Archives for May 2012

American Hollow – Screaming into the Void

American Hollow created a chilling, cohesive statement with its debut, Whisper Campaign, last year. Although a bit heavy-handed with influences, it nonetheless showed promise. Now, they’ve returned with a new release, Screaming into the Void, and with its political overtones and emphasis on songwriting, complexity, and mood, the group is definitely … [Read more...]

Single from Mirror Lady out now

Mirror Lady's "Hands Are Tied" out now "Hands Are Tied": http://www.bantermm.com/tracks/MirrorLady-HandsAreTied.mp3 Mirror Lady started when T.J. Petracca and Sean Robinson began writing and recording some simple pop songs to cassette tape in Petracca's dorm room at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. The songwriting duo teamed up … [Read more...]

New Album from Jon DeRosa out now

Brooklyn born and bred and influenced by vocal standards of the 1940's, teenage jukebox anthems of the 50's, and the mod and girl-group sounds of the 60's, Jon DeRosa combines them all to create a cocktail of song-driven atmospheric chamber pop. First and foremost a storyteller, it is these stories sung in a darkly resonant baritone that set his … [Read more...]

Mrs Magician – Strange Heaven

What if Black Lips were from California, instead of Georgia? I know that I'm leaving myself open to accusations of lazy journalism and that the comparison is a bit of a superficial one but there isn't any getting away from what was my first and abiding impression of Mrs Magician and their debut album. They trawl similar depths to the Atlanta band, … [Read more...]

Single from Chocolate Robots out now

"Summer Krushhh": http://www.bantermm.com/tracks/ChocolateRobots-SummerKrushhh.mp3 "A family that plays together, stays together." To the Chocolate Robots – brothers Mike, Mutt, and Marcus Giresi – this is no empty cliché. It’s the simple truth. What you probably don’t know is that this trio has its roots in pizza. “It’s our family … [Read more...]

Best Coast – The Only Place

Bethany Cosentino’s love affair with California is not exactly clandestine.  From the name of her band to the inclusion of the state’s likeliness on two consecutive album covers, the BestCoast frontwoman’s obsessions with all things Golden State is so profuse that it practically rivals the Beach Boys.  In fact, it’s pretty much a given that if you … [Read more...]

Struck By Lightning – True Predation

Befitting their name, Struck by Lightning stimulates the listening senses with a punishing first “strike” (no pun intended; well, maybe pun intended). “Sickening Reality”, the first track, enters with a flourish of feedback coined by a slow, heavy climb to what then becomes a punk drumbeat with unblemished guitar chugs. The natural transition from … [Read more...]

Interview with RYAT

Hey there RYAT!  You’re music has been on my mind on ‘n’ off for the past couple of years, after I heard some songs off your entrancing electo-pop album Avant Gold, which was released in 2010 on Obvious Bandits.  Your new album, Totem, is coming out in early June on Brainfeeder and I can’t wait to hear that!  What’s the vibe like for you these … [Read more...]

Dreamers debut album out end of May

On an unseasonably warm Spring day, Megan Gold skipped 5th & 6th period during her junior year of high school and headed to the new coffee bar hang out with her punk rock friends in Tacoma, WA. It was then that she first met Robbie Williamson. He made her coffee & when he looked at her with startlingly blue eyes, she entered through a … [Read more...]

Howler – America Give Up

Unfortunately for Howler, the Strokes’ last album wasn’t a stinker; otherwise this spirited bunch of young Minnesotans would probably take their place as the rightful heirs to the throne of fuzzy, floppy-haired, lo-fi strum ’n’ roll. While Casablancas and Co. can still bear each other’s company long enough to show the young pretenders how it’s … [Read more...]