This week in The Singles Bar #12, Hi Fi Way: The Pop Chronicles features:
5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) have unveiled their new single – Want You Back – and dates for the 2018 5SOS3 tour, a 26 date run of shows around the world to premiere new music for the 5SOS fans.
Want You Back is 5SOS’ first new single in nearly two years. After 18 months on the road in support of their No. 1 sophomore album Sounds Good Feels Good, the band has spent the last year living, writing and recording their new album in Los Angeles, set for release through Capitol Records/EMI later this year. 5SOS, who built a loyal and passionate fanbase playing shows around the world, has decided to take new music directly to its fans on the 5SOS3 tour
Jeremy Neale has today premiered a new clip for Video via The Music. The track comes from his acclaimed debut album Getting The Team Back Together out now via Dot Dash / Remote Control. Catch Jeremy launch the album on his national tour this March with a new Adelaide date just added!
Jeremy described the clip to The Music: “Outside of astral projection – the most accessible way to get a break from the day-to-day grind is to go for a drive or watch TV. Through the magic of special effects and access to a boutique range of vehicles (Thanks, T-Rax!) we have managed to combine the two.”
Global superstar Diplo has unveiled new track, Look Back, featuring DRAM. The song is the first to be revealed from a forthcoming EP, California, set for release this autumn. California will be the first solo body of work from Diplo since 2013’s Revolution EP. Jimmy Fallon unveiled the EP’s artwork on The Tonight Show when Diplo, MØ and Goldlink performed Get It Right, also featured on the EP, on the show last week.
The new music follows a remarkable year for Diplo. Major Lazer’s documentary Give Me Future, shot at the groups historic, 400,000-person Havana, Cuba show in March 2016, premiered via Apple Music after debuting to rave reviews at this year’s Sundance Festival. The band also released a companion album to the film entitled Major Lazer Presents: Give Me Future—Music From and Inspired by the Film and an acclaimed EP, Know No Better.
Platinum-selling artist, DJ, and producer Dillon Francis has today released new single and video We The Funk (feat. Fuego.) Revisiting his early Latin influences and moombahton roots, it’s the second cut from his forthcoming Spanish language studio album, due out later this year via his own IDGAFOS record label. Directed by Erik Rojas, the accompanying music video sees Francis and Fuego take over a rooftop in downtown Los Angeles.
“I’ve been really focused on having fun while making music,” shared Francis. “Fuego is a fun dude, so when we cut the song in Mexico all the pieces fell together pretty quickly from there.”
“When I first heard ‘We the Funk’, I immediately envisioned colors, dancing and fun. I’m Colombian and grew up surrounded by Latin music and culture, so I really wanted to channel that amazing vibrance into this piece,” added Rojas. “Dillon and Fuego were incredible to work with and their energy really allowed us to make something super rad!”
Dark and neon the clip shows the band performing their new song in a dilapidated warehouse surrounded with junk and smoke. They perform with ferocity and angst. Watching singer Sam Thomas writhing on the mic in turmoil and the band rip apart their instruments is almost emotionally draining viewing. This viceral performance is beautifully counterbalanced with the soft pastel wash of lights, smoke and VHS treatment of the clip. It adds a beautiful visual representation of the dichotomy at the core of the songs theme of head and heart pulling you in two different directions.
Drawing from synth new wave bands of the 80s and modern post-rock bands THE AVENUE’S new EP NAMES featuring lead single, Love, showcases the bands undisputable progression and ability to take the post punk attitude of their debut EP and meld it with new influences, ultimately carving out a niche that can not be replicated. Reminiscent of U2, The 1975 and Kings Of Leon the band have quickly gained a reputation for catchy pop numbers that have serious weight behind them.
After decades of traversing the globe, Last Dinosaurs sought seclusion in a small ancient Japanese town where they penned haiku and learnt the delicate art of GarageBand. During these crucial years Lach dreamed of a faster paced life and embarked on an influential trek exploring the American frontier. It was there he experienced an ayahuasca trip so intense that he discovered it’s a hell of a thing, killing a man.
Fast forward though many years of back to back non-stop rituals and traditional song writing, we find the band back in Australia with a new single Dominos off their forthcoming album.
Dominos is a different direction for the band, with Sean and Lach collectively mining their memories for love, loss, and hope. The 100+ years of recollections proved a goldmine for song-writing inspiration, and lends the song a sense of liminality, yearning, and disorientation. The sonic palette takes a riskier direction than In a Million Years and Wellness, with live percussion being replaced by a drum machine and a decidedly DIY aesthetic.
“Dominos was written when I was going through a difficult year that felt full of anxiety and misadventures. I was reflecting on the concerning lack of control I felt over that time and compared it to the paralysing effects of Vertigo in a situation of frequent mishaps.” explains lead vocals/guitarist, Sean Caskey. He adds, “We’ve been on a long journey since releasing our last album, and Dominos is just one segment of a huge Venn diagram that covers the ups and downs of personal experiences. Ultimately this song was a declaration to make big and difficult changes in order to turn things around for the better.”
Jarrow has today premiered a new clip for Kelp via Grain Zine. The exultant garage-rocker comes from his anticipated album Expensive Hugs due Friday 16 March.
As the opening track off Expensive Hugs, Kelp perfectly sets the tone for Jarrow’s weird and wonderful second album. Hooks, yelps and a dynamic lead-guitar adorn his compelling turn of phrase as it battles to break free of the songs perfect garage pop structure.
