Future Generations is an indie pop collegiate band in nearly every sense as the members met and began jamming together at Fordham University, jumping into the album-recording process immediately after graduating. The music, though, veers straight into summery festival territory. Instead of grounding themselves in sedate, stoic intellectualist musings, Future Generations’ music feels freer, less the sound of Wednesday mornings and more the sound of Sunday afternoons. “Coast,” off their upcoming self-titled debut, recalls the flawlessly nonchalant rock of Two Door Cinema Club and Future Generations’ Frenchkiss labelmates Passion Pit, and it doesn’t so much revel in the sunshine as let it burst from every pore.
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If you dive into a Little Brother Eli record, expect bone-crunching blues rock that’ll flatten you against a wall with the force of its distortion. The band rides the wave of classic garage-rock revitalization shoved forward by the White Stripes and the Black Keys, and their ripping grooves fit neatly into the well-worn path they follow. Their whiskey-swilling “Who Do You” is energetic and powerful, a dusty rocker through and through.
PURSES (including members of bands like District Attorneys, Party Dolls, Modern Skirts, Grand Vapids, Blue Blood, Crooked Fingers, and more) made a catchy debut with their “Hitchhiker/Wheels on the Run” double-single. Newest single “Clementine” offers further proof that their debut record should contain equal parts jangle, indie pop guitars, noise, harmonies, and anything else in between. “Clementine” offers a new facet of the band’s sound, as they explore some push-and-pull dynamics. Guitars stab through the song’s quiet vibe, building up to walls of sound and ebbing again before coalescing into an insistent lead line to close things out. B-side “White Wire Handle” feels more down-home, with a lo-fi treatment on the vocals and a four-to-the-floor arrangement that lands just on this side of IRS-era R.E.M.
Of all the bands that helped bring thrash metal back into fashion in the late 2000s, San Francisco band Hatchet was one of the best, but incredibly they never did attract the attention that more fashionable thrash revivalists like Municipal Waste and Toxic Holocaust did. Still, though, the band has carried on with founding guitarist Julz Ramos, losing the odd member and gaining others, churning out quality thrash of the Bay Area variety, influenced primarily by Exodus and Death Angel. The band’s third album Fear Beyond Lunacy will be released 30 October on The End Records (pre-order it here), and you can listen to the scorching new track “Prophet of Delusion” below.
Reunions can be a dicey proposition, especially for bands who seemed to have run their course organically and ended on a high note, which Sleater-Kinney certainly did with its heavy-duty 2005 swan song The Woods. Then again, if anyone can be counted on not to simply give into nostalgia and come back just for the heck of it, it would be a band that never took anything for granted and was as committed to its craft as Sleater-Kinney was—or, rather, is.