We’re not exactly sure why a band would want to name itself after a bacterial infection of the urethra, but hey, good band names are scarce these days. And besides, Gothenburg, Sweden foursome Honeymoon Disease play heavy rock that’s not only ferocious in a Sir Lord Baltimore-meets-MC5 way, but is awfully, erm, infectious to boot.
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Earlier this summer we premiered a track from young San Francisco phenom Matt Jaffe in which I compared the youngster to Nick Lowe, and you hear that old Stiff Records sound even more vividly on the taut new rocker “Plastic Tears”. Full of tense energy and a contagious hook, Jaffe and his band tear through the track with superbly controlled intensity.
Hailing from Stockport, England but now based in London, singer/songwriter/guitarist JJ Rosa brings a very unique perspective to funk/dance pop on her debut EP Tonight, which will be released on 5 December. With nimble vocals inspired by Michael Jackson, a nasty funk groove reminiscent of Chic and Chaka Khan, and guitar work that evokes Nile Rodgers, the raucous title track is a huge statement by this talented young woman, who’s already garnered high praise from the likes of Christine McVie and Rowetta.