Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"Depth of Perception" from Dubarry

Dubarry, from Australia's Sunshine Coast, creates electronic music with world beat and dub elements.  They are said to deliver a smashing live show as well.  Let your introduction be their new "Depth of Perception".  Well conceived and executed, the tribal percussion is outstanding.

Dubarry are Brett Gadenne, Kate Gadenne, Damian Campbell and, from time to time, Adam Scriven and Chelsea Campbell-Wilson.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

"That's Right" from Tuff Love, new EP soon

One of our favorite discoveries last year was the Junk EP from Glasgow band Tuff Love (here).  Then a trio, Julie Eisenstein (guitar/vocals) and Suse Bear (bass/vocals) now work as a duo.  We are happy to report that the release of their second EP, Dross, is fewer than two weeks away.  The first single from the new record was "Slammer", which we featured last November (here).  We now have the video for a second track, "That's Right".  Packed with crunchy guitar, burly bass and gooey harmonies, it is just what we need to brighten up our winter days.

Dross EP will be released via Scotland's Lost Map Records.

Lost Map Records page for Tuff Love

Monday, January 26, 2015

H. Grimace - I Am Material EP

You may find the name H. Grimace awkward, or you may find it memorable.  But we strongly suggest that you find the band's I Am Material EP.  It is available as a cassette or download (i.e. iTunes), and the songs are terrific.  The EP commences with standout track "Imogen".  Throbbing, woozy and urgent, you  have my permission to fall in love with this band at first song. I did.  The following track "Royal Hush" initially slows the pace, but is suffused with an ominous intensity that builds to a satisfying release.  "To The Shaggerston" moves into '90s alt guitar/shoegaze territory with muscle and attitude.  "Immaterial Girl" and "Great Divide" are fulsome slices of crunchy indie rock, with intertwined guitars and clever hooks.  Closing track "Wasted Sun" is a slow tempo, brooding jam that leaves you wanting more.  We have provided three tracks below, and you can stream the entire album at the Soundcloud and Bandcamp links below.

H. Grimace is a London-based four piece founded by Hannah Gledhill (guitar/vocals) and Asher Preston (drums/vocals).  More recently they added Shan Pasha (bass) and Marcus P. Browne (guitar).  I Am Material EP is out now via Soft Power Records.  The band will be touring the United States this winter with San Francisco band Couches.

Bandcamp for cassette
Soft Power Records

"Say Yeah", a plea for a Glastonbury gig

Mann Friday is a London-based band comprise of musicians from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Italy.  Their decade on the scene has produced five studio albums and a number of fans of their Afro-folk-rock.  But their remaining dream is to play a stage at Glastonbury.  To that end, they have crafted this musical plea to the festival's organizer, Emily Eavis.  The simple and sincere request to Emily is to "say yeah", and book Mann Friday for the gig.

We here at WYMA aren't going to pretend that Emily's job is easy, or that she can or should give in to every request for a piece of the stage.  But we founded this blog to help promote the dreams of the artists that were reaching for a higher rung on the ladder.  We think that "Say Yeah" is a fine tune, so from the suburbs of Seattle on a Sunday night, we'll make a long distance pitch to Emily: Say Yeah.


Sunday, January 25, 2015

"Shaky Ground (Hey Na Na Na)" from Freedom Fry

Marie Seyrat, a young lady from France, and Bruce Driscoll, a young man from Michigan, and a common love of warm pop songs combine to form Los Angeles-based duo Freedom Fry.  They released an EP last August and have several videos of songs on their website.  But today's post is to introduce their first song of 2015, the incredibly catchy "Shaky Ground (Hey Na Na Na)".


Friday, January 23, 2015

"Bad Betty" from The Sonics, new album soon

There is a familiar rock and roll story in which the aging rock band mellows out, embraces age and finds their inner country music story-teller voice.  This is NOT one of those stories.  This story begins with the return of the Pacific Northwest's greatest ever garage band.  Yes, The Sonics are preparing to release their first studio album since 1967, and it does not appear that any of them have embraced their inner county music story-teller voice.  And thank Buddha for that!  The album's 12 tracks were recorded live in the studio in mono, and will be released on the band's own label, Revox Records.

