Posts tagged ‘New Wave’

January 20, 2022

The B-Side: Instant Smile

If you have a deep affinity for synthy side of 80’s alternative like we do, then there’s probably no more appropriate band name in existence than Instant Smile. Be still our art school dance party hearts! “Love’s Petri Dish” sounds like a lost early Depeche Mode classic, back when Dave and the boys weren’t quite as glum. Don’t get us wrong, we like the glum stuff too( which is apparent to anyone who has spent much time on our site), but this is a blurpy, blippy ray of sunshine for people who don’t spend much time in actual sunshine. We’ll always love a love song for the outsiders, and this is no exception. Instant smile indeed.

January 11, 2022

Tuesday Tip-Off: Los Microwaves

Today’s Tip-Off is more of a Tuesday tip of the hat in memory of Los Microwaves bassist and vocalist Meg Brazil who passed away at the end of last year. With only a handful of singles and one album, Life After Breakfast, the band still made their mark as one of the earliest bands in the synth-punk movement. With a sound that was one half Devo and one half early B-52’s, they were revved up new wave meets art rock with abstract (and often absurd) lyrics. Throw it on and have a gloriously awkward dance party in Meg’s memory.

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