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.
1. Sleepless Nights – ‘Crystal Mountains’
Some good time punk ‘n’ roll here from Canadian group Sleepless Nights. It’s all about that little metal bit in the verse for me. Was not expecting that. This will appear on their upcoming Keith Hamilton EP.
2. Pale Honesy – ‘Get These Things Out Of My Head’
On new track ‘Get These Things Out Of My Head’, Pale Honesy to a masterful job of mixing a pop sensibility with the rigour and dourness of post punk. A motorik beat and synth leads the line while some rather lilting but defiant vocals float and bang over the top.
3. Holy Wars – ‘Back To Life’
Well the thing is that I love 90’s era alternative rock so that means Holy Wars are right up my alley. Mining the Pixies vault but added more dour angst, the group create a melodic and ferocious blast on new track ‘Back To Life’. Basically, if you dig Dilly Dally you’ll like these folks.
4. The Grey Merchant – ‘Never Give Up, Anything Is Possible’
After the relative downbeat nature of the last track, let’s head into slightly more uplifting territory with the indie / post rock of Ireland’s The Grey Merchant. Based around a radio address by former Irish leader Eamon DeValera called “On Language & the Irish Nation”, this track is an interesting one as it imbues DeValera’s speech with a hope and positivity that was surely missing from the country when he spoke those words on St. Patrick’s Day in 1943.
5. Collapse Under The Empire – ‘Dark Water’
Some more post rock over here. This time from German folks Collapse Under The Empire. As always with post rock there is a grandeur and melancholic euphoria that just really digs under my skin. I like.