Original members Jerry Roslie (keys and vocals), Larry Parypa (guitar and vocals) and Rob Lind (sax, harmonica and vocals) are joined by Freddie Dennis of the Kingsmen and the Liverpool Five on bass and Dusty Watson from Dick Dale and Agent Orange on drums.  The band will be touring in April, and we've included the dates at the bottom of the post.

Would we leave you without a sample of the goods?  Of course not!  Here is "Bad Betty".


Tour Dates
4/2/2015 Seattle, WA - Moore Theater (record release party with Mudhoney & special guests)
4/4/2015 Las Vegas, NV - Viva Las Vegas Weekender
4/5/2015 Las Vegas, NV - Viva Las Vegas Weekender
4/8/2015 New York, NY - Irving Plaza*
4/9/2015 Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony*
4/10/2015 Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall*
4/11/2015 Providence, RI - Columbus Theater*
4/12/2015 Philadelphia, PA - Theater of Living Arts*
4/23/2015 Cincinnati, OH - Woodward Theater*
4/24/2015 Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall*
4/25/2015 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick*
4/26/2015 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace*
* support: Barrence Whitfield & the Savages

Thursday, January 22, 2015

"Hollow Veins" from Surf City, new album in March

Surf City, one of my favorite New Zealand bands, is releasing their next album via Fire Records internationally and Popfrenzy in Australia.  Named Jekyll Island, it is expected on March 23.  Sample its buzzsaw guitar glory below on album track number four, "Hollow Veins".  You can pre-order the album at the Bandcamp link below.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Spotify Playlist: WYMA Top Albums of 2014 (Scott's List)

Scott did a yeoman's job of keeping WYMA moving forward in 2014.  Feast your senses pn the fruits of his efforts.

WYMA Top Albums of 2014 (Scott's List)

We music blog writers do certain things.  We listen to music, we write about music, we drink beer, and many of us write a year-end list.  So here we are with my list.  I don't pretend that this list is represents the definitive top 55 new albums released in 2014 (although it might).  I haven't listened to every album released, and the albums I did listen to reflect my tastes in music.  The reason I write this list, in addition to an obsessive desire to introduce some order to my life, is to give people who read this blog because they like what I like a bit of a recap of the year's more notable releases.  If you aren't one of those people and you are reading this anyway, you either are bored, imprisoned, or looking for some fodder to rebut your cousin when he starts spouting off about his favorite 2014 albums at the Super Bowl party.  In the latter case, this list will likely give you a few albums your cousin hasn't heard of.

There are a few guidelines for this list.  Generally, my list of ranked albums only includes new releases.  Compilations, reissues and EPs/singles will be the subject of a separate post if I have the time to devote to it.  I'll also point out that while Mom + Pop released Courtney Barnetts' Double EP: Sea of Split Peas in 2014, it originally was a 2013 release and was in my top ten for that year, so I am not including it this year.  However, it is wonderful, and everyone should own it.

Note that the list is in three sections, each presented in alphabetical order.  Some years the voices in my head tell me that this approach is better than a straight numerical list, some years the voices say the opposite.  I suspect they are just fucking with me, but they are my voices -- waddayagonnado?

One Through Fifteen (alphabetical order)

Allah LasWorship the Sun - Consistently note perfect Southern California garage/psych tunes. Our review here.

Blank Realm - Grassed Inn - Intense garage and psychedelic vibe.  I couldn't stop playing this album all year, so its inclusion on this list is an easy decision.  Our review here.

Blank Realm - Reach You On The Phone' from fire records on Vimeo.

East Brunswick All Girls Choir - Seven Drummers - Eight rock nuggets that everyone should here.   Intense, loud, crunchy, mysterious, and satisfying.  Our review here.

