Hartford, CT musician Chris Bugnacki writes and records synth pop music under the name Pearl Sugar. According to Bugnacki, Pearl Sugar is “heavily influenced by bands like Porches, Blood Orange, Kate Bush, and any music that uses a Yamaha DX7 or Juno 106.”
A mellow and melancholy pop affair, first single “Alright” is lightly decorated with light 80s synths and minimal percussion. While “Alright” is currently Pearl Sugar’s only officially released single, Bugnacki will be releasing more in the not too distant future.
Listen to “Alright” by Pearl Sugar below:
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.
The formerly CT, now Boulder, Colorado inhabiting collective of occult-minded individuals The Amphibious Man have announced their new album Silver Alert, the first new music the group has produced since 2015’s grotesque graveyard romp Witch Hips. Silver Alert will be issued on cassette via Deckhead Records.
The Amphibious Man will be playing a release show for Silver Alert at Bohemian Biergarten in Boulder, CO with Vic N’ the Narwhals. Event Page here.
Listen to The Amphibious Man’s 2015 record Witch Hips below:
Boston indie rock band Pup Dignity is the lo-fi bedroom pop project of singer-songwriter Joe Martorelli. Martorelli, who has also played in the NYC / CT based Analog Sunset, has complemented his other project with a it’s more downtempo and downtrodden counterpart. Check out the band’s debut EP on Bandcamp above and below:
While depraved New Haven fuzz rock act released their most recent record Satan Smile back in 2016, they have still been rolling out the music in various videos. This week, Hellrazor debuted the video for Satan Smile highlight “Ants Vs. Dragons” over at Impose Magazine. Sijmon Gompers describes the video:
“Hellrazor’s video for “Ants vs. Dragons” revolves around a cat headed individual that lords over the entire endeavor as the band makes an eccentric experience out of their humble space… The rhythm & discord heavy dissonance of Hellrazor maintains their rounds of chanted harmonies where the celebration of ecstatic absurdity makes for a DIY art house experience for all aspects of the senses (and certainly for the most discerning of tastes). “
Hellrazor will be playing Crunch House on 9/23 with No One and the Somebodies, Top Nachos, and Lea. Event page here.
Listen to Satan Smile by Hellrazor below:
Listen to Somewhere by Reduction Plan below and check out our recent write up “Reduction Plan Find Solace In The Abyss” here.
Hartford singer-songwriter Ashly LaRosa has released her new album View from Inside under the moniker Figurine. Softly coated with electronic gloss and lush vocal harmonies, the album marks LaRosa’s most meticulous work to date. View from Inside features members of Art School Girls, Non Adult, and Goodnight Blue Moon. It is available on Bandcamp and other streaming services.
You can also listen to View From The Inside standout “Made Lonely” on our CT Scramble 2017 Indie Rock Spotify Playlist here.