Guess whose single lands a slot in Consequence of Sound’s Top 10 Songs of the Week?
None other than Nashville’s up-and-coming grunge outfit TORRES with “Strange Hellos”- the leading track off of her anticipated record Sprinter, set to release 5/5 via Partisan Records.
Read below to see for yourself just how hard Consequence of Sound is crushing on the single:
"What starts as empty space soon goes up in flames on the first taste of Torres’ new album, the heavy, molten “Strange Hellos”. The single’s introductory seconds are broken up only by Mackenzie Scott’s hushed voice and a few muted strokes of guitar. And then hell breaks loose. “Strange Hellos” marks a fierce, surprising turn for the young songwriter, who sings about love and inadequacy with a new rawness and at new volumes. It taps into grunge, but not Hole or Nirvana’s quadrant; “Strange Hellos” owes more to Alice in Chains and the life-or-death stakes that governed their music. “Strange Hellos” is the opening track on Sprinter, which comes out May 5th on Partisan Records.” –Sasha Geffen [COS]
KNTRLR’s new album drops 2/24/2015 via Goodnight Records.
To celebrate their upcoming release, the electronic duo has released a 26-second montage of surreal and intimate moments as a trailer, check it out above!
What’s in a name? That which we call …. The Adventures of the Silver Spaceman?
The music blog Surviving the Golden Age answers this question in their latest article about Sun Songs:
"When you hear the band name The Adventures of Silver Spaceman, there are certain expectations. One expects something goofy, something flamboyant, something alien. Those would be the last words to use to describe Zachary James Ellis, the multi-instrumentalist & singer-songwriter known as the Silver Spaceman. The first single from the band’s upcoming Sun Songs, “Zierra” is a raw singer/songwriter track reminiscent of M. Ward. “Zierra” features Zach Ellis on rhythm guitar/vocals, Dave Susman on lead guitar, Nathan Oglesby, Chris Abbadessa on slide guitar, Sam Yield on bass, Ryan Martin on drums, and Kenny Wang of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs and TV on the Radio on viola.”
Head over to Surviving the Golden Age to get in on the hype and listen to the track “Zierra” streaming within the article. Sun Songs is adding at radio on 2/10!
San Francisco rockers Two Gallants dropped by KQED’s MainStage to play “Incidental,” the latest single from their forthcoming album, We Are Undone! Watch the video above and get ready for We Are Undone to hit AAA radio and store shelves next week!
Your Mama always told you- If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all.
Luckily, this is NOT the case between the music lovers over at WBEZ - Chicago’s public radio station and The Amazing- a new side project brought to us by Dungen’s guitarist Reine Fiske and chilling vocalist Christopher Gunrup.
WBEZ gives their upcoming release Picture You a 3.5 out of 4 and goes into vivid detail on why this record is so amazing. Reviewer Jim DeRogatis notes that if you’re a fan of “…the moody, swirling, atmospheric sounds of the early ’90s British shoegazer movement” this album should be making it on your to-listen/to-fall-in-love-with list.
For now, you can check out the leading single by tuning into the radio airways! On 2/17, you can claim a copy of Picture You in its entirety for yourself via Partisan Records.
The funk is back! In a world where Daft Punk, Pharrell, and Mark Ronson can rule the pop charts, Rentenbacher’s Funkestra bring their own unique brand of UK funk to the masses with their album Dr. Hypenstein, which is at radio now via Wooden Hat.
Check out this Captain Autumn blog post to read more about the album.
In the opening seconds of her leading track “Strange Hellos”, Mackenzie Scott’s raw voice scratches out into the emptiness around her - stark naked without the accompaniment of any instruments. All we can hear is the defeat in her words and the subtle clicking of a ticking clock.
Then BAMMM- full-throttle guitar courtesy of Portishead’s Adrian Utley, and Scott’s not holding back any longer. The forest fire of her bitterness keeps in tempo of the thrashing like growling flames and we are sold- she was wronged, but this alienation has strengthened her and rewarded her with apathy for thinking otherwise.
These themes of alienation and apathy sing the same tone of the genre coined for it: Grunge.
In her line, “What is mine is not really yours / but I hope you find what you’re looking for”, I hear Bob Dylan’s “Most Likely You’ll Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine.” At times, between guitar and vocal-freak outs, she has this simple frank way about her that reminds me of the similar unhappy but realistic endings for Dylan’s diddly.
Maybe not at all in the same true-blue plain way like Dylan does, but the sediment is dead-on and there. Except there’s this grungy twist like “You hurt Dylan-heavy but I’m going to come with the intensity and sound of Hole’s Courtney Love”.
Don’t believe me? Fiiiine. Whatever. Head over to Pitchfork when you want to be proven wrong - the article supports the idea that Torres’ new album is going to be EPIC and most importantly, they provide “Strange Hellos” as the streaming evidence.
Sprinter drops May 5 in the U.S. and May 18 in the UK/Europe via Partisan.
The comparisons between decker. and Bob Dylan are popping up all over the internet these days… For verification, see Guitar World’s commentary below:
"Patsy is bookended (save for a quick intro) by “O.D.B.” and “Ol Dirty Revival,” two themed tracks that lean gospel revival over psychedelic guitar folk. Musical outliers here, in a way similar to Dylan’s “Positively 4th Street,” they fit decker.’s vision of people betrayed by the outer, unknown dwellers of their social, artistic and professional circles.”
Check out the rest of the article and decker.’s streaming track “O.D.B.” by clicking here.
"O.D.B." is already laying down some rotation at radio and the full album Patsy will be available 2/17 on Mescal Porch.
Don’t miss tonight’s episode of Backstrom on FOX! Intended Immigration’s “Mon Gateau” will be featured! You can also hear the track on the band’s new album, Una Cartina, out now via Wooden Hat Records!
KNTRLR has a new music video out for their single “XXX” and it is out of this world. This video has it all: aliens, spaceships, explosions, and sex–with a great soundtrack to boot. Check out the feature on Entertainment Weekly here!