‘Mo’s Desert Clubhouse’ by Wharves Is Crackling, Spastic Modern Post-Punk

‘Mo’s Desert Clubhouse’ by Wharves is dynamic, high-energy post-punk with a spastically anxious retro approach. “The music for this track came from our Sapphire Sessions in March 2018,” the band says, when they “stayed in a beautiful house near the beach in Coffs Harbour and jammed for three days straight.” Continue reading ‘Mo’s Desert Clubhouse’ by Wharves Is Crackling, Spastic Modern Post-Punk

‘Conflict Resolution’ by Bloody English Is Straightforward, Anxious London Punk

The group is “primarily a family affair with brothers Peter and Andrew Gomez joining their cousin, Chris Reynolds and his friend Sean O’Hanlon to form a covers band for a friend’s memorial gig,” they say. “When Laurence Burden was recruited as vocalist they began writing original material.” They describe their sound as “like the dismantling of the war machine in front of a crowd ready to smash the system. It’s an angry howl, an impassioned plea to dance, shout and feel,” which they compare to Nirvana, The Pixies and At The Drive-In. Continue reading ‘Conflict Resolution’ by Bloody English Is Straightforward, Anxious London Punk

‘Music From the Heart’ by Tygersounds Is Glitzy, Eighties-Style Indie Pop

‘Music From the Heart’ by Tygersounds is glitzy, whirring indie pop with a distinctly retro approach. These guys tap “into a sound that can only be described as Morrisey-esque, merging a haunting, classic tone with a contemporary new-romantic vibe.” They say “the combination of vulnerable vocals, synth elements and rocking guitar and drums is what makes Tygersounds roar.” Continue reading ‘Music From the Heart’ by Tygersounds Is Glitzy, Eighties-Style Indie Pop

‘FU/FA’ by Daniels Street Is Jangly, Eclectic Pop Punk with Sad Lyrical Themes

‘FU/FA’ by Daniels Street is jangly, eclectic pop punk with a melancholy sensibility. They describe the tune as, “about a relationship gone bad and drug abuse, making use of both electric and acoustic guitars. It approaches heavy subject matter with a light attitude,” Continue reading ‘FU/FA’ by Daniels Street Is Jangly, Eclectic Pop Punk with Sad Lyrical Themes

GLMR’s ‘Take All You Want’ Is Modern, Bubbly Indie Pop with Retro Influences

GLMR’s ‘Take All you Want’ is modern, bubbly indie pop with some decidedly retro influences and tendencies. This self-described “synth pop rock band from Los Angeles,” said this is the “second single from our upcoming debut EP Be Where You Are.” The group makes use of modern techniques to extrapolate on the eighties pop rock sound pioneered by groups like Depeche Mode or New Order. … Continue reading GLMR’s ‘Take All You Want’ Is Modern, Bubbly Indie Pop with Retro Influences

Karis Owen’s ‘Alfa Mango’ Is Vibe-Oriented, Untethered New York Alt-Rock

Karis Owen’s ‘Alfa Mango’ is vibe-oriented, untethered alternative rock out of New York. The group draws on “influences such as Millencolin and Nada Surf through solid and driving rhythms, smart melodic riffing and a combination of autobiographical and observational lyrics.” In short, the group strives to express, “earnest and personal lyrical themes over uptempo and rousing arrangements.” These guys employ an expansive, atmospheric tone that … Continue reading Karis Owen’s ‘Alfa Mango’ Is Vibe-Oriented, Untethered New York Alt-Rock

Caelo’s ‘All You Need’ Is Clean, Expansive South African Pop Punk

Caelo’s ‘All You Need’ is clean, expansive punk rock out of South Africa with a straightforward pop sensibility. The duo says the “track showcases fuzzed-up riffs, grunge-pop hooks and gritty textures, transitioning in between nuances of tone and drive to deliver a melody that’s simultaneously easy on the ear and unrefined.” They say, “alternative rock is where we aim to innovate, and ultimately reinvigorate the … Continue reading Caelo’s ‘All You Need’ Is Clean, Expansive South African Pop Punk

Egoism’s ‘Sorry’ Is Strong, Rock-Oriented Indie Pop Out of Australia

Egoism’s ‘Sorry’ is rock-oriented indie pop out of Sydney with an interesting array of influences.”I wrote this song as a bit of a fuck you to the people who never say sorry for their own mistakes, but then always demand an apology, even if I’m the one who was hurt the most,” frontwoman Scout Eastment says. “We were really going for a The Veronicas meets … Continue reading Egoism’s ‘Sorry’ Is Strong, Rock-Oriented Indie Pop Out of Australia

‘Dark Places’ by Statues Is Grimy, Sad Swedish Punk Rock

‘Dark Places’ by Statues is grimy, sad punk rock with a decidedly political bent. This “indie-rock outfit… from Umeå, Sweden has a dense stubbornness as their musical trademark,” they say. “At the same time there is an unobtrusive security and a sense of dynamics in the group’s tasteful association of tantrum noises and winding melodies.” This is definitely punk rock, but at the same time … Continue reading ‘Dark Places’ by Statues Is Grimy, Sad Swedish Punk Rock