rises me most about the Steelwells is that they have proven that most of the building blocks of California rock have yet to disseminate. The iconic dreamy surf rock sounds a la The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, and The Chantays is still thriving in a very tangible way. The Steelwells are the natural progression of surf rock – an indie band at heart, they combine the familiar independent iconographic sounds of Wilco with dreamy, fuzzy beach rock.
The album itself is a set of 7 short tracks, and would probably fall within the EP realm, clocking in at a whopping 28.8 minutes. (Mystery Tricycle considers anything an EP if beats a standard sitcom to the finish). But don’t let the short time of the disc render the experience inaccessible, these guys pack a lot in to such a brief window.
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The Steelwells - El Captain
Shrouded in mystery, convulsion, and perversion, Bastard Lovechild of Rock ‘n Roll creates mystic, ethereal, mixes that remind us of Wolfmother, the Strokes, and maybe even a splash Led Zeppelin style Theramin – all ground up, stuck in a blender, sifted through an echo chamber, and regurgitated on your feet. “Le Blorr”,
comprised of Chris Hess (a.k.a. Cookie Sugar Hips) and Adam Winn (a.k.a. Hot Damn Sweet Huckleberry Winn), are eccentric, creative, and positively enthralling to listen to.
Bim Bom is an album of color. Every single track is pressed against the avant garde boundaries of indie rock, and creative rhythms, sounds, and melodies are not just splashed around the album – Instead, they are completely drenching it. This is an art album in every way. Right away, before even... Read More
Bastard Lovechild of Rock n’ Roll - Boy You Need Jesus
Spring time is beginning to show itself in different corners of the hemisphere, and here in Pittsburgh, I can’t wait to leave the cave and bask in the sunshine. It seems like Pittsburgh winters last forever, but then again, to me the w
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eather is inhospitable if I can’t be in a T-shirt. Perhaps I’m living in the wrong place, but even so, here are some newly released songs that help me to get in brighter spirits and remind me that summer is just a few months away.
Taste of Spring by Julia Trotti.
Alexander Ebert, who is the frontman for Ima Robot as well as The Magnetic Zeros, debuted his solo project “Alexander” at SXSW this year. This song, A Million Years is an earthy, warm, and fuzzy acoustic trot that is light heated and sweet. It’s the sort of song that makes you want to... Read More
Bell Brigade - Losers
Hey Rosetta - Yer Spring
Larcenist - Leon
Think of France for a moment. You’re probably thinking of the Eiffel Tower, cheese, champagne, or musketeers. Or hip outdoor cafes populated by sweet-talking men in funny hats and women with interesting hair. Regardless, you probably didn’t think about their music scene. France may not stand highest in the world, but they’ve got a musical culture that’s as strong, vibrant, and diverse as any other country in the world. Case in point: indie rockers Wonderflu out of Paris.
Not only are they French (which apparently should be enough to have you sold on them), and not only are they indie, they’re also good. Sadly, good indie bands have been in short supply in the States lately, so it’s refreshing to hear a band that doesn’t succumb to the dumb standard indie sensibilities that... Read More
Wonderflu - Running Faster