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Pens were a three-piece indie rock band from London. They played experimental pop that often consisted of loud percussive noise played on top of some nice synth sounds and harsh, but sweet vocals. The guitars were played with fuzzy and distorted sounds, but blended really well with the other instrumentals and with their style of writing. They also played some really sweet pop-rock. Pens released one album titled, Hey Man! What You Doing (2009), and the single (2010) , Love Rules / You Only Love Me When I Tell You I'm Wrong, both released through DE STIJL RECORDS. They also produced a music video for the song, High in the Cinema (check it out HERE). The band played their last show in June 2010, but played a second “last show,” with Teeth and others in August 2011. Pens' song on this episode is titled, Freddy, off of, Hey Friend! What You Doing.
2. Brief Candles
Brief Candles are a four-piece from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They play excellent dreamy pop-rock and shoegaze. Their music is layer upon layer of reverb and sweet guitar effects. They also put on some really sweet vocal work as well. The band's most recent album is Fractured Days (check it out on the TOP 25 OF 2011 LIST) released last year through GUILT RIDDEN POP, the follow up to They Live We Sleep (2006), released through Latest Flame. On They Live We Sleep, it has the band's sweet cover of the song, Space Age Love Song. Brief Candle's song on this episode is titled, Sink or Swim, off of, Fractured Days.
3. Muerte Y Destruccion
Muerte Y Destruccion formed in 2007 and are currently a three-piece based in Madrid, Spain. They play pop-rock and punk influenced tunes backed by sweet guitars and drum work. The vocal melodies are wonderful too. Muerte Y Destruccion currently have one album, La Casa de Fieras (2010) and a demo (2008), both of which are available on their BANDCAMP. Check out a song from La Casa de Fieras on EPISODE 19. The band has been recording some new tunes for a future 10” record. So far seven new songs have been laid down. Muerte Y Destruccion's song on this episode is titled, La Pecera, off of their 2008 demo.
4. Brave Monster
Brave Monster were a five-piece from San Diego, California. They are not currently active as a band, but during their years playing, Brave Monster wrote some really infectious rock and pop, songs that would stick around in your head for days. The songs are energetic and upbeat featuring lots of groovy guitar and bass work. During their time as a band, they released one self-titled EP (2007) and one single, Breakdance Kid (2007). Both the EP and single were released through EASTA GREEN MUSIC. Check out a song from the EP on EPISODE 25 (the song is Better Get Better). The single features two songs, Breakdance Kid and Down in Flames. The song by Brave Monster on this episode is Breakdance Kid from their single.
Mrs. Howl are a three-piece rock-pop and punk band from San Antonio, Texas whose name pays tribute to the band, Lovie. They are a newly formed band having come together in August 2011. They have released a batch of songs since their formation, but more recently a debut album titled, Lovie and a Yellow lamp, full of fresh original rock tunes. The new album features lots of fuzzy guitars, sweet vocals and tight drums. The songs are consistently upbeat and carries within it a subconscious of dance rhythms. One of the prettiest songs on the record is titled, Good Latimer, an acoustic track with smooth vocals and a guitar lead with a perfectly used effect filling in the background. A member from Girl in a Coma played the lead part on the song. More tunes can be heard on the band's BANDCAMP. Mrs. Howl's song on this episode is titled, Black Knight, off of their album, Lovie and a Yellow Lamp.