Another week, another 5 songs you must hear.
Atlas Genius, “Stockholm”
Inanimate Objects (Warner Brothers)
RIYL: Foster the People, Imagine Dragons, Banners
Yes, this song was officially released as a single last summer (and there have been two more singles since), but music will always move at its own speed. Sometimes it just takes time for a song to gain traction, especially if you’re a band from Australia trying to conquer the rest of the planet. Patience, my son. All in good time.
Smashing Satellites, “Gamblin’ Man”
RIYL: Fall Out Boy with less histrionics, AFI, Panic! At the Disco
Emo lives? Maybe. This song is a throwback to the angst-y lyrics bolstered by big guitars that were so familiar in the middle Oughts. If you’re unfamiliar with these guys, SS is essentially a solo project created by Salvatore Costa, the former guitarist of My Darkest Days.
Frank Turner, “Mittens”
Positive Songs for Negative People (Xtra Mile)
RIYL: Against Me!, Neil Young, Billy Bragg
The ex-vocalist of post-hardcore band Million Dead marches on with his sixth studio album with more of what brung him this far. More of the same, in other words. But hey, negative people, let’s be positive! Love the Elvis costume in the video, too. Where do you get something like that?
Oh Wonder, “Lose It”
Oh Wonder (Caroline International)
RIYL: The xx, She and Him, Death Cab for Cutie
Since this English band released their self-titled debut album in September, 13 of the 15 tracks have been issued as singles. That’s gotta be some kind of record. If you’re keeping score, this was officially single number six.
The Dirty Nil, “No Weaknesses”
Higher Power (Dine Alone)
RIYL: FIDLAR, PUP, NOFX
From quiet valley town of Dundas, Ontario—also home to Dan “Caribou” Snaith—comes a fantastically screamy guitar song that will continue to endear them to the Warped Tour crowd. Fat Mike of NOFX is a big fan.