Oakland California band Whiskerman formed seven years ago, and have established for themselves a formidable reputation, based on their incredible songwriting and lyricism, and stupendous live performance. Their latest single, ‘Belly Of The Beast’, comes ahead of their new album, ‘Kingdom Illusions’, set for release on March 6.
Late last year we introduced readers to Soft People, a husband and husband duo from San Luis Obispo, almost exactly in between San Francisco and LA. Their song ‘Absolute Boy’, struck us with its deeply personal lyrics, and 80s stylings, and we really enjoyed their sound. So we’re happy to announce that their new single, ‘Tender’, is set for release this Friday July 12, ahead of their performance at The California Central Coast Pride Festival that weekend.
With a sound reminding us of the likes of Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd, The Who, and even Jethro Tull, the psych folk/rock vibe of Birmingham Alabama artist Jaco’s song ‘Shoe’ takes us back to a time when things were a lot simpler, if in reality not too different politically. The song is from Jaco’s album, ‘You Know’, released today June 19 on Cornelius Chapel Records.
Raised On TV are an authentic garage band. Based in LA, they started in 2015 by brothers Keaton Rogers and Kacey Greenwood, they banded together with their high school friend, Ryan Weiss and soon realised their melodic fuzzed out tunes, which they were banging out in their garage, were really very good.
Radiating an inner light, the music of Amo Amo caught the ears of Jim James, who fell in love with their sound, and produced their debut album. ‘Closer To You’ is one of the first singles from the record, and has already garnered over 400K streams on Spotify, as well as being on high rotation, on LA radio station, KCRW.
Soft People have that whole California feel about them, which isn’t surprising when you discover that they’re based in San Luis Obispo, close to the midpoint between San Francisco and Los Angeles. The duo comprises married couple Caleb Nichols and John Metz, who met when Nichols, a long term member of the Oakland California music scene, hired John as his drummer, for his band, Grand Lake. The pair started dating shortly after, and that, as they say in the classics, was that.
With a sound resembling Brian Jonestown Massacre, French duo Elvyn Rhud have released the single, ‘Orange Is For Love’, from a shared 7″, divided between them and Alpha Du Centaure. The track was released on 28 September via Pyrrhic Victory Records, and has a jangly guitar vibe which wouldn’t sound out of place in an old Western.