The Front Bottoms’sophomore album Talon of the Hawk integrates the addition of two new members, Tom Warren (bass), and Ciaran O’Donnel (keys/trumpet/guitar) to play alongside Brian Sella(vocals/guitar), and Matt Uychich(drums). The album gives off a more band orientated sound, instead of simply a two piece bouncing off of each other’s energy. However, Sella’s familiar stream of consciousness implicit lyrics are very much so still present, alongside Uychich’s punchy drumming.
The first track from the release Au Revoir (Adios), is the most similar sound-wise to their self-titled and provides a nice transition to the fuller band sound which kicks off near the end of the song. Twin Size Mattress encompasses everything about The Front Bottoms; the repetition of a familiar melody throughout, and figurative lyricis. Sella loudly singing, almost yelling, ”I want to contribute to the chaos, I don’t want to watch and then complain, because I am through with finding blame; that is a decision that I have made” enforce the sentimental connection that is almost guaranteed with each song. The track, Santa Monica incorporates the use of trumpet and synth melodies, and is reminiscent of their earlier song, Father as Sella promises”to be stronger than your Dad was for your Mom.” Funny You Should Ask, a personal favorite,is one of The Front Bottoms’ distinct obscure love songs, that provides an esoteric view of relationships. The lyrics, ”Honey, you got to learn that love is simple, just like mud, if you play the dirt, and I’ll play the water, all we got to do is touch” leading to the refrain, “Because I was young and I thought I didn’t have to care about anything, but I’m older now and know that I should” provide a sense of realism differentiating the band’s style to others. Backflip, a fast paced anthem of regretting tattoos, good vibes and Sella’s familiar breathing techniques, shows the progression of the band sonically despite sticking to similar thematic ideas.
Talon of the Hawk may not have as many standout tracks as the self-titled, but in hindsight the bar was set so high that it would have been almost impossible to create two perfect albums in a row. This being said, due to the immense talent of the band this album does stand testament to their ability to continue to create captivating songs that will be adored by fans. After spending the last two years touring, (shown in their recently released music video for Twin Size Mattress)The Front Bottoms will begin their journey of touring again starting June 1st with a national tour. You can purchase tickets for the tour here and stream the album in its entirety via Noisey.
Standout Tracks: “Twin Size Mattress”, “Funny You Should Ask”, “Backflip”
“I just want this to mean something to anyone even if they don’t know who I am.”
01. Au Revoir (Adios)
03. Swear To God The Devil Made Me Do It
04. Twin Size Mattress
06. Santa Monica
07. The Feud
08. Funny You Should Ask
09. Tattooed Tears
10. Lone Star
11. Back Flip
12. Everything I Own
Noel Thrasher, a folk pop solo project from South Carolina through Mat Cothran has released an album titled an introduction to noel thrasher. These tape tracks include an introduction by Justin Blackburn, the intuitive inner healer, a collection of acoustic melancholic sing-alongs, and the original version of cry babies, a track also recorded by Elvis Depressedly. Pick up an introduction to noel thrasher from her Bandcamp page for free or stream it below.
From the Coma Cinema Facebook page, “years ago, before i ever made any records i knew a girl named noel. she changed the way i looked at the world and i tried my best to find what i could of her music and offer it to you. there has been no bigger influence on my art and my life and there never will be. i miss you noel and i love you eternally.”
Tracklisting: 01. into (justin blackburn)
02. hmm, i was born
03. cry babies
04. flower song
05. swift swoop
06. friend of all matter
07. dead moon
08. us angels are real
10. outro (you can spill your heart out)
Manchester Orchestra have collaborated with both Grouplove and Frightened Rabbit to produce a 12″ vinyl for release on Record Strore Day. The first of the two tracks, Architect by Manchester Orchestra and Frightened Rabbit, contains the layered vocals of Andy Hull and Scott Hutchison. Throughout this acoustic number you identify with the despondency of the lyrics but are left in awe of the talent of both bands. However this is then juxtaposed with the second track Make It To Me, the Manchester Orchestra and Grouplove collaboration. It is a much more upbeat indie pop song with a sudden influx at various times throughout the song of electronic techno-esque synth which seems out of place. You can stream the collaboration below and tell us your opinion in the comments. It will be available to buy on Saturday, April 20 at participating independent record stores that you can find about here.
The Front Bottoms have released a new song titled Twin Size Mattress accompanied by a music video which you can watch below. This song is from their new album Talon of the Hawk that will be released on the 21st of May through Bar/None Records. You can pre-order Talon of the Hawk as a 12″ vinyl or a CD.
…more fireworks, more swimming pools, more beer, more fun.
The release of the new album will be followed by a tour of the USA which you can buy tickets for here. For more information, check out their Facebook page and website. The following was said about the upcoming album by Bar/None Records. ”At the core of The Front Bottoms’ new album Talon of the Hawk, is the crazy hybrid of slamming rock drumming and acoustic guitar The Front Bottoms are known for, but this time the band augments their sound with electric guitars, synths, even a little accordion. Over top is Brian Sella’s confident heartfelt vocals that will have you laughing one minute, crying the next and then maybe pumping your fist and singing along when you least suspect it. Talon of the Hawk rocks harder than their debut and it is more complex in both subject matter and arrangements. Once this sucker gets it’s claws in you’re going to soar.”
After a very successful 2012, which found Matt Corby’s name spread with his song Brother, winning the ARIA music awards “Song of the Year”, as well as being nominated for “Breakthrough Artist” and “Best Male Artist”. Though he was formerly a contestant on Australian Idol, Corby has demonstrated how that is behind him, releasing an incredible three song EP, Made of Stone. His voice can only be described as, beautifully haunting.
