“Play Dumb” by The Crookes, from their sophomore album, Soapbox (out April 15th via Modern Outsider). The Sheffield quartet spent most of March in the U.S. performing at SXSW, and touring west to Los Angeles, previewing the record that they recorded over a few weeks in rural northern Italy last fall. The follow up to last year’s Hold Fast LP, released in North America in September, The Crookes have racked up an international gig-count that puts most other bands to shame, prompting BBC’s Steve Lamacq to describe them as “one of the most hardworking and prolific bands of the underground.”
They hit the road in the UK and Europe in May, and will return to this side of the pond later this summer.
You can also grab another free track of their called “Marcy“.
“I’m Not Part Of Me” by Cloud Nothings, from their new album Here And Nowhere Else. The Ryan Manning-directed video sees the song soundtracking a teenage girl sleepover party complete with pillow fights and their playing along to the song on Rock Band.
Brighton synth-rockers Fickle Friends released their first track, “Swim” just a little over three months ago. That one track got over three-hundred thousand plays on SoundCloud alone, and when one hears that catchy guitar line paired with splashy synth and smooth beat, is there any wondering how?
I’ve been waiting eagerly for another track by this five-piece, and “P L A Y” is proof that their first release was no fluke. Leaning on more power-pop songwriting tendencies rather than the late eighties R&B elements from “Swim”, Fickle Friends craft much more of a foot-stomper this time around. It holds some differences, but the fun synth-lines and Natassja Shine’s lyrical work remain delightful staples.
2014 is going to be a fun year for this band, and it may do well for you to join in with them.
Last week a Los Angeles local favorite, James Supercave, dropped their debut EP The Afternoon. Its’ opener, Old Robot, drenched itself layers of mixed textures to give their sound an art-rock experimental tone.
Its been a while since I’ve posted about Toronto band Nightbox and their killer track “Burning”. Last March, I heard the track for the first time and now we’ve got a video for the song, plus news about their upcoming EP The Panic Sequence (out April 22 via Toronto-based Rare Beef). The five-track EP is the follow-up to the band’s self-titled debut, which they’ll support with North America tourdates this spring.