Henry Chadwick – ‘I Can Stick Around’

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California musician and songwriter Henry Chadwick spent the summer drip feeding us charming and lovable singles, ultimately culminating in the release of his delightful debut record, Marlin Fisher on August 31, 2018.

Generally speaking Chadwick’s sound is ‘indie’ but it slides between genres and eras, with influences old and new (The Kinks, T. Rex, The Strokes, Courtney Barnett, etc.) while maintaining a sound all of his own – and his fourth single lifted from the new record ‘I Can Stick Around’ is the most upbeat, irresistible and pop-coated of all. The sweetly spiky, fuzzed-up flavours of previous singles ‘I Can Stick Around’ and ‘Change’ are replaced with a sweetly melodic blend of ’60s Merseyside sounds and pure power-pop loaded with hooks, as bright power chords pair up with sugarspun harmonies. ‘I Can Stick Around’ is Chadwick at his most irresistible; this is a 100% earworm material.

You can listen to ‘I Can Stick Around’ below and I implore you to check out Marlin Fisher, it’s here.

Mattress Food – ‘Burn Yr Idols’

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On the hunt for addictive, fuzzed-up and raspy indie? Look no further than Philadelphia foursome Mattress Food; Sami Rahman, Wallace Gerdy, Paul O’Connell & Adam Figurelle.

Taking their lead from the melodic, anthemic instincts of bands like The Replacements and The Strokes, adding a touch of the melancholy from British pop music a la New Order and The Cure and you’ve kind of got the idea. Their debut single proper is ‘Burn Yr Idols’. Backed by a steady beat, it blazes a trail with addictive riffs cutting through a mire of fuzz as Rahman’s raspy vocals, delivered with grit and attitude, rages against ‘toxic behavior’ (racism, homophobia, toxic masculinity, transphobia, etc.). It’s powerful, angered and defiant – the kind of tune that on playing it, you grow 10 feet tall and swagger down the street like nothing in this world can phase you.

Listen to ‘Burn Yr Idols’ below; a superb opening introduction.

Introducing: Alffa

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Alffa are Dion Wyn Jones & Sion Eifion Land, a two-man riff machine from Llanrug, Wales.

Self-dubbed “punk-blues” two piece Alffa are a force to be reckoned with. Performing in their native Welsh, this pair have a massive sound and craft explosive tunes echoing the likes of The White Stripes, The Black Keys & Royal Blood et al.

Direct. Austere. Little is wasted here. The muscular ‘Creadur’ announces its deafening presence with a ferocious guitar riff, followed by the thunderous and propulsive drum beat with searing, hard-hitting vocals. This is a thundering three-minutes of gritty rock ‘n roll as one indestructible riff crashes into the equally mammoth percussion as the irresistible and tuneful nature of the chorus just seeps into your brain. Alffa’s other offering, ‘Tomos Rhys’ proffers a slightly different side to their punk-blues explosion. Equally hard-edged, it opens with a stomping slow-paced blues vibe struts its stuff amid bursts of riffs and crashing drums before succumbing to mammoth noise making mayhem of ‘Creadur’. Dazzling and brilliant; this is mighty stuff.

You can check out ‘Creadur’ and ‘Tomos Rhys’ below – just a suggestion, turn it up LOUD.

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Airhead DC – ‘Honey-Colored Flame Blown Off My Candle’

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Under the guise of Airhead DC, Washington D.C. native Vishal Narang releases dreamy indie-pop that he describes himself as “a meditation on love, spirituality, and creative freedom.”

With plans to release new album Crush Hi on October 26 via Danger Collective Records, Narang is teasing the senses with ‘Honey-Colored Flame Blown Off My Candle’. Recruiting the assistance of Cherry Glazerr members Tabor Allen, Devin O’Brien, and Sasami Ashworth, to produce, engineer, and perform on the record, it is a delightfully dreamy excursion to a melodic world of experimental pop music. It is peculiar yet beautiful, warm and inviting in its hazy ways. ‘Honey-Colored Flame Blown Off My Candle’ shimmers, winks and twinkles on its mellow way and the dual vocals are a delight as they swim amid layers of mildly coated warm fuzz. All in all, a fabulously dreamy delight.

You can listen to ‘Honey-Colored Flame Blown Off My Candle’ below. Don’t forget, Crush Hi, is set for an October 26th release on Danger Collective Records.

Introducing: The Hannah Barberas

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Self-described “DIY pop partisans” The Hannah Barberas are an indie-pop foursome – Damien, Lucy, Doug & Matthew – from New Cross, London.

This London outfit have an unquestionable flair for sparkling, charming and irresistible pieces of effervescent indie-pop gems. The foursome have wasted little of 2018, releasing their debut EP The Hannah Barberas Are Here At Last back in late July with new one, Go Go Hannah Barberas! to follow on September 21 (and there’s a choice cut from both below).

‘Our Girl Is Gone’ is an upbeat, bright and bouncy bite of lively guitar-pop.Setting off at a frenetic pace, it whizzes and fizzes along with more bounce than zebide, with a stomping rhythm, racey guitar and rumbling bass line shooting off a breakneck speed. ‘Slow Cooked’ meanwhile, is a shimmering, bright and charming cut of smiley indie-pop. A dreamy meander through an enchanting world of woozy, laid-back vibes and breezy jangle, wrapped up with a shiny happiness, as smiley melodies, shimmering guitars, steady beat and handclaps and honeyed vocals combine in magical and addicting perfect pop-craft harmony. An irresistibly infectious introduction to The Hannah Barberas, these pair of earworms will no doubt be fizzing around your head for days and days; an allure that is charming, enchanting and altogether impossible to resist.

Listen to ‘Our Girl Is Gone’ & ‘Slow Cooked’ below: