Archive for ‘We Never Asked For This’

January 23, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

Our inbox…it has so many treasures…let us share them with you! New music from Friends Don’t Die, Wails, George Moir, Tom Jones, Stephen G. Clayton, Heather Porcaro, icoro and High Viz Jackit Theory.

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January 16, 2021

We Never Asked For This

We Never Asked For This is our short reviews of the best releases that showed up in our inbox unsolicited this week.

Our inbox, it overfloweth with good tunes. Soundtrack your weekend with songs from Ash M.O., Average Joe, Fiebre del Sistema, Hearty Har, The Infinity Chamber, Jenny Kern, Rook Monroe, Realidades, USE and Vatar.

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November 18, 2020

We Never Asked For This – Dead Sara

We Never Asked For This is our short review of a release that showed up in our inbox unsolicited.

How refreshing it is to hear a four-on-the-floor rock n’ roll song that drives straight and true like this track from Dead Sara. There are hints of indie rock and wisps of metal, most notably singer Emily Armstrong’s full throated scream (which can impressively switch to delicate melodies on a dime), but at the end of the day this is capital Rock and capital Roll with big soaring choruses and strong hooks throughout. Clocking in at a not-fucking-around, no filler time of 3:25 the song was over before we knew it, leaving us wanting more. And if that ain’t good rock n’ roll we don’t know what is.*

*we do know. It’s this.

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November 13, 2020

We Never Asked For This – Hounds

We Never Asked For This is our short review of a release that showed up in our inbox unsolicited.

Press releases are funny things. Take for example, the press release we received for “Shake Me Up” by Hounds. It talked about how the band is a result of the members wanting a more aggressive rock sound than their previous incarnation as Clockwork. Yet, “Shake Me Up” is neither aggressive, nor really, even rock. It’s a Dwight Yoakam style honky-tonk banger that could probably become a refreshing country radio hit if pushed that direction and the stars aligned. The band also recently released an extremely faithful cover of Jet’s most Oasis(Beatles)-esque song “Look What You’ve Done,” although it’s interesting to note how American accents and a striped shirt gave us Beach Boys vibes this time around. With these two very different reference points, we have no idea what a Hounds full length will be like, but we’re interested in finding out.

November 4, 2020

We Never Asked For This – WENS

We Never Asked For This is our short review of
a release that showed up in our inbox unsolicited.

We at PE are suckers for songs of longing, especially as summer fades into the gray wet midwestern fall. As it would happen, WENS has just dropped two such tunes to add to our pensive, reflective playlists. A duology based around the theme of a long distance relationship, “giant bat” and “sad sad” bring a mix of interesting warm, bubbling, cocoon-like production to lovely but otherwise straight forward ballads. But sometimes straight forward isn’t such a bad thing. “sad sad” has a timeless quality to its vocal line that pulls off the unique trick of sounding as much like 90’s indie band Frente as it does the pop of Colbie Caillat. Definitely poppier than we normally like here at PE, but WENS has that same “something” that made us fans of Billie Eilish and it’s not hard to imagine she’s on a similar career trajectory.

September 30, 2020

We Never Asked For This – Leon III

We Never Asked For This is our short review of a release that showed up in our inbox unsolicited.

If you’ve ever wondered what Pink Floyd would sound like if they grew up in the American south, Leon III has the answer. “Fly Migrator” is a gorgeous sprawling song that marries Waters and Gilmour’s cinematic spaciousness with southern rock drawl and dirty twang and hot damn does it work. The song is available on all streaming platforms and you can check out more of Leon III’s stuff here.

September 21, 2020

We Never Asked For This – Cut Copy

We Never Asked For This is our short review of a release that showed up in our inbox unsolicited.

Remixes and glossy pop are not our usual cup of tea, but our hats are off to Cut Copy and Jacques Lu Cont. We’ll be damned if this doesn’t have us shaking it in the office on a Monday morning. This song hits like a number one smash that The Pet Shop Boys never got around to releasing and we are feeling it on repeat. Cut Copy have a new album out title Freeze, Melt available here.

September 9, 2020

We Never Asked For This – Deep Sea Diver

We Never Asked For This is our short review of a release that showed up in our inbox unsolicited.

Seattle’s Deep Sea Diver just released the second single and title track from their upcoming third album Impossible Weight. The song features Sharon Van Etten and is an absolutely perfect piece of guitar driven indie rock that feels both anthemic and personal at the same time. Combine it with the infectious driving minimalist approach of the first single “Lights Out” (see below) and you have the makings of a front runner for most anticipated release of the fall. Impossible Weight drops October 16th on High Beam Records. Pre-order your copy here.

September 2, 2020

We Never Asked For This – Heather Trost

We Never Asked For This is our short review of a release that showed up in our inbox unsolicited.

On “Love It Grows” Heather Trost trades in the eastern European and Balkan folk of her group A Hawk and a Hacksaw for a psych drenched 60’s pop sound that hits like the coolest track on a collection of reissued rarities from the Summer of Love. From the hypnotic cooing vocals to the fuzzed out bass to the all toms drum part to the verse in French to the inevitable sitar this track is pitch perfect in every way. “Love It Grows” is the first single off the full length Petrichor, due November 6, 2020 via Third Man Records. Pre-order your copy here.

August 26, 2020

We Never Asked For This – Jealous of the Birds

We Never Asked For This is our short review of a band who showed up in our inbox unsolicited.

Huzzah to Jealous of the Birds for reminding us to always take the time to dig a little deeper. We were sent the second single off her upcoming album Peninsula, the breezy “Something Holy” – a perfectly fine entry into the ever growing (and quickly becoming overcrowded) genre that might be best described as “easy listening indie.” That’s not to say we don’t like the song, we do, but there’s just a lot of versions of this particular song out there right now. However, we noticed this was the second single, so we decided to check out the one we missed, the great “Young Neanderthal” – a song with a hint of muscle and dirt mixed into the formula that reminds us of the criminally underrated NYC band Like, Mountains – which is always a good thing in our book. That lead us to dig back one more layer to the non-album single from last year “The Grass Begins To Eat Itself” which occupies the same kind of swaggery territory that Heartless Bastards are known for. It’s rare that an email ends up having us both anticipating an upcoming release and excited to dig backwards through an artist’s catalog, but that’s exactly where we are and we ain’t mad about it.

Peninsula comes out September 18th, 2020 via Canvasback/Atlantic.

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