Indie pop act Iglu & Hartly debuted its new single Friday, along with the song’s companion video.
The new song, ‘Flash Bang‘, presents an infectious musical arrangement whose keyboards and beats take audiences back to the 80s and its poppy new wave sounds. More specifically, there is an evident infleuce from the likes of A-Ha.
According to information provided about the premiere of the song and the song’s video, the song’s lyrical content focuses on a relationship “rocked by a bombshell.”
The video for the act’s new single isa unique presentation. It features singer/producer Jarvis Anderson walking around on a phone (supposedly with that other person) against various backdrops as the song plays over the visualization.
More information on Iglu & Hartly’s new single and video is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:
Independent rock band Tennis Courts debuted its new single this week.
The band premiered its new single, ‘Am I Not Talking Enough‘ Wednesday. It is unknown if the song will be featured in the band’s forthcoming as yet untitled album, which is due out later this year.
The musical arrangement featured in Tennis Courts’ new single is a decidedly shoegazer style composition. That is especially evident early on in the song’s subdued, contemplative first half. As the arrangement progresses, the emotion builds through the instrumentation, but it still maintains that shoegazer type of approach and sound.
According to front man Pat Walsh, the song’s lyrical them is itself quite contemplative.
“This song is probably the most personal song we’ve ever put out,” Walsh said. “It’s about a lot of things, but I think it’s mostly just about how I have felt over the last year. I’ve spent a lot of time coming to terms with myself, how I fit in the world, and how I fit into other people’s lives. I spend a lot of time examining my relationship with myself, family, friends, and partners. And at the end of the day, maybe I am just thinking too much.”
More information on Tennis Courts’ new single and album is available here.
Superbloom is scheduled to release its latest studio recording next month.
Life’s A Blur is scheduled for release June 8. In anticipation of its release the band debuted the record’s second single, ‘Tiny Bodyguard‘ and its companion lyric video Thursday. The premiere of the new single and video came a month after the band debuted the EP’s lead single, ‘Head First.’
The musical arrangement featured in Superbloom’s new single is quite unlike that of the album’s lead single. Where ‘Head First’ is an energetic post-grunge style composition that presents so much fire even in its controlled presentation. The new single is the polar opposite. It is more of a pop style composition. That is not to say that the mid-90s post grunge influence is not there. It is there, but the song is so much more subdued in its sound and style than the EP’s lead single.
No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the press release announcing the premiere of the new single and lyric video. The lyrics presented in the video seem to have the same angsty lyrical content of so much grunge that was popular in the 90s. It presents the whole thing of someone fighting those feelings of inferiority, etc. that was so commonplace in grunge music during that era.
Speaking of the video, it is an interesting presentation in its own right. Footage of an atomic blast is presented on an old TV. The footage itself looks vintage, like it was on an old VHS tape or some such. Meanwhile the song’s lyrics are presented in a very blocky, 80s style font as the song plays over the visualization.
In other news, Superbloom has announced a series of live dates across Europe. The tour is scheduled to launch Sept. 21 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands and to run through Oct. 2 in London, UK. The tour’s schedule is noted below and tickets are available here.
Bassist Devin Martinez talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a prepared statement.
“The heart of this song stems from my childhood or lack thereof,” Martinez said. “I had a lot of home problems when I was growing up. This song is directed at that person who is in and out of your life and really stems from me coming to terms with the fact that that person will never be back in my life. The pre-chorus to this song is sort of a wish that I would have. A wish that they would leave a note or let me know they would not be back.”
He continued, “For me, that never came to be. They would leave and return years later, just to cause havoc and that is why the chorus is exaggerated with the word “Liar”. That individual in my life couldn’t commit to anything, including the title of Father. Thanks for listening and hope you enjoy “Daddy Issues””.
In other news, Bury Mia has a concert scheduled for May 5 in Boulder, CO. More information on the concert, the band’s new single, video and more is available along with all of the band’s latest newsat:
Independent rock band The Now offered audiences another preview of its forthcoming as yet untitled album this month.
The band debuted its new single, ‘Girl You Got Me‘ and its video April 9. The song and its video are the second from the album, whose title, release date and other details are under consideration. The band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘Devil Inside Me‘ and the song’s companion video in February.
The Now changes things up in its new single in comparison to ‘Devil Inside Me.’ Where that song has an intriguing blend of garage rock and 80s pop rock, the new single boasts more of a blues-rock sensibility along with that garage rock style and sound. It makes the new single just as unique as its predecessor and just as engaging and entertaining in the process.
According to Grammy Award-winning producer Oli Jacobs, who produced the new single centers on the all too familiar topic of coming back from past heartbreaks, lyrically speaking.
“When you believe you’re set not to fall in love again after previous heartaches, that one person comes around and catches you while you’re weak and brings you back to your feet – But at the same time you’re on your knees caught up in love !,” Jacobs said.
The video for the band’s new single is a simple presentation. It features a young woman on a theater stage, the light moving with her. Along with that, the band is featured performing its new single as the song plays over the whole of the visualization. The purpose of showing the young woman with the spotlight focused on her is to highlight that focus that a young man might have when he finds that one person of whom Jacobs spoke.
In other news, The Now is in the midst of a tour that launched Feb. 22 in London, England. The tour’s remaining dates are noted below:
According to Marie, she wrote the three songs that make up the EP’s body last year just before her senior year at Georgetown University. Two of those songs, she wrote while studying abroad overseas.
