New Portland music from one of our favorites, Grandparents. The kraut-rock group has been around for several years and after an EP and several singles, they finally have a full length album called Sincerely, Bagman. Grandparents bring the heat to this album, with hit after hit. They have an amazing combination of psychedelic rock and pop music. Sincerely, Bagman is one of the catchiest albums that I’ve heard all year. The single “Kids in the Alley” is a song that will force itself in your brain and not let go for ages. Grandparents has excellent songwriting that courses throughout the whole album. Along with catchy guitar riffs, banging keyboards, and groovy harmonies, Sincerly, Bagman is another instant hit this year, and is must buy!
New music from Portland’s Ah God. The self-titled album is a mesh of groovy rock and roll tunes. Ah God has an awesome psychedelic DIY sound to them. The album starts of with “Acid Genes,” a dizzingly psych-pop track with big drums, heavily modified vocals, and a catchy guitar riff. Then the sound goes to an acoustic guitar accompanied by falsetto vocals with “Sun Down on Fertile Ground.” This whole album by Ah God has that aesthetically pleasing, recorded in a basement, feel to it. Ah God sounds sort of like building your own spaced-themed fort, then tripping acid in it, but just the right amount of acid where things get a little weird and you end up making out with one of your best childhood friends, then in the morning you’re confused because you’ve always thought of her as your friend, but you’re also proud of yourself for making a move. I think that’s what they were going for. My favorite track on the album is “Don’t Know How That’ll Blossom.” Buy it on cassette here!
It’s new music from Máscaras, a local Portland 3-piece band. Their new album is called Máscara vs. Máscara. These guys blend high energy psych-rock with an edge of experimental elements, all rolled up in a fury of instrumental expressionism. Máscara vs. Máscara starts off with “Burgers & Balrog,” a track that instantly lets you know that these guys aren’t messing around. With a surfy guitar riff and incredible drumming, it is extremely easy to become enchanted with Máscaras. “City In Ruins” is one of my favorite tracks on the album. The guitar solo just demands for you to rock out as hard as possible, then the drums demand to take it up a notch. Another favorite song of mine is the closer “Going Home.” Máscara vs. Máscara by Máscaras demands your attention, and once you hit play that’ll be all you can do for 23 minutes.
Brand new album from Sun Blood Stories called Twilight Midnight Morning. This Idaho band have a sweet droney style of music. Sun Blood Stories craft a witchy concoction of brooding drone-rock. The opening track “Palace Mountain Mirage” opens the album with an excellent slide guitar riff that sets the mood for the rest of Twilight Midnight Morning. Tracks 4 (Witch Wind) and 6 (Night Tremor) have a more highly driven bass line that makes for more of a psychedelic-metal feel to it. My favorite track on the record is the finale “Misery is Nebulous.” Sun Blood Stories brings such great musicianship to this record, and it sounds amazing, so go listen to it and support independent artists.
A new EP recently released by Portland band, Coma Serfs. The EP is called Ready Or Not America! Here Come the Coma Serfs. The five song EP is a rumbling soundtrack to high energy party times. Coma Serfs have a psychedelic pop sound to them, bordering on the edge of chaos. Surfy guitar riffs, driving drum beats, and reverb vocals make up the sound for the Coma Serfs EP. Check ’em out.