Rock and roll trio The Figgs have released their 12th (!) studio album, On The Slide. Coming just a year after their acclaimed Other Planes Of Here LP, the new album continues the band’s evolution from their origins as amped-up guitar-driven rockers to perfecters of concise cosmic pop. As ever, the band is tight as hell, adorning On The Slide‘s 10 tracks with minimal overdubs – some guitar textures, harmonies, and/or a subtle synthesizer or traditional keyboard part (including some nice solos by recent auxiliary member Ted Collins). “Just The Facts” finds the band at their funkiest, while “Open G Capo Position 3” bears some ’70s prog rock influence (and I mean that in the best possible way). “Connecting Brains” is based on a jagged guitar riff, but still remains mellow; a wholly phased-out jam that sets the tone for the album. The Figgs will tour sporadically through the summer and into fall, so check out dates here. On The Slide is available on CD, limited edition vinyl, and digital download.
blondfire somehow gets better with each release. They’ve just released a new single, and the B side alone is addictive as hell. Definitely more indie pop than anything else, and both songs bear elements of straight rock and that elusive thing once known as alternative. In any case, you’ll hear some killer Edge-guitar-riff homage there along with shades of chilled-out Beck and you’re just gonna love it.
blondfire is mainly Erica Driscoll, working most frequently in tandem with producer Wally Gagel, and the new single is “Pleasure” (b/w “Domino”). With only 500 copies pressed, this is sure to sell out soon, so grab it while you can. You can hear both songs in advance below. Buy the vinyl here.
The great Late Cambrian continue their journey down the electroad with their mesmerizing track “Thanks For Your Time,” the third single from their forthcoming EP. Kicking off with a riff straight out of a ’70s TV cop drama, the track then fuzzes and buzzes its way on a slow roll through the following decade, picking up elements from the best of ’80s radio pop. A “Thriller” bass line here, a U2 melody there, a Human League synth punching through… and it all resolves in a distinctly Late Cambrian chorus.
On the OurStage on Amazing Radio show back in March, we played a new track from Carlos Ferragamo called “The Appetizer,” an appropriately delicious, bite-sized track. Now, we’ve got an accompanying video to enhance your first course. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s full of Ferragamo’s charisma, and like any good appetizer, only makes you want more. This track is part of the collection ULL Vol. 4, and Ferragamo’s latest EP, out now, is called Jabs.
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, 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 listen now.
We forgot how much we liked eclectic neo-folk band The Ragbirds when we first heard them years ago on OurStage. It was a nice surprise to see their new video debut today on AXS-TV. Directed by frontwoman Erin Zindle, the video for “Breakdown,” from their new album The Threshold & The Hearth, has a lush, international flair that matches the music perfectly. Hard to believe, but this is the band’s first ever video. Zindle discusses the album and video in a detailed interview with AXS, and you can watch the video below.