Hang Loose- Alabama Shakes

The aptly named Alabama Shakes serve up a lighthearted blend of blues-inspired roots rock and touch of soul that harken back to The Band, Janis Joplin, Wilson Pickett, The Allman Brothers, and the like. From the first riffs, “Hang Loose” verges on an almost country, gospel-esque medley, with infectious Joplin-like vocals that doesn’t leave one lacking. No, they’re not … [Read more...]

Shattered Me – Bass Drum of Death

WAVVES and Ty Segall had a baby and they’re called Bass Drum of Death. Fuzzed-out, thrashing around, make no-apologies punk rock, this bare bones lo-fi duo have poised themselves to take on a slice of that California surf punk. Taking obvious cues from punk and proto-punk predecessors: Richard Hell, The Stooges, and The New York Dolls, their only drawback is lack of variation. … [Read more...]

6 Bands Whose Sound Changed For The Better

Henry: Second chances are my favourite type of chances; there's no feeling quite like making good on a second chance. It's also satisfying when you decide to give something a second chance and it turns out OK. Imagine if you'd quit Selfie after its pilot. You'd have missed this! Imagine if you'd've bailed on Happy Endings because its first season was a little sketch. You've … [Read more...]

Graveyard of Dreams – Joseph Pagano

It's a rare day when my old man is forwarding me music. It's even rarer still when it's not Led Zeppelin and it is perhaps most rare when it's something that I genuinely like. But today is that day and this is an absolute gem of an EP. … [Read more...]

Revisiting Femtronica

Henry: Remember this? From 2013! Femtronica has come a long way. Any comment on how the genre has evolved since your last post? Has anyone blown up in a way you didn't expect? Looking back some artists went in a sound-direction I didn't love (Haim) but some have surprised me in a really great way (Grimes). Michael: It's actually amazing how big a sound this has become and I … [Read more...]