Dryspell – “You Without Me”

By Will Oliver, January 15th 2018

Dryspell is a rock group out of Austin, Texas, formed by Hunter Thompson (who also plays guitar with White Reaper). The band is set to release their brand new EP More on March 1 via Highland Park, a new singles label from Roll Call Records.

They’ve released the EP’s first single, the blaring rocker “You Without Me” which definitely fits in with the garage rock put out by recent groups such as Twin Peaks and even a bit of Thompson’s work with White Reaper. On top of some devilish guitar licks, there are some pop-hooks under all the fuzz that bring it all home in rocking fashion.

Find a stream of “You Without Me” available to hear below and if you dig it, go ahead and find the track available to snag at their Bandcamp page.
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Western Scene – “Strange But True”

By Will Oliver, January 15th 2018

Western Scene is the indie rock band formed out of Los Angeles by Tom Pritchard. It’s been four years since the band’s EP Listening, but they’ve recently returned with their new single “Strange But True.”

It’s an atmospheric and hopeful indie rock gem that builds up to swelling highs, packing a sneaky amount of emotional punch. The single caught the attention of Grand Jury Music who have released the single for the band.

You can find a stream of the track below.
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Car Seat Headrest – “Nervous Young Inhumans”

By Will Oliver, January 15th 2018

Car Seat Headrest has re-recorded his 2011 album Twin Fantasy which was originally self-released through Bandcamp and will come out with a revamp and more produced version of the album via Matador Records.

The first new take of the album that he’s released is the music video of “Nervous Young Inhumans,” which Will Toledo self-directed and shows himself putting some fancy footwork on display while singing into the camera with some split-screen camera action. The song itself basically is re-recorded to capture the band at their current prowless as live performers and with some finer production at their disposal. It sounds great, although I’m sure diehard fans will naturally prefer the original.

But so often bands record some great work themselves and the result is a good lo-fi record, but sometimes you wonder what it would happen if they re-recorded it when they actually had some money and a label overseeing the recordings (Smith Westerns debut comes to mind). Well, Toledo has actually done just that. I’m excited to see what he’s done to the rest of the record.

For now, enjoy the video for “Nervous Young Inhumans” below.
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Soft Girls & Boys Club – “22:22”

By Will Oliver, January 15th 2018

Soft Girls & Boys Club are a 5-piece out of Nottingham who makes some delicious psych-rock with some groovy hooks that don’t take long to show themselves on their 2017 single “22:22.” Good vocals, some nice guitar work and a funky sensibility that shows these guys as plenty worthy and confident of their talents.

The band is really only just getting started, but “22:22” feels and sounds like a band that’s ready for bigger and better things in 2018. Keep an eye on these lads.

Enjoy a stream of “22:22” below and go grab it on iTunes if you’re feeling it.
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Prettymess – “Tripping”

By Will Oliver, January 14th 2018

Australian natives Prettymess turn back the clock a bit and deliver a rocker that sounds like it could’ve come from the 90s.

In fact, it was actually released by the band back in 2005 on their album Greyscale Broadcast. It seems that this little gem got lost in the shuffle, but it recently came across my inbox and it’s too good not to share.

Enjoy a listen to “Tripping” below.
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Rosie Tucker – “Spinster Cycle”

By Will Oliver, January 14th 2018

What would you do if you broke up with someone at a laundromat? Well, write a song about it, naturally. At least that’s what Los Angeles musician Rosie Tucker did, resulting in her latest single, “Spinster Cycle.”

The track shows off her smart, tongue-in-cheek songwriting ability in both a humorous and genuinely touching fashion. She knows how to slyly pack a ton of hooks within her songwriting, even though it may not be instantly obvious, but it will be by the time you’re humming along towards the songs end when you’re ready to hit that replay button. It seems geared to soundtrack a charming little indie movie someday.

It’s the second single taken from Tucker’s upcoming EP. I’ve embedded the stream below and you can also find it available to grab at her bandcamp.
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Franjapan – “How Was Your Night”

By Will Oliver, January 14th 2018

Franjapan are a five-piece from Melbourne who create some rather sincire and addictive indie rock with some poppy ideas that shine through in winning fashion on their latest track “How Was Your Night.” This sounds like some straight up enjoyable indie that would’ve really lit up the blogs in the mid 2000s.

You can stream the track below and if you dig it, go give it a buy over at their for whatever price you want.
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Sea Offs – “Occhiolism”

By Will Oliver, January 14th 2018

Sea Offs play at the Oak Mountain Hideaway Concert Series in Frenchville, Pa. on Feb. 11, 2017.

Sea Offs is the Philadelphia duo of Olivia Price and Rashmit Arora. Together they make some passionate and lovely dreamy folk-rock that is touching and sincere.

Take their track “Occhiolism” that starts out as a fragile ballad and soon blossoms into a full-out indie rock jam with Price’s vocals soaring in beautiful fashion.

Enjoy the track with its official music video which was directed by Kirti Kalyandurgmath and was recently premiered over at WXPN’s The Key. Both the video and the track are posted and available to hear below.
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Stonefield – “Delusion”

By Will Oliver, January 13th 2018

Stonefield is a band consisting of four sisters from Australia, who make some rather killer psych-rock with some proggy elements that probably helped them become one of the latest signings to Flightless Records (home of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard).

Their first release under Flightless is their delicious 70’s psych-rock offering “Delusion” even finding some breakdowns that remind of classic acts such as Black Sabbath and come off in quite epic fashion.

This is some good stuff. Enjoy a stream of “Delusion” below and if you like what you hear, you can find the single available to buy on iTunes.
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