Friday, August 18, 2017

3 Songs: On Repeat

The Districts – “Ordinary Day” (The Pennsylvania-based indie rock band recently released Popular Manipulations, their third album. Out now on Fat Possum, the eclectic yet cohesive new set of guitar-led songs recalls early 2000’s indie rock powerhouses such as Wolf Parade, Interpol and The Strokes; with quirky yet anthemic and danceable melodies.  They pay homage to their influences without sounding like a direct copy of them all while growing into a powerhouse themselves.)  

Broken Social Scene – “Skyline” (After a five year hiatus, the Canadian indie rock collective has surprisingly returned with their fifth album, Hug Of Thunder.  For the new album - out now on City Slang/Arts & Crafts – Brendan Canning, Keven Drew and crew brought in outside producer Joe Chiccarelli who reigns them in a bit, though their music is just as big and anthemic – like the aptly-titled standout, “Protest Song” – and laced with full, lush arrangements that skip between atmospheric dream-pop and guitar-led rock with layers of horns, synths and such for a most triumphant return.)

Dead Cross – “Seizure And Desist” (Dead Cross is the new noise-punk supergroup featuring Mike Patton of Faith No More, etc along with former Slayer drummer-extraordinaire Dave Lombardo and Retox members Justin Pearson and Michael Crain.  Their self-titled debut album - produced by Ross Robinson - is out now on Ipecac Recordings.  Led by Patton’s crazed and malleable vocals and abstract yet politically-charged lyrical themes, the quartet creates an intense sound that fuses fast and furious old school hardcore punk and unhinged noise-rock into an impressive debut.)     


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