Wednesday, December 17, 2014

3 Songs: On Repeat – featuring a track from The Armory Wars

The Armory Wars – “Stay” (Following their two well-received EPs, the Atlanta based indie rock band recently released Rediscover, their highly-anticipated and very promising debut album.  Led by dual vocalists Sean Wheeler and Marc Harris, the five piece band creates highly energetic and infectiously catchy radio-ready pop and punk-infused rock anthems.  The passionate standout single here is highlighted by buzzing noise-addled guitars, emotionally-charged vocals and swirling Circa Survive-like melodies.)


Owen – “Judas” (Under his longtime moniker Owen, Mike Kinsella – of Cap'n Jazz, American Football, and Owls - recently released a new album of cover songs, titled Other People’s Songs via Polyvinyl Records.  He distinctly transforms some punk rock classics from The Promise Ring, The Smoking Popes, All, and Against Me! into his own lush acoustic-based style that is bolstered by touches of piano, strings and female vocals from guest Sarah Mitchell.  Here he takes on Depeche Mode’s “Judas” with stirring strings and cyclical guitars lending it a warm, organic atmosphere and uncovering the beauty hidden beneath the burgeoning electronics of the ethereal original.)

The City On Film – “ (Bob Nanna of Braid, Hey Mercedes and Lifted Bells has had a busy 2014, Braid released No Coast, their excellent long-awaited return in July and now Nanna has released a new album, La Vella, under his solo moniker The City On Film via Topshelf Records.  Prior albums as The City On Film have found Bob more subdued, as an outlet for his quieter songs but La Vella rocks with as much intensity as his parent band with his signature voice and phrasing and penchant for catchy, off-kilter melodies taking the spotlight.)


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