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.
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The operative word in the band name “We Were Astronauts” is “were”, for the Boston rock quartet that bears the appellation sounds firmly rooted to the earth. Such is definitely the case for “Keep It Together,” a track off of their upcoming recording Artificial Light, which following a successful Kickstarter campaign was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Warren Huart. Rooted in the country-tinged classic rock of groups like .38 Special, “Keep It Together” is as ideal a summer road trip radio tune as there could be.
The latest from Vanessa Daou finds her in four-on-the-floor mode with a flowing groove of thick beats and catchy hooks. “Trouble Comes” follows the political motif set by its parent album, Light Sweet Crude, but maintains the all sexual drama that the singer is noted for. Nearly drowning in the swathes of the song’s atmosphere, the singer at once signals the trouble at both a brewing riot and a crumbling relationship: “Trouble comes when you hear the drums.”
Courtney Love embarked on a solo tour last summer and during promised that new music would be coming soon. Well, that time is now. On May 4th we will be graced with the double A-side single for “You Know My Name” and “Wedding Day”. While we haven’t heard the latter, “You Know My Name” is a characteristically grungy track that harkens back to the much reviled America’s Sweetheart days, which is a much better album than is given credit.
Considering this woman has had one of the most consistently stellar careers of any singer/songwriter/bassist of her time, that’s a tall order to fill! “Conviction” is a fiercely intelligent and touching song about watching your friend make the same mistake over and over to the point where you need to disconnect. The lyrics are smart, touching and deserving of your attention. It would be heartbreaking to be on the receiving end of hearing your friend say: “You choose delusions so you can take him back / Turns out you were right and I was wrong / For me your life is just a sad song.”
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