Posts Tagged ‘local band’

April 30, 2018
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It’s been almost a year since we last heard from San Francisco’s own Cathedrals, and over three years since they released their acclaimed debut EP Blush on Neon Gold Records. Just as we were starting to wonder whether we’d ever hear from our hometown favorites again (and ready to bawl our eyes out at their absence), the synth and alt pop duo are back with pure sonic gold on new single Hits Me Like a Landslide. Brodie Jenkins and Johnny Hwin even kick the level of their brilliance up several more notches with the exceptional tune. Hits Me Like a Landslide, the first single from a new set of songs they’re finally ready to share with us throughout the rest of this year, features lines lifted from the pages of love letters. It’s also the first single to feature Johnny on lead singles since Cathedrals’ debut single Unbound. Hits Me Like a Landslide is a tidal wave of emotions, a passionately gusting, sonorously soaring synthpop epic that seems to meld CHVRCHES’ electropop with The Naked And Famous’ lush soundscapes and Twin Shadow’s voluminous grandeur. It’s a gloriously gut-punching torrent of tormented anguish, assembled ever so flawlessly with sleek retro synths and the duo’s resounding vocals. DoTheBay premiered the new single last Friday, calling it ‘among the band’s most evocative cuts yet.’ We fully concur with the assessment. Alternate streaming and download links can be found, here. To say we’re head over heels for Cathedrals once again, is an understatement. The same can be said about how excited we are to hear the rest of their new songs. 

February 9, 2018

It was not so long ago that we stumbled upon an intriguing new band who call our favorite town of Berkeley home.The moment we heard vverevvolf’s insanely infectious debut, Cruel Games, we were hooked. And we were fortunate enough to get to see them perform their music live at Popscene at the Rickshaw Stop in San Francisco soon afterwards, too. They dazzled us with their vigorous energy and a bevy of high voltage alt pop and synthpop anthems. Fast forward to this week, and the band is teasing the arrival of a debut EP as well as thrilling us with their latest single, Lemonade, which comes with a music video shot on that momentous evening at Popscene. I’m brought right back to that fateful night by the prismatic video, amazing stage lighting and twirl worthy verve included. Lemonade is an uplifting and mellifluous electro-pop treat. Its pulsating synths and punchy rhythm evoke CHVRCHES, but vverevvolf isn’t purely an electronic pop band. They also emit much synthrock spunk and zest, which at times, reminds us of PVRIS, too. vverevvolf’s first EP Electric Blue arrives tomorrow, February 9th, and they’ll be playing their next show at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on Valentine’s Day. Bring your beau, bring your bae, bring your best friend, or just bring yourself (solo show outings are great!), and prepare to dance yourself silly to this charismatic new band’s animated stage presence and vibrant music. You can pre-order Electric Blue via Bandcamp, here.

January 27, 2018

Oakland’s very own indie sensation Jay Som, aka Melina Duterte, released her new 7″ Pirouette today. We shared the A-side last week and regaled in her scuzzy curling guitars and dreamy lilting voice on the indie rock gem (re-visit the feature, here). With the release of the single, we now get to partake in its B-side, too. “O.K., Meet Me Underwater” is surprisingly more dreamy and languorous. It’s a hazy and gauzy tune from the singer songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. The B-side’s diaphanous rock is more like a cross between Yumi Zouma and Wolf Alice than Jay Som’s more raw and ragged gems. Order Jay Som’s new 7″, here. Stream/download, here.

January 24, 2018
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We love it when local talent shines, and Oakland’s own There’s Talk is absolutely dazzling on their long awaited return, Give It Up. The moody droning, shadowy brooding song blends dream pop, shoegaze, synthwave, and slowcore altogether. These are all sub-genres we adore dearly, so you can imagine how hard we fell for There’s Talk’s intoxicating new single. Give It Up rolls, pitches, and yaws at a languid yet deliberate pace, like a vast undulating ocean on a peaceful moonlit night. It’s dark and bottomless, a meditatively gripping seance. To say There’s Talk has put us in an exquisitely introspective mood is an understatement. Give It Up is lifted from There’s Talks forthcoming EP, scheduled to arrive late next month. You can pre-order on limited edition 7″ via Bandcamp, here.

