This is simple. We love these songs. You should listen and tell us what you think of them.
Let me also point out that this is not necessarily focused on new songs. Just what we’ve been listening to and loving this week.
1Oregon Trail – ‘Aimless At Last’
This right here is very cool from Swiss outfit Oregon Trail. Raucous post-hardcore vocals over the top of a musical approach that is taut, angular, and quite post-punk. The result is a dynamic and visceral sound that is driving, epic, and cathartic. Drums drive in a completely unfussy manner, riffs fuzz and the vocals beat you around the head and face. The track is gleaned from the group’s new album H/AVEN. Out now.
2Shadow Horse – ‘The Visitor’
So what we have hear from Nashville’s Shadow Horse is hardly revolutionary. What it is is hard rock without the frills and nonsense. A mid-tempo dirge that calls to mind the mine the early Soundgarden liked to drill. That means big riffs, big vocals, and lots of fuzz. Just wait for that glorious classic rock solo at the climax of ‘The Visitor’. They don’t make ’em like that anymore. Taken from their debut LP of the same name.
3VOIID – ‘Silly Girl’
Can’t go wrong with a bit of savage riot grrrl tunes, right? Correct! Their latest tune ‘Silly Girl’ is a playfully angry number that decries the naysayers and jerkbags. Hailing from Brisbane, this outfit could really be from Seattle as they blast through fuzzy, grungy tunes full of tongue in cheek attitude and that classic 90s humour that is sorely missed in 2018. 2018 is not funny. 1994 was. That is all.
4Rat The Magnificent – ‘Pop My Cherry’
To be 200% honest, I am not a fan of the band name Rat The Magnificent. Not sure why. Luckily, these London-based purveyors of relentless post-punk fuzz are so bloody cool that they could be called anything and I wouldn’t give a fiddler’s fart. There’s a bit of Dublin’s Girl Band about the outfit, but with a slightly more direct and pissed off approach. Think Mudhoney, but with Girl Band’s guitarist.
5Jean-Michel Blais – ‘Roses’
After all that, it’s best to finish off with some neo-classical gentleness courtesy of Jean-Michel Blais. What I love about his new track ‘Roses’ is the eerie tension combined with the vaguely Radiohead-esque passages of granduer. Is that the chords for ‘Pyramid Song’ I hear a couple of minutes into this track? Could be. However, this heads into a frantic and adept passages that Thom Yorke can only hint at. Spellbinding and with more ideas in five minutes than I’ve had in my entire life.