Sometimes when I listen to a band the thought of “wow, that was a really tight recording” pops into my head. That happened while I was listening to Asymmetrical World. Every track is just so on the spot and beautiful. There is a really nice harmony between garage rock and electro/power pop that makes Coatle quite the commodity. Its rare to find a band that does this combination well but when you do, its important to spread their music like wildfire. [Free Download] @LeahLovecat
Slim Fit Boot Cutis full of short, quick punk numbers that are sure to awaken your senses. Shrill screams and wails fill the spaces that make up the garage rock EP. Boreal Hills remind me of what the cool kids in 1955 would listen to. Let’s all get out our leather jackets and denim, hang by the bridge and listen to some rock and roll. It sounds like a good plan to me. @LeahLovecat
Brooklyn Based, Teen Girl Scientist Monthly, recently released their video for ‘New Age‘ off their album, Modern Dances. This video plays out like a mini movie and holds your attention all the way through. It’s fun. It’s poppy. What more could you possibly need? @LeahLovecat
I took to The Graham Situation so quickly. I’m always picky when it comes to more darker, gothier lo-fi so I guess you might say that I was a little apprehensive when the time came to lend my ears. With influences ranging from the Arctic Monkeys to Queen, its easy to hear little bits and pieces of their musical influences laced between their own tracks. The Voidis dark with a hopeful underlay, psychedelic lo-fi, if you may. There is an endearing quality that pulls you in and for the 40 or so minutes it takes to listen to the album, you’re pulled into your own little world. It’s a trip. @LeahLovecat
In the wake of a weird weekend emerges Roses. Sweet, sweet rock and roll is the main ingredient to their charming magic. Rosesis just that Monday morning EP you need to shake off the dust from the Friday-Sunday shenanigans you my have came across. “Influenced” by “kissing and hugging”, Roses are sure to give you the pick-me-up you need in order to float through the day. Not just float. You’re feet are never going to touch the ground, you’re going to be walking on air. @LeahLovecat
‘Lockets‘ is a track made from beguiling beauty and wonder. Synthy bedroom pop is the key factor here. As you set your eyes upon the album art, stare into the purples and oranges that make up the background, I honestly believe that it’s the music in physical form. Its kind of strange how a picture can sum up 3 minutes and 47 seconds of sound but, here you have it. This is a late night track, please play at dusk and add it to your playlist immediately. [Free Download] @LeahLovecat
Bone and Arrow are Spain’s answer to dream pop and they showcase it with Big Summer. This little EP is filled with tracks that arefolky and hazy, soothing and cool. Almost as if George Harrison had combined with The Young Veins and this was the product of their collaboration. If you’re looking for something a little lighter than garage rock but something that comes from the same roots, than this is just what you’re looking for. @LeahLovecat
This past weekend I had the superb opportunity to see Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg play at Santo’s Party House. Anyone who knows me knows how near and dear I hold the Ramones to my heart. They are easily on the same level as The Beatles (for me), it’s as if they are sacred, golden. So when I heard that one of my beloved idols were rolling into town, I immediately jumped on the bandwagon. Singing lead vocals was none other than Mr. Party Hardy himself, Andrew WK. I have never seen him perform live but I had a feeling that he would do the Ramones justice and give us all quite the experience. I was right. So very right.
As the lights dimmed in the venue and the crowd erupted into hoots and hollers, the band took the stage and bursted into ‘Rockaway Beach’. The night started to unfold as my fellow concert goers bombarded the stage, hopping up and singing the lyrics to our favorite songs. I have never in my life seen anything like it. Nobody got thrown off the stage. It seemed welcomed. It was welcomed. Girls and boys alike threw their arms around Andrew WK as he belted out the classics. ‘Sheena Is A Punk Rocker’, ‘Commando’, ‘Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio?’, ‘The KKK Took My Baby Away’, ‘Pinhead’, ‘Beat On The Brat’, ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ and even Joey Ramone’s rendition of ‘What A Wonderful World’ were just some of the few that were sung. It was literally my dream setlist.
The biggest highlight, for me, was when the band played ‘My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes To Bitburg)’. That song means so much to me. Everything about it is so in your face while remaining melodic and beautiful. I’m not kidding when I say that nearly every person in the audience at some point made their way on stage. That is a fact. It was mind blowing to witness. Not once did they get thrown off the stage by a bouncer. They danced and sang and bowed down to Marky and when they were done, jumped back into the arms of the welcoming crowd. Feet flying through the air, sweat dripping down your face as you scream “GABBA GABBA HEY”, you’re a straight up fool if you missed this show. A fool.
During the concert, a boy standing next to me leaned over and showed me his phone. He had typed out the words “I could live here”. I believe that’s how we all felt. As I looked around there were so many different faces. Young, old, every ethnicity, every gender. We were all pulled together by the music of the Ramones and that is a tie that will never and could never be torn apart. @LeahLovecat
Brooklyn heavyweights, The So So Glos, are finally hitting it big time and they have a killer single to back up their new high end status. Blowoutcontains the high energy, high fun track, ‘Son of An American’, that mentions things like freedom and ice cream. Things that summers are made of and longed for. The So So Glo’s are such a treat to see live. The crowd loves them almost as much as they love the crowd. Everyone goes absolutely crazy and sings the words to every song that gets played. If you ever make your way to Brooklyn, make sure put seeing our beloved punk rockers on your list of things to do. @LeahLovecat
Slonk Donkerson are easily one of my favorite bands in the Brooklyn DIY scene. They write the rock songs we’ve been waiting for and packaged it in an EP called, Watching Every Channel At Once. You won’t find any reverb or any hat tricks, just pure, rockin’ tunes. ‘The Shape Of Faith’ is my favorite song off the EP. It’s the perfect opener. It’s fast and contains commanding drums and potent guitars that are enough to throw you off your feet. You can feel a wave coming, this is the start of something very, very big and Slonk Donkerson are one of the bands spearheading the movement. Long live rock and roll. Long live Slonk Donkerson. @LeahLovecat
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