Posts Tagged ‘brit pop’

January 31, 2018

Though I actually ran into one of the members of Dear Boy nearly a year ago in Austin at SXSW, I’ve somehow never caught the Los Angeles based band live, since I had to miss out on their prior stop at Popscene in San Francisco. I’m hoping this all changes in 2018 now that the band is releasing new material, and very fine material at that. New single Love Interest premiered last week on NYLON, and it’s a profuse dose of the band’s retro-styled new wave and indie rock. Love Interest is a rich thrumming, nostalgic whirring canvas of 80s and 90s evoking sound. About the song, Dear Boy’s Ben Grey says: “‘Love Interest’ is a song written for our clumsy years. We wanted to write something recklessly optimistic about love and the joys of being out of your depth. Pulp had a big influence on this song. I wasn’t old enough to have them on my high school walls but whenever I listen to them now, there’s a bizarre sense memory of something I never experienced. That’s a quality we were hoping to nuzzle up to while recording. Disco 2000 meet Disco 2018.” A single release show goes down tomorrow night (January 31st) at the Troubadour in LA, ticket info can be found, here.

January 4, 2018

It’s a pretty big deal when garage rock and surf punk revivalists The Vaccines return with a new tune. It’s an even bigger deal that the West London band is releasing a new album this year. Combat Sports is their fourth full length, and it arrives on March 30th. The Vaccines have revealed a new cut off the release, and it’s a swagger contagious brawler that walks a fine line between power pop and Brit rock named I Can’t Quit. Well, it’s obvious we can’t quit these lads and their rollicking rock. Stream/download I Can’t Quit, here. Pre-order Combat Sports, here.


June 19, 2017

Arizona rockers The Technicolors will be releasing their next album Metaphysical next month, and they’ve released a high voltage anthem that fully live up to their name. ‘Congratulations, You’re A Doll’ is a flashy, glitzy jam that fuses dance rock swagger with Brit pop charm. It’s rowdy and glamorous, just like its video. The Technicolor’s new album will be arriving on July 7th. Pre-order from iTunes, here, or learn more from the band’s website, here.

April 5, 2017

I’ve been addicted to Yoodoo Park and his brother’s project GRMLN for quite some time. They always take me back to prior decades with their scuzzy rock and fuzzy power pop. War is yet another glorious throwback jam. This time around, GRMLN gives us a jaunty jam with a bit of crunchy Brit pop flare that even evokes The Strokes. The Southern California based duo will be releasing a new EP entitled Discovery this Friday, and punchy buoyant War is a superb preview that kindles much excitement for the release. Discovery can be pre-ordered now from Bandcamp.

March 25, 2017

Are You Happy is the name of Bipolar Sunshine’s new single, and I could confidently respond that I’m more than happy, considering it’s been ages since we’ve last heard from the UK artist. In fact, it’s been half a year since that golden Gryffin collaboration, Whole Heart, too. Are You Happy is the Brit pop sensation’s stateside debut. As always, he lifts us up with his “sunshine” on the glowing, triumphant track. A bit of bitter twinge laces Are You Happy’s underbelly, but its near ameliorated by the lustrous sweeping magnificence of the song. If you’re feeling a little downcast from the spring rains assaulting the Bay right now, just throw on this gem and all is well. Alternate stream of Are You Happy can be found via Soundcloud below.

May 26, 2016

Lately, Toronto has become immensely popular, thanks to some of their red hot talent (ie. Drake, The Weeknd, many more) and the excitement of the We The North campaign as the Raptors continue to strive for championship success in the NBA Playoffs. Also from Toronto is a band named Jane’s Party, who come on strong indeed with their new song Coming On Strong. The four piece ensemble dish out some Brit pop punch on the indie rock charmer. Coming On Strong reminds me of The Strokes, but with a more languid dreamy atmosphere. It drifts unhurriedly, its polished sheen the result of co-production with The Darcys. Legendary singer songwriter Jim Cuddy even turns in backing vocals on the talent studded affair. The single comes from Jane’s Party’s new full length, Tunnel Visions, out now on iTunes. Coming On Strong is also a free download, here.

December 5, 2015

There are those who posit that this will be the most infectious few minutes of indie pop you’ve heard in a long while, and truthfully, I just might agree. The Lottery Winners is a band from Lancashire in the UK, and they dish out some vibrant alt pop and indie rock on I Know, a glorious jangler from a debut EP due out in early 2016. It’s obvious the Smiths are an influence on this band, but the glumness of signature the Smiths is replaced with a more exuberant indie sound that reminds me, at times, of earlier Bombay Bicycle Club. The charismatic song is out now on iTunes.

October 2, 2015

While I’ll be out traveling and catching some live music elsewhere a portion of this month, a part of me is also very sad about missing a bevy of great shows here at home. One such gig I’m kicking myself for having to miss is Oscar’s San Francisco debut at Popscene later this month. His brand of scuzzy indie Brit pop has been thrilling me for a year now, and I’m still very much obsessed over earlier songs Beautiful Words and Daffodil Days. Oscar follows up on his Beautiful Words EP this past summer with his first new single, a scrappy yet sleek treat named Breaking My Phone, a song some of my phone problem prone friends would likely appreciate very much. You can purchase Oscar’s latest brilliant tune on iTunes now. And if you’re around, go check him out at Popscene on Friday October 9th for me. Aquilo plays that night, too. I’ll go cry in the corner now. 

July 9, 2015

Every time I listen to Australian trio DMA’s gritty, jangly Your Low, I can’t help but start tilt my head from side to side to its mellifluous, heart warming sway. 90′s Brit pop meets the Beatles, with a dash of sun shine flowing surf rock on You’re Low. DMA’s unleashed an adorable music video for Your Low today, a perfect pairing for the charmingly gritty yet honeyed alt rock song, off the band’s self titled EP, out now on Mom + Pop. DMA’s will be playing Lollapalooza and Outside Lands later this summer, so I’ll get to enjoy You’re Low and wag my head to it in bliss in San Francisco very shortly. 

July 8, 2015

British newcomer Rocky Nti has worked with the likes of Ghostpoet, Katie Melua, Jakwob, Kano, Benga, and Nina Nesbit in the past, but he’s poised make his own big splash in the scene with a rollicking, hooking debut single named Ride On. The indie rock song is an irresistible slice of colorful, soulful Brit pop. A playful new video pairs well with the song’s upbeat Blur meets Best Coast and The Maccabees carefree merriment. Ride On is available now on iTunes. I wouldn’t be surprised if Rocky Nti becomes a next big act in London.