futurekids | merit badge

The band Futurekids hail from Winnipeg, Manitoba but they have a sound bred and borne from the heart, dead center. From the very first notes of their official lead single Merit Badge your pulled inside all of its shoegazy glory. I suspect there is plenty more where this came from and I can’t wait to hear more selections from Futurekids. Make sure to cop the FREE DOWNLOAD below. Continue reading “futurekids | merit badge”

the mary onettes // naive dream

Swedish band of four The Mary Onettes are known for making the stuff of the most pliant and docile dreamscapes and turning them into a reality you can swoon to. For fans of soughing winds and gurgling brooks the latest track Naive, from TMO’s fourthcoming release the mini-LP Portico, is the perfect magic mushroom to transport you to Never Never Land. The album Portico drops March 4th via Labrador Records. Continue reading “the mary onettes // naive dream”

Whirr – Junebouvier

Whirr -Distressor EP

San Francisco Bay Area band Whirr unleashes fistfuls of distortion and barely-there vocals on their cut Junebouvier. As soon as this song ends you’ll hit repeat more than a few times. Whirr is Nick Bassett (guitar), Joey Bautista (guitar), Byanca Munoz (vocals & synth), Sergio Miranda (drums), Loren Rivera (guitar & vocals) and Eddie Salgado (bass). Check out the full Distressor EP at whirrband.bandcamp.com

secret knives // the garden

The New Zealand band Secret Knives more than likely is a band not too many of your friends have heard of. Well, that shouldn’t be the case, because their┬álatest release LP Affection (via A Low Hum Records) is giant. It is that rare album where you can press play and let it ride. From beginning to end it doesn’t hit a snag. Secret Knives’ music is categorized as shoegaze. If you don’t know what shoegaze is it is a term coined in the late 1980s as a subgenre of alternative rock that had its beginnings in the U.K. Basically, it means music that incorporates lots of guitar effects, i.e. distortion, reverb, phase, flange, and delay. Regardless of what category Secret Knives music falls into doesn’t really matter. What matters is that they are a magnificent band worth listening to. So, spread the word. Peace. Continue reading “secret knives // the garden”