SXSW Song Of The Day: Drinking Boys and Girls Choir – Keep Drinking

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“Keep drinking!” It’s not just a phrase that could pass as a motto for partiers at SXSW, where the booze has been known to flow pretty freely, but also the title track from Korean skate-punk trio Drinking Boys And Girls Choir‘s latest album.

Clocking in at just under a minute, the song is practically over before it’s had much of a chance to begin, but in that short amount of time, it manages to make a pretty strong impression, as singer/bassist Meena delivers a few short but sweet lines over the blasting drums and NOFX-style riffing provided by her bandmates.

Keep Drinking is out March 8 on Damnably Records. March 8 is also the day that SXSW begins. Coincidence? I think not.

Song Of The Day: The Chocolate Watchband – Secret Rendezvous

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Sometimes it’s pretty cool to see the old timers getting their due. Over the years, a lot of the legends of ’60s garage rock who didn’t quite get the same level of recognition back in the day as some of their more famous peers have made a comeback after a lengthy hiatus. Bands like The Sonics and The Sloths come to mind as just a couple of the acts who’ve shown in recent years just how good a bunch of old guys playing garage rock can be. And now California garage/psych/proto-punk legends The Chocolate Watchband are back again with a new album, This Is My Voice.

It’s a solid album, featuring new compositions by the band, many of them politically charged, alongside covers of Bob Dylan, The Mothers Of Invention, The Music Machine, and The Seeds. Lead single “Secret Rendezvous” starts the album off strong, packing a real punch to get things going. Check it out.

This Is My Voice is out February 22 on Dirty Water Records.

SXSW Song Of The Day: Tallies – Easy Enough

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Toronto band Tallies make jangly, buoyant dream pop reminiscent of The Cocteau Twins and The Sundays, with singer/guitarist Sarah Cogan’s voice especially bringing to mind that of Sundays’ singer Harriet Wheeler. This is, of course, a very good thing.

The band just released its self-titled debut album this past Friday (via Hand Drawn Dracula) and will soon be heading out on a tour in support of it that culminates in a stop at SXSW in March. In the meantime, the band will be playing a hometown record release show at The Drake on February 1 alongside Sahara and Carmen Elle. Go check that show out if you get a chance and check out the video for “Easy Enough” below:

SXSW Song Of The Day: Be Forest – Bengala

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A forest can be a beautiful place, but venture into the forest late at night and it can also get pretty dark and a bit unsettling. Fittingly, Italian shoegazers Be Forest seem to have found the right mix of beauty and darkness on their upcoming album Knocturne (out February 8 via We Were Never Being Boring).

Lead single “Bengala” is a perfect example of this, mixing a dark, moody tone with a bit of lightness. The band themselves have described the track as “The spotlight that lights up the stage after the curtains open; a celestial body which at the moment of its impact allows us to glimpse our surroundings — it’s the brightest point, the north of the compass.”

Come this March, Be Forest’s compass will be pointing South By Southwest as the band heads to Austin to play a show (or several) during the week. Check out “Bengala” below:

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