January 11, 2018

I know we promptly shared this song when it first came out last year, but we’re so fond of Raindrop and this Bay Area band, Hot Flash Heat Wave, that we simply can’t resist featuring the new music video that’s arrived today too. Plus, we could really use the “heat” on a cold January day like this one. HFHW pairs their surfy, grunge-y garage rock tune, a treat this Pixies fan can’t help but love, with a splashy chromatic music video shot right here in San Francisco. As mentioned previously, sunlit twangs and saccharine 60s vibes abound on this stellar jam, which is lifted off Hot Flash Heat Waves’ sohphomore album Soaked, out now via OIM Records. Snag from Bandcamp, here.

November 25, 2017
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No Vacation, the band from right here in San Francisco who made us fall head over heels for their disarming and charming form of dreamy nostalgic indie pop with their single Yam Yam, released a new EP Intermission earlier this month. Aside from that aforementioned gem, the five track release also features Reaper. No Vacation caresses our ears at a leisurely pace with their hazy swirling, languorous wafting, and wavy glistening dream pop. A “reaper” by definition is a machine or person that harvests a crop. That crop, in this case, is obviously our infatuated hearts. Stream/purchase No Vacation’s Intermission EP, a perfect autumnal soundtrack, here.

November 13, 2017
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Fremont’s own Sjowgren made quite a resounding splash in the indie scene when they released unforgettable guitar pop anthem Seventeen a couple years back. They’ve since taken their time to release their next songs, despite our hunger for more from the buzz making band and their endearing brand of dulcet wistful music. You could say we’re in Sjowgren heaven all of a sudden, as the band drops two new songs in less than seven days for us to joyously take in. Last week brought us Waiting Room, a scuzzy rocking, rhythmic chugging gem you can stream below, while today also brings us the surprise of High Beam, which you can find above. It’s a mellifluous whirling, woolly wheeling treat that reminds us of Sjowgren’s earlier singles. 

September 28, 2017
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Christopher Owens has always been quite the busybody in the indie rock scene. Aside from his brilliant solo work, he’s given us music as frontman of now defunct rock band Girls, too. The San Francisco resident now returns with a new project named Curls and news of a debut EP named Vante, from which he presents frayed garage rock chugger Emotion. The dusty crunching jam urges us to let it all hang out, instead of building walls around us and bottling our emotions up. Because it’s what makes us beautiful. Curls’ Vante EP arrives November 7th via Urban Scandal.

September 27, 2017

Long time readers of IHM probably know that we’re not the biggest fans on earth of screamo rock considering the lack of such posts on our pages, but once upon a time, what must have been nearly a decade ago, I did go check out a screamo show in San Francisco with a group of friends who are really into those type of bands. It was a great show, but I also remember another interesting little factoid about our experience, not at all related to screamo. When we were standing in line that day waiting to get into the venue, a man came up to us to promote his band (not playing the show). He was from I the Mighty, a San Francisco alt rock and post-hardcore band. Fast forward to today, and this four piece has three full length albums and several EPs under their belts. And they’re about to release their fourth full length, ‘Where The Mind Wants To Go / Where You Let It Go’ on Equal Vision Records. Chaos In Motion is their newly revealed second single from that album. The song, produced by Casey Bates (Portugal. the Man) and mixed by Neal Avron (twenty one pilots, Walk The Moon) is quite the fine alt rock statement. Though it’s seems to be a sooty brooder, it packs a powerfully hooking punch with its lithe staccato keys and a wall of guitar. It may have been close to ten years since that fateful day, but this local band shows no sign of slowing down and only seems to promise even greater things to come. Pre-order I the Mighty’s new album digitally, here, or physically, here.

June 30, 2017

Culture Abuse formed here in the San Francisco Bay back in 2013, and they released a debut album entitled Peachy in late 2016 on 6131 Records. Yet, I somehow egregiously missed out on the band till now, but that all changes this week with So Busted, the garage punk band’s first single since they’ve signed to Epitaph Records. Chunky chugging So Busted is scuzzy infectious. It’s also blanketed in a delicious layer of heavy distortion. Front man David Kelling explains that the rock and roll love song is about “all the stuff you are told you need in life but when it all boils down all you really want is to feel loved and cared for.” The band will be playing at Hyde Park with Green Day and Rancid on July 1st. They’ll also be touring through the UK and EU this summer. You can grab So Busted from iTunes, here.