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A Deli Premiere: "Backbone Elegy" by Vaughan Supple

Igniting our month and weekend simultaneously, furiously shredding and adorably bopping, all the same, is Vaughan Supple’s brand new EP Backbone Elegy. The new record is more of Vaughan’s grungy brand of music, except this time the Boston artist varnishes his sound in a sweet mixture of gooey doo-wop that creates a product irresistible and all his own. Right out of the gate, the furious punk rhythm and sugary harmonizing of “For Old Time's Sake” gets a hold of you, ripping distorted guitars and floating Vaughan’s infectious melody in its raunchy medley of fun. Where “Perfume and Mirrors” is a gorgeous piano-led ballad, drowsy and passionate, “Bubblegum” is true to its namesake: short and sweetly-flavored pop-jazz. The title track of the new EP, is where Vaughan Supple’s theme is revealed, why with its thick ambiance of velvety harmonies and distinct acoustic guitar flourishes the artist takes vocal flight towards the past, reflecting as he longs for a simpler time in music and all elsewhere. One could say the final song in the album, a reprise of the first, is a moody send-off, but we argue it could just as well be the beginning as time is not always a river flowing in one direction, sometimes it is a beautiful storm to behold. Stream Backbone Elegy premiering exclusively below and here is to a great month. - Rene Cobar  





New Myths' polished punk shines on "Bad Connection"

Mixing a health dose of early 00s alternative and riot grrrl energy (with a raucous electronic bent), Brooklyn’s New Myths return with new track “Bad Connection,” a scorching, take-no-prisoners ride. Lyrically marked by free associative imagery that evokes the general restlessness at the track’s core (descriptions of television static and disease abound), Bad Myths instrumentally charge forward, offsetting their often grunge-y subject matter with sunburnt power chords, dynamic vocal gymnastics, and pervasive synth arpeggios. Such contrast allows the band to truly hone their strengths, primarily their ability to create rock that’s both crusty and glitzy, channeling a punk subject matter in a way that’s more polished than most (while maintaining that indefatigable spirit). Recommended for fans of groups like Sleater Kinney and the B-52s, stream the single below, and keep an eye out for the group’s forthcoming EP “All the Shiny Things” out later this year. Original photo by Andrew Segreti

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Blood Surge Forward with Debut EP

 

As the world moves closer and closer to chaos and disarray, Blood’s new EP entitled Why Wait Till ‘55, We Might Not Even Be Alive has the energy to match it. The group meanders through genres as a bundle of nomads looking for the brighter future that they know exist. From dense permeating tension to bare-bone melodic release to swift electric motion, the band seems to drive forward as one entity. Blood strikes the equilibrium between the harsh distortion of a rock band and the glistening horns and dynamics of a big jazz band, tranquil 7th chords and exploding drums, and the poetically vulnerable lyrics of a seasoned folk songwriter and the manic screaming delivery of a post-punk ruffian. 

 

Recorded by Erik Wofford at Cacophony Recorders, the four track EP opens with “Intro”, which is not only the perfect preface to the EP, but to the band as a whole. It’s a slow-building descent into madness with layered, unravelling instrumentation paired with cryptic, culturally relevant lyrics reflecting criticisms of masculinity and class struggle. Tracks two and three each display one half of the group’s aptly self-described genre of “jazz-punk”, “Primitive Priest” being the high energy punk and “Genesis” being the more laid back jazz. The closer “Progeny of the Agency” is the longest track and only leaves the listener wanting more. 

The band originated from frontman Tim O’Brien, who fairly quickly was able to amass his team of cohorts. The current lineup consists of bassist Nino Soberon, drummer Tyler Wolff, trumpeter Zach Malett, keyboardist Caleb Parker, guitarist brothers Ben and Julian McCamman-McGinnis, and O’Brien on lead vocals. After a couple of years of local shows, an east coast tour, and opening for some of punk’s biggest names, Blood's debut surges forward, maintaining their position as one of Austin’s coolest bands. 

 

-Hayden Steckel

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Tiny Bit of Giant's Blood "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)"

Tiny Bit of Giant's Blood recently released a video for their take on AC/DC's "If You Want Blood (You've Got It)". The song is taken from their debut album Gigantosaur which will be released on vinyl May 22nd.

This is the Rock of Tony Rogers (vocals, keyboards, percussion, horns), John Scholvin (guitars, piano, vocals), Jackie Schimmel (bass guitar, vocals), and Larry Beers (drums, vocals).





Wyn Doran cuts deep in new single "Cigarettes"

For Nashua, New Hampshire's Wyn Doran, public evisceration of her personal experiences through music is nothing new, but her latest single "Cigarettes" cuts even deeper than usual. The music is tinged with residues of anger, fresh disappointment, and many stains of love all lit by the bluesy guitars that riff away in "Cigarettes" and the soulful vocals of Doran, which carve its choruses. The emotion in the music can be intimating, only because of the deep, relatable pain it reveals, the humanity behind it all too real. Doran is in her full alt-soul element in this new single, and that only adds a layer of strength to recall the song's theme head-on; Wyn shows in the track the same grit that has characterized her sound, explosive beats and all. Stream "Cigarettes" below, you may just recognize something in its blackened, burning candor. - Rene Cobar

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