New single: Turbo Star || Bangkok City

OK, let’s shift our focus to Thailand, where Eddie Starr (vocals), Stormy Mekong (guitar), Mitch Goldenrod (bass), and Guy la Rush (drums, cowbell) of Bangkok-based four-piece Turbo Star throw rock ‘n’ roll parties because they can. The title track of their 3rd release, Bangkok City, could just be the soundtrack to one of The Hangover movies. It has everything – everything! – that makes a party rock anthem so appealing. With B-sides Calm Down and Backdoor Boogie the audience can keep dancing like it’s 1978.

The Bangkok City EP is out now digitally via Wooo! Records. Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New EP: English Summer || Holding Against Our Own

English Summer is the jangle pop solo project of Australian(!) singer-songwriter Caleb Carr. He just released his second EP, which is profoundly titled Holding Against Our Own, but is actually quite uplifting. Standout track An English Summer’s Day shows that you should make the most of it (how beautiful: “When I see clouds; I smile // But when I hear rain; I see you”), and the same message applies to the title track, which in turn is a follow up to closer Kris. With the two instrumental songs, Last September and Celebration, you can make up your own story, and there the guitar jangles out the most captivating melodies.

Holding Against Our Own is out now digitally. Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New album: Harley Kimbro Lewis || Harley Kimbro Lewis

Let’s downshift a notch. After all, sometimes you just want to dream away that you are watching the setting sun from your porch while listening to laid back acoustic Americana. Experienced multi-instrumentalists Martin Harley, Daniel Kimbro and Sam Lewis collaborate for the first time on an attractive debut album that is perfect for evoking that feeling. On the 12 songs the Appalachia roots of Kimbro, the Nashville country folk of Lewis and the traveling riverside blues and roots of Harley melt together nicely. The three skilled musicians alternate lead vocals, while accompanying themselves in a relaxed way with various guitars, lap steel, double bass, strings, synthesizer, percussion and vocal harmonies. The result is melancholic, entertaining, and uplifting. From now on, dreaming about cowboys in Hawaii is no longer a strange idea.

Harley Kimbro Lewis is out now on CD and vinyl LP. Add to wantlist: Harley Kimbro Lewis Shop

New EP: NOBRO || Live Your Truth Shred Some Gnar

“Laa lala lala oooo, laa lala lala oooo (…), you know I think I kind of like you, like you better each day.” The previously released anthem Better Each Day has been my favorite song for weeks, cheering me up every time I listen to it – from the gospel-like harmony vocals in the beginning to the über-catchy sound and sing-along lyrics that follow, it couldn’t be more exciting. It’s the opening track of Live Your Truth Shred Some Gnar, the new EP from Canadian kick-ass all female band NOBRO. We were already big fans of their previous (digital) EP Sick Hustle – especially Don’t Die and Marianna are playlist favorites at Add To Wantlist HQ – so our expectations were high, but Kathryn McCaughey (vocals, bass), Sarah Dion (drums), Karolane Carbonneau (guitars), and Lisandre Bourdages (keys, bongos) make up for that effortlessly with these 7 new killer tracks. Each and every one of these are punk rock ‘n’ roll hits, raw and energetic, powerful and infectious, fun to the max. On repeat: “I think I like it, I think I like it, I think I like it like it like it like it like it.” Must-listen, must-have!

Live Your Truth Shred Some Gnar is out now digitally and on vinyl LP through Big Scary Monsters/Dine Alone Records.  This LP version features both this new EP and the Sick Hustle EP!

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Big Scary Monsters || Dine Alone 

New single: Tramhaus || I Don’t Sweat

Niek’s post today about the new Vaguess record reminded me to write something about Tramhaus. Once in a while you see a band live and you know that you’re witnessing something special, something that could become big. Rotterdam post-punk five-piece Tramhaus brings about that feeling of excitement. Lukas Jansen (vocals), Jim Luijten (drums), Julia Vroegh (bass), Micha Zaat (guitar) and Nadya van Osnabrugge (guitar) radiate an unassailable coolness and pleasant nonchalance, but they play tight and hypnotic. The title of their awesome debut single I Don’t Sweat is telling in that respect (in the official video for the track the frontman is wearing a Vaguess shirt, hence the link I made). Its B-side Karen is a Punk is also quite good by the way, just like their other songs that have only been heard from the concert stages for the time being. Do yourself a favor and go see this band live. Make it happen!

I Don’t Sweat is out now digitally and on 7″ vinyl through Subroutine Records.

