Sioux Falls

Finally catching up on some regular updates now. Still working on the Treefort coverage, but for now let’s dive into some of my favorite albums this year so far. Let’s start with Portland band Sioux Falls. They released Rot Forever back in February and it is a kick-ass indie-rock album that is filled with really good songs. Sioux Falls has such a classic indie-rock sound to them ranging from Modest Mouse to Pavement to Built To Spill. They also have an emo-punk theme to their music along the lines of Blink-182.
The vocals are what jump out at you first. The growly viciousness of Isaac Eiger is a staple in Sioux Falls. The way that he paces and presents the lyrics are really unique and add another layer of intrigue to the band.
Overall Rot Forever goes down as one of the freshest indie punk-rock albums this decade. So definitely wrap your ears around Sioux Falls.

Car Seat Headrest

Brilliant new album from Virginia’s Car Seat Headrest. The album is called Teens of Style. The first track, “Sunburned Shirts”, starts it off with an energetic guitar part and heavy reverb vocals. Car Seat Headrest brings a cool mix of grunge-rock and guitar pop. The album as a whole is very well written between the lyrics and the guitar riffs. Teens of Style is a super catchy album that you’ll want to listen to over and over again.

Girlpool

New music from Girlpool called Before the World Was Big. These ladies have such an incredibly powerful sound with their minimalist style of alt-pop. The songwriting is really extraordinary, the harmonies and vocals in general give such a sense of vulnerability, and the guitar parts are so well put together to make you feel the music. This album from Girlpool is one of my favorites so far this year, so make sure to check it out!

Couches

Today we’ve got some music from San Francisco. It’s a band called Couches. They recently released an EP called Slackin’ Since the 80s. Couches’ sound is full of grungy guitar riffs, cool unique vocals, and great songwriting. The nine song EP is a fast driven affair with songs that range from being about losing control, to taking it easy. Slackin’ Since the 80s definitely keeps to its name and the overall feeling is an EP that’s highly listenable. They will also be coming back to Treefort Music Fest this year as well.

Shivery Shakes

New music out of Austin, TX with Shivery Shakes. They just put out their debut full length called Three Waves & A Shake. Shivery Shakes have a great beach bum sort of feeling to their music. Three Waves & A Shake is full of catchy surf-pop tunes that will make you yearn for the summer months once again. The album starts off with the memorable whistling tune of “Recurring Dreams.” That opening track sets the tune for the entire album. My other favorite tracks are “Swimming” and “Remember When.” The whole album from Shivery Shakes is really solid. Shivery Shakes are also on a mini West-Coast tour this week, and are playing Valentine’s tomorrow night 11/18.

Tour Dates:
11.18.14 – Portland, OR @ Valentine’s
11.19.14 – Seattle, WA @ Victory Lounge
11.20.14 – Boise, ID @ The Crux
11.21.14 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Diabolical Records
11.22.14 – Denver, CO @ Savoy