Indie Rock

Pom Pom Squad and "Honeysuckle,"

“Honeysuckle,” a beautifully tender, reflective indie rock song, is the latest single from Brooklyn's Pom Pom Squad prior to the release of their second EP OW (out on September 6th), following 2017's HATE IT HERE. Berrin explains that the track is about rebuilding to resolve an issue, which one can only do once the cause of the wound is identified. The band's sound has evolved in more sophisticated and powerful directions compared to their previous material, with an aggressive electric sound and a more angsty delivery reminiscent of the riot grrls movement of the '90s . The single progresses from an apathetic stream-of-consciousness series of thoughts to painting a picture of a serious inward and outward, back and forth internal dialogue, tackling a painful personal experience with existential undertones underlined in the chorus: “if I’m nothing without you, am I anything at all?”. Berrin's sultry vocals never resolve the question, and a concoction of clunky guitars play a chunky tune that continues her honest anxiety. - Susan Moon 

   

Debut Party Muscles LP Available for Streaming & Purchase

Party Muscles recently released their debut full-length album, Does It Even Matter. Crisp, melodic tunes stretch out exemplifying white-hot, guitar work, without losing touch with the groove. Uptempo with an energetic yet composed manner, the quartet flexes its charming, retro, songwriting skills. You can join the party this Thursday, August 15, at Ortlieb’s, where they'll be throwing down with BYRH and Night Windows.

   

Perspective, a lovely hand to hold previews new record with explosive single

Nashua, New Hampshire's Perspective, a lovely hand to hold has us excited for the release of its full-length record Lousy on September 27th. "Subject to Change" is the second single off the album and it presents a deceptively super-charged preview heavy on distortion, just right on the dynamics, and fierce as hell. The song's combination of indie and math-rock is doused with grunge fuel, and it sure explodes in the culminating breakdowns. The band is keeping the spirit of rock 'n' roll alive and very well, with sick drum fills and no reservations. Fresh off a performance at ONCE in Somerville expect some autumn dates after the record's release. We are streaming "Subject to Change" for you below. - Rene Cobar

   

Sicayda - Alt-Shoegaze Band Drops Debut EP

Sicayda is a fresh 4 piece shoegaze band here in Toronto. Building their sound with layered melodies along with “melancholic yet uplifting tones”. Their lead single “Go On” opens up their debut EP “Sown”. This track has many sonic layers heavily drenched in shoegaze tone but also bringing influences such as 90’s alternative and perhaps some old Coldplay styles. Sicayda brings their sound to The Festival Lingua Franca in Toronto on August 29th. – Kris Gies

   

Tenci “Serprent” Video

Tenci has released the first single, “Serpent”, from their forthcoming album, My Heart is and Open Field. What began as outlet for the bedroom folk of Jess Shoman has blossomed into a full band utilizing the talents of Spencer Radcliffe and several of the “Everyone Else” musicians.

This is new album, due out August 25th, Shoman has enlisted Spencer Radcliffe (lead guitar), Tina Scarpello (bass), Jack Schemenauer (drums), Madison Chessare (cello), and several other talented local musicians.

You can help Tenci celebrate the release of their album on September 3rd at The Hideout with Izzy True and Joey Nebulous.

photo by Rachel Lessing