Brand New Daisy
Release: 22 September
New Jersey rock band Brand New has gone through a lot of incarnations since their emo debut, Your Favorite Weapon. With each album Brand New’s sound, while always infectious, becomes more sarcastic and less brooding. Daisy is very dark, very good, and still as clever as the first album.
03 At the Bottom
05 You Stole
06 Be Gone
08 Bought a Bride
10 In a Jar
The video for The Dodos’ “Fables”, from the recently released Time to Die allows you to listen to the song and see what the band looks like at the same time. It is for the most part without flourish until the bridge, the most interesting bit of the song itself, when confetti falls from the ceiling while the band plays in slow motion. The music is fine, but the confetti is unevenly spaced and could honestly be a little more colorful—yet another wasted opportunity to get people excited about confetti like they must have been the first time somebody cut paper into tiny pieces and dropped it from a great height. Click through to see their remaining fall tour dates.
Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave) and Boots Riley (The Coup) joined forces earlier this year to combine their vices of socially- and politically-driven music. The result of their merger was the Street Sweeper Social Club (SSSC). After massive amounts of touring, appearances, and YouTubing, SSSC has declared the song “Promenade” as their new single. Complete with an extended guitar solo, “Promenade” offers everything from funk, rap, ‘80s metal, to square dancing. The song starts out with a funky bass line, leading up to Riley’s lyrics in a hoe-down fashion, giving one the urge to jump around, do-si-do, head bang, and dance all at once.
About three quarters of the way through the song, Morello unleashes an uncharacteristic guitar solo. Straying from his classic turn-table scratching aesthetic, Morello’s solo is clean, sounding more like power rock from the 1980s. Eventually he throws in some trademark scratching, only to return to the power chords. Morello stated in a made-for-YouTube video that “Promenade” was chosen as SSSC’s newest single, “because people went absolutely buck nuts when we played this song in concert.” The song can bestreamed through SSSC’s website.