Southampton five-piece blues infused-rock band Shotaway originally came out of the Canadian Rockies but are now located on a farm halfway between Southampton and Salisbury in the UK making some really great music.
Apparently February of 2013 saw the release of debut E.P ‘24 Hours Is A Short Day‘, and they just released their latest standout single ‘Doctor‘ last month. Sergei Bartlett the lead singer describes it thusly, “The song is written from a mans perspective and he is being hassled by his girlfriend, lawyer and doctor all trying to see/talk to him. It’s hassle that he quite frankly doesn’t see as important as they do. It’s basically him trying to sweep it under the mat and deal with it another day.”
We love this promising new single from Shotaway, and after hearing two more great tracks at Soundcloud, its a surefire sign they’ve got plenty more excellent releases to come. The stirring and soulful vocals really bring to mind other legendary full voices from the past, conjoining blues and a bit of a classic rock vibe with effortless cool, no doubt one of our favorite songs that we’ve had the pleasure of hearing this year.Download Doctor HypeMachine
Simon is the first single from Una Lux, from NYC. It will be released on August 26th. The single will be followed by its official music video, and they are also now finishing their debut EP with a release date to be announced soon.
Una Lux are: Matteo Liberatore, Chris Connors, Kelso Norris & Jake St. John.
Artist Ryan Pollie makes music under the moniker Los Angeles Police Department and is on the verge of releasing his 11-track self-titled debut album, in which he wrote and recorded a song each day. This allowed for small imperfections and spurts of urgency found throughout the new effort.
Pollie says, “This project really changed an important false perception for me. It was that music that I was making, which wasn’t recorded in a studio with a band, was illegitimate or not real for some reason.” And so, these 11 tracks pared down from 30, recorded in a house in Hollywood, became personal anecdotes to a specific time and place: following a burgeoning relationship until its untimely end.
This is being co-released by Forged Artifacts and ChillMegaChill on both limited vinyl and cassette tapes, out September 2, 2014.Download She Came Through (Again) HypeMachine
Margins of Society formed in 2011 out of Atlanta, Georgia as an ‘alterna-gressive’ rock group. Members: Greg Harman (drums, vocals), Trevor Houck (vocals, guitar), Scott Shackelford (guitar, vocals), Nick Smith (bass, vocals), and Marc Weaver (guitar, vocals).
Margins of Society self-released their debut album Marginal at Best, and this is a stand-out track from it.
If you’ve spent much time around the DC music scene for the past five years, you’ve heard of Paperhaus. They’re a band founded by long time musical partners Alex Tebeleff and Eduardo Rivera, and over the course of two EPs and multiple national tours, they’ve worked their way up as one of the most well-known live bands in the city. Danny Bentley joined the band in 2014, adding a new edge and energy to the band with his relentless and powerful drumming.
A new album from the group should be on the way in January.
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8/28-Athens, OH @ Casa Nueva
8/30-Chicago, IL @ Burlington
9/2-Nashville, TN @ The Basement
9/3-Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
9/4-Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Festival (The Hive @ Busy Bee)
9/7-Greensboro, NC @ TYP House
9/9-Atlanta, GA @ Mammal Gallery
9/10-Athens, GA @ Green Room
9/11-Blacksburg, VA @ Casablanca
9/12-Baltimore, MD @ Holy Underground
9/13-Washington, DC @ Comet Ping Pong
Mirror Talk, a 4-piece synthesizer ensemble from LA who perform New Wave and R&B influenced pop music have just released a new single 1997.
They tell us that they’ve just released the vinyl for their 1st EP via Urban Outfitters and are about to drop a new EP that they have worked on with their friend Tony Hoffer, endeavoring to make a record that sounded equal parts Timbaland, Prince and The Clash.
Following on from her incredible 2012 sophomore album Murmuration, Jo Mango has enlisted the help of an excitingly unexpected grouping of international artists to remix all 10 tracks of that album to extraordinary effect.
