Bearing a cute resemblance to Vampire Weekend, UB40, and early Elvis Costello, London foursome the Curious Incident shamelessly incorporate sunny reggae and Afrobeat influences into their effervescent indie pop. It’s infectious and very smartly written, and can be streamed in its entirely below.
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What’s so great about Upstate New York trio the Naturalists is that they’re so clearly students of indie rock back when indie rock actually meant something. When it was loud, irreverent, fun, and not elitist enough to be above a good guitar solo or two. Possessing a title that was probably coined during hysterical, weed-induced laughter, Home Honey, I’m Hi is a small joy of an EP, six songs’ worth of rock ‘n’ roll that’s equal parts Pavement and Guided By Voices.
Paul Duffus: I’ve always thought the Besnard Lakes sounded like the Cocteau Twins in viking helmets. “Golden Lion” though is more like Going Blank Again era Ride galloping across a burning peat bog on a wild stallion. All of which is just a way of saying that this is good. This is really good. [8/10]
Wisconsin band the Millenium are coming off a successful summer that saw them win the Vans Warped Tour Battle of the Bands, and when you hear their new single “Stay”, you’ll understand why. Rooted in post-hardcore but diving shamelessly, gleefully into pop, “Stay” possesses a hook so explosive, you can’t help but give in. It is a ridiculous earworm on the level of New Radicals, Vertical Horizon, and other 1990s phenoms, full of verve and ebullience. Listen, and just give in.
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.
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