A few weeks ago a proprietor of a relatively small but prominent record label went on a social media rant in an act of desperation because apparently, ever since he had switched to in-house PR, no publication had picked up any of their pressers. It was long, it was winded, and it was desperate. But there is truth to some of what was said, we do get too many emails, we do delete a lot of them, but there is also a lot of terrible, terrible music.
Perhaps it was a little bit of both for that label but in the case of GVRDEN, I’m glad I didn’t hit the delete. I’m glad I took an extra few minutes to listen because GVRDEN are the very reason why sometimes the hard slog on both ends is worth it.
The Connecticut band are a blistering reminder of the powerful and moving sounds of Mineral, The Appleseed Cast, and Texas is the Reason. The cascading guitars and the emotive vocals all come crashing down in tidal waves of nostalgia-fueled delight. Sure, you can call it emo (the mid-90s kind), but with the current wave of popularity that a resurgent Mineral find themselves on, it is no surprise that this sound has found new life.
This track, “The Sound of Desperation”, is all of that new life. It’s a cut off their upcoming EP Seasons and is due June 7th, so there isn’t a long wait. But this four-piece have done a lot with one track; a song that is both a reminder and a look ahead.
Listen to “The Sound of Desperation”:
Corridor reveal new song “Domino”
Montreal francophone band Corridor have revealed a new track from their upcoming album Junior. The new Sub Pop Records signees have been previewing new music since their signing back in July and most recently released the animated music video for “Topographe“.
The new song features the band’s trademark spirally guitars and infectious percussion work. Speaking about the new track, Corridor’s vocalist/guitarist Jonathan Robert has said the song is about the sometimes stressful effect of being a musician/creative on those around you;
“Art doesn’t necessarily make you a better person. There can be angst, stress and so on. It can have a negative, direct impact on the people closest to you. Domino is about navigating just that.”
The song was also the first song the band wrote for Junior and has been a staple in their recent live sets.
Corridor will embark on a European and North American tour starting late October and their new album, Junior, will be released October 18th. You can pre-order the album digitally and physically here.
Check out the new song “Domino”:
Chrissie Hynde covers The Kinks’ “No Return”
“Jazz is something I grew up around and I’ve always had a soft spot for it”
Singer-songwriter Chrissie Hynde has given the Kinks track “No Return” a jazz makeover in her rendition of the song. The cut comes from her upcoming new covers album Valve Bone Woe, where Hynde takes on some noted singers and songwriters including Brian Wilson, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Hoagy Carmichael, John Coltrane, Nick Drake, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and of course, Ray Davies. The original, written by Davies, was released on The Kinks’ 1967 album Something Else.
The new album was produced by Marius de Vries and recorded with the Valve Bone Woe Ensemble at Air Studios in London. In discussing the new songs, Hynde talked about the genesis of what would become the new album and how it came to be;
“I thought that was a perfect title for the album I’d been working on with producer Marius de Vries. After we’d recorded “I Wish You Love” for the Eye Of The Beholder soundtrack I’d often expressed a desire to do more along those lines. What eventually emerged was the idea to do what we refer to as our Jazz/Dub album. I’m not hugely interested in branching out into other musical genres, being a devout rock singer as such, but jazz is something I grew up around (thanks to my bro) and I’ve always had a soft spot for it.”
Other covers from Valve Bone Woe include the Beach Boys’ “Caroline, No,” Frank Sinatra’s “I’m a Fool to Want You,” Nancy Wilson’s “How Glad I Am,” Charles Mingus’ “Meditation on a Pair of Wire Cutters,” Johnny Mathis’ “Wild is the Wind,” and John Coltrane’s “Naima”.
Valve Bone Woe is out Friday, September 6th via BMG. The famed Pretenders’ frontwoman last released a solo album in 2014, titled Stockholm, while The Pretenders last studio album was 2016’s Alone.