September 9, 2010

Tera Melos’ transition from abrasive math-core to a strangely infectious brand of experimental pop-rock is impressive, not only because of the vast difference between those two sounds, but for the amount of praise they’ve gotten since that change.  Not a day has gone by without me hearing some acclaim of the band’s latest album, Patagonian Rats. I’m a fan either way and glad that Tera Melos are finally getting the attention they deserve.  Check out the eerie pill-and-ground-meat-laden video for the album’s latest single, “Frozen Zoo,” above — perhaps you’ll find yourself unexpectedly hooked.  Patagonian Rats is out now on Sargent House.

MP3: Tera Melos – “Frozen Zoo”


Oh, That’s Alright! Hey, That’s OK!

December 9, 2009

Sargent House has got an ear for fantastic music.  Their roster’s chock-full of kick-ass artists like Rx Bandits, Good Old War, These Arms Are Snakes, Tera Melos — all different as hell but amazing in their own rights.  Anyways, considering how awesome all these dudes are, I figured I’d check out some of their label mates that I wasn’t too familiar with.  Now I can’t stop listening to Fang Island.

Fang Island’s got a bit of everything I could ask for in a band.  Their music’s both frantic and uplifting, a bit like the frenzied cheerfulness of Los Campesinos after downing a couple of Red Bulls.  But there’s more to them than that.  You can tell from the full-band harmonies, prog-pop guitar riffs, and borderline arena rock solos that Fang Island is on top of their game.  I’ve never come across such a combination of seemingly different musical styles pulled together so well, and I doubt I ever will again.  Of the songs I’ve found, “Daisy” seems to be my favorite of the bunch.  Grab it below.

MP3: Fang Island – “Daisy”

Don’t forget to check out their video for the track.  It’s got enough Patrick Swayze references (two) to make a grown man cry.

“Goddamn! You are one radical son of a bitch!”