Image: Alex Napping by Helmut.Studio.
It’s time for another ten bands featuring well-honed indie-rock stylings and pure rock n roll from kick-ass women and men. Also with a number of brand-new albums out now.
Austin four-piece Alex Napping have just put out their second album – Mise En Place – which is chock-full of blissfully crunchy guitar lines. An indie-rock epic of sorts, the single ‘Living Room’ builds from comforting indie-pop into a cacophony of searing rock n roll. And just because I love them so much, here’s an older track from them that features Alex Cohen’s warm yet raucous harmonies with a delightful amount of shredding.
Dutch singer-songwriter Amber Arcades makes danceable tunes that are as infectious as they are intricate and layered.
Brisbane’s Babaganouj (Aus) are the ultimate in power-pop. Shining star indeed.
Playful crooning and punk aesthetics make for a no-nonsense love song from locals Julia Why? (Aus) who have a new album due out in the next few months.
A pretty little ditty from London sextet JC Flowers.
An impressive and introspective number from superb young talent Lucy Dacus and her band.
Self-aware and reflective one minute and sonically-charged the next, Childsaint (Aus) out of Perth positively hum with energy and distortion.
Ticking like some psychedelic clock, this track from British five-piece Menace Beach will bop around your head for hours.
A stormy and enlivening track from the prolific Jessica Dobson’s solo project, Deep Sea Diver.
An incredibly uplifting end to our second list with Swedish outfit Hater who have just released their debut album. A true embrace of a song.
Need more context? Read the essay ‘Adventures in A&R – Girls To The Front’ here.
And the full feature at Catalogue Magazine here.
Ten more bands every Friday – 20 down, 50 to go.