Ti Amos (Glassnote)
Recommended If You Like: Contracted song titles
Not long after Alt-J gave us “3WW” (“Three Warm Words”) from their upcoming Relaxer album, Phoenix returns with “J-Boy,” which is apparently short for “Just Because of You.” A thirteen second tease was released a couple of weeks back (13? Interesting number) to herald the return of the Paris-based band after an absence of four years.
Matt Mays, “Faint of Heart”
Once Upon a Hell of a Time EP (Sonic Records)
RIYL: Solid Maritime rock played while wearing headbands
It’s been five years since Matt released the Coyote album, so he’s overdue. Then again, that last record won for Rock Album of the Year, so he probably wanted to take his time with any new material. Expect to see him at a lot festivals this summer.
Foster the People, “Doing It for the Money”
RIYL: The summer of 2011 when “Pumped Up Kicks” was everywhere
Three years on after their second album, Supermodel, FtP is set to return with a new record which feature this song, which was teased live last fall (see the clip below). A huge world tour begins in San Diego on May 26. Nothing for Toronto yet, although they are scheduled to play Osheaga in August.
Rise Against, “The Violence”
RIYL: Agitprop punk, melodic hardcore, animal rights
Desperate times call for desperate music, so straight outta Chicago comes another dose of in-your-face anti-establishment punk. Singer Tim McIlrath describes the album as not “about creating a safe space, it’s about creating a space that’s dangerous for injustice.” Not one for Mr. Trump’s Spotify playlist, then.
Slush / Trashyard (Arts & Crafts)
RIYL: Indie rock with a woozy tang
Probably my favourite new song of the week—although it’s not that new having been released as a single back in November. Twangy, discordant with multiple changes in tempo and vocal delivery (it gets all Courtney Love halfway through), this one ticks all the boxes for me. In heavy felt pen. Twice. This needs to be a hit. Oh, dear. I’m supposed to impartial, aren’t it? F*** that.