Talk Normal is one those bands that just absolutely pummel you in a live setting, and they bring some of that rawness to this new one entitled "Cover." Bare bones and punky, it's all drum punches, stoic fuzz guitar and organ drones that build to a freakish pitch. Their new album, Sunshine, is coming October 23 via Joyful Noise.
One of the best developments in indie music this year has been a return to noise and brutality. Take Copenhagen post-punkers Lower. "Craver" has forceful tornados of guitar, thundering drums and the sort of howl-laden vocals that are more about attitude than diary entries. Like punk darlings of 2011 Iceage, Lower are raw, to-the-point and have no need to space and grace.
With a title like "Bodies In The Dunes" you probably already surmised we're not heading into glittery dancefloor territory. Pop. 1280 is abrasive, atonal and finds glory in a dirty tribal stomp. Vocals, intoned like older material from Liars, tell you exactly where those bodies are hidden while kitchen sink percussion clatters with the sort of reckless abandon that I love in a noise-rock outfit. Find more on the group's Sacred Bones-debut The Horror on January 24.
“Daddy’s Money” is the first taste of the debut LP from Atlanta noise rock band Whores. Their album, Ruiner, will be out in December via Brutal Panda Records, and it's a heavy, sludge-ridden collection of tracks reminiscent of Helmet and The Melvins. This fuzzed-out number offers a good introduction to the trio, which is composed of singer/guitarist Christian Lembach, drummer Travis Owen and bassist Jake Shultz. Plus, it sounds like it was recorded inside a discarded metal trash can – and we mean that as a compliment. Total rawness.
Pterodactyl, a Brooklyn noise-rock band, has been making some gloriously grimy jams for years now, and it seems the ante is being upped on the group's third album. The biggest new addition is harmonies, as the group trades yelps for synchronized sweet nothings over shrill guitar loops, machine gun drums and a resolute minimalism pioneered by its godfather band Oneida. Get wild with the Spills Out LP, which is available November 15 on Brah.
Aria Jalali, the man behind the San Francisco/Los Angeles-based Railcars, has taken on an uneasy task. Many have stepped up to the Kate Bush plate, and as many have failed. It seems better to go for broke than keep close to the original, and Jalali is certainly triumphant in doing so. Managing to keep a glint of Kate's '80s alive while drowning the track under a thick wall of noise-rock, his is a version that bypasses the pop in favor of exploring the song's production elements, which, as with Bush, Jalali did himself. Check out the album covered in full, which is out June 21 from Crash Symbols and AMDiscs.
This woozy, low-fi track perfectly describes lackadaisical teenage boredom in sunny suburban So Cal and the requisite hash-smoking-from-a- Red-Bull-can that comes with it. Defiant, hazy beach punk, it would have blended in perfectly in the Lords of Dogtown soundtrack. Like most of Wavves' tunes, "So Bored" sounds like it was recorded from a live session on a transistor radio onto a tape deck; its rogue grittiness is half the thrill. Nathan Williams, the singular phenom behind Wavves, (who also runs the rap blog, Ghost Ramp), will be an ubiquitous figure at year's Austin festivities - he's playing 9 shows in 4 days.
Wavves' Austin Schedule:
3/18 - Forcefield/Terrorbird Party @ Red 7 (1:00pm)
3/18 - Fat Possum Showcase @ Emo's Outside (3:15 pm)
3/18 - Spaceland Party @ Maggie Maes (5:30pm)
3/19 - Rhapsody Showcase @ Mohawk (1:15pm)
3/19 - Oh My Rockness Party @ Annex Backyard (8:00pm)
3/20 - Other Music Party @ French Legation Museum (4:00pm)
3/20 - Kill Yr Idols/PPM/Converse @ Club 1808 (11:00pm)
3/21 - Levis/Fader Fort @ 1101 E. 5th Street (2:15pm)
3/21 - Woodsist Showcase (11:00pm)
The Mint Chicks have attitude- feisty and furious at all times- whether on-stage or off. Um, to give you a perspective, that shot is of the lead singer hanging from the bars above a stage in Auckland. So we're considering ourselves lucky that the all-male noise/powerpop/punk/ band recently moved from New Zealand to Portland, Oregon. The song "Welcome To Nowhere" has ska-punk energy before it receeds into dark, metal distortion mid-song. Warning: If played loud, it may kill the cat.
Putting a Euro dance shine on a noise punk song might not be easy, but Acid Girls have found a way. HEALTH are coming out of the same LA scene that has birthed acts like No Age and Mika Miko, and their song “Triceratops” is becoming an anthem of sorts. The guys over at DiS are really into it and posted a few Acid Girls remixes of the joint. In a way, HEALTH’s songs lend themselves well to electrobanger remixes as all the aggressive beats and riffs are already present in the music. Add a bass line and voila! Instant dancefloor.