Category Archives: Fresh New Music

We’re Ghosts Now – “Nothing ‘Bout You”

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We’re Ghosts now are a New Jersey rock band who don’t really fit the image pictured when someone says ‘New Jersey rock band.’ That’s a good thing, because they make music better than most of the Garden State’s current output. Composed of Andrea Scaniello and brothers Jake, Max, and Ben Resnik, the band plays a bouncy rock and roll that sounds slightly classic but also fresh. I mean that in the sense that I’ve seen them rocking a bar, but wouldn’t be surprised to find them on the indie buzz band circuit.

They’ve recently put out the track below, and it’s a pretty good indicator of their style. Sound-wise, they fall pretty close to the Airborne Toxic Event, but bring far more energy and less depressive lyrics to the forefront. The group is currently recording their debut LP, and will hopefully get some more exposure when they have more material out.

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Album Review: Boxed Wine – Cheap, Fun EP

Seems I haven’t posted on here for a ‘bit.’ I’ve been a tad busy with the real world, but I figured if I liked something enough, then I should probably write about it.

Boxed Wine just put out their second EP last week, as a preview of an album that should be out in the Spring. They describe themselves as ‘indie party pop,’ and this looks to be just that. In a time when so many bands are afraid of the term ‘pop’ on account of it sounding mainstream, the band bats a blind eye and throws their cards in. The results are exactly what one would expect; catchy, simple songs about having a good time.

The first track is “Bones,” and has a bit of a rockier sound than the other two, and might remind fans of their first EP. Still, it’s sonically bigger than what they’ve done before and is more along the lines of Young the Giant than Two Door Cinema Club.

“Boomerang” is next, and that’s where they find a pop groove that could legitimately get people dancing. If you don’t get the damn title stuck in your head, there may just be something wrong with you, with the band coming off a bit like the child of Hot Hot Heat and MGMT. Weird, I know.

It’s on the last track, “Dayglow,” where they start to really stray from their formula. It’s still poppy, but the dance element sticks through more than anything else. The beat sounds like a Pitbull b-side more than an indie rock band from New Jersey, but somehow Boxed Wine makes it work. This might be where they’re going with their sound, but all three tracks could point to a possible direction change.

Overall, the band gets to the point, and maybe that’s what we really need in 2013?  With the indie scene how it is, it’s kind of refreshing to hear a band honestly describe themselves and not come off as pretentious. Hopefully this EP doesn’t have the best songs from their album, but being how different their songs have been up until now, I don’t even know what to expect. All I know is that it might be cool, and will definitely be fun.

Quickies: Poweys – “Here We Stand”

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Simple, catchy, and effective punk from Los Angeles. This came out on Powey’s debut album, released in June. Enjoy!

The Deadline Shakes – “Sweeten the Deal”

 

The Deadline Shakes do not sound like the “Alabama,” nor do they sound like the “Harlem.” They sound like a ballsier version of The Boy Least Likely To. Hailing from Glasow, the band also makes me think of the rootsy folk rock that was super popular here in the US a few years back. Either way, their new single “Sweeten the Deal” is definitely a winner and you can listen to it below. Enjoy.

Be The Bear – “Bad Things”

Every so often I stumble across a song that hits just the right spot, causing me to fall madly in love with the artist. This is one of those songs. Be The Bear is an indie pop duo for Sweden consisting of singer Christina Wehage and producer Mattias Bolin. Their sound is pretty hard to pin down, but here they get that Lykke Li vibe and completely run with it. ‘Bad Things’ builds slowly, but gets more and more enticing as it goes on. It might just be a contender for Song of the Summer 2012. Enjoy!

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Bear Cavalry – Maple Trail EP

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If you had the Wombats collaborate with Little Comets, you’d get something pretty damn close to Bear Cavalry. The band hails from Gosport on the Southern English coast, and this excellent EP came out this last November. Like everything else in my life, I’m way behind in posting about it, but this will hopefully gives the group a little push well after the fact. Plus, this it the time of year to listen to it anyway…

My favorite track would probably be “Roman Summer,” as it has just the perfect vibe for the middle of a hot summer (unless you count the fact that it makes you want to dance, which could be dangerous in the heat). Also, the use of ska-tinged trumpets and peppy chanting over the other songs really helps the groups stand out from their indie pop contemporaries.

Honestly, the EP gets better and better every time you put it on. After repeated listens, I’m going to go as far to say that Bear Cavalry may well be onto something unique and addictive here. Enjoy!

 

Quickies: Sleeper – “Ice House”

 

Sleeper is the musical project of Paul Olsen, a Laguna Beach native who let’s a slightly darker side of California shine on his six-song debut EP. The song below might be the most accessible track, and it reminds me of Animal Collective meets Shins meets Band of Horses. Did I just drop enough names to make it worth your time? I think so. Enjoy!