Talkies – Not a Rehearsal

These goode boys are from Austin, Texas!

The guitar on Not a Rehearsal gives me some old school vibes, and I’m talking Blondie old school (they should probably explore the idea of a Rapture-style rap). This is chilled, eerie pop and I adore it. The softly spoken vocals also really remind me of the new spooky nostalgic MGMT stuff, which has ended up being weirdly great. I think that’s enough of me saying Talkies sound like other bands.

It looks like Not a Rehearsal is Talkies‘ first release since they reworked their lineup, so if this track is anything to go by their upcoming album could be spookily awesome. Rad guitar solo too.

Check out the track below and explore their Bandcamp!

9 Commandments out of 10

DENZELL – Soft Reset

Pittsburgh, USA!

Ok yes I’ve been listening to a lot of Parquet Courts, but DENZELL do remind me of them, in that “heyyy, we’re laid back so we don’t need to try hard to sound cool” thing. But deep down we really know that a lot of work has gone into creating that lazy hazy sound – I know your dirty strong work ethic secret DENZELL!

Soft Reset has that awesome awesome forever non-stop riff in the background that powers the track throughout. I think I could happily have that guitar in the background of my entire life. Maybe up until I turn like 35, at that point I might be a bit angrier, and be more prone to headaches – plus the guitar player should really have the chance to do something else with their life.

Apparently DENZELL have hopes of an album release later this year!

Also their cover photo on Facebook is the entire band being homer sinking into the hedge – so they’re worth your time.

10 Commandments out of 10.

steve. – Fuego My Eggo

I’ve been feeling pretty sad and full of emotion lately so I’ve returned to my love of emo music – the result of all this has been the discovery of steve. – *unveils steve. from beneath one of those metal dome food covers that they have in restaurants in the movies*.

steve. are from New Jersey in the big ol’ US of A. Fuego My Eggo was my fav off their EP and they were kind enough to even create a music video for it, so I’ve included that below as an extra special treat. I know I know, thank me later.

I’ve found Fuego My Eggo kinda feisty and also kinda liberating. It has reminded me to go get outside and meet some fun people, make a few mistakes and embrace some “maple syrup covered lips“. I also love this song for its gradual increase in anger, I guess it just goes to show how quickly everything can turn to shit – but that journey does give us things to sing about, so *shrugs shoulders*.

Also listening to this in the evening has its downsides as I am now dying for some breakfast. Go listen to the whole EP on bandcamp fools – but maybe wait till morning.

10 Commandments out of 10.

Landlines – Junkyard

Portland, USA! ..and yes, I’ve only just discovered Portlandia – but i’m learning.

I’m getting so many early REMmurmur era‘ vibes (…sorry for writing vibes) from Junkyard. I think it’s how stripped back it is, with the really prominent bass – it’s also because of how god damn cool it is.

I’m really glad this comes out in September, as this is genuinely the time of year where I always start to break.

The guitar solo on Junkyard is the icing on this grungy straight-talking cake. I wish it went on longer, but I think you’d then end up with an entire Interpol song sandwiched between the rest of this Landlines song – and I think Interpol are the only band who could really pull that sort of thing off, and only with their songs. Taking this all into account, the guitar solo is the correct length. I’m sure Landlines went through the same thought process.

The song rules, and it’s part of a new album that is out physically September 28th – go find it on bandcamp!

10 Commandments out of 10.

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