I’m on a roll now and almost up-to-date on my entries. It was another interesting week in new music. I found great new material from Australia, Wales, Scotland and, of course, the good ol’ US of A. Let me fill you in on what I uncovered.
I kicked off the show with a tune from Cheerleader. Cheerleader is a self-described “Indie, Haze-Pop quintet from Philadelphia. The two guys that are the force behind Cheerleader, Joe Haller and Chris Duran, got their start in Middle School in Hartford, Connecticut. You know the story…teenagers playing cover songs in their parent’s basement…it happens all over America. These young fellas felt the need to push it and take a shot at the brass ring. They packed up and moved to Philadelphia to pursue this dream. In 2012 they did a demo and posted it on SoundCloud and it got the ball rolling. The result now is a four-song EP entitled ON YOUR SIDE. The song I had to share with my listeners was “Tomorrow Always Knows.” (I also just read that Cheerleader will be attending next year’s SXSW)
Knocking off that two-song set of the opening hour of the show was a tune from Orphans Orphans. They are an updated Glam Rock five-piece from Brisbane, Australia. These five young lads all cut their teeth with other band before forming Orphans Orphans. And the result of this new collaborative effort is the release of their debut, five-song EP entitled WHAT’S A BOY S’POSED TO DO. The song I sampled on air had the sound of David Bowie combined with Lou Reed…it was “Lighten Up Your Day.”
Changing musical direction with an artist by the name of Lola Demo. While doing background research for this morning’s show; I ran across this quote about Ms. Demo that caught my attention. “If Patti Smith, Lou Reed, and Joan Jett had one night of chemically induced sexual passion, the next mornings aftermath would be Lola Demo.” Lola Demo is the stage name for Erika Bach…a true musical do it yourselfer. She is keeping herself busy by releasing this song, “Who’s Been Playing God,” which can be downloaded for free. So far this track has been released as a stand alone single.
That song was proceeded by the latest material from Lily & Madeleine. So…Lily & Madeleine are two sisters, 19 and 17 years of age. (God…that just kills me) I found them last year with the release of their five-song EP, THE WEIGHT OF THE GLOBE. They have done so well with that release and the touring that they are developing a solid fan base, which leads us here to their new album. It’s titled FUMES and it officially drops on October 28th. The track I aired was “Rabbit.”
Next up is an up and coming independent artist from Sydney, Australia. Her name is Bertie Blackman. I first discovered Bertie in 2009 with the release of her album, SECRETS AND LIES. Unfortunately, Ms. Blackman hadn’t put out a great deal of music since that time…until now that is. She will be releasing her latest addition to her discography on October 31st, however, only in Australia. That is the same thing that happened with her previous release. It took about six months before it reached our shores. The new one is called THE DASH and the song I had for my live audience was “War Of One.”
Then came some interesting new music from Mariachi El Bronx. Even thought their name refers to the Bronx, Mariachi El Bronx is really from Los Angeles and they are eight members strong. I’m going to read you something from their website, which I think describe who and what they are better than I could. Here it is, “Mariachi El Bronx first started as a diversion for members of the long-running punk band the Bronx. They put on charro outfits, replaced their electric guitars with trumpet, violin and other traditional instruments, and introduced their own take on Mexican folk music.” Their new album, 3, comes out November 4th and the song I spun was “Wildfires.”
My lineage subject was Ex Cops. Ex Cops are Brooklyn based, mixed-gendered duo that have been garnering serious attention with the release of their debut record, TRUE HALLUCINATIONS. Well they are back with their sophomore release (No pressure there) and it’s called DAGGERS and it hits the digital streets on November 10th and the song I had for part one of this feature was “White Noise.”
Part two of the feature was completed with the Ex Cops’ track “You Are A Lion, I Am A Lamb,” which can be found on their 2012 debut album; TRUE HALLUCINATIONS.
My re-issue release of the week was from Lene Lovich. The album that has been re-released is FLEX; an expanded version of, which includes additional tracks not found on the original release. It is a combination re-issue. For those of you too young to know anything about Lene Lovich, she was part of the early New Wave music scene. She was also a big visual arts type artist, which at the time was perfect for MTV; back when they used to play music videos. Her first and biggest hit was “Lucky Number.” On this expanded version of FLEX they have included my favorite track from Lovich…it’s called “New Toy.” What makes this song doubly interesting, at least to me, is that this tune was written by a young artist by the name of Thomas Dolby, back when he was just sixteen and this was his first official band he was a part of.
Completing that two-song set was the new single from Tangerine. They are my favorite new band discovery. This mixed-gendered, indie Pop quartet out of Seattle, I believe, has got “IT.” They just released that single, “You’ll Always Be Lonely,” yesterday and they were kind enough to send it to me so I could feature it in today’s show.
Keeping the tunes going here with an artist I found a little over a year ago. Her name is Emily Wolfe. Emily is an Indie Alt. Rocker slash singer/songwriter currently based in Austin, Texas. She seems to be one of those artists that innately know what she wants and has been pursing that in earnest. She wrote music for two EP’s in 2013…now one might think, “Why not just release one whole album instead of two EPs.” Well…Emily felt the material for each EP was so different from the other that she felt strongly that they needed to be two separate releases. Emily’s latest effort is another EP; it’s five-songs long and is titled ROULETTE. The track I played was “Marionette.” You can get one of Emily’s new songs for free and I’ve provided that link for you, which is housed in this Blog.
Then there was the latest material from Eilidh (Ay-Lee) McKellar. The track I aired, “Summer Daze,” has Eilidh sounding like a Blues focused Rocker from Edinburgh, Scotland. This twenty year-old is amazingly talented and she has just released her debut, full-length album entitled DELTA DEVIL DREAMS.
Next up is the new single from Tree Of Wolves. Tree Of Wolves, which a great name by the way, are an unsigned, mixed-gendered five-piece out of Carmarthen, Wales. They’ve only been together a little over a year but have received radio play on Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio Wales. (And now here on WMFO radio Boston). I first featured them back in June of this year with their track “Half Light,” which they sent directly to me via my website. (Very cool) Well…they were kind enough to send me their follow up single too, which is “Let The Night Take Me.” They even follow me on my SoundCloud page, which you should too. ;^)
Let me slip in one more from The Gromble are a five-piece indie-rock band hailing from California’s Laguna Niguel. Named after a character from a Nickelodeon show called Aaahh!!! Real Monsters. They have just released a dynamite debut self-titled EP. The song I showcased is the lead off track…it’s called “Desole´Pt. II.”
Songs in BOLD are links to videos of that song. Songs that are ITALICIZED are links to Soundcloud Audio Files of said song.
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