Glam Rock

New album: The Foshays || Not So Now

And now for something completely different…meet The Foshays, a cartoon rock band from Minneapolis. The mastermind behind this project is illustrator BiL Sherman, who writes the songs and draws the cartoons. Together with the members of his band Mannequins on Welfare, he recorded the songs that make up The Foshays debut album Not So Now. There are 13 songs on the record. Four of these songs were also on the bands 2019 Foshays First EP 7″, which, in perfect harmony with the cartoon band image, also contained a 12 page comic book.

To be clear, although The Foshays are a cartoon band, these songs are all originals of self-proclaimed bubblegum hardrock. I think that is a solid description of the music, although I would add glam, soul, garage and rock-‘n’-roll as well. Like the best comic books, the records starts and finishes strongly: the album opener and the album closer are my favorite songs. But the middle part is not too shabby neither. Keep in touch with the adventures of The Foshays on Twitter.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New album: Jimmy Vapid || Killmatic

Jim Reed aka Jimmy Vapid recently played drums on Full Moon Fever, a record by fellow Ontarian and Vapids bandmate Matt Ellis I very much enjoy. This month, Jimmy released a new solo album ominously titled Killmatic that is also worth diving into. It has 14 punk rock anthems that are infused with sleazy rock-‘n’-roll influences. Fast and catchy, straightforward and tight, Killmatic is a record that doesn’t let up, and offers plenty of tempo changes, hooks and variations to draw you in and satisfy your short attention span.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New album: Leopardo || Malcantone

If you have some time to spare for a record that upon multiple listens will ultimately grow on you and get under your skin, would you be interested in such delayed rewards? I am talking about Malcantone from Leopardo, which is a delightfully weird yet strangely accessible record. It’s the kind of record I did not expect to write about, but somehow I keep returning to. It’s also the kind of record I lack the vocabulary for to explain in full. Leopardo are from Schwitzerland, but they may just as well reside in the Chelsea Hotel (NYC) in the seventies. Comparing Leopardo to Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground is kinda lazy, but it also kinda makes sense. Malcantone is an eclectic mix of styles, including folk (Malcantone, Bitter Man), psych (Country Side Love, Hardship), punk (Tell Me, I Belong To You), garage (Put Me In Jail), and rock-‘n’- roll (Throwback in The Snow). I was quick to dismiss this record and I was wrong.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Feel It Records || SDZ Records || Le Pop Club 

New EP: Teenage X || The Point Of Everything

If I had to do an one word review of the new self-titled EP by Canadian powerpop band Teenage X it would be HOOKS! Or HITS! Teenage X create the kind of massively catchy and well produced punk infused powerpop songs that would have been radio hits in a different era. It’s a glorious return by the Toronto band who’s been together for almost 14 years, but hasn’t released new music since 2013. In fact, according to the band’s Facebook page, they started recording this EP in 2019 and finished it right at the start of the pandemic. Anyhow, The Point Of Everything was worth the wait. Let’s hope, it’s a sign of more to come.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New album: Horseloverfat || Greetings From Nowhere

Horseloverfat is an unusual name. That also applies to their music, which is all over the place and kinda awesome. The band from Italy self-desribes as “a psichedelic (sic) krautrock group, a transnational and stateless parody that encompasses all without regards to purism and coherence.” On their new record Greetings From Nowhere, Horseloverfat goes from postpunk to psychedelic to protopunk to country to kraut to glam in their songs. Somehow, the band manages to pull it off without creating a unlistenable mess. They recorded Greetings From Nowhere in March in an old school fashion: as a live band, and with limited digital intereference. The result is a time portal to the music of the ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s. Step in, if you’d like!

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New album: VOLK || Cashville

Don’t skip this one right away if you read that this is cowpunk mixed with glam and blues rock, because Nashville’s VOLK – Eleot Reich (drums / lead vocals) and Chris Lowe (electric guitar / vocals) – make this work really (really!) well. Intense lyrics, rocking twang and honky tonk, awesome powerful vocals. Cooler than The White Stripes, dirtier than AC/DC. The debut full-length album Cashville is out now digitally and on insane colored vinyl LP, including one filled with US currency, through Romanus Records. Play it loud!

“It was another gray day in that city of play // You know them swampies got their heads up their back way // We took our drums and guitar to a damn techno bar // Them kids these days don’t dig swing and sway // Bar man said, excuse me ma’am, can’t bring that crap around // We traded rocknroll for all night DJ’s // I said, Well that’s okay, we don’t mind anyway // You go to hell, we’re going to Lonestar State!”

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Romanus

New single: Nuevo Catecismo Catolico & Kurt Baker || Quarantine Blues

Quarantine Blues…I have to admit I experienced a sense of dread after seeing that title. I am not exactly a fan of blues, I can’t wait for normal life to return, and am experiencing burnout symptoms of pandemic inspired music. But it literally took 3 seconds to wash that dread away. This single, on which Nuevo Catecismo Catolico partner up with prolific powerpop gatekeeper Kurt Baker offers a highly inflammable combination of powerpop and glamrock. The title track is the perfect antidote for feeling blue about the pandemic, while the flipside is a well executed and fun cover of Rock A La Radio, a 1981 single by French band Bijou – and yes, I added the original to my wantlist as well. I am turning the volume all the way up for this one. Out now on Folc Records!

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New album: Tommy Ray || Handful Of Hits

Handful Of Hits, the latest album of The Cry! frontman Tommy Ray, has been online for a couple of months, but for some reason I haven’t posted about it yet. Now’s as good a time as ever, because Beluga Records has picked it up for a vinyl release with updated album art. A subtitle for the record would be: ‘the home lockdown recordings,’ since it’s primarily a solo performance recorded at home during the lockdowns. If you are familiar with Tommy Ray’s previous output, you should know what to expect. If not, his music will push just the right buttons if you like your powerpop drenched in late ’70s punk & glamrock and ’60s rock-n-roll. Handful Of Hits is the follow up to First Hits Free (2020). That record contained several leftovers from the yet to be released (if ever?) third record from The Cry! I liked that one quite a lot, but overall, I think Handful Of Hits beats that record in terms of songwriting and consistency. Despite the (false) modesty in the album title, the number of hits on this one exceed the fingers on my hand. In Love Again and Feel The Pain are instant classics, and songs like One Step Closer and Runnin’ will make you want to test the maximum volume of your sound system. Handful Of Hits will be out June 4th. Pre-order the vinyl now and stream the full album here.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Beluga Records || Discogs

New EP: GospelbeacH || Jam Jam EP

The Californian supergroup GospelbeacH have already released four fine folk rock albums through Alive Naturalsound Records, but apparently it was time for something else. The Jam Jam EP features five covers of late 60s / 70s bubble gum and glam lost classics. They are great finds, great songs, great covers, and this style looks good on them. The title track, originally from The American Jam Band (1974), stands out for me, but the other tunes are also very worthwhile. Out now digitally, on CD and vinyl LP through Curation Records.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Curation Records

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

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