New album: Pedico || Murder Hawai’i

Ready for some Ramones & Beach Boys worship? Can’t wait for summer? Listen to Pedico! Pedico are from New York and feature Jake (guitar, vocals), Griff (bass, vocals) and Chris (drums). They roll out lo-fi surfy poppunk’n’roll tunes that are so addictive, I can’t stop playing them. And if you are a Youtube frequenter, they have that Beastie Boys knack for making fun videos as well. [continued below]

New single: Los Pepes || Want You Back​/​Never Get It Right

Los Pepes are one of those bands where you know exactly what you get with each release: well executed sleazy UK powerpop’n’roll that is fast and catchy. I feel kinda bad that none of their releases have made it from my wantlist to my collection. That is about to change, because their latest double A-side single is all hits, zero misses. I am not even going to discuss which song on this single is my favorite. Let’s call it a hell of a draw. The 7″ inch will ship out early May. Don’t miss out on this one, pre-order now through the band or Black Wax Noise Division.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New album: Hot Breath || Rubbery Lips

And now some heavy / garage rock, like an intense and dirty kiss at an after party that never ends. After a six track EP in 2019 the Swedish four-piece Hot Breath is now releasing a full-length LP with ten raw, energetic songs full of hooks and riffs, and great vocals by Jennifer Israelsson. Watch / listen below to awesome party banger Bad Feeling, in my opinion the biggest hit of the record, but the other tracks are also worthwhile. Out now digitally, on CD and on vinyl LP through The Sign Records. Yeah!

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Discogs

New EP: The Jonnybirds || The Jonnybirds

Here’s the story of how The Jonnybirds became a thing. Once upon a time, three musicians from different places stumbled across each other during the 2020 pandemic. Alan was traveling around Asia and got stuck in Seoul when Covid-19 hit, Alex was doing a professorship of German studies there, and Jinu is a Seoul native who’s a veteran in the local music scene. They were clicking quite well, so they decided to do some recordings instead of waiting on the corona virus. Because aside from Jinu, none of them had their instruments there, they were forced to limit themselves to an acoustic sound, but that became a comfortable stylistic choice. Their self-titled debut EP is now digitally available everywhere. Listen to the Radiohead-esque track Citizen Sane below (or watch the live version at YouTube), but also check out the multilingual song Riverwalk and the Nirvana-inspired Twist.

Add to wantlist at your preferred music service.

Gimme 5! || Jiffy Marx (Autogramm) Shares The Top 5 CDs That Are In His Truck Right Now

With ‘Gimme 5!’ we take a peek into the collections of artists we admire. The premise is simple: artists WE like share 5 records THEY love.

Do you still own CDs? I do, but in all honesty, I hardly play them. The main purpose of my CD-collection nowadays is ice breaker in work-from-home videocalls. Still, it’s pretty sweet to be able to pick out some CDs,  and rekindle your connection with them on long drives. That’s definitely the case for this week’s Gimme 5! artist Jiffy Marx – he will explain in a minute. Let me first say how happy I am that Jiffy wanted to share his list for this blog, because this guy knows how to write catchy tunes. He released an excellent solo single a couple of months ago, I wrote about that one here.

And this friday, he will release the second album of his band Autogramm. Autogramm are somewhat of a hybrid between ’80s powerpop, new wave and synth pop. The first song I ever heard from the band was the powerpop perfect Jessica Don’t Like Rock N Roll, and I’ve been keeping tabs on the band ever since. Spoiler alert for the new record: it’s pretty great; expect a review later this week. Here is a video for one of their new hits.

Okay, time to go to Jiffy’s list and let him do the talking. Enjoy!

