Five Things We Liked Last Week – 02/10/2017

Further Listening: Joana SerratSuburban BirdsSloan Peterson, Peter OrenJoshua BurnsideRachel BearingerKarine Polwart, Wild Beasts, The Hanging Stars, TelemanOther Creatures, Fazerdaze, Bully, Gulp, PermahornThe Popguns, Fever DreamKarl Blau, Floral Print, Ryan Vail, Marlin’s DreamingA.Savage, Courtney Barnett & Kurt VileDiet Cig, Low ChimesWild OnesAki Laasko, Julian WaJanileigh Cohen, Sikemor, Nelson CanEstrons, Thee Conductor & Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Graceland, Strange Ranger, Gingerlys, Elizabeth Erin KemlerLean Year, Twain, TusksMalena ZavalaNight Drifting, The Local, and some wonderful rarities from Angel Olsen.

5. Freeze! Who Is She?

Who Is She? Not actually a question, but the name of a new Seattle-based supergroup consisting of members of Tacocat, Lisa Prank and Chastity Belt. The trio are set to release their debut album, Seattle Gossip, this week on Father/Daughter records, and last week shared a second taster of it, Seattle Freeze.

While primarily associated with the somewhat po-faced sound of grunge, Who Is She? are the latest example of modern Seattle’s more fun-filled pop-punk scene. Fusing the goofiness of anti-folk with the lo-fi shuffle of DIY-punk, theirs is a world where heartfelt emotions are dressed up in a visage of not taking yourself too seriously. Lyrically, the track is part love song to Seattle, part bratty kiss-off, as they repeat, “it’s not Seattle it’s you”. Lively, amusing and very exciting indeed, Who Is She? are less supergroup and more just plain super.

Seattle Gossip is out October 6th via Father/Daughter Records. Click HERE for more information on Who Is She?

4. The Lovely Eggs Mind Their Words

Surely Lancaster’s greatest ever-band, The Lovely Eggs, have spent the last year hauled up in a recording studio working on the follow-up to their 2015 album, This Is Our Nowhere. The band are heading back out on the road this month, and to celebrate that fact, last week shared a riotous new single, I Shouldn’t Have Said That.

Continuing to build on the heavier sound of their last album, I Shouldn’t Have Said that is a delightfully raucous affair; all snotty-punk yelling, sharp snare battering and walls of all-encompassing, feed-back drenched guitar goodness. Subtle it isn’t, but as Holly yells, “I shouldn’t have said that right into your face” atop the swirling guitars and motorik groove, we dare you to not have a really great time. The Lovely Eggs are frankly the most blunt, innovative and daring punk band currently operating on these shores, now get yourself down to Eggland immediately.

I Shouldn’t Have Said That is out November 3rd via Egg Records. Click HERE for more information on The Lovely Eggs.

3. Son and Cynic Head For The Dead Of The Night

Hailing from Denver, Son and Cynic are a quintet, formed around the songwriting duo of lead guitarist, Brian Obernesser, and lead vocalist, Cayla Shortley. The band released their debut EP, Where I Am, earlier this year, and last week shared the latest track from it, Dead Of Night.

Their self-recorded sound harks back to the alt-rock of the late 90’s, but beelines in on the good bits; from the impassioned vocals of Garbage, to the twanging guitars of the Smashing Pumpkins. The band have suggested the track is inspired by, “night-driving the winding mountain roads of Colorado”, and you can almost feel the air rushing through the open-window, as the song roars round the narrow paths and stunning vistas. Put aside the cynicism, this is a hugely impressive beginning.

Wherever I Am is out now. Click HERE for more information on Son and Cynic.

2. With Shopping You Can Believe The Hype

One of our favourite sets from this year’s Indietracks came from post-punk trio Shopping. The band, who features members of Sacred Paws, Trash Kit and Current Affairs among others, are set to return later this year with UK tour dates, and their brand new single, The Hype, which they shared last week.

Discussing the track, guitarist Rachel Aggs has suggested, “It’s a wake up call to action that says don’t believe everything you hear, always question what’s presented to you and don’t just sit around and think about making change before it’s too late. But it’s also a party song!” It’s classic Shopping; juxtaposing a serious message with a toe-tapping, funk-inspired groove; all bassy swagger, skittering drum beats and rapid-fire guitar riffing. Shopping’s make music for thinking and for dancing, and in their talented hands that’s a hugely potent combination.

The Hype is out November 17th via Fat Cat Records.

1. Ezra’s Driving Us Down

Ezra Furman’s break-out 2015 album, Perpetual Motion People, catapulted him into the upper echelons of the indie-world. As such, the follow-up carries considerable pressure and intrigue. Last week, Ezra shared the video to a new, apparently stand-alone, single, Driving Down To L.A.

Discussing the track Ezra has suggested, “this is a song of paranoia, escape and ecstatic ego-death”. Musically, Driving Down To L.A, is something of a departure for Ezra, his passionate vocal howl accompanied by a backing of minimal, Latin-tinged guitars, and lo-fi electronics, pitched somewhere between the creativity of early Beck and the emotionally wrought stylings of Perfume Genius. The accompanying video is a dark and powerful affair, dedicated to Heather Heyer, killed in Charlottesville while protesting at a white nationalist rally the day before they started filming the video. As Ezra explains, “it is terrible to watch America’s white supremacist roots flourish like this again, not to mention the accompanying misogyny, queerphobia and anti-Semitism. I intend this song, video and my entire career as a protest against those attitudes”. As important, powerful and inspiring as ever, Ezra Furman is back, and quite possibly better than ever.

Driving Down To LA is out now via Bella Union. Click HERE for more information on Ezra Furman.

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