Billing themselves as “moonlit folk rock”, Los Angeles trio Distant Cousins are poised to leap on to the folk rock bandwagon currently occupied by the likes of Of Monsters and Men and Edward Sharpe. Typically breezy, catchy, and unapologetically cute, the band’s new track “Taste of Tomorrow”, is an immediate highlight of their new EP, which comes out on 15 October (pre-order it here). It’s folk rock built for festival crowds, singing about the sunshine, boasting a snappy funk rhythm section, and sing-along vocals made for crowds of tens of thousands. Beware, this sucker’s going to be in your head all day.
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Creators of one of the most unique hybrids in heavy music over the past dozen years, UK band Crippled Black Phoenix have artfully balanced progressive rock, doom metal, post-rock, ambient music, and Victorian influences in a way that defies categorization. However, in the wake of their 2014 album White Light Generator, founding member Justin Greaves became embroiled in a public feud with former guitarist Karl Demata over legal ownership of the band name.
The Montreal duo of Karl Raymond and Alex Racine have been churning out heavy rock for the past decade as October Sky, slowly building a reputation as a promising young live act. Their latest EP Rise, which comes out on 9 October, continues that ascent. Combining the force of similar UK duo Royal Blood with the progressive tendencies of Muse, the new tunes are sleek and visceral, and well worth hearing. Which, as it so happens, you can do below.
Formerly of the New York City band the Freshkills and most recently a best-selling ebook author (his book I Swear I’ll Make it Up to You is set to be released by a major publisher in 2016) Mishka Shubaly has just released his new album Coward’s Path. A ragged, cacophonous confessional record, its kitchen-sink approach, unflinching honesty, and gutter poeticism makes it come across as a weird hybrid of Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, and NYC punk rock. It’s cathartic, wryly humorous, and completely soulful, and absolutely worth a listen.
Athens, Georgia band Gláss offer a unique take on classic gothic post-punk on their debut album, which is due out in early 2016. While the minimalist power of Joy Division looms over the trio’s music like a specter, they add a very strong surf rock and punk aesthetic, and that combination of darkness and energy creates a potent dynamic on the cheekily titled track “Glass(-accent)”, which you can hear below.