Indie Rock

Field Mouse express cautious optimism on "Heart of Gold," play Elsewhere 8.17

New York / Philadelphia band Field Mouse evoke internal conflict on their new single “Heart of Gold,” basking in lukewarm nostalgia against massive pop punk riffs and a breakneck percussive pace. With lyrics detailing dreams of car crashes and meeting one’s “evil self,” lead singer Rachel Browne’s vocal performance is rife with anxiety and a lingering sense of dread. Despite this apprehension, Browne still expresses a cautious confidence, stating she “still has a heart of gold,” which offset against melodic, explosive guitar work embeds the track with an enduring sense of optimism. Stream it below, and catch Field Mouse at Elsewhere’s Zone One on August 17th. -Connor Beckett McInerney

   

Debut Love? said the Commander EP Available for Streaming & Purchase

The duo of Kate Hall and Chris Bishop, a.k.a. Love? said the Commander, recently released their debut EP A Million Miles Away, which was produced by Dave Downham at Gradwell House Studio. Hall’s vocals have an authoritative, graceful presence, and when combined with guitar, violin, etc., they illuminate a detailed path. A singer-songwriter tone, with a sense of friction and force that expands in fiery, focused instrumental runs, the EP leaves a cathartic imprint. The pair will be holding their EP release show tomorrow night at Ortlieb's, supported by The Naked Sun and Rah Blow.

   

Whitney “Used To Be Lonely”

Whitney has released a new single/video called “Used To Be Lonely”. The track is taken from the group’s forthcoming album, Forever Turned Around, which will be released via Secretly Canadian on August 30th.

Whitney will be touring the country and the world for the majority of the rest of 2019. They will be returning home for four shows at Thalia Hall, December 5th, 6th (sold out), 7th (sold out), and 8th.

   

Boy Scouts releases animated video for "Hate Ya 2"

Boy Scouts just released their latest video for "Hate Ya 2" and it's a captivating animated creation. What an amazing blend of visual mediums that pairs so nicely with the sad and lovely tune. Shout out to that fly, the balloon, all of it. Boy Scouts' new album Free Company is out September 30 on Anti Records. Fall tour dates (with Jay Som!) start September 11. 

Says Vicks, "”Hate Ya 2” is about trying to grapple with conflicting feelings. When you still have love for someone who can also make you feel undervalued and hurt, and how confusing that experience can be. The process of recording this song felt very cathartic. Stephen [Steinbrink] and I drove out to my parent’s house with my friend Rose Droll to have her record piano on a few songs from the record, and when she played along to this one we tracked a few takes of her improvising. It added such a beautiful melancholic element, in true Rose Droll fashion.” 

When we asked Boy Scouts' front person Taylor Vicks why their music has a "golden retriever" classification on Bandcamp, they said, simply, "I really like golden retrievers." A fine, fine reason. Well, we really like you. Give this tune a listen and be damned if you don't listen to the rest of the album, too. 

- Michelle Kicherer, Associate Editor

 

   

New Music Video: "Sincerely" - Brackish

Featured on their 2018 EP Worlds, Brackish recently shared a new video for the track, “Sincerely”. Director Ricardo Lorenzo weaves a web of found footage, providing a sense of context, while also tapping into a sense of nostalgia. One can passively observe or alternately place oneself in those moments. Brackish are currently working on a full-length album, but you can catch them this Saturday, August 17 at Couchtown, with Harmony Woods (solo), Alenni (solo), and New York's Tiny Blue Ghost.