Order of the Toad

Order of the Toad | Spirit Man | 3hive.com
Order of the Toad | Spirit Man | 3hive.com

Glasgow band Order of the Toad are back with their third album Spirit Man, which is twelve songs of jangly, garage-pop goodness.

Check out the single “Golden Rod” and “Salt of The Earth” as well (below) for a taste.

Spirit Man is out now on Gringo Records and Hidden Bay. Enjoy.

Wombo

Wombo | Fairy Rust | 3hive.com
Wombo | Fairy Rust | 3hive.com

Fairy Rust is Louisville 3-piece, Wombo’s latest album. It’s a rhythm-heavy effort with the bass guitar pretty much running the show throughout – which to this listener’s ears is FANTASTIC!

The album was written over the past two years and draws inspiration from fairytales by The Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson. The group’s Bandcamp page states, Fairy Rust… contemplates the spaces in-between, a meeting of the physicality of the land with the fluidity of the imagination….”.

On slow building “Below The House” (stream below), the vocals and guitar seem to chase the bass and drums around until the last minute or so when the guitar just erupts – this is a very solid way to write, record and mix a song. I love it.

There are several times during the album that Wombo reminds me of Primus. Don’t get it twisted, Wombo doesn’t sound anything like Primus, but their “each instrument shines on it’s own” (my statement, not their’s) without taking anything away from the cohesiveness of the song itself, and the amount of punch they produce as a trio just takes me to Primus. Listen to “Queens of Keesh” (below) for an example of what I’m rambling about. Maybe I am completely nuts? I don’t care, I am writing this post, not you.:)

Fairy Rust is an incredible album and up there as one of my favorite releases of the year. It is out now and available on wax and digitally via Fire Talk Records. Buy the record. Go see them live. ENJOY THE GOOD MUSIC.

Worthitpurchase

Worthitpurchase | Truthtelling | 3hive.com
Worthitpurchase | Truthtelling | 3hive.com

Worthitpurchase are the trio of Nicole Rowe, Omar Akrouche and Eric Van Thyne. Their experimental electro-pop sound (think The Microphones, mingled with the smallest amount of Postal Service) is quite compelling throughout on their sophomore LP, Truthtelling. Give album standouts “Anne Hedonic” and “Deadbeat “ (below) a taste.

Truthtelling is a solid album that deserves your attention.

Truthtelling is out now and whichever format (analog or digital) you prefer via Anxiety Blanket and Citrus City. Enjoy.

UPHERE! Comp Vol. 2

UPHERE! Records | Compilation Vol. 2 | 3hive.com
UPHERE! Records | Compilation Vol. 2 | 3hive.com

Provo UT’s UPHERE! Records are releasing their new label comp filled with previously unreleased nuggets from bands like Backhand, Nicole Canaan, The Plastic Cherries and Homephone to name a few. All the profits go to help refugees in Ukraine, 50% to Save The Children and 50% to The Ukraine Humanitarian Fund. This is a KILLER compilation and it’s for a VERY good cause.

Preorders are going on now at UPHERE!’s Bandcamp page, the cassettes ship to you on April 20, 2022.

To wet your whistle and encourage you to buy, check out The Plastic Cherries’ “Aquafina (Tape Mix)” below. Now get out your wallets and buy this cassette and support this very important cause.

BUY THIS COMP!

Howless

Howless | To Repel Ghosts | 3hive.com
Howless | To Repel Ghosts | 3hive.com

Mexico City’s Howless have unleashed their debut LP To Repel Ghosts today and its a dream/noise-pop gem filled with all the fuzz, dreamy vocals and shimmery guitars that one album can handle. Check out “Levels” and my favorite “Unlucky” below for a taste.

To Repel Ghosts is out now and available on Cassette, CD and digitally via Static Bloom Records. Enjoy.

