Soccer Mommy

Soccer Mommy

Soccer Mommy

Clean

“I’ve played music since I was six,” says Sophie Allison (aka Soccer Mommy), “and I always wrote songs just for myself. I did it for fun, posting songs on Tumblr, Bandcamp, and Soundcloud. I didn’t think anyone would notice.”

 

All that changed the summer before Allison left for college. She bought a Tascam digital recorder and began to experiment with production, pushing the quality and craft of her songs to new heights. A buzz began to grow around her Bandcamp recordings, leading to live shows and eventually a record deal, with 2017’s critically acclaimed bedroom-recorded compilation “Collection”. “I realized that I could do this full-time,” says Allison. “It was either quit school now and do it, or stop growing as an artist. It was now or never.”

 

So Allison took the plunge. She quit school, moved back home to Nashville, shifting all her focus to music. She toured with Mitski, Jay Som, Slowdive, and others, and was featured in the New York Times article ‘Rock’s Not Dead, It’s Ruled By Women’. The bedroom project of Sophie Allison is now a full-time band with a new studio-album debut, “Clean” (out 3/2). Produced by Gabe Wax (War On Drugs, Deerhunter, Beirut) and mixed by Ali Chant (Perfume Genius, PJ Harvey), “Clean” is Allison’s journey out of the bedroom and into the studio.

 

“Clean” presents Sophie Allison as a singular artist, wise beyond her years, with an emotional authenticity all her own. “It feels like my first real record,” says Allison. “It’s my first real statement.” It’s an emotional album, heavy on themes of growth, isolation and change, but balanced by a lightness of touch, and with hooks to spare. “Clean” is a true step forward for Soccer Mommy-a mature, powerful album from an artist just coming into her power.

 

“Leaning into the pet metaphor to describe her fury at being pushed to the periphery, she taps into a bitter punk attitude, but maintains a cozy indie-pop aesthetic: A charming, twisted guitar riff surfaces between every verse, and breathy multi-tracked vocals cushion the blow of her harsh words.”—Pitchfork

 

“so flippin’ good….a foot-tapper about feeling neglected in love, Sophie Allison sounds feistier, and better, than ever before.”—TheFADER

 

“a brilliant lyric about dysfunctional romance, and the melody Sophie Allison affixed it to may be even better….her vocal interacts with the music’s steady indie-rock churn as if bobbing in the current of a rolling river. As hooks (and leashes!) are meant to do, it carries you right along with it until you’re so beguiled that you’re willing to publicly identify as a fan of a band called Soccer Mommy.”—Stereogum

 

“It’s a song reclaiming agency and identity taken by another other person’s condescension, control and abuse. And as she makes this empowering demand for respect, Sophie Allison firmly establishes herself as a vital musical voice we’ll be turning to in the years to come.”–NPR (“Songs We Love”)

 

“pairs hypnotic indie-pop with an uncompromising demand for respect.”—PASTE

Listen: Soccer Mommy – “Your Dog” (clean radio edit)

Soccer Mommy – “Your Dog” (clean radio edit)

Curtis Roush

Curtis Roush

Curtis Roush

Cosmic Campfire Music

Fusing bedroom soul with the ambient expanses of shoegaze, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Curtis Roush explores love and loss away from the purview of his psych-rock comrades The Bright Light Social Hour on his New single “Real Love” off his upcoming debut solo album “Cosmic Campfire Music” (out 2/9).

 

Suffused with the 70s album rock of his Californian parents, Austin-born Curtis Roush buried himself in instruments and musical genres shifting from the metal and classic rock of his teenage years, the hardcore and post-rock of his college years, and into the expansive psychedelia as a member of The Bright Light Social Hour.

 

Reeling from the end of a relationship and the suicide of Alex O’Brien, manager of The Bright Light Social Hour and brother to band mate Jack O’Brien, Roush spent time between tours in Marfa, TX focusing on softer, more acoustic songwriting married with expansive, psychedelic production – a “quiet storm of the west.” Roush composed the songs of his debut album, “Cosmic Campfire Music”, on a laptop during fleeting moments in motels, a tour van, and his parents’ spare bedroom. A reflection of these hushed, quieter spaces, these songs conjure an existential meditation on love – how it rarely arrives, how it often leaves.

