Hermes Release Two New Singles in April

Hermes, a group of young English chaps from the small town of Cirencester are fresh on the scene with a double A side, “Anyone Who Cares / More Love In Death” available on April 25.

“Anyone Who Cares” shares upbeat instrumentation with self conscious lyrics like “I wouldn’t know the truth if it hit me/ Wouldn’t know love until it bit me.” The synth line sparkles, the buildup to the chorus is adrenalin charging and everything culminates once the chorus sets in. The echoing backup vocals compliment the lead’s in this well rounded track.

“More Love in Death” features steady, perfectly subtle drums that is the driving beat throughout the song. The liberating message of this song, emphasized by the repeating lyric “You can let go,” is blanketed under a softer, more forlorn feeling evoked from the music and vocal style. “Anyone Who Cares” and “More Love in Death” are two distinct and significantly different tracks, when juxtaposed balance each other and show the range of capabilities from this young band.

Judging from these new singles, Hermes sounds like they’d out on an awesome live show, so let’s hope they tour the US in the near future.

Jessica 6 Releases Video and Announces Tour Dates

Trio Jessica 6 just got a huge boost today – their video for “White Horse” premiered on Perez Hilton’s highly popular blog.  The New York group will release their debut album, See the Light, on May 24th.  Meanwhile, here’s the video for “White Horse:”

If the video piques your interest, go ahead and see them tour at the following spots:

3/10: Chicago, IL @ Double Door
3/11: Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall

Matt Pond PA Announces Tour Dates and Releases Video

To support their critically acclaimed album, The Dark Leaves, Matt Pond PA has announced they are going on tour and starting in Anaheim.  Tour dates are as follows:

March 01 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s BBQ [indoors]
March 02 – Oklahoma City, OK – Conservatory
March 03 – Springfield, MO – Outland Ballroom
March 04 – Memphis, TN – Hi Tone Café
March 05 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
March 07 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
March 08 – Gainesville, FL – Common Grounds
March 09 – Ybor City, FL – New World Brewery
March 10 – Orlando, FL – Back Booth
March 11 – West Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
March 12 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
March 13 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
March 15 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
March 16 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
March 17 – Hamden, CT – The Space
March 18 – Poughkeepsie, NY – The Loft
March 19 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
March 20 – Boston, MA – Middle East [downstairs]
March 22 – Montreal, QC – La Sala Rossa
March 23 – Toronto, ON – Drake Hotel
March 24 – Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar
March 25 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean

The band has also released a video for the song, “Ruins,” which can be seen here:

Ponytail Reveals Tracklisting for New Album

Baltimore foursome Ponytail has announced the tracklisting for their third album, Do Whatever You Want All the Time.  After some personal hibernation time, the art-punkers went back into the studio to work on what they’re calling their “most sophisticated album to date.”  Tracks are as follows:

1) Easy Peasy
2) Flabbermouse
3) Honey Touches
4) Beyondersville//Flight of Fancy
5) AwayWay
6) Tush
7) Music Tunes

USF’s new album ‘Jamaica Plain EP’ Releases New Album

Male duo U.S.F. on Seattle label Highfives and Handshakes has crafted an aquatic club album, Jamaica Plain EP to be released on February 8 of this year.

“Point Break II,” whether or not is alluding to a sequel in song of the 90’s Keanu surf hit, or the reference just conjures images of surfing, but I can’t help but seeing the tops of waves arch over a surfer’s head as he/she cuts through them while this song plays.

The title track is a wonderful ADD reflection on multilayered synth with club beats, delicate melodies and psychedelia.  At first the track submerges underwater through a submarine ride of muffled wave and calming electronic effects, then forges upward into an epic stratosphere of sound. The sudden change of pace goes from chilled out oceanic grooves to heightened synth and booming bass drum determination, ending in a euphoric catharsis. It is truly a story told in sonic tropes.

“Greywolf” is one of two tracks with any vocals, and they are a Thurston Moore-ish fuzzy dictation.

All four tracks including “Branss” which has a M.I.A. base dance beat and helium infused sporadic vocals are all heady ambient pieces that make for an interesting EP that piques many moods.


STRFKR to Release Sophomore Album in March

Who knew death could be so danceable? This is the realization gained after learning that badass synth explosion of pop you’ve been dancing to contains a major theme on Starfucker’s second album: death. It seems the joke is on the consumer of Reptilians, to be released on Polyvinyl in March.

“Bury Us Alive” is the single available for download off the new album. It’s light and effervescent musically with a delightful synth line and silky vocals a la The Dandy Warhols who coincidentally share producer Jacob Portrait with Reptilians’. “Death to set me free” is the line that leads into the exhilarating, hyperactive chorus on “Bury Us Alive,” lending itself to a “live life like the next day is your last” spirit.

It’s a good thing after playing with other band names that they stuck with Starfucker, as it’s immensely fun to say and encompasses that glam party chasing lifestyle inherit in their sound.