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“2009 beach-pop was about texture and haze, with artists like Washed Out, Best Coast, and many others spreading lo-fi gauze on otherwise upbeat pop ditties to conjure that sense of sunny abandon that comes with being at the ocean.
You could lump Brooklyn two-piece the Drums in the same category (their upcoming EP is entitled Summertime!) if their approach wasn’t so different from such acts– crystal clear by comparison– and refreshingly devoid of obscuration. With its bright, sparkling melodies, “I Felt Stupid”, a track that doesn’t appear on Summertime!, is a good example of the group’s unabashed pop. Displaying a clear love of new wave and synth-pop, the song bounces along with a giddy energy that plays off its melancholic lyrical content, which addresses the lost love of many summers ago (“Your arms around me seemed to be the only good thing that ever happened to me,” singer Jonathan Pierce laments). But the track is so danceable that it’s hard to worry much about his heartbreak. When the Drums mention the coast (“We can take a walk now, down the to beach… where we’re finally free”), it’s only in passing, more of an idea than a destination, and it seems to drive home the feeling that this music isn’t just for one season of the year.” – p4k track review
“their music rides the line between charmingly novice and tunefully infectious. With loosely structured songs that are laid out in modern, disenthralled take on frat rock, they bang out songs that are as fun and as they are disheveled” -victimoftime.com
“The Smith Westerns are an anomaly: a bunch of garage-rockin’ teens singing about how badly they want to get laid. Sure, it’s a cliché, but the way these guys do it you’d think it was 1965, when romantic yearning over power chords was still fresh and exciting. “Oh girl, I wanna take you home,” lead S-Dub Cullen Omori croons earnestly over a wistfully swaying guitar line. He’s vulnerable, yet confident: young, and with nothing to lose. The idea sums up their existence as a band, too, cranking out songs and having some fun, letting the chips fall where they may.” -p4k Track Review
riyl : wavves, strange boys, ‘twee-fi’
The first EP from ?JeSTEr?, an Italian trio born in 2007 from ashes of ElfoGuelfo and TallGuy, already toured Italy and followed several stoner-rock bands in USA and Europe during 2008. Offering a unique indie-rock sound which embraces psychedelic atmospheres, bold heavy distorted bass guitar lines, catchy and powerful vocals,garage-punk to sludge, they are one of the most original and creative bands on the Italian scene.
“Plying 1960s Nuggets that belie their age, the Strange Boys quickly inserted themselves in Austin’s garage rock and pop revival…” / “slurred, slacker vocals texturing their classic riffs and rhythms”
“Strange Boys vocalist Ryan Sambol looks and sounds like a little boy. The slurred squeak of his voice bleats unique and quite frankly endearing, and its seeming innocence, along with the local quartet’s youthful looks and thin, noisy sound, invites comparison to another young garage rock band, Black Lips. The Strange Boys don’t possess the Lips’ anarchic punk energy, substituting instead an unconcerned ennui that seems rooted in lazy front-porch blues.” – Austin Chronicle
“The Strange Boys supply the perfect slacker-soul grooves for long nights of awkward shuffling, excessive drinking and desperate sidelong glances at the object of one’s affection.” – Austinist.com
“Their New Album is Quite Possibly The Best Album To Come Out Of Texas in the past decade.
It also may be The Best Album To Come out in 2009. These Guys Have an amazing vision. And Whats Impressive is that they have such command over their sound and they’re still so young. The Lyrics are an amazing breed between Lou Reed and Bob Dylan. The Strange Boys Are Where It’s At. Period” – comment on rollingstone.coms’ “New Favorite Band” (possibly too many Caps?)
hometown: covered in bbq sauce in austin texas / influences: the only band we like is nirvana. the only album we like is nevermind. the only song we like is smells like teen spirit.
some of Austins’ finest homegrown, catchy-as-fuck garage rock / lofi indie rocknroll… in the future everyone will enjoy Free Drugs…
“…iiiii think you’re beautiful and very smart.”
“Atlantas’ most talked about acts in the vibrant punk, pop and experimental music scene… These women are real deal feminists, armed with a brash and irreverent sense of humor… Simply put The Coathangers get the party started. They say what they want to say, do what they want to do, and they write songs because they want to have fun… The group s manic pep rally chants morph into the sneering caterwauls of Tonya Harding over simple and powerful rhythmic plods…” -amazon
“The Coathangers keep the back-alley post-punk party going strong on a scratchy, shrieky, foul-mouthed sophomore album, Scramble, their first for Seattle-based Suicide Squeeze.” -p4k
Meredith Franco (bass/vocals) i think i ❤ u… sorry for uploadin ur album, dont let the tall one beat me up…
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The Coathangers – Scramble (Suicide Squeeze, 2009)
“The San Francisco six-piece’s self-titled debut full-length album, strikes a balance between the psych-fried blur of the California sun and an amp-crackling, four-chorded garage basher.” -sfgate.com
“Coming from San Francisco’s Castle Face Records (home to Ty Segall, John Dwyer/Oh Sees, and more), it’s gotta be gritty. Thus the few examples of aimless garage rock, though evocative, don’t pack much punch. The real moments of bliss on this debut, and there are many, skew toward tuneful, demented pop, recalling Lou Reed, Roky Erickson, and retro contemporaries like Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti.” – eastbayexpress.com
“…the sound is deceptively sweet when you listen to the lyrics about shady friends, nuclear disasters, and demons in your head. Taking influence from acts ranging from 13th Floor Elevators to Tall Dwarfs and Swell Maps, the band’s lo-fi, lysergic sound is haunting, crossing borders between folk, garage, and slanted pop” -sfweekly.com