Matt Corby has also released four other EPs: Into the Flame, Transition to Colour, My False, and Song For… This artist is not only meant for fans of folk music, but everyone. He writes powerful songs to pump you up, as well as more emotional laid back ones to listen to when relaxing. He is currently in the studio writing and recording for his debut album which is scheduled to be released next year. To keep up to date, you can check out his website and his Facebook Page where you can download his music.
They met. They fell in love.
They wrote songs.
They fought. They made up.
They broke up.
They wrote songs.
The Falls focus their songwriting on documenting the love, betrayal, and the heartbreak of relationships. This Sydney based indie/folk duo decided that it would be better to create music, rather than just wallow in sadness. These fledgling recordings were just the beginning of what has become their debut EP HOLLYWOOD, which will soon be released sometime during March in North America.
Known for their live performances, and the emotion that is put into them, The Falls create intoxicating melodies, paralleled with their signature elegant harmonies. With an unmistakable sound, barefoot collaborators and best friends The Falls are definitely worth watching out for in 2013. For more information you can check out their website, and see their North American tour dates below.
NEW YORK, NY
7 March : 8:00PM – COMMUNION: ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL
24 March : 2:00PM – SONS OF ESSEX : THE AUSSIE BBQ
LOS ANGELES, CA
10 March : 3:30PM – THE ECHO : THE AUSSIE BBQ
SXSW AUSTIN, TX
12 March : 1:15PM – B.D. RILEY’S PUB : SHE’LL BE RIGHT
12 March : 6:15PM – in.gredients : in.sessions
14 March : 4PM – OPAL DIVINE’S : Sweet Tea and Pumpkin Pie Showcase
14 March : 12AM – STEPHEN F’S BAR : OFFICIAL SHOWCASE
15 March : 1:00PM – RUSTY’S AUSTIN : Swing House/Hype Music/D’addario
15 March : 2:50PM – HYDE PARK : Dejaset
16 March : 12:45PM – MAGGIE MAE’S : THE AUSSIE BBQ
16 MARCH : 9:00PM – The Tap Room at Six : OFFICIAL SHOWCASE
17 March : 9PM – THE FIREHOUSE : BLUE SKY OVER OVER AUSTIN
CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK TORONTO, ON
20 March : 1:00AM – CAMERON HOUSE BACKROOM : OFFICIAL SHOWCASE
21 March : 7:40PM – CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY : SOUND GALLERY
Lake Michigan, lo-fi acoustic solo project equipped with disarmingly honest lyrics have released their debut self-titled album. Chris Marks, inspired by the hushed and melodic sounds of Death Cab For Cutie and American Football, recorded, mixed, and mastered this release by himself. This collection of nine slow and sad tracks accurately touches on the themes of adolescent ontology. The album is available to purchase from Wolf Town DIY as a CD and also you can stream it below from Bandcamp.
A message from Marks about the release, “You have no idea how much I would appreciate all of you who are reading this listening/buying a CD from Wolf Town/showing your friends/assisting me in getting this out there as much as possible.”
Folk artist Devendra Banhart will release his eighth studio album, Mala, on March 5 through his own label Nonesuch. Banhart uses a mixture of both English and Spanish throughout his soft and smooth folk melodies. From the three tracks that have been released so far, it appears Banhart has shifted to a much more instrumentally sound style. The record feels a lot less raw than previous albums, such as Cripple Crow. This may be a result of the old Hip-hop recorder used for this album, although his sound has ultimately progressed in a subtle way. The album is currently available for pre-order on his website, and you can stream “Never Seen Such Good Things” below.
1. Golden Girls
3. Für Hildegard von Bingen
4. Never Seen Such Good Things
5. Mi Negrita
6. Your Fine Petting Duck
7. The Ballad of Keenan Milton
8. A Gain
9. Won’t You Come Over?
11. Hatchet Wound
13. Won’t You Come Home
The Front Bottoms, acoustic punk band from New Jersey have released a video for their track Mountain from their 2011 self titled album. Known for frontman Brian Sella’s relatable lyrics, The Front Bottoms have recently finished recording their sophomore album and now fans are eagerly anticipating a release date.
Here is what Matt Uychich, drummer of the band had to say about the video. ”We had picked up a bunch of fireworks on tour and when we got home we had a few days off. So, we called up our good friend Mark Jaworski and asked him if he wanted to bring his camera along, drink Four Loko and light them off. This is what happened.”
You can purchase their self titled album digitally from iTunes, or purchase a 12″ vinyl version of it from Bar/None Records. For more information about the band check out their Facebook page.
Marcus Foster, British singer-songwriter from southwest London has a sound that is often compared to Bob Dylan, Otis Reading, and St. Vincent. It contains a folk aesthetic with a blues twist, as he is often accompanied by brass horns. Though starting under the radar by moonlighting as a singer around London, in 2008 he saw his name gain popularity around the United States after contributing his song I Was Broken to the first Twilight soundtrack.
By 2010, the demand for Marcus Foster started to grow with in the US, which led to musical appearances on the Jimmy Fallon Show, as well as tours around the country. In the following year, Foster finally released his debut album, Nameless Path which contains “timeless quality which was once appreciated”. Furthermore his second EP The Last House was released in late 2012, and contains some of most diverse work to date. So if you are looking for some calming folk/blues tunes that contain sounds rarely heard in today’s music, Marcus Foster is the man you are looking for.
His music is available on iTunes, as well as his website. Furthermore, Foster will be touring around the United States during March and April, whilst completing his second album, tour dates can be found on his Facebook page.