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Indie Roundup | Five New Tracks For Your Monday

Soft Cavalry, Immolation, DRMCTHR and more bring today's new goodness.

The Soft Cavalry give us a sign, Immolation go into the light, DRMCTHR head NDRNTH and more in today’s Roundup. It’s Ian Hunter’s 80th birthday! Insert your own “All the Old Dudes” joke here.

1 Do deaf people watch music videos? I never thought about it — though the way my hearing is going (there’s a good reason this site is called Tinnitist, kids), I probably should. Thankfully, The Soft Cavalry — the husband/wife duo of Steve Clarke and Rachel Goswell of Slowdive — are hear to help with their sign-language video for the song Bulletproof. SAYS THE PRESS RELEASE: “Goswell says: “For a long time now I have wanted to do a video that incorporates BSL (British Sign Language) due to my son being Profoundly Deaf with no hearing. He also has additional needs with CHARGE Syndrome that brings many added complications. I live within two worlds both Hearing and Deaf; and have learned a lot in the last nine years about the many barriers Deaf people can face in our society.” Give them a hand:

2 Need a little metal in your Monday? Immolation are only too happy to oblige. The New York death merchants just released their new video for The Distorting Light, from their latest album Atonement. If this isn’t heavy enough for you, I can’t help you. SAYS THE PRESS RELEASE: “The video was created and directed by Robert Vigna while Angelo Damanti handled the camera work as well as served as the technical advisor and equipment specialist. The band performance was filmed at Dark City Studios in Yonkers, NY.” Production credits aren’t very metal, but thanks anyway:

3 Maryland electro-rockers DRMCTHR — I would have assumed it’s supposed to be shorthand for Dreamcatcher, but they’re missing the second C, so really, your guess is as good as mine — drop their new single Underneath. I’m just happy they didn’t title it NDRNTH. I’m confused enough already. SAYS THE PRESS RELEASE: “The Baltimore trio (Chelsea Tyler, Bryan Czap, & Craig Perkins) continues to shed their skin to reveal Underneath, a raw, romantic and honest declaration of self. “We are excited to finally share Underneath with everyone. This is one of our favorite songs that we’ve written. This song speaks to the feeling of changing, but hoping that the people you love understand who you really are.” Over and out:


4 There’s no shortage of songs featuring empowering messages. New York dance-pop singer-songwriter Leah Kate’s cut Do What I Wanna Do is clearly one of them — but it has a nice lyrical twist that turns it around without losing the message. SAYS THE PRESS RELEASE: “The single narrates a secret relationship that you want to bring to light. Featuring synthy electronic beats, shimmering soundscapes and soaring vocals, the single is an electro-dance hit.” Sure, why not?

5 There is such a thing as TMI when it comes to a song, and Toronto singer-songwriter Deanna Petcoff comes close to crossing that line with the email she sent about her song Stage Lights. Thankfully, you don’t need to know any of that to enjoy this romantic pop-rocker. But I’m going to print it anyway. SAYS THE PRESS RELEASE: “I remember the exact moment I was introduced to this man. I was at a backyard concert in the muggy summer heat – the kind that is charming for the time of year. I had just broken it off with someone, and I was still trying to figure out who I was when I wasn’t with him. I was introduced to this man through a mutual friend because they were touring together. Both of them were only in Toronto for one night before flying off to the next stretch of shows. Maybe it was because of that, but something sparked between us. For one night I flirted, laughed, and pretended I was someone braver than I was. On the way home that night, Stage Lights poured out of me as a sort of what if fantasy. What if I pursued him? What would it be like to be in love with a nomad? Can you truly get to know someone when it’s long distance? Could I be a stay-at-home wife? What if we both toured and never saw each other? Would I ever be happy?” Thanks for sharing: