New album: The Revivalists || Pour It Out Into The Night

“Hey kid // Just sing the songs // That wake the dead then // You keep them ringing in your head, yeah.” American 8-piece rock ‘n’ roll collective The Revivalists are back with Pour It Out Into The Night, their 5th LP, and its opening song makes clear what it’s all about. David Shaw (lead vocals, guitar), Zack Feinberg (guitar), Andrew Campanelli (drums), George Gekas (bass), Ed Williams (pedal steel guitar), Rob Ingraham, (saxophone), Michael Girardot (keyboard, trumpet) and PJ Howard (drums, percussion) recorded 12 radio-friendly tracks – hits – with big ideas and a rich sound. It’s hard to pinpoint what they are reviving (the 2010s?), because the music here is quite original, especially in terms of diversity and orchestration. You will automatically sing along anyway: “These are the good old days.”

Pour It Out Into The Night, produced by Rich Costey (together with the band), is out now digitally, on CD and vinyl LP through Concord Records.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Concord || Discogs || The Revivalists

New single: Vista Blue || Bandcamp Friday Is Here! (+ an Add To Wantlist Milestone)

Yesterday, I noticed we are up to 200 pages of content on Add To Wantlist. I then looked up our total amount of posts and discovered we were eerily close to our 2000th post. Dennis posted our first writeup on November 8 (2020), which means we’ve been avering 15 posts per week. That is kinda crazy and hard to fathom. To mark the occasion, what better way to celebrate our 2000th post by paying tribute to our number one resource for discovering music and posting embedded content: Bandcamp! However, because we have zero talent for making music ourselves, we rely on Vista Blue to do the job for us. The Nashville pop punk outfit recently wrote two theme songs for Bandcamp Fridays that are a lot of fun.

To be sure, our relationship with Bandcamp Fridays is a complicated one – RIP our mail boxes, but we love the initiative just the same. And honestly, our website would not be the same if it weren’t for Bandcamp. So yay for Bandcamp, yay for Vista Blue, and a major thank you to the artists that create music worth exploring. Here is to 2000 posts on Add To Wantlist. Feel free to share your favorite discovery (or post) on our site in the comments – we love hearing from you. Thanx for reading and listening!

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New album: Wisconsin Anger Team || Beyond the Everest Crater II

Wisconsin Anger Team are from (duh!) Wisconsin, which my foreign brain somehow always misspells as Winsconsin. Their new album is called Beyond the Everest Crater II and it follows Beyond the Everest Crater I. It was recorded between February and May of this year, and these cuts are as fresh as they sound neat. Wisconsin Anger Team play altpop infused punk rock that is noisy enough to scare away a mainstream audience but sufficiently melodic to become a new favorite band of outsiders who like their pop music hidden beneath loud guitars and fast drumming, their hooks huge yet unpolished. Do you love Hüsker Dü at its most melodic – think Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely? Do you love Green Day’s 1039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours? Do you like Neutral Milk Hotel? If a mix of those three sounds good, you will probably like this one.

I always try to include two or three songs in my posts as gateway songs for new listeners. It’s usually a good sign when I can’t decide which ones to share. This is that kind of record.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New EP: Magnatech || An Evening With Magnatech!

Half a year after his magnificent album De Favorieten Expres!, Irish musician Johannes Bernardus Verhoef is back with new Magnatech work. An Evening With Magnatech! is an EP with six instrumental surf tunes, each less than three minutes long. The opening track sets the tone with a tribute to Christopher Lee for being the best Dracula ever, what follows is just as magical and danceable – movie quotes make it extra cool. Fifteen minutes of music is far from a full evening’s program, but this sure is fun.

An Evening With Magnatech! is out now digitally and on CD through Sharawaji Records.

Add to want list: Bandcamp

New single: Brad Marino || Ramones and Stones

One of our favorite hit machines Brad Marino drops a lot of names on his new single Ramones and Stones. From the Kinks and Beatles to Elvis Presley and Beach Boys, he leaves few bands from rock’n’roll royalty unmentioned. But according to Marino, we can keep all those as long as he can have Ramones and Rolling Stones. Well Brad, I don’t know if we are willing to make that trade-off? Anyhow, Ramones and Stones sounds pretty great , and the lyrics read like a furious one-page essay. But perhaps that’s just me after finishing reading Lester Bangs’ Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung over the weekend.

Before I forget, the single also features a rerecorded version of Rydells’ Dame Darcy that is fun as well.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New album: Gringo Star || On And On And Gone

Atlanta-based slacker rock outfit Gringo Star return with new full-length On And On And Gone. Over fifteen years into their career, Nicholas Furgiuele (vocals, guitar) and his brother Peter Furgiuele (guitar, keys) have developed their own sound that merges surf pop infused garage psych and doo-wop drenched R&B in a cinematic summer soundtrack. The ten new songs, recorded together with Joshua Longino (bass) and Mario Colangelo (drums), are dreamy, but clear melodies break through the haze. The lyrics reinforce the relaxed atmosphere: “All I do is lay around but I’ll wait // I could never tell it’s through till it’s too late” (from Hanging Around). This may be music with a vintage feel, but it will brighten up your 2023 holiday playlist for sure.

