FUTURE SOUNDS 29 RELEASED THIS WEEK
1. SAM SPARRO – BLACK & GOLD
The debut single for LA’s electro-funk phenomenon, SAM SPARRO delivers this year’s contender to GNARLS BARKLEY’s ‘Crazy’ with his soulful track, ‘Black & Gold’. Groovy, smooth, here it here first. Manager: Steven Melrose. Legal: D. Burgundy Morgan. Needs: Booking
SAM SPARRO – BLACK & GOLD – MODUS VIVENDI MUSIC
2. NICO VEGA – GRAVITY
Front woman Aja Volkman of LA based, NICO VEGA, mixes Karen O with MARY LOU RETTON live. This song is actually dangerous for me when I’m driving, because it makes me want to freak out and kick my windshield out! The band will be touring on our first ever tour in October of America with SHOUT OUT LOUDS. Manager: Beau Laughlin. Needs: Booking.
NICO VEGA – DEMOS – MYSPACE RECORDS
3. VOXHAUL BROADCAST – ROTTEN APPLES
One listen to this batch of demos and you’d never guess this band was from Orange County, feels more like Manchester, England, but it’s true. With lyrics like “I need your love in my blood, so I cut off all my limbs”, what’s not to like? A band with massive amounts of potential and star power in surplus, once the new recordings are complete I guarantee their message will be well received.
Management: Steven Melrose. Legal: Dave Kostiner, Davis Shapiro.
VOXHAUL BROADCAST – DEMOS – LEFTWING RECORDS
4. THE VIRGINS – RICH GIRLS
New York City act, THE VIRGINS, sound very New York City. Street tough, rough around the edges - part RICHARD HELL and part JULIAN CASABLANCAS. I dig the ROLLING STONES-esque “Miss You” who-hoo’s in this track. Full length to drop sometime in 2008, this EP is the teaser before prom night.
Manager: Nick Stern. Booking: Jackie Nalpant.
THE VIRGINS – EP – Atlantic Records
5. FILM SCHOOL – DEAR ME
No stranger to past Future Sounds comps, the latest FILM SCHOOL CD, Hideout, drops in September and showcases a band that has evolved incredibly, yet still embraces and continues to find new ways to explore the shoegaze genre. Part MY BLOODY VALENTINE, part BAUHAUS, it’s dark and diverse and soon to be one of your favorite records of 2007. Fall touring begins in North America.
Management: Larry Little. Booking: Kevin French, BigShot (US). Ben Winchester, Primary (UK).
FILM SCHOOL – HIDEOUT – BEGGARS BANQUET
6. EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS – SINGLE SEDATIVE
I’m a fan of unique voices and challenging music, and ECC have all of it under one roof. An Los Angeles based four-piece signed to Suretone Records, the full-length, Ameritown, was released in July and it’s a complete album, track for track throughout. It’s rare to find these days an album this deep and this good. One of my favorite releases thus far this year. Tours with COLD WAR KIDS and BRMC already. Manager: Steven Melrose. Booking: Marty Diamond. Legal: Jennifer Justice. Publishing: Chrysalis
EATERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS – AMERITOWN – SURETONE RECORDS
7. BIG BLUE WHALE – 3 AGAINST ONE
For being only a two-piece, San Francisco’s BIG BLUE WHALE are a whopper and make a HUGE sound! What I like about this track is that it reminds me of a classic alternative rock tune from the early ‘90’s, something along the lines of SOUL COUGHING (Super Bon Bon) or THE OFFSPRING. Producer Alex Newport worked on the demos that are now circulating.
Needs: Management, booking, legal.
BIG BLUE WHALE – DEMOS – UNSIGNED
8. MGMT – TIME TO PRETEND
I love it when a major label signs something that’s actually, genuinely cool, so hat’s off to Columbia for locking in Brooklyn based act, MGMT. This song combines everything I love that’s happening in electronic rock at the moment with the best parts of ABBA (Come on, listen closely, you hear it too!). Singing, “this is our decision, to live fast and die young”, it’s a dancefloor anthem for everyone trying to figure out what the hell to do with the rest of their lives. Management: Mark Kates. Booking: Marty Diamond, Little Big Man. Legal: Peter Lewitt.
