It’s almost Crimbo and several of our fave bands have opened their bag o’tricks and shared with us mere mortals their musical wares, some for free, some as a taste of things to come…
R.E.M. – Discoverer
A cool ditty from these legends, it is a good taster of what awaits on their upcoming (March 2011) album, Collapse into now. The sound is a bit of a throwback to their bigger sound from the 80s, in fact, I swear Michael Stipe is almost saying “finest workshop” in one bit. I liked Accelerate a lot, and this tantalising clue is a great hook for their new album.
Wet Nuns – Christmas is here
A re-working of a song of them you could only hear in their first EP, the song stops being about a bad day in a Bandido-run town and more about a lamentation about this season. Rock out with the Grinch after downing some Moonshine and get it here for free. The instrumental break is pretty cool, with a firm drumming and a chunky fuzz that feels perfect to counter those horrible Xmas jingles.
Firesuite – Sammy Davis Jr Jr
Way punkier than their shoegazey previous effort, Firesuite gets their noise hats on, their overdrive on full and offer a one and a half minute of angry garage rock, with not a vocal on sight, just a very angry grunt by the end.
Los Campesinos! – Kindle a Flame in her heart
Any song about the bitter experience of finding a lump of coal is a good song in my book. And if you don’t like this, I will sic Schwartz Piet on you! Cool ditty from Los Campesinos! and another keeper for this, the season of cheap gifts and cool alcohol.