Song of the Day

Song Of The Day: black midi – John Hell (Live at Soup Studios)

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Just last week, our illustrious writer Gary shared his thoughts on black midi‘s latest effort Cavalcade, released in May of this year. And now, as if in response, the band he described as “post-punk Buddhist monks” have released a live performance of that album’s “John L”, sped up and renamed “John Hell.” And though the frenzied update of the tune could be described as anything but zen, it’s a blast to watch and listen to and the band certainly seems to be enjoying themselves a hell of a lot, if you’ll excuse the terribly awful pun.

Check out the video for “John Hell” below.

Song Of The Day: Kills Birds – Cough Up Cherries

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Married is an absolute thrill of a record. The sophomore offering from L.A.-based band Kills Birds is an intense yet utterly enjoyable ride from start to finish without a bad track in the bunch.

The band just finished a tour with Sleigh Bells and has some upcoming dates with Foo Fighters as well as a recently announced European tour set for the new year, which hopefully will lead to a deservedly greater profile for them.

Married is out now via Royal Mountain Records. Check out the video for latest single “Cough Up Cherries” below.

Song Of The Day: Porcupine Tree – Harridan

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Following a break of more than a decade, English prog rockers Porcupine Tree are making their return with the release of their upcoming eleventh studio album Closure/Continuation, due out in June of next year.

While bandleader Steven Wilson has kept himself busy with several solo albums in the intervening years (including the excellent Hand. Cannot. Erase. and this year’s The Future Bites), the return of the band is welcome news and if lead single “Harridan” is any indication, the album looks quite promising.

Check out the lyric video for “Harridan” below.

Song Of The Day: Tallies – No Dreams of Fayres

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Toronto’s Tallies are back with their first release since their self-titled 2019 debut and it continues on in the band’s tradition of beautiful dreampop tracks reminiscent of The Sundays and Cocteau Twins.

The video for the band’s new single “No Dreams of Fayres” finds vocalist Sarah Cogan on a leisurely winter walk that includes stops at Deja Vu Discs (a message flashes on screen to remind us all that Sloan’s One Chord to Another “is a really good record” – fact) and a bowling alley.

According to Cogan, the song is about dealing with depression: “‘No Dreams of Fayres’ is a reflection of thoughts that I remember going through my mind when I stayed still in bed. Feeling as though staying still in bed was the only thing that would help the sadness – basically, disconnecting myself from family, friends, and having a life. Finding the way out of depression was hard but possible. ‘No Dreams of Fayres’ is also about the realization of letting yourself feel real feelings but not mistaking them for emotions. I had to learn to get a grip of what I wanted out of life and go for it with no self-sabotage – which was music, as cliché as it sounds. It pulled me out of bed, physically and mentally.”

That sounds like a sentiment that many can relate to.

“No Dreams of Fayres” is out now via Kanine Records / Hand Drawn Dracula / Bella Union.