Few artists have been able to traverse musical diversity with as much success as Bruce Springsteen has. Over the decades, Springsteen’s Americana train has found success on various stops- Top 40 vibes, the solemn echo of stripped back acoustica, baroque- all done with aplomb. Now 19 albums into his storied career, Springsteen is preparing for another ambitious adventure that few have successfully done before.
His new album, titled Western Stars, is due June 14th and as RollingStone has so lavishly praised, is “some of Springsteen’s most beguiling work ever“. But true to that tone, RollingStone also said that the new work is “off-putting at first”, a sentiment echoed after listening to the first two singles “Hello Sunshine” and “There Goes My Miracle“. It’s a little slow burning, a testament to the very 60s/70s pop that permeates these songs. Maybe a little too avant-pop for Springsteen? Nonetheless, the latest track and video, “Tucson Train”, continues the vibe and does so with the same lush, dream-like instrumentation of the first two singles. But as Springsteen treks down this road it doesn’t take long for the familiar to regain its foothold; the gravitas of his voice, the aura, the connection his music (no matter what style) continues to have with the listener.
Springsteen has been very busy over the past few years. While Western Stars is his first album since 2014, his Netflix special and a year-long stint on Broadway is a reminder of how creatively restless and busy he always is.
“Tucson Train” may be the growing kind, but when it does, all the best qualities of Springsteen shine. And as the horizon engulfs the afternoon sun once again, we’re kept warm by the trusted and timeless.
Watch the video for “Tucson Train”:
Hangtime share “Can I Take You Out” video
There’s no escaping the 90s sound
Not too long ago we had a short chat with Canadian pop-punk band Hangtime about their new EP and the video for the track “One Nine Nine Five”. The aptly titled song is a throwback to a pop punk thought long gone but as this Toronto band will attest, is by no means dead. Now the band have debuted their new music video for the track “Can I Take You Out”; a sweetly romantic, melodic pop punk ode.
The track is a cut from their 2019 EP Invasion, which you can pick up via Bandcamp. Hangtime have a couple of upcoming Canadian shows on the horizon; with all the details available on their Facebook page.
When we spoke to the band and where their sound comes from, guitarist/vocalist Warren Gregson explained their influences;
“There’s no escaping the 90s sound I’m afraid, that’s just who we are. Actually, our biggest influences go back further than that. Most of us were first listening to bands like ALL, Misfits, Dag Nasty, Big Drill Car, Bad Religion, Doughboys, Nils… etc, back in the 80’s. I suppose that’s where the 90s sound for many other bands originated as well.”
Check out the new video and let’s reminisce about some good old school pop punk.
Longwave return with “If We Ever Live Forever”
Longwave still know how to make an impression
New York indie rockers Longwave are returning with their first album in a decade. Titled If We Ever Live Forever, the album is the follow-up to 2008’s Secrets Are Sinister. The band have recently been releasing new music over the last year, with the single “Stay With Me” hitting airwaves in October of last year. Longwave have now revealed the music video for the new song “If We Ever Live Forever”, which you can view above.
If We Ever Live Forever is due for release October 25th via Bodan Kuma Recordings and will be followed by a short run of dates through the eastern side of North America. You can pre-order the new Longwave album from the band’s webstore.
Longwave first burst on to the scene with 2000’s Endsongs, but really started making waves with their 2003 release The Strangest Things (which included the hit single “Tidal Wave”). The latter was the band’s major label debut for RCA Records. We last covered Longwave in 2005, reviewing their terrific album There’s A Fire.