 

Working with producer Erik Wofford at Cacophony Recorders, Roush tracked the album to analog tape over one month in the winter of 2016. He played every instrument and we Know you’re going to love it as Much as we do.

 

From its calm confessions to its skyward gaze, “Cosmic Campfire Music” is a listen for hushed respite before the long struggle ahead.

 

“The shoegaze-infused ’70s rocker ‘Real Love’ sounds like a mirage but paints Roush as a realist. Describing ‘the feeling that I thought I knew,’ he invokes ‘white hot flashes’ and ‘flailing,’ all within the fabric of spacey reverbed vocal harmonies and layers of guitar that might remind you of both Fleet Foxes and the War On Drugs.” – Stereogum

Listen: Curtis Roush – “Real Love” (radio edit)

Listen: Curtis Roush – “Real Love” (radio edit)

Porches

Porches

Porches

The House

Porches’ upcoming third record “The House” (January 2018) is a conscious effort in minimalism and honesty. “Making ‘Pool’”—the band’s 2016 breakthrough record—“I learned how valuable the spirit of the demos are,” says singer Aaron Maine, “so this time I made a point of capturing a song the day it was conceived.” Because of this desire to document immediate sensations, the record’s fourteen tracks offer a series of diaristic vignettes. There are moments of emerging from fear of ego death, escaping the corporeal, the terrifying thrill of young love, and parting with the past. While these themes possibly paint “The House” in a dark light, the record is marked by an excitement at the prospect of self-discovery, and commitment to the process of getting there.

 

Though Aaron largely composes on his own, “The House” features contributions by Alexander Giannascoli ((Sandy) Alex G), Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), Maya Laner (True Blue, Porches), Kaya Wilkins (Okay Kaya), Bryndon Cook (Starchild & the New Romantic), Cameron Wisch (Cende, Porches), Jason Arce, Bea1991, and his own father, Peter Maine. As with “Pool”, Aaron brought his recorded work to Chris Coady (Beach House, Slowdive, TV on the Radio), who then mixed “The House” at his Sunset Sound studio.

 

Porches’ last album “Pool” was not only one of our absolute fave releases last year, but also gave way to Easily one of our Top 5 Live Shows of 2016. So we’re Super Excited to deliver to you the Icy and Cool new single “Find Me” as first look and listen into Aaron Maine’s (aka Porches) upcoming “The House” – out Jan 2018!

 

“he populates the song with an arrhythmic bass drum backbeat, bright keys, and a brash synthesized horn that could have been borrowed from Underworld. This sense of overarching confusion only deepens the songs uncanny magnetism.”–Pitchfork

 

“Despite its relatively chilled out exterior, boiling beneath the surface of the ’90s-tinged single are feelings of anxiety and the need to escape.”–Consequence Of Sound

 

“On ‘Find Me,’ he paints anxiety with a throbbing 90s house beat and chirping vocal blips. The accompanying video imagines a verdant search for solitude. Finding that solitary place, it seems, can evoke euphoria.”–NPR

 

“Maine ruminates on concepts of anxiety, escape and isolation.”–PASTE

Listen: Porches – “Find Me”

Porches – “Find Me”

Superorganism

Superorganism

Superorganism

Superorganism

Occasionally, along comes a band that Perfectly captures so much of what is thrilling about music right now! Superorganism is a collection of eight international musicians and pop culture junkies (London/Japan/Australia/New Zealand) whose “Something For Your M.I.N.D.” we’re frankly beginning to worry about since We Simply Can’t Stop Playing It!

 

Numbering eight in total, and recruited from London, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, Superorganism currently live together in a house/DIY studio/band HQ in East London.

 

It was in this house back in January that Superorganism had their big bang moment. Though they’d previously created music and visuals together, this was something distinctly fresh. They sent the track to their friend Orono, a Japanese student who at that time was studying at high school in Maine. Orono wrote and recorded a vocal part and pressed “reply”. What came back across the Atlantic was an intoxicating piece of idiosyncratic, technicolor pop that was “Something For Your M.I.N.D.” With that, Superorganism was born!

