Sydney singer-songwriter Allan Smithy released the single “The Streets”. The song was recorded in Melbourne with Tom Iansek (Big Scary, #1 Dads) & mixed by Liam Judson (Cloud Control, The Laurels). Smithy notes “I think that 80’s Australiana sound is a national treasure and something we should wear proudly on our sleeves”. Music blogs have already fell in love with his brand of beachy & atmospheric dream pop.
Ward & Sahraei are two girls from Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Ward brings in the electronic, while Sahraei brings pop punk back in scene. They are a mix of indie, electro, pop, & synth. The duo notes “We try to inspire and we are inspired by our favorite bands, like Hellogoodbye, Passion Pit and Vampire Weekend”. The song “Talk” which comes off the EP, has surpassed 3,000 SoundCloud plays in a short time. Ward & Sahraei eventually will be venerated by indie purists.
Jameson Burt, a singer-songwriter, & multi-instrumentalist who resides in Los Angeles, is working on a new album with a new band Mount Holly. The band also features Nick Perri who has played for Shinedown, Perry Farrell, and sister Christina Perri. Take a listen to Jameson’s previously released solo material to get a taste of the band’s upcoming album. Expect raw, rootsy rock ‘n’ roll.
Valdaway will release their debut album ‘Boom Shake Heartbreak’ in October. To date, the band has released two tracks ‘Beautiful View‘ & ‘Ok‘. The band offers anthemic rock layered with grungy guitars, gritty vocals along with stomps and claps. The album was recorded with acclaimed engineer Dave Parkin (Jebediah, Abbe May). The band began in a small town, South West of WA. They will hit the road for a string of dates that includes Perth, Albany, Rockingham, Bunbury and Margaret River.
Nearly thousands of bands will migrate to NYC in October where they will perform on numerous stages at CMJ, competing for attention . They’ve booked many shows as possible hoping to gain new fans and that blogs will take notice. We took notice of the Dallas indie rock band Valise. The indie quarter performed alongside Death Cab for Cutie, Local Natives, Family of the Year, and Copeland and will join Macy Gray as direct support for her headlining US tour.