Joanna Gruesome is an irresistible noise pop five-piece from Cardiff, UK. During the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon, the band took some time from their packed show schedule -- where they seemed to make fans of nearly everyone who saw them -- to drop by for this session. Full of catchy pop melodies, full-on walls of shoegaze noise, teen angst, and punk drum beats, they exude energy from every pore, both in the studio and onstage. Lead singer Alanna has a ferocious power that comes out in playful, sweet whispers and dark, abrasive screams that match the intensity of the fuzzed-out guitars. It only makes (too much?) sense that the band met in an anger management group and didn't even get along at first -- how else could you explain such perfect musical chemistry?
Weekend began as a notoriously noisy shoegaze band in San Francisco, but a recent move to Brooklyn marked a shift in both their location and their sound. Shedding some of the wall of noise without sacrificing any of their anxious rhythms or ominous creeping bass, they've grown into a band whose dark tales come through with a new clarity on their upcoming release, Jinx.
Today we review The Mantles' second full length LP, Long Enough to Leave, which came out on Slumberland Records on June 19th. With this record, the sweet, yet gritty, indie-pop group out of San Francisco delivers a concise conglomeration of jangle-pop, psych, and melodic indie in a laidback fashion perfectly suited for the summertime.