Leitbur is an unsigned synthpop boy/girl duo Jaron Widman and Samantha Krzyston. Solid Ground is about an event that happened years ago in Jaron’s life. With no cell phone, on his way from Seattle to Los Angeles, driving alone at night on the long stretch of empty interstate in northern California, his car broke down and he had to hitchhike with a trucker into the next town. It acts as a metaphor for revelations years later — the search for stability, the weight of self-imposed isolation, and the struggle to accept yourself after you’ve made too many tumultuous life decisions.
Glasgow Scotland’s THE VAN T’s have returned with their excellent surf-rock stylings via the new EP “A Coming of Age”, the stunning sound first showcased via their 2015 EP Laguna Babe. Starting their songwriting career at seventeen, twin sisters Hannah (guitar, vocals) and Chloe Van Thompson (guitar, vocals) decided to start a band shortly after playing around Scotland and quickly added a bass and drummer to the mix. Taking inspiration from band’s such as the B52’s, Veruca Salt, Smashing Pumpkins and Le Butcherettes, The Van T”s have created a contemporary, scuzz-filled record that also has an endearing raw quality pouring out from every note.
A Coming of Age by The Van T’s is officially released on 10th June 2016 via Bloc+Music.
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Plastic Flowers is a dream pop band from London, UK, formed in late 2011 by multi-instrumentalist George Samaras. During his college years in Thessaloniki he begun recording under the name Plastic Flowers and quickly released a series of EP’s and singles that received praise for their lo-fi feeling and warmth. The hazy atmosphere created with the heavy use of soft guitars and multilayered synth patterns are some of the main characteristics of Plastic Flowers’ sound.
After a prolonged period of writing and experimentation, his second full length album entitled “Heavenly” was released last week on April 22nd through The Native Sound. Today’s excellent featured track actually comes from two-track single “Fog Song / Silence” released in June 2013. Check it out and the other links below to stay up to date with his most recent offerings.Fog Song by Plastic Flowers is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) License Fog Song HypeMachine
Produced by Dan Austin (Doves, Pixies), Shark is another step forward for the blossoming North East indie quartet, showing a heavier side than previous single Vice, whilst still packing the same punch and groove. [via Super Cat PR]
Daily Misconceptions is João Santos, namely his electronic musical project based out of Lisboa, Portugal focusing on homemade electronic beats, glitchy pop like melodies, lo-fi singing and expanded cinema as a live canvas.
Since the beginning Daily Misconceptions has counted with the support of illustrators, designers, musicians and visual artists who participate with their skills and exceptional work. Performing live he’s joined by the visual artist Sara Esteves in order to adapt a concert into an audiovisual show. Daily Misconceptions thus becomes a duo, from which a symbiotic relationship is born. Live, the organic textures with undefined colorations become unpredictable landscapes. [via bio]
Today’s outstanding feature was beautifully supplemented by Manuel Bogalheiro, or Mr. Herbert Quain, of Peraboa, Portugal – officially arriving via the Insomnia Trap (single), released March 10, 2016.Insomnia Trap (Mr. Herbert Quain ‘Pale Sky Reconstitution’) by Daily Misconceptions is licensed under a
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The three song Menthol EP was released on February 14th of this year, a nice dose of punk rock out of Bordeaux France for this fine Saturday, reminding me of a few classic SF bay area bands of old. The EP, which was issued as a free download, was put out by DV’s records out of Talence France and has been issued earlier on a few releases including the 2011 label compilation, “DV’s Anthems Vol 3 “.Menthol Masturbation by Mr Moustache is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) License Menthol Masturbation HypeMachine
Neighbourhoods was written during a series of pre-production sessions in Gold Coast, Australia, during which FAIRCHILD worked individually and in small groups to trade instruments, mix sounds and experiment with song ideas. Throughout this exacting four-month period of brainstorming, the band began to recognize parallels between their recordings and the songs they’d always loved. Channeling the restless groove-ability of Talking Heads and the dance floor sensibilities of INXS, Neighbourhoods is a worthy inclusion to FAIRCHILD’s recent stream of 1980s musical praises. [via Super Cat PR]
Los Angeles indie rock band MASSAGE released their promising four song debut via the “Lydia EP” this past February 16th. Today’s feature “Breaking Up” is the lead-off track, an exceptional song bookending the songs along with our other favorite and the EP’s namesake, “Lydia“.
Massage is: Andrew Romanom, Alex Naidus, Michael Felix, David Rager, Gabi Ferrer
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With nods to the likes of Interpol, Torches and Tears For Fears – indicative of the scope at play here – the new release confirms their status as one of the most exciting bands emerging from a northern city in rude aural health right now, bringing influences from electronica to post punk and psychedelia into the melting pot, winding up with something somehow familiar yet unarguably original.
