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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Last year British indie rockers Flyte released their debut album The Loved Ones, which was far and away one of our favorite albums of the year.

After seven long months on the road touring in support of the record, the band took a break at the Isle of Wight in December, where they wrote and produced two completely new songs (which were produced and mixed by longtime friend and collaborator, Burke Reid). This session resulted in “Moon Unit” and “Victory Girls,” the two songs which we are honored to premiere to you today.

“Moon Unit” chugs along with a soothing energy that effortlessly builds up to deliver a chorus that is every bit charming and addictive as all the best Flyte songs are. Its title is a nod to Frank Zappa’s daughter and an ode to the songs their parents would listen to on cassette during long drives.

Then you have “Victory Girls,” a song that showcases the simple, yet efficient use of just their lush vocals and dreamy guitar work providing something that feels completely timeless.

Most impressively, while both efforts have no problem working their magic on a listener fairly instantly, they also have a special growing power that allows them to sound even better with each subsequent listen.

These two songs will surely be showcased when they finally bring their tour to the United States for the first time for both SXSW, as well as long-awaited headlining performances in both Los Angeles and New York (at Mercury Lounge – grab tickets here)

Enjoy the exclusive stream of both songs below as well as their upcoming U.S. tour dates, posted right after.

Flyte U.S. Tour Dates:

Tue, March 13 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Killing Moon & Reverb Nation w/ Metro UK – Seven Grand
Wed, March 14 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Showcase – Central Presbyterian Church
Fri, March 16 – Austin, TX – SXSW – British Music – Latitude
Sat, March 17 – Austin, TX – SXSW – Best Lil’ Big Fest – The Tiniest Bar in Texas
Mon, March 19 – Los Angeles, CA – School Night – Bardot
Wed, March 21 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge

Premiere: Househats – “Stop”

By Will Oliver, February 1st 2018

Househats are an indie-punk outfit from Melbourne, Australia who have released a glorious new single with “Stop.” The track channels the garage-rock and post-punk glory of acts such as Parquet Courts, with a confident approach that gives the slacker anthem a bit of extra life and style as it goes along, never ounce losing an ounce of steam along the way.

This garage rock gem is a preview of what fans can expect from Househats’ debut album which they’re gearing up to record. Today we have the honor of premiering “Stop” to the world and are absolutely thrilled to introduce you guys to this great track and a band that is very much worth adding to your ones to watch list.

Find the exclusive stream of “Stop” below
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Premiere: The Tins – “Lifeline”

By Will Oliver, October 17th 2017 — with 1 comment

It’s hard to believe that it’s been seven years since I first discovered The Tins after they performed live at my school and wowed me with the songs off of their impressive debut EP. A lot has happened since then and it’s been great to see the maturity and growth that the band has experienced in that time.

The Buffalo-based trio is planning to self-release their new EP City Lies, which sees the band take yet another step forward in a new direction that is no doubt a giant leap forward for them as musicians. Take the dreamy slice of heaven that is the EP’s lead single “Lifeline.” It features some of their most gorgeous vocals to date and with a loopy, almost druggy groove that could have emerged from the 60s if not for it’s lovely synth work.

I am honored and proud that we have the pleasure of premiering “Lifeline” which itself isn’t being digitally released until on October 27. You can enjoy the single in all it’s glory from the stream below and let it hold you over until the whole EP is released on December 8. If you’re in the Buffalo area, you can join the band for their EP release party at the Lockhouse Distillery on October 20.
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