Thanks to the inexplicable popularity of my Submit Music page, I always have a digital backlog of albums, EPs, singles and videos awaiting my perusal. Here are the latest submissions that caught my ears and eyes. As usual, it’s a pretty eclectic lineup, with rock, pop, punk, hip-hop, and plenty more in the mix. The one thing they have in common: Any of them could easily be your new favourite artist. And if they are, I’ve included Bandcamp links wherever possible so you can buy the music straight from the source. Tell ’em I sent ya. And if you’ve got something I need to hear, send it my way. If I think you’re half as good as you think you are, I just might include you next time.
THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Pulling inspiration from the weirdest depths of post punk, krautrock, prog and thunderous doom, Klämp inject elements of noise rock and horrific low end into the mix, all while kneeling at the altar of the riff. As a result, their latest album Hate You is a strange cacophony. The album owes as much to the cynical, abrasive punk of luminaries Wire and PiL as it does to heavyweights like Black Sabbath and Iron Monkey. First single An Orb is a psychedelic ode to floating spheres, while the second missive No Nerves is the sound of Mark E. Smith fronting Eyehategod at a house show in Leeds in 2005. Hate You was recorded in March 2020 in London as the world went on lock down with Covid19. Capturing the palpable tension in the air, Hate You would make a fitting soundtrack to the apocalypse. Klämp is Jason Stöll (Sex Swing, Twin Sister, Mugstar, Bonnacons of Doom), Greg Wynne (Manatees) and Lee Vincent (Pulled Apart By Horses, Concentration Champ).”
Trevor & The Jones
THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Trevor & The Jones are an indie psychedelic folk punk alternative garage hard rock and roll headphone-music band that coagulated in Las Vegas, in early 2012 when Chris and Trevor were introduced by the spirit animal of the band. They began playing acoustic shows and plotting the formation of a whole band. That would happen with the addition of Joe. Their debut album There Was Lightning was released to rave reviews from local publications. Take You to Stay, their second album, built on the guitar-driven sound of the first with a plethora of new noises and more catchy yet left-of-the-dial-field rock and roll. Get It! is a three-song EP.”
THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Labasheeda make intelligent but not emotionless, angular rock music; it’s a brooding sound with touchstones in the post rock (some gorgeous violin playing in parts) and post-hardcore camps. Singer Saskia van der Giessen deliers forlorn, almost romantic vocals which sound all the more sharp set to a back ground of foreboding guitar chimes. After five years, the Amsterdam art-punk band have finally released their album Status Seeking. The LP contains 12 songs in which the group as usual shows its versatile side; hardcore is interspersed with a string quartet, dissonance with accessible melodies. In the near future, Labasheeda hope to be performing on stage again, with a new line-up consisting of Saskia (vocals, guitar, violin), Arne Wolfswinkel (guitar), Renato Cannavacciuolo (bass) and Jan Tromp (drums).”
Short Wave + Stubborn EPs
THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Porland, Maine’s Süpernørmål are happy to announce the symul-release of two EPs, Stubborn and Short Wave — because, why not? Stubborn is two songs written and recorded while coping with the abrupt isolation of quarantine, captured after they finished their first labor of love, the four-song vinyl, Short Wave. Says bandmember Eric Eaton: “We try to channel music from a parallel universe, but it feels like we’ve all been thrust into that place. What started as songs stolen from a rift in space/time, now seems like the soundtrack to an escape attempt.”
THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Deepfake Moneybomb is a singer-songwriter from New York. This is not your typical singer-songwriter music — it’s accessible but off-kilter and veers off into surprising directions. The “folk” feel of these songs is anchored by acoustic guitar and dulcimer, while embracing instrument combinations that include clarinet, vibraphone as well as some electronic sound. The songs on this record are strange little works of art that are drawn from the search for something of substance and meaning amid all the chaos everywhere. Here are examples of the “WTF?” songs on this album:
• First, why put out an album at all during a pandemic, when there are limited opportunities to perform the songs? The World Won’t Let Me Believe is why — it’s an unabashedly sincere, perhaps even corny, anthem for our times.
• You might think the song Existential Dread would be a depressing slog in neurotic self-indulgence, but instead it’s a sparking, sprightly, dulcimer-driven waltz.
• And when was the last time you heard a song about quantum mechanics? Look no further than Super Colliders which gives a shout-out to physicist Erik Verlinde while tossing in some William Blake for good measure.”