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The Big Takeover #79

Cody Conard

Saul Losada - Energy (Self-Released)

14 January 2017

While there’s nothing groundbreaking or innovative on this record, Saul Losada erects the foundations on Energy to set himself firmly in the lineage of blues rock’s most individual guitarists.

Thorin Loeks - Thirsty Hearts (Self-Released)

2 January 2017

Thirsty Hearts is an incredibly relevant and powerful record that speaks directly to the uncertain and transitory impasse in which we are currently living in.

Michael Van & The Movers - A Little More Country (Self-Released)

10 December 2016

A Little More Country just might be the perfect Christmas gift for the country fan longing for traditional Americana and country that doesn’t entirely sacrifice a modern sensibility.

Gert Taberner - Fallen EP (Self-Released)

6 December 2016

While Taberner doesn’t as of yet have the most original of voices, it’s clear from the off that Fallen contains all of the makings for one, and all that remains to be seen is where he goes from here.

Dino Jag - Breakthrough EP (Self-Released)

3 December 2016

Dino Jag is a musician who has clearly cracked the code for pop songwriting, and he winningly replicates this formula six times over the course of the simply enjoyable Breakthrough EP.

Danophone - Rerun (Self-Released)

2 December 2016

Purposely recorded with limited technology, Rerun is as warm and tender as it is personal and intimate from a musician with an immediately identifiable voice deserving to be heard.

Saint Blasphemer - Simon Templar (Self-Released)

28 November 2016

A concept like this is a heavy one to cover, and by no means easy, but Saint Blasphemer tackles the job with deftness and heart on Simon Templar.

Fallen Asunder - S/T (Self-Released)

28 November 2016

Fallen Asunder occasionally gets lost in trying to sound too much like its influences, but it nevertheless remains a promising debut from a band who have clearly put everything into it.

Color You - The Grand Trine (Self-Released)

27 November 2016

The Grand Trine isn’t a perfectly cohesive effort, but it’s the sound of a band tightening up considerably since their formation, and truly beginning to find their own voice.

Wicklow Atwater - The Fallen Flame String Band LP (Self-Released)

20 November 2016

Raised and formed in Atwater Village, Southern California, the five members of Wicklow Atwater have all been friends since childhood, resulting in a long-standing bond and natural chemistry rare for musical acts.

Glenn Meling - Minnesota (Self-Released)

11 November 2016

Inspired in part by the Coen brothers’ film, Fargo, Minnesota is a moody post-punk vision of the coldest and bleakest reaches of America.

The Furious Seasons - Look West (Self-Released)

6 November 2016

Bastion of the Los Angeles pop scene, David Steinhart, is back once again with his band The Furious Seasons, but this time jumping head first into a new style for the first time.

One Track Mind - A Price to be Paid (Brygga Records)

3 November 2016

Although One Track Mind hails from Norway, their sound actually sounds more like it comes from the suburbs of California or the housing projects of Scotland.

Countless Thousands - You're Goddamn Right (Self-Released)

27 October 2016

Self-described as having “a punk rock core made accessible with doo-wop inspired vocal lines,” and “a Billy Joel-approved lyricism…” it’s clear the band are comfortable with stretching the genre to its breaking point.

Savage Henry and the Infamous One Pounders - Get Off Easy (Self-Released)

22 October 2016

Saskatoon party favorites have been pushing their unapologetic, if controversial, brand of raw garage punk since 1998, and their latest album, Get Off Easy, is no exception to the rule.

Max Fite - Shake It On Down EP (Self-Released)

15 October 2016

Shake It On Down_ rises above the majority of hard rock that deals solely with partying by deftly acknowledging the shadows of life it’s running from.

The Slang - Night and Day EP (Self-Released)

12 October 2016

Night and Day is the result of a band finding their voice, flexing their muscles, and the statement of two musicians learning to deal triumphantly with changes.

Logan Metz - The Last Remaining Payphone in L.A. (Self-Released)

7 October 2016

A stunning debut, The Last Remaining Payphone in L.A. has all of the possibilities within it to make Logan Metz one of America’s next great troubadours.

The Survival Code - Broken Strings EP (IRL)

2 October 2016

London’s The Survival Code straddle the fine, and some would say, oft indistinguishable line between alt rock and punk, much in line with some of their influences like Deftones and Queens of the Stone Age.

TALIA - Thugs They Look Like Angels (Self-Released)

30 September 2016

Thugs They Look Like Angels is due out October 16th, and is an album that is as comfortably footed in the recent past as it is the present, thriving in both equally.

Magnetic Ghost - Loss Molecules (Self-Released)

24 September 2016

The album is obviously influenced by shoegaze acts like Low and Sonic Youth, but there’s also a more melancholic gothic element that imbues songs with a Joy Division dirge-like quality.

Chameleon Technology - Blank Canvas (Self-Released)

18 September 2016

Although it can be seen as a soundtrack to Chameleon Technology’s live show, Blank Canvas proves to be just as worthy to listeners for its own merits alone.

Tilted Axes - Music for Mobile Electric Guitars (Self-Released)

11 September 2016

The democracy and runtime of this album needn’t necessarily have been set to 11, but Music for Mobile Electric Guitars is nevertheless high on concept, ideas, and, overall, execution.

The Depature - Gateways EP (Self-Released)

5 September 2016

Salt Lake City’s The Departure have attempted a daring feat—bridging the gap between pop punk and prog rock—on their new fittingly-titled EP, Gateways.