Artsick

Artsick | Fingers Crossed | 3hive.com
Artsick | Fingers Crossed | 3hive.com

“Is this new All Girl Summer Fun Band?” my wife asked during my first spin of Artsick’s debut album Fingers Crossed. That is one of the highest compliments any band can receive from her – she loves AGSFB. The only higher compliment from her would be “is this new Dance Hall Crashers?” Neither of Annie’s favorite bands have released anything new, but this Oakland 3-piece does share some musical similarities – female-fronted, guitar-driven, jangle-punk with bright vocals and vocal harmonies.

Fingers Crossed is a stunner and another solid release from Slumberland. It comes and goes quickly, clocking in at just around 28 minutes, but it demands a re-spin the second it’s over. Check out “Ghost of Myself” and “Fiction” below for a taste. Fingers Crossed is out now on Slumberland Records. You can snag it on all formats via their Bandcamp page. We will also have it available on vinyl in our store. Enjoy.

Soichi Terada

Soichi Terada | Asakusa Light | 3hive.com
Soichi Terada | Asakusa Light | 3hive.com

This post would be better had Sam or Sean written it. Their knowledge of electronic music is vast and I only dabble in the genre. However, I am really digging Soichi Terada’s Asakusa Light so here we are.

For those who don’t know (like I didn’t), Soichi Terada is a Japanese electronic music composer who’s been making music since 1989. His latest album Asakusa Light is jam-packed with groove and pulsating beats throughout, it’s a real head-bobber. Please check out “Double Spire” and “Takusambient” (below) and let his music speak for itself as it is way better than the writing in this post.

Asakusa Light is out now via Rush Hour and is available on vinyl and digitally through Terada’s Bandcamp page. Enjoy.

Nathan Womack

Nathan Womack | Past But The Dream | 3hive.com
Nathan Womack | Past But The Dream | 3hive.com

Nathan Womack is one half of the fabulous Paces Lift & Ben Bounce project, as well as the guy behind the Wax Thématique label. He also just released his debut single Past But The Dream. Taken from samples found while crate digging in Bangkok, Thailand and Guangzhou, China, Nathan has constructed two killer tracks full of funk, soul and groove. You can check out both tracks below, I highly suggest that you do.

Past But The Dream is available now on vinyl via Wax Thématique’s website and digitally via their Bandcamp page. Enjoy.

Partner Look

Partner Look | By The Book | 3hive.com
Partner Look | By The Book | 3hive.com

Melbourne-based Partner Look consists of German sisters Ambrin and Anila Hasnain and their partners Dainis Lacey and Lachlan Denton. Their debut album By The Book is 12 tracks of incredibly catchy jangle-pop, mingled with hints of post-punk and just a touch of added twang for good measure. I was lucky enough to receive an early preview of the album and I have listened to it at least once a day since – I can’t get enough of it.

The band just released their third single “Right Here” today and we are pleased to be able to share the video for it below. They had this to say about the song: “‘Right Here” takes inspiration from the sound associated with Melbourne via Geelong label, Anti Fade. Referencing the paintings of Albert Tucker and the broadway flop Leonardo The Musical, “Right Here” draws upon a patchwork of corruption, greed and loss that lead to Australia’s involvement in Nauru and it’s inhumane treatment of refugees. Dainis stole the song name from one of Lachlan’s songs.” You can listen to their previously released singles (and you’re going to want to) “Rodeo Tragic” and “Partner Look” as well.

By The Book is being released on February 4 via Trouble In Mind and Spunk/Osbourne Again. We will have it for sale on vinyl in our store or you can cop it from Trouble In Mind’s Bandcamp or from Spunk Records/Osbourne Again Records in Australia.

seablite

seablite | Breadcrumbs | 3hive.com
seablite | Breadcrumbs | 3hive.com

San Francisco 4-piece seablite are back with more of their shimmery, shoegazy magic with their new 7-inch single out now digitally via their Bandcamp page and on vinyl from Emotional Response. You can spin both the A-side and B-side below. Enjoy.