The result is Transformuration which will be released as a limited edition tape as part of this year’s Cassette Store Day celebration on September 27th 2014 and then on full digital release through Olive Grove Records on October 13th 2014.
In addition, Glasgow’s The Cormorant also has a new EP coming out on the 1st of September, Kindly Treatments for Fragile Brains. This can be purchased through the BC links on his site linked to below.
[via abagdeoffriendship]Download Evermore (The Cormorant remix) HypeMachine
Today’s spotlight takes a look back at the first stellar demo from Gowanus, Brooklyn (via Maine) indie rock band MOUNT SHARP, in which Bryan Bruchman performs on drums & guitar, Sarah Wood on vox & guitar, and Ryan Zumsen on bass
We also hear the band has a new single out “Icarus”, the first release from their forthcoming EP, Weird Fears, which drops this month. You can check out the stunning video for this excellent new single embedded further below.Download Cold Hands HypeMachine
Ottawa (Ontario, Canada) based Port Manteau released their second full-length album To Far Away Friends in July. Its available from the BandCamp link below on a Name Your Price basis, and is well worth checking out. Their sound has been described as “a merge of indie rock and grunge”.
They currently comprised of: Deryck Grekul – Vocals, Guitar; Aiden Robertson – Guitar; Brandon Blair – Keyboard, Trumpet, Violin and Bass; Alex Rankin – Drums
Twin Ponies is self-described as a progressive rock band composed of members of the defunct Tempe indie-alternative band, Tugboat. They came together in 2013 and released the EP “Pores” last September, engineered and mixed by Fred Huang and mastered by Fen Ikner.
While we couldn’t get enough of one of their signature tracks, “Willoughby,” from this release, “Phallacy” kept forcing us to come back and re-listen, especially after the final instrumental kicks off, wherein all hell breaks loose. This is one of my favorite tracks this year and comes highly recommended.
I’ve also been told they’ve made a run of cassettes so you may want to check out their BandCamp below as it includes a bonus track, “Pink Skin.”Download Phallacy HypeMachine
Today’s Dose is from a three track demo by Oakland based Strange Ideas, the project of Matthew Hable. we recommend that you check it out at the BandCamp link below, its very interesting, and if this is a hint at his future work, he’s someone worth watching.
“It kicked off in the summer of 2013 like a rabid wildebeest: Primitive folk singer-songwriter Matthew Hable launched his latest musical vision, Strange Ideas, and hasn’t looked back. Though billed as a solo project, the Oakland-based performer usually enlists a drummer and bassist for his live shows.
“The Monterey native cites his influences in legit, record store-geek fashion: “psych folk (Kurt Vile, Syd Barrett), garage rock (The Velvet Underground, The Kinks, Thee Oh Sees), oldies soul (Otis Redding, Bill Withers, Fats Domino) and some traditional country influences (The Carter Family, Hank Williams).”
“For its first live performance on Jan. 25, 2014, at Pierce Ranch Vineyards in Monterey, Strange Ideas opened for Jake Bellows (Saddle Creek Records). The show sold out. The buzz was on.” [Bio]
Full of Snakes is apparently a phrase their drummer Scott Stitzer made up to describe how he felt after a night of hard drinking, but when you hear the subjects lead singer Nick Morrison tackles throughout the album, they say it could easily describe the struggles, inner demons, anxieties, fears, and confused emotions coiling through his mind while transitioning from youth to adulthood.
The first song from the album is “Philadelphia,” a portrait of the city they live in, and love. Also, for another excellent feature, check out the embedded video below for a more demonstrative example of what to expect from this promising release.Download Philadelphia HypeMachine
Leptus is a indie/alt-rock band from Worcester, Massachusetts. From My Kirkbride Cubicle is their latest full-length release, a horror themed collection of noisy alt-rock.
One review of the album says this track has a “Cure/Smiths/Pixies sound to it” – which is why we like it too.
Their first live album, recorded in front of an audience for Australian radio station Triple R’s Thursday live-to-air sessions in 2011. This was the first time they had performed most of these songs live and was perhaps the best show of this incarnation of the band.
Martin Kennedy: Guitar, Mark Wendt: bass, Michael Evans-Barker: drums, Kaz Sieger: keyboards
The album has just been released, as a free download, from the BandCamp link below.
Detroit Michigan’s BLUE MTN BELLE have released their self-titled four song indie-folk flavored EP this past March, apparently inspired by Bukowski, antique furniture, and the wild west, with production work performed by John Katona of Dog & Panther.
The track Silent Film is a downtempo gem, one of the more powerful pieces I’ve heard thus far during the year, with a picture perfect narrative and voice that could easily frame the action for Swanson, Pickford, Garbo or Clara Bow in any number of the old silents. I could definitely see the video for this being a short section of old obscure public domain film from those expressive artful years of early cinema.
The group has toured all over the country but spends of time in Detroit, playing shows and arranging all different kinds of music opportunities to restore Detroit to it’s former glory.
Check out the rest of the EP below at Bandcamp, as well as a live video we’ve embedded below of another favorite, “Porcelain Girls.”Download Silent Film HypeMachine
“In an industry built on selling trends and big budgets, it can be hard to find music created with purpose and meaning rather than just a target demographic. Since 2012, Young Ones, of Tyler, Texas, have been crafting a unique mix of alt rock, indie rock and pop punk to produce a passionately catchy sound that has carried them from their first EP “So This Is Love” back in to the studio for 2014’s “A to B”. Built on the foundation of 5 B-side songs that were reworked and brought to a level that demanded releasing, “A to B” is reminiscent of the lost sounds of bands like Jimmy Eat World, Oasis, and Third Eye Blind. Armed with this new EP and a tightly executed live set, Young Ones will be pressing onward and upwards, striving to reach further than ever before.” [FB Bio]
Alec Grefe is a musician from Stevens Point, Wisconsin who has just released a fourth album as a solo project entitled “Then & Now”. We’ve been told its a two-part album, wherein the first half is a bit louder with the second half made up of ambient tracks “short moments of reflection” in which you can “reflect on how things are now compared to then.”
I took a listen and while tonight I may prefer the louder brash shoegaze sound of “Lily,” the more reflective moments also hit the sweet spot. Check out the entire album at the BC link below, as well as a well put together video embedded further down this page.Download Lily HypeMachine
They’re from Chicago, and this is from their recent album #GetNastyAndRich, The Gnar Wave Rangers
sent us this track. Check out the album via the BandCamp link below. Also the video they sent us. We don’t know much more. They say “Stay Gnarly”.
After settling in Somerville, MA, following a path of possibly dead-ending jobs near her roots in NYC, Abbie Barrett decidedly embraced her love for music. Living in a one-bedroom apartment that her friends refer to as “the dollhouse,” Barrett’s music reaches beyond the stereotype of what a “female” musician is, and through her wistful melodies, brings life to characters who rebel against their own destinies. With a wide ambit of influences she draws on—everything from Pink Floyd and Radiohead to Aimee Mann and Neil Young—she signifies this readiness to cross genre lines in order to best serve the song at hand.
The members of her band, The Last Date, all come from musical backgrounds and include Alec Derian (bass), Josh Kiggans (drums), and Jack Hamilton (keys). “Because of my writing background, thoughtful lyrics are important to me, but I’m not a fan of super cerebral, arty stuff. If people don’t want to sing along to my songs, then I’ve done something wrong,” Barrett said.
The group will be releasing it’s latest album, The Triples, in September.
[via Green Light Go]Download Here to Stay HypeMachine
Chicago analog synth psych-pop outfit Oscillator Bug released the first track from their forthcoming full length album Bursts of the Million recently.
Oscillator Bug’s Zaid Maxwell has been making music in the Windy City for several years, playing in various bands (including Shapers with The Hood Internet’s Steve Reidell) and recording others. While currently playing in a couple of more explorative and caustic outfits, Maxwell was compelled to extract these 10 auditory earwigs of pop goo that had taken roost in his brain. [via US/THEM]