Polaris Rose – “TigerBait”
This Los Angeles alt-rock duo follow-up their 2014 debut full-length Telescopes with Ocean Blue, Velvet Skies in March. “TigerBait” is a soaring, dreamy tune about things and stuff around us, with lovely in-unison vocals from Peter Anthony and Madelynn Elyse. I listen to it and picture a video similar to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”, where people just dance beautifully throughout. That’s legit, right? Polaris Rose always manage to rock and be beautiful, which isn’t easy to do.
Angela Burns – “It’s Sad”
Sticking with Los Angeles artists (’cause that’s hard to do right? No scene there at all. *shifty eyes*), it’s time for Angela Burns. “It’s Sad” is off her mixtape So That You Can Feel Better, and the video was released a week ago. It’s a five-minute crawler with a solid dirty bassline, piano, violin and some neat guitar effects in the final minute. And it’s – wait for it – a lil’ sad too. She actually has a really nineties rock vibe overall, it’s cool.
The Unlikely Candidates – “Your Love Could Start A War”
Ready to pick it up? This Fort Worth, Texas five-piece just released this new single, and its uptempo sound almost defies its subject matter. Vocalist Kyle Morris and guitarist Brenton Carney were in the midst of the December 2014 New York City protests, after a grand jury decision not to indict an NYPD officer in the death of Eric Garner. They took in the aftermath first-hand and then wrote about it. “Your Love Could Start A War” is conducive to hand claps, with an American Authors-like sheen in a boisterous presentation that doesn’t defy the subject matter. That totally (probably?) makes sense once you listen.
Dark Matter Noise – “Blackwing”
Time to get industrial with Seattle’s Dark Matter Noise. “Blackwing” is the lead track off the album of the same name, out March 18th. Frontman Al Tompkins calls the track “a nightmarish-ghostly-witch-crow song”, and with haunting vocals and a wall of sound, that surely works. My favourite part is actually the first few seconds, which basically sounds like drums that inmates would play if they filed toothbrushes into drumsticks instead of shivs. (That sounded better in my head than after I wrote it, but what the hell!)
Wrathrone – “Carnal Lust”
Alright sweetheart, let’s wrap this up with some SCANDINAVIAN METAAALLLLLL. Laitila, Finland’s Wrathrone released their debut Born Beneath last Friday, as well as the video for “Carnal Lust”. The juxtaposition is hilarious because the video has them goofing around and air banding, but being a death metal act the song is terrifying. I will never get over guttural vocals…how do these singers not cough up a lung after one verse? Good on them. You know what’s goin’ down here, just put your big-rocker pants on and enjoy it. In fact, enjoy all these tracks why don’tcha.