We’ve got sooo much music coming across our paths every day, we wanted to share the best of it with you via The Drop! An hour of new music every Sunday at 8pm.
This show is calling in the big guns this week as we are teased with more sounds from upcoming albums from Florence + The Machine, Muse and Of Monsters and Men! This is gonna be a huge hour.
1. BEST COAST – Heaven Sent
Los Angeles duo write to revive the lo-fi pop-punk sounds of the 90s! Lead singer and songwriter, Bethany Cosentino, started writing music in her early teens and was constantly courted by major labels who were trying to mold her into the next Katy Perry (A.K.A huge pop star). As you can hear, she declined and pursued her own path. This song would fit perfectly onto the American Pie or Wayne’s World soundtrack… think the Lemonheads “Mrs. Robinson” or just click below and listen.
2. ZERBIN – Worlds On Fire
After touring across North America with Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire and Bruno Mars, it’s no surprise that these Victoria-based chaps are on many Buzz Bands of 2015 lists! “Worlds On Fire” is off their latest record, Darling, which came out in April.
3. FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – Delilah
We are just over a week away from a new Florence + The Machine record, How Big How Blue How Beautiful, and in case you need a little more foreplay to get excited, the band released a fourth song called “Delilah” earlier this week. We’ve already heard “What Kind Of Man”, “Ship To Wreck” and “St. Jude” and judging by that line up, it’s going to a good bang for your rock buck. The textures fall somewhere between the passion and angst of Lungs (2009) and the whimsical dreaminess of Ceremonials (2011). In short, Florence + The Machine fans are having their cake and eating it, too.
4. ROYAL BLOOD – Little Monster
Dave Grohl and Jimmy Paige approved! We haven’t met a duo that can make this much noise since Death From Above 1979. Although no one will every be as loud as our Toronto pals… Royal Blood do a pretty good job and add a little more Zeppelin spice to their very British(Muse)-inspired hard rock. They are on tour opening for the Foo Fighters and they roll through Toronto July 8th and 9th at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre…get there early!
5. WHITEHORSE – Sweet Disaster
We were introduced to Whitehorse earlier this year via the twangy song “Downtown” that made us reminisce about the sounds of the Pulp Fiction soundtrack and how we will never, ever, babysit our buddy’s hot wife. While you’ll recognize the unmistakable Whitehorse drums, the rest of it is a 180 in pace, softness and beauty. On a scale of one to hot, the Hamilton couple definitely put another log onto the fire with this one.
6. MUSE – Mercy
According to Kid Craig’s post earlier this week, Matt Bellamy says that “Mercy” ‘…is a reference to the protagonist knowing and recognizing that they have lost something, they have lost themselves. This is where they realize they’re being overcome by the dark forces that were introduced in ‘Psycho.” Remember their last record was a lot about love because Bellamy just had a kid? Well, now he’s been through the terrible 2’s and written another rocker. SHOW ME MERCY, SCREAMING CHILD. I’m kidding. His kid is probably perfect.
7. PATRICK WATSON – Places You Will Go
Patrick Watson’s music is like your neighbour’s perfectly manicured lawn with luscious green grass, a bushy garden layered with multi-coloured flowers and the smell of fresh pine needles all overlooked by a fat Buddha statue in the rock garden. If you like complex layers upon layers of spacey sci-fi prog-folk, definitely check out Love Songs For Robots from this Montreal quartet. And yes, “Places You’ll Go” is a shout-out from Dr. Seuss. Heart strings have been pulled.
8. TAME IMPALA – Let It Happen
If you were at their show at Massey Hall earlier this week, you’re ears are still ringing while you think about what it was like to live in the height of psychedelia. Their latest work is still distinctively and deliciously Tame Impala with a more danceable, Daft Punk-inspired groove. It’s quite brilliant. New album, Currents, hits stores mid-July.
9. OF MONSTERS AND MEN – Empire
Pretty sure this band can do no wrong. Ever. The new record Beneath The Skin drops June 9th (no doubt, delivered by Tinkerbell and her fairy posse who will leave a trail of sparkles and glitter). This is the third song we’ve heard, preceded by “Crystals” and “I Of The Storm” who both became instant best friends with our ears. Of Monsters And Men play Toronto for TURF on Friday September 18th.
10. HOUNDMOUTH – Sedona
I’m stealing a quote because why fix something that ain’t broke: Garden & Gun said, “You’d be hard pressed to find a more effortless, well-crafted mix of roots and rock”. The band is from Indiana, the record is called Little Neon Limelight and is available now. If you dig the Lumineers, you’re gonna love this tune.
11. IN THE VALLEY BELOW – Peaches
You can definitely feel the attraction between this Los Angeles-based duo who found their swing on stage together one night at SXSW. Add her Americana folk-country and classic rock vibe to his taste for art-pop and heavy, Memphis-infused riffs and you get something completely different. Apathetic grunge with a spoonful of sugar.
12. VAN DAMSEL – Best Of Everything
Believe it or not, this BC-band was formed out of the ashes of their death metal group. They buried the double-bass to add in EDM synth dance beats over a super upbeat and catchy indie-pop vibe, with a subtle hint of hip-hop. And no death metal screaming! I promise.