Shining Mirrors perfectly finds the intersection of Phil Spector-style pop and punk on “Cardiac”, the first single from the trio’s self-titled EP out 3 November. The hooks are immediate, and the track’s warm confidence wins us over within seconds; for two minutes and 51 seconds, we can revel in the trio’s remarkable combination of innocence and danger. Frontman Drew Robinson delivers a vocal performance reminiscent of Joey Ramone at his peak, suggesting at the tune’s outset that the band give it one more try.
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“What I Know” is the latest cut from Trevor Hall, featured on his new release The Fruitful Darkness Pt.1. The track is disarming in its quiet approach, spiritually informed lyrics and deceptively simple structure. With shimmering guitar figures, jazz and island inspired rhythms, the tune takes us to unexpected emotional heights in its earliest moments, then higher from there.
From behind the fanfare of electropop and indie rock, another scene is bubbling up to the surface. Fronted by composers like Chris Thile, Bela Fleck, and Edgar Meyer, acoustic instrumental compositions are seeing a return to the forefront.
Once upon a time, Liverpool’s Howie Payne fronted the Stands. Through the band’s short lifespan of three years between 2002 and 2005, they’d garnered the attention of Noel Gallagher and supported Oasis in concert multiple times. The cult following they’d received from the exposure netted them five consecutive Top 40 hits on the UK charts.
Squalus combines elements of progressive rock, punk plus various and sundry corners of heavy music in a breathtakingly expansive sound displayed on the California outfit’s debut album, The Great Fish, out September 15 via Translation Loss. Squalus draws its members from the now defunct Giant Squid: Aaron John Gregory, Andrew Southard, Bryan Beeson and Zack Farwell have thrown their collective shoulders into this new collective with rich enthusiasm.
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