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. Mercyfox – ‘Dead White Doves’
Denmark’s Mercyfox call themselves dance punk but this track has much more of a lo-fi pop punk vibe in the vein of Cloud Nothings or Japandroids. And is it my imagination or does the singer kind of sound like Bono on this one? I mean early Bono. Before he began to over emote with a sickeningly exaggerated earnestness.
2. Sløtface – ‘Pitted’
The older I get the more I love pop punk. Is that sad? I don’t care. Sløtface (pronouned Slutface) hail from Norway and are bags of fun. ‘Pitted’ sits somewhere in the kind of Jimmy Eat World kind of emo / pop punk that is catchy as hell but has an undertone of melacholia. Their debut album Try Not To Freak Out is out in September. Listen to it.
3. Swedish Death Candy – ‘Oh My’
What we’ve got here is an excellent combination of stoner/hard rock with psychedelia. Works pretty well too. Kind of like Kyuss covering Tame Impala. The band are also concrete evidence of how music in 2017 works with members from Italy, South Korea and Britain but based in London. There’s a touch of Smashing Pumpkins in here too. That solo at the end is pure Corgan.
4. Trash – ’81’
Sounds like Chesterfield’s Trash has been mining their C86 tapes and thinking, “Hey, maybe we should mix this with some post punk riffs and clearer production.” It pretty much works too. It comes of a bit like JAWS if JAWS were a bit more jangly and less shoegaze. Good summer tune.
5. Blood Child – ‘Suicide Boy’
Following on from Denmark’s wealth of punk riches in the form of Iceage and Yung are Blood Child. Combining the drive of those aforementioned band with a devilish knack for a hook and melody, they’re a bit less abrasive. Not that that is detrimental in any manner. They’ve still got that Danish sound that seems to be permeating all of the punk coming out of there at the moment. It is refreshing to hear a scene that has it’s own particular sound. Reminds me of the pre-internet good old days. Sigh.