The Orwells have grown a lot and a little between the release of their debut, Remember When and now. They’ve tightened their sound but have also maintained a sense of immaturity that has landed them attention and late night fame (i.e. Their performance of “Who Needs You” on David Letterman). Disgraceland sees the band moving beyond playing and recording in suburban basements into studios and headline tours. The album encompasses fetching riffs, debauched lyrics and all the makings of a great, youthful American rock ‘n’ roll record. And even though they might not be limited to the confines of suburbia anymore, they still seem like they could go home and play a party for a bunch of drunk high school kids.
White Reaper is a DIY band from Louisville, Kentucky that has been cutting their teeth on the scene there and across the country. I’ve been listening to a lot of similar sounding stuff lately so it was quickly partial to the fuzzy rhythms. White Reaper is made up of Tony Esposito and twin brothers, Nick and Sam Wilkerson. The release is full of psych-tinged garage rock with tight hooks.
Porno Mags is a Chi-town rock crew formed in July 2013. Their sound encompasses elements of garage, surf, punk, and new wave rock. The self-titled release is a lo-fi beach party with something for everybody interested in music that sounds like it was made in yr parents’ garage. Their sound is similar to bands like togetherPangea, The Orwells, FIDLAR.
Naïve Thieves straight up sound like a sunnier version of The Strokes. Vocalist Cameron Thorne shares Julian’s too-cool-for-school nonchalant singing and even sounds enough like him at times for it to seem intentional. Even so, the Riverside, CA quartet have crafted a rad summer album that stands on its own even with the similar sounds. Vamonos is catchy and clever garage rock soaked in California surf.