Wednesday, April 09, 2014

3 Songs: On Repeat

Protomartyr - “Scum, Rise!” (The genre-defiant Detroit quartet released their sophomore album, Under Color Of Official Right this week on their new label home, Hardly Art.  They blend textures of gritty post-punk and old school Misfits-like punk with more experimental hints of R&B and an off-kilter pop sense into a sound of their own that is dark and depraved yet hopeful and triumphant, just like their hometown.)   

Rasputin’s Secret Police – “Kids With No Friends” (The Philly duo of Brandon Ayres and Josh Phillips create a fuzzed-out and poppy brand of post-grunge/punk rock with the thick guitar sound of Chicago-based 90’s alt-rock bands Hum and Menthol on their new album, Comfortable, out now via new Austin cassette label Fleeting Youth Records.  The lead track and single here is a nice slice of 90’s nostalgia with pounding drums, abrasive guitars and plenty of anthemic sing-along moments.)

 King Of Prussia – “Actuary” (Led by Brandon Hanick, the Athens, GA-based collective’s epic new double-album, Zonian Girls…And The Echoes That Surround Us All is out now via Minty Fresh and features a dark and light side.  The ringing and rollicking piano-led twee-throwback tune complete with brassy horns and a super-catchy refrain here stands out and recalls early Belle and Sebastian.)   


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