SEVEN IN THE MIX – 7 New Indie Injections – Week 37

7 new rad indie injections to charge your batteries for the coming 7 days

12 September 2022

Artist: LUKE SWEENEY
Who: Singer-songwriter from San Francisco.

Track: PRINCESS OF THE PEARL PALACE

Princess of the Pearl Pace comes from Sweeney’s forthcoming album – his 4th – Rishi. Inspired by the traumatic birth and unexpected death of his infant daughter in 2018.
The LP’s ‘humble temple of songs’ was mostly written in India, where Sweeney’s family made a return trip to deliver Rishi’s ashes to the Ganges.

The song is a smooth and soothing feel-good reverie about
a feel-very bad experience. Romantic, melancholic and moony.

Princess of the Pearl Palace
All the folks will turn to see
The Princess of the Pearl Palace
Dancing like a wave upon the sea

Princess
when she’s out on the street,
The ground never meets her feet
She couldn’t care less
About your sarcastic mouth
She’s got another face to greet


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LUKE SWEENEY: Facebook
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Band: THE VELVET HANDS
Who: A firm London-via-Cornwall four-piece.

Track: I WANNA BE THERE

“Blending their signature raucous choruses with soaring guitar hooks, the track was
born out of the foursome’s desire to make music that inspires youngsters to form bands.
An uplifting anthem for anyone feeling a bit lost in life, the new cut is punctured
by catchy riffs and melodic build-ups.”

This is indie pop at its indie best. Uplifting, sinewy, and high on life. Jangly guitars, a steadfast rhythm section, yearning vocals, and a club-filling jump-for-joy chorus. Top!

THE VELVET HANDS: Instagram
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Band: THE JAILBIRDS
Who: Rockers from Toronto,
dripping with nostalgia, yet fresh.

Track: SLUDGE

We’ve all been there – stuck in a toxic relationship and wondering
how we got ourselves into this mess. Finally, we realize that we’re being
treated like complete crap and we don’t deserve that
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Sludge is a slow-burning blues rock torch. Screeching guitars,
wham bam drums, febrile vocals, and an overall fiery plangency.

Turn up the heat

THE JAILBIRDS: Instagram
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Band: ZACHARY ROSS AND THE DIVINE
Who: Indie rock team from Philly

Track: PUSH START (EVERYONE KNOWS)
From their new intensive 5-track EP Rebuilding Heaven.

Zac Eisenstein (singer): “I have been at home for over four years without a musical outlet. I needed to be here for my family but also my band Man Overboard for the life of us could not get on the same page schedule-wise the past couple of years. This culminated in my starting my own band. This isn’t a side project, this isn’t a little creative endeavor. This is my band now. This is the main band. This is the main project. The show must go on.”

Push Start is a flammable and high-powered pop firecracker bouncing
like a yo-yo with pithy panache, exuberant chants and Fall Out Boy echoes.

Press play

ZACHARY ROSS: Instagram
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Artist: AUGUST GONZALEZ
Who: Drawing from an array of influences ranging from hip-hop, indie-pop,
to pop-punk, Gonzalez is an artist that refuses to be put into a box.

Track LXXKN 4 THE L!TE
From her upcoming debut solo EP

Gonzalez: “The world is pretty ugly these days and it’s easy to get lost in it and feel down. I wrote this song for anyone struggling to get through the day – that don’t feel like they’re enough or don’t want to get out of bed. For anyone walking with a heavy weight on their shoulders, just wanting to give up – I want to let them know they’re not alone. I want to tell them not to give up because they are enough and worth fighting for.”

Gonzalez serves an effervescent cocktail of hip-hop-pop-rock sparks
inviting you to jump out of your lazy couch for a hip-swaying two-step.

Make your move here…

August Gonzalez: Instagram
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Band: KODAE
Who: A musical collective from Albert, CA ombining their mutual love of modern groove with their connection to nature and mysticism. They are a group of intergenerational musicians with unique backgrounds

Track: FRACTALS

“The last couple of years reminded us of the importance of presence and community and as things have opened back up, many of us have fallen into the busy trap of trying to make up for lost time. This song is meant to remind us to savour the moment and regain connection to the world around us.”

This feels good, really good, for your mind, your soul, your heart and also for your itchy hips. The vivid vibe at play here is sensuous, sultry, and simply irresistible. Chic Le Freak guitar snippets, nightclub bass riffs and wonderful vocals. Think of soul star Sade. Cool, right? Absolutely.

Start shadow-dancing here…


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KODAE: Instagram

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Band: CROW FOLLOW
Who: Risen from the vibe of a diverse and energetic music scene in Boston MA, Crow Follow celebrates and transcends it. They bring glowing brightness to the darkest tunes

Track: IRON BOTTOM SOUND
From their upcoming debut album, out at the end of this month.

“It’s about the music scene, going out, playing out; the underneath places where
local music tends to be. It’s about seeking out the scene. Looking for those badass women playing amazing rock. We have role models amongst them too numerous to name.”

Imagine a sweaty bar with sweaty people movin’ and groovin’ to the heated beats
in the early hours of a long night out. There’s a big chance you’ll see/hear Crow Follow taking care of the vibrant vibes.

Feel it here…


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CROW FOLLOW: Facebook
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See/hear you next week, music junkies

Five Firecrackers To STAY ON TRACK IN THE WEEKEND!

5 new firecrackers to boost your favorite 48 hours…

Band: A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS
Who: Infamous psych-noiseniks from Brooklyn, NY
led by founder/mastermind Oliver Ackermann
Track: END OF THE NIGHT
TUTV says: A razzle-dazzle and spine-and-mind-chilling thriller sounding
like Nine Inch Nails going punk, Spacemen 3 returning from the dead and
The Brian Jonestown Massacre freaking out on acid, all at the same time.
This is what happens when lockdown blues leads to schizophrenia.

Step into the darkness…

Band: FIGHTMILK
Who: Swirling indie rockers from London
Track: HEY ANNABELLE – new track from the band’s
upcoming, second LP – out 14 May. Order-info: here.
TUTV says: If a band introduces a new piece as follows “Putting the ‘angry’
in ‘Shangri-La’s’, this is arguably our pettiest song
“, you just want to press play
and go gaga. Punked-up energy, in-your-face vocals, amplified top pop shot.

Let’s roll…


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Artists: DAVE GROHL and daughter VIOLET
Track: NAUSEA – a cover of a 1980 cracker
by L.A. Punk legends X
TUTV says: Violet should form her own band
and rock Foo Fighters into oblivion.

Press play for some ass-kicking rawk ‘n’ roll

Band: NIGHTJACKET
Who: Dream-pop quartet from Los Angeles
Track: BURN THROUGH THE ATMOSPHERE
TUTV says: Close your eyes and you’ll hear the starry-eyed voice of Harriet Wheeler, front lady of former daydreamers The Sundays. You’ll also hear romantic pop sparks floating somewhere up there in the blue sky. Summer is in the air.

Enjoy the trip…


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Artist: LUKE SWEENEY
Who: Singer/songwriter from San-Francisco
Track: TIE MAO TO MINED
“This song has traveled a long ways and continues to morph in a variety
of ways, but the theme remains: it’s a mind you can trick into confinement,
consignment, or alignment,”
says the author.
TUTV says: Back to the 60s, back to the psychdelic flower power era,
back to never-never land, while the restless mind continues its endless
quest for freedom.


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