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Did you know it's Math Awareness Month? Earth Month? Well, I had to look it up on wikipedia. I know April is a couple things. I think it's Tsunami Awareness Month here on the island too. But it's also Jazz Appreciation Month. Cool huh? It took me a bit for my ears to desensitize to the unique sounds of jazz and all it's various sub-genre's - Cool, Bebop, Swing, Hardbop, and whole bunch of others, but I finally "heard" it. Or at least I think I did. It was refreshing and unique.
Continuing with tunes from my favorite records to come out last year. This episode features a bit more punk-pop sounding tunes, a couple heavier tracks and some punk rock, all good music in my opinion.
On this episode is Pope, a three-piece currently based in New Orleans. The album, Fiction, is full of great noise-pop, lo-fi, indie rock. Every time I listen to it, I think of Mall Rats or Clerks. It has a bit of a mid to late 90's emo-punk sound to it. It's an addictive sound. Pope's BANDCAMP.
Lowbrow is a band I found out about, thanks to a random follower/friend on Bandcamp (I have no idea who this person is, but we have similar tastes according to our collections). Excellent punk-pop from southern California. They released their latest album independently, Insert Brain Here. The title track is the opener, and it's the track that got me hooked. And they have some pretty wicked solos spread through the album. Lowbrow's BANDCAMP.
Spraynard's newest album, Mable, released on Jade Tree, has some of the best punk rock tunes to come out last year. Each track is anthemic in its own terms, whether it's the jumpy opener, Applebee's Bar, the bass-driven and deliciously written, Lost Boys (easily my favorite song of 2015), or the bittersweet, Out of Body. This record rocks socks. Spraynard's BANDCAMP.
Clowns, a four-piece, come from Melbourne, Australia. Their tunes are one part punk, one part thrash, and a whole lot of rock n' roll. The album is Bad Blood, and from start to finish, it's fourteen tracks of high energy rock and attitude. A very aggressive exterior sound for sure, but one hell of a party at the core. Clowns' BANDCAMP.
Santa Clarita, California quartet, Tidedmouth, released their debut album, Velvet & Stone, on Melotov Records. It's a great debut, one worth the wait since the band's last release, 2010's, What I Meant to Say. The band has progressed musically, writing darker tunes with a fresh mixture of goth, punk and hardcore. They keep it heavy and honest, all the while exploring new territory with their sounds. And whaddaya know? They all ready have new music. Tidemouth's BANDCAMP.
I'm so happy a new project has emerged since Sonh's demise. Well, who's to say they'll never get together and play again? That would be cool. But I was glad to hear member's from Sonh's are now playing in the recently formed, PINKO. Almost a bit similar sounding, although PINKO, from San Antonio, Texas, pack a lot more fuzz in their sound in addition to their all ready aggressive hardcore. It's exciting, it's loud, and it kicks. It kicks lots of ass. The new EP is Oedipus Sex and available from the band. Hard copies available from The Ghost is Clear Records. PINKO's BANDCAMP.
The last album from Sic Waiting was 2010's, Anchors Ashtray. It was a killer record, one that also made my Top 25 list at the time (check it out HERE). Since then, a solo acoustic project came about, Dead Frets (check out this EPISODE to hear a track), and now 6 years later, the band release Derailer. Out on Felony Records, the album carries with it the same energy as before, although this time, a little more mature (musically that is) and with some killer solos to prove it. Hopefully we won't have to wait as long for the next album. Sic Waiting on BANDCAMP.
Hope you enjoy today's episode. The next show should conclude it for my Top 25 list, and I'll be switching back to a 5 song format. Enjoy the weather, it's been cool lately here on the island. Happy Sunday ya'll. And thanks for listening!