The effervescent pop coming this always dreamy trio out of Virginia. Since picking up a bass player in 2012 for the Correct Behavior LP, they have gotten comfortable with a heavier rhythm so the airy vocals and gauzy guitar can soar into space.
Lots of side eye gets thrown these days at egregiously earnest bands who posture and overreach rather than keeping it simple and honest. But enough about Arcade Fire and their glass box of emotion. Philadelphia’s The War On Drugs blend an arena rock foundation and independent spirit into a soaring and emotional sound that is hard to deny.
Punk is supposed to be many things: dangerous and fearless, brazen and emotional, youthful and ageless, artless and beautiful. While some of you are figuring out the exact moment Green Day stopped being any one of those things (or if they ever were), those who know are looking forward to the debut full length from this Syracuse foursome. Sink into the given early samples and find out how to easy it is to fix what is wrong with a perfectly crafted scream-a-long.
It is always to find a band early in their career, catching one early in their ascent and watching with pride as they grow and flourish. For 2014, Montreal’s Ought will be one group that will have a deliberately filling bandwagon throughout the rest of the year. Give a listen to the post-punk angled stabs and clenched vocals and give in to the awkward new pop overthrow.
Wild Beasts - Present Tense Out Now
The operatic heights and sexual tension reaches for the next level on the fourth album from Wild Beasts. For 2011’s Smother, this English foursome broke through with a steely, yet tender album of singular indie that caresses like needy lovers. Present Tense goes beyond love, into a clandestine, rule-breaking interaction that is done under cover of darkness.