TELEKINESIS! (Seattle, WA)
Signed to the mighty Merge label in their native USa (and Morr over here), Telekinesis are a new pop force to be reckoned with. Produced, engineered, and mixed by Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie) their album has sparked great reviews and prompted a waiting fanbase for this their first UK tour.
'This is one of those little American indie gems that’ll never break into the T4/Radio 1/MTV axis of evil, but which people who discover it will cling to like a lifebuoy in a sea of shit... this is immediate power-pop full of an exuberance notably lacking amid guitar bands on these shores at the moment. ‘Tokyo’ is a rip-roaring early-Strokesy song which uses an excitable melody to express just how much he likes Tokyo, ‘Coast Of Carolina’ is The Shins meets The Knack and ‘Great Lakes’ a tasty wad of Vaselines. Simply put: an album stuffed with great, joyful songs.' - NME
THE ROSEBUDS (Raleigh, NC)
Another Merge Records act, The Rosebuds defy categorization with each new release, like creatures in a myth shifting shape to avoid capture; slippery catfish in a North Carolina river. Mention The Smiths and Ivan will turn his Morrissey croon into a gruff Greg Dulli growl or splash it against some reverb-laden surf guitar. Call them southern gothic and they'll release a dance record. They do not spend time categorizing themselves, each record is simply evidence of new curiosity.
On Life Like (2008), The Rosebuds return to more acoustic territory, barely a year after releasing the synth-heavy dance pop of 2007's Night of the Furies.
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