Cage the Elephant, “Cold, Cold, Cold”
Tell Me I’m Pretty (Sony)
Recommended If You Like: Semi-southern alt-rock.
Here’s an album with legs. Although it’s been out for 13 months, this is still only the third single. That shows what kind of lifespan the first two enjoyed. Bands dream of album cycles that can be extended this long. They’re touring the UK now with support from Declan McKenna. (Scroll down for more about him.)
Port Cities, “Back to the Bottom”
RIYL: Maritime pop-folk-rock
Born in Halifax—a port city, geddit?—this young (est. 2105) three-piece has signed a deal with Warner and are working towards a full debut album sometime this year. If you’re so inclined, they also have a single called “Astronaut” floating about. This video explains a few things.
Wild World (Universal)
RIYL: MGMT, The Naked and Famous, Two Door Cinema Club
With 14 tracks to choose from (19 on the “complete edition” of this album), Bastille has reached all the way down to the 11th song on the record for its third single. A few more synths and drum machines and this could be a Depeche Mode song—at least for the first minute or so.
The Beaches, “Give It Up”
RIYL: Brody Dalle, Garbage, tougher PJ Harvey
I first heard about this four-piece all-female Toronto band (this is NOT the Australian group called Beaches) when they were on the bill for an Eagles of Death Metal show at the Opera House. Eagles frontman Jesse Hughes, who had never heard of them before, was completely blown away by what he saw and heard. Remember the name. Something’s happening with the group.
Declan McKenna, “The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home”
RIYL: Artists that pair well with Cage the Elephant tours
We’re still waiting for a full-length debut to go with his EPs and singles (this is yet another one-off song) but we’re told it’s coming. The producer is James Ford, known for his work with the Arctic Monkeys, so this bodes well. It’s tentatively on the schedule for May.