Gorilliaz, “We Got the Power”
Humanz (Warner Brothers)
Recommended If You Like: The late 1990s.
Three years after Damon Albarn told the National Post that he was thinking about another Gorillaz album, we’ll finally get it April 28. Five tracks have been released so far, including this one which features contributions from Jehnny (yes, that’s how you spell it) Beth from the band Savages and Noel Gallagher. Yes, THAT Noel Gallagher. After spending the 90s as mortal enemies, he and Damon are now apparently BFFs.
Bleachers, “Don’t Take the Money”
RIYL: Atlas Genius, Vampire Weekend, Grouplove
When Jack Antonoff isn’t working with fun., (another awkward punctuation band), he experiments with Bleachers. There’s precious little info available about this song or what he’s got planned for the near future, but the map on his web page is intriguing. What does this route through New Jersey mean?
Broken Social Scene, “Half Way Home”
Single (Arts & Crafts)
RIYL: Toronto indie
To quote the Beastie Boys “The hiatus is back off, again,” starting with a swing through the UK and Europe beginning May. Who’s going to Field Trip in June? We should have a new album by then, right? I mean, they’ve been hinting about it since before Christmas. Interesting fact: The impetus for this reunion were the shootings at the Bataclan in Paris back in 2015.
Colony House, “You Know It”
Only the Lonely (RCA)
RIYL: Cold War Kids, U2 and (if the title of this album means anything), Roy Orbison
Hard touring (200 shows/year) Indie rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, featuring two brothers named after an apartment block where they all used to live. This is their second album. Anyone manage to catch them at the Horseshoe at the February?
The Harpoonist and The Axe Murderer, “Get Ready”
Apocalipstick (Tonic Records)
RIYL: Blues Traveler, Dave Matthews, Black Crowes
First of all, the name has to make you curious. Second, the two guys in the band met back in 2005 when they were in a session recording a jingle. Third, it’s been a while since we’ve seen a blues rock band like this come out of Vancouver. Fourth, there was that Juno nomination for Best Blues Album in 2015.They’ll be at Lee’s Palace on April 13.