Garage Rock

II

Artist: 
The Courtneys
Label: 
Flying Nun Records

The Courtneys are a trio from Vancouver, and the first non-Kiwi band signed to New Zealand-based Flying Nun Records, famously home to The Clean and other bands of The Dunedin Sound. I'll get this out of the way: this is one of my favorite albums this year. It's an unassuming album, there isn't necessarily anything new that's being done on II that you haven't heard before, yet the album has a way of sinking it's hooks into you.

Sounds Like: 
Flying Nun Records
Sounds Like: 
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Sounds Like: 
The Clean
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
04/26/2017
Artist: 
AJ Davila
Label: 
Panoram

      AJ Davila's new single "17" has an upbeat, simplistic beach rock sound that one would hear in an Apple commercial. This is a song that you would hear right before Phoenix walks on stage to begin their set. This a song you would hear walking down Venice Beach. This is a song that you hear while competing in a surfing contest, which is why I think the song is called 17. The 5 note bassline, the simple chord progression, and the chorus chanting "hey baby hey baby hey" reminds me of surf rock. The bass is thumping on the song.

Sounds Like: 
Davila 666
Sounds Like: 
Kali Mutsa
Name: 
Brieana Sealy
Date Reviewed: 
04/05/2017
Artist: 
PWR BTTM
Label: 
Polyvinyl Record Co.

This is the most relatable song ever. We've all been there, waiting for someone to answer a text. This is the clean version, but I highly recommend listening to the original to get the full feeling of it. 

According to Wikipedia, PWR BTTM is "an American queer punk duo composed of Liv Bruce and Ben Hopkins" and they've been around for a few years.

Sounds Like: 
Bowling for Soup?
Name: 
Taylor Brestel
Date Reviewed: 
04/03/2017
Artist: 
The Black Line
Label: 
CRock Records

Formed as a one man band from Ontario Canada, the Black Line has a thrashing guitar genre that is reminiscent of the garage band genres of the 90's and 2000's. With a mix of semi-thoughtful/punk lyrics and pretty solid mixing of the song components, the Black Line has some solid punk rock tracks. No One Cares, Gemini, and more are all guitar heavy tracks that strike a consistent balance between insturmentals and vocals, which is impressive given the one-man nature of this band.

Sounds Like: 
Front Bottoms but more rock
Sounds Like: 
Green Day
Sounds Like: 
NOFX
Name: 
Brendan Bogar
Date Reviewed: 
03/20/2017
Artist: 
Meatbodies
Label: 
In the Red Records

Meatbodies' second release is a concept album that is easy to listen to and even easier to tune out. The opening track begins with the sounds of birds chirping and fades into a pleasant, but repetative guitar riff that goes on for far too long. The lyrics, although whimsical and enjoyable, show no evidence of a coherent storyline. None of the tracks truly stand out in a significant way, but all of them have an easy-on-the-ears fuzzy psychadelic rock sound.

Sounds Like: 
Allah-Las
Sounds Like: 
Syd Barrett
Name: 
Sally Lynx
Date Reviewed: 
03/08/2017
Artist: 
Hiroshima DeFX/ Spank
Label: 
Self Released

This split by Hiroshima DeFX and Spank is decent for a self released split. Personally, between the two bands, I preferred the first three songs who were by Spank. The songs had a more alternative rock sound, though rough. The first song "Youth in Ice" was the best of the three, with somewhat catchy guitar riffs. The second half of the CD, by Hiroshima DeFX was more rough and loud, which was slightly abrasive. It is not my style of music, and is a bit more hard than music that I listen to generally, but as what it is, it's not horrible.

Sounds Like: 
Garage punk rock
Name: 
Sidney Whitmire
Date Reviewed: 
12/06/2016
Artist: 
Ty Segall
Label: 
Drag City Records

Orange Color Queen is the newest single from prolific Garage Rock artist Ty Segall.

Sounds Like: 
Thee Oh Sees
Sounds Like: 
Fuzz
Name: 
Jack Maloney
Date Reviewed: 
11/30/2016
Artist: 
Turqouiz Noiz
Label: 
Related Records

Sweat Lodge is the new album by Washington based

Sounds Like: 
Jay Reatard
Name: 
Calvin Wolfe
Date Reviewed: 
11/30/2016
Artist: 
Drug Apts
Label: 
Interference Pattern Records

It's not everyday you hear about a new Sacramento band, so I was very excited to hear about this first EP from Drug Apts. The only band from Sacramento to achieve fame in the last decade is Death Grips, and while I'm sure the band would prefer that Death Grips wasn't mentioned in every press release/ review, the fact that two members of Death Grips produced the EP is kind of the hook for listeners. The good news is that this new EP removes all doubt that Drug Apts need a co-sign, their music is reason enough to check them out.

Sounds Like: 
Be Your Own Pet
Sounds Like: 
Death Grips
Sounds Like: 
other equally invalid comparisons
Name: 
Andrew Boring
Date Reviewed: 
11/28/2016