A whole slew of great Bay Area bands are celebrating the release of new albums this month, and we've included songs from a number of them in this episode. As we say in the show, The Mantles have long been one of our favorite local bands, and early cuts from Long Enough To Leave indicate it's another winner from this jangle-pop quartet. Similarly, the title track from The Spyrals' new LP offers rock and roll equally (and skillfully) informed by the worlds of garage and psych. In addition, we've also included new music from local post-punk band Creative Adult and East Bay Afro-indie soul band Bells Atlas.
On the touring front, Valleys craft expansive atmospheric pop with a strong sense of dynamics, a sound that they're able to deliver live despite only having two members. As Monster Rally, visual artist Ted Feighan crafts pop songs out of samples of old records; he's put out several albums on Oakland's Gold Robot Records. Finally, if it's lo-fi with a weird streak that you're looking for, both Japanther and Total Control are arriving in SF this month. Total Control's show finds the band sandwiched between Fuzz and Thee Oh Sees for what promises to be a hell of a show.
Enjoy the podcast and then go see some concerts!