Back in October Detroit’s Toeheads recorded a pretty spot-on session of Misfits covers and that should tell you what you need to know about these guys. They play hook-laden, blown-out garage punk and on their new single ‘Frozen Treats/Glass Head‘ they take a slight detour and blast out a couple of ‘Melted-era’ Ty Segall proto-punk ravers for your summer drunk fest.
The end result of The Reflectors’ musical recipe is how I like to consume power-pop; jangly guitars, sweet pop hooks, and a sing-along chorus. The latest single ‘All Made Up‘ is a polished gem of classic 70s style power-pop along the lines of Shoes and The Records. The band released an excellent album of the same last year and should be on your radar if love power-pop.
It seems these days you can’t throw a rock without hitting some wicked band out of Australia. Don’t get me wrong, The Amenta are not new, they were formed in 2000 but it’s been a while since we’ve heard from them. ‘Revelator‘ finds the black metal merchants in fine form, forging 9 tracks of blackened metal with hints of ambient and post-punk. Drop the needle on this one and watch as it sucks all of the air out of the room with its heaviness.
BELLE PHOENIX AND THE SUBTERRANEAN SEA
Somewhere in a room with Shivaree, Jim White, The Handsome Family, PJ Harvey, and Nick Cave sits Belle Phoenix, absorbing through osmosis the gothic darkness of those artists. This album came out of nowhere for me with its set of dark-winged tracks and much like her roots, (she’s from Australia but has spent time in New York, UK, and Finland) the music here doesn’t stay in one place. Her voice is stunningly versatile and like her influences, the lyrics are poetic.
Toronto trio Deadwolff takes a no-frills approach to their rock and roll drawing on late 70s/early 80s hard rock like Motörhead and The Rods. It all works for me and their debut 5-track EP is a feast of riffs and testosterone-fueled lyrics with the rawness of the Tygers of Pan Tang’s ‘Wildcat‘. Throw this on your Party Hard playlist and Giv’er!