The last few weeks have been tough from a new music standpoint. I’ve blown through hundreds of songs and, while there have been some catchy tunes here and there, few have warranted posting. That said, here we go.
Brenda’s Friend matches a catchy guitar rift with a decidedly garage sound on House Down. Definitely a toe tapper. Melbourne’s Darling James are currently touring Australia’s east coast on the heels of their catchy indie-pop tune, The Itch. Catch them May 12, at the Workers Club in Melbourne. Sigh of Relief by Fort Frances is another addicting guitar rift driven song that could easily cross-over to mainstream rock radio. Think early Kings of Leon-ish. Portland’s (by way of Virginia) Jeff Haley occupies a quieter spectrum than Sigh of Relief, but produces music just as catchy. I’ve included Last Week here, but you should check out Lessons as well. His album Home Alone is available in all the usual places. Deluca was a surefire post the minute I heard it. Ruby Empress gives you everything you need with falsettos, sing-along lyrics and a laid back groove.
Finally, you may recognize the band You Won’t as we featured them on the site way back in 2012. That song, Who Knew, was so damn good that it remains a personal fav among the flowerhouse crew. (looking at you Pat!)
Well, flash forward to 2016 and You Won’t have a new album dropping this fall, Revolutionaries. While the three pre-released tracks might not have the immediate appeal of Who Knew, they should please the indie-folk fans out there. You can stream all three tracks at the band’s bandcamp page here. You’ll find Ya Ya Ya below along with 2012’s Who Knew just for good measure.