PopMatters picked Mansions as one of the bands to watch out for in 2014. As Interviews Editor Evan Sawdey notes, frontman Christopher Browders’ albums “are amazingly consistent in terms of delivering solid, well thought out rock songs, always featuring powerful, memorable hooks and all existing in a universe that is entirely his own creation.” Via Made of Chalk Media, the live video for “Two Suits” adds a heightened tension and drama to the roaring melodies of the studio version on 2013’s Doom Loop.
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Fan Modine‘s Gordon Zacharias takes his time to compose perfectly balanced and complex pop songs. It’s that meticulous attention to detail that makes every Fan Modine album a cause for celebration among pure pop fans. That’s on full display with this first single, “One Company Town”, from Cause Célèbre, coming in April from Lost Colony Music.
The Singles latest tune is the garage poppy “(She’s Got) A Heart of Stone”, a three-minute slice of classic pop. Vince Frederick (guitar/lead vocals) tells us, “‘(She’s Got) A Heart of Stone’ is the first track we recorded for the new album. One of our favs to play live, it came together quite quickly in the studio. Not a lot of overdubs, straight forward rock n roll.” Look for a new full-length album, Look How Fast a Heart Can Break, this April.
Even with its swirling, ethereal melodies, Spotlight Kid‘s upcoming third album Ten Thousand Hours is more dream-rock than dream-pop, considering the muscle and heft of its soundscapes. While shoegaze influences are front and center for Spotlight Kid, the moments that really jump out on the Nottingham group‘s latest effort are the ones that bring to mind a Siamese Dream-era Smashing Pumpkins. And with the Kate Bush-like cadences of Katty Heath’s vocals as a prominent part of the mix, there’s a real sense of drama and dynamism to Ten Thousand Hours.
The holidays are officially over. So as we (hopefully) start a brand new year with an abundant assortment of giftcards, here’s a top ten list of entertaining ways to pass these long, cold winter nights.