It’s an EP. It’s a 7-inch. It’s a download. It’s Wimps follow-up to last year’s great debut album. Distraction reminds me of the Intelligence with its rattling riff, marching repetition and general catchiness. The record is out now on Help Yourself Records. Now if I could just find this single at a record store in town. What the heck?
My ears are still ringing from Wildhoney’s first single which came out last year on Nostalgium Directive, but not too much. So I’m ready for more and the Baltimore shoegazers are right on time with single number two. Seventeen keeps the quality in the red with soaring guitars and angelic vocals. I already want more.
Seattle’s Neighbors have put of some good songs, but my favorite might be this one. The 90’s were certainly influential on these youngsters, but they take their Pavement, Hefner, Versus, and Wedding Present influences and put an entirely new millennial perspective on the whole shebang. It’s raw, rocking, heartfelt and inspired. Muscle Grrl is from their upcoming record. Look for it soon on BADH.
So so good to hear a new song from Athen’s Georgia’s King of Prussia. It has been quite a long time since we’ve heard from this one time Elephant 6 collective band, but Actuary sees them as if the sugary pop gifts have quintupled upon them in their absence. Their new album Zonian Girls is out on 8 April on Minty Fresh. Love the horns!
Tense Men is a mysterious collective of replicants from Sauna Youth, Cold Pumas and Omi Palone. They, like most bands on the Faux Discx label, dig Joy Division, Gang of Four and the Velvet Underground. Repetition and hidden daggers abound here. Watch out for their 12” EP ‘Where Dull Care Is Forgotten’ out on 10 March on Faux Discx.
King Tears Mortuary isn’t just a funeral home in Austin,Texas, it’s also and indiepop band from Sydney,Australia. The band are gearing up for the release of their 'Asleep At The Wheel Of Fortune' EP 7” in April. It is the follow-up to last year’s Safe Sex EP. This song Grease Trap is superior in fidelity but keeps up the C-86 vibe that they have. Excellent stuff.
Girl One And The Grease Guns hold the dubious honor of best 7-inch single from last year that I missed. This blast of white noise evokes industrial versions of Psychocandy Jesus & Mary Chain and Motorcycle Love & Rockets. Amazing.
Eyelids are like the Portland, Oregon version of the Wrecking Crew. They were the band behind Robert Pollard’s Boston Spaceships. They’ve also worked with Stephen Malkmus, The Decemberists, Elliott Smith, Sam Coomes of Quasi, Black Prairie, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Loch Lomand, Damian Jurado and Peter Buck.
This is the video from their debut single Seagulls Into Submission. If you dig Teenage Fanclub you are very likely to fall in love with this song. This isn’t just a one-off single, Eyelids are working on a full length album. Keep your eyes peeled for that.
Unfortunately it seems that Seattle’s Hotels have ceased. But the corpse isn’t cold just yet. They’ve just released the final part in their trilogy of EP’s inspired by the cinema. The lead song Relentless Practitioners may be the finest song the band has ever recorded. It is truly cinematic in scope with a driving bass and an amazing chorus. Recommended to fans of For Against, the Sound, Comsat Angels and Curtain Society.
They were never very popular here in Seattle, probably because they didn’t have beards and act emo. Few in Seattle probably ever knew they had this treasure in its midst. I for one will miss them.
Check out Beachdick for the next chapter in the Hotels story.