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Today we have the honor of premiering The Black Drumset’s brand new album, Charged, which will be released tomorrow, Friday, March 8th. The band is the brainchild of Austin-based musician Brian Willey, which he wrote and recorded during 2016 and 2018 as a “reflection of the atmosphere of modern America.”It’s the first new album release in nearly 10 years, due to Willey’s time spent as the co-founder and director of the Austin art space Tiny Park.

But he makes a grand return with the new album that comes packed with psychedelic infused tracks laced with mind-bending art rock and soundscapes that take the mind to a far-away land that is uniquely very much its own thing. These are the sort of mind-altering numbers you can see soundtracking a dystopian science fiction film.

The album’s release comes just in time for the SXSW Music Festival, which of course takes place in Austin next week and will include a performance on March 10th at the Austin Town Hall vs Side One Track One showcase at Hotel Vegas.

You can enjoy your exclusive early stream of the new album below and if you like what you hear, you can pre-order the album right now from Bandcamp.

Premiere: The Tins New Song “Boulder Soul”

By Will Oliver, February 28th 2019

The always reliable Buffalo indie rockers The Tins are back with a brand new single entitled “Boulder Soul” and have bestowed us with the honor of premiering it with you today.

The track kicks off with a bouncy bassline that opens the way for the bands duel guitar attack, one that delivered with a summery warmth to it that is excellently paced, putting the listener well at ease.

The band still find new ways to hone in their sound and grow as artists, with some of the best vocal work to date from Michael Santillo. And the integration of bassist Justin John Smith to the lineup has fleshed out their sound in the most pleasant of ways, perfectly heard on the entirety of “Boulder Soul.”

You can find “Boulder Soul” streaming exclusively here today and it will be available to purchase/listen on streaming platforms tomorrow.

Enjoy the track below.
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Premiere: High Tropics – “Feel The Same”

By Will Oliver, February 13th 2019

Australia’s High Tropics are a band that has been on our radar since 2017, giving us plenty of reasons to keep believing that the future of rock was in good hands.

Today we have the extreme privledge of premiering their brand new single “Feel The Same.” The rock anthem keeps that Strokes-like rock pedigree going, with a confident polish that they wear well. “Feel The Same” was produced by Elliot Heinrich (Future Jr) and mastered by Brian Lucey (Cage the Elephant, Liam Gallagher), who help them expand their sound to even greater heights, bringing out the best vocal performance from Josh Stewart to-date.

The song is readymade for long summer days spent on the road with the windows down and good company by your side.

The band have already opened up for fellow rising stars Middle Kids and performed at major Queensland music festivals including the Big Pineapple Music Festival and the Caloundra Music Festival. High Tropics will be back on the road in the coming months in support of their new release and should be ones to watch the rest of 2019.

Enjoy your exclusive listen to “Feel The Same” below.
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Premiere: Oceanwires – “Fall into the Boat”

By Will Oliver, February 8th 2019

Oceanwires is the combined efforts of Dave Einmo (Head Like a Kite), Aaron Starkey (Gibraltar), Jeff Baars (Mike Johnson, Long Dark Moon) and Samantha Wilder (Princess). They forged their efforts together to create a full-length record exploring the paths between who they are, who they were, and who they will become

They will release their new album There Never Was A Was next week on February 15. Today we have the privilege of premiering the brand new single from the album, “Fall into the Boat.”
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Photo by Emily Finlan

Buffalo indie trio Tins have kept busy this year releasing a new album and touring behind it throughout the country and even finding time to release another single. Well even as the year is winding down, the band have one more release for us in the spirit of the holidays.

It comes in the form of a double cover release, featuring their takes of The Beatles “Not A Second Time” and Bob Dylan’s “Shelter From The Storm.”
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Premiere: Saint Mela – “past tense”

By Will Oliver, November 21st 2018

Photo by Liz Smalls

Saint Mela is the New York-based quartet of Wolf Weston, Steven Dewey, Josh Rollin, and Jason MacDermott. On November 30 the group will release their debut album first bloom and today we have the please of premiering their colorful and vibrant single “past tense.”