 

It’s unlikely at that point Superorganism would’ve expected to hear that track played on Frank Ocean or Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig’s radio shows, Or that the band’s identity would be the subject of so much speculation. Or that they would sign a deal with the legendary independent Domino label or that there’d be such demand to see the band live that their debut UK show would full London’s 700 capacity Village Underground. But over the last few months such is the trajectory of this unique band. You, my friend, are in for a treat!

 

“The new band who’ll f*ck with your brain and turn it inside out.”–NOISEY/Vice

 

“The part-pop group, part-cult, full hivemind bringing a sense of fun back to music.”–DAZED

 

“a hopelessly replayable loosie…it’s trying exactly hard enough. There’s a dramatic pause right in the middle of the hook, and it makes me grin every time.”–TheFADER

 

“The song now has a video to go along with it made up of a mix of footage that looks as gooey and eclectic as the track itself.”–Stereogum

 

“filled with cartoonish noises, a vintage sample and a killer pop chorus. A delightfully bizarre arrival.”–NME (Best Songs Of 2017 So Far)

 

“The supercool jam is woozy and head-nodding, with deep sludgy beats and a quirky, colorful chorus.”–WXPN/The Key

 

+ BBC Radio 1–Annie Mac’s “Hottest Record In The World”

 

+ Notable Fans Singing The Band’s Praises: Josh Homme, Vampire Weekend, Gorillaz, Frank Ocean

Listen: Superorganism – Something For Your M.I.N.D. (radio edit)

Superorganism – Something For Your M.I.N.D. (radio edit)

Hookworms

Hookworms

Hookworms

Microshift

Hookworms‘ anticipated third album “Microshift” (out February 2018) is a massive step forward–a shift from the band’s potent and hallmark kraut-guitar rock to delve deep into propulsive synths and electronics with further vocal focus on melody. The results are a staggering and welcome revelation.

 

Forget everything you know about Hookworms. Ok, maybe not everything; the urgency and viscera both live and on record that led the Yorkshire, England-based five-piece to prominence across two blistering full-length LPs – 2013’s “Pearl Mystic” and 2014 follow-up “The Hum”remains. However, as they return with their much-anticipated third record “Microshift”, the title of the record connotates more than just the intended nod to the audio plug-in their vocalist MJ regularly uses; it could also be an understatement of a three-year narrative that’s brought about changing circumstances, influences and subsequent evolution.

 

“Microshift” is a record that largely pulls back the dense fog of guitars and Modern Lovers-esque blasts of organ that have become Hookworms’ trademark, replaced instead by a plethora of electronics and synthesizers. New variants on their use of motorik sees drummer JN working around drum machines on many of the tracks, while an increased focus on melody is most notable in MJ’s vocal delivery, now shorn of the Space Echo that drenched it previously. “After eight years of being a band we couldn’t just make another psych rock record” says the group’s MB.

 

There’s far more to “Microshift” than just rock band going electronic however; indeed, the fact it’s here at all is a relief after a series of setbacks for the band. Most publicly, the minutiae of the US visa system caused the expensive, last minute cancellation of an American tour, while on Boxing Day 2015 the River Aire floods in Leeds devastated MJ’s Suburban Home Studio – not just the rehearsal and recording space of the band, but home to the producer’s livelihood itself. The band are quick to point out that the incredible response to a GoFundMe campaign and the subsequent help of volunteers over several months to rebuild the studio from nothing is a huge part of the band’s continued existence. Striving through this as well as relationship breakups, family illness and the death of the band’s close friend and live sound engineer, it is perhaps no surprise that the record is one of both defiance and darkness.

