Long haired angsty love songs that would be perfect for nineties cult films, York based janglepoppers DIRTYGIRL are among the most amazing young bands I've heard recently. The four piece just put out a split EP with slacker-pop group c r u m b s, which features the two gems Transition and Blindfold, and is really essential listening. The band have Girlpool-like luscious vocal harmonies and their music is just so, so danceable; it really wouldn't surprise me if they got big real quick.
Subpop's premier angsty grunge band at the moment are known as Strange Wilds, and through raw energy, the power trio's reverb laden sound is nothing short of fantastic. A nice waypoint between Pavement and Bleach-era Nirvana, this band are a must hear for fans of noisy guitar music, and really put everything into it. Pronoia is one of their thrashier numbers, and I think potentially (bar the latest Beach House record's opening track), it's potentially the best track that everyone's favourite Seattle label has put out this year, whilst the lighter Starved For is equally essential, and another track you've just gotta listen to now - they've just put out an album, too, which is moving up my NEED TO HEAR list slowly but surely.
Similarly sludgy, Sweden's Dolores Haze are one of the most exciting new bands on the circuit; in fact, we've got a review of their debut coming fairly soon, which we can't wait to share. They're a four piece that sound a lot like Hole or Dirty era Sonic Youth, with those rough guitar lines, vocals that sound both youthful and sassy, as well as lyrics that are every bit as provocative as the band's name suggests. Frontwoman Groovy Nicks (I'm assuming that's a stage name for some reason) is just the coolest frontwoman, and the most hypnotic stage presence, who, last time I saw live, was dressed as Wonder Woman. Dolores Haze's debut is on it's way, but for now check this track out;
You know earlier I said that Subpop were everyone's favourite Seattle label; well, I was being hasty and I was being WRONG. Hardly Art records is home to Protomartyr, Shannon and the Clams and Tacocat, as well as Chastity Belt, who are the next band I'm going to get overexcited about. Chastity Belt are an effortlessly cool indie band from Seattle who make brilliant indie music a la Shop Assistants and The Housemartins with a real urban feel to it. Fronted by Julia Shapiro, whose vivid lyrics give a brilliant sense of being at all these cool parties and whatever that she sings about, Chastity Belt released one of the best indie records of the year, if not the best, with Time To Go Home.
Coming into a bit more notoriety after their KEXP session, Las Robertas are a really cool band of turbo charged Costa Rican rockstars combine the furiously energetic punk of Sauna Youth, similar guitar sounds in tow, and the laidback vocal deliveries of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, with the frontwoman's voice being just as luscious as Anton Newcombe's to listen to. Their most recent release is the The Feel EP, whose title track is genius; rumbling basslines, brilliant guitar tones, and a great bassline. Las Robertas are one of the best bands on the scene, and they've got so many potential fans out there, because their veering on dreamy vocals and veering on punk instrumentation means that this is just perfect for anyone that likes guitar music.
Slacker prince of the west of the US, Stephen Steinbrink is a guy with a lotta talent. I found out about him via the complimentary mix CD that you get with Girlpool's latest Before The World Was Big album, and I couldn't help but fall in love with him. His music is essentially pop music, for people with skateboards. It's generally nice, but pretty off kilter, with lots of weird sounds mixing it all up. It Takes A Lot To Change A Mind is such a gorgeous song, and on every song Stephen has a nice, laid back vocal delivery that's just hypnotic.
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