Galapaghost - I Never Arrived (Self-Released)

29 August 2016

I Never Arrived is a misleading title, because if anything it finds Chandler truly coming into his own on what is undoubtedly his finest and most mature work yet.

Winter Calling - FACES (Self-Released)

23 August 2016

It’s obviously an extremely heartfelt roller coaster ride and the honesty communicated make FACES one of the year’s more compelling records.

Everlost US - Live and Let Go (Self-Released)

16 August 2016

Like the sprouting tree on its cover, Live and Let Go is the product of a musician growing and inviting an audience to join him along the way, making for at once both a captivating and openly honest work of art.

Mike Comfort - Pretty Sweet Stuff (Smoothhead Records)

9 August 2016

Over the course of twenty songs, Pretty Sweet Stuff offers a glimpse at the sizable and impressive body of work from a musician whose heart is worn on his sleeve at all times.

Tumbler - Come to the Edge (Self-Released)

7 August 2016

Come to the Edge finds Tumbler more assured and confident than ever; it also happens to contain some of their best songs yet

Jane in Space - S/T (Aion Records)

27 July 2016

Jane in Space, out August 19th on Aion Records, is a record that has been carefully crafted with a sharp attention to detail and the instincts to execute their vision flawlessly.

Audio Jane - A Full Bird's Wing (Self-Released)

21 July 2016

Influenced by 90’s alternative, singer Sarah Pech’s intimate, breathy vocals call to mind Aimee Mann or Kim Deal, and the grungey guitars and fuzzy basslines are reminiscent of The Breeders as well.

Sarah Schonert - My Unwinding State (Self-Released)

3 July 2016

Influenced by the theatrics and atypical dynamics of Kate Bush, My Unwinding State feels like a set of compositions just dying for choreography.

Turning Virtue - A Temporary Human Existence (Self-Released)

30 June 2016

A Temporary Human Existence_ is an album that occasionally struggles and fails to find its footing, but it also shows a band with a lot more to show and an identity that will only solidify with further releases.

Waiting For Sunday - The Windsor Effect (Self-Released)

27 June 2016

Given its occasional schizophrenic nature, it’s possible this could have worked better as a long-ish EP, but the album nevertheless remains the product of a lot of forward trajectory from a still young band.

Native Gold - A Man We All Admire EP (Self-Released)

25 June 2016

A shocking amount of ideas and themes are tackled over the course of a very short EP that undoubtedly leave the listener with even more questions about Native Ground then before.

Rawzilk - Joys and Horrors of Broken Souls (Self-Released)

24 June 2016

Joys and Horrors is the natural and perfect continuation of the themes and moods first put forth by Joy Division in the late ’70s.

Eric Anders - Big World Abide (Self-Released)

23 June 2016

Eric Anders is a singer/songwriter from the Bay Area, who has been releasing consistently compelling and ethereal music since the turn of the century.

Night Marcher - Modern Maze (Self-Released)

1 June 2016

Modern Maze is a fantastic new record from an artist currently in the processing of evolving and reinvigorating himself, and it is nothing short of captivating.

Tod Hughes - Time Slow Down (Self-Released)

24 May 2016

Perhaps a concept album in the loosest sense of the term, all of the songs, for the most part, deal with the larger theme of hope, whether approached from a perspective of naive innocence or weathered experience.

Zonnis - Rise of the Sheep (Self-Released)

16 May 2016

Rise of the Sheep is not music that will rock or change the world, but it is definitely a very pleasurable diversion.

Bitter's Kiss - Love Won't Make You Cry EP

10 May 2016

For a singer of such a young age, her lyrics show a remarkable amount of restraint and depth, and Love Won’t Make You Cry is certainly the most concise testament to this.

The 2120's - Moments (Self-Released)

9 May 2016

Their newest album, Moments, a follow up to 2014’s The Bunker Sessions, is another winning collection of the bluesy garage rock they’ve come to be known for.

Post Death Soundtrack - The Unlearning Curve (Self-Released)

5 May 2016

After a three year hiatus, the band is back with their newest full-length, The Unlearning Curve, a moody, Skinny Puppy -esque take on druggy psychedelica.

Linchette Marcel - S/T EP (Self-Released)

2 May 2016

Linchette Marcel is one explosive debut EP that fantastically teases the full-length that is to come later this year.

Hot Rumour - MMXVI (Self-Released)

29 April 2016

There’s a thick sheen to Hot Rumour’s sound, but beneath the manufactured gloss is a keen knack for power-pop melodies and icy, electronic hooks.

Port of Est - Onyx Moon (Delphinium Music)

24 April 2016

Onyx Moon_ is a captivating and cohesive debut from a group that seems to have immediately found their footing.

Chris Wirsig - The 13 Crystal Skulls (Self-Released)

23 April 2016

Like a darker, lost X-Files soundtrack, The 13 Crystal Skulls is an absolute must for any sci-fi or gothic synthpop fan.

The Lost Poets - Insubordia Pt. II (Self-Released)

21 April 2016

Songs like “Bound” and “In A Wasteland” are so doom-ridden, the band sounds as if Joy Division had instead spent their formative years listening predominately to Southern rock and early proto-metal.

The Magic Lightnin' Boys - Stealin' Thunder (Bottled Lightnin')

19 April 2016

The record is a gritty mix of garage & Southern rock, and the blues—a rawer take on the sound exemplified by acts like The Black Keys.