Chloe Lundgren, Caitlin Klask and Michael Tenzer are Savage Sister, an ambient / shoegaze / dream pop band from Chicago (by way of St. Louis). The trio happily dropped their debut self-titled album this week – grab it here. The single ‘Glass Peacock’ swims in wave upon wave of reverb! For fans of Sleep Over, Tamaryn, Broadcast and the like.
Savage Sister – ‘Glass Peacock’
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Here’s a fantastic introduction to Swiss Alps forthcoming EP ‘Seersucker & Gingham’ (out June 24). The Philadelphia-based quartet have composed a jangly pop tune with a surf pop twist in ‘Seersucker’ (free download). Stellar vocal harmonies without being overcooked.
Swiss Alps – ‘Seersucker’
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A mixed bag of reverby goodness is coming our way from Mood Rings. The Atlanta five piece deliver ‘VPI Harmony’ on June 25 via Mexican Summer (pre-order). Album cut ‘Promise Me Eternity’ was originally released on vinyl through Double Phantom back in 2011. Thankfully it made the cut for their debut, it sounds a little like The Smiths in an echo chamber, then flipped to half speed. Great tune.
Mood Rings – ‘Promise Me’
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Ontario’s Beliefs have been crafting dreampop / shoegaze sounds since 2010. Over the weekend a limited 7inch split with Greys was handed out at Hand Drawn Dracula‘s NXNE party in Toronto. One of the exclusive new tunes is ‘Long Winds’ (listen below). Beliefs self titled debut record is out now through No Pain In Pop (UK) / Hand Drawn Dracula (CAN) / Manimal (USA) and features the awesome track ‘Lily’ among others.
Beliefs – ‘Long Winds’
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Swervedriver’s frontman Adam Franklin is set to release his new album ‘Black Horses’ with the Bolts Of Melody, grab it from Goodnight Records on July 16 with the lead track ‘Boocat Leah’ (pre-order). It’s Adam’s third album with the touring band since 2007. Side note, Swervedriver will be touring Australia this September (Sydney tickets here).
Adam Franklin & Bolts of Melody – ‘Boocat Leah’
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Next month A Grave With No Name’s third record ‘Whirlpool’ will be out through Stare/Lefse Records. The second single ‘Dig Me Out’ was posted online this week and it’s the best rock track I’ve heard in weeks. Alanna McArdle (Ides) joins Alex Shields on vocals for this 90s leaning fuzz rocker. A Grave With No Name joins Cheetahs on my most wanted list! Take a listen to the first single ‘Aurora’ if you missed it.
A Grave With No Name – ‘Dig Me Out’
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The mighty Dead Mellotron are reportedly playing their final show at Artscape in Maryland on July 20. This will be preceded by a show in Boston on July 9 with Orca Orca at Great Scott. Long term SBWR readers will know how much I’ve sung the praises of these guys and like many, I’m refusing to accept the end is nigh! The Baltimore trio released one of, if not the strongest shoegaze EP of 2012 in ‘Glitter’. Here’s a cut if you missed it…
Dead Mellotron – ‘Babe’
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Newtown Radio (via noisey) have posted a live set by San Francisco’s Weekend ahead of their second album ‘Jinx’ (due next month through Slumberland Records). Check out footage of the singles ‘Mirror’ and ‘Oubilette’ below plus added tracks ‘July’, ‘Celebration, FL’ and ‘Youth Haunts’ in the audio stream. Tickets on sale now for the ‘Jinx’ release show at the Independent on July 26!
Weekend Live @ Newtown Radio
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Weird. are playing Dalla Circa in Pesaro tonight, if you’ve never heard the Roman shoegaze trio before, its worth the trouble. Their seven track EP ‘Desert Love For Lonely Graves’ came out earlier this year – grab it free here featuring ‘Sundive’.
Weird. – ‘Sundive’
Gut churning, impulsive and bold, ‘Joy’ the debut EP from White Night Ghosts isn’t subtle! The industrial electronic noise of ‘Decadence’ (free download) may have shoegaze influences but pushes beyond with dark, borderline gothic undertones. Originally the solo project of Antoine Warneck but now a duo (with Vincent Calvar), the Frenchmen released ‘Joy’ this month digitally and on vinyl through Cranes Records.
White Night Ghosts – ‘Decadence’