Posts Tagged ‘Brooklyn’

Introducing: Fast Years

There’s not a huge amount to say about Fast Years at this moment in time, given that they’re yet to appear live in any setting and have just two tracks available online.

What we do know is they’re a garage rock quartet from Brooklyn (another day, another Brooklyn band indeed), and that one of the said songs, “Young Heart” is a mile-a-minute, hook-a-plenty, good time jam that’s got us hot under the collar just now.

It’s essentially the sound of The Mooney Suzuki and The Von Bondies joining each other on stage at a heaving, sweat filled venue circa 2002-2003, say, after a Caesars DJ set in between the bands (where they play Jerk It Out). One hell of an evening, in other words.

Of course, with this genre of Ramones-aping rock being heavily popularised by The Vaccines, and now Howler (who the band are actually supporting for their first ever show, at Brooklyn’s Cameo Gallery, this Friday 20th), we’re guessing that Fast Years will slot right into 2012’s indie rock landscape without anyone so much as batting an eyelid. Which from what we’ve heard so far, can only be a good thing.

MP3: Fast Years – Young Heart

Introducing: Monogold

Another day, another Brooklyn band: Monogold are the latest three piece from the NYC borough starting to make a noise loud and exciting enough to be heard outside of their hometown. From what we can see, they’ve been doing the rounds at various local venues (and Willaimsburg rooftops) for a year or two, lending support to the likes of YACHT and Bear Hands along the way.

Just now, they’ve been picked up by the ever-on-it Charlie Ashcroft at Amazing Radio, who’s giving initial UK spins to their “Spirit Or Something” track on the station’s “Audition” show, which is lifted from their 2011 full length “The Softest Glow”, available via their Bandcamp page.

The aforementioned track is four minutes of psychedelic, tropical infused indie-pop that recalls the colourful, free spirited experimentalism of bands like Animal Collective, Yeasayer, MGMT or The Go! Team. It’s also a track that we imagine would go down an absolute storm live. We’re picturing crazed, face-painted fans and plenty of dancing, and as such are eagerly awaiting the announcement of some UK dates.

Spirit Or Something by monogoldmusic

MP3: Monogold – Spirit or Something

Introducing: Little Racer

Avid followers of our live nights are likely to be familiar with Brooklyn’s Little Racer already. The three piece were in London last month to promote their debut UK 7″ (“Split For The Coast”) released by Young & Lost Club, and we had the pleasure of hosting two shows for them – one at The Social on 28 November with The Static Jacks (which was the band’s debut UK performance), and one at The Macbeth a week or so later with Channel Cairo.

Their breezy, lo-fi surf pop has drawn comparisons to The Beach Boys, The Drums, Vampire Weekend and early Strokes, and none of these are too far of the mark. This is indie rock in its purest form that’s very much a product of it’s NYC surroundings, and is also the type of noise made to be heard solely on vinyl format.

The buzz they created whilst in town wasn’t insignificant, with some healthy blog coverage and well received shows, which from our experience, were tight, energetic and thoroughly entertaining.

It’ll be interesting to see where they go over the course of 2012. Check out the aforementioned single below, and download their rather nifty self-titled track below that.

MP3: Little Racer – Little Racer

Ambassadors – “Unconsolable” / “Weight / Lightness”

The more eagle-eyed of you may well be aware of our past involvement with the Brooklyn soul-infused quartet Ambassadors.

In October 2009, in the band’s formative stages, we arranged for them to come over to the UK for a series of shows – one down in Brighton, for Communion, and four up in London, including our own night at the now defunct Legion venue in Old Street. All were memorable gigs, with the band leaving quite an impression on their audiences each night. During their week long trip, they also recorded a memorable session for Balcony TV – you can view that here. In the (almost) two years since then, they’ve honed their craft and slowly built up a fan base back in New York.

Over the last few months, interesting cover versions have been appearing regularly on their website (we featured their weird and wonderful take on The Strokes’ ‘Is This It’ back in April), and have been given away for free – which has served to keep things current and interesting. Now, the band have a debut full-length (entitled ‘Litost’) ready for release and are fresh from high-profile opening slots with The Postelles, Darwin Deez and Viva Brother all over the East Coast.

“Unconsolable”, the first single off said LP, has been put out as a free download, and with any luck should get the ball well and truly rolling for them. It’s a mesemerising, scruff-of-the-neck-grabbing four and a half minutes – all frantic, dual percussion and containing one of the year’s most memorable hooks, delivered by front man Sam Harris’ unforgettable, emotion-filled vocal. Couple this with the far more orthodox, yet perfectly executed pop-rock of “Weight / Lightness” (another album track currently in the public domain), which is early U2-like in its overt ambition, and you have the makings of the next big FM friendly rock band – along the lines of Kings Of Leon, Foo Fighters, The Temper Trap or Local Natives. A&R men en garde!

Unconsolable by Ambassadors

MP3: Ambassadors – Unconsolable

Free Body Language EP!

We’ve been in love with Body Language for a while now, and have kept a beady eye on their progress since they played a Laissez Faire Club / RethinkPopMusic showcase at New York’s Studio @ Webster Hall just over a year ago (with The Vanguard and Ambassadors).

The Brooklyn based quartet play gorgeous, groovy and hip-shaking electro / disco pop, replete with soulful vocals from lead singer Angelica Bess. It’s not always rave o’clock, however, there are your blissed out, comedown songs, which show the versatility you’d associate with great, essential pop band.

If we’re going to pigeon hole, they can be filed next to the likes of Cut Copy, Metronomy, Primary 1 and Friendly Fires. That’s the league they’re in, certainly on the strength of their material we’ve heard (as well as their their party-starting live shows), and it’s a tad baffling to us they’re still relatively under the radar. Their 2009 EP, Speaks, contained some of our favourite and most listened to tracks of last year (Huffy Ten Speed, Sandwiches, Work This City), and have featured regularly in our DJ sets around London town.

They’ve just released a new 4-track EP entitled Social Studies, which is available to download for free via Bandcamp (see below). The new tracks pick up where the old ones left off, and if anything they’re more confident, sassy and exuberant. Falling Out, with it’s bouncy synths and rather monstrous hook, is currently ‘on repeat’ over here and seems tailor-made for dancefloors across the globe. At the very least they’re likely to be lighting up the blogosphere before too long, and weaving their way into the consciousness of many a muso. If you reside in New York, they’re playing a series of shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn before the year’s up.

Past LFC performance