Dayton, Ohio rockers Motel Beds are aptly named. Their brand of stripped-down indie rock is the exact kind of thing one can imagine blasting out the windows on a long road trip, crashing at the end of the day in a motel bed after filling one’s ears to the brim with catchy guitar riffs. There are certainly plenty of memorable guitar hooks on These are the Days Gone By, the band’s latest outing for the Misra label.
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The lone mainstream splash of Katrina and the Waves remains “Walking on Sunshine”, but frontwoman Katrina Leskanich hasn’t let that lightning in a bottle success become a yoke to her career as a musician. As attested by Blisland, her latest album, Katrina is a songwriter with a storehouse of energy for what she does. Blisland‘s classic rock flourishes, particularly in its ripping guitar solos, create a vivacious environment. Numbers like “Dizzy” bring to mind Mary Chapin Carpenter at her most effervescent.
Springfield, Missouri musician Casey Jack makes the kind of guitar-driven music that aspiring teenagers the world over hope to put to tape. His music is best described as guitar pop with a sharp dash of fuzzed-out punk energy. Casey Jack, his debut LP, features the sort of instrumental lineup quite common to many of the early ‘00’s rock revival outfits: guitar, bass, drums, and some grungy vocals. But rather than go straight for the jugular, Jack employs a keen ear for pop in constructing these tunes, reining in what otherwise might have been full-on rock assaults to their simplest, catchiest cores.
Unlike Mumford & Sons, whose old-timey name suggests an authenticity that is more manufactured than genuine, Sons of Bill are actually what their name implies. The Sons of Bill are actually the sons of William Wilson, professor emeritus of theology and literature at the University of Virginia. (The group hails from Charlottesville.) Sons of Bill let their sharp songcraft and careful lyricism shine on “Brand New Paradigm”, a track off of their forthcoming album Love & Logic.
When one things of sunny beach locales, Belfast, Northern Ireland probably doesn’t come to mind. But by the sound of Go Wolf, the indie electro-pop group responsible for “Talk to You”, one could be easily fooled into thinking so. Go Wolf made a splash earlier this summer with “One More Night”, and now, with “Talk to You”, they’re poised to take up even more spaces on beach trip playlists the world over. From its simple chorus hook to its bouncy synths, the song runs the gamut of summer song characteristics, and marks yet another promising entry from these up-and-comers.
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