Indie Roundup | 37 Songs To Keep You In Line This Tuesday (Part 2)

Nanowar Of Steel, Korzus, Hurricane On Saturn and more acts you need to hear.

Nanowar of Steel do the robot, Korzus aren’t going to take it any more, Hurricane On Saturn drop crumbs, Sleep Walker go the distance — and you should definitely see your Tuesday Roundup through if you’re a New York Dolls fan. Get it while it’s hot.


19 | Nanowar Of Steel | Gabonzo Robot (ft. Dr. Pira)

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “With their recent comeback to metal after temporarily transforming into a pop boy band, Nanowar Of Steel are back with their beloved brand of comedy-infused heavy metal, taking their fans on a journey through the roots of their beautiful homeland of Italy on their new album Italian Folk Metal, out July 2. New single Gabonzo Robot is a joyful power metal anthem dedicated to the popular Japanese cartoon series. The video was made by Dr. Pira, who also conceived Gabonzo Robot as one of the characters of his surreal comic collection “I fumetti della gleba.”

20 | Korzus | You Can’t Stop Me

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Korzus reflect on the effects of bullying on the new single You Can’t Stop Me. The legendary thrash metal band from São Paulo will causes chills in the listener with a track that carries a strong message about human conduct. The concept of the video was developed together with the renowned director Leo Liberti.”

21 | Hurricane On Saturn | Crumbs

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Hurricane On Saturn are a new project launched in 2019 by Italian musicians named Dakm, Maydx, Antares, Rastaban and Marakk. Their unclassifiable sound is based on a unique use of electronics combined with rock, rap, post-hardcore and crossover influences. They released their first album Killing Field in 2020. Hurricane On Saturn are currently working on new singles to be published in the next months.”

22 | Sleep Walker | Distance

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Grand Rapids band Sleep Waker will release their second album Alias on July 23. The band just shared the video for the first single.Distance is about loss — more specifically, losing someone very close to you,” says vocalist Hunter Courtright. “For me, it’s about witnessing my grandfather struggle with dementia. His passing really hit me and it was a very hard and emotional experience. I immediately knew I needed an outlet for that feeling and started working on the lyrics that eventually turned into Distance.”

23 | Flotsam & Jetsam | Brace For Impact

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Speed/thrash metal legends Flotsam And Jetsam have released some of the finest works of their career in the past 10 years. Brace For Impact, the new (and final) single to precede their upcoming album Blood In The Water, continues this fine tradition in impressive fashion. Slated for a release on June 4, Blood In The Water shreds the listener’s ears and pummels Flotsam & Jetsam’s message into the hearts of the most diehard metal fans. These 12 brutal and powerful tracks feature the outstanding guitar work of Michael Gilbert and killer vocals by Eric AK.”

24 | Murray McLauchlan | A Thomson Day (for Tom Thomson)

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Order of Canada recipient and 11-time Juno-winning artist Murray McLauchlan challenged himself to look within for issues pertaining to systemic racism, privilege, and economic disparity on his landmark 20th album Hourglass, releasing July 9. Hourglass bears many of the trademarks of other McLauchlan albums, including powerful folkand country flavored songs of a personal, philosophical and topical nature. But this time around, the composer has refined his prose, distilling narratives down to their bare essentials. “I tried to make the compositions simple and accessible, like children’s songs for adults,” says McLauchlan. “I’ve never tried that before. I’m pushing 73 now and I still feel I’m getting better at what I do.” He adds: “Every album is a little different journey. You go where the muse leads you.”

25 | David Ferguson | Knocking Around Nashville

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:David Ferguson’s name comes up frequently when one starts to dig into who’s behind Nashville’s most revered recordings of the last 40 years. A Grammy-winning recording engineer, studio owner, composer, and collaborator with the likes of Johnny Cash, John Prine and Sturgill Simpson, there’s one thing Ferguson has never been called up until now: A recording artist. That’s all about to change with his upcoming, star-studded release. Out Sept. 3, Nashville No More finds Ferguson exiting the control room and entering the spotlight with a self-produced 10-song collection that’s no greenhorn debut album, but a long-marinated reveal of a warm and familiar voice of a generation. Today, fans were treated to the sweet fiddle and steel waltz of Knocking Around Nashville. The Pat McLaughlin-penned song has swirled around in Ferguson’s mind for a couple of decades now. “I’ve known this song since I recorded the first demo on it in the mid-’90s,” he says. “It just seems to become more relevant with every day that passes.”

26 | Maple Glider | Baby Tiger

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Maple Glider shares Baby Tiger, from her forthcoming album To Enjoy Is The Only Thing, out June 25. The delicate track finds Maple Glider awash with apathy and backed by a nylon string guitar and piano reminiscent of Erik Satie’s Trois Gymnopédies. Watch her flatmate’s cat Coriander protectively care for her in the grainy, retro-feeling video. She elaborates: “Baby Tiger was written soon after I’d returned home from Brighton. I was really struggling with my mental health, but I was going out and kind of using dating as a distraction from dealing with it. It never really worked. I’d just end up feeling worse when I was alone. Coriander hates closed doors. She’ll always want to know what you’re doing on the other side. It kind of became comforting to hear her scratch at my door. It was something that felt constant and unwavering and regular at a time when I was a bit vacant. Her energy made me feel lighter … Even though I was in a bad place when I wrote it, there is an element of hopefulness.”

