Goodman had the following to say of the album: “I wanted the new La Sera record to sound like Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag. I didn’t want it to be another record of me sad, alone in my room. I wanted to have fun playing music and writing songs with a band. We started playing faster, louder and more aggressively,” Goodman says. “I wanted to get that energy onto the album.”
In the summer of 2013, the group decamped to a sweltering studio in East Los Angeles with engineer Joel Jerome and banged out the ten songs that would become Hour of the Dawn “We wanted to make a classic American record,” Wisenbaker says. “The album was inspired by a lot of bands: The Pretenders, Minor Threat, X, The Smiths, The Cars and more.”
The new album arrives May 13th, 2014 on Hardly Art records.
[via Hardly Art/Force Field]Download Losing to the Dark
Track one off the new full length record, Tracts.
“Equals’ music is dramatic, yet joyous and playful. The songs may sound simple at first, but complexity shines through after careful listening. Every song is meticulously arranged by bassist Alex Guzman, drummer Matt Toman, keyboardist Logan Wexler and guitarists Dylan Storey and Simon McDonald. Each part of every song — from the angular pulsing rhythms to the crisp, eclectic samples — has a purpose. The organic elements interweave with the synthetic elements, providing texture and layers that are extremely difficult to pull off live. Click tracks be damned, they fearlessly recreate multi-layered loops and samples, gracefully operating on the bleak notion that one wrong move can end a song in failure. Equals executes flawlessly, with character behind every note.” [Bio via US/THEM]
From the 2008 mini-album ‘In Today Already Walks Tomorrow’ by sleepmakeswaves. Re-issued 2014 by Monotreme Records on vinyl, CD and digital formats.
sleepmakeswaves‘ 2008 debut album was the first glimpse of the Australian band on the global stage. Previously only available digitally and as a limited import CD outside of Australia, the album will be re-issued worldwide (excluding Australia and New Zealand) on Monotreme Records, and will be available here.
17/04/14 Belgium Hasselt – Muziek O Droom
18/04/14 Switzerland Bulle – Ebulition
19/04/14 Belgium Zottegem – Dunk! Festival
20/04/14 Switzerland Geneva – Graviere
22/04/14 Spain Barcelona – Razzmatazz
23/04/14 Spain Madrid – Moby Dick
24/04/14 France Clermont-Ferrand – La Coopérative de mai
26/04/14 France Dunkerque – 4 Ecluses
27/04/14 Germany Karlsruhe – Jubez
30/04/14 Sweden Gothenburg – Fangelsets
01/05/14 Sweden Orebro – Slöjdgatan
05/05/14 Poland Wroclaw – Klub Hydrozagadka
06/05/14 Hungary Budapest – Durer Kert
07/05/14 Czech Republic Praha – NoD Theater
08/05/14 Germany Stuttgart – Juha West
09/04/14 Germany Hannover – Cafe Glocksee
10/05/14 UK London – Beyond the Redshift Festival
Born from the partnership between two tour technicians, Scary People had only one week to form a band and rehearse a set before their first gig at a sold out show in Dundee. Rising to the task, Dan Forouhar (guitar/vocals) and Scott Anderson (drums) called upon close friends, Steven Anderson (guitar/vocals), Jamie Brown (bass) and Troy Lynch (guitar), to join them to prepare for a show that would immediately gain them an impressive crowd response and, since then, a dedicated following. Having recorded and produced both EPs independently, Scary People maintain their fiercely independent and strictly DIY ethic towards all of their creative outlets; including promoting their own shows, directing their own videos and printing their merchandise by hand.
The EP leadoff track Chicago! is a needed shot of energy to fire off the weekend, reminding me at times of other greats bands in the vein of Sparta/At the Drive In when they first started off. We hope you enjoy and please check out a few of their social links below.
[via A Badge of Friendship]Download Chicago!
Strugglin’ is the first single from the debut I Am The Albatross EP.
From Austin, TX, and in the tradition of ‘Keeping Austin Weird’, I Am The Albatross combines the backwoods mysticism of old-time American folk songs with the savage spirit of rock, punk and psychedelic noise. The band’s brand of storytelling takes listeners through smoky terrain where tranquil rivers bleed out onto the shores of scorching deserts. It’s a stirring concoction of music that defines an alternate America with a strange dream landscape, forever out of place.
They describe their music as “Heavy Americana, Western Psychedelic, Gothic Folk, Rock n’ Roll”
Released by Fountain Pop Records on the 4th of March, Canada’s PAPER LIONS are back with a free EP called ‘Acquaintances’ featuring two remixes of the track ‘My Friend’ by Whaleskin and a timely remix by Austin’s own, The Octopus Project.
