When you think of indie rock, South Africa may not always be the first place you think of. That might change once you’ve gotten to know The Parlotones. The South African indie act are gearing for the release of their eighth studio album, titled China, on June 28th and have released the video for the track “Can You Feel It?”
The band are now 20 years into their existence and while they may not be household names around the globe yet, it hasn’t deterred their steadfast hard work especially in their home country. The Parlotones have claimed status as being the country’s biggest selling indie rock band and have shared the stage with some of rock’s most famous acts, including Coldplay, The Killers, and Snow Patrol. On their new album, frontman Kahn Morbee has said; “It’s kinda surreal because it feels as fresh and as exciting as when we first started“, which is always the better option than being old and jaded.
“Can You Feel It?” may not be as angular as some of indie rock’s most feverish tunes, but the song makes tracks towards those big stadium sounds- taking a more straight forward alternative rock approach to soaring choruses and catchy melodies. Perfect for when you need to feel good about music.
Check out the video below to get a taste of their new album. And for those who want to hear the growth of the band since their debut album Episoda (2003), we recommend checking out the opening cut “Big Fright” from their debut and then checking out the wistful “We Were Just Having Fun” from their 2015 album Antiques & Artefacts.
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.