Indie Roundup | 52 Songs That Will Light Your Fire This Thursday (Part 1)

Wavy Trees, Jack Dalton, Man On Man, Corvair and more acts to get it started.

Wavy Trees have cabin fever, Jack Dalton & the Cactus Boys hang ten, Man On Man get stohned, Corvair head back to the seaside — and your hefty Thursday Roundup is just getting warmed up. Sit your ass down and listen up:


1 | Wavy Trees | I Wanna Go Out

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “If Wayne’s World and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure had a house party, L.A.’s Wavy Trees would be playing in the back yard. With their debut track I Wanna Go Out, they declare themselves to the world with the perfect anthem for the pent-up frustration so many are feeling. Wavy TreesZack Smith explains: “Originally, the song was titled Don’t Wanna Go Out — but it made no sense after the pandemic hit, so we changed the chorus lyric & then it made perfect sense. We are basically just talking about the frustration of being stuck inside our own cages … And stuck in our heads — the thoughts that hold us back from our full potential as humans. Sometimes the only thing holding us back are on own selves, and we need to shake that loose and just go for it.”

2 | Jack Dalton & the Cactus Boys | ¡Ten Cuidado!

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Summer’s coming early! Just in time, Jack Dalton & the Cactus Boys have announced their debut EP Milkshake Robbery to usher in the warm time of the year. With the season almost upon us, one hopes that the world will get back on track. After a really quiet live year, nevertheless, a good balance for the four guys from Kiel and Hamburg, who have been working on Milkshake Robbery, out on April 30.”

3 | Man On Man | Stohner

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Man On Man’s self-titled debut album is due out on May 7. The new project from Joey Holman and Roddy Bottum (Faith No More, Imperial Teen) is infused with indie-rock distortion and soaked in gay pop confidence, while still maintaining the acerbic and pure sense of humor they both share. Today, the band released the album cut Stohner, a shoegaze jam laced with durgy guitars and heartfelt lyrics alongside a riveting video directed by Brendan McGowan. “We wrote Stohner as a way to shake off the dust of paranoia from the first stages of quarantine,” share the band. “We aimed to make something bold and performative, giving our listeners a world that’s familiar while showcasing new sounds and visuals. Stohner is a reckoning; it’s an exit from isolation into togetherness.”

4 | Corvair | Oceansided

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Corvair, the Portland “super duo” of Brian Naubert and Heather Larimer, present the video for Oceansided from their self-titled debut album. Larimer says, “Oceansided is a triumphant power pop anthem about optimism, written by two natural cynics. The song is a shimmering cocktail of soft/hard juxtapositions: taut ’70s guitars vs spacey synths, muscular analog percussion vs puffy electronic beats, and lushly layered boy/girl multi-part harmonies.”

5 | The Antikaroshi | Requiem for Rolf Schulze

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “German avant/post-rock trio The Antikaroshi are preparing for the April release of their fifth LP Extract.Transform.Debase. Today, a video for its heartfelt and deeply motivated first single Requiem for Rolf Schulze has been issued. It was inspired by quite an intense story. The song is the band’s eulogy written for a homeless man who was murdered in 1992 by a group of three neo-Nazis. Custom-fit for fans of Fugazi, Unwound, Drive Like Jehu, Quicksand and Lungfish, Extract.Transform.Debase was recorded, mixed, and mastered in the autumn of 2020.”

6 | Larry Pink The Human | Eleven11_GTR_Song

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “U.K. alt-pop band Larry Pink The Human share their track Eleven11_GTR_Song, a thumping statement of intent in the form of hook-heavy power pop. Eleven11_GTR_Song is an anthemic shot of vulnerability which lays its foundations upon the truism that all of us are reliant upon the support of those around us; a declaration of faith in humanity at a time when the world feels more polarized than ever before. “If the last year has shown us anything it’s that we can live without many things, but to be away from our closest companions is the biggest challenge of all,” they share. “We wanted to write about the ones that are with us and the ones that are not, and show how much we appreciate them. When it’s all said and done, everybody needs someone.”

7 | Seething Akira | Ded (ft. Stu Sarre)

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Seething Akira have released their video for Ded, the latest single release leading into this Pompey crossover band’s new album Dysfunctional Wonderland on April 16. Innovators and outstanding performers, Seething Akira are an award-winning U.K. band known for infusing rock, electronic dance music and drum and base with shredding metal guitars and commanding vocals.”

8 | Northlane | Clockwork

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Northlane, Australia’s chart-topping and award-winning metal band, have released their latest single Clockwork. Frontman Marcus Bridge explains: “Clockwork reflects the pressures and anxieties I felt as we jumped back into writing after an uninspiring year. I always want to push myself creatively but with life on hold and with no end in sight, I felt empty and lonely, running out of time as our self-imposed deadline approached.” A frantic and pulsating fever dream, Clockwork sees Northlane build on the foundations they laid with their award-winning album Alien, while continuing to smash through all boundaries and expectations.”