 

“All our records are to an extent about mental health. Largely this is an album about loss but also about maturing, accepting your flaws and the transience of intimacy.”–MJ/Hookworms

Listen: Hookworms – “Negative Space” (radio edit)

Hookworms – “Negative Space” (radio edit)

Wallows

Wallows

Wallows

Pulling Leaves Off Trees

Hot on the heels of announcing their First headlining tour beginning in January (see our tour page), Southern California trio Wallows unveil their aptly-titled-for-the season and Instant sounding New single “Pulling Leaves Off Trees”, which Just premiered on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe raving “every frame of that, absolutely love it.”

 

Despite forming less than a year back, Wallows, comprised of Braeden Lemasters, Dylan Minnette, and Cole Preston, have Quickly become a band to watch after the release of their first three tracks “Pleaser”, “Sun Tan”, and “Uncomfortable” And their raved about high-energy show. They held the #1 spot on KROQ’s Locals Only playlist, a collection of the best music coming out of LA and OC, for 2 consecutive weeks and soared to #2 on Spotify’s Global Viral 50 Chart. They’ve received critical acclaim from Entertainment Weekly, Refinery29, and NYLON, with Idolator declaring “keep an eye/ear on them.”

 

“Over time and after piecing it all together, it became a personal song about the insecurities of affection in your youth and letting it take over.”—Dylan Minnette (on “Pulling Leaves Off Trees”)

Listen: Wallows – “Pulling Leaves Off Trees” (clean radio edit)

Wallows – “Pulling Leaves Off Trees” (clean radio edit)

Mansionair

Mansionair

Mansionair

Astronaut (Something About Your Love)

Already rolling out quickly via ALT Nation’s ‘Advanced Placement’, Sydney trio Mansionair are Back with an Instant sounding new single “Astronaut (Something About Your Love)”! A genre-splitting shot from the soul and as playful as it is a sincere exploration of loneliness and distant affections.

 

At the tail end of 2016, you’ll recall Mansionair released the bristling track, “Easier,” which has now reached 13 million streams, a testament to the fan-base they’ve created in such a short period of time.  While working on their latest offering, the band collaborated with Seattle duo ODESZA on Their lead single, “Line Of Sight,” which has since climbed the Alternative and Dance/Electronic Charts and has amassed millions of streams.

 

In the last few years, Mansionair has been praised for their mesmerizing and genre-defying music from tastemakers including The Fader, Stereogum, NME, The Guardian, BBC Radio 1 and Pigeons and Planes, who declared the band an “Act To Watch.”  Soon after the band’s first release they were handpicked by CHVRCHES to open their headline tour across the USA, UK, and Europe. Mansionair went on to join Alt-J and Florence & The Machine on the road, most recently wrapping up a tour with London Grammar.

 

“We shoved a microphone deep inside a piano and recorded all the atmospheric noises that came out. Like what I imagined an astronaut felt as if he was looking back at Earth.”–Lachlan Bostock/Mansionair (on the new single)

Listen: Mansionair – “Astronaut (Something About Your Love)”

Mansionair – “Astronaut (Something About Your Love)”

Bully

Bully

Bully

Losing

Bully burst onto the scene in 2015 with their critically acclaimed album “Feels Like”. “Feel the Same” is the first share of new material as they announce their new album “Losing”. The album was engineered and mixed by lead-singer Alicia Bognanno in Chicago at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studio.

 

Fronted by Alicia Bognanno, Bully was born in 2013. Bognanno was an engineer who had cut her teeth working at Electrical Audio in Chicago. Together with guitarist Clayton Parker and Reece Lazarus on bass, they made a debut album, received unanimous critical acclaim and Bognanno became a point of intrigue. A rock icon in the making, with her signature scream, messy blonde hair hanging in her face, with formidable skills as both a player and a engineer who prefers recording to tape. The success propelled the band into an exhaustive touring cycle with spots on huge festivals such as Bonnaroo, Lollapallooza, Pitchfork Music Festival and ACL and a late night appearance on Conan.

 

While “Feels Like” tumbled headlong into the precarious nature of Bognanno’s young adult life, “Losing” is a document of the complexity of growth: navigating breakups with sensitivity, learning not to run away from your troubles but to face them no matter how messy they may be. The debut single, “Feel the Same’ is the album opener. Like an electric-shock Bognanno is back in your face tackling the angst of a young person feeling their way through the world. The song describes the prison of a manic mind-set, being trapped in your own head.

