I first saw Tancred a couple years ago at the Catalyst Club in Santa Cruz. They opened for Speedy Ortiz, and put on a dynamite performance. After their set I said hi to Jess, and complimented them on their performance. She said it was the first time performing their then new album Out of the Garden, so they were really stoked, which showed. Their latest album Nightstand is coming on June 1, but of course there are a couple of tracks out on Spotify, YouTube and Bandcamp.
Tancred’s music is rocking and up tempo, but the feeling is both urgent and unsettled. The songs take you on an emotional journey. I have pre-ordered my copy, so you know what I’ll be doing come June 1. If you’re looking for some crunchy, emotional indie rock give Tancred a listen.
Among all the other new summer releases, let us not overlook Skating Polly, the hard-rocking family band from Oklahoma by way of the Pacific Northwest. Release date for their new album The Make It All Show is May 25, but it looks like all the songs are available now for streaming. I’ve already ordered my baby pink & red splatter vinyl deluxe package with the t-shirt, because that’s how I roll. Check out the video for Hollywood Factory, with cameos by Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile) and Abby (Pottymouth)!
I have listened to several cuts from The Make It All Show, and I can say it is more of the gorgeous, gutsy rock and roll that we have come to expect from these lit siblings. I really like Little Girl Blue and the Battle Envy, where they let themselves stretch out for a full six minutes of brooding, rumbling goodness. Buy your copy now and, if you get the chance, catch their live show.
Lush is the much-anticipated full-length arriving June 8 from talented, and preternaturally self-confident guitarist and song-writer Lindsey Jordan and band. If you haven’t already read about Snail Mail in the NY Times, and fucking everywhere else, now you know: this 18 year-old from DC has come to save rock and roll. Three songs from Lush have already been released on various streaming sites – Pristine, Heat Wave and Let’s Find An Out. I’m not going to pretend to know what they’re about, but the feelings range from heart ache and longing to rage. Lindsey’s guitar playing is amazing, and the vocals are bare and sincere. Do your ears a favor and check Snail Mail out.