There’s enough in the music of Bugs in the Dark to suggest that they could be comfortably categorized as an indie rock band. However, the distorted guitars and powerful vocals (courtesy of frontwoman Karen Rockower) bring to mind the recent rash of bands coming out of the occult rock subgenre, namely Jess & the Ancient Ones. In taking the spare indie aesthetic and merging it with a primal rock sound, Bugs in the Dark strike a winning balance. The band’s latest single, “Red Lines”, is a perfect example of this.
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Following videos from Sofar’s London and Philadelphia venues, PopMatters takes you back once again to Sofar London, this time for a performance by the very promising indie quartet HUGH. Helmed by Benin City vocalist Josh Idehen, the group features Idehen on vocals with Izzy Brooks, Andy Highmore on production/keys, and Tino Kolarides on guitar.
Back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, it wasn’t uncommon for a band or artist to release anywhere from one to three albums in a year. (See the voluminous discography of Frank Zappa for a case in point.) While Prince may have recently garnered a lot of attention with his announcement that he plans to release two albums on the same day at the end of September, the California rock band Dot Hacker already beat him to the punch.
Ten years ago, the Pennsylvania-based veteran indie outfit the Ocean Blue released the now rare EP Waterworks. Well, rather, it was until recently rare, as the group announced that it would be re-releasing the EP in addition to several unreleased tracks, recorded around the same time as the EP. Now, Waterworks has the feel of a full-length release.
Paul Collins sounds like a guy who not only loves rock ‘n’ roll; he sounds like he’s spent his whole life living it. Feel the Noise, his latest studio effort, captures the spirit of a musician who has grown comfortably into his style. After years of playing in power pop groups like the Nerves and the Beat, Collins has continued to smartly integrate the distorted side of his rock ‘n’ roll with a keen ear for affable hooks.