#MusicMonday is the hashtag I’ve been using for quite a while to share music recommendations from up-and-coming artists. Always fresh, and always different, trying to look for trends before they become one. You can check December’s review for more music.
Welcome to 2023! We begin the year with a collection of songs that are filled with the hope and desire to see revival in individual hearts across the world, with a word from the artists themselves. 🎧
Dynamite Shakers – Broken Space Spirit
I feel like I’m locked in
I can’t find a way out
Everything seems to crush me
We begin the year in St-Hilaire-de-Riez, France with a band that makes Garage Rock so seriously fun that takes its vintage roots, and goes to a different level for a bass and guitar groove:
“We wanted to compose a song that could fit as an intro for our gigs, so we wanted it to be long and dynamic. We were very inspired by the song “Starfire 500” by Amyl and The Sniffers (an australian punk band that we adore).”
Socks In Bed – ’75
Hot off the press in ’75
Were you quick to write your name inside?
How did it fall away from you?
Was it a gift from a lover
With a certain verse in mind?
Or was it fuel to feed a fire?
To untwist words from a tongue so tied
This band from Leicester, England, brings us a mystery in pure Pop Punk form. To whom does this mysterious name belongs? And why and from where did this object came? Take a listen, and make a guess:
“The song is about an old book of poems that our lead singer James Deacon was gifted and decided to write a song about Lesley Matthews, the name written inside the book.”
Smoking Alaska – Days With No End
To all my mistakes, growing tall while left alone
The days are getting longer and I wonder if I’m left behind
It just keeps feeding time
The distance is still growing it’s not showing any end in sight
It’s still feeding time.
This band from Duiven, in the Netherlands, shows how Alt Rock can trace back time to an endless drive passing by all the warning signs:
“After ending a relationship I felt stranded and uneasy on what to do next. It’s then when covid hit the Netherlands the hardest and strict lockdown policies began. The days after this felt long and blended together, each day feeling very similar to the next with a lot of time to dwell on the past. That’s essentially how the song ‘Days With No End’ started.”
DRAG – Let’s Make Out
We’re bare to the bone in the moonlight
But skeletons don’t fear the night
A river of passion’s between us
We’re just waiting for a raft so we can cross
Your whispered words are hard to hear
But they feel great against my ear
Your lips are softer than snow
And we just melt into the pillows
From Bristol, England, comes a Synth Pop track with all the right 80s vibe that could easily be featured in a John Hughes film:
“It was actually inspired by meeting a new person and the first nights being intimate. It’s meant to be a really tender song and I hope it comes across that way :)”
Vigilantes – Tigerwall
If these walls could talk they’d say she’s strange,
He dropped a drink she spilled her change,
He found the version of himself he liked,
Now it’s diffused in the flaccid light,
Oh Tigerwall, What’s in your thoughts,
What’s in a kiss that won’t repeat?
Last stop, Lincoln, England, for a Indie Rock song that can transport you with its intimate lyrics to those late nights drives with friends just looking for fun:
“Memories of a car park in the late evening and driving a friend’s car for the first time inspired it ❤️
Also it’s just inspired by that whole dusk in the winter vibe and being inside the bars we spent a lot of time in.”