Meriden indie rock band Lea has released their full length debut Lea Is Here for streaming on Bandcamp.
Lea is James Fonicello on guitar and vocals, Chris Salvatore on bass, and Jacob Doherty on drums. Lea Is Here was engineered by Jesse Weiss and Jack Pombriant and mixed and mastered by Jesse Weiss.
Lea will be playing with Hellrazor and Ovlov at Sunnyvale in New York on August 22nd. Event Page here.
Listen to Lea Is Here below:
Spacey Southington indie rockers Pale Space have released their debut EP, properly titled Debut EP. It only features three songs, but with each of them clocking over 5 minutes, the band covers a decent amount of intricate, offbeat guitar pop over it’s run time. Stream it below.
Pale Space will be playing their release show for their EP at Bleachers in Bristol on August 6th with Heavy Necker and The Forest Room. Event page here.
Per usual, the ever prolific Connecticut underground music circuit has been teeming with a solid variety of releases that we here at CT Scramble do our best to cover and share with those willing to listen. While we plan to feature more extensive coverage throughout the remainder of the year, here are seven releases from the past few weeks that have caught our collective ear. Enjoy!
1. S.G. Carlson – Self-Titled
Why It’s Dope: Sam Carlson‘s solo debut is a cozy and confident record that chronicles the internal monologues and observations of disorganized urbanites over a cup of tea and mid-volume guitar pop.
2. Quiet Giant – You’re In Heaven EP
Why It’s Dope: Quiet Giant‘s new You’re In Heaven EP trades some of the atmospheric dream pop of 2015’s Loom LP for slightly grittier territory. EP closer “Knee of The Curve” is a band highlight that balances both sonic sensibilities.
3. Kindred Queer – Child EP
Why It’s Dope: Kindred Queer‘s long in the making Child EP is wonderfully organic chamber folk record that blends intricate baroque instrumentation and a strong vocal performance with a cryptic but compelling narrative.
4. Crag Mask – Loom
Why It’s Dope: Crag Mask‘s turbulent art-grunge juxtaposes cutting angular guitar work with heavy hitting distortion that can be surprisingly melodic underneath its apparent darkness.
5. Reduction Plan – Somewhere
Why It’s Dope: Reduction Plan‘s Somewhere LP expands upon its previous mechanical gloom with stronger production, more fully realized songwriting, and heady layers of dreamy guitarwork.
6. The Foresters – House Stories
Why It’s Dope: The young brothers Nork of The Foresters follow up 2015’s Sun Songs with another promising collection of fuzzed out, Elephant 6 Collective inspired guitar pop. Like its title suggests, each song comes off like a technicolor building block in a collection of short stories.
7. The Refectory – The Refectory EP
Why It’s Dope: Despite it’s 35 minute running time, The Refectory‘s new self-titled EP covers a substantial amount more ground than some alternative rock groups’ full length records. Now a power trio, the band does more with less, hitting harder and writing more complexly throughout its winding sonic narratives.
Who: Reduction Plan
What: Somewhere LP
Where: CT / NYC
Styles: Goth Rock; Shoegaze; Ambient; 80s Revival
Windham eccentric garage rock trio Dr. Martino have announced their new EP, Caving In, due out July 15 through the Telegraph Recording Company in New London, CT, and have shared the video for its first single “Dad’s Dead”. It was recorded and mixed by Matt Baltrucki and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music.
Caving In is the band’s first release since 2014’s Big Day EP. You can preorder both digital and physical copies of the album over at Dr. Martino’s Bandcamp. According to the band, the title refers to “those moments when life seems to be caving in—when the waves are breaking all around you.”
Stream the Big Day EP in our CT On Spotify series here. Check out the video for “Dad’s Dead” below:
By Dan Verner – Contributor
I’m a big fan of 80’s new wave. Personally it’s my favorite era of music, and while that era of music has passed, hearing a band release what amounts to homage to genre tropes could potentially be underwhelming. That being said, New Haven new wave revivalists If Jesus Had Machine Guns understand the proper interplay that needs to occur in this style on their debut album Peasants.
At it’s best, the performance is strong and the production is well done. Songs like “Tonight” and “Have You Ever” feature driving percussion, delightfully melodic basslines weaving between layers of atmospheric guitars and synth and a singer that could sit in for Robert Smith or Ian Curtis with no problem whatsoever. This faithfulness to the trademarks of the genre help carry the record from front to back.
At times, some songs give the impression that they were written solo and delivered as-is, rather than developed and edited organically with a band to deliver maximum effect. It can lack a sense of urgency alongside the emotional despair. Some songs just peter out without a constructed ending. It’s a shame given the beautiful instrumental sections throughout the entire album.
As a debut, it’s a promising effort overall. There are glimmers of brilliance like the chorus to “She Didn’t Mean To”… But if IJHMG hopes to properly revivify the new wave movement, it’s going to take more than getting a certain sound down. The familiarity is there, but much like any good revival, it could use more vigorous energy that’s more than evident at their live shows. I have a feeling If Jesus Had Machine Guns will be able to take the sounds reminiscent of the apex of 80’s new wave to exciting new places in the future.
CT/MA acoustic rock wunderkind Cam Pulaksi has recently released Things From My Mouth under the moniker Ice Cream Orphan. It is his first release since 2016’s I Was An Idiot Once. Take a listen below. Handmade physical copies of Things From My Mouth can be purchased at Ice Cream Orphan’s Bandcamp.