On And On And Gone is out now digitally, on CD and vinyl LP through My Anxious Mouth. For fans of The Growlers, Dead Ghosts, Night Beats.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New album: Magon || Did You Hear The Kids?

After a stint in France, Israeli singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Magon has now settled in Costa Rica, where he recorded his sixth album  Did You Hear The Kids?, released just half a year after his successful previous LP Enter By The Narrow Gate. You’ll hear nine original songs in which the sunny outdoors echo both musically and lyrically, with an understated pace (the sound is very relaxed) and all kinds of personal references (Magon thanks his family for endless inspiration). Standout track is Johnny Was A Son Of A Bitch, with jangly melodies and seductive “ooh la la la” chorus, but the other tunes are also quite appealing – again.

Did You Hear The Kids? is out now digitally, on CD and vinyl LP through December Square. Magon handled vocals, guitars, ukulele, bass, synths, percussion and drums all by himself, but he got help on a few tracks – from Louise Bou (backing vocals) and Alan Borg (guitar) on Onie Was A Kid, and by Cary Morin (pedal steel) on Havana Bay.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New EP: Dead Billionaires || Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book

Richmond (Virginia) three piece Dead Billionaires have a lot going for them. For one, they know how to pick a solid band name. Second, they use ramshackle as adjective for their brand of rock ‘n’ roll. And third, they have one of the best titles of the year by naming their 12″ debut LP Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book. To say, I’d already warmed up to the record before hearing one second of it would be an understatement.

Then I pressed play on the first song (Curb) and within seconds I just knew I was really going to enjoy this one. The song opens with frontman Warren Campbell’s strumming his guitar and singing “I’ve been trying hard to mask my sadness \\ But it won’t stop until we grow out of \\ Clinging onto comfort.” Campbell has an earnest voice, singing like he means it. His voices commands screaming along to. Musically, the song is a more cathartic version of The Weakerthans, with hints of Teenage Halloween as well. Curb is not the only highlight on the EP. Listen to Pink Slip / White Trucks for example, a midpaced punk rocker that ends in climax with the band joined by friends singing “And I don’t wanna be a pawn, I don’t wanna be a pawn, I don’t wanna be a pawn anymore.” What makes Dead Billionaires such an exciting band is that they bring anthemic punk rock energy to classic rock (and roll). They transform their dissatisfaction with the state of world in something exciting and cathartic. Here is a band that pours a lot of heart and soul in their songs. Another thing I really love about Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book, is that each of the songs offers a different touch, whether it is a change of dynamics (15 Words), an arena ready chorus (Checks), or a bar pleasing rocker (Stones). Each of these songs has something to draw you in, evidence of the diversity and talent of the band.

Societally conscious and musically rocking, Dead Billionaires are hitting a lot of the right notes on Disaster Preparedness Coloring Book. It is out now through Possum Lick Farms Records.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp

New album: Gula Blend || Allt Har Hänt

Gula Blend is a Swedish garage rock band (named after a cigarette brand), featuring Jesper Pettersson (guitar, vocals), Lukas Feurst (drums, vocals), Petter Enghed (bass), Måns Pettersson (guitar), Oscar Johansson (saxophone) and Stina Norberg (vocals, tambourine). Their sophomore full-length Allt Har Hänt (translated: everything has happened) contains nine energetic and catchy songs telling about the highs and lows of everyday life, set to music that is raw yet melodic, tough but fragile. Influences from slacker rock, indie pop and surf punk are combined with tempo changes, clever hooks and harmony vocals, you don’t have to understand the lyrics to go wild on this one.

Allt Har Hänt is out now digitally and on vinyl LP through Rama Lama Records.

Add to wantlist: Bandcamp || Rama Lama

New album: Janelles || Janelles

Whenever I hear the name Janelle, I automatically start to sing Janelle Janelle. This also happened when I stumbled on the self-titled debut of Janelles. Given their sound, it isn’t all that far-fetched to assume Janelles found their name in that song by The Queers. Bubblegummy pop punk? Yes! Brazil’s female answer to The Yum Yums? I guess! Janelles sure scratch that itch for quality and fun pop punk with songs like Teimosia, Sozinho de Você, Pelo Menos Uma Noite, and the surfy Rotina e Caféina.

Janelles are a pragmatic band. Because the four members live across different parts of Brazil, they write and record in their respective cities, sending each other the recordings. For a long distance band, they sure sound like a tight unit. I have no idea whether a physical release is in the works, but I’m really digging what Janelles have created with this batch of tunes. Janelles don’t appear to have a Bandcamp or Soundcloud page right now, but you can find their music on Spotify, or listen to the full record via this Youtube playlist.

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