Given that it’s the first of the month and September sees the Liverpool Psych Fest, today’s #onegoodthing seems appropriately timed.
Yup, those Swedish purveyors of some of the sharpest, brightest and boldest psych-inflected music – GOAT – are back with Words (Version).
As per, it’s sparse on lyrics, but full of vibrant sounds, shed loads of fuzz and some of the most potent percussion out there. In a nutshell: it’s awesome.
The barrelling post-punk charm of Spray Paint give us today’s #onegoodthing in the shape of I Need A Bag.
Hailing from Austin, Texas, they are the tipping point between noise-rock and post-punk, all angles and churning guitars. Fans of Parquet Courts should probably take note…
Coming from the same label as Girl Band, Ireland’s Jet Setter don’t offer quite the same visceral assault on the senses as their labelmates, but rather tread the more traditional path of indie-rock.
However, that’s no bad thing when the tunes are this good, with Not Yet propelled by a Strokes-esque riff, before diverting to a more Brit-rock sound akin to the meeting point of Bloc Party and Boy Kill Boy. Though it’s much better than that sounds…
LA’s The Squids‘ second EP of the year provides us with today’s #onegoodthing.
Topping off the three-track album is Watermelon, a nagging slice of bubblegum indie-rock, with nods aplenty to surf-rock and garage influences.
If ever a band’s name was deemed appropriate for a song it could well be this combo, as Ruby is indeed an absolute doozie.
Hailing from Washington DC, The Doozies‘ frenetic garage-rock is best showcased on the blistering, jump-up-and-down vibes of Ruby.
The last release from the inimitable Wimps gives us today’s #onegoodthing.
This five-track EP showcases all that’s good about them, from searing, seat-of-your-pants garage-punk of opener Couches to the slightly stripped back and subtle melodies of closer Super Moon.
It’s an instant classic.
The sweet pop sounds of The Lemons give us today’s #onegoodthing, with their track Best Day.
Harnessing the upbeat vibes of The Beach Boys upon a garage-pop sound, the relentless jangle of the track will certainly have you nodding along.
Something of a departure, today’s #onegoodthing is the self-proclaimed ‘sasscore’ of F A L L S.
It’s a mesh of hardcore and more mainstream influences, adding a whole shitheap of grit onto the likes of Queens of the Stone Age at their most rip-roaring.
Not for the faint-hearted, don’t be surprised to be lulled into a false sense of security by the opening 30-odd seconds.
Thanks to Lucy B from the righteous Bad Grammar for alerting me to this.
The first volume of the Beech Coma collection was a firm favourite on these pages (and this page) earlier this year, and the first signs are that the second instalment is also going to get plenty of repeat plays.
Vol II features a raft of new, fairly unheralded bands and the first track available is this beaut from Hella Better Dancer.
Like A Child is a summery swirl of edgy guitars and late-night vibes and promises plenty from the band and the rest of the collection.
We get a lesson on the virtues of simplicity on today’s #onegoodthing, with the breezy Hangout With You from Diners.
At a little over 100 seconds it wastes no time at all, ensuring that – even though it’s fairly sparse, upbeat indie-pop – every moment of that is used to its full potential.
It’s a personal stand-out on a fairly decent album.