Applying the summery disposition of The Beach Boys to a ‘countrified’, garage-rock track, today’s #onegoodthing is Sanity by Juan Wauters.
Wauters has concocted an infectious composition here, that is perfectly restrained that touches upon the standard surf-rock template, but adds an extra layer of finesse to it.
Summer Sundays were made for this track, but a spring one will have to suffice…
Londoners Primetime (and self-proclaimed chaotic neurotics) veer from catchy pop-punk to the rockier end of the scale, and today’s #onegoodthing is certainly towards the former.
Tied Down maintains the art-rock ethos on show throughout their other tracks, but it’s riff and easy-to-sing-along lyrics make this another of those songs that burrows into your brain and sets up home.
Visceral garage-punk at its finest is the order of the day today, courtesy of the frustratingly punctuated Thee MVP’s.
New track Funeral is a barn-storming introduction to the band’s upcoming EP to be released on PNKSLM Records, who have provided plenty of our #onegoodthings.
It’s certainly got a touch of the Ty Segalls about it and has an extra smidge of polish to it that shows the four-piece have upped their game. But don’t take that to mean it’s over-produced, you can still taste the sweat and feel the rumble of the bassline just fine.
With lyrics like ”I’m so sick of myself / and I, I’ll probably wind up in hell” and a killer garage riff, Danny’s Park by Vaguess (pronounced vay-gus) has been lodged in my head for a few weeks now.
At the same slacker-garage end of the spectrum as the likes of Harlem, the drawled vocals are still legible over a crescendo of guitars and drums – also particularly well-executed on the next track – Sinkpisser – on the album this comes from.
Thanks to Rob Morgan of the If There Is Hell Below… podcast for alerting me to this.
There’s more than a little Arctic Monkeys to Brazil’s music, but this is far from a pastiche in the vein of the much-maligned Milburn.
With thumping drums, a glam-indie riff in the guise of Miles Kane’s best work and on-the-button psych swirls, this début offering points to big things for the boys form Brazil.
Listen. Repeat. Listen. Repeat…
OK, today’s #onegoodthing might be a bit of a cheat, as I’ve opted for a whole album. In my defence, it’s just too damn hard to choose one track from such a well-constructed and damn catchy album.
Miscalculations are formed of members from The Gaggers, The Ladykillers and The Botox Rats, with this London supergroup (ahem…) adding a dash of electro to the punk-rock base. The links are dirty and the vocals urgent, it should get you buzzing (and maybe more than a little interested in a bit of ‘aggro’…)
If this rocks your world, too, then you should definitely find out more about Miscalculations and the raft of bands on the No Front Teeth roster.
This album from BIG EYES has long been a go-to in a effort to speed up a turgid afternoon at work, with the driving riffs and punk-rock sounds sprinkled liberally with a dash of pop.
It’s bloody tough to pick a stand-out track, but the album is topped and tailed with a pair of corkers, and it’s album closer You Ain’t The Only One that I’ve opted for, with its sharp guitars and lyrics positively spat at by singer Kate Eldrige.
With such an array of quality post-punk tracks to choose from, I could have opted for anything from the eponymous album by The Modern Lovers.
However, as much for the lyrics as the tune, I’ve opted for Pablo Picasso, featuring singer and mastermind Jonathan Richman at his most louche.
“Well, some people try to pick up girls, and they get called an asshole/that never happened to Pablo Picasso.”
Pure, unadulterated rock majesty of the highest calibre.
Here’s a barn-storming slice of proto-punk from Ex-Cult to start your weekend.
Midnight Passenger is a claustrophobic track, with buzzing guitars and the type of vocals that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Bond villain (if he fronted a punk band, obviously…)
There’s a touch of Queens of the Stone Age in the riff, but it’s altogether a harsher proposition than most of Josh Homme’s recent output – and it’s definitely better off for it.
The consistently excellent PNKSLM Records provide us with today’s #onegoodthing, which comes from Swedes Les Big Byrd.
It’s a swirling hulk of a track, soaked in psych and a grungey riff, but accompanied by understated vocals that all add up to create an absolute peach.
With previous blog favourites The Janitors and Sudakistan also coming from Stockholm, there’s clearly even more reason than normal to hit up Sweden’s capital.
Thanks to Ed Ackerson for flagging this up.