Now Streaming: Fugue Release Instrumental Slow Burner “Sun Got Bit”

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It has been a long time since western, CT instrumental rockers Fugue have released any new music.  Six years this past August (to be exact, but who’s counting?). Last Friday, the band came out of hibernation to announced they would be releasing a new song.

Today, the band has released the new song “Sun Got Bit.”  Stream it above and read the band’s statement below:

After a bit of a hiatus, we decided it was time to test our might and write/record another track together, mostly over the course of a couple days this past summer in Bethel, CT. 

Mother Brother studios helped us transcend time and space to write this wacky song 6 years after our last release for anyone that still might care about us. Although we are grateful, pretty much everything is terrible and we wanted to make sure any money from this could help things for someone somewhere suck a little less. Amidst countless tragedies since the conception of this song, we decided the devastation of Puerto Rico and the neighboring Caribbean islands was one of the causes that could use the most help. 

Help get a few of these people some frickin’ drinking water and pay whatever you want to download this weird song! Also, feel free to educate yourself on what your money will be going towards.

Listen to “Sun Got Bit” by Fugue below:

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Watch Queen Moo Play New, Old, Unreleased Songs at Blind Moose Studio

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Last month, Hartford indie rock band Queen Moo released their sophomore record, Mean Well via Topshelf Records.  Since that release, the band stopped by Blind Moose studios in Bloomfield, CT to record a live session of a few of those new songs, some old songs, plus an awesome old B-side “Fool“.  Watch below and check out our recent interview with the band here.

Listen to Mean Well by Queen Moo below:

Review: Cheem Fly On Technical, Melodically Intricate ‘Downhill’

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Cheem’s new record Downhill shows a tangible progression of maturity for the Hartford emo-pop punk five-piece. Since the release of 2016’s Making a Planet, the band has been impressively prolific in both the amount of shows played as well as songs written (even releasing a dope split with their CT peers Budris).  Downhill features an ample 15 tracks, all of them embracing the band’s technical prowess and dual vocal approach.  

As it is an unashamedly emo-revivalist record, the band pulls from all of the genre’s qualities across the emotional indie-punk-pop spectrum. Opener “Freakazoid” strikes the first two components as an introduction to the record. A post-adolescent flail of angst, irregular song structures, and various guitar textures, all its sound and fury serve as a perfect primer for the bigger highlights that will follow.

Early single “Kate”  can easily stand with their Making a Planet tune “Joy Division T-Shirt” as one of the group’s best songs.  Featuring one of the album’s most memorable vocal melodies, it strikes a balance between its soft spoken verses and raucous chorus.  “Instar” follows suit by showcasing the band’s technical prowess and multi-part songwriting chops.  The latter features an especially brief and borderline experimental pause of harmonies before jumping back into full gear with danceable rhythm guitar that the band sometimes employs.

Throughout the remainder of the record, the band refrains from making obvious pop songs and instead pursuing more challenging punk compositions. In addition to the band’s obvious technical virtuosity (in pretty much all facets but hot damn those drums), Downhill is very much a studio record. Every song is so decked out with various little blink-and-you’ll-miss-it textures it encourages repeat listens just to catch them all.  Fortunately, with such a dense sprawl of emotional and textual energy, the band plays it tastefully by keeping many of the 15 track tunes between two and three minutes.

Listen to Downhill by Cheem below:

Laundry Day’s “Seven Seas” Music Video Is The Most New Haven Music Video

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Prior to releasing their dope new album, It’s Cool, It’s Whatever, the New Haven indie rock band Laundry Day released a promotional music video for album standout “Seven Seas.”  Filmed by If Jesus Had Machine Guns‘ Jimi Patterson, the video features singers Alex Burnet and Sam Carlson harmonizing throughout a bunch of stills that skip all over different parts of the Elm City.  What locations do you recognize?

Listen to Laundry Day‘s It’s Cool, It’s Whatever below:

Fugue To Release First New Song In Six Years

Fugue - Sun Got Bit (Single) (2017)

It has been a long time since western, CT instrumental rockers Fugue have released any new music.  Six years this past August (to be exact, but who’s counting?).  Since the band’s final studio release YEARS, many of the band members have gone on to participate in other groups such as Laundry Day, Tri-State Era, and Peaer.

On Friday, the band came out of hibernation to announced they would be releasing a new song.  The post reads as follows:

“Keep an eye out for the new Fugue track “Sun Got Bit” to be released on Monday. Due to the obvious urgency as well as an emphatic ‘frick you’ in regards to the so-called holiday and the general incompetence of our country, we will be donating all proceeds to the Puerto Rico & Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund. Check www.fugue.bandcamp.com to pay what you want for the new track come October 9th.”

In the meantime, listen to 2011’s YEARS EP below:

Song Premiere: Spillway – Stage Four (2017)

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Hartford alternative rock four-piece Spillway makes riff-heavy rock music that diverges into a wide variety of styles, from singalong punk-pop to angsty shredding mini-metalisms.  Earlier in September, the band announced their new EP, Fish Can Drown, and released it’s first sample of new music, the wide-eyed power popper,  “New England Expatriates.”

Today, we are premiering another new song off the new record, “Stage Four”.  Written by main vocalist Matt Palmer, the song stands in stark contrast from that first preview, forgoing a major key appeal for a moodier alt-rock waltz, a shredding bassline, and a forlorn wailing vocal that evokes heavy catharsis about removing the cancerous elements of your life in order to make it through.

Spillway will be playing their release show at Blind Moose in Bloomfield, CT on October 27th with Jelani Sei, Bat House, and Glambat.  Event page here.

Fish Can Drown will be released on October 20th.

Now On Cassette: Quiet Giant – You’re In Heaven (2017)

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Earlier this year, New Haven indie rock band Quiet Giant released their simultaneously gritty and dreamy You’re In Heaven EP.  Now, CT based Envelope Productions has issued that EP on colorful purple cassette.  Cassettes are available via Quiet Giant’s Bandcamp page.  Purchase them here.

Read our review of Quiet Giant’s You’re In Heaven EP here and listen below: