Monthly Archives: July 2009

There Will Be Fireworks

“All the songs you hate are the songs I always play.”

I’ve been in the habit of looking to London to find my favorite UK music. As of late, however, the sounds of Scotland and the seemingly endless pool of talent from Glasgow, Edinburgh, and beyond never cease to surprise me. Throw There Will Be Fireworks into the mix with other native bands like the Twilight Sad, Frightened Rabbit, and Copy Haho – and you’ve got at least 3 or 4 of my favorite albums. The band’s newly released self-titled disc is great from stem to stern…even the less than 2 minute interludes are anything but filler tracks.

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the Rocketboys

“I would sell you out in a heartbeat, because you can defend yourself.”

Although music released back in 2007 can hardly be considered new, at least it’s still fresh to this here set of ears. The Rocketboys, who have only recently shortened their name from their former Homer Hiccolm & the Rocketboys moniker, are a groyp of semi-shoegazing indie kids from the musical hotbed of Austin, Texas. The band’s Sing, Bird, Sing EP is a collection of six slow-riding pop tracks. It’s certainly familiar, but with enough cheek (on “Heartbeat” in particular) to set the band far enough apart from the rest of the pop/rock fray. Catch the band on tour with Dear Future throughout the month of July.

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