For those at SXSW ’14, the band will be playing at:
Wednesday, March 12 Austin, TX @ Tiniest Bar in Texas – 3:00 PM
Friday, March 14 Austin, TX @ Friends Bar (MROC Party) – 2:15 PM
Friday, March 14 Austin, TX @ Peelaander Fest – 12:35PM
Saturday, March 15 Austin, TX @ Friends Bar – 9:00PM
Heaven or Farewell is the latest single off of the upcoming album INSURGENTS. This song is a throwback to the early days of Work Drugs when they were starting off as the official house band for Club MTV.
Check out Work Drugs on tour this April.
11April2014 – Boot and Saddle, Philadelphia, PA
12April2014 – Union Pool, Brooklyn, NY
16April2014 – Bug Jar, Rochester, NY
17April2014 – Rumba, Columbus, OH
18April2014 – Underground Lounge, Chicago, IL
19April2014 – The Basement, Nashville, TN
Stream the new Work Drugs album for free on Bandcamp
New York space-pop band The Landing recently released “Anxieties” the video, a celebration of movement, unity and the human condition. Shedding light on the inspiration for the song and video, The Landing provides the following:
“The laws of this Universe mandate our existence, making Us not only a symptom of reality but also an obligation of the Cosmos. We are what this Universe does. As we inherit this grave responsibility, we also must take time to celebrate ourselves … sometimes irresponsibly.”
Directed by Alexander Koht
Choreography by Izzy Man and Vivake Khamsingsavath
[via Banter]Download Anxieties
Daniel Riddle started recording, performing and producing music under the name King Black Acid from a very early age. The first set of bedroom studio recordings were released in the late 1980′s. Each album is a different sound and often different musicians joining him in the studio and on the stage. Over the years he’s played with a wide range of musicians, and contributes to a vast number of projects. Check out his full Bio at SoundCloud.
King Black Acid is currently working on a new album with a radically different sound that ventures deep into the dream life of each song.
The Walton Hoax recently released a stunning official remix of the new single by Oxford’s own Pixel Fix, in conjunction with the release of their brand new EP “Fall EP” which just dropped on Feb. 24th.
This track is described as “having a vintage retro sound, that reincarnates the soul of the 90′s into a modern day production, but with the warm analog glow of a Polaroid. It has a very real organic grain. In terms of genre, it’s in the area of ‘Post Dubstep,’ ‘Shoegaze’ and ‘Future Garage’, for fans of artists like James Blake, Bonobo or Mount Kimbie.”
This sweet remix is up for free download, part of a compilation called “Milestones”. More information can be found at both artists sites below.Download Fall (The Walton Hoax remix)
Pixel Fix – Fall (The Walton Hoax Remix) [Free Download] by The Walton Hoax is licensed under a Creative Commons License.
Newcastle, UK indie folk artist SUNTRAPP [Jake Houlsby] is back with his second single as of February 17th, following last year’s release of “All the Seas”. This single “New Morning” brings up the old idiom, Face Your Demons, and delivers a song to help you leave all your insecurities, worries, and troubles in the dust.
The song brings back a flood of old personal memories filled with sun-drenched and Beatles-stocked trips to Texas in the old VW bus as a child, being driven for days across the arid Arizona and New Mexico desert plains. The warm and rich vocals definitely take you to that place where Sgt. Pepper once trod and to better times long since past.
“Don’t just dream and never turn the wheel. Take back what you’ve lost.”Download New Morning
We Have Arrived is the band’s second single off their new EP, Sons & Daughters that’s due out April 8, 2014.
“Brooklyn-based alternative rockers All Forces use their sonic artillery to blast you into the shoegaze stratosphere. Johnnie Wang Morlock (guitar, vox), Norman Vino (guitar, vox), Gizella Otterson (bass), and T Almy (drums, vox) have been brewing this new release since Winter 2012.” [via EI PR]
We recently stumbled across another excellent find from the voices out on Twitter, our occasional go-to spot over the last six or so years to find great music that people are getting fired up about. Today’s social gushing revolves around The Ambulars, a three piece power pop/punk band originally from the Washington DC area, now based out of Philadelphia.
We love instrumentation ala Superchunk, Becky Sharp, Ben Deily-era Lemonheads, Dinosaur Jr and more, so naturally gravitated toward the welcoming sounds on The Ambulars first full length LP – “Dreamers Asleep at the Wheel”, originally released in October of 2012 on Salinas Records.Download We’re Golden
We sit up and listen when a band draws comparisons to Frank Zappa. So here is a second track from Mount Pressmore. The Austin-based band’s debut album Enjoy is out now on the band’s own Pressmore Records.
