Song of the Day

Song Of The Day: The Beths – Dying To Believe

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It’s important these days to cling to whatever it is that might bring a little joy to your day. And since the release of their debut album Future Me Hates Me back in August of 2018, The Beths have brought me a fair bit of joy with their music.

The New Zealand based four piece write songs that could best be described (as I did in our coverage of the band for SXSW 2019) as “feel good jams about feeling bad.” The band’s blend of poppy, upbeat melodies with more introspective lyrics is a winning combo, and one which has kept me coming back for more – at last year’s SXSW, I caught the band live on three separate occasions and would have gladly seen them even more over the course of the week if given the chance.

Future Me Hates Me has definitely been one of my most listened to albums of the last couple of years, so to hear that The Beths have a new album on the horizon was very welcome news. That album, Jump Rope Gazers, is out July 10 on Carpark Records. Check out the video for lead single “Dying To Believe” below.

Song Of The Day: Tim Burgess – The Mall

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The mall. It’s not likely a place any of us will be heading to anytime too soon. But we can still listen to “The Mall,” the latest track off of Tim Burgess‘ upcoming album I Love The New Sky, out May 22 via Bella Union.

And while Burgess is obviously unable to go out and tour behind the album for the immediate future, the Charlatans’ frontman is doing something else in the meantime to help bring people together and take our minds off things for awhile by holding Twitter listening parties for various albums both classic and contemporary. Listening parties have already been held for notables such as Oasis and Doves and there are many more in the works for the coming days and weeks.

You can check out the full list of upcoming listening parties at timstwitterlisteningparty.com and you can check out the video for “The Mall” below.

Song Of The Day: Yawners – La Escalera

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We continue through our rundown of acts that were meant to play this year’s SXSW but couldn’t for, well, obvious reasons. And today, that act is Madrid-based band Yawners, who grabbed my attention with their fun, energetic indie rock sounds.

While most of the songs on the band’s debut LP Just Calm Down are sung in English, “La Escalera” stands out as the lone Spanish language track on the album. It also stands out for being catchy as hell. Check out the video below.

Yawners’ Just Calm Down is out now on La Castanya.

Song Of The Day: Kills Birds – Jesus Did

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Normally around this time of the year, Panic Manual would have just wrapped up our coverage of SXSW and all the great music we saw (and food that we ate) over the course of a week in Austin. But of course these are not normal times, and the spread of COVID-19 led to the cancellation of this year’s edition of SXSW as well as every other live music event in the coming months that’s not being streamed from someone’s bedroom.

However, while the festival didn’t happen, I did still spend an inordinate amount of time scouring the lineup beforehand looking for new bands to check out so I may as well continue to shine a spotlight on some of the acts that I may very well have seen in some alternate universe where the festival did indeed go ahead as planned.

And of all the bands initially scheduled to play, one of the most exciting discoveries for me personally was Kills Birds. While the band’s name didn’t grab me at first glance, I was immediately taken with the band once I heard the visceral, driving sound of “Jesus Did” taken off the L. A. band’s self-titled debut album. Check out the video for “Jesus Did,” starring the band and a whole bunch of goats, below.