Spowder Keeps On Keeping On

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I’ve been told not to post shit at 1am on Sunday morning and that it’s better to have a consistent schedule, post regularly either at the beginning of the day or at lunch time on a week day.  Those are great tips if you’re measuring your success in terms of Facebook likes and follows.  Honestly, I don’t really give a shit and I’m assuming that everyone else that saw Spowder tonight at In The West is also probably still up.

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SINGLE PREMIERE: “View From the Bleachers” by Subtitles

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The saying goes, “I can’t define melody, per se, but I know it when I hear it.”  Okay, so that isn’t at all a thing that people actually say, but it is exactly how I felt when I first heard “View From the Bleachers,” the first single from Subtitles’ fourth EP (fifth counting a 2015 split release with Cranes Are Flying) titled Modicum, out Friday, January 12 on Sniffling Indie Kids.

Subtitles is a three-piece indie alt-rock band out of Newark, NJ consisting of Russell Payan, Brian Roy, and Ben Petty (also of ManDancing), formed back in 2014.  Over the past few years, the band has refined their songwriting to further evolve the storytelling that is so prevalent in their music. This is accompanied by light guitar riffs that create a soft and sweet vibe to songs that are thematically, at times, much darker than they initially seem. 

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Cut Loose with The Hannas

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You can always tell when a band genuinely loves making music, and The Hannas are definitely one of those bands. Their new EP, Cut Loose, is energetic, creative, and so cool that it made me way friggin cooler just by listening to it. Not that it takes a lot.

Anyway.

“Porcelain Hugs” starts things off hard with pounding drums, raging guitars, and Joey J.’s tongue-trippingly fast vocals. The Hannas keep the energy up the whole way through with tracks like “Agree/Disagree,” which really lets Ryan Yobs and Will Freeman go nuts on guitar and bass, while “Goin’ Out Tonight” adds a more rockabilly-punk sound, with a manic tempo from drummer Nick Marinelli and cheery backup vocals that make it impossible to sit still during this song.

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The Clydes Get Better and Better So The Story Goes

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The Clydes’ newest album, So the Story Goes, released in October by Mint 400 Records, gave me something new to appreciate with every listen. Made up of brothers Brent and Brian Johnson, bassist/keyboardist Andrew Lord Chandler, and Madmardigan on drums, The Clydes offer nine tracks that get better and better the more you listen, just like a fine wine, or so the story goes.  Get it?

Throughout this album there’s the impression of sustained floating, particularly in “Broken Boy” and “The Vampire of Hanover,” thanks to keyboards and the killer guitars – present on every track, really. The effect is like taking a drive on a curvy road where you don’t know what’s coming up next, but you’re content to let the road take you.

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Tula is Vera Friggin Good

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Coming down the home stretch, 2017 seemed like it was going to go down in the books as a pretty shitty year for most people, but fortunately for all of us, Tula Vera closed out the year with the release of their self-titled debut full length album.  The young Montclair-based band has been growing in popularity in recent years and earning notoriety for their traditional blues rock stylings and taking many people by surprise by how immensely talented such a young group could be.  The album release was celebrated on December 29 at The Meatlocker and also featured performances by Whiner and Jean Pool.

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Haunt Club Volume One is the Stuff of Nightmares in the Best Possible Way

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About a month ago, the New Jersey indie scene was introduced to Haunt Club, comprised of Anthony Yebra, Stephen Omark, Erik Romero, and Tim Pannella.  The band’s debut album, aptly titled Volume One, was jointly released by Sniffling Indie Kids and Beware, Vampire Rats, which had both released works by band members previous projects, dollys and The North American, respectively. Since the album’s release, Haunt Club has been receiving pretty wide acclaim and have shared a stage with some of the scene’s best artists, including Deal Casino, Toy Cars, Smock, Delicate Flowers, and Weakened Friends.

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