“Looking back at these tracks in preparation for new recordings, I thought about how I wrote all these songs while assuming the role of an expatriate, singing about immortalization and historical figures and archetypes and even a singer who mimicked my own role,” she said. “I wanted to tie it altogether in an EP that would make sense. I thought the title “the expatriate, (immortalized)” really perfectly encapsulated that.”
One of the songs, ‘Your Songs Are S***,’ became the EP’s latest single and was released last week. The song’s musical arrangement immediately evokes thoughts of singers, such as Lisa Loeb and Vanessa Carlton. Ironically, the fire in the song’s lyrical theme is somewhat contrary to much of their work.
Marie talked about the song’s lyrical theme in a prepared statement.
“Your Songs Are S***!” depicts the experience of going out with a fellow singer and songwriter,” she said. “It’s inspired by one time I skipped class while studying abroad and showed up to his concert unannounced. This song is about trying to convince yourself that you don’t care about someone, that you’re totally fine and over them, that you think their songs are shitty because their shallow self prevents any lyrical or sonic depth, but, at the same time, you’re there at his concert, spending 20 euros on a ticket, mouthing every single lyric back to him.”
More information on Sophia Marie’s new single and EP is available along with all of her latest news at https://sophiamarie.online.
Independent emo band Wakelee is scheduled to release its new self-titled album next month and in anticipation, debuted the album’s lead single and video Friday.
The band debuted its new single, ‘Tug of War‘ and its video Friday. The song’s musical arrangement is a catchy, upbeat composition that blends elements of 80s pop rock with more modern indie and emo pop leanings for a whole that is certain to keep listeners engaged and entertained.
Guitarist Alex Bulmer talked about the arrangement’s creation during a recent interview.
“We had the structure for this song since 2021, but it took so long to land a vocal melody,” Bulmer said. “We got so frustrated with it that we decided to get into a room together and loop the instrumental over and over again. We would then present our individual verse and chorus ideas to each other. We played the theme from Shark Tank as we did our pitches. It was ridiculous, but it turned out to be one of our favorite tracks from the album.”
No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the news release announcing the debut of the new single and video. No lyrics were provided with the song’s video, either.
The video features the band performing its new single in a rehearsal space that looks like an apartment setting. Bulmer said the band recorded the song’s video in its rehearsal space with an iPhone.
We wanted it to look like one continuous shot. It was really fun to make,” Bulmer said.
In other news, Wakelee is schedueld to host an album release concert April 15 at Mercury Lounge in New York, NY. Tickets for the concert are available here.
More information on Wakelee’s new single, video, album and concert is available along with all of the band’s latest news at https://wakeleemusic.com.
Independent rock band The Now is set to release its new album this year, and in anticipation of its release, has unveiled a new single and video.
The band debuted its new single, ‘Devil Inside Me‘ Friday along with the song’s companion video. The musical arrangement featured in this single is instantly infectious with its garage rock style approach and high energy guitar work. The fuzz effect on the guitars and distinct vocal delivery style also gives the song something of a stoner rock vibe in the vein of Royal Blood.
No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme in the news release announcing the debut of the new single and video. In listening to the song and watching the video, listeners are left to infer that perhaps the theme centers on the matter of dealing with one’s personal inner demons.
Speaking of the video, it features on one half, the band performing its new single in a studio setting that is flooded with red light. The light is meant to help illustrate the message in the lyrical theme. The other half of the video features a man dealing with some sort of inner struggle.
In other news, The Now has a series of live dates planned to start soon. The band’s upcoming tour is scheduled to launch Wednesday in London, England and to run through April 30 in Dorset, UK.
The band’s tour schedule is noted below.
Feb 22- London, England @ The Camden Assembly HEADLINE SHOW Tickets
Mar 03- Cardiff Fuel – supporting These Wicked Rivers
Mar 04- Gravesend, UK @ Leo’s – supporting These Wicked Rivers
Punk rock band Venerea is scheduled to release its new album, Euro Trash this summer through SBAM Records, and in anticipation has released the record’s new single and video.
The band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘Summer of ’94‘ and its companion video Thursday. The musical arrangement featured in the song is a light, upbeat composition. It will appeal easily to any pop punk fan through the positive mood that it sets.
The positive mood set through the arrangement is important to note because the song’s lyrical theme is a warm reflection on what was obviously a fond memory of 1994 for one of the band members. There is even a brief mention of Green Day in the song and its role in those fond memories.
The video that accompanies the song features the band on the road and on stage as the song plays over the visualization.
More information on Venera’s new single, video, and album is available along with all of the band’s latest news at:
Punk rock outfit Twenty2 debuted its new single and video this week.
The band premiered its new single, ‘Underneath‘ Tuesday. The song is the second single from the band’s forthcoming album, Dismissed, which is scheduled for release July 22 through Thousand Islands Records. The band premiered the album’s lead single, ‘Grudge‘ and its companion lyric video late last month.
The musical arrangement featured in ‘Underneath’ is a tense, upbeat composition whose energy and urgency will keep listeners engaged and entertained.
No information was provided about the song’s lyrical theme. No lyrics were provided with the song, either. In listening to the song, audiences are left to infer that the lyrical content deals with the familiar topic of mental health. That is just this critic’s interpretation of the lyrics.