Today’s track of the day comes from New York’s Cruel Children, our instant new favourite band. ‘So Sick’ is a perfect punk outpouring of rage at all the shit they’re sick of. What better time of year to get all that shit off your chest!
Our track of the day today is kindly delivered by Barcelona’s Mourn. They’ve just dropped ‘This Feeling Is Disgusting’ and it’s a perfect indierock banger – two-chord punk guitars, sweet/rageful vocals, jumpabout beat. Textbook.
The track is from forthcoming album, Self Worth, out October 30 via Captured Tracks.
“The song is really about fear of the future, being anxious about what’s going to happen, not knowing if you’re going to be able to earn a living or not. It’s a really happy song, but one that represents being stressed out. The idea of “I don’t know if I’ll be able to afford an apartment any time soon, but hey, let’s dance and have fun!” That’s the concept behind it, and that’s what I was thinking about while writing the lyrics. I also thought about my parents, and everyone’s parents. They often have high expectations for you, or they want a certain lifestyle for you, and you don’t always agree with that. So you try so hard to do life your own way, but you’re super stressed out and you’re scared, and every now and then you think “Is it worth it?” In the end, I think it’s worth it.“
Our new favourite today is Chloë Black – a Franco/Australian LA-based multilingual singer, songwriter, rapper and director. New single Sacrifice is out now and it’s a pop anthem to resilience in the face of adversity. She says:
“I’ve been told countless times that I should quit. I’m well aware that I’m someone who is incredibly privileged and yet even I have had a journey full of rejection, hard times and failures… so I tell my personal story of ‘Sacrifice’ and struggle in case someone reading this has just been told that they’re worthless and should give up. There is really no shame in the struggle. Things worth fighting for usually don’t come easily – but I’m just as proud of my resilience as I am of my achievements.”
We starting crushing on Brooklyn’s Thick when they released ‘Bumming Me Out‘ last month, but with the release of ‘Mansplain’ this week, they are now officially our New Favourite Band today. These patriarchy-poking pop-punkers deliver here just over two minutes of grrrl-gang vocals over fuzzy guitars, and a hard-relatable wry critique of the men who like to tell us how to do the things we know full well how to do. Bums to those guys.
Thick’s debut studio album ‘5 Years Behind’ is out now on Epitaph Records.
w/ The Chats, Mean Jeans
11/04 San Francisco, CA UC Berkeley
12/04 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
13/04 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
14/04 Seattle, WA El Corazon
17/04 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theater*
18/04 San Diego, CA Observatory North Park
19/04 Phoenix, AZ Crescent Ballroom
20/04 Santa Fe, NM Meow Wolf
22/04 Dallas, TX House of Blues
23/04 Austin, TX Emo’s
24/04 Houston, TX Bronze Peacock @ HOB
26/04 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
28/04 St. Paul, MN Amsterdam Bar & Hall
29/04 Chicago, IL House of Blues
30/04 Nashville, TN Exit/In
01/05 Atlanta, GA Buckhead Theatre
03/05 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
05/05 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
06/05 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
07/05 Brooklyn, NY Warsaw
Your new favourite band today is My Ugly Clementines. They are from Vienna, about to head off on US tour. Check out their just-released single ‘Who’ and let it be known that we loved them before they were famous, as we suspect they’re shortly about to be!
Their debut album, Vitamin C, is out on 20 March 20, and they say
Vitamin C has a strong and serious message about one of the most prevalent topics of our time: empowerment. Songs like lead single “Who” go deep down the road of complicated relationships and self-confidence.
Your new favourite band today is Gauche – brand spanking new DC groove-punk band spawned of Downtown Boys‘ Mary Jane Regalado and Priests‘ Daniele Yandel.
Debut single ‘Running’ is out now, ahead of the launch of their LP ‘A People’s History of Gauche’ (check out the limited-edition pink marbled Peak Vinyl, which comes with a flexi of the previously released ‘Conspiracy Theories’).
Gauche open for Bikini Kill in Brooklyn in June, and will be touring North America this summer:
|06/05/19||Brooklyn, NY||Kings Theatre||w/ Bikini Kill|
|07/27/19||Carrboro, NC||MRG30 Festival|
|07/28/19||Athens, GA||The World Famous|
|07/29/19||Birmingham, AL||The Firehouse|
|07/30/19||New Orleans, LA||Gasa Gasa|
|07/31/19||Houston, TX||The Satellite|
|08/01/19||Brownsville, TX||Carlotta K Petrina Cultural Center|
|08/02/19||Austin, TX||Hotel Vegas|
|08/03/19||Dallas, TX||Regal Room|
|08/06/19||Phoenix, AZ||Valley Bar|
|08/07/19||Tucson, AZ||Club Congress|
|08/08/19||San Diego, CA||Whistle Stop|
|08/09/19||Los Angeles, CA||Bootleg Theater|
|08/10/19||Oakland, CA||Oakland Metro|
|08/11/19||Portland, OR||Mississippi Studios|
|08/13/19||Vancouver, BC||Canada||Biltmore Cabaret|
|08/16/19||Minneapolis, MN||7th Street Entry|
|08/17/19||Milwaukee, WI||Cactus Club|
|08/19/19||Detroit, MI||Deluxx Fluxx|
|08/20/19||Toronto, ON||Canada||The Baby G|
|08/22/19||Montreal, QC||Canada||Casa del Popolo|
|08/26/19||Baltimore, MD||Metro Gallery|
BullMoose, punkrock kiddies from Augusta GA, are your new favourite band today.
I fell for them when I heard ‘Deadbeat Millenial’ – a perfect, banging anthem for the enfranchised youth. These BullMooses have thoroughly checked their millennial privilege and are responding in the correct medium: sarcastic punk.
“Daddy’s money got me far but I’m prob’ly gonna die alone”
Loving frontwoman Marisa Williams’ hard-hitting vocals (and superb SCREAMING!). And guitarist Dave “Dave” Knight can shred like a motherfucker – the solo on this balances just perfectly on that edge between a brief flash of genius and bourgeois showmanship.
I’m off to explore the rest of their debut EP, ‘Hot Garbage’.
Kentucky’s People Planet is your new favourite band today. Powered by teen Daisy Helmuth and friends, the band create “grooving pop-rock twang with country grit, and a bluesy punch” from the family woodshed. I’ve got ‘Blues Boy’ on repeat here.
Your new favourite band today is Brighton’s soon-to-be-indierock-superstars, Foundlings.
Earlier this month the band released a gorgeous (self-titled) 5-track EP on Scottish indie label, Last Night from Glasgow. It’s an enthusiastically jangly ride, with unpretentiously pretty vocals – FFO The Darling Buds, or more recent, Peaness.
Catch them live in in Brighton (19th April, Hope & Ruin), Liverpool (4th May, Sound City), London (27th June, Cavendish Arms) and 26th-28th July Indietracks festival in Derbyshire.
Amazing. Toronto’s SATE has just dropped this stunningly, funking fierce video for her single ‘Dirty Little Lie’ and it’s our new anthem for everything.
Produced by Hill Kourkoutis, “Dirty Little Lie” oozes seduction, sex and sweat. It’s meant to make the audience dance, however, the lyrical content of the track is serious and focuses on tough subject matter.
“The track was inspired by the saturation of police brutality and race-related mass shootings in the media and the conversations that I was having with my friends who were not of colour,” SATE explains. “It’s not meant to be preachy, it’s meant to have the conversation, and to ask the question of why my pain and humanity has been fetishized or rationalized versus mattering in the same way.”
We’ll be keeping an eye out for more SATE news …