Singles Roundup August 2017
Well now, have we all had a great summer? What summer, I hear you cry? Oh, yeah, maybe perhaps not dwell on that… still, autumn approaches, and with it a pretty cool looking touring season! For now though, have a look at our pick of the singles from the last month.
Monster Treasure – Leave
Northern Californian’s Monster Treasure return to the UK this autumn in support of fellow Singles Roundup featurees Slowcoaches, and bring with them their second album, the catchily titled II. Throwing a bit of grunge into a pleasing late 90s Fierce Panda style fuzz-drenched indie punk sound, the lead single off said album is Leave, a breakup song with a solid driving riff and a melancholic pop vocal.
Monster Treasure play a headline date at Old Blue Last in Shoreditch on October 17th, before hitting the road with Slowcoaches for seven dates. The album is out October 6th, but before that, check out the spinning and kaleidoscopic video for Leave on YouTube.
Felix Hagan & The Family – Hey I Want You
Coming in with a glitter stomp from the off, Hagan & Co fill every space in this sub three minute belter in a way that brings to mind the much missed Do Me Bad Things, with more than one singer and more than one lead instrument. A Queen influence is evident, while a Little Richard/Elton John wild piano line runs thoughout and a Chuck Berry solo pops up somewhere in the middle, which all combines to make a track with real clout and punch.
Listening to their other material, they are a musically varied as you the above might suggest, so the new album Attention Seeker should certainly be interesting when it lands in November. For now, hear Hey I Want You over on Soundcloud, where you can also check out some previous releases.
The Venus Reaction – Crashing Up / Lifetime
There’s not much information about these guys up yet, but The Venus Reaction is the new band from Amy Conradine (Evarane), David Donley and Ed Graham (The Darkness), with one Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) popping up on bass for the A-side, and producer Jim Lowe (Stereophonics) on the AA. Names aside, Crashing Up is a solid piece of hard rock, with Conradine’s melodic vocal giving a slight pop sheen to proceedings, with AA-side Lifetime having more of an epic rock ballad feel.
You can pre-order the single on lovely clear vinyl over at Burning Shed Distribution, or catch a few snippets of both of the songs on the band’s YouTube channel. Be interesting to see where these guys go.
The OBGMs – Beat Up Kidz
Inhabiting some of the same aural space as bands like The Sly Persuaders, although with perhaps a bit more 80s Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Toronto’s The OBGMs bring a bag of yelps and angular shapes to throw at the punk rock party on this track. The OBGMs (or The Oooh Baby Gimme Mores to give them their full name) include an obvious hip hop influence to their music, but are definitely moving towards a more raw garage rock sound with tracks like this and Torpedo.
Beat Up Kidz is the third track from their self-titled debut album coming out 8th September, and you can catch the wonderfully multicolour video for it over on YouTube now.
Motorhead – Heroes
Ah man, now this one is a bit of a choker. From the upcoming collection of Motorhead cover versions Under Cover, Lemmy recorded this track with the band in the sessions for their last album, 2015’s Bad Magic, and is one of the last recordings he ever made. It is a fitting single, being as it is one legend covering another, with both recently departed, and both indisputably heroes. The track is at once both achingly sad and a powerful anthem, and is a great example of a faithful cover version that adds value rather than just copies, with the extra depth and power that the Motorhead sound brings.