Song of the Day

SXSW Song Of The Day: Frances Quinlan – Your Reply

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Whenever a member of an established band branches out to go solo or release a side project, it generally goes one of two ways – either it ends up sounding very much like their previous work or it goes off in another direction entirely and ends up sounding completely unlike anything they’ve ever done before.

In Frances Quinlan’s case, her upcoming solo debut album Likewise splits the difference, with the songs released so far showing off a bit of a different side by adding several new sounds and textures while at the same time still bearing some sonic resemblance to her main gig as frontwoman for Hop Along.

The bouncy, piano-based “Your Reply” is the latest single off of Likewise, which is out January 31 on Saddle Creek Records. Check it out below.

SXSW Song Of The Day: Arre! Arre! – Anthem

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Every good band needs an anthem. And with a sound reminiscent of their PNKSLM labelmates and fellow Swedes Shitkid, Malmö four piece Arre! Arre! comes charging out of the gate with a fierce anthem of their own in the aptly named “Anthem” off of last year’s Tell Me All About Them.

With an appearance at SXSW 2019 as well as a slot on last year’s Roskilde Festival already under their belts, the punk quartet seem poised to make some waves this year at SXSW 2020.

SXSW Song Of The Day: PONY – Limerence

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It’s that time of year. The time when those who’ll be making the pilgrimage to Texas in a couple of months start getting a little excited about being in Austin again. Or maybe you live in Austin already, in which case it’s probably the time when you brace yourself for the massive influx of music industry interlopers and/or start making plans to get out of town.

Yes, it’s almost SXSW time again, and today sees the announcement of the latest round of performers for this year’s edition of the festival (taking place from March 13-22). There’s a lot to like in this latest list, with names such as Soccer Mommy, Lydia Lunch, Caroline Rose, Ratboys, and Snotty Nose Rez Kids standing out as some of the highlights.

And since Panic Manual is based out of Toronto, we might as well take this opportunity to shine the spotlight in the direction of one of the Torontonian acts on that list – PONY. The Toronto grunge pop band, fronted by Sam Bielanski, has put out a couple of EPs since their inception in 2014 and will be releasing their debut full length on Buzz Records some time later this year. In the meantime, check out the video for the band’s latest single “Limerence” below.

Song Of The Day: Shitkid – Get jealous

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Back in 2018, Sweden’s Shitkid made a big impression on me during their performance at that year’s edition of SXSW. It was easily one of the most fun and memorable shows of the entire week – bandleader Asa Söderqvist’s anarchic playfulness led to a sense that pretty much anything could happen over the course of their set and the band’s energy and attitude definitely had me sold – so much so that I had to go see the band there again during this year’s edition (and will likely do so again next year – the band has been confirmed for SXSW 2020).

During their second journey to Austin earlier this year, Söderqvist and her bandmate Lina Molarin Ericsson found a bit of time to slip into the studio for some recording sessions that would end up resulting in their latest release Duo Limbo/”Mellan himmel å helvete”, an album which sees them singing songs in their native Swedish for the first time. The album also sees the band collaborating with The Melvins, Paul Leary of Butthole Surfers, and Josh Freese, who’s played with pretty much everyone – look it up.

“Get jealous” is the lead single off Duo Limbo/”Mellan himmel å helvete”. Check it out below.

Duo Limbo/”Mellan himmel å helvete” is out on January 24 2020 via PNKSLM Records.