Kym Register has been a mainstay of the Raleigh-Durham music scene for 10 years. Now she’s set to release her debut LP under the moniker of Loamlands. In the PR email, Kym’s labeled as a wonderful LGBT advocate and queen of the Raleigh music scene along with Amelia from Sylvan Esso!
The lead single, Little River, is a mid-tempo blend of twang and classic rock. Kind of like a twangy Christine McVie tune. The genesis of the song is as follows – “When I learned – at a free school – that NC pride was born out of the protest and riots following the murder of two gay men on their way to a swimming hole in Durham I wrote Little Rive”
I’m really digging this track. I’ve heard a few of the other tracks, and I can’t say for sure but it sure sounds like Phil Cook is playing guitar on a few of the tracks. That’s always a good thing. Anyway, get excited for this one. Loamlands sounds like the real deal.
Do you dig yourself some Speedy Ortiz? Yeah, me too. Did you know that lead singer Sadie Dupuis was in a all-female Pavement cover band called Babement? Sounds pretty cool, huh? Well, one of Sadie’s old bandmates, Cindy Lou Gooden, has a new EP coming out under the moniker of Very Fresh. And guess what? Based on this track, it’s going to kick ass. Here’s some more info from the PR machine.
It is her inimitably wry lyrics that set Very Fresh apart. On lovesick ballad “Hat Tree”, Gooden’s fearlessly honest, relatable lyrics are supported by lush instrumentation and sweet vocal melodies. “Schedule IV” is an irresistibly catchy indie-punk anthem about finding one’s center on the path to clean living. Uptempo earworm single “Cool Kids” is an introspective, playful critique on the eternal struggle to find & define oneself through foibles as much as achievements.
Hey, It’s Me! Is a 5 song collection of clever, confessional, melodic indie rock in the spirit of the 90s Matador Records classics. Much like Very Fresh’s debut single, the EP pays homage to Gooden’s alternative rock predecessors with its muscular drumming and driving guitars, while incorporating inspiration from her contemporary favorites like Courtney Barnett, Pile, and Speedy Ortiz. Engineered by Jeff Berner (Psychic TV) at Greenpoint’s Studio G, Hey, It’s Me! represents a transition to higher fidelity for Gooden and her band, which includes Julian Fader (Ava Luna) on drums, and Andy Moholt (Laser Background) and Ben Scherer (ex-Palehound) on guitars. The result is Very Fresh at her most dynamic.
Honeyblood are a duo from Glasgow consisting of frontwoman Stina Tweeddale and drummer Cat Myers. Together they play a rocking brand of 90s fuzzed out rock and roll that will get your feeties a tapping. Their sophomore album, Babes Never Die will be out on 10/28 via the fine folks at Fatcat Records. Here’s some more info via the PR machine.
For Honeyblood frontwoman Stina Tweeddale, the title of her band’s second album came from somewhere close to her heart, literally. “I have those words tattooed on my ribs.” she smiles. “I guess you could call it a war cry; to have the faith to never let yourself be defeated.” Babes Never Die is not a shy motto, and one that’s triumphant sentiment rings throughout Honeyblood’s exceptional sophomore record. “The title is my own mantra, Stina explains of the follow-up to their eponymous 2014 debut, which landed in many of the year’s most respected Best Of lists, with perfect score reviews from everyone from NME to DIY. “I think it’s something I tell myself every day. Indifference is a plague. Giving up and turning a blind eye will be the end of us. Never before has that been more true than now. Perhaps we should stare straight into the face of what frightens us and say that we will never let them win. When I use the word ‘Babe’ I don’t see it as gendered. I just wanted to share the phrase and the power it gives me. Saying that, like most Honeyblood lyrics, it is vaguely facetious.”
DBT has never shied away from how they felt. Their music has always had a hint of their political leanings but never hit you over the head. But as the band turns 20 and our country stands on the precipice of voting in a racist Oompa Loompa, DBT has thrown down the gauntlet on an album that bristles with anger and passion.
Patterson Hood recently did an outstanding hour-long podcast with Steven Hyden. He made mention of how this current iteration of DBT was the one he’s enjoying the most. And it certainly shows. After a couple of albums that were OK, DBT seems to have found its groove again. After English Oceans saw the band return to form, American Band stands amongst their best work.
The lead single, What It Means, sadly remains timely as ever with the two recent incidents in Charlotte and Tulsa. Penned and sung by Patterson Hood, the song sees Hood just plain exasperated by what the fuck is going on in the country. It isn’t so much saying, “hey you on other side, you suck.” To me, Hood is saying, “Fuck me; is this as good as it gets? Can we not to do any better than this?”
There are also a couple of songs that deal with our country’s obsession with guns. The heartbreaking Guns of Umpqua, sung by Patterson, deals with the deadliest shooting in Oregon’s history. The opening track, Ramon Casiano, sees Cooley take the lead on a song about Harlan Carter. Carter is the man responsible for turning the NRA into the cesspool it is today and also killing a 15 y/o Ramon Casiano.
Other gems on the album include Patterson’s ode to his new hometown Portland, Sun Don’t Shine. Buoyed by Jay Gonzalez’s excellent piano, it sounds like something of his solo effort – Heat Lightning Rumbles In the Distance. And in tribute to his roots, he pens an ode to his Southern roots, Ever South.
Not to be outdone, Cooley delivers a couple of other tunes that are vintage Cooley. Filthy and Fried is a gem made all the better being that it was recorded live at The 40 Watt by David Barbe. You listen to that and Kinky Hypocrite and you wonder how someone that prolific ever went through writer’s block. Quite simply, he is one of the best I’ve ever seen.
The album comes out next week and this is one to get excited for.
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Wolf People, the English folk-prog outfit are back with their third LP for Jagjaguwar. If you’ve listened to them before, you’ll know this song isn’t coming to come out of the speaker all nice and breezy. Its going to leave a mark, the good kind. Here’s some more info on the album from their press [...]
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