Posts Tagged ‘Lauren Records’

Walter Etc.’s “Gloom Cruise” came out 1 year ago today! Here are two alternate tracks from the album with Adult Mom doing professional karaoke to them. ‬

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Band Members
Steph Knipe, Bruce Hamilton, Liv Battell

Katie Ellen’s debut album, 2017’s Cowgirl Blues, saw frontwoman Anika Pyle kicking against the traditions and norms that come with adulthood—namely, love, major life changes, cohabitation, and domesticity. She penned the anti-marriage anthem with “Sad Girls Club,” a standout track that featured the defiant heartbreaker of a chorus: “Sad girls don’t make good wives.” On the Philly band’s new, five-song EP, Still Life, Pyle is still trying to wrap her head around these things.

On opener “Lighthouse,” Pyle reckons with warring thoughts—wanting to be brave enough to swim into life’s uncharted deep end, but feeling tied down by the anchor of fear and anxiety. Later, on the EP’s title track, she surrenders to the idea that love is more powerful and wild than our capacity to tame it: “You can’t make love stay / Do your best to hold it in place.”

Musically, Pyle flexes a few new tricks she’s trying out, like on “Still Life,” where her voice spirals into borderline operatic delivery, a far jump from the quick and dirty style she cut her teeth on in her former pop punk project Chumped.

Still Life is out on Lauren Records.

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released June 3rd, 2018

Wild Animals must have fans all over the world. No less than seven record labels spread across the U.S., Spain, Italy, Chile and Japan are co-releasing The Hoax; a lot of people really want you to hear the Madrid trio’s new album, which recalls little bits of Superchunk’s crunchy pop-punk or Bob Mould’s triumphant, post-Hüsker Dü jangle with Sugar. But where Wild Animals‘ debut kept everything fast and distorted, these new songs punch out raucous melodies like boxing gloves made from marshmallows.

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“Science-Fiction,” the album’s first single, is a solid case in point. At once nostalgic for technology of yesteryear that brought quiet nerds together (“We spent our time in the arcade / Our second home back in sixth grade / Playing Tetris, Double Dragon / But Street Fighter was our favorite one”) and critical of modern convenience that keeps us at arm’s length, it’s a power-pop song with fuzzy power chords, ringing guitar riffs and a big dang heart.

The Hoax comes out April 27th viLauren Records