More new albums to discover in 2016. Let’s dive in, shall we?
TRES – : 3 (SELF-RELEASED)
Formed originally in Shanghai by Dan Shapiro (vocals/guitar/bass) and Helen Lee (vocals/synths), Tres ultimately ended up in Los Angeles, picked up drummer Luca D’Angelo, and : 3 is the pleasing result. Encapsulating the heavier, tripper side of rock, the music of Tres keeps the listener on the knife’s edge of driving, visceral bliss borne on the vanguard of the sweet and low. The twin vocal synergy provides a unique tension which raises : 3 a notch or two above the banal unoriginal scratchings that pass for alternative rock in 2016. www.facebook.com/treslosangeles
JUNK – S/T (SELF-RELEASED)
Perhaps our favourite new release this week – L.A. quartet released its debut album for free online and it surely deserves as much attention as it can get. If for nothing else, for its uncanny ability to write and record instantly classic pop-rock gems – and how can you fail to fall in love with a LP that has “Fuckface” for its opening song? Now, this is the kind of music the industry should be getting behind but fuck all that – cuz the music is all that matters and in case of JUNK, it’s sublime! Bloody essential!!! www.facebook.com/junklosangeles
Download now for free!
VOMITFACE – HOORAY FOR ME (HELP YOURSELF RECORDS)
Recorded and mixed by the legendary Steve Albini, Vomitface’s debut full length sounds as expected – honest, in-your-face, austere punk anthems that one can singalong to in the shower. Hooray For Me recalls 90s alt-rock (intentionally or otherwise), without bringing up the ‘g’ word, with Nirvana a definite (lazy?) reference point. Appealing attitude-wise rather than for musicality, Vomitface’s music is a welcome panacea in a music industry where ‘indie pop’ now means mainstream disco. Recommended. https://www.facebook.com/vomitfaceband
DREAMERS – THIS ALBUM DOES NOT EXIST (FAIRFAX RECORDINGS)
Another L.A. band that has dropped an album chock full of pop-rock goodness that aligns itself with rock ’n’ roll heroes past (Guided by Voices) and present (Catfish and the Bottlemen), Dreamers -Nick Wold (vocals/guitar), Nelson (bass), and Jacob Wick (drums) – have no qualms with incorporating liberally modern indie pop references without sacrificing the knowing hardcore of the rock attitude. There’s enough old school melodic chops on This Album Does Not Exist to keep Dreamers well away from the dark side of mainstream pop and for that we should be grateful. http://www.dreamersuniverse.com/
Buy now from iTunes.
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