Posts Tagged ‘britpop’

April 5, 2017
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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.

November 1, 2016

British band SHINERS is back with their zippy rock, delivering driving splendorous, punchy whimsical “Britwave” on Goosebumps. The song even arrives with a music video that takes a jab at the rather ludicrous political situation facing America right now. The elections are nigh and I’m more than happy to escape from that absurd atmosphere by burying myself in SHINERS’ rollicking new jam. Goosebumps is due out December 2nd. 

August 17, 2016
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Kid Bloom’s crunchy chugging alt rock ensnares me with ease on the Los Angeles quintet’s swaggering new single Lately It Feels Alright. The aureate rock anthem’s smooth propulsive soundscape contains hints of Tame Impala electro psychedelia. Kid Bloom takes us to Britain and reminds us of the 70′s with their grooving number, a cut off the band’s upcoming debut EP, A Different State Of Mind, due out later this year. 

July 19, 2016
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I don’t know what the word “alluria” means, or if it’s another language for allure. Dear Boy’s new song is undeniably alluring, a bittersweet alt rock song that brings together hints of post punk, new wave, and Britpop. It’s the perfect balance of jangling and earthy, vibrant and wistful. The Los Angeles based band is preparing to release their sophomore EP, Parts of a Flower, and Alluria is the latest single from the record. There’s a gut wrenching quality to the song, which haunts the heart long after it ends. Dear Boy’s Parts of a Flower EP is scheduled to drop on August 5th via Easy Hell. Pre-order, here.

October 30, 2015
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It’s time for some zippy Britpop and rollicking post punk, courtesy of a London quartet named Shiners. The band has just finished playing summer shows with Spector, The Bohicas, and Nothing But Thieves. However, their rip roaring single, Pressure, is a huge dose of screechy guitars, dance rock energy, and spunky vocals. The end concoction is more similar to a fusion between the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Blur, and Gang Of Four. Watch SHINERS’ brand new video for Pressure below. Shiners just played their debut headline show last night in London. 

October 29, 2015
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Bold riffs and crashing drums lure me right into Asylums’ Missing Persons, a loud swath of 90′s evoking pop punk and Britpop. The single, out November 20th, is their catchiest yet, a roaring anthem with blistering guitar and an enduring melody. A fun new music video for Missing Persons takes me even deeper into the 90′s, but with a fit for Halloween clown lurking about. Watch the music video below. The Essex rockers will be embarking on tour with Ash, The Enemy, and Killing Joke this autumn and winter. 

October 1, 2015
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Aussie trio DMA’s have been high up on my rock bands to watch list ever since I encountered their Brit pop meets surf rock song, You’re Low. They follow that charmer up with a fantastic tune named Lay Down which brings us right back to the 90′s again with its Damon Albarn meets The Libertines jangly goodness. Good news for DMA’s fans, a full length is in motion to arrive next year. Lay Down is a not only a new single, available now on iTunes, but it’ll be on their album, too.

August 21, 2015
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Swings and waterslides sound like a whole lot of summer fun to me, considering I grew up loving both. New English band Viola Beach successfully capture some of the radiant spirit these playground games exude on bright debut Swings & Waterslides. The springy British indie pop song is unmercifully hooking with its upbeat tempo, summery bounce, and lively vocals. Underneath the riotous attitude and muggy air is a simmering, pining ache. Download the song from their Soundcloud for a limited time.

July 24, 2015
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If ever there as a great song about fast food, which I haven’t had in quite some time now despite my love of it, then this one would be it. Far from some cheesy jingle, D.I.D’s Fast Food is a an undeniably catchy and bright indie rock song. Emotive vocals that remind me of Charles Fink (Noah And The Whale) soar gloriously over Fast Food’s glistening guitars and rousing, uplifting aura. D.I.D, or Dog Is Dead, explain that the song is about the “petering out of a relationship”. It focuses on the “apathetic side of things and how we cling to anything fast and easy to make us happy quickly”. It’s also about “how we settle for and take what’s on offer to satisfy ourselves in the short term”. Quite the clever fast food analogy, if you ask me. This one’s a happy meal. Fast Food is the title track off the Nottingham band’s new EP, out on September 18th.

July 11, 2015
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Three piece Scottish rockers Alphas dropped a video for their second single, Waves, a splendidly catchy affair. There’s a driving punchiness to the earworm of a song as well as a Britpop flair that reminds me of a blend of Blur, Mystery Jets, The Maccabees, and a touch of The Strokes. Waves will be out on AlphaBravoCharlie Records on July 6th. The band is currently touring Scotland for the summer as they prepare for the release of debut album New Fire in September.