Weekend Releases “Mirror,” Album Due in July
Bay Area shoegazers Weekend have a cool album and couple of EPs under their belt, but they look to take it to the next level with their next release, Jinx. Contrary to their prior quick-hitting, Jesus & Mary Chain-inspired guitar squalls, the slow-burning “Mirror” takes more than a minute to get going and unfolds at a gentle pace, with vocals only appearing after two out of its five minutes. But it’s anything but boring; rather, it hypnotizes you from the outset with droning, ethereal synths so its nuances hit even harder, like that cool heavy-guitar chorus, eerie background synth and krautrockish beat and bassline. Increased depth and confidence go a long way here toward expanding and improving their sound without dramatically changing it. Jinx is due July 23 on Slumberland.
Western Lows Unveil “Icicles,” Album Due in June
L.A. indie pop band Western Lows thankfully go for subtle on “Icicles,” a track from their forthcoming album Glacial, due June 4 on Jaxart. It’s the kind of song that doesn’t slam you with hooks or tricks but gradually gets under your skin, making it infinitely more intriguing than a lot of indie pop. The sound touches on shoegaze and new wave, with a Robert Smith-esque vocal delivery and a heavy, rolling bass, but they also seem intent on paving their own way and using the aforementioned genres as mere entryways. I’d say it was cool, if that wasn’t an accidental, awful pun. They’re at the Satellite April 15, The Redbury May 15 and the Jubilee Festival June 8.
Listen to and Download Army Navy’s “Pickle”
This new song by L.A.’s Army Navy reminds me of lost indie pop bands of yore like The Ocean Blue and Sarah Records bands like The Field Mice. Some of you will go "huh" and the others will be hitting play by now. They have a third album due soon, but details are still to come.
Shows This Weekend:
Friday: First Fridays at the Natural History Museum with Dan Deacon, Japanther and a DJ set from Kisses. Amoeba will be there giving away a limited number of T-shirts and other goodies. Read more here. When that’s done, head to the Satellite for Haunted Summer; check out more about them here.
Saturday: A really cool show — local female musicians and female-fronted rock bands come together at NOMAD for Femme Soup, to benefit event crew SFTS (Summer Fun Time Society). Artists include Bloody Death Skull, Spaceships, Mini Bear, BON BON and more, with vendors, art and a photo booth, among other fun things. The show is $7 or $5 for SFTS members. More info here.