Every week we collect a new batch of songs for your listening pleasure – plus a classic that you should definitely know and love. Here’s this week’s Blerg Bangers:
Waxahatchee – ‘La Loose’
Katie Crutchfield’s Ivy Tripp was one of the most severely underrated records of 2015, as showcased by the fact that it’s still spitting out killer singles like this one. Admittedly this is one of the quirkier, more angular tracks off the record, but it showcases the versatility in sound of Ivy Tripp as well as the delicate potential of Crutchfield’s songwriting. Plus the video was directed by indie rock goddess Naomi Yang from Galaxie 500.
Monster Truck – ‘Don’t Tell Me How To Live’
Let’s not pretend like this anything else than balls out rock and roll. The Canadian heavy rockers sound almost ridiculous they’re so drenched in bourbon and big riffs, but it’s that tongue in cheek attitude that totally surpasses the ridiculous and swings back to just being fucking awesome. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m about to go crank this track and ride a jet ski of a waterfall in my undies.
Luca Brasi – ‘Aeroplane’
While a lot of noise has been made in the last few years about the rise of the Melbourne punk scene, Launceston’s Luca Brasi have managed to cut their own slice of the punk pie by flying in and out of the mainland and gradually amassing an ever growing army of devotees to their unique brand of pop punk. Partially that audience has been drawn to the fact that they’re very obviously a terrific bunch of blokes and murisians, but along side that is the fact that of all the class of modern Australian pop punk acts, they’re the ones that most closely resemble the sound of the heroes of the genre/our youth like Bodyjar and Jebediah. No more is that better showcased on ‘Aeroplane’ – a song teaming with angst and passion but an innate sense of melody that permeates the entire song.
Baroness – ‘Shock Me’
Something about Baroness has always left them standing slightly at the wayside to me. They’ve never been as heavy as Mastodon, never as indie as Deafheaven, and never as funny as Red Fang. But ‘Shock Me’ might just be the sound of the band coming into a sound as close to pure Baroness yet. Thundering drums, searing guitars, and bellowing vox from deep in the gut ring true, but throughout it all a surprisingly pretty sense of melody that as distractingly noticeable as a lavender scented doily laid out on top of a Marshal stack. But it never hurts to add a pinch of pretty to the heavy.
White Denim – ‘Holda You (I’m Psycho)’
Feel that tingling in your fingers? That’s an uncontrollable desire to start shredding the oxygen around you with an invisible Flying V taking over your extremities. The return of White Denim after a three year hiatus has been blasted through a megaphone that is ‘Holda You’ and despite the fact that they’ve lost two key members to Leon Bridges’ band, they’ve been more than reinvigorated by the injection of fresh blood. Considering this is just the first taste of their new record Stiff in March, it sounds like there are going to be a lot more sweaty jam sessions coming this autumn.
Yeasayer – ‘I Am Chemistry’
I’ve long been a devotee to the complicated and intricate pop world of Yeasayer. Ever since I once heard them give an interview where they described the way they get their songs to take magical carpet rides by passing the tracks between themselves and each taking turns in adding production. But I think a lot of us kind of got lost on Fragrant World and it’s dive into a whole new, complicated digital depth. That’s why latest single ‘I Am Chemistry’ is such a thriller. It’s a return to what we know and love from the Brooklyn trio, but rather than just being a throwback it actually adds to the narrative they’ve been building for the better part of a decade. Plus it has one of the best alien in your brain strange videos you’re ever gonna see.