“You can keep your boring love.”
Just because this song sounds like it was written with pop-radio megastardom in mind doesn’t mean I don’t love it. I know next to nothing about LA’s Dead Country, but I can already tell that they are likely to be picked up by a major and swallowed up in the popular music machine. Here’s to hoping that doesn’t happen, because I think there’s something fantastic about their penchant for simple, unassuming guitar rock. Feeling like you’re 17 again is never a bad thing.
Dead Country – Boring Love
“A Stutter and a Start”
In honor of everyone’s favorite Hallmark holiday (not that the British are too big on it anyway), Oxford’s Spring Offensive have released a free – pay what you would like if you’re feeling generous, and you should – acoustic EP for this week only. You would be silly not to jump on it. Stream the entire Between Me and You EP over at Soundcloud, and watch the above acoustic video, and download the five tracks from the band’s official site. Download the
“I am a stranger here.”
As an American living abroad here in London, I still succumb to a bit of English charm. When Norwich’s Olympians released their newest EP To Our Wives and Sweethearts recently, I was expecting such charm. The band switches back and forth fluidly from pop/rock and radio sheen to sinuous post-punk guitar acrobatics, with equal parts indie irony (tracks names such as “Lager Tops Please I’m Driving” and “You Don’t Have To Be A Prick To Work Here But You Are”) and earnest best-mates songwriting at work. The 4 piece just finished a mini-tour in January, but I have been told to expect more dates in the coming months – with a possible London date this Spring. Will be there with bells…
Olympians – Foreign Language
“The safety of routine isn’t as safe as we all thought.”
He’s seen his fair share of coverage, and rightly so, here at CPMU. I have written about songwriter Frank McGinnis in his various incarnations for the past couple of years, and I am continually happy to do so. What started as Frankie and His Fingers, at least at the point where I stumbled in, and slowly evolved into By Land or By Sea now includes a wonderful bit of solo dabbling. The upstate New Yorker has a few demos floating around the net and was gracious enough to send a couple of tracks straight this way. A new original track is coupled with a fantastic Nightmares for a Week cover, and both are highly recommended.
Frank McGinnis – Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana?
Frank McGinnis – Veins (cover)
Look See Proof have split. No, don’t.
“You don’t want to move forward…”
I can make a list, if you’d like. On top of their wonderfully breezy catalogue of tracks for the young, the free and the easy, there are a number of reasons for me to get continually excited about North London’s Boy Mandeville. They have a new single set to hit digital shelves in mid March, a free EP that will cost you no more than an email address, and, in addition to many others, a show this Friday at the always wonderful Old Blue Last. I’m excited to see them play. Below is my favourite track from the Mo Skrib EP, which is available as a free download from the band’s official site. Check out my previous Boy Mandeville post if you’re interested, which includes the video for “Christina,” a gem of a track.
Boy Mandeville – Steel Horse