Posts Tagged ‘garage pop’

March 30, 2018

We’ve been more than ravenous for new Bloodboy music this past year after the Los Angeles based surfer-turned-musician thrilled us with her blazing pop rock time and time again since her debut two years ago, culminating in a superbly brazen and incendiary EP named Best of Bloodboy. Her return last month with Sex Crime was much cause for celebration, and now Lexie Papillion has followed that rambunctiously smoldering tune up with another homerun of a sultry sizzling, charismatic pulling song named ‘Is Now A Good Time To Ruin Your Life?’. Signature broiling guitars and her ever impassioned, heated vocals keep us charmed and swooning. The punky garage rock and grungy pop of ‘Is Now A Good Time To Ruin Your Life?’ is big and bold, emphatic and glamorous. And it leaves us even more excited for Bloodboy’s forthcoming debut album Punk Adjacent than we were before, which we didn’t think was possible. You can find the track on iTunes, here.

January 31, 2018

High Tropics’ new crunchy chugging tune You Never Made It Easy is described as being inspired by The Strokes, and it’s easy to say why. It certainly has that rugged drawl and infectious cadence that we love about the legendary garage rock band, but it’s also distinctly High Tropics. Despite its name, High Tropics has never made it easier to fall even deeper in love with their vibrant jangling, fuzzy purring sound. As some have already noted, the Australian band’s rock is also reminiscent of FIDLAR and Wavves, and it’s quite the foot tapping, head bopping extravaganza. You Never Made It Easy is only High Tropics’ third single, and we’re hoping 2018 brings a whole lot of fine new tunes from this band including a first EP. The single is out now on Roll Call Records. Stream via Spotify, here.

January 16, 2018

A sweet and savory garage pop wonderland engulfs us as we dive into Melted Ice Cream, the latest from Glaswegian punk rockers Lucia. The Scottish band perked many an ear when they first surfaced in the scene last year, and they’re off to a great start this year, too. Part Pixies, part Dum Dum Girls, and part Best Coast, Melted Ice Cream is as delicious a scuzzy, gravelly tune as its name might suggest. Who doesn’t want to slurp up some sumptuous ice cream, even though it’s not a hot sweltering summer’s day? You can take the single for a spin (but you’ll want seconds and thirds) on Spotify, here, too.

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.


December 12, 2017

We were much enthralled with Blushh when the Los Angeles based indie outfit appeared earlier this year with a debut EP named It’s Fine, whose five lo-fi indie rock and punky pop tracks truly are fine, if not thoroughly charming and infectiously winsome. Blushh’s youthful & scuzzy tunes recall the likes of Diet Cig, Charly Bliss, and many other bands we love. We’ve since realized that we completely missed out on a split EP Blushh put out with Maddie Ross last month. Fortunately for us, a new video’s out for ‘Pink Shirt!’, one of two tracks Shabnam Ferdowsi and her band contributed to the EP, and it’s helped to key us into the split four track release, which you can stream in full on Soundcloud, here. We join Shab as she rocks out in an intimate space in the video for ‘Pink Shirt!’, and we can’t help but tap our feet and nod our heads compulsively to the crunchy bopping tune, too. The Split EP can also be streamed or purchased from Bandcamp, here.

November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and the holidays will soon be following on its heels. You know what that means. It’s time for us to start sharing some choice seasonal cuts from the indie and electronic scene! Today sees the arrival of a fabulous compilation from We Are: The Guard, a crowd sourced music label for indie and alternative pop, and they’re kicking off our holiday season with a magnificent array of tunes from plenty of IHM favorites, including covers and songs from Cappa, Jamie Lidell, Brandyn Burnette, Janelle Kroll, JMR, Alxxa, MXMS, Kyan Palmer, Micky Blue, and Dog Orchestra, as well as this verdant jingling treat from Los Angeles alt-R&B/electropop artist DENM. He warms us up and coddles our ears with a fuzzy synth and balmy psych pop twist on holiday classic The Christmas Song. DENM’s cover is the perfect accompaniment to a holiday spent in the tropics, but it’s also going to keep you cozy and content on a cold snowy night, too. So roast those chestnuts and get that eggnog ready, we’ve got a fine winter ahead of us with DENM and the rest of this compilation to keep us company. You can stream the rest of We Are: The Guard’s Indie Christmas compilation, here. We’ll be sharing more selections off the release in the coming days.

November 13, 2017

By pure serendipity, I stumbled upon this suave new jam from an emerging New Orelans band named Pet Fangs. I was immediately taken by their glossy curling, confident swaggering rock and pop on Afterglow. Maybe it’s because I love Arcade Fire and David Bowie, or maybe it’s because this song is just so deliciously spacey and so gooey slick, but there’s no denying the allurement of their music, which they call “garage-pop”. Like Arcade Fire, Pet Fangs’ members are known to swap instruments often. Afterglow comes on the heels of the band’s well received debut single Gold Coast Dreaming, which you can stream below. Keep up with the exciting new band on their website, here.

October 30, 2017

San Diego surf rock & noise rock legends WAVVES have teamed up with San Francisco’s own Culture Abuse on a massive new punky stomping garage rock jam named Up And Down. The two groups are actually on a co-headlining tour together alongside Joyce Manor, so it’s rather fitting that they’ve come together on such a fabulously shimmering and fuzzy riffing charmer. Up And Down is a head bopping, toe tapping Monday morning treat. It leaves us convinced our week’s going to be a great one. Grab Up And Down from iTunes, here.

October 30, 2017

Let’s head down the coast to sunny Los Angeles for a charming new gem from Veronica Bianqui, a new garage pop and indie rock talent on our radar. She combines dynamic vocals with a 60′s inspired guitar riff on catchy chugging, crunchy curling Victim, a song about drug addiction. With the growing opioid epidemic in the US and the recent untimely death of her sister at the age of 35, Bianqui is donating 100% of the proceeds from this song to Harm Reduction Coalition. 

August 29, 2017

New Sydney project Bus Vipers grabbed a firm hold of our ears a few moons ago when multi-instrumentalist Daniel Ahern dropped his debut on Future Classic, CSIRO Weeds, on which the intriguing artist melded crunchy curling psych rock and airy wafting garage pop. Bus Vipers has since dropped a couple more fine gems to solidify his artist to watch status, including this new single, Palace, a fuzzy sheared kaleidoscopic rocker. It follows closely on the heels of Bus Vipers’ new music video for prior busy burbling entrancer, Fluid, also a spectacularly engrossing psych jam. You can view the video below. These are songs that leave the Django Django, Temples, and Jagwar Ma fan in me rejoice endlessly. Palace and Fluid will be on Bus Vipers’ forthcoming Federal Highway EP, out September 8th. Pre-order from Future Classic both digitally and on 12″ vinyl, here.