Posts tagged ‘Garage Rock’

March 9, 2022

The Midweekly – Death Valley Girls

The Midweekly is our column from Mike Jeffers; lead singer of Chicago punk stalwarts SCRAMmusic junkie and all around righteous dude.

As if the high winds of the desert have blown through the windows of filthy lube shop, grit and grease have found their own way into every crevice of this record. Aptly titled Street Venom by the aptly named Death Valley Girls, this is the 2021 deluxe re-release of their debut from seven years ago. With scorching intensity DVG grind out a garage rock sound that harkens back to the days of the genre’s origin, but with a harder, more modern punk engine driving the writing style. For a few moments on the record the whirlwind settles down a bit into psychedelic tinged slow jams. It all conjures images of a hot rod burning down the straight away stretch of an arid landscape, or a scorpion crawling up your leg. Fuzzed up riffs and hammered out beats coming from one direction. Parched vocals from another. Wailing verses of paranoia, and self-loathing, satirical choruses about female submission, or the longing for being locked up. This southern California group will kick sand in your face, put a stinger up your ass, and have a good time doing it.

March 7, 2022

Week Starter – The Shadow Mountain

Week Starter is our Monday column where we give you a new song to help you get on out of bed & help you power on through the working week.

Forget your coffee on the counter as you rushed out the door this morning? Don’t worry fam, we got you. Just crank up “Guillotines” by The Shadow Mountain for a triple shot of wonderfully scuzzy garage rock with riffs a plenty, lyrics about sticking it to the man and a sweet tambourine part to air tambo too. Most rock songs this overtly political tend to be either straight ahead punk (or RATM), so it’s a nice surprise to hear this kind of Stooges meets desert rock vibe joining the fight. It feels a bit like the stoners in shop class dropping Marxist theory on their peers, and if that ain’t a beautiful world I don’t know what is.

February 4, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Today we keep our typing tight and let loose on your ears new tracks from Under Delusion, Lo Fade, jericho jericho, Angelnumber 8 and Elephant Stone.

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February 4, 2022

Week Ender – Polartropica

The Omega to the Week Starter Alpha, Week Ender is the song we want to send you swaggering into the weekend with.

If you are currently under the cold thumb of winter storm Landon you probably don’t want to have anything to do with anything else with Polar in the name. Focus instead on the Tropica part of Polartropica and let the colorful fun of “Serial Killer Slayer” melt your skepticism, and perhaps if you crank it up loud enough it just might sonically shovel your driveway for you. Polartropica is the musical project of Los Angeles based artist Ihui Cherise Wu, stitching together a wide array of musical styles to create their own dream world. One song is hyper pop, another is an otherworldly Francophile cabaret number, and yet another is an alternate universe 50’s ballad. Wu is less of a traditional musical artist and more of “what if Meow Wolf was a person.” It’s an everything and the kitchen sink approach that somehow works because of….magic? “Serial Killer Slayer” is a revved up pop leaning garage rocker with equally infectious video to match. I mean who doesn’t love an arcade fighting game theme? Especially one that includes the graphic “EAT MA FRUITY BALLS.” We’d love to see more of this style from Wu in the future, but as they’ve proven so far, not one single style can contain them, and that’s ok too.

January 28, 2022

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Today we have a handful of words for a handful of great tunes by ANGER MGMT., Dropper, Driftwood, GOON and Matt MacNeil after the jump.

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May 15, 2021

Play Listy For Me – Punk, Post-Punk, Grunge & Garage Vol. 4

Play Listy For Me is our column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

We’ll be on vacation for the next two weeks, but like Timbaland once said “never should’ve left you (left you), without a dope beat to step to (step to).” So here’s the best new punk, post-punk, grunge and garage to hold you over until we get back.

April 27, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Faiyaz and the Wasted Chances

Energy cannot be created nor destroyed, it can only be funneled into great rock n’ roll songs like this one from Faiyaz and the Wasted Chances. Like Ted Leo on six espressos, this one bristles and shimmies with sweaty early punk energy but never loses its musicality or sight of its power pop core. A banger for kids who think they’re too cool to use the phrase “banger.”

April 23, 2021

Friday 5×5

Friday 5×5 is our segment where we give you five new tracks to check out and give ourselves the challenge of describing said tracks in only five words.

Today we have new music from and a total of 25 words about Mount Forel, phobia quartet, Women of the Night, Dome Dwellers and The Vain Travail.

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April 20, 2021

Tuesday Tip-Off: Smash TV

Lo and behold, what is this sound we hear? Why it’s the fabled head on, not fucking around and not getting tripped up by the trappings of niche sub-genres, capital r Rock n’ Roll! Oh how we’ve missed you old friend. Smash TV‘s “Gutter Blues” is a pedal to the metal drag race with the drums, amps and vocals wide open and pointed straight toward the finish line. Wave the checkered flag of our heart, this one is a winner.

April 15, 2021

Play Listy For Me – Punk, Post-Punk, Grunge & Garage Vol. 3

Play Listy For Me is our column where we share with you all the music we recently talked about in a genre blocked playlist, plus extra bonus songs.

Oh look, the world is still a place of hypocrisy and assorted horrors. Good thing we have new punk rock and things that *feel* like punk rock to help get the rage out. Turn it up and let it loose for your mental health.

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