Posts Tagged ‘punk pop’

March 30, 2018
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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.

February 8, 2018
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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. As much as it’s a day when many celebrate the beauty of love, it’s also a day that many choose to hate, whether due to the fact that there’s a lack of love in their lives, or because they just hate how commercialized Valentine’s Day has become. San Diego surf punk band The Frights seem to fall in the latter. The four piece band just signed to Epitaph Records, and their new song on the label is a bitter lilting, acerbic chugging punk anthem named Valentine’s Sux. The Frights may not have a quarrel with Valentine’s Day itself, but they wax crestfallen over a breakup on the Weezer meets FIDLAR like charmer. The Frights are preparing to hit the road this March, and they’ll be making an appearance at SXSW, too. Keep up with the band on their website, here.

August 22, 2017
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Hotly tipped London based English/Icelandic trio Dream Wife enamored us instantaneously earlier this year with their raspy impassioned, coy teasing single Somebody, a sandy sharp, grungy pounding pop rock song which went on to win over countless hearts in the new music scene. The three piece have now released a worthy follow up to that song. Fire is a scratchy fanged, tartly infectious taste and the title track from Dream Wife’s new EP, out next month. Its a clamorous rocker with angular guitars, punchy pop hooks, and tons of angst ridden punk charm. Dream Wife’s Fire EP will be out on September 29th. Pre-order from Bandcamp, here.

August 19, 2017

Wisconsin alt project Juiceboxxx has made quite a name for himself with his eclectic and eccentric fusion of punk, rap, and pop. I’d be surprised if many of you aren’t already fans of the artist, who recently released his sophomore full length, Freaked Out American Loser, on Dangerbird. His new lyric video affords us the perfect chance to share the title track from the album, an infectious marching display of his genre bending talent. Juiceboxxx will be heading out on a fresh tour next month that takes him from Wisconsin to the West Coast. I don’t see a San Francisco date on the schedule, however. Juiceboxxx’s Freaked Out American loser album is available from iTunes, here.

August 8, 2017

Aussie rockers Tired Lion aren’t exactly new kids on the block, having earned years of deserved hype with their music, but they’re finally releasing a debut full length named Dumb Days on September 15th. Fresh is its lead single. It’s a song that the band has been playing live for most of their career and a solid fan favorite, so I’m sure droves of people are celebrating the fact that Fresh has finally been cut to tape. Fresh’s scuzzy punching alt rock and melodic hooking pop punk reeled this new fan of Tired Lion right into. An abundance of vibrant angst and unruly spirit endows the unforgettable anthem. Tired Lion songwriter Sophie Hopes explains that Fresh is a song the band penned at the end of one of the group’s first international tours. “It’s sort of a goodbye tune, saluting the old you or the relationship that may have been holding you back, in order to move forward,” says Hopes. “At the time [of writing it] I felt like the whole band was at a point where we all had the realisation we weren’t a bunch of kids anymore. We were experiencing real life issues and coming to terms with adulthood.” Fresh is available, here. Pre-order Dumb Days, here.

August 2, 2017

Canadian duo Partner continues their ascent as one of this year’s heavily buzzing indie bands as they unleash another treat from their forthcoming debut album In Search Of Lost Time. Josée Caron and Lucy Niles offer up plenty of melodious angst on Play The Field, which was inspired by their own experiences trying out for team sports. The pop punk meets indie rock song is a load of fun with its infectious pop hooks. The disarming chugger reminds me of early Tegan and Sara, before they went big on lavish synths and glossy pop. In Search Of Lost Time arrives September 8th on You’ve Changed Records. You can pre-order, here.

July 1, 2017

26 year old singer songwriter Tay Jardine, who’s also the lead vocalist in pop punk band We Are In The Crowd, released her first solo EP today as SAINTE today. She first dazzled us with vivacious synths and gutsy guitar on Technicolor late last year, and now she has a full set of shimmering summer anthems to enthrall us with on her ‘smile and wave’ EP. SAINTE has also unveiled a splashy and colorful video for EP track Eyes Are Open, a Paramore-like passionate anthem with a little punk and a whole lot of pop. SAINTE’s seven track self titled EP is available from major retailers, here.

June 6, 2017
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Annie Hart is one third of beloved Brooklyn dream pop purveyors, Au Revoir Simone, who happen to have just graced the new Twin Peaks series with an intoxicating performance at the Bang Bang Bar at the end of episode four. The musician has announced a debut solo album, out July 14th via Cryptic Whispers. She introduces us to Impossible Accomplice with its first single, Hard To Be Still, which will be featured on an upcoming episode of Netflix series Gypsy, starring Naomi Watts. Hard To Be Still is a punchy dose of wavey synthpop with a garage punk edge. As some are saying, Annie Hart has cut back the layers to reveal a rawer version of the dreamy, misty pop that Au Revoir Simone is famous for forging. This first single is available from Bandcamp, here.

May 17, 2017
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Great Grandpa will be releasing their debut album Plastic Cough on July 7th via Double Double Whammy. Despite the fact that this is coming up soon, I’ve somehow managed to miss out on the Seattle based rock band,until now. New track Fade changes everything. It hooked me straight in with its vibrant pop hooks and 90′s rock riffs. Fade is a scuzzy knotted explosion of warm nostalgia and restless angst, an addictive rush that ends too soon. Immediately after plenteous listens to Fade, I had to dive into Great Grandpa’s prior single off Plastic Cough, Teen Challenge, which you can stream below, too. It’s yet another gritty chugging Weezer meets Slothrust thriller. Great Grandpa has announced a full US Summer tour with Rozwell Kid that include dates with Vundabar and Chris Farren, too. Pre-order Plastic Cough, here.

May 17, 2017

WATERS’ new track is named ‘You Don’t Know What You Want’, but the thing is, I know exactly what I want. I want that new album ‘Something More!’, and I want it now! Unfortunately, I still have a few days to wait as the California five piece won’t be releasing their third record on Vagrant/BMG until Friday, May 19th, but I confess I’ll be very much content in the meantime listening to this hearty chugging cut. Lead singer and SF native Van Pierszalowski explains of the song: “’You Don’t Know What You Want’ is a mashup of various flashes of conflict and disagreement I’ve had in relationships in between long stretches of highway and days spent hanging out at the Subway on Kodiak Island in Alaska. There have been so many times in my life where I have literally no idea what is going on in my partner’s head and I wanted to make it all into a fun pop song so I could deal.” Soon after ‘Something More!’ arrives, I’ll get to see WATERS at Live 105′s BFD at the Shoreline Amphitheatre. June 10th can’t come any sooner, after May 19th comes first, of course.