5 songs you must check out this week.
Wild Belle, “Throw Your Guns Down”
RIYL: Early Ting Tings, Beck, Poppy Bjork
Brother-sister act from California who seem pretty ecumenical about their influences (psych, ska, funk, jazz, Afrobeat). Just about every song they write and record is different from the next. Album is due April 15.
Catfish & the Bottlemen, “Soundcheck”
RIYL: Kasabian, Palma Violets, Kooks
Welsh indie band—terrible name, in my opinion, but it does have roots in the band’s early days busking with empty beer bottles, so whatever—that’s already something of a big deal in the UK. They did, of course, win the British Breakthrough Act at this year’s Brit Awards.
Massive Attack feat. Young Fathers, “Voodoo in My Blood”
Ritual Spirit EP (Virgin)
RIYL: Darker Radiohead, Portishead, Groove Armada
Not only is there new music—this four-track EP comes in a variety of formats with this song leading off side two of the vinyl version—there’s an awesome video that will make anyone who doesn’t like anything in their eye feel a little…squeamish.
We Are the City, “Kiss Me, Honey”
Above Club (Hidden Pony)
RIYL: Coldplay with a beat, Snow Patrol, Kasabian
Proggy (well, maybe) three-piece out of Vancouver (Kelowna is their hometown) who have been plugging away since 2008. They won $150,000 in a radio station talent search amidst some serious competition. Nicely anthemic. Let’s see where this goes.
Bear Hands, “2am”
You’ll Pay for This (Spensive Sounds)
RIYL: Big Data, Some Modest Mouse, Wild Beats
Post-punk indie rock managed by Q Prime, the same company that oversees life for Metallica, Muse and Cage the Elephant, so expect a big push on them. They started as a New York Buzz band but last week had this song become the most-added track to alt-rock radio playlists across North America. One listen and you’ll see why.