The Band Ice Cream – “Wild”
Are you ready for an awesome throwback? Look no further than this San Francisco group. Their Classically Trained LP is sure to be filed with Beach Boys style tunes that will give you all the feels. “Wild” starts with a classic blues riff before launching into something surprisingly modern and refreshingly vintage. The LP has production from legendary Bruce Botnick who is best known for his work on The Door’s “L.A. Woman”. “Yeah, we had to present a strong case to him if we wanted to double something, or use reverb or add gain,” singer/guitarist Kevin Fielding says. “He’d be like, ‘Well, go ahead—it’s your album to f*** up.’ In almost all cases, he’d push back against our initial impulses, so we had to rethink two or three times exactly what we wanted. He’s passionate about how music sounds raw. Now we are, too.” This sounds like a solid recipe for rock goodness.
The Dovecotes – “Tantrum”
This Portland four-piece set out to create something fresh with their second LP Humorless. One-part Strokes and one part indie pop, the band crafts a sound that is as unique as it is timeless. The vibe of “Tantrum” bounces between genres with a freedom found only in the most mature of bands. The chemistry is palpable with the band and the result is a beautifully crafted piece of throwback space rock.