Listen: Bully – “Running” (radio edit)

Bully – “Running” (radio edit)

Black Pistol Fire

Black Pistol Fire

Black Pistol Fire

Deadbeat Graffiti

Black Pistol Fire are that Explosive duo from Austin, TX (by way of Toronto, Canada), who draw inspiration from blues, R&B and rock. Welp, the Boys Are BACK! The New single and first reveal off “Deadbeat Graffiti” is the lovestruck anthem “Lost Cause”!

 

With Kevin McKeown on guitar/lead vocals and Eric Owen on drums, Black Pistol Fire‘s gritty and dynamic performances are fueled by an undeniable musicianship. Festival vets (Lollapalooza, ACL, Bonnaroo, Sasquatch, Shaky Knees, Governor’s Ball), BPF have also shared the stage with acts as diverse as Gary Clark Jr., Weezer, Wolfmother, and Band Of Skulls.

 

“Our fifth album is a representation of our listening habits,” BPF‘s McKeown and Owen say jointly. “It has a roller coaster effect, with many different tempos and influences ranging from garage-punk, to hip-hop, soul, and everything else that we may listen to on a given day. It is meant to act like a mixtape or Spotify playlist, where the listener won’t know what’ll hit them next!”

 

“Sleep on these guys at your own risk, because what they did to BMI on Friday afternoon was unholy….leaving a trail of scorched earth and melted minds.”–Consequence Of Sound (at Lollapalooza)

 

“A power duo that can almost match the power and intensity of massive rock sounds like Led Zeppelin…definitely displayed force-and then some-in a breakout set.”–YAHOO Music

 

“The next big thing!”–Huff Post

 

“Impossible to resist.”–INTERVIEW

Listen: Black Pistol Fire – “Lost Cause”

Listen: Black Pistol Fire – “Lost Cause”

GGOOLLDD

GGOOLLDD

GGOOLLDD

Teeth

Milwaukee band GGOOLLDD‘s synth-n-guitars goodness washes over the listener abundantly on their new single “Secrets”a soaring banger that conjures wind-in-your-hair glittery romanticism while yielding the Catchiest of hooks, and we couldn’t be More excited to deliver it to you first!

 

GGOOLLDD isn’t like other bands. They formed on whim, decided to play their first show mostly as an excuse to host a killer party, and they eschew the traditional gotta-get-a-record-deal game in favor of playing a lot of shows and releasing their own material. That sense of whimsy blended with resolute autonomy is all part of the signature GGOOLLDD aesthetic. And it feeds into their sound, especially lately.

 

“I’m not going to lie, I’m great at writing a hook,” GGOOLLDD frontwoman Margaret Butler says, and is quick to point out that her bandmates are “amazing,” musicians. “But if you ask me what I do, I’m going to tell you that I’m a performer before I tell you that I’m a musician.” She pauses and cracks up. “Unless you don’t know me at all,” she continues. “Then I’m going to say I’m a musician, because if I say I’m a performer, you’re going to automatically think that I’m a stripper, which is totally ok too but not my current profession.”

 

GGOOLLDD‘s “Secrets,” their new single off the upcoming “Teeth” EP (out 12/1), is a soaring banger that conjures wind-in-your-hair glittery romanticism. Co-produced and mixed by Ben H. Allen (MIA, Animal Collective) it reflects that core tension in the band between winging it and great artistry.

 

“Ggoolldd knows how to craft earworms out of layered beats…steadily building up an impressive collection of synthpop that stands out thanks to impeccable production and catchy, danceable hooks.”–A/V Club

 

“Milwaukee, WI’s own GGOOLLDD are here to have a good time, and they plan on bringing it to ya with a heavy dose of electropop hooks.”–NYLON

 

“Fueling their imminent rise will indeed be this flawless body of work, as it features not a single blip in quality from track to track.”–Hilly Dilly

Listen: GGOOLLDD – “Secrets” (radio edit)

GGOOLLDD – “Secrets” (radio edit)