Rock’s not dead, it’s ruled by women. This week Goat Girl, Suss Cunts, Mod Con and Frankie Cosmos are here to attest. Backing them up are four new and noteworthy tracks from DMA’s, Ocean Alley, Flying Machine, and TOPS’ Jackson MacIntosh.
GOAT GIRL – THE MAN (ROUGH TRADE/REMOTE CONTROL)
With visuals depicting gender-inverted Beatlemania and an ear-bashing sound to back them up, ‘The Man’ springs forth as a sly and anthemic commentary. Style, attitude and a little gritty intensity, these four are everything a rock band should be. Goat Girl’ s self-titled debut will be arriving April 6th.
FRANKIE COSMOS – BEING ALIVE (SUB POP/INERTIA)
Rocking hard with a light touch, Greta Kline shifts seamlessly between pointed statements of hurt and daydreaming surrealism. The track also features additional vocals from Bassist David Maine. Appearing late song, they add an earthly emphasis to Greta’s airy lyrics.
MOD CON – NEIGHBOURHOOD (POISON CITY)
‘18 is going to be an exciting year for the Poison City stable of artists. Here Erica Dunn shrieks and shouts as she takes the listener on a paranoiac stroll through gritty urban surrounds. Her equally incisive fretwork sits atop a surprisingly danceable groove.
SUSS CUNTS – TEMPER (HYSTERICAL RECORDS)
Dissonant guitar lines and eviscerating lyrics deliver a bleak take on stilted romance. Vocals drip with contempt. “I Ain’t got no money but I got time for you” deadpans Nina Renee.
OCEAN ALLEY – CONFIDENCE (INDEPENDENT)
Girl is out of league. Guy is driven crazy, needs confidence. Cue funk.
JACKSON MACINTOSH – CAN IT BE LOVE (SINDERLYN/REMOTE CONTROL)
Hall & Oates with an ultra-minimal vibration.
DMA’S – IN THE AIR (I OH YOU)
Have the DMA’s crossed over from Oasis and gone full Travis? Not quite. The trio pulls off at a razor’s edge between bittersweet and sappy. They pull it off to full effect but had it fallen any closer we’d have been a little worried.
FLYING MACHINE – LUCY (INDEPENDENT)
Sitting between the axis of Ramones style punk and doomy Black Sabbath jammers comes Flying Machine. ‘Lucy’ commits an episode of close-of-the-night lovesickness to a sludgy guitar line and pounding rhythm. ‘Lucy’ wouldn’t be too out of place sitting aside something from The Drunk Mums’ Denim.