In October last year we shared Chicago indie rockers Filligar new track “Photos Of Madrid” and predicted quite a few things in terms of their sound taking a little hop and skip toward a new direction – a direction we were only too ecstatic to hear. Now they’re working on their sixth album and shared another gem with us called “Motor Shine”. According to Paste – where the song just premiered – the new album was recorded in a studio that the band built inside an old boat warehouse in California. “Motor Shine” and its hooky chorus allow for Jonny Mathias’s vocals to lead the way yet again, and the soothing familiarity and warmth of the melody certainly sound as relaxed as the summertime in California and really only mean one thing: we can’t wait to hear the rest of the album!
Thirteen years on and five albums later, the Chicago collective Filligar are still making the music they want to make, despite not getting nearly enough worldwide buzz that they so deserve. They’re now developing and they’re now growing. Within seconds of their new single “Photos of Madrid”, it’s loudly noticeable. They’re straying and swaying away from their usual style absolutely perfectly, by still offering their enjoyable ‘plea’ whilst injecting a balancing dose of melancholy. With the keys setting the pace of the song, it forces forward through looping verses that allow for lyricist and vocalist Jonny Mathias to harmonize smoothly and sentimentally. This one is worth talking about, listening to and sharing, for perhaps, this is the start of a new direction they’re heading down. If so, we’re with them all the way.
On the B-side is their first remix by Kent Rockafeller.. yes, you’ve been good so your ears get to basque in both sides today.
“New Local” is officially the first and latest single off Filligar’s new album “Hexagon” and if ever you needed a reason to creep on a band pre-album release – it’s now. It resonates the moment the piano charges in and builds up to a beautifully pounding drum beat that emits a pulsating high-energy. Americana-Rock at its best – album out July 23rd.