Atlanta’s the Biters specialize in the catchy sort of guitar power pop that lit up AM radios in the ‘70s. Think Cheap Trick, the Knack, Big Star and T-Rex. Their infectious, punky tunes are being released through a series of EPs on the band’s own label, Underrated Records. “Melody For Lovers” will appear on an EP releasing next week and there will be yet another EP in the fall. The Biters are also big fans Motown, ‘60s pop and Stiff Records and believe in the power of the perfect three-minute pop single. As such, they have no immediate plans for a full length album and will be staying on the singles path, focusing their energies on nuggets of ear candy.
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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) are set to release their first album in 14 years, History of Modern, on September 17 in Europe, September 20 in the UK, and September 28 in North America. In the meantime, here’s the video for the first single, the very OMD-ish “If You Want It”.
The video for Twin Shadow’s “Slow” is tagged NSFW yet it’s nowhere near as creepy as the legendarily misbegotten Calvin Klein commercials it gently parodies. The Alex Markman-directed clip finds Twin Shadow loverman George Lewis Jr. fidgeting uncomfortably in front of the camera while an unseen interrogator asks Lewis for peek at his big… talents. The full spectrum of those formidable talents will be on display when Twin Shadow drops Forget, their stunner of a debut album, September 28th on Chris Taylor’s (Grizzly Bear) Terrible Records.
British singer-songwriter Andreya Triana has been hailed by Gilles Peterson and he recently had her on a BBC Radio One program with him. Triana’s debut Lost Where I Belong, produced by none other than Bonobo, releases 7 September on Ninja Tune Records. Here’s a new remix to whet your appetite for the album and her upcoming November North American tour (dates after the jump).
This is some seriously awesome Latin funk crossed with post-punk from Chile’s Panico. The band trekked to Scotland to record their new album Life in Franz Ferdinand’s studio. Releasing 12 October via Chemikal Underground Records, Life includes this frenzied and propulsive tune “Reverberation Mambo”. Director James Schneider shot the video in the Chilean desert as part of a larger documentary project on ghost towns. You can also pick up a free remix by Joakim over on Panico’s website.
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