This song sounds like something straight out of the early 60’s, or something you might have played alongside The Mummies, The Phantom Surfers, or Thee Headcoats. They are Guantanamo Baywatch, who play a style of surf/garage rock that rips hard, and the song is from the split 7″ they did with Natural Child, to be released very soon on Suicide Squeeze Records.
Reading the words “slightly goofy stoner punk” and I’m thinking “yes, I have to hear this”. This is a video by The Ghost Wolves, whose “Attack Attack Attack” is the reason why they may be slightly something, but they’re slightly something damn good. Carley and Jonathan Wolf have an album ready for release on July 14th, they’re calling it Man, Woman, Beast (Plowboy) and the world may not be able to wait that long.
In truth, you don’t have to wait too long, as the entire album is streaming at YouTube. Enjoy it, then buy.
The Rich Hands are a garage rock band from San Antonio who play with the kind of fervor that is similar to groups from the late 70’s/early 80’s who wanted to be balls out but not disgustingly so. Musically though, they are raunch and rock at their best, and Out Of My Head (Fountain/Burger) sounds like a band who love the music and the hooks, and then there’s the stories that are rich with power and you want to listen to it because you can relate to them. Where these guys plan on going is uncertain at this time, but they seem to want to do things without figuring out a complete destination, just a rough guide on where but not exactly when. Calling the album Out Of My Head may be where they want to go with their formula so they can figure how to get out (of not rid) of it.
Released last fall, the Sonic Bloom album on The Reverberation Appreciation Society by Seattle’s Night Beats is making rock fans love the fact that this style of music is not only back, but has never left the vicinity. It sounds like something you may expect to hear from The Troggs, The Yardbirds, or The Kinks but is sweats in a wicked manner by the Night Beats, and they sweat quite nicely.
Sadly, Skating Polly will not allow me to play their song “Ugly” on my website but if you see the link, you can head to Soundcloud to take a listen to a song from their Calvin Johnson-produced Fuzz Steilacoom album on Chap Stereo.
Teen Sound Records will be responsible for the mayhem when Portland’s Paradise release a new album on April 22nd called Soldiers Of The Modern Age. These troopers are going to go crazy and so will fans, if “Born And Bound” is proof. It has a nice mid-60’s flair with a binch of bluesiness that made a out British bands proud to fly over the Atlantic.
If you are in Portland early next month, they’ll have a record release party on May 3rd at Doug Fir Lounge, with The Upside Down and The Suicide Notes playing as well. Show is only $10 and doors open at 8pm.
of Montreal’s “Jigsaw Puzzle” will be their contribution to a 7″ to be released for Record Store Day 2014. The B-side will be an alternate version of “Triumph of Disintegration”
Meanwhile, the group have a lot of shows planned through mid-May, and are scheduled to play at the Sasquatch this summer.
March 22… Natchitoches, LA (DemonFest @ Northwestern State University)
March 25… Zapopan, Mexico (Teatro Estudio Caveret)
March 27… Mexico City, MX (Vive Latino Festival )
March 29… Athens, GA (Velena’s Birthday Party @ The 40 Watt Club)
March 31… Greensboro, NC (The Blind Tiger)
April 1… Lexington, KY (Cosmic Charlie’s)
April 2… St Louis, MO (The Ready Room)
April 3… Iowa City, IA (Mission Creek Festival @ The Blue Moose Tap House)
April 4… Wichita, KS (The Crown Uptown)
April 6… Memphis, TN (The Hi Tone)
April 17… Columbia, SC (Columbia Museum of Art) (Indie Grits Festival)
May 2… Little Rock, AR (Revolution Music Room)
May 3… Austin, TX (Austin Psych Fest)
May 4… Baton Rouge, LA (Spanish Moon)
May 5… Pensacola, FL (Vinyl Music Hall)
May 6… St Petersburg, FL (State Theatre)
May 7… Miami, FL (Grand Central)
May 8… Orlando, FL (The Social)
May 9… Charlotte, NC (Chop Shop)
May 10… Baltimore, MD (The Ottobar)
May 11… New York, NY (Le Poisson Rouge)
May 12… Philadelphia, PA (Union Transfer)
May 13… Buffalo, NY (Town Ballroom)
May 14… Pontiac, MI (Crofoot Ballroom)
May 15… Grand Rapids, MI (The Pyramid Scheme)
May 16… Chicago, IL (Lincoln Hall)
May 17… Cincinnati, OH (The Taft Ballroom)
May 18… Carrboro, NC (Cat’s Cradle)
July 4-6… George, WA (Sasquatch Festival)
June 24th may seem like a long way off, in fact, it’s three months and two weeks away and in the music industry, that’s almost forever. It is the day that Welsh/Scottish group Gulp will be releasing an album of their brand of pop, rock, and hints of garage and ethereal-ness called Season Sun (Everloving). The group is a new project from Super Furry Animals’ Guto Pryce, a slight departure from what he has been known for but a welcome addition to what he has done over the years. Those who are headed to SXSW next week will be able to see them at The Hideout Theater on Thurday, March 13th. Until then, listen to their very exciting sound by entering “Vast Space” with them.
