Wednesday 22 May 2013

Five For Free #183

The Orwells - Other Voices

Illinois garage-punks The Orwells sounded pretty good already, but a year on from first hearing them they're at the level where production superstar Dave Sitek is getting interested in them. New track 'Other Voices' does show that they've improved since last summer. It's not easy making garage-punk sound interesting with so many bands doing a similar thing, but they've done it here.

The Orwells' website

Catch them live:

Jun 06 Memorial Union Terrace, Madison, WI
Jun 07 Majestic Theatre, Detroit, MI
Jun 08 Orion Music Festival, Detroit, MI
Aug 04 Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL
Aug 25 FYF Fest, Los Angeles, CA
Sep 23 Club Congress, Tucson, AZ
Sep 24 Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ
Sep 26 Larimer Lounge, Denver, CO
Sep 27 Czar Bar, Kansas City, MO
Sep 28 The Firebird, St Louis, MO
Sep 30 Mojo's, Columbia, MO Tickets
Oct 02 The Drunken Unicorn, Atlanta, GA
Oct 07 One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, LA
Oct 08 Spanish Moon Baton Rouge, LA
Oct 14 Exit In, Nashville, TN
Oct 16 The Basement, Columbus, OH  
Oct 18 Hard Luck Bar, Toronto, Canada
Oct 19 il Motore, Montreal, Canada
Oct 23 The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA
Oct 24 Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
Oct 25 First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA
Oct 26 Rock N Roll Hotel, Washington, DC
Oct 28 The Smiling Moose Upstairs, Pittsburgh, PA
Oct 29 Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH
Oct 31 Subterranean, Chicago, IL
Nov 01 High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI
Nov 02 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis, MN

Happy Lives - Feeling Right

More fun from Brooklyn. Happy Lives make oddball alt-pop that isn't quite comparable to many other bands; not an easy trick to pull off at the moment. With its simple pop backing and deep vocals, 'Feeling Right' is a sunny and fun tune that's inventive and playful with it. It's the first song to be taken from their second release which is due out later this year.

Download 'Feeling Right' for free by heading here

Happy Lives' website

Buy the single

Catch them live:

May 24 Shorewave Haus, Brooklyn NY
May 30 Legion Bar, Brooklyn NY
June 14 NXNE, 11:59 Toronto Canada

No Middle Name - When Forever Ends

What do you get if you take a Beatles sample (or more likely just a copy), some cheesy lounge music, dreampop and one of the blokes from The Title Sequence? You get one of the oddest songs we've heard for a while. 'When Forever Ends' probably has no right to work but somehow No Middle Name makes it happen. We doff our cap to him.

No Middle Name's website

Whistlejacket - March Hare (Demo)

We don't have any info on this lot. An email arrived in our inbox with just a link to a SoundCloud page and nothing else. So we had a look and found a band called Whistlejacket. They have a Facebook page which also has bugger all info, but suggests there are five in the band. They make pretty good, shoegazey, lo-fi alt-rock and there are a few freebies available. Our favourite is this demo of 'March Hare'.

Whistlejacket's website

Catch them live:

May 24 Lock Tavern, London, United Kingdom
May 31 Shacklewell Arms, London, United Kingdom

Building Pictures - Come Of Age

'Come Of Age' is a track from Irish songwriter John Gribbin who goes by the name of Building Pictures. With a few EPs available already, Building Pictures has spent some time in the US, including appearing at SXSW and will be playing some gigs around New York. This track could be one for fans of Ryan Adams, Bright Eyes and other troubadours.

Building Pictures' website

Buy the EP

Catch him live:

June 12th / Pete's Candy Store / 11pm NYC
June 19th / The McKittrick Hotel / 10:30pm NYC
June 22nd / The Living Room / 8pm NYC

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