Grouplove, “Good Morning”
Big Mess (Atlantic)
Recommended If You Like: Arcade Fire, Mother, Modest Mouse
Third album, third single. They have lots of festival appearances this summer, beginning with two weekends at Coachella on April 16 and 23, followed by Lollapalooza, Reading and Leeds. Good frequent flyer mile balances, then.
Fast Romantics, “Why We Fight”
American Love (Light Organ Records)
RIYL: The Killers, twangy stadium anthems, inspiring political speeches
Now safely living here in Toronto after moving from Calgary, Fast Romantics are adding a third album to their previous output of two albums and one EP. Watch for them on a Canadian tour with Said the Whale throughout April. Nice job by Abraham Lincoln in the video for this track.
Dandy Warhols, “Thick Girls Knock Me Out (Richard Starkey)”
Single (Dine Alone)
RIYL: Stoner-psych bands that offer shout-outs to The Beatles
No, this isn’t from last year’s Distortland. Instead it’s a standalone single that was sent to streaming services last month. Actually, in a slightly different universe, this was a new song from the Pixies. The video is something right out of a cheapo TV appearance c.1968. On purpose, of course. As for the Ringo Starr reference in the title, I’m stumped.
The Treble, “Ten Thousand Floors”
RIYL: Arcade Fire, The Killers, U2
Here’s some Winnipeg alt-rock that will be coming this way for a show at the Horseshoe on April 22. Hey, that’s Record Store Day! They’ll be able to go shopping first. Oh, and ask them about chugging whiskey from a beer can. That sounds like it might not be the best idea.
Future Islands, “Ran”
The Far Field (4AD)
RIYL: Modest Mouse, a-ha, some of your dad’s Spandau Ballet records
Few bands have as cinematic feel as these guys from Greenville, North Carolina. Their sound is contemporary yet also tugs you back to some of the more romantic (if not New Romantic) sensibilities of the 1980s. Not that there’s anything wrong with this, of course. Just be forewarned: You’ll want to give singer Samuel T. Herring a hug when the song is all over. Again.