Garage Rock

Artist: 
Fiddlehead
Label: 
Run For Cover Records

Fiddlehead is a side project from Basement’s guitarist Alex Henery. The band hailing from Boston recently released their first full length album, “Springtime and Blind”. They are signed to Run For Cover Records, which is one of my favorite labels, with bands like Pinegrove and Camp Cope in their arsenal. This album was solid, but it just felt like an underwhelming Basement album. Both have similarly sounding lead singers, and sonically are very similar with their layered guitars and punchy bass.

Sounds Like: 
Basement
Sounds Like: 
Supercrush
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2018
Artist: 
no thank you
Label: 
Lame-O Records

Since joining KAMP, I have been exposed to so much music it’s fantastic. Not only have I been introduced to genres that I had known very little about prior, such as jazz, but I have dived deeper into alternative music. This includes being introduced to many females fronted alternative bands. Although there is a disproportionate amount of all male/male fronted bands, that hasn’t stopped me from finding some great groups spanning the entire alternative spectrum.

Sounds Like: 
The Hotelier
Sounds Like: 
Soccer Mommy
Sounds Like: 
Camp Cope
Sounds Like: 
Hop Along
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
04/16/2018
Artist: 
Uranium Club
Label: 
Sunbelt Chemical Corporation

Uranium Club is a punk band from Minnesota and they bring a punchy energy to this live album that was recorded in Italy. In recent months, I have found several excellent bands that have originated from Minnesota; this includes both contemporary bands like Remo Drive, and Hippo Campus, and other bands like Dillinger Four and Hüsker Dü. The concurrent theme being unique and solid punk bands stem from Minnesota, however I don’t know if there is a correlation. Uranium Club isn’t breaking any ground with this live album though.

Sounds Like: 
Hüsker Dü
Sounds Like: 
Dillinger Four
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
04/09/2018
Artist: 
Naked Giants
Label: 
New West

Naked Giants is a garage rock band from Seattle Washington with tons of personality. Their album, Sluff, is a fast-paced, roller coaster ride into the garages of America. Naked Giants delivers on this album with gritty production, energetic performances all around, and songs that will make you want to mosh and bob your head. Their sounds remind me a lot of the rawness found in Nirvanas Bleach as well as Car Seat Headrest. The pedal to the metal sound is broken up with sound like Slow Dance II, which delivers a dynamic yet punchy track.

Sounds Like: 
Nirvana (Bleach)
Sounds Like: 
Car Seat Headrest
Sounds Like: 
The Buttertones
Sounds Like: 
The Doors
Name: 
Michael Jepson
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2018
Artist: 
Chemtrails
Label: 
self produced

    This album has a strong sense of garage punk rebellion. This London Ladies rocking out the house with boots and neo-spiritual witch tendencies. Partners in crime both in music and life.

Sounds Like: 
Rip it Off
Sounds Like: 
All I Wanna Do
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
02/28/2018
Artist: 
Chemtrails
Label: 
self produced

    This album has a strong sense of garage punk rebellion. This London Ladies rocking out the house with boots and neo-spiritual witch tendencies. Partners in crime both in music and life.

Sounds Like: 
Rip it Off
Sounds Like: 
All I Wanna Do
Name: 
Ellery Page
Date Reviewed: 
02/28/2018
Artist: 
Vundabar
Label: 
Gawk Records

Vundabar's third album definitely did not disapoint me. I had not listened to this band before picking up this CD, despite having heard their name quite a few times. When I heard that the band sounded similar to Hockey Dad, which is a personal favorite, I decided to give it a spin and I added the songs "Acetone" and "Tonight I'm Wearing Silk" to my personal playlists the second or third time listening to them. The album has a definite garage rock tone, with a little bit of harder guitar and is overall chock full of bangers. 

Sounds Like: 
Hockey Dad
Sounds Like: 
LVL UP
Name: 
Chloe Hislop
Date Reviewed: 
02/26/2018
Artist: 
The Pack A.D.
Label: 
Cadence Music

"Dollhouse" by The Pack a.d. is a garage rock album that has songs with a range of emotions. While all of the songs have heavy guitar sounds and simple drum beats, the album has a fair amount of variety in terms of the emotions it brings out. This album is worthwhile because of this balance between consistency and variety. For example, the opening song "Woke Up Weird" is heavy with gritty vocals. The following song "$" has clearer vocals with a fun "ooh-ahhh" song to it.

Sounds Like: 
The Kills - if Alison Mosshart had a lower voice
Sounds Like: 
Deap Valley - both are powerful female duos in rock
Name: 
Alli Gilbreath
Date Reviewed: 
11/14/2017

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
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