The Worriers - Little Lucy
It's often a good idea to ensure that your début single leaves an impression, so that's what Brisbane powerpop quartet The Worriers have done with 'Little Lucy'. It's your usual collision of thumping drums and frantic guitar but they make sure that at the heart of it all is a pop song. It does make you take notice, and as opening gambits go, we've heard much worse.
Free download: 'Little Lucy'
The Worriers' website
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Seabright - Sweep Away
Californian band Seabright have been around a bit longer, in fact we even featured them with the track 'For Icy' earlier this year. Like that song, 'Sweep Away' is another freebie courtesy of Love Our Records and is a lovely indie/dreampop tune with just a hint of surf guitar thrown in for a tropical tang. Much ground is covered here, yet it still feels like it ends too soon.
Frantic Chant - Northern Soil
This rabid instrumental guitar tune in part '80s indie and part '60s psych. It's actually a double A-side with another track, 'Let In The Sound', but the insatiable jangle of Northern Soil is just too good resist. On paper there may not be much to it, but come up with a simple catchy riff, stick on some clattering drums and you have yourself a winner.
Frantic Chant's website
13 Monsters - Perfectly Imperfect
We knew nothing of Chicago duo 13 Monsters until they emailed us the other day, which to be quite honest is how it usually works. This pair combine soft, sweet female vocals with atmospheric soundscapes that consist of electronics as well as more regular guitar and drums. The resulting song, 'Perfectly Imperfect', builds into something quite impressive.
13 Monsters' website
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Victory - This, That Or This
LA band Victory make choppy garage-punk with a timeless feel, perhaps inspired by their love of the music of rock n' roll, punk and Phil Spector. Freebie 'This, That Or This' is as catchy as they come and is a fun blast of guitar-pop from their album 'Victory Is Music'. We haven't heard the full album yet, but this single can definitely be classed as a victory.
Download 'This, That Or This' for free by heading here
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Catch them live:
Sun Sept 29th Abbot Kinney Festival - Venice Beach, CA
Sat Oct 5 The Mint - Los Angeles, CA
Oct 15-19 - CMJ Music Festival - New York, NY
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