Combo Chimbita shine, Philthy Animal Taylor returns, Tremendous hit back and more in today’s Roundup. Sometimes less is more.
1 Welcome to the jungle. And the seashore. And the underground punk club. It’s not as impossible as it sounds. You don’t have to be in three places at once. You just have to listen and watch Colombian-rooted, New York-based tropical futurist outfit Combo Chimbita’s avant-groovy Brillo Más Que El Oro (La Bala Apuntándome). Having your own shamanic headgear and folding mirror probably wouldn’t hurt either. SAYS THE PRESS RELEASE: “For us it has always been important to work with artists in different mediums,” explained bassist Prince of Queens regarding the video’s origins. “Working with director Beatriz Santiago Muñoz in Puerto Rico was something really natural despite not knowing each other previously; there was already a connection between our art. It’s also important to us to search for connections and collaborations with Latin American artists. This video opens the door to the next chapter of our saga, Ahomale, and marks a new beginning in our artistic exploration.” Vamos:
2 Even death cannot silence Philthy Animal Taylor. The former Motörhead drummer played his last double-bass beat in 2015 — but next month he’ll reclaiming his hard-rock throne with the release of his band Little Villains’ long-lost album Philthy Lies, recorded back in 2007. Time-travel back to those heady days with the video for their latest single Running Around. Admittedly, it doesn’t pack the same speed-demon wallop as Taylor’s old band — as if anything could. But it’s still nice to hear from him again. SAYS THE PRESS RELEASE: “A feel good summer hit featuring vintage riffing and tales of hopeless devotion delivered with the unmistakable classic backbeat of Philthy Animal Taylor!” That’s the way I like it, baby:
3 Romantic obsession and jealousy don’t end well. Especially not for the poor guy who stars in the video for Open For Closing, the latest clip from Birmingham glam-rock revivalists Tremendous. The classic slice of radio-ready pop-rock is the third sneak peek at their upcoming Gavin Monaghan-produced album Relentless, due to smack you upside the head in the fall. SAY THE PRESS RELEASE: Nothing: They didn’t send one. Though they did say they’ve “had loads of nice reviews in magazines, newspapers, extensive radio play — WolfMan Radio’s Record Of The Week, Mike Rogers Show in Tokyo, Amazing Radio, No.3 on Banks Radio Chart. Planet Rock + #1 on Pop Radio RIA Chart to name a very few.” Good for them:
4 Absence might make the heart grow fonder. But for Illinois electronica duo Turning Jewels Into Water, a remix of their debut album Map of Abscences track Dark Waters Rushing In by Slikback makes the art grow odder. Judge for yourself. SAYS THE PRESS RELEASE: “Slikback comes heartily recommended by the crew that operates the Kampala, Uganda-based Nyege Nyege Tapes record label.” Well, in that case: