So we are fully beyond Mardi Gras and into lent, and what better way to raise our spirits than pressing play on some of the best music coming out this month. Of course we are dreadfully close to that precious first week of Jazz Fest, but before then, wag your ass over to Louisiana Music Factory, click and buy each band's 1's and 0's, and enjoy some truly stellar home grown tunes. Cheers y'all...
The brand new trio Bantam Foxes' first single "Sweetheart" Makes me want to pick up Hunter S. Thompson and drive to Mexico in a convertible. It's psycodelic fuzz mashup vibrates my headphones. It slows down and then whallops you when it picks back up. "Sweetheart" sounds kind of like what NIN would sound like if Trent Reznor was a little less high strung. Here's the band's own appropriate bio...
"Bantam Foxes rises from the ashes of New Orleans bands Smiley with a Knife and Cute Machines. Bantam Foxes is a three-piece pursuit of the elegantly simple - a slap in the face of raw power, melody, and rhythm. Twins Sam and Collin McCabe intertwine vocals over Sam's explosive hybrid of rhythm and lead guitar. This catchy core thrusts into overdrive atop the inseparable efforts of Collin's fuzzed-out bass lines and Jared Marcell's solid backbeats. Bantam Foxes brews a unique touch on the familiar sounds of punk, garage rock, blues, and indie pop, simultaneously drenching their music in fuzz and pinpoint accuracy."
Kristin has been on my radar for quite sometime. Enigmatic and free, I'm thrilled each time to hear her sing and to see her perform. Here voice is effortlessly smooth with a tinge rasp. Her chops are none more apparent then on my favorite song "Quittin Kind" from her upcoming record "Kristin Diable & The City". The fuzzy keys and subtle trumpet wanders in and out with a slight bit of desperation and restraint. The song is perfectly simple and terribly soulful.
And for good measure, check out her fantastic live performance in the New Orleans French Quarter for LIVESET :
Seriously, I'm not sure what took me so long to begin digging The Revivalists. I'd like to blame it on ADHD, but ever since I heard their debut "Vital Signs" I've been slayed.
This band is one of the reasons why I truly believe in the NOLA music scene and why I love it so much. Their latest release is due out the 10th of this month and is balls to the wall good. The airy soul and spacious audial landscapes run through my brain in my favorite song "Pretty Photograph".
Anyone who says NOLA is only about Jazz, needs to hop on a plane, train, or automobile and come on down to experience them live. Speaking of, The Revivalists are hosting a record release show Saturday March 10th at Blue Nile.
I love this featurette about the band, produced by the good folks at Cottage Films.