Formed not long after Leo London was tracking piano for Michael Finn at a Portland studio, the Domestics are built around the dynamic the two musicians bring, not only on an instrumental level, but lyrically and vocally as well. The two dig deep into their own troubled past – London’s drug-addicted parents, Finn’s battles with mental illness – to create something both cathartic and uplifting. The lilting “Wait Forever” is a beautiful example, its melancholy masqueraded by its gentle indie pop, and we’re glad to premiere it at PopMatters.
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In celebration of Oakland, California’s independent music scene OIM Records released OIM: Vol. 1, a compilation featuring 13 of the area’s finest, not to mention underrated artists. Chamber pop band Foxtails Brigade contributed the haunting, Jon Brion-meets-cabaret tune “Far Away and Long Ago”, and now have released a stunning new video for the track, which we’re premiering at PopMatters. Shot on a single take, the effect is fluid, dreamlike, and only enhances the song’s unsettling feeling.
Citing such bands as Neutral Milk Hotel and the Mountain Goats as major influences, Brooklyn quintet Three Thousand Rivers taps into Americana, funk, jazz, and African music on their forthcoming EP Body Aha. Listening to the track “Gut”, which we’re glad to premiere, you might wonder just how big an XTC influence looms over this band, because the similarity is uncanny on this ebullient song.
Vancouver band Twin River should remind many of such bands as Lush and Swervedriver, who not only delved deeply into the hazy, psychedelic, pedal-heavy guitar sounds of the shoegaze movement, but were also mindful that they were also rock ‘n’ roll bands. An element of garage rock, post-punk, and goth creeps into their second album Should the Light Go Out, and on the highlight “Secret in a Séance” the shadows of both Lush and the Cure loom very large. The band has just finished a video for the track, which were more than happy to premiere at PopMatters.
When he’s not performing behind former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley and serving as the Cult’s ninth bass player overall, Chris Wyse works on his own project, the hard rock outfit Owl. Owl’s third album Things You Can’t See comes out in a few weeks, and in advance of its release we’re pleased to premiere the new track “Star Up”. With its distinct swing the thunderous tune feels more glam rock than modern heavy rock, a welcome respite from the plodding post-grunge sound that has plagued hard rock for the past 20 years.