Fear of Men - Loom - Much anticipated debut delivered on the promise of the previous singles. Our review here.

The Hobbes Fanclub - Up at Lagrange - Jangle, reverb, hooks and big choruses from start to finish in this shoegaze offering.  Our review here.

The Holy Ghost Electric Show - The Great American Holy Ghost Electric Show - Infectious Southern Gothic brew.  Our review here.

The Ocean Party - Soft Focus - A confident step forward out of the pack of southern Australian guitar bands brings well shaped and musically interesting songs and the promise of a bright future.  Our review here.

Posse - Soft Opening - Wonderful guitar driven jangle pop that seems equal parts Real Estate, Melbourne slacker pop and Seattle indie. Our review here.

Reigning Sound - Shattered - George Cartwright's garage/soul/power pop reincarnation (Tennessee garage rocker backed by Brooklyn soul and R&B band) produced one of the more enjoyable listens of the year.  Our review here.

Sea Pinks - Dreaming Tracks - Inspired and energetic indie rock redolent of California from Neil Brogan's Northern Irish band.  Our review here.

Trick Mammoth - Floristry - An early 2014 release from a Dunedin, New Zealand band blessed with a couple of very talented songwriters.  All the members play in other good bands, but this one seems to have special magic sauce.  Our feature here.

War on DrugsLost in the Dream - Aptly named record invites the listener to become lost in the layers of sounds and rhythms.  Indie rock fans can quibble about its specific place on year-end lists, but there is little debate about its right to be on the lists.  JD's review here.

Weak Boys - Weekdays/Weekends - Incredibly infectious guitar pop with a sense of humor. Our review here.

Withered Hand - New Gods - Rich indie pop LP with folky accents from Edinburgh's Dan Wilson with a host of Scottish music luminaries in support.  Our review here.

Young Fathers - Dead - Breathtakingly audacious urban pop from Edinburgh trio that just keeps getting better.  Stream the entire album at their website (here).

Sixteen Through Thirty (alphabetical order)

Black TwigHeliogram - A masterful mix of shoegaze, dream pop and droning psychedelic guitar pop. Our review here.

Cool Ghouls - A Burning Fire Swirling Though the Rye - One of the best of the Bay Area garage/psyche bands sidesteps the sophomore slump with one of the better party soundtracks of the year.  Our review here.

Dude York - Dehumanize - One of the best of Seattle's emerging rock bands with a meaty and complete LP. Our review here.

Immigrant Union - Anyway - Jangling and psychedelic with a few country accents, this is an album sitting square in my sweet spot.  JD's write up here.

The Luxembourg Signal - The Luxembourg Signal - LA/Anglo supergroup comprised of members of Trembling Blue Stars, Aberdeen and Fonda with a fantastic shoegaze/dream pop set.  Our review here.

Pale Lights - Before There Were Pictures - Brooklyn band that sounds as if Lloyd Cole and Robert Scott had been additional members of Felt. Heavenly stuff.  Our review here.

Parquet Courts - Sunbathing Animal - Expertly crafted rock album pulling in influences from the last several decades. Our review here.

The Popguns - Pop Fiction - One of my favorite guitar pop bands of the late '80s and early '90s was Brighton's The Popguns.  They are back and in top form.  Our review here.

ScotDrakula - ScotDrakula - Smashing debut LP from Melbourne garage/punk trio.  Serving suggestion: Beer.  Our review here.

Total ControlTypical System - Thick synth-based post punk and dark wave.  Our review here.

The Twilight Sad - Nobody Wants to be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave - Glasgow's most famous miserabilists  continue to make dense, soaring soundscapes to carry their dark tales.  Review coming soon.  Website.

Ultimate Painting - Ultimate Painting - James Hoare of Veronica Falls and Jack Cooper of Mazes with an understated guitar pop offering featuring subtle touches that sound better with each listen. Our review here.

The Vaselines V is for Vaselines - Cheeky and irreverent with songs crafted with a dose of adult perspective.  They were gone too long.  Our review here.