Add to wantlist: Discogs || Songwhip || Subroutine

New album: Le Muffe || Down Down Down

Psychedelic garage punk is also possible without guitars, as Italian trio Le Muffe once again proves. Their third full-length album Down, Down, Down features 10 new songs with that distinctive sound: an omnipresent acid organ, a pulsing nervous bass, pounding aggressive drums, and intriguing theatrical vocals. Thanks to that sound in combination with lyrics in Italian (partly English), scream-along choruses, swinging melodies, and smart tempo changes, this is an LP that is unlike any other. Fans of Archie and the Bunkers will certainly enjoy it, but anyone who likes garage, beat or punk can blast this guitar-less music out of their speakers to be positively surprised.

Down Down Down is out now digitally and on vinyl LP through Area Pirata Records / Pigme Records.

Add to wantlist: Area Pirata || Bandcamp || Discogs

New EP: The Steady Beats || The Steady Beats

Canadian multi-instrumentalist Matt Groopie (The Groopies, King Beez, The Mutaneers, Green Jelly, Blackdog Ballroom, The Phoenix Complex) is back with a new project and new music. Please meet The Steady Beats and listen to the six tracks on their self-titled debut EP. With song titles like Key To Your Heart, Wrapped Around Your Finger and So Far Away you would expect that these are covers, but they are definitely originals. Matt did not only wrote the songs, but he also produced, engineered, mixed and mastered them, and took care of lead vocals (at least, on 3 tracks), guitars, drums, bass, piano, harmonica, glockenspiel, and percussion. You will also hear John Loree (lead vocals and co-songwriting on 2 tracks, and bass), and Steve David (lead vocals on 1 track, and guitars). This is a welcome release at the crossing of garage rock and power pop, from skilled musicians who know how to write catchy tunes and when to use vocal harmonies and more cowbell to unlock the door to your heart.

The Steady Beats is out now digitally. Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New album: Goodbye June || See Where The Night Goes

“Baby, I’m back // Swinging from the chandelier // Baby, I’m back // ‘Til they kick me out of here,” sings Landon Milbourn on Baby, I’m Back, one of the 11 catchy rock songs on See Where The Night Goes, the new (3rd) full-length studio album from Nashville rock ‘n’ roll revivalists Goodbye June. That’s good news. Along with his cousins Brandon Qualkenbush (rhythm guitar, backing vocals) and Tyler Baker (lead guitar) he knows how hard rock rooted in southern blues should be played. This is an excellent record with awesome screaming vocals, groovy guitar riffs, powerful drum rhythms, and an amazing soulful sound (producer: Paul Moak). This band can’t come back often enough.

See Where The Night Goes is out now digitally, on CD and vinyl LP through Earache Records. For fans of AC/DC, Rival Sons, Greta Van Fleet, Blackberry Smoke.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Discogs || Earache

New album: Pretty Archie || Pretty Archie

Canadian alternative country/Americana band Pretty Archie has been around for ten years, but they continue to evolve. Here’s their sixth full-length studio album, self-titled this time, and thanks in part to producer/engineer, Mark Howard (The Tragically Hip, Tom Waits, Willie Nelson), they’ve risen above themselves. The 9 new songs, basically recorded live off the floor, with minimal overdubs, sound fresh and timeless at the same time. The vocals of songwriter/guitarist Brian Cathcart are awesome, the musical accompaniment convincing and captivating. The slow tracks have beautiful melodies, the faster tunes are catchier than thought possible. The Cape-Breton-based 4-piece have long been East Coast favorites, but this record has everything to conquer the hearts of the rest of the world.

Pretty Archie is out now on CD via Curve Music/Warner Music. Add to wantlist: Curve Music || Linktree

New album: The Total Rejection || Off The Top Of Our Heads.​.​.​And Other Forbidden Pleasures

The UK garage-psych rockers of The Total Rejection are back with their 4th studio album, Off The Top Of Our Heads .​.​.​And Other Forbidden Pleasures, and here they took a step forward. We hear 10 new and wild killer tracks that pick up where the Pebbles compilations left off, featuring driving rhythms, screeching guitar riffs and Arthur Andrew Jarrett’s signature vocals that you either love or hate. The band themselves say they wanted to keep it quite raw and edgy, and push things slightly, and they succeeded very well. The songs are better structured and even catchier than before. This is an addictive record that slowly but surely makes you hallucinate, and that’s a great achievement.

Off The Top Of Our Heads .​.​.​And Other Forbidden Pleasures is out now digitally, on CD and vinyl LP through Raving Pop Blast! Recordings.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Discogs

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