Natural Child, "B$G P$MP$N"
Yes, rock 'n' roll trio Natural Child just released an LP by the name of For the Love of the Game (on April 20, natch), but Nashville's favorite swampy groovesters are already gearing up for another one. Their Hard in Heaven will be released via Burger Records on Sept. 11, and they've debuted a sneak peek — the tune "B$G P$MP$N" — over at Consequence of Sound. The tune is yet another burst of blues-riffin' rock 'n' roll, complete with wry and sleazy hip-hop, weed and booty references. It's like if Chuck Berry and Keith Richards smoked a monster spliff and cut a track while listening to Lil Wayne. Which is to say, it sounds like a Natural Child song. Stream or download it above or via Natty Child's Soundcloud page.
Ayebawl, "Light It on Fire"
I've said before that, as many times as I've tried, I can't really get behind a lot of metal. In fact, I've been told that most of the at-least-semi-metal bands I really enjoy are in fact more hard rock (Thin Lizzy and Motörhead) or shock rock (Alice Cooper) than proper metal. And then of course there's the whole realm of hardcore punk, which ... OK, I need to be careful here or I'll get way off track. Locals Ayebawl kind of tread along that semi-metal line, making music that they've labeled "hard rock," "punk" and "thrash." They recently posted the tune "Light It on Fire" — stream it above or download it for free at Ayebawl's Bandcamp page — and it's a mean, aggressive, rapid-fire explosion of energy that, yes, could most definitely be called "thrash."
Tropical Punk, Runaway American Kids
Even if I wouldn't necessarily say that their band name is accurate, I dig Tropical Punk. Their brand-new four-track EP, Runaway American Kids, isn't especially breezy or light — or any of the things that the adjective "tropical" conjures, really — but it is psychedelic and gritty. Promising stuff, and I look forward to hearing more from these guys. Stream it above, or download it for free at Tropical Punk's Bandcamp page, where you can also pre-order it on red 7-inch vinyl.
The Weakenders, "It's All Right With Me"
Rootsy rock 'n' rollers and relative newcomers The Weakenders actually appear to have a handful of tracks available if you surf around over at their Bandcamp page. But the latest one they're sharing is called "It's All Right With Me," and it's a Southern, soul-imbued sort of easy-listening groove-along. Stream it above.