The track is a perfect appetizer before a massive Thanksgiving feast, full of imaginative instrumentation and a strong vocal performance from Weston whose voice reminds a bit of Merrill Garbus with the artful approach and production that calls to mind the technicolor whirls of say, Sylvan Esso.

The weather is getting bitterly cold but a track like “past tense” will help us warm up like a good batch of whiskey. We can’t wait to hear what other treasures that are waiting for us on first bloom.

For now, enjoy your exclusive first listen to “past tense” below, along with the single art made by Aaron Lockwood.
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Artwork by Nathan Deganis Librera

Buffalo indie rockers The Tins, who we caught up with at Mercury Lounge back in July, have been steadily touring throughout the country this year. Yet, they found time to hunker down and recorded a new double-sided single featuring two new tracks: “Saksaywaman” and “Open Minded,” both of which were recorded at Mammoth Recording Studio in Buffalo.

It’s always a good day when we get new music from these guys and it’s my pleasure to premiere both of these tracks with the world today and it’s a great honor considering how fully realized both of these offerings are from these guys.

“Saksaywaman” is a warm and inviting track that features that now-familiar glow of that The Tins make seem all so easy. On both “Saksaywaman” and “Open Minded” they find this middle-ground between indie folk rock with a hint of psych that allows them to shifts gears so seamlessly, offering their most confident work to date while also experimenting enough to offer a glimpse towards the future, but also staying true to their sound.

Enjoy your first listen to both tracks below:
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Premiere: COTE – “Restoration”

By Will Oliver, November 13th 2018

COTE is the project of Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Taryn Randall. COTE descends from a timeless, song-driven rock tradition of smart, heart-driven songwriting, put on full display on her new single “Restoration.” It’s just her and her guitar and the track casts a haunting shadow and spell that lingers long after you’re finished listening.

Today we have the honor of premiering the beautiful “Restoration” with you ahead of its release. Its simplicity is a part of its charm and why it is able to deliver the goods and connect on such a human level that seems so hard to find in music these days.

The track is off her forthcoming debut album, which will be celebrated with a hometown show at Union Pool on November 28.

Enjoy a listen to “Restoration” below.
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Premiere: Castle Pines – “Woo Hoo”

By Will Oliver, August 10th 2018

Castle Pines are a four piece band from Corona, California who capture the heart and soul of summer on their delightfully good new single “Woo Hoo.” Set to appear on their new album Por Vida, if any of the songs are half as good as this track, it’s set to be a great one. Better yet, we have the honor and privilege of premiering this amazing track for the first time anywhere.

The track is absurdist realism in a conversation lyrical narrative, relying on mostly the mundane, moving from every day to monumental events in a person’s life. Told in a satirical and comical way, the sort of way that we use to help combat adversity. The track was partly inspired by Albert Camus’ novel “The Stranger” and partly based off of actual events that happened in singer Leandro Barrientos’ life, the song breathes with a sense of fatalistic optimism of not letting these situations prevent us from holding onto hope.

“Woo Hoo” works because of the contrast of vocalist Barrientos talking us through a story and the stunningly catchy “woo hoo’s” behind it all. This one is a real indie anthem that deserves to be blasted as you cruise effortlessly down the highway with the windows down. It’s a killer track and quite frankly, one of my current favorite tracks of the entire summer.

Find the premiere stream of “Woo Hoo” posted below and grab a copy for yourself right here.
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Premiere: The Tins – “Sundried Mind”

By Will Oliver, May 3rd 2018 — with 1 comment

Photo Credit: Emily Finlan

As long as this blog has existed, it seems that Buffalo, NY trio The Tins have found a way onto these very pages. With every new release, the band has taken the next logical step forward, finding a way to add depth and maturity to their sound while also still keeping very much true to themselves. This remains true on their brand new single, “Sundried Mind,” which we have the absolute honor and privilege of premiering today.
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