Indie Rock

Citris shares new single, plays Rubulad on 9/18

Explosive drop-D grunge-metal guitars and thundering drums introduce the new Citris single “Hell Is a Place on Earth” (streaming below). Written and performed by Angelina Torreano (guitar/vocals) and recorded/mixed and mastered by Chris Krasnow (who also contributes drums/bass and guitar) the track is a heavy rumination on personal failings against larger global issues. “Too selfish to die, too right to be happy, too weak to be leaned on. Leave it to me to destroy everything that is good,” the singer laments.  The title line, repeated in the chorus, benefits from harmonized vocal layering, adding a big-studio sheen to that hook, followed by the lyrics “give me your love, then take it away.” A pivotal statement arrives one minute in, when the instruments drop out for the solo vocals declaration “I don't look back in anger.” While that progression cycles through again (with alternate lyrical content), a sophisticated, angular, prog-metal break emerges around the 3rd minute and takes the track to its conclusion. This initial release comes ahead of the upcoming full-length album “Delusions of Glamour.” Having just completed a west coast tour, the band has a number of local shows in the works including 9/18 at Rubulad. - Dave Cromwell

   

Cuffed Up release stellar debut single "Mother/Father"

On their debut single, "Mother/Father," Cuffed Up shake off their inhibitions with a blistering call-to-arms. "Safety is not a guarantee / when you're afraid of everything," sing co-founders Sapphire Jewel and Ralph Torrefranca, a vigorous reminder to anyone who's ever been caught in a vulnerable moment. Having met through likeminded interests—specifically the modern UK punk scene—Jewel and Torrefranca stumbled upon a bracing new single without knowing that it'd develop into a full-time passion project, especially considering that they'd just left their bands Gypsum and Dr. Doctor, respectively (both great in their own right). The quartet may look into modern rabble-rousers like Shame and IDLES for inspiration, but what's best about "Mother/Father" is what they subliminally reference through their shifting dynamics and dexterous guitar work—there are shadings of Sonic Youth's Sister/Daydream Nation-era period, from their dual vocal parts and steady rhythmic passages. With such a strong debut, consider their formation by happenstance the happiest of accidents.

Check out "Mother/Father," and the accompanying double side A single "Small Town Kid," below. - Juan Rodríguez

   

Future Silence “Kansas Plains”

The Psych Pop trio Future Silence has released the first single, “Kansas Plains”, from their forthcoming self-titled debut EP. The EP will be released on September 13th via the Australian label Half a Cow Records.

Future Silence is the work of Kirk McMahon (guitars, keyboards), Rose Schubert (drums), and Shannon Roberts (vocals, lyrics).

   

New Man Man Single Release Available for Streaming & Purchase

Before the summer begins its gradual fade, Man Man has surprisingly dropped a pair of new songs, “Beached” and “Witch,” via Sub Pop Records. The band fuses its custom brand of quirky, catchy, melodically-rich tunes, in joyous fashion. It's a unique, almost off-the-rails perspective that lifts your spirits, hitting home like comfort food. The beloved Philly indie-rock elder statesmen are back, and will be performing on Saturday, September 28, as part of Philly Music Fest 2019 at World Cafe Live.

   

Crazy Bones - New Psychedelic Sludge EP "Slime Flux"

Psychedelic sludge rockers Crazy Bones have dropped a new three track EP “Slime Flux”.  This 3 piece doom rock band always bring the heat with heavy droning tones alongside ripping solos and unusual arrangements. The EP (Produced and Mixed by Tallies' Dylan Frankland) opens up with a heavy, deep riff on the track “Fruiting Bodies”. The vocals kick in and the song changes pace in a style reminiscent of some California psych bands Fuzz or Meatbodies. “Slime Flux” is available now! – Kris Gies