The booming rock of Melbourne’s Gold Class give us today’s #onegoodthing.
Channeling the darkly desires of Joy Division to create a sound akin to early Editors, as Life As A Gun evolves, Gold Class display a Maccabees-esque knack for a pop-tinged bridge.
This track comes from the band’s It’s You album, which is more of the same intoxicating mix of post-punk angles and dark rock, and is released digitally and on CD this fine day.
Seemingly striking a blow for the ‘must-have’ culture, Shopping‘s Why Wait? is a tantalising teaser for what’s next from the band.
Maintaining their angular, post-punk sound, the London trio have added a layer of pop sheen that takes away some of the rawness of their debut release, but the music is no worse off for it.
It’s certainly got me excited for what’s to come on LP two.
Arctic Monkeys-influenced lo-fi, punk-tinged rock is the order of the day today, straight outta, erm… Ascot.
While the Surrey town might not be renowned as a hotbed of rock’n’roll activity, we’ve all got to start somewhere, and Jetti have displayed plenty of promise with their early offerings.
Managing to channel early Kooks catchiness (without wanting to punch them in the face) on The Beach, the band’s aforementioned nod to the Arctics is best heard on Lazy, which whizzes by in just over two minutes and leaves you wanting more and ready to pogo around your living room.
Sister Wanzala are a trio of London brothers whose debut track is a shimmering, simmering slice of blissed out funk.
Shy Heat / Heaven channels a Theme Park-esque chilled-out dance vibe, but these boys steer their sound towards a funkier, soulful feel.
They’ve tagged the tune as ‘Cold Funk’ and, as descriptions go, I can’t do better than that.
This is a group that is definitely one to watch.
Calgary-based Smoke Eaters deliver the at-times delicate driving pop-rock of Noise as today’s #onegoodthing.
The track has intricate math rock touchpoints, but it’s still an entirely accessible story of being disillusioned on a night out.
“Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t get this seat/I’ll try again next week, for now… goodnight,” is how the song somewhat heartbreakingly ends.
Biting, crunching post-punk from London two-piece Actual Crimes gives us today’s #onegoodthing.
The urgent screech and buzz of Beach is the stand-out of their Cassette! EP, and is an all-out assault of the senses in its 2min 22sec.
With its sheer energy and intent, this is not for the faint of heart.
Those cheeky, affable Spanish senoritas Hinds return to these pages with their charmingly ramshackle garage-rock brilliance in full evidence on new track Chili Town.
Beginning with those trademark laconic vocals, it’s a slower-paced journey than we’ve become accustomed to with the band, but it still perfectly encapsulates their infectious charm and ability to pen a catchy, jangly tune.
I don’t think there’s another band out there at the moment that you’d want to go on a ‘lost’ weekend with – they’re clearly an absolute blast.
Incidentally, the track will feature on their forthcoming debut album – The Very Best of Hinds so far.
Somehow managing to sound more AND less like The Beatles at the same time, today’s #onegoodthing marks the second appearance of new faves The Foetals.
There’s an even more definite Fab Four vocal vibe to proceedings on Malted, but it’s embellished by a fuzzier guitar sound above the backing “la la”s compared to previous track Fine.
With The Pink Teens seemingly on hiatus, here’s hoping there’s something fuller coming from The Foetals soon – these first two tunes are bristling with promise.
It’s been a while, but we’re back and it’s with the exhilarating TRAAMS that we mark that return.
The crunching guitars, howling vocals and surprisingly subtle drums on Succulent Thunder Anthem combine to create a 100mph scuzz bomb of a track.
It’s quite the marker to lay down ahead of the impending new album.
Comprising members from some of Dublin and Belfast’s indie great and good, Cruising have contrived to deliver my biggest earworm of recent months.
Woman is the poppiest track on the band’s recent eponymous EP and eschews the denser, darker sludgy sounds on the rest of the collection for something that – at times – brings to mind Siouxsie Sioux & The Banshees if they traded their punk stylings for something more psych-inflected.
It’s been a couple of weeks now and this tune is showing no sign at all of leaving my brain.