In The Haystack’ search, as well as our ‘VMA Best Breakout – Chicago’ with their song “Heads Up, Hearts Down,” are heading out on tour this fall and have added new dates. You won’t find a band doing chiptune with original pop songs this fantastic. Catch them if you can. Click the image below for more info.
In the great tradition of fuzzed out riffage from the UK comes Birmingham’s The Rimes. Though officially out next month, you can get a preview of the quartet’s new single “Avalanche” (b/w the excellent “Need Your Love”), which describes, both lyrically and musically, the decidedly violent smashing together of two persons – commonly referred to as “love.”
One of the best amp’d up yet chilled out retro garage surf rock bands in America is giving away free downloads of their latest EP. The Wallies, who released the Vanilla Sex EP back in April, have teamed with Noisetrade to offer the downloads in exchange for nothing more than a valid email address. Take advantage right here.
California hard rockers Haster have signed to Musicarchy Media for the worldwide release of their second album, The Current Sea.
After launching a campaign on Kickstarter – where they had great success funding their first album – the band was approached by the London-based entertainment company Musicarchy, who were impressed by the band’s sound, their rapidly growing fanbase, and their recent recognition at the OC Music Awards and Artist In Music Awards.
The Kickstarter is still going, and every dollar helps the band get their music to a larger audience. Check out their video for “Within These Walls” from earlier this year.
Another dazzling new video from Kat Robichaud and the Darling Misfits, “The Apple Pie and The Knife” is from her recent self-titled LP (which we reviewed here). The song and video are both intended to stand against the slut shaming of women, especially by other women, and they hit the mark brilliantly. “You call me a whore because I’m not a man…You want the apple pie, but I’m the knife too sharp to swallow.” It’s so good.
Filmed by the same creative team (and apparently in the same session) that produced Kat’s last video, “Why Do You love Me Now,” this one shares some aesthetics with the earlier video but has a completely different energy. Watch it here:
Darlingside is bringing their ethereal indie folk westward for a tour in advance of their new album, which is due September 18th. The album will be titled Birds Say and it’s the band’s second studio effort, following 2012’s Pilot Machines and last year’s split EP (with Heather Maloney) concert LP Live At The Loft, recorded in Portsmouth, NH. After the release, the band will be back on the East Coast for another run that will last through October and will see the band opening for the great Patty Griffin. See the full itinerary here.
The band released a trailer for the new album, featuring enough lovely footage from their recording sessions to mesmerize a studio geek such as myself.
Here’s the full version of the song featured in the trailer, released just yesterday: