Sweaty Palms – Hollywood Wax

Sweaty Palms are a Scottish band from Glasgow. ‘Hollywood Wax’ is a 4  song cassette EP and it has been released on the newly discovered (and so far excellent) Scottish imprint Fuzzkill Records.

Sweaty Palms deal in surf guitar meets lo-fi pop kinda like a dirtier and nastier cousin to 2000’s Sons and Daughters. I think I found this release via the excellent Ski Pie Rage blog. The EP ends with the sprawling ‘Mutton Dressed As Lamb’ which unravels like a twisted funeral march. Or something.

Apparently the tape is now sold out. So grab the download.

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Earth Rod – Scuttling Around EP

I picked up this cassette by Earth Rod a few weeks back. The band recorded  a couple of the songs on the EP at the ever reliable Sound Savers (with Mark Jasper at the controls) and the result is a suitably scuzzy DIY lo-fi pop racket. They don’t seem to play out very often so I am not sure how I came across them – probably from trawling my bandcamp feed. The tape doesn’t throw up much in the way of clues to who the band are (edit, facebook does).

Across the 7 songs on the EP guitars are set to fuzz, the vocals remain gleefully buried.  On ‘Yay Or Nay’ the band channel some kinda rockabilly spirit. This is music for dark basements and boozy evenings. Maybe the band have heard the likes of The Cramps before. They also remind me of slightly less psychotic take on Middlesbrough’s Year Of Birds. The louder you turn the volume dial, the better the reward.

Lala Lala – Have A Good Day

Lala Lala are from Chicago in the US. This EP is download only. The band are a three piece and comprise of members Lillie West, Abby Black and Annie Burns. I found an interview with the band over on Sad Girls Guide that throws some more light on how the band started etc, although the name of the band members don’t tally with their facebook page. Go figure. They’re a still a bit of mystery. Stand out song is the opener “So” which has a chugging guitar thing going on. Thie whole EP is stripped back and rather wonderful.

Teaser Pony – Teaser Pony EP

Teaser Pony from Melbourne in Australia are the latest in a line of fine Aussie pop that is showing bands how it should be done. This EP is released on Cinnamon Records (a new label to me). The four songs on the EP mash up 70s powerpop and 80s indiepop with some surprisingly pleasing results.I can also hear echoes of Hefner albeit with an Aussie twang. Maybe they share similar influences to Darren Hayman and co.

Lead song “Champion Fullback” is a great big sounding song. Made for the radio. Built to bring smiles. And it seems to be about a Rugby player. Talking of the 70s “I.D.K.E.W.Y.S.F.N” even starts with a little saxophone flourish which does nothing to dispell that this band are big into that mid 70s sound. Final song “Headed For The Door” is perhaps the most indiepop sounding moment on the EP as the band pick up the tempo (and the jangle) a little. You can order the limited 7″ from the bandcamp page. I reckon fans of Tigercats or Hefner might well dig this one.

Owl & Mouse

Here’s another band I’ve championed a lot since they formed a few years ago. It’s been a while since I invited them to play an Odd Box show and I should really rectify this. But I am fairly sure they’ve played a fair few down the years especially as they were settling on a line up. They’ve come on a LOT since those days. Some have argued that they’re a bit ‘gentle’ for my tastes. But y’know what, this new video for ‘Octopi’ is just great. Their debut LP is due out on Fika Recordings soon.

The band are also on tour right at this moment. Go see them if you can. I’ll be at The Shacklewell Arms on 7th July.

July 5th: Leeds – Wharf Chambers (w/ The Smittens, The Seven Inches)
July 6th: Nottingham – Spanky Van Dykes (w/ The Smittens)
July 7th: London – The Shacklewell Arms (w/ The Smittens & Tigercats)
July 8th: Moss, Norway (w/ The Smittens)
July 9th: Bergen, Norway (w/ The Smittens)
July 11th & 12th: Indiefjord, Bjorke, Norway (w/ The Smittens, The School, The Just Joans and more)

The Cathys – Hysterical Monument

The Cathys are new on me. They’re from Sydney in Australia. They’ve just released their four track debut 7″ single. You can buy it over on Bandcamp. They remind a little of The Loft. In as much as it sounds like what indiepop sounded like in 1985 and the vocals are just off kilter. This is basement pop. This is the sound of jangly guitars and for once, it doesn’t sound stale. It doesn’t sound like a 4th generation rip of something from the 60s or mid 80s. Sometimes the kids have still got it.

This 7″ is a keeper. Go support a new band and buy the download or the 7″ if you can stomach the postage from down under.