Dual Left Coast rock n’ roll fury with a smirk and a crunch. Oakland, California-based duo Destroy Boys are Lead singer Alexia Roditis and guitarist Vi Mayugba, with a new record insistently titled Make Room out right now.
This is the single, and proof as to why Billie Joe Armstrong is a fan.
Considering themselves as the inheritors of Riot Grrl, the band formed in 2015 and writing their debut single “Think I Should Make Out With Other People” that same year. They proceeded to tour up and down the coast to build an appreciative fanbase. Soon after they found themselves name-checked in Rolling Stone, straight from the lips of the aforementioned Armstrong.
Not bad for a couple of high school students.
Nowadays the band are at college while still maintaining their output and touring schedule, confronting the world that is traditionally hostile to women who wish to forge their own paths, inside the music industry and out.
It all comes out in the songs.
So, what of this song, which is all about singer Roditis’ relationship with the act of singing itself? Well:
“‘Soundproof’ is a culmination of my thoughts and doubts about singing. I used to be skeptical of the praise people would give me and those doubts stick with me to this day. However, I’ve gotten over a lot of those fears, and now I’m sure I sound good. I like to walk around outside before we perform as a way to calm my nerves and get away from people’s attention. It’s a lot! Lots of eyes, judging, and I think “Soundproof” captures my fears pretty well. [New Noise Magazine, September, 2018. Read the whole article]
You can stream the new record on Spotify.
Learn more about Destroy Boys at their website.
Spare and stark, awash in late Autumn rainy-day melancholy and with a soulful vocal at the center of it all. Vancouver’s Royal (neé Jodi Pederson), lays it bare on this solo acoustic version of a track off of her most recent record, Heart of Shadows, released last week.
The song explores a familiar theme of losing oneself in longing for another, a thread that runs through many of the songs on the record.
Here’s the studio version, which puts a distinct downtempo electronica spin on the song. Yet, that melancholy remains.
For more on Royal, investigate her website.
This is something of a band anthem, and even a full blown mission statement for New Jersey’s Blame Candy; multi-layered glam-rock with a sense of fun and bravado built right in, reminiscent of early Queen, and (yes) The Sweet.
Excessive, sure. But that’s kind of the point, kids.
Blame Candy are: Chris Greatti (vocals, lead guitar), Aaron Deming (guitar, vocals), Ryan Wheeler (bass, vocals),and Sam Palombo (drums).
This is the band’s newest single released last month, serving as a taste of why they’ve garnered a cult following in New York club scenes.Since then, they’ve recently debuted on the West Coast, too, specifically Los Angeles where their American glam-rock sound is native.
Learn more about Blame Candy here.
Austin Texas’ Still Corners render this down-the-highway lament characterized by ghostly and haunted vocals packed with reverb and regret. This otherworldly and autumnal cut that is the soundtrack for impending winter and complete with Cat Power and Chris Isaak-like melancholy is taken from the band’s newest disc Slow Air.
As I type this, the band are on tour to support the record including an appearance at Vancouver’s Fox Cabaret on November 6 for all of you locals.
Find out more here.
Happy Listening (and Happy Hallowe’en, too).
A sepia-toned western tale full of plaintive and hushed vocals, thrumming acoustic guitar, and with murmuring electric guitar floating in the background like a comforting memory that’s tragically just out of reach. Singer-songwriter Jim Brown’s portrait of a badman who knows the end is near touches on Townes Van Zandt and Nebraska-mode Springsteen.
Listen here, pilgrims.
Brown’s new record is called The Devil on the Other Shoulder, out now.
Learn more here.
R&B with a kind of epic orchestral feel. But, there’s no orchestra in the conventional sense. Through a series of loops as a backdrop and with a soaring voice on top complete with jazzy colouring, your ears and your imagination will fill in the aural picture.
Find out what I mean.
Here’s Vancouver, BC’s Chersea.
Her new album is called In Limbo. It’s out right now.
Dundas, Ontario rock band and Hamilton, Ontario scensters The Dirty Nil have released their latest record Master Volume, and are set to go on tour with dates in North America and in Europe, too. Here’s a cut off of it and the second single, “Pain of Infinity”.
The Dirty Nil have been around for a while by now, having painstakingly built an audience by crafting a sound that touches on the energy of punk, but – to be clear – they’re not a punk band. They’re a rock band, kids. Their sound is characterized by a keen sense of varied texture within a rock set up, in-the-red volume levels, and by old-fashioned pop hooks.
I was lucky enough to encounter the band’s music around the time their debut song, the pointedly titled “Fuckin’ Up Young” came out. I even got to interview them! At that time, their songwriting approach was purely instinctual, fuelled by the love of loud music, TV shows about explosions, and prodigious beer consumption. I suspect that with this song and the new album, not much has changed. And after winning a Juno for upcoming group of the year in 2017, and relentlessly playing shows (including as an opening act for The Who!) to hone their craft, their new album Master Volume is set to push the band into the next phase.
Find out more about The ‘Nil at their official site.
Buy the record and get merch right here.