Tracks Of The Week, 09.12.16

Released as part of Odd Box Records 100 Club series of singles, Suggested Friends’ ‘Chicken’ is a raucously brilliant way to end 2016, and launch them into what’s set to be a very exciting new year.

With all members in different bands (Wolf Girl, Chorusgirl and Cat Apostrophe), ‘Chicken’ is Suggested Friends at the height of their union; it’s a sound that solely belongs to Suggested Friends.

The best thing about ‘Chicken’ is just how fun it is. Endearing, but equally driven, noisy and fearless, ‘Chicken’ is lo-fi indie at its finest.

Pre-order ‘Chicken’ via Oddbox Records here

Introducing us to their first LP, The Velveteins have shared wonderful gem: ‘Don’t Ya Feel Better’.

Though the band got their inspiration from perhaps an unlikely place – the band said they “were listening to a lot of tradition Indian music” when the song was written – the result is most certainly Canadian. Surf-punk, sugary sweet and admirably careless, ‘Don’t Ya Feel Better’ will make you feel a hell of a lot better.

With hooky melodies and stunningly soft vocals, ‘Don’t Ya Feel Better’ is the kind of ear-worming track that is definitely okay.

Get ‘Don’t Ya Feel Better’ now at hyperurl.co/DontYahFeelBetter

It seems Canada’s having its moment: joining The Velveteins on this week’s Tracks of the Week are Vancouver six-piece Brasstronaut, with ‘Hawk’.

Experimental, intelligent and very, very intriguing, ‘Hawk’ – paired with its video taken from 1977 conceptual art-piece ‘This Was Pink’ – feels itself almost like an art piece. Taken from the band’s most collaborative release yet (“the agreement… was that everyone should bring in two song ‘seeds’”) ‘Hawk’, while remaining danceable and fun, feels thought-out. And there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. Brasstronaut long for adventure, and through ‘Hawk’, they’re taking us with them.

The self-titled album, Brasstronaut, is out 24th February

I’m sure you’ve heard of PWR BTTM; they’ve been on Tracks Of The Week before in all their sparkly wonder, but having just announced a UK tour for April 2017, with a follow-up album on the way AND having recently released a video for ‘I Wanna Boi’ it’s a better time than any to get excited about PWR BTTM. Also (if you need any more excuses) their glitter/queer beauty is perfect for this time of year.

‘I Wanna Boi’ manages to be everything: real, funny, power-pop, grungy. It’s the embodiment of what PWR BTTM do best. Behind the glitz and glamour, everything they do extremely relatable. Plus, it just sounds so. damn. good.

April 2017 UK tour

10th – Workmans Club, Dublin // TICKETS
11th – Deaf Institute, Manchester // TICKETS
12th – Harley, Sheffield // TICKETS
13th – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham // TICKETS
15th – CCA, Glasgow // TICKETS
16th – Exchange, Bristol // TICKETS
17th – The Haunt, Brighton // TICKETS
18th – The Garage, London // TICKETS
Melissa Svensen

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Melissa, 22. Editor. Student, music journalist, probably talking about Blur or Bowie
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