Wolf Alice’s Newest Single Sends You ‘Heavenward’

I’m just going to say it — “Heavenward” is the song I hope will be played at my funeral. That may sound morbid (which I am), but this song captures the perfect balance of celebration and hope that is lacking in most tribute songs for passed loved ones. Continue reading “Wolf Alice’s Newest Single Sends You ‘Heavenward’”

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WALK THE MOON’s ‘One Foot’ Premiere is a Resilient Comeback

Alright babes, Walk The Moon… IS. BACK.

As promised, the boys released their first single, “One Foot,” just hours ago, coming back from an unexpected year-long hiatus. While their announcement of new music was rather quiet, “One Foot” is all the roaring proclamation the band needs to declare their return. Continue reading “WALK THE MOON’s ‘One Foot’ Premiere is a Resilient Comeback”

WALK THE MOON is Pressing Restart With New Introspective Album

For fans who first became familiar with Walk The Moon in 2015 when their Talking is Hard single “Shut up and Dance” was at its peak popularity, their unexpected hiatus, announced in April 2016, may have seemed quite abrupt. They were beginning to attract a whole new fan base and ended up cancelling a tour in the midst of a wave of success.

But for the fans that have been following the band since “Anna Sun” and their self-titled 2012 album, their absence left a hollow feeling and some haunting questions: Would Walk The Moon come back? And how will the break have changed them? Continue reading “WALK THE MOON is Pressing Restart With New Introspective Album”

‘Television Romance’ from Pale Waves Triggers Déjà Vu

Between my obsession with The 1975, my infatuation with Wolf Alice and my fascination with The Japanese House, I’m basically Dirty Hit Records’ bitch. I trust my eardrums almost entirely to Jamie Oborne.

So when one of the record label’s newest signees, Pale Waves, released their first single “There’s a Honey,” it was honestly no surprise to me that I ended up having it on repeat for three days. After living off of the one single for six months, they finally released a second single, “Television Romance,” … and I honestly feel like I’m still listening to “There’s a Honey” on repeat. Continue reading “‘Television Romance’ from Pale Waves Triggers Déjà Vu”

Wolf Alice’s Funky ‘Beautifully Unconventional’ Continues to Confound

Have I mentioned that it is impossible to put Wolf Alice in a box? Oh yes… yes, I have. The North London foursome have relentlessly proven my point with each single from their upcoming album, Visions of a Life, due out Sept. 29. Exhibit C: they’re newest track, “Beautifully Unconventional.” Continue reading “Wolf Alice’s Funky ‘Beautifully Unconventional’ Continues to Confound”

La Bouquet Gets the Sad People Dancing

Have you ever wondered what sad people dance to? I suppose most of you haven’t. You probably don’t even imagine that sad people dance. Well that may have been true before, but it was probably because no one bothered to make music for the dismal dancers.

The dads of sad, La Bouquet, have emerged out of the Los Angeles music scene to rectify that issue.

With two singles, “Loveless” and “Loser Baby,” already released, and an upcoming EP in the works with a full length album soon to follow, people all in their feels can now pull away from the walls and dark corners and experience all the feels out on the floor with everyone else.

The L.A.-based band has done limited touring and is still growing their roots in SoCal (something I’m sure will change once they officially release more material), so non-local fans have very minimal exposure to anything beyond the two already released singles. For you, my poor unfortunate souls, I have their full six-song set from their recent show at Bardot in Hollywood. Think of it as an album teaser and taste of their live show for when they hit the road again. Continue reading “La Bouquet Gets the Sad People Dancing”

Wolf Alice Smoothes Out Rough Edges with ‘Don’t Delete the Kisses’

Upon the conclusion of their U.S. tour, going into their small venue U.K. tour, Wolf Alice is getting intimate in more than just their concert gigs. The four-piece recently released the amorous music video for their most unabashed love song, “Don’t Delete the Kisses.” Continue reading “Wolf Alice Smoothes Out Rough Edges with ‘Don’t Delete the Kisses’”

The Japanese House is Somebody I’m Happy to Have Found

The Japanese House — not to be confused with Japanese Wallpaper or Japanese Breakfast — is nowhere near new to my playlist having put out a steady stream of EP releases to keep listeners at bay since 2015. But Amber Bain seems in no rush to satiate her fans’ appetites with an LP. Continue reading “The Japanese House is Somebody I’m Happy to Have Found”

LANY Makes a Debut Album Perfect for Millennials

While LANY is arguably referred to as an alternative band, one thing is for sure — they are the epitomical sound of the millennial generation. From their lyricism to their composition to their song titles, this synth-laden album checks all the boxes for mass appeal to teens and 20-somethings. Continue reading “LANY Makes a Debut Album Perfect for Millennials”

Concert Review: Balance and Composure’s Conflicting New Direction Translates Live

Balance and Composure has always been one of those bands that has been on my radar, although never the subject of my sole attention. I had been reading several reviews about their newest album and how divisive it was, so when I was offered the opportunity to do a live review for The Poly Post, I couldn’t turn it down.

Balance and Composure played to a sometimes raucous, sometimes subdued crowd at The Glass House in Pomona on Wednesday in support of their third album, “Light We Made.”

The band’s departure from their punk/post-hardcore roots, trading in distorted guitars for more polished vocals, has created a divide in their sound and their fan base.

Members of the audience were a mix of angsty and indie rockers distinctive of Balance and Composure’s old and new phases, which made for a volatile blend. Continue reading “Concert Review: Balance and Composure’s Conflicting New Direction Translates Live”