Fancytramp, Demos 2013
Local trio Fancytramp — an outfit I've referred to as "bubble grunge" in the past — recently tracked some action over at Battle Tapes. They're streaming six of the tunes now, and they'll be out via cassette at some point next month. As per usual with the 'Tramp, these tunes are menacing chunks of punky, grungy fuzz-pop, complete with frontlady Olivia Fancytramp's sugar-sweet and occasionally brattily howling vocals. Stream all six of the demos above or at FT's Bandcamp page.
Tesla Rossa, "Vacation"
Local outfit Tesla Rossa makes a slick, active sort of pop that marries glammy hard rock with cleanly produced radio rock. Frontman Jason Denton's got an undeniably flexible set of pipes on him, and TR's brand-new single "Vacation" — which they'll celebrate with a release show tomorrow night at The High Watt — showcases said pipes with attitude to spare. Stream "Vacation" above or at Tesla Rossa's Soundcloud page, and order the 7-inch here.
Girls of the SEC, Lost Summer
We recently told you a little bit about Girls of the SEC, the project from Ryan Burleson (full disclosure: he sometimes writes for us). Well, Girls' EP Lost Summer is out now, and it's packed with dreamy, surf-pop intrumentals that will appeal to fans of The Ventures, Los Straitjackets, Dick Dale, The Walkmen, Surfer Blood, Real Estate and other reverb-embracing masters of tuneful guitar licks. Also, dig that excellent album art from local doodler Rachel Briggs. Stream Lost Summer above, or purchase all five tracks for $4 via Girls of the SEC's Bandcamp page.
Pretty Ugly, Speak Softly
Local dudes Pretty Ugly make a punkish, power-poppy sort of indie rock that brings to mind Weezer, Superdrag, Toadies and other catchy if snotty masters of '90s rock. They have a new EP by the name of Speak Softly, and the track "Drowning in Nostalgia" sort of says it all. Stream all five tracks above, or download Speak Softly for any price you like at Pretty Ugly's Bandcamp page.
Coley Hinson, Poor Coley's Almanac
Local dude Coley Hinson plays bass for Evan P. Donohue and guitar for The Twiggs, but he also makes music of his own. His brand-new Poor Coley's Almanac EP features an upbeat, classic-American sort of pop that lands somewhere between folk and grooving, mid-'60s rock 'n' roll. I'd bet that Hinson listens to his share of The Turtles, The Byrds, Dylan, The Lovin' Spoonful, etc. Stream all of Poor Coley's Almanac above, or download it for any price you like at Hinson's Bandcamp page.
Penguoala feat. Amoretta, "2nd Nature"
And finally, how about a dose of funky soul groovin'? While singer Amoretta's vocals aren't exactly my speed, local artist Penguoala has a knack for big, brassy soul arrangements, and that I can get behind. Stream "2nd Nature" above, or download it for any price you like at Penguoala's Bandcamp page.