Browsing articles from "October, 2011"
Oct 7, 2011

WE RUN CMJ… Kinda, Sorta

We Run refers to themselves as “a five piece post-indie band based in Brooklyn, New York. A far cry from the electo-pop sound that has become popular among indie circles today, We Run is influenced by the likes of Nirvana, Buzzcocks, and Thin Lizzy. Driven by guitars, break downs, and up-tempo hooks, We Run is out to summon rock & roll from the dead.”

Booking We Run for our CMJ showcase without ever seeing them live AND with only a couple demos up on their website is quite ballsy on our part to say the least. And coming up with a intuitive musical review is near impossible. However, there is enough in the two tracks to get our attention. Obviously grunge is a heavy influence on the band, but as the chorus booms on “Hard as I Break” while distorted bass lines dominate, we’re reminded a bit of Foo Fighters circa The Colour and the Shape. Nevertheless, it’s the scratching guitar tones on the same track, the likes of Tom Morello at the end of “Bulls on Parade” that really got our attention.

We Run has teeth and chops… with a slew of talent yet the foresight to keep self-indulgent instrumentation in check. Their music has the energy of Black Flag and a punk undertone derivative of the West Coast, not Brooklyn (thankfully). We Run will be kicking off our CMJ festivities 7:00pm Wednesday, October 19th at Spike Hill and just as a gut instinct we highly suggest checking them out.

Oct 6, 2011

LFC004: The Static Jacks – “Into The Sun” / “Mercy, Hallelujah”

We’re very excited to officially announce our fourth and latest signing to the Laissez Faire Club singles label: Westfield, New Jersey’s The Static Jacks.

After introducing them to you via this blog back in May, we’re pleased to be able to bring you their first ever UK release, which will be a double A-sided 7″ single (limited to just 300 copies) featuring the hard and fast, hooky as hell, festival smash in waiting “Into The Sun” and the Cure-channeling “Mercy, Hallelujah”. The record is expected to hit the shelves of all good independent record stores in late November.

Both tracks are taken from their recently released (and to date, critically acclaimed) full length “If You’re Young”, which came out in the States through Fearless Records at the end of August (and should see the light of day in the UK at some point in 2012).

The band are about to embark on a mammoth US tour with The Wombats and The Postelles (if you live in any of these cities, perhaps head on down), and we expect to announce some UK shows very soon indeed. Keep checking back for any such developments. In the meantime, listen to the single in full below, and watch two very different versions of the lead track.

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Oct 4, 2011

RethinkPopMusic Announces CMJ Lineups

RethinkPopMusic will host two official CMJ showcases this year featuring seventeen of our favorite artists. We will be writing a personalized blog on every artist, so “Stay Plugged In” for more info on all the incredible bands.


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