After a few EPs and singles, North Carolina’s Lauds have finally released their debut long player, Imitation Life, and let me tell you, it is some solid jangle/dream pop gold. It’s packed with lush, jangly guitars dancing around echoed vocals and a driving rhythm section. Lauds has set the bar high for all albums released in 2023 with Imitation Life.
Check out album opener “Paralell” and “24” (below) for a taste.
Band & The Beat is the new project of husband and wife duo Tracy Shedd and James Tritten. Using only analog synthesizers and an analog drum machine, they have created quite the infectious dream-pop sound.
Dig on the warbly synths and lo-fi vocals of their first single “Buoy” below. Hopefully there will be many more songs from these guys in the future. Enjoy.
Be sure to catch Band & The Beat on tour in a city near you:
Oct 14 . Durham NC . The Pinkhook . w/ Jphono1, Schooner (solo)
Oct 17 . Raleigh NC . Slim’s . w/ Jason Herring & The Mystery Plan
Oct 18 . Chapel Hill NC . Local 506 . w/ Nuns (Oklahoma)
Oct 19 . Knoxville TN . Pilot Light . w/ Bark (mems. of Tim Lee 3)
Oct 20 . Nashville TN . The Basement – 8:00pm – New Faces Nite
Oct 20 . Nashville TN . The 5 Spot – 10:00pm – $2 Tuesday
Oct 21 . Nashville TN . The Basement East – New Faces Nite
Oct 22 . Athens GA . Flicker
Oct 23 . Charlotte NC . Petra’s . w/ Jason Herring & The Mystery Plan
Nov 1 . Durham NC . Duke Coffeehouse . w/ Free Pizza (Boston MA)
Nov 7 . Chapel Hill NC . The Cave . w/ Tim Lee 3
“Ahhhh… the 90’s.” That’s the first thought that came into my mind during my first listen of Florida 3-piece Hey Mandible’s new album The Arse. The heavy bass lines and swirling, distorted guitars take me back to my late teens and early twenties when I was destroying my stereo speakers with bands like Nudeswirl, Mind Funk and Gruntruck.
Those super-heavy bass lines and distorted guitars are the driving force behind opening track “Supernovatone” (below). Caution, if played too loud it’s sure to melt your face.
Classifications be damned! If you dig loud, distorted, in your face music–Hey Mandible is the band for you. Fort Lowell hooked us up with an exclusive full album stream to share with you guys, check it out below you won’t be sorry. The Arse comes out on March 31 on Fort Lowell and Infintesmal Records. You can preorder it now from Fort Lowell Records. Enjoy.
Tucson’s La Cerca have been around as far as I can tell since at least 2002, but they are brand new to me. I stumbled across their new album, Sunrise for Everyone, one afternoon while searching the nets for new music. Their dusty, hook-filled brand of indie rock immediately captivated me.
Sunrise for Everyone took the better part of three years to record, and it shows as it’s songs are full of masterfully crafted layers of indie rock gold. Check out the standout, slow builder “Weather Festival” below for a taste.