Posts Tagged ‘scuzz’

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.

October 10, 2017

Leeds newcomers Night Owls have broken out of the gates strong back home in the UK. Despite their short existence, these lo-fi grunge rockers have already supported the likes of Cloud Nothings, Yuck, and Tigercub, plus they performed at Reading & Leeds last year, too. The lads are preparing to release a sophomore EP after the wild success of their first one, and they’ve shared a video for the tempestuous bristling, dusty crunching title track, Boomerang. The cassette EP arrives October 16th, and Night Owls will be celebrating its release with a show at London’s Sebright Arms. With sharp angular guitars and an irresistible pop kick, Night Owls reels us into their visceral and gritty world. Night Owls explains of Boomerang’s visuals: “The video is a commentary on the strange stuff people do on Facebook for likes and how people put a rose-tinted filter on everything to make their lives seem better than they are.” Find out more about Night Owls’ EP release show, here.

March 23, 2016
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If you’re craving for some glorious noise rock, then you’re going to love Toronto four piece Weaves and their rollicking rock frenzy, One More. Its distorted groove, explosive drums, and high energy riffs burst prismatically around Weaves’ restlessly yelping vocals, combining for an adrenaline pumping experience. The cacophonous and aggressive song comes from the band’s self titled album, out June 17th on Kanine. Pre-orders are available via iTunes.

March 10, 2016

Nashville power pop trio Carey have been hooking me in with their punchy punk rock. Carey has a debut self titled EP dropping this Friday, March 11th, via Old Flame Records, and they’ve revealed a music video for the EP’s first single, You Were Right. The tightly wound scuzz rocker is as catchy as they come, a snappy, gritty blend of Dinosaur, Jr., Weezer, and Guided By Voices. Carey, who’s influenced by the likes of Teenage Fanclub, Pavement, and fellow Nashvillians Bully, consider their music “carport rock”. They set themselves apart from brusque garage rock by fusing fuzzy, upbeat power pop with serious lyrical ideas. Pre-order Carey’s debut EP from iTunes.

May 15, 2015
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Bright eyed and jaggedly hooking are but some of the fantastic qualities on Chop, a new single from Boston’s Vunda Bar. There’s also a wonderfully retro flair to the indie rock song, brimming with honeyed vocals and crunchy guitars. Though the band is new on my radar, the song is off a sophomore album, Gawk, to be released in July on their own label Gawk Records.

April 2, 2015
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Plymouth indie punk band Woahnows had me from the get go with their new single Puncher, an grungy alt rock tune dripping with angsty emotion and plenty of scuzzy guitars. Puncher reminds me of plenty of bands I used to listen to exclusively, like Motion City Soundtrack and New Found Glory, with a hint of the bittersweet flavors of Death Cab, but much more woozy and rocking. Punchers is off Woahnows’ debut album, Understanding and Everything Else, out May 4th via Big Scary Monsters Records. 

February 25, 2015
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I’ve been such a huge fan of UK band Wolf Alice’s grungy alt rock music. It’s the kind of grainy, scuzzy, glorified stuff that brings me back a couple of decades. Case in point, their new growling single Giant Peach. Wolf Alice has finally picked up some extra buzz this year, having been nominated as a BBC Sound of 2015. I’ll also finally get to catch them live March 13th at Popscene in San Francisco, and it’s one of several shows I’m incredibly excited about. Giant Peach is taken from Wolf Alice’s forthcoming debut album, My Love Is Cool.

January 9, 2015
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It’s almost hard to believe that IHM has been following along with Only Real’s musical career for over two years, and he’s yet to drop a debut album. Finally, on March 30, the Londoner will be releasing a debut album titled Jerk At The End of the Line. On it is previously featured warm and scuzzy single Yesterdays, for which he’s revealed a music video accompaniment. Languid yet vibrant, the washed out, beachy tune is like a hazy mix of surfy bands like DIIV and Beach Fossils blended with some late 90’s alt acts, ie. Chumbawumba. We’ll be hearing a lot more about Only Real as the year progresses. It’s about time more folks got up on his tunes.