The boffins in the white coats in The Global Music Lab were once again locked in over the weekend with instructions to cull the 500-ish new tracks that came in last week down to just five. Did they get it right?
1.Bishop Briggs, Champion
Recommend If You Like: Songs made to be sports anthems
If this song hasn’t already been used in an arena or stadium, it’s only a matter of time. The big singalong chorus is a no-brainer when it comes to hyping fans at the game. Look out, Jack White. Seven Nation Army might finally have some competition. Meanwhile, if you’re having some self-esteem issues, give this song a listen. It’ll help.
2. Wildlife, Wasted
Take the Light With You (Fontana North)
RIYL: Arkells, Hey! Rosetta, Glorious Sons
Another song designed to pump you up when you’re feeling low. This five-piece from Toronto describes their sound as “weapon-rock,” but I might go with something more conventional like “synth-tinged power-pop” or “happy emo.” Either way, this is good.
3. The Regrettes, I Dare You
How Do You Love? (Warner)
RIYL: Elle King, Wolf Alice, Bully
What if The Strokes were fronted by a woman? There’s a good chance that such a construction would sound like The Regrettes, a four-piece (three women, one dude) power indie-pop band from LA. I Dare You is a ridiculously catchy track that will trigger dance reflexes in just about everyone. Cool video, too. The album is out August 9.
4. All American Rejects, Send Her to Heaven
Send Her to Heaven EP (Epitaph/Warner)
RIYL: Weezer, Jimmy Eat World, Fall Out Boy
AAR has been teasing new music for a while and has finally dropped a three-song single (EP?) on us. The lead/title track is about a party girl named Molly who disappeared after being spotted in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven. Not exactly a feel-good song, but it does have an important message about excess, addiction, and the need for us to look out for each other.
5. Bonds of Mara, Lights Out
Single (for now) (Independent)
RIYL: Canadian indie supergroups
Listing their hometown as “Earth,” Bonds of Mara is led by ex-I Mother Earth singer Brian Byrne while the other members list Finger Eleven, My Darkest Days, Default, and Saint Ansonia on their resumes. As for the name, here’s an explanation: “Mara, the demon who tempted the Buddha, is associated with death, rebirth, and desire. Broadly speaking, Mara is anti-enlightenment, working to keep seekers from pushing forward. To break the “bonds of Mara” requires focus and determination. BONDS OF MARA, the band, is the perfect soundtrack for that struggle.” Hey, works for me.
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