Kelp is accompanied by an incredible experimental clip using software that links a dozen iPhones together to record simultaneously. As Dan (the mastermind behind Jarrow) explains, “I was approached by director Mike Plumridge who came up with the idea of filming a band in 360 degrees while they shredded to their hearts content. As a massive fan of The Matrix I just couldn’t help but say yes.” He goes on to say “To make this recipe you will need: 16 smartphones, a warehouse in Collingwood, a bike, a smoke machine, my friend Travis, a game of Scrabble and a cardboard cutout of yours truly. Mix it all together and you got a tasty dish indeed.”
Philadelphia’s Hop Along will be releasing their third studio album Bark Your Head Off, Dog on April 6 via Barely Dressed Records. Having just announced a handful of shows at SXSW, Hop Along have also shared the brilliant next track from the album – Not Abel is released today and available to post/share here.
Album opener and lead single How Simple, was named Best New Track by Pitchfork, and for good reason. It displayed a miraculous ability to marry folk, punk, rock and power-pop into a cohesive whole. Not Abel in a similar vein begins as a delicate waltz, violins and cellos make way for a series of explosive choruses before the song collapses into an exuberant guitar jam. The song again shows the extraordinary dynamic range of vocalist and songwriter Frances Quinlan as she wrangles with feelings of disappointment and resentment.
“Karl Ove Knausgaard wrote a great book called, “A Time for Everything.” I’d say it inspired a lot of little moments, in this song especially,” shares Quinlan. “At one point he writes about Cain and Abel, but approaches it with a far more intimate, even mundane lens, completely unlike the Bible, which is pretty bare of any personal description. As you spend a few days with them, Cain becomes increasingly sympathetic. It’s a funny thing trying to examine beliefs. Sympathy and understanding complicate everything too much I suppose.”
Mashd N Kutcher have kicked off the year with the release of their brand new single Need Me (feat. Sammi Constantine). With its infectious chorus and summer laden beat, Need Me pays homage to The Cardigans’ international hit Lovefool, a “song that stuck with us as kids growing up,” says the duo. The NEW video has just dropped & meshes Art, Dance & Music.
The fresh pop track Need Me is destined to be one of the early hits of 2018, which is not unfamiliar for the Brisbane grown classically trained pianist and drummer aka ‘Mashd N Kutcher.’ While their live-shows keep the dance floors jam-packed, their two Gold Records: Do It Now and My Sunshine have achieved chart-topping radio activity and video streams. My Sunshine was a #1 Most Played track on Australian Radio and reached #5 on iTunes while Do It Now has now reached over 3 million streams to date and was added to every major commercial radio station across the country.
Underoath release Erase Me, their sixth studio album and first since 2010, via Fearless Records and Caroline Australia on April 6.
The confirmation of what is one of rock music’s most anticipated and speculated about reunions arrives with Underoath’s first new song in nearly a decade, On My Teeth.
“We’ve had success and we’ve come through a lot of waters,” explains drummer/vocalist Aaron Gillespie. “There’s been 11,000 things we’ve been through so you would think, almost rhetorically, ‘What do you need now?’ All of us are finally in that place in our lives where the only thing we care about is inclusion for everybody—for the world. For me, exclusion is the scariest thing in the world. And I think Underoath coming back now with a new record—which none of us thought was possible—we want people to know that this is your music and you can feel however the fuck you want about it. I just want to prove that we are doing everything in the most honest way we ever have. This is the healthiest we’ve ever been as a group of people, as musicians, and in our worldview.”
Hachiku have today shared a steamy new video for latest single Murray’s Lullaby, out now via Milk! Records / Remote Control Records. Having just returned from a sold out tour of the Europe and U.K. opening for Jen Cloher, you can catch them heating up a stage in celebration of the single’s launch on Friday March 2nd at the John Curtin Hotel in Melbourne
Ever wondered what it’s like to wear silk pyjamas and socks in a sauna? Hachiku’s Anika Ostendorf does just that in their new video for Murray’s Lullaby, which is slick in every other meaning apart from ‘cool.’ Set within the dripping wet walls of a sauna radiating at 52 degrees, Anika gradually, uncomfortably succumbs to the heat of her own perspiration. Soon joined by her bandmates, the video dives, pore-first, into a world of sweat and hot air, and is the most fun you can have in a sauna without passing out.
Australian singer-song writer and instrumentalist, Xavier Rudd has released his long awaited new single Walk Away, lifted from his forthcoming new album Storm Boy, set for release later this year.
Powerful and uplifting, Walk Away is the combustible poignancy of truth, ignited by music. Produced by Chris Bond (Ben Howard, Tom Speight) and mixed by Tim Palmer (Pearl Jam, Bowie, U2) it is one of Xavier’s most powerful songs to date – turning the page on a new chapter in his already epic saga. It is a song that can simultaneously mirror the certitude of our life, or give us respite from it.
“I’ve seen people holding on to nothing,” rings the opening line of Walk Away. Familiarly human, it is a sentiment that we all know. Each of us has been the hoarder of something broken. We have all faced that which we should let go of. “Walk away from all that you know, walk away and hold your own,” sings Xavier as the song climbs to each soaring chorus.
Swim is taken from Chase Atlantic’s self-titled debut album which was released late last year. The 14 track album includes eight new songs alongside six previously released favourites off their series of releases from earlier that year – Part One, Part Two, and Part Three – which saw the band’s social following explode with nearly 900,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, with Chase Atlantic amassing over 30 million global streams to date.
Chase Atlantic is composed of brothers Mitchel and Clinton Cave and their long-time friend, Christian Anthony – personally write, produce, and perform their own urban-influenced brand of dark-alternative pop which has earned critical acclaim.
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