New Music Monday – 6/19/17

Check out new work this week from:

  • KEWL & Sauna Heat
  • Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires
  • The Killers
  • Worriers
  • Ben Ottewell
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • The Drury Brothers

Various Artists
Athens, GA
Athens VS Trump Compilation out now on Bandcamp.

Cut in 48 hours in February 2017, this protest comp is a great summary of what’s going on in the ever vibrant Athens music scene. If I’m being honest, I just started digging in, but so far most if not all of the tracks are rad. Free download, with an earnest request to donate $5 to the ACLU. – tom

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires
Birmingham, AL
“Whitewash” from Youth Detention (Nail My Feet Down To The South Side Of Town), out June 30 through Don Giovanni Records.

Man, the Don Giovanni roster is freaking stacked these days. Lee Bains and company are one of the best live rock acts in the South, and have a record on the way that confronts some of our country’s unfortunate current social issues head on. Stellar songwriting, white hot live shows and a social conscience? Count me in. – tom

The Killers
Las Vegas, NV
“The Man” from Wonderful Wonderful (no date yet)

The Killers’ first song in five years. They’re still churning out catchy tunes that make you want to dance. “The Man” just adds to my eagerness for the new album Wonderful Wonderful. – Sarah

Ben Ottewell
Bonsall, Derbyshire, UK
A Man Apart

There is something about Ottewell’s voice that I have adored since he was co-frontman for Gomez. If he sang the phone book I’d be right there ready to pay up. Luckily, his songwriting ability is just as amazing. A Man Apart is his third solo release, he continues to blend Americana and Brit-pop in the best way possible. You can catch him in Atlanta on his album tour in September. – Sarah

Brooklyn, NY
“Future Me” off their upcoming release on SideOneDummy Records

Worriers combines the best of melodic punk rock with the beauty and melancholy of frontperson Lauren Denitzio’s hyper-literate writing style. As one would expect given the title, “Future Me” reads like a note to self for Lauren’s future self chronicling a series of regrets that they don’t want to have lost to time. – Petee

Queens of the Stone Age
Palm Desert, CA
“The Way You Used To Do” off the upcoming Villains due out on August 25th

It’s been a good minute since the world’s gotten a new track from Queens of the Stone Age and it looks as if their upcoming album, Villains, will be well worth the wait. Their latest single, “The Way You Used To Do”, is a bluesy take on their classic hard rock vibe that doesn’t disappoint. – Petee

KEWL & Sauna Heat
not Savannah anymore
Half Heavy

John Zimmerman’s KEWL and Michael Younker’s Sauna Heat were two of the best garage rock bands to arise from the intense creative milieu that we had in Savannah over the last few years. With both Younker and Zimmerman now living elsewhere, I can’t help but feeling a little nostalgic as I listen to this delirious lo-fi split. – bill

The Drury Brothers
Camden County, Georgia
“Day In Day Out”

Formerly playing under the name The Silver Palms, The Drury Brothers are poised to release new work under the new name. If the rest of the new album is as catchy as this pop single, the young brothers and their bandmates might be on to something. – bill