2:54 – You’re Early

 

I know nothing about 2:54, but the lead singer bears a striking resemblance to Garbage’s Shirley Manson. Their sound is not altogether different, either.

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Customs – She Is My Mechanic

 

Customs appear committed to their kitsch retro-revival groove right now. For me, it doesn’t hit the wonderful highs of the single ‘Harlequins’, or the album ‘Enter The Characters’. Both of those are well worth tracking down. I’m not especially looking-forward to their new album, however.

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La Sera – Losing To The Dark

 

Subtle hint of 90’s indie girl rock, ala Sleeper, Echobelly, etc. La Sera (aka Katy Goodman) seems to be churning out the hits right now.

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These Ghosts – The Great Unknown

 

Really liking the sound of These Ghosts. I’ve heard them described as being similar to one of my all-time favorite bands, Mew, and I can see where the comparison comes from.

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Tacks, The Boy Disaster – Treasure Hunters

 

My God, this is mellow. And melancholy. Never heard of these guys before, but this is certainly an interesting track that catches the attention. Pity about the band name, but hey — who am I to talk about band names?

 

Edit: Track download available for free here:

http://tacks-the-boy-disaster.bandcamp.com/releases

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Paul Draper – Feeling My Heart Run Slow

 

Well, this is the moment that I reckon I’ve been waiting for for at least 10 years — an early sighting of a Paul Draper solo album (I think that hopes of a proper Mansun reunion is probably just a pipe-dream). This is about as bootleggy as it gets, but since Paul himself has posted it on Facebook, I think that it’s safe to say that this is legit. At first listen, it has a more electronic edge to it than you might expect, and the vocals are somewhat reminiscent of Kleptomania-era Mansun material. Regrettably, it seems that Mr. Draper has suffered with personal issues for much of the intervening period, and didn’t feel capable of making music. This is just about the only justification for the disappearance of one of the 90’s great male vocalists. Considering we’ve had decades of cameos and collaborations from the likes of Richard Ashcroft and Thom Yorke, it only seems right that someone like Paul is ready to step forward and reclaim the limelight. I can’t wait.

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JAWS – Gold

 

A ridiculously good song from up-and-coming Birmingham band JAWS. Sounds like there’s some early 90’s Stone Roses influences going on in there.

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Gerard Way – Action Cat

 

Pretty much what you’d expect from the former My Chemical Romance front-man. Their sound certainly gravitated towards accessible, radio-friendly pop-punk as time went by. The trend has continued here, apparently.

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Bonobo – Recurring

 

I’m just in the process of discovering the music of Bonobo (it seems that I’m a little behind the times in that respect). They’re very much part of the chillout genre, rather than rock & roll. Good stuff for a bit of casual programming / troubleshooting, though.

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Honeyblood – No Spare Key

 

Here’s some moody girl-indie for you to kick off the month of August. Sounds a bit reminiscent of Warpaint.

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