June 13, 2012

Sound Bites: Baroness, JEFF the Brotherhood and Mission of Burma

Baroness' "March to the Sea"

After making a great initial impression with "Take My Bones Away," the first preview off Baroness' upcoming third LP Yellow & Green (which arrives July 17th on Relapse Records,) Savannah metal-makers are doing it again on "March to the Sea." If you've come to terms that their brand of guitar slinging now shuns chaos in favor of cohesion, this one's for you. If not? Well, then get the hell off my damn blog...

JEFF the Brotherhood's Hypnotic Nights EP

After breaking through and putting out one of 2011's Best Albums, big things are in store this year for Nashville indie punkers JEFF the Brotherhood. The one-time DIY darlings who've to date released all their efforts on self-operated label Infinity Cat has inked a deal with the major players at Warner Bros. Records, and they'll be helping put out their new album Hypnotic Nights on July 17th. In the meantime, the brothers Orrall are giving listeners an early preview of what's to come in the form of a four-track EP of the same name. Entirely made up of brand new songs set to appear on the forthcoming LP, JEFF the Brotherhood's major label days may just have them answering your wishes for the return of early Weezer by favoring gritty power pop punk over their pysch rock leanings. You've already heard the Dan Auerbach-produced "Six-pack," now hear the rest...

Mission of Burma's "Second Television"

Post-punk pioneers Mission of Burma are readying the release of Unsound, their sixth LP overall and fourth since going on a tear after reuniting in 2002, due out July 9th on Fire Records. To preface its release, the Boston-based quartet will be putting out a digital double A-side single on June 25th featuring the recently featured new track "Dust Devil" and this one, "Second Television." Unlike the angular first listen written by guitarist Roger Miller, the latest space-colliding piece of the Unsound puzzle comes at the hands of bassist Clint Conley, showing off Mission of Burma's clear-cut ying and yang inner workings that have helped make them one of the most influential indie rock bands of the past 30 years.

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