David’s love of post-punk, power pop, new wave, shoegaze, Britpop, dreampop, and ambient music goes back 40 years. He’s been a fervent record collector with acts from labels like Rough Trade, IRS, 4AD, Factory, Fiction, Statik, Midnight Music, Beggar’s Banquet, Red Eye (Sydney), Flying Nun, and more. He’s seen too many bands to mention, coast to coast, having lived blocks away from The Fillmore in San Francisco, and near to Slim’s and Bimbo’s, and in decade’s past at Providence’s Living Room, Lupo’s, and The Rocket.
His love of bands is equaled by his desire to connect directly with them. He’s chased after Mark Burgess (The Chameleons) and Martin Phillips (The Chills) while on tours, or in letter writing well before the Internet. Stuart Adamson (the Hendrix of Scotland, said John Peel) remains his musical hero.
Weyes Blood (Natalie Mering) just announced her new full-length, “And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow” (Sub Pop, 2022), out November 18th. The first track, “It’s Not Just Me, It’s Everybody” perfectly sets the tone, musically and lyrically, simultaneously balancing themes of loneliness and hope.
Brighton, UK-based Paul Thomas Saunders has come back from an extended break after his first album, “Beautiful Desolation” (Atlantic, 2014). His new LP, “Figure in a Landscape”, is out October 21st (sevenfoursevensix). The dramatic single, “Bloodlust”, was released September 1st.
The newest single from Australia’s long-running psych-rock outfit comes out in advance of their 26th album and touring. The slow-building and mesmerizing single is a standout in recent memory. Enjoy the ride.