Monthly Archives: March 2013

Fresh from the Pond


Matt Pond PA – The Lives Inside The Lines In Your Hand

Matt Pond has admittedly been around for a while. With a collective 16 records under his belt spanning a career of a decade and a half with his band Matt Pond PA, of which he is the only consistent member. Don’t let the age fool you though, he’s no classic, with his newest release proving to be just as hip and with it as anything you could find at your local hipster hang-out. The album, entitled The Lives Inside the Lines in your Hand, came out on February 5th of this year, and is not yet downloadable on Australian iTunes. That’s a problem I seem to continue to face with these bands that aren’t so big over here. Nevertheless I’ve managed to pinch a listen from various blogs and determined that this is an album a long time coming in this genre.

Liken to Aussie artist Josh Pyke, and possibly even City & Colour, with this kind of country style acoustic-pop, I haven’t heard something completely brilliant from start to finish in many years. Matt Pond PA are good at what they do and rightfully so after playing for that long. Their lead track from the album, Love to Get Used, is absolutely stunning. From the get go it hooks you in with a fluttering lick on the lead guitar to compliment the fast paced rhythm and bass alongside lyrics that come across as excitedly blue as weird as that description may sound.

Like I said, we can’t get the rest of the album yet, so I suggest you go and check out as much as you can on YouTube. For now, I present via the video below, Love To Get Used by Matt Pond PA.

Issue Fifteen

Thanks for all the love over Valentines Day. My last top ten post received quite high view-age. Unfortunately  not every post can be paired up with the most musically moving day of the year, so alas we’re back to our regular top tens. But don’t be afraid, this week there are some awesome tunes to go around and it seems a lot of them are very british-like. Nothing wrong with that.

10. Tan Vampires – Threads

I keep stumbling upon awesome tracks by these guys. I got the album, For Physical Fitness, and overlooked a lot of the tracks that didn’t immediately grab me. I truly regret that as it seems that a lot of Tan Vampires songs have that slow starting vibe with an epic reward somewhere in the middle. I Can Hear Them In The Dark is a sombre-toned, sort of electronic ballad that will really pull you in come chorus time. As with the majority of these top tens, I rely solely on YouTube to supply the selected clip for your listening pleasure. Unfortunately, Tan Vampires haven’t built up enough loyal followers yet to have their music illegally spread over the web. So I’ll have to leave you with another amazing track of theirs called Threads. Make sure you buy their album and check out how wonderful this is.

9. Chikinki – Bitte Bitte

Chikinki remind me a lot of The Rapture, and that in itself is enough to get many of your ears to prick as you say, OK…we’re listening. Maybe they’re not quite at the same level as The Rapture, but of course anything remotely close is enough to give it a good listen. There’s also some weird indie-disco sort of vibe in there somewhere that doesn’t really grab me so much but I’ve always loved the German language and it’s somehow sparked my interest in learning it further. Might even become a sort of theme song when I fly over there.
8. Dutch Uncles – Fester

In what I think is a music-off between friends, one of my friends and I like to trade new band calls to try and educate each other on that which is good yet no-one else knows about. I get a fair bit of new music this way and Dutch Uncles was tossed back in a suggestion after I told him about Everything Everything and their new album, Arc became our joint favourite of the week. Dutch Uncles are in the same awesome vein and will not disappoint.
7. The Oh! Hellos – Like The Dawn

The Oh! Hello’s are a prototype of what’s cool on Triple J and I guess the rest of the mainstream indie world right now. That whole folk-indie thing that bands like Of Monsters and Men and Alt-J seem to have ridden on the back of. I found them after signing up an account on Bandcamp as they are used as the big “success story” on how bands can get big off that particular social networking site. They actually have an amazing album that’s available at their bandcamp site for only $8
6. The Drums – Days

The Drums are so old school.  Days is the second track off their album Portamento and for me, it’s the most solid track on the album. Simplistic and soulful in it’s delivery yet powerful in it’s minimalism. That, combined with their artwork and videos, seem to paint a decent picture of the Brooklyn, NY streets they’re from.
5. The Pigeon Detectives – Need To Know This

These guys have a new album coming out very very soon. I haven’t checked them out in years since their debut effort with classic hits like I’m Not Sorry, but this development has me excited. Not only do I get a new LP to check out soon, but I get to go back and play with two whole other albums that I missed along the way. While we wait for the new one, We Met At Sea, to be released April 29th, I’ll leave you with my favourite from the back catalogue.
4. Apartment – Tokyo For Miko

I was told Apartment sounded a lot like Interpol. Not even close. That’s why you guys read this blog instead of iTunes reviews right? It’s not exactly a scoop, I know. But it’s the stone cold truth coming from a trusted source. I think they sound a lot closer to We Are Scientists. Which is not bad in the slightest, the proof being they were awarded fourth spot this week. Classic line – “What if I like you cause you’re Japanese”. Inversely racist much?
3. The Answering Machines – Obviously Cold

This song races through every verse and chorus with so much fun and excitement it’s hard not to love. Plus, anything in an English accent suddenly so much cheekier. Not sure why. This song is pretty straight forward. It’s great. Not much more that needs to be said.
2. Future Screens – Pallin’ Around

Don’t ask me what Pallin’ Around means. I wouldn’t even be able to guess to be honest. This song was released as the only new original on a short EP they did with three songs just moved over from their old debut album. Was the only one I really decided to listen to as I’d already heard and loved the others and this single kicks it with the best of them. It’s electronic indie music at the absolute pinnacle of greatness. It’s got beat, it’s got melody, it’s got character. You don’t even have to give the song a name I understand, I still love it. Weird YouTube clip though bro.
1. Biffy Clyro – Black Chandelier

The Biff is back! Biffy Clyro can only really be described as anthemic. Everything they do is epic by nature. They write what can only be described as the Lord of the Rings of musical arrangements. Not the musical arrangements written for the Lord of the Rings movies…but like…it was an epic, crazy big, adventurous, successful movie with massive landscapes and concepts…and Biffy Clyro is a bit like that. Yeah alright, bad metaphor. And I could’ve easily just back-spaced to get rid of that. But I didn’t. Cause this blog is idiotic by nature. Black Chandelier is the band right where they left off with their amazing previous album, Only Revolutions, absolutely bringing the house down. The live version is also probably even better than the recorded. They are epic.
Blalock’s March just came out. So you can be sure that a shit-tonne of good stuff is coming your way. You could stick around for me to write about it, or you could just download it from the far superior blog that is BIRP! Either way, thanks for reading.