Posts Tagged ‘neufutur’

Great Lakes at Neufutur

The Brooklyn-by way of Athens- indie band Great Lakes has been spent the past two decades churning out five records and managed to keep their sound evolving thanks to a collective of musicians that have come and gone with nearly each effort. Guitarist/singer Ben Crumb has been at the center of each record and for the latest, “Wild Vision,” he pulled in singer Suzanne Nienaber, bassist David Lerner, drummer Kevin Shea and keyboardist Joe McGinty.

Like most of their other efforts, the band blends a little bit of psychedelic and folk to their Indie Pop, but also rely on pedal steel and mandolins throughout this one for a subtle Americana vibe. The combined vocals of Crumb and Nienaber is a powerful combo, but the slow pace of the songs tend to have a droning effect after a while.

Beautiful but melancholy, regardless of the lyrics, “Wild Vision” is the closest thing the band has created yet to a break up album.

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Eureka California at Neufutur

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Antlered Aunt Lord at Neufutur

 

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Fireworks at Neufutur

Despite a fairly generic moniker, the full length for the UK-based The Fireworks, Switch Me On, manages to blow away any preconceived notions about this being just another run-of-the-mill indie pop band.

Even with two solid 7 inches and a well-received EP to their name, this full length is proof that the band is earning every bit of critical praise they’ve received so far, as well as the growing fan base.

A baker’s dozen of sweet male/female pop vocals over abrasive guitars with plenty of feedback, everyone from the Buzzcocks to The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Ravonettes can be heard in their sound; Even The Ramones’ influence can be spotted in a song like “Which Way to Go.” Uncompromising yet still easily accessible, the band has managed to turn in an infectious collection of songs that will is bound to bring the group even more attention in 2015.

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Lunchbox at Neufutur

After more than a decade off, the Berkley power pop band Lunchbox is back with what is easily their finest collection of songs. A little goofy, but immensely fun, Lunchbox Loves You is 10 indie pop songs brimming with jangly guitars, sing-along choruses and plenty of handclaps.

Infectiously optimistic, the band has slimmed down the line up a bit, as well as their influences (Assuming The Apples In Stereo and The Kinks are in constant rotation in the tour van). Donna McKean and Tim Brown trade off vocals – each a strong singer without coming off as too polished – and this latest effort finds the band adding layer upon layer of guitars and strings.

Songs like “Tom, What’s Wrong?” and the fantastic album closer, “Tonight is Out of Sight,” are both standout tracks, but to be honest there isn’t a single song on this record that doesn’t deserve to be included. It may have taken 12 years, but Lunchbox Loves You was certainly worth waiting for.

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