The Molochs – ‘Too Lost In Love’

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LA’s The Molochs are gearing up to release their second album Flowers In The Spring, due September 7th via Innovative Leisure.

Previous record, 2017’s America’s Velvet Glory is a love-letter to the guitar; with its cheery acoustic chords, jangly indie and surf-rock vibes and flourishes of ’60s psychedelic folk. And with the second single lifted from their forthcoming album, ‘Too Lost In Love’ falls somewhere similar on the guitar lovers spectrum. ‘Too Lost In Love’ carves out a joyous, lackadaisical and carefree identity, with its sun-drenched blend of swooning melodies, bright and breezy ’80s indie jangle, swaying surf-rock, flurry of whimsical ’60s garage and sunkissed reverb. In short, it is a charming strain of gloriously ramshackle and instantly addictive lo-fi garage pop. So, the question is, what’s not to like?

Check out the delight that is ‘Too Lost In Love’. Album number two, Flowers In The Spring follows on September 7th.

Swine Tax – ‘Never Ending’

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Newcastle-upon-Tyne, DIY trio Swine Tax do a fine line in the way of classic indie/alternative inspired sounds.

While there’s no denying the trace some well worn ground, the execution is excellent; done with flair, style and much love. Their latest single ‘Never Ending’ is a case in point. Probably best summed up as a bit indie, a bit alternative rock and a bit rough around the edges – ‘Never Ending’ is a powerful rendition! Opening with some beautifully wistful posturings, lulling you in alongside an irresistible combination of catchy melodies, smart lyrics, crunchy guitar and bubbling bass, and played with energy, passion and treated with a mild but warm layer fuzz. Bubbling away in a land of sheer ’90s alt-rock/indie glory, ‘Never Ending’ is a rousing, boisterous and brilliant blast of fuzz-filled greatness.

Listen to ‘Never Ending’ below now:

Elsa Lester – ‘Pretty Bad, Man’

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Elsa Lester, aka Lisa van Kampen, is a Dutch singer/songwriter with a penchant for no-frills guitar-pop.

Working under a previous guise of Great Profile, she released debut album Stress Relief in 2017. Written, recorded and produced in her bedroom at her parent’s house, the record is 30 minutes of catchy-as-can-be fuzzed-up guitar-pop imbued with heart, soul and bouts of vulnerability.

Introducing to her new moniker, Elsa Lester has stepped out with a super new single ‘Pretty Bad, Man’ and news of a forthcoming EP, Dinner Party penned for release on July 6th through Z Tapes. ‘Pretty Bad, Man’ is three-minutes of guitar-pop perfection. It is endearingly ramshackle lo-fi, garage-indebted guitar-pop with an upbeat fizzy energy and coated in a warm layer of fuzz, and those riffs, man, they are sensational. Just sensational! An irresistibly infectious little earmworm, it will be fizzing around your head for days and days.

You can sample the delights of ‘Pretty Bad, Man’ below & remember, the EP will be out on July 6. And if the new single is to your liking, Elsa Lester’s debut album Stress Relief comes highly recommended – listen to it here.

Introducing: Laughed The Boy

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Laughed The Boy are Toronto-based indie trio comprised of brothers Chris and Sean Panacci and Brennan Hrehoruk.

Laughed The Boy began life as a vehicle for Chris Panacci to explore a love of unpretentious 90’s nostalgia. His brother Sean was quickly recruited before hitting the studio with the final piece of the puzzle set in place with the addition of bassist Brennan Hrehoruk. The result of the trio’s early endeavours was their debut LP Here is Fine; littered with easy going tunes filled with catchy melodies and fuzzy guitars, it came out in February of last year.

Laughed the Boy have kicked off what looks set to be a busy year of touring and recording a second album, with new single ‘Halfway’. The single takes the band’s signature blend of catchy melodies and fuzzy guitar, swirls it together with jangly guitar hooks and breezy vocal harmonies for an infectious blend of loose, laidback, pop-leaning slackerish indie.

You can listen to new single ‘Halfway’ and ‘Indifferent’ (a taster from their debut LP) below; with the album itself, right here.

Drens – ‘No’

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Drens are a fuzz loving garage rock / surf punk foursome from Dortmund/Cologne, Germany.

Their debut ‘Wilhelm Be Gone’ was released in January of this year and has been quickly followed by the brand new single, ‘No’. A freewheeling frenzy of energetic surfy punk-tinged indie, ‘No’ packs a hell of punch. Unleashing itself with all the energy of a coiled-up spring, wave after wave of hi-octane racy riffs, spiky guitars, snappy drums and rumbling basslines coalesce with equally springy (Zebedee-esque) vocals for a whirlwind salvo of raucous vitality. A lively, infectious and fun tune, it is a bona fide two-and-a-half minutes of punky indie gold (and the video is pretty nifty too).

Listen to ‘No’ and its predecessor ‘Wilhelm Be Gone’ below: