Posts Tagged 'lo-fi'

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Broom

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

So, I was walking home today from meeting my friend and these guys came on shuffle on my iPod. I’ve been aware of this band for a number of years, yet never really got into them that much until today, where I listened to both albums as I walked home and realised that they are both pretty damn good. Broom was released in 2005 and is a really cool record of melodic indie rock that although quite twee never veers into the pretentious. I’m kind of quite shocked how this band are still quite unknown because songs like ‘Oregon Girl’ are the types of tracks I could imagine becoming very popular. Oh well, maybe they’ll just stay a secret.


Nerve City- I Fucked Death

Nerve City

The type of jangly surf pop submerged in buckets of distortion that Nerve City plays has suddenly become popular again which is pretty cool because I think it’s awesome. If you’re unfamiliar with it then this 6 track mini album is a pretty good introduction, never getting too weird but remaining uncompromisingly lo fi throughout its duration. It seems that Nerve City play two different types of songs: fast ones and slow ones but when they do it so well who’s complaining? Jason Boyer’s vocals are pretty hard to comprehend as he sneers and spits his way through the songs but I think it adds something cool to the sound of the band.

Also, that’s not the proper artwork but the only images I could find were tiny.

Male Bonding – Bratwell Shed Punk Sessions


Remember that PENS post I did right back when I first started this thing? No? That doesn’t matter. If you like PENS then you will probably dig Male Bonding who have a similar-ish sound and are equally as bad ass. Followers of the late RAT: ATT: AGG might be familiar with these, Robin joined after they split up. It’s easy to pick out the Talking Heads and PiL influences throughout these recordings which is nice and they also use a cowbell to pretty great effect, which I always love to hear. I’m well aware that there are a number of similar bands who have attracted a following purely on the hipster factor rather than the music, Male Bonding are significantly better than a number of their contemporaries in the way that they are a genuinely interesting band with songs that actually go some way to justifying the buzz.

1994! – Thank You Arms and Fingers


Apologies for the number of posts with exclamation marks in the title, it’s not on purpose, honestly. Moving on, 1994! are an awesome math tinged band from Pennsylvania. This record certainly doesn’t stand still, hurtling between tracks of technical post hardcore before slowing down momentarily, almost as if to gain composure before suddenly exploding again in a burst of noise. Despite the lo-fi nature of this recording, the technical ability of this band is clear to hear as well as their ability to construct intelligent song structures and surprisingly subtle melodies that seem to permeate much of this record. Even more impressive is the fact that they are a two-piece yet sound like a band of at least twice this size. Seriously, they should physically not be able to make this much noise, they must play through like 20 amps or some shit.

The Promise Ring – Nothing Feels Good

The Promise Ring

I’ve blogged a number of times about my love for the great Mid West bands of the mid 90s, and here’s another example. Davey von Bohlen of Cap’n Jazz formed this band in 1995 along with members of None Left Standing and Ceilishrine, in the process writing what in my opinion at least, is a seminal work of the genre. Nothing Feels Good is pretty much the record that introduced ’emo’ to the mainstream and despite never really shifting any significant number of copies has been a huge influence on the genre, which in my opinion has taken a huge turn for the worse over the past few years. Throw away your preconceived notions of what ’emo’ is today when listening to this record, it’s probably pretty different to what you’re expecting.

Ty Segall – Horn The Unicorn

horn the unicorn

If you’ve lost faith in Wavves since his “meltdown” in Barcelona the other week then fear not, because here is an equally good, if not better musician of a similar standing. Ty Segall is a one man garage punk machine who has put out a whole load of cassettes and records that are all completely awesome as well as being the frontman of Epsilons. Horn The Unicorn was released on a limited run of a few hundred cassettes (did someone say indie cred?) on the Wizard Mountain label and shows what this guy is all about – noisy, upbeat garage rock pop songs all wrapped up in a sweet lo-fi package, kind of like Wavves but with a more refined sound. This guy could get pretty big and you can expect some posts of his other releases in the next few days and weeks.

Cats and Cats and Cats – Victorialand

Meow. Cats and Cats and Cats are a 5 piece who formed at Uni. They play high tempo mathy power pop but also mix it in with some shimering dreamy elements, which give this EP a nice balance between fast and slow, almost verging on post rock at times. This band have been around for a while, this EP was released in 2005 and they have yet to really break through so I think it’s safe to say that they might just stay as a well kept secret.Cats And Cats And Cats - Victorialand


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