27 | Peter Drucker and Alyssa Messina | Pathetic

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Based out of Toronto, singer-songwriter Peter Drucker creates melodies with infectious enthusiasm, while his lyrical intensity offers glimpses into his mind. “Each song tries to say something. If people don’t talk about it, don’t respond, then it’s back to square one,” says Drucker. “Every day, I wake up excited, sketching a little bit closer to whatever that truth is.” His new single Pathetic is a powerful pop duet with Alyssa Messina that feels like a conversation had between two people that were spending too much time together, worried that they might be suffocating one another.”

28 | BC Camplight | I’m Alright In The World

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Following widespread acclaim for last year’s album Shortly After Takeoff, BC Camplight returns with the single I’m Alright In The World. Brian Christinzio (aka BC Camplight) says: “This song title is taken from a mantra I’ve used for years to bring myself down from my emotional boiling point. I turned the mantra into a song and for the first time in my career I’ve created something that speaks to me, reminding me to breathe and be alright in the world … even if that world is on fire.”

29 | Kelly McMichael | I Missed Out On Everything

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Kelly McMichael is known for her commanding vocals, classic songwriting, and unique ability to conduct powerful musical forces whether making bedroom beats, rocking a Gibson SG or serenading softly on the piano. She has fronted Renders, Thelma & Louise, and The Gloss and Rouge. Her debut album Waves displays a wide range of rock sounds and marks a transition from the electronic-based Renders. It has taken years to find the right circumstances to bring these arrangements to life, and she finally found them by the ocean with the support of engineer, co-producer and drummer Jake Nicoll (The Burning Hell), and multi-instrumentalists Maria Peddle and Sarah Harris (Property) from St John’s. She says: “After years of experience and searching for the right pieces, I’ve created a collection of my best songs played with my favourite musicians infused with the magical energy on this whacky and amazing island of Newfoundland. It’s a celebration of resilience, marked by this ridiculous cover photo of me — tired and proud on a cranky horse, smelling the salty air, wondering what magical surprises are in my future, remembering the golden fields of my rural Ontario past.”

30 | Laura Nyro | Wedding Bell Blues (Live In Japan)

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “The world will get two sets of rare Laura Nyro music over the next few months: Trees of the Ages: Laura Nyro Live in Japan and the never-before-issued Go Find the Moon: The Audition Tape. A member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Nyro not only wrote songs that became hits for artists like 5th Dimension, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Three Dog Night and Barbra Streisand, but has been cited as a major influence by artists as varied as Kate Bush, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Cyndi Lauper, Todd Rundgren, Broadway composer Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked) and countless others. Born in the Bronx in 1947, she left us far too soon, at age 49 following a bout with ovarian cancer. Trees of the Ages: Laura Nyro Live in Japan will be released July 16.”

31 | Almost Owen | State Of Mind

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Independent recording artist and producer Almost Owen announces the release of his boom-bap-sing-rap single State Of Mind. This deep-felt ode to the absurdity of the moment is available today. Almost Owen describes State Of Mind as “a from-the-gut attention deficit disorder meditation on life in 2021.” Featuring groovy drums, catchy guitar riffs, and a raw and high energy vocal, AO cheerfully satirizes the world and his own place in it. The result is irresistible, and liable to have you hitting the repeat button.”

32 | Everything But The Everything | Blue Sun (ft. Olivia Barchard)

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Bay area songwriter, producer and notable concert promoter Izzy the Gent has announced a new single via his project Everything But The Everything. Blue Sun features guest vocals by SF vocalist Olivia Barchard, who is known for her bands Moon Museum and Breakdown Valentine. The indie track soars with a strong ’90s-driven sound soaked in echoes of guitar, Izzy’s distinct bass stylings and Barchard’s powerful voice. Izzy reflects: “Olivia and I have played shows together and shared several bills over the years in the San Francisco music scene. When I listened to Moon Museum’s recent release, I was floored. I had to reach out to her and ask if she would be interested in a collaboration. She agreed, and we got to work right away.”

33+34 | Risingfall | Rock Fantasy + Far Britannia

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Japanese old-school heavy metal band Risingfall just released their new single Rock Fantasy b/w Far Britannia.”

35 | Johnny Thunders | Personality Crisis

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Johnny Thunders is a true punk legend. He shot to stardom as a founding member of the iconic New York Dolls, then went on to form and lead The Heartbreakers. Thunders sadly lost his life in 1991 at the age of 38, but his legacy lives on to this day. The upcoming live album Cosa Nostra: Live At The Mudd Club 1983 Gothenburg includes a version of the Dolls’ Personality Crisis. The band features guitarist Henri Paul Tortosa, bassist Billy Rath on bass, and Dolls drummer Jerry Nolan.”

36 | The Culture Industry | 141

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:The Culture Industry are an Australian punk-grunge band from the sunny South Coast of NSW. Based in Wollongong, these larrikins have been kicking around since 2014. Today they’re back with the single 141, another emotionally charged track. 141 demonstrates navigating the paranoia of life’s crossroads and how each path has its own trauma. Choices that we make can break a mortal mind if not done wisely. Which life will you choose?”

37 | Songs From The Road Band | Amarillo Blue

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Amarillo Blue is the latest in a string of singles being released ahead of Songs From the Road Band’s forthcoming album. Sung by mandolinist Mark Schimick and anchored by the group’s trademark tight harmonies, Amarillo Blue offers a fresh perspective on a classic breakup tale. “The road is a common theme in bluegrass music,” says Charles R Humphrey III, Songs From the Road Band’s bandleader and bassist. “It’s something every musician experiences — the long nights, the time away from home, the drives out to meet the band … Amarillo Blue explores these themes and the effects the road can have on a relationship.”