Virgin of the Birds - Winter Seeds - A lyrical and aural pleasure, with one of the best songs of the year - "Every Revelry".  Our review here.

The Wolfhounds - Middle Aged Freaks - The Wolfhounds came back on the scene with crunch, noise and swagger.  Our recent review here.

Thirty-One Through Fifty-Five (alphabetical order)

Allo Darlin' - We Come From the Same Place - Aussie/Anglo band continue to refine their brand of melodic indie pop and deliver a strong set of songs. Our review here.

Alvvays - Alvvays - Jangling, hook-filled guitar pop from Canada, with a stellar vocalist in Molly Rankin.  Our review here.

Astronauts - Hollow Ponds - Elements of folk rock and electronic combine magically from the former member of Dark Captain.  Our review here.

Chris Devotion and the ExpectationsBreak Out - Crunchy, soul-infused power pop from Glasgow.  Our review here.

David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights - End Times Undone - Melodic, jangling and substantial addition to the superb catalog of David Kilgour, co-founder of Dunedin's The Clean.  John's review here.

The DeathcatsAll Hail Deathcats - Surfy, punky garage rock from talented Glasgow band.  Now on hiatus, enjoy this one. Our review here.

Delay TreesReadymade - Excellent dream pop from Finland. Our review here.

Donovan Blanc - Donovan Blanc - Our review here.

Flowers - Do What You Want to, It's What You Should Do - C86-style noise pop with the airy, strikingly angelic vocals of Rachel Kenedy.  Our review here.

Full Ugly Spent the Afternoon - Appealing guitar pop debut from Melbourne band.  "Drove Down" is one of my favorite songs of the year.  Our review here.

Gold BearsDalliance - Crashing noise pop, just the way we like it.  Our review here.

Literature - Chorus - Melodic, up tempo indie pop with hooks and jangles.  I'm truly surprised to not see it on more year-end lists.  Our review here.

Mark Martyre - Red Letters - Gravel-voiced Canadian poet and singer-songwriter can sing me stories all day long.  Here is a good chapter for your introduction.  Our review here.

Marlovers - (Stalking) You - Spanish pop band delivers album to make you sigh and search for someone to love. Our recent review here.

MarthaCourting Strong - Buzzsaw guitars, pop hooks and twee vocals from quartet residing in Pity Me in the UK.  Our review here.

Old Mate - It Is What It Is - Eight well-crafted and somewhat sinister guitar pop tunes.  Under the radar and totally collectable.  Our review here.

Party Dolls - Love Wars Baby - Drew Beskin from Atlanta/Athens' The District Attorneys recorded these anti-valentine songs with bandmates and friends for release last February.  The results were predictably excellent.  Our review here.

Peter Escott - The Long O - Keyboard ballads and experimental pop from Tasmanian who also is one half of band Native Cats.  Song "My Heaven, My Rules" shouldn't be missed.  Our review here.

The Proper Ornaments - Wooden Head - James Hoare of Veronica Falls combines with Argentinian Max Claps for one of his two projects of the year, providing a relaxed take on psychedelia and shoegaze.  Our review here.

Robert ScottThe Green House - Master songwriter Robert Scott (The Bats; The Clean) goes solo, with some help from Hollie Fullbrook (aka Tiny Ruins) on a deep and satisfying album.  One of the best 'late night' albums of many years. Our review here.

The Sugar Stems - Only Come Out at Night - It may be the first record from a Milwaukee band to make a year-end list here, but it is well-deserved.  The album is a sweet and catchy collection of power pop tunes with a vein of grit.  Our review here.

TacocaT - NVM - Sugar-coated and irreverent garage rock from Seattle quartet.  Our review here.

Watoo Watoo – Une Si Longue Attente - Glossy and sophisticated French pop. Our review here.

Witching Waves - Fear of Falling Down - Promising debut LP of angular post punk and jangling garage from London-based trio.  Our review here.

The ZebrasSiesta - Melbourne band with a pristine set of guitar pop.  Our review here.