Singles of the Week
The Music Fix Singles of the Week! Ta da!
'Heavy Money' is the title track from God Damn's new EP. This aggressive track is undoubtedly powerful with a catchy riff and has a suitably angry video to match, but without the captivating visuals the song never quite develops enough and you might be left feeling quite underwhelmed. But as a team, song and video are perfect partners!
I See Hawks In L.A.
Laid back Californian country-rockers I See Hawks In L.A. deliver their Laurel Canyon-style vibes on seventh album, Mystery Drug. The core trio of Rob Waller, Paul Lacques, and Paul Marshall take the vocal and guitar duties while some of the finest session musicians the Golden State has to offer help out on a wealth of additional instruments. The particular standouts from this crowd are the pedal steel guitars prominently displayed across the eleven tracks on the album. Always a slightly out there group, I See Hawks... continue with their weirdly eclectic mix of lyrical subjects mixed with a more usual sounding country style, sometimes subtly mixing in a touch of blues. Steaming straight in with pedal steel guitar (and all the country trappings that go with it) ‘Oklahoma’s Going Dry’ kicks things off and they continue along the country road with ‘The Beauty Of The Better States’ and ‘We Could All Be In Laughlin Tonight’. Waller’s baritone country drawl compliments the twanging guitars and bass, and brings a neat depth to the experience. A drop of European flavour is added on Gallic influenced ‘One Drop Of Human Blood’, while the most fun is had with ‘Rock N Roll Cymbal From The Seventies’ and the ninety second blast of mildly annoyed humour on ‘Stop Driving Like An Asshole’ (“The angels will sing, sha-la-la-la, he drove like an asshole”). I See Hawks In L.A. have produced something more psychedelic, in lyrics rather than sound, than your run of the mill country album, and that makes an interesting change.
Clearly too much of something. Coffee perhaps?
The first taster from Lissie's upcoming second album (due in September), 'Shameless' seems to point to that album coming with a lot more attitude than we're used to from the folk rocker. It might be a departure from Catching A Tiger but it's one we heartily approve of.
The Family Rain
Despite leaving more of a lasting impression than previous single 'Carnival', we still can't shake the feeling that we've heard The Family Rain's output before... and done with a bit more passion. 'Pushing It' has all the prerequisites - solid vocals, nice chunky riffs - but it's all a bit sub-Black Keys to these ears.
Single of the Week
With an outstanding central vocal performance, 'Wasting My Young Years' demands your attention from the get-go. The latest single from trio London Grammar, the vocals are accompanied by delicate piano and subtle guitars to craft a quietly compelling track that could prove the springboard to Big Things.