New EP: Jet City Sports Club || September Sun

Yeah, I know, we write about Australian bands A LOT. But the music that is coming out of Australia recently is just too good not to share. Well, at least Jet City Sports Club are from Sydney and not Melbourne,  a particularly overrepresented city in our coverage. The bio of JCSC mentions ’90s grunge and britpop as influences, but I am not really picking that up from that the band’s sound. The four-piece makes the kind of indiepop I have a soft spot for: Crisp guitars, upbeat drumming and an amazing voice in singer Lilla Obradovic, who I believe would also fare well in an altcountry band. It’s full on pop music, but with sufficient pace and bite to please the alternative crowd. It’s not the sound you’d associate with a band named Jet City Sports Club. We shouldn’t take the bandname too seriously, the band explains: “We always had the idea of ‘X sports club’ as it’s a bit ironic as we aren’t very athletic, except maybe our bass player. Jet City just sounded cool so we ran with that. Seb, our bassist, plays soccer and loves the footy, as for the rest of us, we’re definitely not a hugely sporty group,”

JCSC show plenty of hit potential on the September Sun EP, and opener Bloodhounds is a prime example (listen below). And based on this performance of Redfern Station, the band’s live shows will live up to that promise. So yeah, another Australian band making the wantlist. It currently digital only, but there are plans for a physical release. The band also hopes to  put out a full length eventually. Despite the murderous competition in their home continent, let’s hope a label will pick them up ASAP.

Add to wantlist: iTunes

New album: Winds || Look At The Sky

This psychedelic pop / rock band from Los Angeles, California is a great discovery. After listening to Winds‘ debut album Look At The Sky once, I immediately became a fan. At the same time I realized that it’s a record that can only continue to grow, if only because there is too much to hear to fully comprehend at once. Band members have gained experience in Lucille Furs (their album Another Land was at no. 15 in my AOTY 2019 list) and Triptides, then you know what to expect. Check out the video below for The Way You Feel to get a better idea of that, although the track Chocolat, with French lyrics (performed by Nina Antonucci), is completely different. The album is out now digitally and on vinyl LP through Natural Music.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New album: Silver Synthetic || Silver Synthetic

Expectations were high after the Out of the Darkness EP that was released last fall, but with their self-titled full-length debut album American garage-psych quartet Silver Synthetic effortlessly deliver on its promise. We already knew two of the eight songs on the LP from that EP, but the new songs are from the same barrel, with a 70s stamp on it: relaxed glam rock, wayward country licks, classic pop harmonies, driving psych, Britfolk twists and turns, and dueling guitars. A great combination, where everything is right and sounds good. Out now via Third Man Records, on vinyl, CD, cassette, and digitally.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Discogs || Third Man

Reissue: The Blast Off Girls || The Blast Off Girls EP (w/ interview)

Every now and then, you come across a release that instantly intrigues but is clouded in mystery. Case in point: The Blast Off Girls EP. Perth label Igloo Records released it earlier this month, but it sounds like it’s from a different era. Songs like You’ve Been Messin’, Je M’apelle Femme Fatale, and Wrong Side Of The Tracks would fit right in on those sixties garage/girl group compilations we all love.

The Blast Off Girls look like they are from that era as well, with band members in ’60s dresses, gogo boots and armed with ray guns. It’s a lot of fun, and I was surprised how little I could find about the release. Fortunately, I came across the FB page of one of the Blast Off Girls, Hayley Comet. I reached out, and she was kind enough to uncover some of the mystery surrounding The Blast Off Girls. Read below to find out more about this short-lived project.

New album: The Blips || The Blips

Will Stewart, Taylor Hollingsworth, Wes McDonald, Eric Wallace, and Chris McCauley: the five experienced frontmen who started The Blips together share lead vocals, guitar, and bass duties, and that works out really, really well. They wrote and recorded their self-titled debut album within a few months, but it sounds like they have been playing together for years. Above all, this LP contains ten energetic, catchy rock songs that you can never have enough of. It’s brave that they made a sequel to Wild Thing, but Throw Me Around, Yes Yes No Yes No and Same Do are even better. Hits! Out now digitally, on CD en vinyl LP through Cornelius Chapel Records. RIYL: Strange Boys, King Tuff, Nobunny, Jacuzzi Boys.

Add to wantlist at Bandcamp or your preferred other music service.

Scroll to Top