Lemmy-meets-James-Brown blues rock. Dreamy, spacey indie pop. Acoustic and ambient pop balladry.
This is your Radio Free Lightning Bug pack of three for the week, friends.
Lend me your ears.
“I Told Ya So” by The Matchstick Skeletons
Name: The Matchstick Skeletons
From: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sound: Fuzzy and minimalist blues rock with a whiff of the funk that kicks your musical door in.
Story: This Vancouver-based duo comprised of singer/multi-instrumentalist Neu Mannas and drummer Matty Carolei is well-traveled and their sound hard-won. After recording and travels abroad with original outfit Head of the Herd, not to mention work in film composing and sound engineering on the part of singer and multi-instrumentalist Mannas, the two musicians set to work on becoming the kind of band they needed to be; one full of funk-inspired and metallic blues-rock underpinnings. This is their debut single.
“Wow! Signal” by Teenage Wedding
Name: Teenage Wedding
From: Victoria, BC, Canada
Sound: Breezy and jangly indie rock that sidles up to you and demurely asks if you’d like to dance to the Stereolab song that just came on.
Story: Active on their native (and as it happens, my native) West Coast playing shows with Wolf Parade, The Courtneys, and others, Teenage Wedding throws all of their interests into a big melodic and lyrically quirky pot; science fiction, Broadcast, religious mythology, Sonic Youth, Carl Sagan, Jungian psychology all make appearances. This song, taken from their second record The Sophia of Teenage Wedding (out now), is about a dance craze beamed from outer space that results in the next stage of human enlightenment. How can you not get behind that?
“Infinite” by Saint Slumber
Name: Saint Slumber
From: “The suburban sprawl between Philadelphia and New York City”, USA.
Sound: Acoustic meets ambient pop with a bank of melancholy clouds in a late, early evening summer sky.
Story: Serving as the final track and third single on their upcoming EP Youth/2 (due out September 14th), this song is the result of a concentrated effort in getting back to basics with their sound; acoustic guitar, voice, minimal percussion, and a wash of electronic sound in the background. This song is their first “ballad”, also a concentrated effort to expand their range as they build momentum with increasing streaming of their music, and appearances at festivals alongside Dashboard Confessional, and others.
What do you think, music fans? Have you found your new favourite band today?
Tell me all about it, old school, in the comments.
And as always,