Posts Tagged ‘new noise’

Eureka California at New Noise

With their third record in as many years – and third full length since 2012 – Eureka California are proving to be the Willie Nelson of indie pop; not a year goes by without at least something new.

Their latest, Versus, finds the Athens, GA duo at its best, playing quirky, witty rock with loud guitars and louder drums. Comparisons to a band like Pavement are obvious, but singer Jake Ward arguable sounds better. You can even hear someone like Jonathan Richman in a song like “Sign You Name With an X” or “Caffeine.”

The 11 tracks here are bursting with neurotic energy and self-doubt, which can be both cringe-worthy at times and easily relatable. Though distortion runs wild throughout the record, the band is just as powerful on the softer tracks, like “Everybody Had a Hard Year.”

Though 2014’s Crunch, as well as their debut Big Cats Can Swim, were both great records, Versus finds the band at its best, with one satisfying song after the next. (John B. Moore)

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SPC ECO at New Noise

From the mastermind behind the ’90s band Curve, comes SPC ECO (pronounced “Space Echo”) and a brand-new, highly limited vinyl release. With just 250 vinyl copies floating around, Dark Matter is sure to sell out fast, especially if you’re a fan of meticulously crafted ambient sound scapes, sultry female vocals and a wispy, loungey feel.

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Muuy Biien DYI Review at New Noise Magazine

Apparently a lot can happen in one year. If This Is What Your Mind Imagines – the solid 2013 debut from Georgia-based punks Muuy Biien – was Black Flag and Fugazi, D.Y.I. (Do Yourself In) is more Joy Division and Pissed Jeans.

The band clearly discovered hooks over the past 12 months and learned to raise the vocals up a bit more in the final mix. That’s not to say you’re going to hear anyone from American Idol crooning along to a song like “Virus Evolves” or “Dust” next season, but the band has morphed into stronger musicians with much more focused songs.

The anger that drew so many into their debut is still there, it’s just a little more controlled this time around. As a result, the record is that much more impressive. Songs like “She Bursts (Reprise)” and the expansive tracks “Cyclothymia II” and “Cyclothymia III,” both of which sound nothing like the songs off of the debut, perfectly capture a young band shedding some of the baby fat.

Purchase D.Y.I. here: http://hhbtm.com/store

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