Macnichol kicked off his music career as the original drummer for Colorado based band, The Samples (1987-1997). After a decade, he left the band and created “Mr. Anonymous” (2003-Present), releasing Dancehall/Dub flavored albums with singers from Jamaica and the UK.
Stero Lion, born of Jamaican and Trinidadian parents, grew up in England until the age of 11 when he moved to the Bronx New York. His music began with toasting on various local Sound Systems. After moving to Denver in his 20′s, Stero held the resident Reggae Dj chair at 1190 AM radio in Boulder, Colorado. In 2000, he joined Heavyweight Dub Champion as a vocalist and frontman until 2007. The next year brought the release of a solo debut EP entitled “Lion Paw” on Mercury Sauce Records.Download Boom Boom Rockers
Starar, the sibling songwriting duo, Jenna and Steven Starar, from Lincolnshire & London UK, have released Unbelievable as a free download. Founded in 2009, the two have released many albums and EPs over the years, head over to the Music Page on their site for Discography.
Amanda Norman and Stacey Cicivelli, life-long friends and musical partners, have survived various incarnations of various bands long enough to hone the sound they feel in their hearts and feet to a sharp point. Luckily, drummer Frank Morda (Ceres) and bass player/producer Ben McCarthy (Washington, Kate Miller-Heidke, Gin Wigmore) share the feeling.
All four have been seized by a passion to front the SANS intense indie pop sound, unashamedly fun with no hangups about late 80s pop pretensions, nor bleeding eardrums, nor requests from listeners to ‘slow down’.
Proud children of the Melbourne indie scene, Amanda and Stacey met sometime in the distant mists of high school. Song after song emerged from old acoustic guitars, crappy synths, plastic drums; then onto beat up laptops and terrible amps. Happy now in the grownup world (with the occasional loving screaming match), they took to the stages. Along the way, Frank Morda entered their orbit, and stayed for the ride. It took a chance listen on Unearthed by producer Ben McCarthy to complete the line-up – he liked their sound so much, he recorded their next EP, then asked to join the band. SANS time.
Currently jumping live all over Melbourne, SANS recorded their debut EP at the end of 2013 at the prestigious Sing Sing South studio, and the first single from it hits the airwaves (well, the internet) 6th of Feb, 2014 – ‘BLUEBIRD’. Pedal to the floor, shiny and shimmery, melodies with not a single note out of place.
‘Bluebird’ is the perfect track for summer [in Australia], with the full debut EP from SANS to be released mid-April.
Overlake was formed in Jersey City, NJ by Tom Barrett and Lysa Opfer, who found a shared love of 80′s & 90′s alternative and indie rock while performing in another band. “We would stay late after practices,” said Lysa, “Tom on drums and me on a Rhodes, sometimes even switching up the instrumentation, and just pound out really cool, long, melodic noise jams, reminiscent of our influences. It was a lot of fun.”
Eventually these late-night jams paved the way for the beginnings of Overlake, which officially began in an hourly studio in Jersey City about a year later. “You can definitely hear the influences in our sound,” said Tom, who calls My Bloody Valentine, Pavement, and Sonic Youth among Overlake’s major inspirations, “but we have made it very personal. It’s like a fluffy jackhammer in your eardrum.”
They’ve since recorded their first album, “Sighs”, scheduled for release in Spring 2014, and have been busy honing their live sound, which came with its own unique challenges. “People have compared us to Spinal Tap because of all the drummers we’ve gone through,” said Lysa, “except our drummers don’t explode. They just kind of go back to their families.”
Overlake has recently recruited drummer Scotty Imp (formerly of The Imps) and will be hitting the road on several weekend jaunts through February and will then embark on a 10-day tour down to SXSW (with friends Stuyvesant), leading up to the release of “Sighs” on April 15.
[via Team Clermont]Download Disappearing
Everyone Is Dirty just released their second single and video on Breakup Records via BandCamp on February 14th. Dirtbag Side-Effect, the band’s sophomore single, is accompanied by another killer video, which was filmed entirely on iPhones. Their full-length album will be out in April. [via Breakup Records]
Just a quick update on what we’re planning for the Main Insomnia Radio Show
The Daily Dose has been going from strength to strength over the four and a half years since we decided to make it truly Daily in April 2008. Well over 2,000 free MP3 downloads since then. But the Dose doesn’t allow us to feature all the great independent music we are sent, which deserves to be heard.
So. We’ve decided to relaunch the Main Show, starting now. The format will be familiar, featuring great independent bands from around the world. But because of where we receive music from most, probably an emphasis on US and UK bands.
It is likely that we won’t be following a strict timetable, we’ll put out a show when we have about an hour of great music sent to us, rather than ‘every Wednesday’ for example.
Please join us for IR: 183, coming very soon.
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