Ghost Ease

As soon as you hit the play button on Ghost Ease’s self-titled debut album, you are immediately transported to a smoke filled garage. Almost a sense of foreboding as the beautifully haunting vocals come in to start the verse. The first track tells you why this band is called Ghost Ease. They play on the edge of unsettledness, but with great song structure and amazing vocal work. With Ghost Ease being their first full length release, it will be a real treat to see what this local Portland band will do next.

On to a more punk influenced band with Thee Oh Sees. Their latest album is called Floating Coffin. This is their seventh full length release in the last five years and it doesn’t disappoint in the slightest. This high energy band loves putting in inspiring guitar riffs with fast pumping drum beats. When Thee Oh Sees do slow it down it becomes a more psychedelic affair that is pleasing to everyone’s ears.

Onuinu + The Raveonettes

A great debut full length album from one of the hottest bands here in Portland came out this week. I’m talking about the band Onuinu’s album Mirror Grazer. This is one of the better albums that I’ve heard this year. Mirror Grazer is a super groovy, booty shakin’ electro-boogie sounding record. I’ve been blasting it on repeat all week. Play it at a party and I guarantee it will have people dancing to it. Check it out below, my favorite tracks are “Always Akward,” “A Step In The Right Direction,” “Ice Palace,” and “Happy Home.”

Next up is the latest album from The Raveonettes called Observator. I’m really enjoying this album as well. They remind me of a noisier XX. The Raveonettes put out a really cool indie noise-rock album that sounds fresh with each track. I really like the variety that they offer throughout, it definitely doesn’t get repetitive which can happen with some noise-rock bands. Check it out below, it’s really good to listen to for the new fall season.

Aan + Eight Bells + Zechs Marquise

Got some great math metal for you all today. Those unfamiliar with the term, math metal is a sub-genre of metal that includes weird time signatures and awesome syncopation. So first up is El Paso, TX band Zechs Marquise. These guys rock super hard, with driving bass lines, dynamite drumming, and psychedelic guitars. Their latest album, Getting Paid is absolutely fantastic, it’s a lot like exploring a place that you haven’t been to before. Check them out below. Getting Paid is a really cohesive album so you should listen to it all the way through, but if I had to choose a couple of tracks check out the first two and “Time Masters.” The cover art is also really cool too.

Next up is local Portland band Eight Bells. I was able to see them recently at the PDX Pop Now festival, and they totally rocked faces off there. More along the lines of noise rock, it’s hard to believe there are only three people in the band. A sweeping guitar that can go from 0-150 mph in 0.3 seconds into a screeching, blistering solo, some crazy awesome drumming, and bass lines that either glide or set the tone on where to head bang. These ladies, and gentleman, know how to please the ears. Check out their demo Isosceles below, and be on the lookout for their debut full length hopefully coming out at the end of the year.

Last up is another local band called Aan, pronounced on. These guys are more of an experimental pop-rock band. You can also say that they have some folky undertones to them as well. I really enjoy their sound, and their singer has a really cool voice that lends to their unique sound. I’m really looking forward to their debut full length album that is set to come out in the fall. Check out the single “I Don’t Need Love” below, also their 7″ that came out last year.

Brainstorm + PS I Love You

These two bands are going to be at the wonderful Music Fest NW. Brainstorm is a high energy, two-man pop-rock group from Portland, OR. Their newest single release is called “Flat Earth” and if you don’t get instantly hooked on it, well then we have different musical taste. Check out all their stuff here.

PS I Love You is another two man group coming from Kingston, Ontario. Though instead using the minimalist view of Brainstorm they use guitar loops like nobody’s business. Awesome guitar riffs mixed with huge solos make for that great indie-rock sound. Check out the vid below and their Facebook here.