MGMT – ORACULAR SPECTACULAR – COLUMBIA RECORDS
9. BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB – CANCEL ON ME
This song starts off as a great tune, only to become a spectacular one if you let it play until the end. That back-end drops so soft and gentle and then explodes into fury! The BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB are actually a band (a club of sorts) from London, that won the “Road To V” competition over 2000 other bands, and have recently grabbed mentions in the NME. I need to see this song performed live. Manager: Jason Marcus, Nettwerk. UK Booking: Scott Thomas, X-Ray. Legal: Peter McGaughrin. Needs: US label, booking.
BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB – THE BOY I USED TO BE – UNSIGNED
10. THE FAINTEST IDEAS – DEXTER’S GOT A SINISTER HEART
Pure indie rock at it’s finest is what ‘Dexter’s Got….” is all about. Here’s another barn burner if you let it run ‘til the end. With a dash of TELEVISION PERSONALITIES and a bit of THE ONLY ONES, this act from Gothenburg and Stockholm, Sweden should pull in fans of THE CRIBS, THE LITTLE ONES and THE WOMBATS. Needs: Management, booking, legal.
THE FAINTEST IDEAS – WHAT GOES UP MUST CALM DOWN – MAGIC MARKER RECORDS
11. AUDRYE SESSIONS – PORCELAIN
From the East Bay of Northern California, AUDRYE SESSIONS are no strangers to Future Sounds, and with their newly recorded full-length, Braille, it shouldn’t be long until everyone knows them. Imagine that, making an entire record that’s this good? Well supported by Live 105 in San Francisco, the band’s footprint continues to stretch. Manager: Joel Mark. Legal: Dave Kostiner, Davis Shapiro.
AUDRYE SESSIONS – BRAILLE – UNSIGNED
12. SOMETHING ABOUT VAMPIRES & SLUTS – AIRPLANE FUEL
This one is ready to slide right onto radio, and the blatant rip of that SMITHS guitar riff makes me put it on repeat and sit and wait for that jangle (‘This Charming Man’ anyone?). SAVAS are from Myrtle Beach, SC, not from an Anne Rice novel, and they obviously love THE CURE.
Needs: Management, US booking, legal.
SOMETHING ABOUT VAMPIRES & SLUTS – PRETEND ENDINGS – NO MORE STARS RECORDS
13. AUTOVAUGHN – ONE MORE TIME
From Nashville, Tennessee, not from Las Vegas (they sounds a lot like that band), it’s AUTOVAUGHN, an act grabbing plenty of industry attention for a surplus of big tunes with hooks like this one. Play it one more time and you’ll hum it two days later. Word is that majors are looking to close ASAP on this band. Touring relentlessly this fall in the US. Management: Jason Brown, Brian Waymire. Legal: Ken Marcus. Needs: Booking.
AUTOVAUGHN – DEMOS – UNSIGNED
14. WARM BODIES – SURROUNDINGS
WARM BODIES are a five-piece from East Meadow, NY that are bringing warmth to kids all over Long Island. They have just started circulating this nine-song demo produced by Tony Bruno, and evolving their touring footprint throughout the East coast. For fans of KEANE and MUTE MATH.
Manager: Ryan Ruden. Needs: Booking, legal.
WARM BODIES – DEMOS – UNSIGNED
15. CHERRY TEMPO – IN HINDSIGHT I KNOW
Albuquerque, New Mexico’s CHERRY TEMPO delivers this edition’s ‘butter track’. I’m not sure if one female I’ve played this for hasn’t immediately responded with pleasure, yet. Their second record is in post-production and will be looking for a home for release this fall.
Needs: Management, booking, legal.
CHERRY TEMPO – CHERRY TEMPO – UNSIGNED
OTHER ARTISTS TO WATCH:
WHITE DENIM - TRACK: MESS YOUR HAIR
Incredible band form Austin, part 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS, part BUTTHOLE SURFERS. Making waves, soon to be everywhere, an AMAZING band! Unsigned.
