17 New Songs Out Today
So many artists, so little time. Each week we review a handful of new albums (of all genres), round up even more new music that we’d call “indie,” and talk about what metal is coming out. We post music news, show recaps, track premieres, and more all day. That includes a lot of tour announcements, a list of tonight’s NYC shows, and NY shows that just went on sale. We publish a monthly playlist of some of our favorite tracks. Here’s a daily roundup with a bunch of interesting, newly released songs in one place…
BILL WARD BAND - "ARROWS"
Former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has shared a new song, "Arrows," which is a tribute to the victims of the 2017 Route 91 Harvest Music Festival shooting in Las Vegas. It's a touching song, and musically, it sounds more like Bowie or Pink Floyd than the band Bill Ward is most famous for. "It's just a way of saying we're very sorry that all those things happened and that we honour those who are not with us today," he said. "It's a very solemn gesture, but at the same time, I've written a song that I hope can bring some solace and some good things to those who are still working through that particular shooting and those particular issues that they encountered because of the shooting."
BODEGA - "KNIFE ON A PLATTER"
Bodega's upcoming Shiny New Model EP is a noticeable sonic upgrade from their (excellent) 2019 debut album. Though this model is shinier, their critical invectives and angular sound remains sharp as this "Knife" shows.
DRY CLEANING - "VIKING HAIR"
If you need more jagged post-punk, here's UK band Dry Cleaning who release their second EP of 2019 later this month. "Viking Hair" is a tale of infatuation that, of course, comes with a video featuring line dancers. "Cactus Club is a weekly LGBT line dancing class and club where everyone is welcome," say the band. "Based in Clapham, South London, it was established in 1993 and is run by Michael, Anne and Peter. Whilst recording 'Viking Hair,' we noticed the mood and rhythm of the song brought line dancing to mind. We found Cactus Club online and approached them to see if they would be interested in helping us to make a video."
VASTUM - "I ON THE KNIFE (SECOND WOUND)"
Oakland death metallers Vastum have unleashed another single off their upcoming album Orificial Purge (due 10/25 via 20 Buck Spin). Vocalist Daniel Butler says "I On The Knife" "is about psychophysical self-mutilation under the command of a thing, an it, which is gradually symbolized as an object (e.g. father, knife) that in turn reveals the self as a wound. Basically, it's about how you're a wound and nothing else."
GREAT GRANDPA - "BLOOM"
Seattle indie rockers Great Grandpa are releasing their sophomore album, Four of Arrows, on October 25 via Double Double Whammy, and the latest new track they've shared off it is the earnest, slightly crunchy "Bloom," which has the warm cozy feeling of a campfire singalong. Vocalist and guitarist Patrick Goodwin told Nylon he had "two distinct goals" in mind while writing the song with bandmate Al Menne: "The first being to write a song for [bassist] Carrie [Goodwin] that combined many of her favorite genres/artists—'90s pop-country, Tom Petty, Third Eye Blind, Taylor Swift, the Beatles, etc.—into something cohesive. The second being to capture this elusive spirit present in many of Petty's great songs, where the underlying melancholy emotion is gilded or masked by joyful melodies and arrangements then slowly revealed in the lyrics."
CHVRCHES - "DEATH STRANDING"
Chvrches has contributed an anthemic new song to the soundtrack of new PlayStation 4 game Death Stranding. They worked with game developers Kojima Productions to make sure the song fit the game's themes of connection, love, loss, and rebirth. "We were really excited about the opportunity to work with Kojima because we have been fans of his work for a long time," say the band. "The concept of Death Stranding is so unique and really felt to us like it was challenging people to care about the world they create—in the game and otherwise."
SPENCER. - "AUTOMATIC"
Brooklyn-via-Rochester singer/producer Spencer. just signed to 4AD and his first single for the indie powerhouse is "Automatic," a hazy, soulful, retro-meets-now song that finds the middle ground between alt-R&B and chillwave.
FLOATING POINTS - "ANASICKMODULAR"
Floating Points has shared another single off his upcoming album Crush, which marks a return to dance music after his foray into full-band jazz. "Anasickmodular" is as hypnotic as the trippy visualizer it comes with.
REMO DRIVE - "ROMEO"
Remo Drive's three-song Natural, Everyday Extended Play 7" is out today, featuring recent single "Nearly Perfect," an alternate version of "Separate Beds" from this year's Natural, Everyday Degradation, and a second new song, "Romeo." Like "Nearly Perfect" and Natural, Everyday Degradation, "Romeo" sees Remo Drive going in a prettier, more classic pop direction than the emo/pop punk of their debut, and it comes with an animated video.
FASTBALL - "WHITE COLLAR"
As far as few-hit-wonder '90s alt-rock bands go, Fastball's new music is a lot more enjoyable than that of most of their peers, and new single "White Collar" is no different. It's another dose of the kind of McCartney-esque piano pop that they often do well, and it's the second taste of their upcoming album The Help Machine.
JUST FRIENDS - "STUPID"
When we mentioned Just Friends' tour with Save Face and The Sonder Bombs, we described their 2018 album Nothing But Love as "a fun, lighthearted, genre-defying album that fuses indie-punk, ska, funk rock, hip hop, and more, and ends up sounding like Sublime or Fishbone but with a modern DIY twist." If that description appeals to you, you might like their new single "Stupid" too.
PENDANT - "THROUGH A COIL"
Pendant is the solo project of Christopher Adams, who was in the now-defunct emo band Calculator, and going by his new single "Through A Coil," Pendant is much different than that band. It's off his upcoming debut album of the same name, which was produced by Jay Som and is due in November via Tiny Engines, and it's a very nice dose of shoegazy, Britpop-tinged guitar pop.
THYLA - "TWO SENSE"
Brighton, UK quartet Thyla released their debut EP, What's On Your Mind, back in February, and they've returned another new single, the dynamic, spirited "Two Sense." "We haven’t had the easiest year as a band," Thyla say, "but we are closer for it. 'Two Sense' is the coming together of a shared energy between the four of us that says, put the art first, stand up for your own vision and right to self determination, cut lose from dogmatic thinking, and make some short term sacrifices to stay true to who you are. We are really proud of the song and the EP to follow. The time we decided to record the EP was the time we realised we had something to say with our music, we hope it resonates!"
ROSETTA - "TERRA SOLA"
Philly post-metallers Rosetta are back with a new three-song EP, Terra Sola. The 11+ minute title track is the kind of sweeping post-metal that Rosetta have always done so well, and the EP also comes with two more experimental tracks. Read more about it here.
TIGERS JAW - "EYES SHUT"
Tigers Jaw have released a new EP with acoustic versions of two songs from their 2017 album spin, and a previously unreleased song from that album's sessions, "Eyes Shut." Read more here.
CURSIVE - "STRANDED SATELLITE"
Cursive announced today that they'll have a new album out next week, featuring their three recent singles and the just-released "Stranded Satellite." Read more here.
CHERRY GLAZERR & PORTUGAL. THE MAN - "CALL ME"
Cherry Glazerr and Portugal. The Man have teamed up for a collaborative single, “Call Me,” which pretty much occupies the exact middle ground between both bands’ latest albums, and works really well. Read more here.
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