Almost three out of every four e-mails I’ve received in the last twk weeks has someone talking about either showing up at this year’s SXSW or touring towards their way to SXSW. Blouse? They are going to be at SXSW too but before you gloss over at the tour coordinates, they’ve released a video for “Happy Days”, directed by Anna Alek, who shot this in Dallas, Oregon using 16mm film, which I like for that reason alone. It was created to support their second album Imperium (Captured Tracks), and they’re going on tour to let people know about them and the album.
How to get to know more about Blouse? Seeming them in the following cities and venues:
March 6… Los Angeles, CA (La Cita)
March 7… San Diego, CA (Casbah)
March 8… Las Vegas, NV (Backstage Bar)
March 9… AZ (Crescent Ballroom)
March 10… Albuquerque, NM (Sister)
March 12… 16 – Austin, TX (SXSW)
March 15.. Houston, TX (Central Quad @ Rice University)
March 16… Dallas, TX (Spillover Festival)
March 18… Nashville, TN (Exit/In)
March 19… Birmingham, AL (Bottletree)
March 20… Atlanta, GA (The Earl)
March 21… Raleigh, NC (Kings)
March 22… Washington, DC (Black Cat)
March 23… Philadelphia, PA (Johnny Brenda’s)
March 25… New York, NY (Bowery Ballroom)
March 26… Brooklyn, NY (Music Hall of Williamsburg)
March 27… Boston, MA (Brighton Music Hall)
March 28… Montreal, QUE (Il Motore)
March 29… Toronto, ONT (Lee’s Place)
March 30… Ferndale, MI (Loving Touch)
March 31… Chicago, IL (Empty bottle)
April 1… Minneapolis, MN (Triple Rock)
April … Vancouver, BC (Biltmore)
April 5… Seattle, WA (Neumos)
April 6… Portland, OR (Doug Fir)
April 8.. San Fransisco, CA (Independent)
April 9… San Jose, CA (The Blank Club)
With the release of their debut album last year (my review of which can be read by clicking here), Tough Age are antsy to rock everyone they come across, and they’re going to get a chance at the top of March with a tour that will lead them to this year’s SXSW. While one could say they made their first music video as a way to celebrate their tour plans, that’s not the case. They just felt it was time to get into the video realm, and it’s a means of promotion, just like the tour. First, the dates. They will be joined by Jay Arner and Terry Malts along the way.
March 1… Vancouver, BC (Heaven #)
March 7… Seattle, WA (Heartland)
March 8… Portland, OR (Foggy Notion)
March 9… Boise, ID (TBA)
March 10… Salt Lake City, UT (Diabolical Records)
March 11… Denver, CO (Three Kings)
March 13… Austin, TX (Headhunters) (Mint Records Day Party at SXSW)
March 15… Austin, TX (Maggie May’s)
March 17… Albuquerque, NM (Gold House) *
March 18… Flagstaff, AZ (TBA)
March 19… Las Vegas, NV (Hellpop) *
March 20… San Pedro, CA (TBA)
March 21… Los Angeles, CA (TBA)
March 22… Oakland, CA (Night Light) ^
March 23… Stockton, CA (Bus Stop)
* with Jay Arner
^ with Terry Malts
Now you can watch the VHS memories in their video for “I Waste Too Much Time On Myself”.