There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the internet has completely revolutionized the way the music industry works. From back in the Napster days, all the way to twitter and facebook interaction with labels, agents, and publications, it’s evolved into a space where any artist can get their music heard. We have one of those examples today, as we highlight Glasglow-based Piranhas And Sharks.
Earlier today, we were followed by this act on twitter. While, this is nothing out of the ordinary for us, we felt compelled to click on their profile for some reason. It only took us one listen through “Red Road,” before we were loading up this post to hopefully shine some light on this small, independent act.
Below you’ll find two tracks of theirs, which have a combined play count of under 1,000. Both boast a nostalgic sound that effortlessly fuse multiple decades of musical style. Lyrically, both capture your attention with ease, making it simple to start picking up on the choruses after just a few listens. Both are coupled with some inventive progressions, guitar work, and energetic percussions, all of which add up to an extremely enjoyable listening experience. Both are a shining example of why we love what we do.
Make sure to follow them on facebook and Soundcloud to keep track of upcoming releases.
James Vincent McMorrow
How To Waste A Moment
Taking a break from his usual, slow, sensual, and swooning style, our favorite Irishman is back with a freshly released tune, and it delivers on multiple levels. Per usual, we’re welcomed into the soundscape with James Vincent McMorrow’s painfully beautiful vocal tone, one which we’ve fawned over more times that we can count. This time, though, that soft, yet distinguished voice is set to an upbeat, walking synth melody. Coming in on the back of a booming bassline, and pronounced percussion, it all culminates into an addicting combination.
We can only imagine that “How To Waste a Moment” is being incorporated into his live acts. If you’re one of the lucky ones that’s planning on catching it, we’re sure you’re eagerly waiting hearing it live, just as we are.
Catch JVM on tour at one of the following dates below. Having seen him multiple times before, we highly recommend picking up some tickets and checking him out.
Aug 19 Mishawaka Amphitheatre Bellvue, CO
Aug 20 The Bluebird w/ Blake Mills Denver, CO
Aug 22 Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Salida, CO
Aug 24 Weesner Amphitheater w/ Kevin Garrett Apple Valley, MN
Aug 25 Majestic Theater w/ Kevin Garrett Madison, WI
Aug 26 Thalia Hall w/ Kevin Garrett Chicago, IL
Did you just do a double take? We know we did when we first glanced upon MUTEMATH in a newly released song. But, when we clicked play, we were immediately rushed with a wave of nostalgic emotions from those late-night, headphone-adorned listening sessions close to a decade ago. In fact, after one listen through “Monument,” we immediately went back and relived hits like “Control,” “Typical,” and “Blood Pressure.”
“Monument” is the first release in quite some time from Grammy-nominated alternative rock band MUTEMATH, and what a return it is. Yes, the style has changed slightly from that of the aforementioned and quite adored songs, but the underlying nature of this storied NoLa band is very much there. Heavily rooted in glowing synths and upbeat percussion, this newly-released tune still has that classic anthemic nature that we’ve come to love over the years.
While citing bands like Steely Dan and The Police, we can’t help but hear associations of current electro-pop acts (ahem, Phoenix) coming through in their highly-engaging tune. It’s warm, shimmering and leaves listeners clamoring to hit repeat, over and over again.
Expect this tune and more on their upcoming album, out in late 2015. There’s also an accompanying tour, but it is literally sold out, top-to-bottom.
This Yorkshire-based rock outfit is looking to capture the nostalgic post-punk fans around the globe, and they’re doing it in a way that will also garner an appreciative nod from the greener fans within the massive, blanketing term of “alternative rock.”
Heavily rooted in lyrical craft, FANS touch on popular aspects of social commentary, without overwhelming listeners in their message. There’s a certain artful dexterity in the songwriting that latches listeners in, encouraging them to not only appreciate the lyrics but appreciate the song as a whole. “Take It” will take older listeners back, finding themselves in a sea of familiarity with grainy, yet powerful vocals. Accompanied by distorted guitar hooks, a steady bassline, and the steady interchange of snare and kick, it envelopes listeners with ease, easily obtaining undivided attention.
Find this tune, as well as a few others, on their upcoming debut EP, out September 4th. Follow them on facebook to make sure you pick it up as soon as it’s available.
| Forebear |
L.A. four-piece Forebear have been quietly carving out a special place in many a critic’s heart since unloading their first four tasteful, genre straddling and cinematic indie-rock tracks over the last year. Consisting of some of the Los Angeles area’s most prolific professional musicians -who as individuals have worked with everyone from Feist & Bastille to Randy Jackson & even Keith Urban- Forebear consists of ex-Wise Club frontman Scott Goldblaum weaving melodic guitar and sharing vocals with the rangeful Molly Rogers (who herself also adds carefully strung viola and keys), rounded out by the methodical rhythm section of Nick Chamian’s bass and Mike Musselman’s directed drumming. The quartet’s forthcoming EP, Cody, from which we have the distinct pleasure of debuting its first single “People’s Champ”, carries with it some lofty expectations as famed producer Scott Gordon (Alanis Morissette, Ringo Starr) has taken lead production reigns for what is quite the exciting pairing of notable engineer and burgeoning indie act. “People’s Champ” is a wonderful first taste of Forebear’s impending EP -a poignant and dazed track narrating the story of lost love through a drizzling and reverb soaked vocal, hazy guitars and melodic hooks and we can’t wait to consume even more of their uniquely detailed sound. We’re getting all primed and excited for the rest of Cody, but for now, revel in all that is Forebear’s shiny and new ‘TMN Premiere’ “People’s Champ” above.
It’s so easy to fall into a funk. Nothing goes right, nothing feels right, and when its REALLY bad, nothing even sounds right. It’s horrible. But it doesn’t have to be that way forever. When you are down in the dumps, it never hurts to call on some of your friends or even better…an Indie Dojo. Cause, we’ll be here. In good music and in bad. You’ve got a ninja.
Between The Pages
Stay On The Ground
The Girl Who Cried For The Boy Who Cried Wolf
Go On (Let It Go)
American Indie-rock duo SWIMM have just released their third single ‘Belly’ from their highly anticipated EP Beverly Hells, expected to be released on August 28th! Having performed at Noisey LA’s “TOO FAR” series on August 11th, it’s easy to understand why they’re becoming increasingly popular, especially along the west-coast. ‘Belly’s’ infectious guitar harmonies pull us closely into their Californian fashion, and along with Chris and Adam’s raspy vocals we’re instantaneously placed amidst the State of white beaches and packed bars.
The liberating guitar instrumental that proceeds the tightly moulded vocal harmony of ‘I’m so tired of running around’, shares a stylistic brilliance with the guitar solo within Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’, as Swimm seem to discretely encourage us to lose ourselves throughout these electrifying moments.
Whilst delving into the musical brilliance of this track, you may have a tendency to pass-by the underlying lyrical meaning. Dedicating each verse to individuals who are terribly important to him, Chris mentions “each of them has had all the potential in the world, but because of addictions of some kind have let and maybe are still letting that potential slip away.” Although this may be perceived as disheartening or sombre, I admire and respect the way ‘Swimm’ have captured and conveyed this lyric so positively through the music!
They will be performing at a large variety of venues over the coming months, including The Echo in LA on September 11th, and London Music Hall in London on November 11th, performing their other late releases, such as ‘All the time’ and ‘Beverly Hells’. Check out their full tour plan here.