9 | Witherfall | The Unyielding Grip of Each Passing Day

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Witherfall have released a video for The Unyielding Grip of Each Passing Day, showcasing the stellar technical qualities of the individual members of the band — in particular Marco Minnemann and Anthony Crawford. Witherfall approach music more like a classical composer than a common metal band. Sometimes the ideas for a composition span more than one song. A good example is the three-song Curse of Autumn suite which contains The Unyielding Grip of Each Passing Day.”

10 | The Bloody Hell | When You’re Gone

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Halifax’s The Bloody Hell have a new full-length in the works to follow their award-nominated 2018 self-titled debut, and as they work on the sophomore release, they are sharing a video for the single When You’re Gone. The song is a glimpse of what’s to come from the forthcoming, yet-to-be-titled second album. It’s a dark love song that finds hope in a horrible situation, musically reflected with the grit and aggression of classic punk rock but with pop undertones of earworm melodies.”

11 | Juliet Ruin | Might

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “With all their Might, Edmonton’s Juliet Ruin spent most of 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic writing new music. They were originally planning to just release one single for 2021, but as true musicians, the creative juices kept on flowing and the end result is the band’s new EP Dark Water, due out Friday. In celebration, they share the video for the closing track. They say: “Might is a rising from the ashes anthem that goes out to everyone dealing with their own personal hell, especially in these current times.”

12 | Endseeker | Count The Dead

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “On April 16, Endseeker will release their new album Mount Carcass. For a preview, here’s a lyric video for the single Count The Dead. Endseeker say: “With great concerns, we’re noticing the growing civil unrests and social division on a global scale. We constantly get confronted with violence and injustice in the media, witnessing the increasing decline of conversation powerlessly. We are aware that stability is not a given condition while autocratic and anti-democratic tendencies are on the rise, also in our system. How much longer can we live in peace when the community and constitutional principles are getting pushed further back constantly? Countless leaders and despots undermining democratic values have contributed to the negative global changes over the years. Hate spreads further and further, like a cancer, as we speak.”

13 | Jet Jaguar | No Surrender

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Mayan power metal powerhouse Jet Jaguar planned to release a video for their larger than life track No Surrender a while back, but like everything else in this world, things became complicated due to Covid–19. Filming became impossible and production came to a hault. After some time, opportunity presented itself again and Jet Jaguar pounced. Formed in 2014, the Cancún band’s name was partially inspired by the jaguar, a sacred animal for the Mayan civilization and for the areas they used to inhabit.”

14 | Social Disorder | Windy Road

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Social Disorder are led by the multi-talented Anders LA Rönnblom — best known as the founder and songwriter from Killer Bee and X-Romance as well as a member of Wolfpakk. The international lineup on his upcoming album includes Tracii Guns, Rudy Sarzo, Jeff Duncan, Dave Stone, Snowy Shaw, Shawn Duncan and Leif Ehlin, to name a few. Today Social Disorder release a first single and opening track Windy Road, an intense and driving ballad. “It’s about finding your way in this harsh world”, Rönnblom explains. “This song is about failure and getting back up to make your dreams come true.”

15 | Sober Truth | Dizygotic Twins

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Groove metallers Sober Truth just released their single Dizygotic Twins as the harbinger of their upcoming sixth album, set to arrive on Sept. 11. Mastermind SchrammStein says: “Single-born twins are lifelong in a permanent numbness towards the feelings of other people … So many situations in life were shaped by the longing for the other and so many decisions were made in a certain way because the other was missing. What heals is the regained inner contact with our deceased twin.”

16 | Manimal | Forged In Metal

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Swedish power metal force Manimal have released the single Forged In Metal, from their upcoming album. It seems Manimal’s goals have always been to write songs that they love and believe in. “The challenge is to make a song with strong hooks without being too predictable. It`s just a bonus when we realize that people around the world seem to have the same good taste in music that we have,” frontman Samuel Nyman said. Blessed with such diverse talents and like all of their previous albums, Manimal once again produced the upcoming record themselves. “Mainly because we like to have full control of the production. We’re control freaks to the bone and the thought of putting our creations into the hands of an external producer simply scares us.”

17 | Shade Of Sorrow | No Return

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “The frozen soil of the North has brought to life a new embodiment of Finnish darkness, gloom and beauty. After working in the background for mighty Wolfheart, it is time for Mika Juhani Kankainen to step into the spotlight with his own solo project Shade Of Sorrow. Debut single No Return, out today, is the first of series of singles to be released during 2021. The video and song were produced by Finnish metal mastermind Tuomas Saukkonen, who calls Kankainen “relentless, talented and strong like a bear. Truly my kind of an artist.”