There are some exciting releases coming up in 2019 so here’s a little speed and fuzz for your week of listening.
#1. The Spielbergs.
First on the docket is the 3 piece from Oslo, the new sound out of Norway. The indie fuzz pop group just recently celebrated their first full album release in February, and they don’t seem to be slowing down.
The Speilbergs manage a sound that harkens to me memories of early Japandriods, Against Me!, or even some Gaslight Anthem records. Very anthemic and well constructed songs that belong in stadiums or small sweaty clubs. There is a joyous amount of noise layered on top of a standalone confidence that Indie bands seem to propagate these days. As the Spielbergs tour through cities I cant even hope to pronounce properly I hope they get some of the popularity they deserve and maybe make it to Canada one day.
It’s been a hot minute since any nordic bands had any airtime on the Canadian charts, not since the Hives or even the Hellacopters. Having some Scandinavian flair would be a welcome addition.
#2. Dear Seattle.
Next up are some boys from Aus. Keeping the home fires burning with some very reminiscent mid 2000s pop punk. The band started gathering some buzz in mid 2017 with their first self titled release and soon became members of the Domestic La La record label. Now taking their next big step into the Aus music scene Dear Seattle are looking to make a bigger name for themselves.
If you miss some of the hay-days of Emo-punk and want to add an Australian twinge to it then Dear Seattle has something special for you. Give them a shot, maybe you’ll find yourself busting out your old Fallout Boy graphic T-shirt without even realising it.
#3. Fontaines D.C. “Too Real”
Last up is the surrealist working class offerings from Irish band Fontaines D.C. Im still not overly sure what a Fonatine is but their music and pedestrian verse make me slightly uncomfortable to listen to and overly hopeful for the future of Irish music. Like Joy division and early Fall records the Fontaines D.C. maintain a heavy beat and groove while sinking lower into thematically dark lyrics.
There’s a lot of murmurs going around about their upcoming release “Dogrel” out in early April. Generally speaking albums that garner this much attention have glitz, glamour, and a good deal of industry flavoured audio production. So far the Fontaines D.C. deride all these things for a raw and emotive approach to making music. These boys are probably making Mark E. Smith very proud.
Give them a shot if you feel like thinking and analyzing when you listen to something rather than just have more background noise to satiate your senses. It took me more than a few tries to get completely on board with what the Fontaines D.C. are doing. But, it will for sure be interesting to see the mark they make in April.
There’s some exciting things out and about, keep your eyes peeled and your ears to the ground.
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