SABROSA PURR - TRACK: KILLING THE ARIES
This LA band, in my opinion, should be HUGE. Mix the best of JANES ADDICTION with the greatest screamer in the business in Will Love, and you have the Purrrrrr. Unsigned.
THIEVES LIKE US - TRACK: DRUGS IN MY BODY
If I were still active on the DJ circuit, this track would be a staple in every set I might spin. An anthem about being young and dumb and having minimal credit card debt. New York, NY. Album: Play Music For You. Kitsune Records.
CALVIN HARRIS – TRACK: THE GIRLS
The party hit of the fall perhaps? 23 year old CALVIN HARRIS’ ‘The Girls’ has already gone Top 10 in the UK, now it crosses the waters and heads straight at us, complete with Calvin naming all the kind of ladies that he “gets”.
Album: I Created Disco, Almost Gold Recordings.
CHESTER FRENCH - TRACK: SHE LOVES EVERYBODY
You may have heard this track close an episode of Entourage, well others did too, and they’ve been recently signed to Star Track Records/Interscope (founded by THE NEPTUNES' Pharell Williams & Chad Hugo). Harvard students make smart music.
BELLAVISTA - TRACK: RIVER OF LUST
I was delighted that members of a great band, VUE, have formed a new project in San Francisco > BELLAVISTA. For fans of BRMC and SPACEMAN 3.
Amazing debut record, Bellavista, on Take Root Records.
CLASS OF 1984 - TRACK: HONEY
Cork, Ireland’s CLASS OF 1984 are getting looks from the NME and UK majors off this demo track. The band has moved to London to become the modern NEW YORK DOLLS. Unsigned.
GLASVEGAS - TRACK: IT’S ONLY MY CHEATING HEART THAT MAKES ME CRY
Scotland’s next big thing, GLASVEGAS blend THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN with
CHERRY GHOST - TRACK: 4AM
An absolutely gorgeous track, reminding me of the MOBY GRAPE classic, “8:05”. From Manchester and signed to Heavenly UK.
JUKEBOX THE GHOST - TRACK: HOLD IT IN
From Washington DC, JUKEBOX THE GHOST are full of amazing hooks and harmonies and in no time should be indie favorites. Just missed making the mix. Unsigned.
SUGAR & GOLD - TRACK: NEIGHBORHOOD
San Francisco funk act SUGAR & GOLD are made strictly for the rollerskaters and fans of ROTARY CONNECTION and DUSTY GROOVES. Antenna Farm Records.
SHY CHILD - TRACK: THE VOLUME
This song is another club-thumper, and if you turn it up like it suggests, you will go deaf from the volume. New York’s SHY CHILD quietly grabs your attention. Say Hey Records (US).
Cage The Elephant, Johnossi, The Avett Brothers, Ruth-Anne, Stab The Matador, Free Blood, Santogold, Kissy Sell Out, Maia Hirasawa, Black Before Red, The Runners, Shapes Have Fangs, The Black Spiders, Johnny Action Figure, Derek James, Little Red, Elizabeth & The Catapult, Look See Proof, Palladium, Miniature Tigers, David Caggiari, Some Body, The Enigma Project, Assembly Now, The Enemy, The Lines, The Sugars, Mink, Oh Julia!, Mr Fogg, Sicker Than Others, The Aviators, The Vasco Era, Paper Route, The Blacks, Meiko, Twin Thousands, The Valley Arena, Hello Wembley, Miracle Fortress, One Little Plane, The XYZ Affair.
EXCELLENT NEW RELEASES:
THE AVETT BROTHERS – Emotionalism (Ramseur Records)
BISHOP ALLEN – The Broken String (Dead Oceans)
MAPS – We Can Create (Mute)
NYLES LANNON – Pressure (Badman Recordings)
THE LOVEMAKERS – Misery Loves Company (Fuzz)
SHOUT OUT LOUDS – Tonight I Have To Leave It (Merge Records)
TACKS, THE BOY DISASTER – Oh, Beatrice (Self released)
JOHN VANDERSLICE – Emerald City (Barsuk)
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