5 songs you must hear this week: 14 January 2019

The music industry begins to awake from its holiday slumber this week. Q1 is all about setting things up for albums coming in the spring.

1. SHAED, Trampoline
Melt (Universal)
Recommended if you like: Songs in Apple commercials

Yes, another band intentionally misspelling its name in ALL CAPS. In this case, we have an electropop trio from Washington DC that seems to be doing well as the result of placement in TV commercials. First, it was a track called Name On It that appeared in a Victoria’s Secret spot followed by the use of this song in a MacBook Air commercial just before Christmas.

2. Walk the Moon, Timebomb
Single (RCA)
RIYL: The pop side of alt

Five songs were peeled from the band’s fourth album, What If Nothing, which came out in late 2017. Not much to report on the fifth album yet, but with the appearance of this single, something must be afoot.


3. Bear Hands, Blue Lips
Blue Lips (Spensive Sounds)
RIYL: Hot Hot Heat, Modest Mouse, Wolf Parade

This post-punk/indie rock from Brooklyn is also due to release some new material given that the last album appeared in 2016. Whatever appears next will be a product created without founding member Ted Feldman, who left the band a year ago. They’ll soon be on the road opening for the aforementioned Walk the Moon.

4. Catfish and the Bottlemen, Longshot
Single (Island)
RIYL: Strumbellas, Cage the Elephant, The Struts

After three years, this Welsh four-piece has finally released some new material. Few details are available, but they do have a British arena tour and a roadtrip through various North American theatres in March and April, so fans can probably expect more new stuff soon.

Black Pistol Fire, Level
Single (30th Century Records)
RIYL: Death from Above, Black Keys, White Stripes

We know the story by now: Two Toronto guys move to Austin and after a couple of years see their band blow up to be one of the biggest alt-rock success stories of 2018. And with the release of this new single, it looks like their good fortune will continue for the foreseeable future. Nice.

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