The band has been recording tracks for their first full length album and are self-releasing a few songs, which includes the first single released this past February, Tomorrow is Yesterday. Today’s featured song is described as an energetic take on melodic early-90s indie rock, with singer-guitarist Rachel Browne’s sweet, wistful vocals over a surge of feedback mixed with dreamy pop.
[via Banter]Download Tomorrow is Yesterday
Trivial Shields release their second single Enough, in anticipation of their forthcoming EP Invisible Winter.
The song was recorded to tape at esteemed SF studio Tiny Telephone by Bay Area luminary Robert Shelton (DRMS); eerie tape effects, haunting vibraphone and rich harmonies combine in an attempt to express a state of persistent alienation.
Australian Progresssive Rock band Monks of Mellonwah have released their third EP called Sky And The Dark Night, and this is Part 2 – Control, the single from it. The EP is being released on Vinyl and Digital only. Their debut full-length album is currently in production.
Nice to have a bit of Prog on the Network occasionally.
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Toronto’s TEENAGE KICKS have released their latest six song EP ‘Be On My Side’, which finds the group expanding beyond the grungy power-pop of the first release. We like the description of the music which is likened to “the girl you meet in high school that you end up marrying ten years later. Their songs stay with you, and you grow to love more about them as time goes by”.
Shortly before the release of the EP, the band unveiled the Teenage Kicks Singles Club, a service that will deliver two new songs to subscribers every few months. “It’s a way for us to get our music out to our fans without them having to wait however long for our albums to come out,” vocalist Van Helvoort points out. “We’ve got so many songs in the archives, some of which we’ve been playing for years, but they just haven’t shown up on our albums. So instead of letting them fade into obscurity, we wanted to share them all with whoever wants to listen to them, for free.”
This single and video are definitely one of our new favorites here at Insomnia and a great way to segue-way out of Spring and toward the Summer months. Check them out and make sure to sign up for the Singles Club at the link on their website below.
[via Planetary]Download Middle of the Night
On Tuesday 2nd July A Grave With No Name will return with a new album titled Whirlpool on Lefse Records. Recorded over the course of a year at Holy Mountain Studios in London.
Whirlpool completes a narrative trilogy for A Grave With No Name – a trilogy that began in 2009 with the release of Mountain Debris (Lefse/No Pain In Pop), and continued with 2011’s Lower (Boiled Egg).
Monday 8th July – PARIS, Trabendo*
Wednesday 10th July – AMSTERDAM, Paradiso*
Monday 15th July – LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club*
Tuesday 16th July – MANCHESTER, Gorilla*
Wednesday 17th July – LONDON, Birthdays+
Thursday 18th July – BIRMINGHAM, Hare & Hounds*
Monday 22nd July – BERGEN, Landmark*
Tuesday 23rd July – OSLO, Parkeatreat*
*with Youth Lagoon
+Headline (with The Proper Ornaments, Old Forest)
Four of the six members of today’s featured Detroit based band have fronted other projects, but during the past few years they have united under first-time bandleader, Joe Hertler, to create sublime folk tinged with Motown, funk, and pop. “When we met Joe,” says bassist and producer of Hertler’s first album, Kevin Pritchard, “He was a weird dude with sideburns hiding behind an accordion. Now he’s a confident front man with a flower on his head and a mic in his hand.”
Joe Hertler started as a successful solo artist, and then formed a duo with guitarist Ryan Hoger. That duo expanded when they caught the eye of Pritchard, who asked them to do a special performance in Bigger Brush Media’s Quilted Attic. Soon, drummer and life long friend of Pritchard, Rick Hale, joined the band, bringing his jazz-trained services into the mix. After the release of the first Rainbow Seekers album, On Being, which has sold an impressive 1,400 copies to date with no outside help, the band grew again. Keyboardist Micah Braken and saxophone prodigy Aaron Stinson joined, giving the group a decidedly classic turn.
Live instruments, live musicianship, and live energy became the creed of The Rainbow Seekers and led them to their newest live recordings at The Russell. Today’s track is a single released in June of 2012, following the release of On Being, and preceding the live sessions. We found it on their BandCamp page, loved it, and wanted to share this along with one of the Live Sessions (over at our Live & Acoustic feed).
[via Green Light Go]Download Home for a Funeral
Yorkshire, UK’s Fossil Collective’s debut album Tell Where I Lie is now available, Let It Go is the single from it.
Fossil Collective, a two-piece from Leeds, consists of multi instrumentalists David Fendick and Jonny Hooker.
Fossil Collective will be touring throughout North America beginning in late May supporting The Boxer Rebellion. All dates are HERE.
A new EP release that has been in the works, ‘So Young’, is also coming out this month which you can check out via the BandCamp link below!Download If You Get Caught We Never Met
Monday, right? Start the week with this uplifting track from The Dead Heads.
The Dead Heads are a band from Sydney formed by brothers Oscar Jeffery, Ali Jeffery and Ferg Davison in mid ’10. They play an upbeat drag you down eclectic rock punk rock feel of music.
They are joined by Joshy Gomaz on drums, Roberto Klaic on guitar, Matte Can Vancouver on percussion, and Jonno on bass.
