ALBUM REVIEW: TALIA Presents a Modern French Take on American Grunge

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Have you ever imagined what a French take on American grunge rock would sound like? Me neither but the answer has come to us courtesy of Parisian band TALIA and their latest full length release Thugs They Look Like Angels. TALIA may have originated in Paris but have since relocated to Los Angeles where they quickly nabbed a spot opening for Soul Asylum who wrote the inescapable (whether you liked it or not) ‘90s single “Runaway Train.”

TALIA’s love for the sound of the mid- to late-‘90s is worn on their sleeves (sleeves of jackets purchased from ARMY Surplus I can only assume). Several tracks are built upon Alice Thomas’s bass lines which owe a debt to Kim Deal, Hervé Goardou’s drums plod and hammer the tried-and-true rhythms of disillusionment, and Nicolas Costa’s vocals are suitably gravelly. Yet, from the very opening of lead-off track “American Bride”, it’s very clear that we’re not listening to a band from the ‘90s. Everything that has happened in mainstream rock between 1998 and now has seeped into TALIA’s sound, adding a weird radio-friendly upbeat undercurrent that prevents Thugs They Look Like Angels from ever sounding self-loathing. And let’s face it, the best aspect of ‘90s alternative rock was the self-loathing. It was often unintentionally funny but what could appeal more to a teenage sensibility than a song called “I Hate Myself and Want to Die”? The closest TALIA gets are titles like “Play Dead” that sounds upbeat in a manic Pixies sort of way or “Self-Induced Fever” that would be at home alongside anything by the Goo Goo Dolls.

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Peach Kelli Pop share “Stuck In A Dream,” kick off Spring tour next week

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Today, Peach Kelli Pop have shared “Stuck In A Dream,” the latest track from their new 7″,Halloween Mask. Brooklyn Vegan, who premiered the track today, are calling it a “sugary earworm.”Halloween Mask is available for pre-order now and out April 29th on Lauren Records.

Peach Kelli Pop are kicking off their full U.S. tour next week in support of the new 7″.  All dates below.

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Peach Kelli Pop share “Hundred Dollar Bill” and spring tour dates, new 7″ out 4/29

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Today Peach Kelli Pop have shared “Hundred Dollar Bill,” the latest from their new 7″, Halloween Mask, available for pre-order now and out April 29th on Lauren Records. The AV Club, who premiered “Hundred Dollar Bill” today, are calling it “a track that shows Hanlon’s knack for writing power-pop songs that pack a punch, along with lyrics that effortlessly command attention.” Band leader Allie Hanlon said she wrote the song “after going to a bunch of strip clubs around Los Angeles. It’s a song from a woman’s perspective about how sexuality and power and money go hand in hand and can be interchangeable.

Peach Kelli Pop have also announced a full U.S. tour in the spring in support of the new 7″.  All dates below.

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Peach Kelli Pop share “Halloween Mask” and announce tour, new 7″ out 4/29

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Photo Credit: Thomas Green

Today, Peach Kelli Pop have shared “Halloween Mask” via The Fader, who said it’s “clever in its simplicity”  “Halloween Mask” is the first single and title track from the all-female LA punk band’s new 7″.  Band leader Allie Hanlon told The Fader the song is “about inner vs. outer beauty and the pressure I, and other women feel to be physically desirable. The pressure to achieve phantasmic, idealistic external beauty is unrelenting and irritating in my every day life. It is also about knowing that achieving these ideals guarantees no deeper levels of happiness, satisfaction or fulfillment.”

Halloween Mask is available for pre-order now and out April 29th on Lauren Records.Peach Kelli Pop have also announced a full U.S. tour in the spring in support of the new 7″.  All dates below.

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Summer Flake Announces ‘Hello Friends’ LP Out 4/8 on Rice is Nice, Premieres Single “Shoot And Score”

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Australia’s Stephanie Craise, aka Summer Flake, today announces her LP Hello Friends, which will be released via Rice Is Nice Records on April 8th. Stereogum offered the first taste of the new album, premiering single “Shoot And Score,” noting “A hypnotic guitar riff and a steady drum beat create a sound that could lull you to a trance. Then Stephanie Crase’s ethereal voice enters the frame to lead you deeper into “Shoot And Score,” the eerie, transcendent first single off Summer Flake’s upcoming Hello Friends…This particular riff builds up such hypnotic momentum that when “Shoot And Score” reaches its abrupt ending, it leaves you wanting more. “Shoot and score, take what’s yours,” Crase sings, perhaps forecasting her group’s inevitable rise to prominence. 

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Darla and the Blonde – electrifying single ‘End of the Party’

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In the finest tradition of deathless rock’n’roll, ‘End Of The Party’ is an electrifying mix of the grit and the glitter, built on an infectious glam-rock groove interspersed with sparks of searing guitar. Atop this grungy, Ziggy-like bedrock, Jen Demaris and Nina Lovelace’s crystalline voices ring out a catchy and powerful melody, which, rather than being concerned with the closing stages of a heady night out, is in fact about Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution of 2014: “This Is The Time And These Are The Places/Where You Must Bend To Changing Faces”. With touches of The Runaways here, Patti Smith there, ‘End Of The Party’’s absorbing progression takes in a pristine solo by guitarist Rob McCabe before climaxing in a rush of vocal harmonies, a fitting final refrain of what is a gleeful testament to the scope of Darla And The Blonde’s ambition.


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ALBUM REVIEW: Sidewave Blast Off With the Spacey Glass Giant

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It’s uncertain whether Sidewave set out to sound like Failure on their full length Glass Giant, but if they did, they succeeded with flying colors. Where Sidewave may be more prone to an uplifting chorus, their merging of elements of hardcore, sludgey grunge, and shoegaze leaves them sounding more like Failure than Failure.

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