Posts Tagged ‘scuzz rock’

May 16, 2018

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We’ve been following along with GRMLN since the project was a one person project, helmed by San Francisco musician Yoodoo Park. The music Yoodoo and his brother serve up is part 90s Dinosaur Jr slacker rock, part Day Wave surf pop, and a whole lot of sun-kissed, blissed out nostalgia. Later this month, GRMLN will officially release a new EP named Explore II. Drift Away is its opening track, a dreamy jangling, dulcet strumming lo-fi bedroom delight that oozes endless West Coast charm. You can listen to Explore II on Bandcamp, here, or Spotify, here.

May 16, 2018
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Come August 24th, Canadian indie trio Basement Revolver will be releasing their long awaited debut full length, Heavy Eyes. And what a gripping dose of heavy weighted guitars and thickly thrumming rock they’ve brought us on their new single, Baby! It’s a sludgy delight through and through, delivered in a rhythmic lilting pace. It feels like Basement Revolver has engulfed us fully with their vociferous droning noise rock, which drips with raw angst and disconsolate restlessness. Yet its armor of crashing clamor and tumultuous commotion shelters such beauty, so ardent and heartfelt, sincere and vulnerable, yet tenacious and obstinate. Baby is glorious, to say the least. Pre-order Basement Revolver’s album Heavy Eyes, here.

March 6, 2018
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Our GIrl’s eponymous single may be the first song they ever wrote, but it’s not the first single to capture the fancy of their avid fans. The British trio released their self-titled debut EP in 2016. And they’re off to a glorious start this year with this gazey roiling, scuzzy ripping jam. Sweet and tart, naughty and nice vocals embellish the track, giving it an addictive prickly bite. Saccharine guitar pop and thrashing grunge rock meet halfway on the incredibly contagious track. Our Girl will be making an appearance at SXSW next week. Hopefully we’ll be able to catch them while we’re there. Stream/download Our Girl’s Our Girl via major outlets, here.

February 24, 2018
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Brand new Essex indie three piece Bilk released their debut single Give Up today, and we can’t get enough of its scuzzy propulsive, riotous yelping energy. Though Bilk is fresh on the scene, they’ve already received support from the likes of BBC Radio 1, Radio X, and BBC Introducing. Yungblud, Palma Violets, and some Arctic Monkeys embellishes their punky raucous first offering, whose electrifying music video you can watch below. The members of Bilk just turned 18 years old recently, and they like writing honest songs about the world they live in and the things they go through as teenagers living in modern suburban Britain. 

Lead singer Sol Abrahams says the track is about: “The idea of not giving up your aim when you’ve got your surroundings and other things going on in life distracting you. Hence the ‘trying not to flop my college course and then get employed” bit". Give Up is available from iTunes, here.

February 2, 2018
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Not only is a new song from Girlpool an unexpected and welcome delight, but this fine gem also features Dev Hynes, or Blood Orange, on backing vocals, guitars, keyboards, and mixing. Picturesong is a gauzy skating, languid hovering song that certainly kicks off very differently from most of the Los Angeles bands’ prior scuzzy lo-fi punk and disarming guitar pop offerings. But it builds ever so slowly and achingly towards a fuzzy roiling finish. Girlpool explores loneliness and perception on their new single, which is out now on Anti-. Catch them on tour this month in the U.S. They’ll be stopping by the Great American Music Hall in SF on February 21st. 

February 2, 2018
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If you’re not yet familiar with Colorado’s Slow Caves, the band sums up who they are nicely by describing their “synth-punk” as inspired by late nights in Hollywood, high speed car chases, red eye flights and vintage skateboard videos.” Their new single Poser is a surfy churning jam that evokes bands like Broncho and The Orwells, and it arrives just ahead of their new North American tour, which you can find out about, here. The scuzzy rocking song makes it more than apparent that if there’s any posers in our vicinity, it’s sure as hell not Slow Caves and their deliciously disheveled rock. Snag the track from iTunes, 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 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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Not only is this new band’s name a mouthful of fun, but The Yada Yada Yadas’ debut single Oceans is quite the fuzzy crunching, surf spraying treat. The band, who hails from across the pond, has already been supported by BBC Introducing as one of the hottest bands from the North-East of England right now. They’ve been compared to the likes of Wavves, Yuck, and Dinosaur Jr. I must concur with BBC Introducing on all points. The Yada Yada Yadas are fresh off of supporting UK Britpop legends Cast on tour, too. They bring us a welcome return to restlessly long summer afternoons on this guitar churning gem. Oceans can also be streamed via Spotify, here. The Yada Yada Yadas will be releasing a debut EP in January on Silent Kid Records.

September 9, 2017
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The name Johnny Kills sounds like some super rad, kick-ass character out of a cult film or a cool comic series. This UK band is indeed a dashing three piece. Their scrunchy punk and candied surf rock on new single End Game carries bold assertive bass lines and a boisterous punch, kind of like Wavves or Fidlar imbibed with a hint of The Drums in its sun drenched moments and some vivacious Weezer in its rowdy ones. The young rising band will be making their live debut in London on September 15th. Check out more of their music on Soundcloud, here.