It was an extra-busy week for the Music Lab as the volume of new material has increased but a factor of two or three. It’s just that time of year.
1. Sum 41, Out for Blood
Order in Decline (Hopeless)
Recommended If You Like: Duh. It’s Sum 41.
We were introduced into a new-look Sum 41 after Deryck Whibley’s trials and tribulations with his health, a lineup that gave us the 13 Voices album in 2016. Much touring following, which has resulted in the band’s eighth album, probably the heaviest and most aggressive thing they’ve done to date. The album will appear July 19.
2. Old Man Canyon, Run Away
The Grand Facade (Independent)
RIYL: Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, MGMT
Jett Pace, the head guy in this Vancouver-based electronic dream-pop certainly isn’t old, but he does have an affinity with late-period Beatles, especially the swirly sort of experimental musings from John Lennon. When it came time to finish the album, he and a couple of co-conspirators rented an Airbnb in the middle of the California desert where they could make all the noise they wanted. By the way, the vehicle in the video is called a Volkswagen Thing.
3. Sam Fender, Hypersonic Missiles
Hypersonic Missiles (Polydor)
RIYL: The Killers. Definitely The Killers.
Hypersonic Missiles is perhaps a misleadingly aggressive title for what Sam does considering that if you close your eyes, you might think that you’re listening to a song by the Killers. (His vocals are eerily close to Brandon Flowers sometimes.) We’re getting a lot of lead time on this record—it won’t be out until August 19—but expect more advance singles to roll out over the coming months.
4. Missio, I See You
The Darker The Weather // The Better The Man (RCA)
RIYL: Quieter Imagine Dragons, X Ambassadors, Strumbellas
Here’s a little pop rock from Austin with just two guys: Matthew Brue and David Butler, both of whom list their positions within the band as “producer.” A debut record called Loner appeared in 2017, which contained the single Middle Fingers. The new record, The Darker the Weather // The Better the Man is being introduced with this particular track.
5. Perry Farrell and The Kind Heaven Orchestra, Pirate Punk Politician
Kind Heaven (Elektra)
RIYL: It’s Perry. There’s no one like him.
As the frontman of Jane’s Addiction and the co-founder of Lollapalooza, Perry has the kind of friendships that allow him to pull together a band like this. Pearl Jam drummer Matt Chamberlain. Chris Cheney (bass) and Nick Maybury (both Jane’s addiction alumni). Appearances by Tommy Lee (Motley Crue), Dhani Harrison (son of Beatle George), Elliot Easton (The Cars) and Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters). The producer was Tony Visconti, David Bowie’s favourite. This whole thing will soon move to Las Vegas as part of some sort of project with Caesar’s Palace costing $90 million.
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