By Hollie Jones
British quintet Morning Parade who have just released their self-titled debut in the US, play Santos Party House Thursday October 18 as part of their US tour, which boasts support slots for Smashing Pumpkins, Two Door Cinema Club and The Wombats among others. Morning Parade boasts 11 sing along tracks, all melodically beguiling, thus the beauty in Morning Parade’s mainstream appeal lies in their ability to ignite a crowd. Expect strong, emotive vocals from frontman Steve Sparrow and immaculately polished alternative indie rock.
Next up are Parisian trio We Were Evergreen. Their unique electro indie pop songs are guaranteed to put a great big smile on your face, with infant like lyrics about moonboots and penguins and PUPPIES and “you and me under a tree/K.I.S.S.I.N.G” delivered by soothing vocals, accompanied by simple uke rhythms, glock melodies, incredibly intelligent pedal work and even a kazoo. We are very excited to be shooting a video with We Were Evergeen during CMJ week so keep checking back for their Secret Sound Shop session. Check out ‘Baby Blue’ the single released earlier this summer or listen for yourself Wednesday October 17 at Rockwood Music Hall.
Admiral Fallow are a Glasweigan quintet who are fast blazing the trails of their Scottish indie brothers Frightened Rabbit and Twilight Sad. They hit this year’s CMJ hot on the heels of their 2012 release Tree Bursts In Snow a record that seamlessly blends nu-folk with americana and dream pop and channels diverse instrumentation including a gospel piano, string ensembles, a flute and a clarinet. Songs you will hear by this band are lyrically both emotive and dramatic, with ambiance ranging from the melanchony ‘Beetle in the Box’ to the jaunty ‘Isn’t the World Enough’.
Catch Admiral Fallow Thursday October 18 at Union Hall.
Our regular readers will not be suprised to see You Won’t pop up on our top picks for CMJ – we love them so much we have picked them twice. The Massachusetts duo, firm favourites of ours, not content with: “springing our sweet and sour melodies on the disbelieving industry types down in Austin…choking on their gourmet tacos.” are set to take CMJ by storm. You Won’t deliver refreshingly lo-fi, retro tracks, littered with impromptu percussions providing addictive loops, twangy vocal croons akin to early Bob Dylan and ornate melodies that work to balance melancholy lyrical counterparts. Their live performance is enchanting, and in an industry often typified by unjustified arrogance it is refreshing to watch two really nice guys, making really good music.
You can buy Skeptic Goodbye via Old Flame Records here
Catch You Won’t Friday October 19 at Bowery Electric