Tuesday, May 02, 2006

2 For Tuesday: Wolfmother & The Submarines

While, Jay focuses on some of the better and often overlooked bands of the last 15 years or so, I've been...well, really neglecting my job to comment on some of the new music out there right now. I've just started a new job and things have been mighty busy/crazy but I'm gonna see what I can do to continue to keep things regular around here.

So far I'd say the the best albums I've heard this year were delivered to us from Islands, Man Man, Destroyer and Band of Horses. Today I'd like to add two more to that list.

I'm not sure what more that I can add to all the hype surrounding Wolfmother except that it's mostly well earned. Previously we featured the band in a list of five bands that prove hard rock/metal is not dead. I managed to get a copy of their self-titled LP that comes out today and I've been listening almost non-stop. It's recommened to fans of Sabbath, The Doors, Nirvana, The White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age and everything inbetween. It's a balls out rock headtrip where the aforementioned reference points are more than obvious. Lets just hope for their sake that these Australian lads blooming popularity isn't of the Jet variety and that they are allowed to evolve.

Wolfmother "White Unicorn"

The Submarines were a wonderful and unexpected treat, finding its way into my mailbox recently and answering the question, "What ever happened to Jack Drag," a favorite Boston act of mine famous for its low-fi 'Wall of Sound'. Well, John Dragonetti has married another Boston musician, Blake Hazard, and moved to Los Angeles. Well- that's the short version. You can visit their website for the full story. Anyhow, they've banded together for an album Declare A New State, that itself is a wonderful marriage of easygoing indie pop stylings and heartfelt "he said-she said" songwriting. It's all quite lovely, reminiscent at times of both Mates of State and Stars. The more I keep listening to it the more I keep falling in love with it. You can purchase the album on iTunes or wait until June for the CD but here's an advance track along with my favorite Jack Drag song.

The Submarines "Modern Inventions"
Jack Drag "Best Friend"


At 8:15 PM, Blogger Eric said...

Good stuff al the way around. I also wondered what happened to Jack Drag. Thanks for the update.


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