September 19, 2019

The Petals: Seven Stops

photo: Luke Shannon

Pittsburgh based indie-rock group The Petals go through various moods on their latest album Seven Stops, with power pop and post-rock as the main ports of call. They are a band that goes with the flow, changing the tempo whenever they see fit. The vocals are a bit rushed at times, especially during Pinhead, a song that could have been a long lost Jonathan Richman track.

Searching for hidden meanings, both real and imaginary, is what drives them. In Quiet Down an answer is almost tangible, only to slips away again, leaving them flustered. With their for amalgam of noise and gentle pop The Petals have created a string of closely linked songs about doubt and trying to let go. The plea in Nyugalom to "Disengage wherever your are" sums it all up.

Crash Midnight: Chinatown

Las Vegas based hard rockers Crash Midnight were under the impression that they were going to get signed by a major, but after quite promising get together in LA Sony stopped returning their call, finally offering some lame budget issues excuse. So they said fuck it and decided to return to good old DIY to get the word out about their music. Their latest single is called Chinatown, a farewell song for their former place of residence Boston, where they spend many nights in the seedy bars. Recommended if you like Five Finger Death Punch and Guns 'N Roses.

» crashmidnight.com

September 18, 2019

Cover Me: I Would Die 4 U

What better way to use a spare day while making an album to record some more music with fellow artists who happen to be in the same city? Canadian singer Rose Cousins hooked up with British folk rock band Bear's Den and Dutch singer Christof van der Ven for an exquisite acoustic rendition of the Prince classic I Would Die 4 U.

Maggie Brown: new single "Takes Time" + two shows in The Netherlands

photo: Joni Spaan

Amsterdam based indie guitar band Maggie Brown have come back out of hiding with a new single, the appropriately titled Takes Time. More new material might be road tested during their upcoming shows.

Live dates:

» maggiebrown.nl

HCTF review of Another Place.

September 17, 2019

The Fierce And The Dead: stream "Andy Fox" from "Live USA 17"

English instrumental prog experimentalists The Fierce And The Dead have shared another track from their forthcoming new album Live USA 17. Echoes And Dust premiered Andy Fox. "Hitting the Americans over the head with post-rockers like Spooky Action andd the towering power of Truck and soothing them with the pastoral The Wait and a superb rendition of the complex Andy Fox they build their set like a classic English mansion: balanced, yet with plenty of hidden rooms and weird details".