I’ve been listening to some cool New Zealand bands this week, big shout out to ‘prizegiving‘ and ‘Man in Rug‘, but this How Get track was far too exciting to not put some words down about.
I’m no rock music oracle, so my comparison of Whanganui Police Computer to At the Drive-in‘s ‘One Armed Scissor’ is probably a bit lame and predictable… but to hell with you! That’s what it reminds me of and that’s an insane song to be compared to, so move along.
As with a lot of the songs on How Get’s ‘Very Strong EP‘ the riffs are fast, and I mean fast – this is by no means a time for a sit down and a moment of meditation. So you can get that idea out of your head. Get up from your tatami mat, locate your finest How Get tour tshirt and go find the band wherever they may be – that’s exactly what I’m off to do, bye.
How Get, please become mega successful and visit the UK, thanks.
9 Commandments out of 10.
Ah, hairs on the back of my neck, I wonder where’d you’d been.
I’m so glad I have friends that know me well enough to recommend a song this good.
Blasé, has been recorded beautifully, there’s such a relaxed tone going on, you can’t help but be swept along. I can’t get enough of that switch up into the chorus, the change of rhythm is so playful and soulful. While this is all going on, harmonies, seemingly from some angelic dawn, heighten every emotion known to man and woman – creating in the end a pretty damn great record.
If I wanted to make a lazy comparison, I’d say this is an exact combination of early Daughter, Laura Marling and a bit of Holly Miranda, which sounds great, right?
Go check out the track below, and then go listen to all her other tracks on her SoundCloud – “Evil Child” is also so so great, and also “Misread”.
10 Commandments out of 10.
BEyOND Truth is rad. It would be an understatement to say the lyrics are sublime, the delivery is really poetic, and I think Froggi Bo could make any phrase sound like a piece of modern Shakespearean scripture (maybe). Combine this with a feeling of melancholy and a couple of guitars and you end up with a track that felt quite personal to me.
The more I think about it the more it sounds similar to a Courtney Barnett deep cut, when she’s in a storytelling mood – but without the Australian accent.
I also really like Slow It Down and the solo version of Windows on Froggi’s SoundCloud page – go explore.
And then there’s the band Froggi’s in – Famsmary. Some of the bigger sounding tracks, where the Famsmary team operate as one entity, have some cool sounds going on. I love the fade-in on Portabello (fade-in’s are used enough people!) and the re-worked Windows sounds so rhythmic with THAT bass line. Oh, and big shout out to the Paper Weights track as well.
Check out Famsmary’s self titled EP on Bandcamp.
10 Commandments out of 10
This track came out back in November of last year – but we don’t care, it’s unbelievably good.
The sombre guitar riff is unstoppable, this is a hazy night walk into the oblivion.
All thoughts are suspended as Lisa’s words glide by numbly: “I am just neutral and trying to do as I should”. Even the guitar solo evokes words such as “like you know, whatever”.
To be listened to after dark.
10 Commandments out of 10