With a UK tour underway and further new material in the pipeline, the five-piece are set for a busy few months with focus on the band sure to intensify. [via Super Cat PR]
Seattle singer-songwriter Pierce has teamed up with Billy Thompson (also supplying vocals) for the excellent track ‘If I Were You‘ taken from his newest three-track EP ‘Real Faker‘. The EP was released this past year on Sept 11 and was recorded in Seattle and mixed out in Nashville. Cover Art is by Michael Ahmann
More of Pierce’s releases can be found via his BC page below and for streaming through his Soundcloud site.
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Following on from the acclaimed singles ‘To Be Young’ and ‘Radio Silence’ Portsmouth 5-piece Kassassin Street unveil their politically charged first single of 2016, ‘Hand in My Pocket’- three minutes and fifteen seconds of punchy psych-pop ruminating on social injustice in a UK society under austerity.
The band are looking to build on the name they made for themselves in 2015, when they played a full summer of festivals, including appearances at Secret Garden Party, Bestival, Blissfelds, Y Not, Great Escape, Beatherder and Isle of Wight, as well as a hometown slot at Victorious Festival which drew a crowd of 3000 people.
An autumn tour also went very well, selling out venues in Brighton, Stoke and Leeds and culminated in selling 500 tickets for a hometown show at the Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth. [via Super Cat PR]
Leeds, UK label Sad Sack Records released a 10-track compilation [‘I Was a Teenage Sadsack’] last June 5th featuring new or previously unreleased tracks from some of the label’s favorite bands of 2015. Today’s feature here at the Daily Dose is one of the tracks by Leeds band FRONTWARDS, whose contribution to the release is the excellent track ‘Speechless’.
A compilation cassette, which was initially limited to 100 copies available still appears to be available through the BC site below. The label also released a free 4-track EP named ‘Peachy Keen’ for Record Store Day last year which you can also grab there, again featuring another good track by Frontwards.Speechless HypeMachine
“Currently, the group is recording an additional track titled “Even Close” as follow up to the “Breathe” single release and do look forward to release them during the following months. Jean Cabbie & The Secret Admirer Society is comprised of Jean Cabbie (Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Eric Cabrer (Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals), Jacob Rodriguez (Bass/Backing Vocals) and Marcos Rivera (Drums).” [from official bio]
Baltimore-DC based group AMFMS have just finished a successful tour to SXSW and are now gearing up for their next big event, the Firefly Musical Festival, which takes them into two days of perfomances in Dover, Delaware on the same lineup with Kings Of Leon, Mumford and Sons, Tame Impala, Death Cab for Cutie and many many more. For all the details of this event that starts off Summer in mid-June, head on over to https://fireflyfestival.com/lineup/
Today’s feature comes from the excellent new four song Captives EP which you can pick up at their store link below. The band has recently promised an upcoming free download of their Pabst Blue Ribbon SXSW HotelVegas session when it is released so keep checking back at their FB page as well.Black Rabbit HypeMachine
Bayonne is an electronic project from inspiring musician Roger Sellers, based out of Austin, Texas. Today’s feature is the excellent track ‘Spectrolite‘ which is the first single from Bayonne’s debut album ‘Primitives‘, out officially as of March 25th on Mom+Pop (US) and May 13th on Spunk (AUS).
The April tour is currently going strong, with a date this evening in Canada followed by dates with Small Black across the US!
4/12 Montreal, QC – Le Divan Orange
4/13 Allston, MA – Great Scott
4/15 Philadelphia, PA – Coda *
4/16 Washington, DC – Rock And Roll Hotel *
4/18 Asheville, NC – The Mothlight *
4/19 Birmingham, AL – Saturn Birmingham *
4/20 Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder *
4/21 Nashville, TN – The High Watt *
4/23 Norman, OK – Norman Music Festival
4/25 St. Louis, MO – The Firebird *
4/26 Bloomington, IN – The Bishop *
4/30 Austin, TX – LEVITATION
*supporting Small Black
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The Plates is a Denver based Punk/Reggae band featuring original Samples drummer Jeep Macnichol , original Heavyweight Dub Champion frontman Stero Lion, and Kingston Jamaica bassist Ian Anderson. You may remember our feature of the single “Boom Boom Rockers” from their first release, as well as previous features from Jeep’s project, Mr. Anonymous. The newest single “Riot Squad” is available as a free download with a alternative version over at their website below along with videos and links to their previous releases.
“Earth Moon Version” is their 2nd album and showcases rawness, experimentalism, and lo-fi sensibilty in delivering a Punkish Reggae psychedelic attitude. Recorded at The Blasting Room studio(owned by Bill Stevenson from Black Flag and The Descendants), this album was recorded in a month and captures a fire and unpolished tone inspired by Who drummer Keith Moon. The lyrics offer social and political commentary with grooves riding a high energy mix of bashing and melody. If you like the English Beat or first couple Police albums along with 70’s style Jamaican dancehall artists like Iroy and Dillinger, you will fully enjoy the vibe of “Earth Moon Version”Riot Squad HypeMachine