A nice crop of interesting new rock music in the RARA’s Farm fields. Each of the albums and EPs can be previewed and purchased in the snappy iTunes widgets to the right of our summary. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
|The Pack A.D., Do Not Engage – A unique blend of captivating garage rock. The album features raw hard driving rock with slick riffs and catchy pop hooks. The vocals, at times reminiscent of Hunter Valentine, have an alluring edge which were nicely juxtaposed against tight harmonies.This talented female Canadian combo features Becky Black and Maya Miller. They’re two women who play with an edge and create passionate rock ‘n roll. The pair have been described as “a fantastically gritty rock duo” (NPR) and “the equivalent of a sonic knuckle sandwich” (Exclaim).If you only download one song: Animal – Do Not Engage – it’s a nice rocker and the only song available at the present time, but the best track on the album is “The Water” where you’ll be immersed in fuzzy distorted guitar and hellacious drumming.|
|Krill, Steve Hears Pile in Malden and Bursts Into Tears, I was intrigued by the title of their first single off this their second album, as soon as I received “Turd.” The single is excellent. At times the lyrics are a a tad bit disturbing, yet at the same time quite compelling. What we find on the rest of the EP, is a semi-diarrhetic. The EP is garage rock, that in its finest moments reminded me of early Replacements or current Cold War Kids; yet at its weaker spots was generally bland and forgettable. But, all that being said, I like it and love that the band is offering new interesting rock ‘n roll. These guys are a band to watch. Check out the album and make your own determination. If you only download one song: Turd – Steve Hears Pile in Malden and Bursts into Tears – EP It’s a crappy song, in a the most positive sense. The lyrics surprisingly poignant as they reflect on a shitty day, and the music excellent. The title track is pretty damn good, too.|
|Mogwai, Rave Tapes – We don’t really have any experts in atmospheric music, and I personally don’t know what to compare it to. What I can share is that this veteran Scottish quintet uses their talent to create unique interesting music that’s definitely worth a listen. Simply put, it’s an ominous foreboding sonic journey. “I think the feel of Les Revenants seeped into Rave Tapes a little bit,” explained Stuart Braithwaite of the band’s recent score for the cult TV show in an interview with Mojo Magazine. “We were listening to an awful lot of horror film soundtracks – Goblin, Fabio Frizzi, John Carpenter, Morricone’s theme to The Exorcist II….” If you only download one song: Remurdered – Rave Tapes – it’s a dark addictive seven minute journey that I can’t stop listening to.|
|Modern Baseball, You’re Gonna Miss it All – From Andrew Corbett’s review on RARA’s Farm: Front man Brendan Lukens sings with a distinctive voice, one you could pick out in a crowded basement. Nasally and rushed, the lyrics come across as inner thoughts put to music, not always fitting into each measure. But that doesn’t mean that they are not well versed, they are sincere, coming from a real place of remorse.Most of the songs follow a similar construction, starting with a melodic verse, then erupting into a pop punk break that leads into a catchy chorus, before finally settling into a calm sectioned outro that leaves you feeling as if you have arrived somewhere. If you only download one song: Rock Bottom – You’re Gonna Miss It All
|A Perfect Circle, Three Sixty – This metal super group kind of disappeared for a few years, and we weren’t sure when, or if we’d see them re-surface. Three Sixty is basically a Greatest Hits album which is often the death knell for a rock band, but on this one, there’s definite cause for optimism. The new offering, “By and Down,” is a powerful track that leaves us craving for more. Read the full RARA’s Farm review here: Three Sixty Album Review. If you only download one song: By and Down – Three Sixty – it’s the only new one and it’s a strong offering.|