Formed not long after Leo London was tracking piano for Michael Finn at a Portland studio, the Domestics are built around the dynamic the two musicians bring, not only on an instrumental level, but lyrically and vocally as well. The two dig deep into their own troubled past – London’s drug-addicted parents, Finn’s battles with mental illness – to create something both cathartic and uplifting. The lilting “Wait Forever” is a beautiful example, its melancholy masqueraded by its gentle indie pop, and we’re glad to premiere it at PopMatters.
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Citing such bands as Neutral Milk Hotel and the Mountain Goats as major influences, Brooklyn quintet Three Thousand Rivers taps into Americana, funk, jazz, and African music on their forthcoming EP Body Aha. Listening to the track “Gut”, which we’re glad to premiere, you might wonder just how big an XTC influence looms over this band, because the similarity is uncanny on this ebullient song.
When he’s not performing behind former KISS guitarist Ace Frehley and serving as the Cult’s ninth bass player overall, Chris Wyse works on his own project, the hard rock outfit Owl. Owl’s third album Things You Can’t See comes out in a few weeks, and in advance of its release we’re pleased to premiere the new track “Star Up”. With its distinct swing the thunderous tune feels more glam rock than modern heavy rock, a welcome respite from the plodding post-grunge sound that has plagued hard rock for the past 20 years.
Three years after the release of their debut album Clean Cuts, New York electronic trio House of Blondes are set to put out the follow-up Stranger Still this summer. As timing would have it, they have a shimmering new electropop track called “First of July” that we’re more than happy to premiere just in time for that symbolic start of a kid’s summer vacation.
Featuring wicked falsetto singing reminiscent of Jimmy Somerville and a fun take on disco and funk similar to the Scissor Sisters, the Columbus, Ohio project Digisaurus combine elements both new and old to create a sound that’s both classic and contemporary. Helmed by musician James Allison, the band has just released their energetic and very catchy debut EP No More Room For Love, which we’re more than happy to present here at PopMatters.