The weekly cull has been completed. After sorting through hundreds of songs that flooded the office’s inbox this week, these five emerged as the ones most worth further consideration. Do you agree?
1. Incubus, Into the Summer
Single (for now) (Incubus/ADA)
RIYL: Bands that survived being called nü-metal
Odd that Incubus didn’t release a single with a title like this until late August, isn’t it? Especially one so surfy and fun. The video is a full-on tribute to the 1987 movie The Lost Boys, so expect vampires and the guzzling of blood. Then again, if you look up “incubus” in the dictionary, everything makes much more sense. I think.
2. Unlikely Candidates, Novocaine
Single (for now) (RED)
RIYL: Numbing the pain
Here we have a band from Fort Worth, Texas—the more stockyard-y side of the Dallas metroplex—with a sound right down the middle of the current alt-rock sound propagated by groups like Imagine Dragons. They’re clearing swinging for the fences with the anthemic nature of this one. An album is due this fall.
3. The 1975, People
Notes on a Conditional Form (Interscope)
RIYL: Bastille, Walk the Moon, Panic! At the Disco
The 1975 continue to slowly march towards their new album that won’t be out until February 20 of next year. When the album does come out, it will feature four different covers in hopes that the superfan will buy all of ‘em. Careful with the video, too. It comes with a seizure trigger warning.
4. Tones and I, Dance Monkey
The Kids Are Coming (Sony)
RIYL: Tove Lo, Elle King, K.Flay
Not a band but a woman from Australia named Toni Watson (deconstruct her first name and you’ll understand what’s happening). We’re a little late to this single because her focus was mainly on Europe to this point. After it hit number one in Australia, it also topped charts in all the Scandinavian countries save Iceland plus Ireland. What can she do in North America?
5. Nikki’s Wives, Playing With Fire
RIYL: Plucky homegrown Canadian pop-rock
People are paying attention to this band from originally from London, Ontario, who seem to be on a slow upward trajectory. Now based in Toronto, they have prepped a new EP (still untitled) that will be out later this year. This single dropped just on Friday. Had you pre-saved it, you would have received an exclusive live video of the band doing Girls Just Want to Have Fun.
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