ATRINA is a indie rock group out of New Haven Connecticut who released their newest album ‘In Planetary Sugar’ in January of this year. Thrush and Thrasher is in the latter half of the record and we really love the meaty guitars laced with dark vocal inflections in the PJ Harvey vein.
Their label Obscure Me Records describes them as “making music that is equal parts minimalist melodicism, counter-punctual cacophony, and decibel-pushing dissonance. Angular, but accessible. Complex, yet catchy. Eclectic, and electrifying. ATRINA makes ears ring, hearts pound, and toes tap.”Download Thrush and Thrasher
Sensual Harassment seem to wistfully draw upon popular music of the past as a way forward – whether it be the glossy pastiche of late 70’s disco in the leadoff track Make Me Human Again, the plastic island pleasure of Capri Suntan, or the synth-pop balladry of Rescue Me, which sounds like a forgotten Blondie hit. Sensual Harassment almost revel in art of blurring the lines of disco, pop and new wave, all while filtering it through their own unique vision, creating something that remains both familiar and new.
Equipped with a clearer vision, an irresistibly melodic new EP and approving nods from the likes of Pitchfork, Vice, XLR8R, CMJ and Dazed and Confused, Sensual Harassment seem destined to be one of 2013’s brightest new stars – in our solar system and their own. (press release).
You can listen and download for free whole album at the band’s site.
British producer Sorrow announces his forthcoming debut album via esteemed London label Monotreme Records.
The band’s new EP arrived yesterday on May 8th, and this is the first very infectious high energy single from the release. Go say hello and support them at any of the assorted social links that follow.
[via Banter]Download Dance Until Three
The Sunsleepers are an indie-pop band from Melbourne, Australia.
“Stace + Amanda bring a fresh feel to indie-pop with the latest single ‘Kaleidoscope’ from their new EP aptly titled Brightness.
The expressive depth to their songs – songs of hope, indecision and personal truth – is contrasted by double vocal tracking, vibrant pop melodies and hooky indie-rock guitar riffs. The EP is available on Bandcamp and iTunes, and for free download on Triple J Unearthed.”
The eight songs on Queen City: Volume One attempt to create a map of songs for Toronto arising out of specific sites within the city (Leslie Spit, Prince Edward Viaduct, Toronto Dominion Centre), weaving together history, mythology, and personal reflection into a dream-like cinematic narrative.
The title, ‘Queen City’ refers to one of several monikers that Toronto has gone by since its foundation in the early 19th century. And yet the city shares this title with many other places throughout North America making it general and specific at the same time. Toronto serves as a backdrop for universal human emotions (love, death and longing) and Queen City: Volume One is a reminder that each of us has similar dreams and desires, no matter the location.
We’re very excited here at Insomnia that our favorites Ketch Harbour have another solid release out, so please help us spread the word by sharing a few links below.Download 1992
Hailing from Elgin in the north east of Scotland, His Name Is Codeine are releasing their album The Only Truth Is Music on 30th May.
“Starting as a trio of Lyn Ralph (vocals, bass, drum looper), Marc Roy (guitar, vocals) and Mark Simpson (guitar, vocals) in 2010, and adding in 2013 drummer Stu Russell, as well as Elizabeth Maycox (percussion, keys, drones) and Ian Dickson (guitars) to bolster the live sound. Slowly gaining an underground following through early releases Before The Apple Fell and Shoot To Kill, His Name Is Codeine spent 2012 recording their debut album, titled The Only Truth Is Music… because it is.”
[via Dead Book Records]
Dark Colour is a one man project crafted and fronted by Randall Rigdon, based in Cincinnati, OH. He is releasing his first full length album Prisoner soon (releases TBA).
Today’s track The Games Are Killing Us is from his previous EP of the same name (available from BandCamp on a name your price basis), and is also included on the new album.
THE WEST, a female fronted group from Los Angeles, CA have released a new single, ‘Wild Hearts’ after about five months of working on tracks with producer DJ Schwartz. Their goal is a possible new album and music video before Summer hits.
Wild Hearts is a great anthemic single, a promising debut for this relatively new group. Give them your support at any of the links below.Download Wild Hearts
Red Aces are four brothers who have gone from playing covers of The Easybeats and Paul Kelly at family gatherings to dark power pop at iconic Melbourne Venues such as The Espy and the Workers Club.
The End features on their debut EP Time Breathes, which was released towards the end of last year.
A notable favorite from the last handful of years, today’s track is from Philadelphia songwriter and musician Billy Polard. He goes by the moniker, THE GHOST IN YOU, under which he’s released a second full length, “Wet Wood” recorded in homegrown bedroom sessions and issued in October of last year.
Billy embodies the bewilderment of discovery in ‘The Shape’, evoking memories that I felt when first listening to artists like José González and Elliott Smith. Its been perfect as I sit alone this evening in a dark room reflecting on the ghosts of the past through headphones.
Aside from his music Billy has also animated several of his videos which have been featured across several mediums (magazine, TV, animation sites). Check out the YouTube link below for more.Download The Shape