New Music Monday – 9/26/16

And we’re back with our weekly series of new songs and records that hissing lawns contributors are listening to. If you’ve got your own recommendations add them in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

“So High”

Starbenders’ Facebook page describes their genre as “ATL glam”, and that feels about right. Mixing psychedelia, driving hard rock, biting vocals, and a hard-to-pin-down manic edge, this new single — not too polished, not too raw — captures the energy of the band’s live sets. – bill

Lovely Bad Things
La Mirada, CA
“Teenage Grownups” off of the upcoming album of the same name

Combining a bit of modern pop punk with the aesthetics of 90’s garage and indie rock, Lovely Bad Things are quickly gaining attention in the California music scene as well as nationally. Their latest single “Teenage Grownups” showcases some influences from the likes of The Pixies but with a decidedly more West Coast sound. – Petee

American Football
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
“Give Me The Gun”

The Kinsella brothers, the core members of American Football, are no strangers to emo rock. American Football has been a staple of sad mixtapes everywhere since the release of their debut, self-titled album over 16 years ago. Now, the current resurgence of emo has spurred one of the most influential bands of the late 90’s back into action. – Petee

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
Brooklyn, NY/L.A.
“I Had A Dream That You Were Mine”

Hamilton Leithauser of the Walkmen and Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend have teamed up for an unlikely collaboration that navigates old territory with wonderful new twists. Leithauser’s trademark pleading howl is still there but under the spell of Rostam’s producing prowess, every track is a surprise — from retro doo-wops, to folk ballads to crooning indie rock. The collaboration gives one of today’s most recognizable rock voices enough space to breathe and layers and layers of music to envelop it. -Kayne

Los Angeles, CA
Head’s Up

It’s been two years since the four women of Warpaint have released an album. All have been busy with solo and side projects and the space apart seems to have opened things up musically.There’s a little less brooding and a lot more shimmer and confidence on this, their 3rd album… but lead single “New Song” may have actually confused fans into thinking they were journeying into pop. That track is the outlier on an otherwise ambitious record filled with brilliant rhythmic grooves and beats (and it cements Stella Mozgawa as one of the coolest drummers on planet earth). – Kayne

Nocturnal Habits
Olympia, WA
“Good Grief” from New Skin For Old Children due Oct. 28 on Glacial Pace

Great new post rock from Justin Trosper of the enormously influential and almost equally underappreciated Unwound. Highly recommended for fans of later Fugazi, Polvo, and similar meticulously constructed post rock. – Tom

The Powder Room
Athens, GA
“Sycophant” from Lucky out now on Learning Curve Records

A sweaty, hazy, video for a very Nirvanaesque track from their excellent recently released full length. Don’t miss them the next time they steamroll through The Jinx. – Tom

The Bronzed Chorus
Greensboro, NC

I was angry after seeing The Bronzed Chorus at Hang Fire. Angry, because no one had told me how great they are. A mad scientist duo constructing insane, mathy, instrumental music from looped guitar and off kilter, odd time signature drumming. I’m not sure how they keep track of everything going on in the songs, but I love it. RIYL Battles, Don Caballero, Tristeza. – Tom