The Hold Steady return with another captivating cut of classic rock
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The Hold Steady – ‘Entitlement Crew’
Craig Finn might be the best storyteller in rock’n’roll today. Hell, he might be one of the best storytellers in the history of music. So it always gives us so much joy to hear new material from his band The Hold Steady.
On ‘Entitlement Crew’ there are some classic Craig Finn one-liners – ‘I love the party favours, but I hate the party people,’ and ‘Too many cracks in the bathroom / Too many kooks in the kitchen’ – but the overall narrative focuses on reminiscence. Where are your old partners? Where are your family? Where are your friends? Why did everyone have to leave?
Depressing? Maybe. Like most Hold Steady tracks, it really is what you make of it. All that matters is it’s yet another gem to add to the band’s rock-solid catalogue of literate, engaging and irresistibly catchy rock’n’roll.
Downsyde – ‘Back In The Game’ (ft. Sam Nafie)
It’s been far too long since Perth hip hop heroes Downsyde dropped a record, but last week saw the release of ClassicILL, much to the delight of fans who’ve been calling for it for so long. ‘Back In The Game’ hits so hard that it honestly feels like they never left; this is classic Aussie hip hop that shows why they were always so revered in those circles.
Freya – ‘Nineteen Hours’
Strong 90s/2000s indie-emo vibes pulse through Freya’s ‘Nineteen Hours’ – thoughtful, introspective, beautiful and raw. Every little piece of the arrangement just slots in so perfectly and its glorious sounds will just wrap themselves right around you.
Hookworms – ‘Negative Space’
Strap in. ‘Negative Space’ is a seven-minute journey that sees UK indie band Hookworms take you to places they’ve never ventured before. The band are old favourites of ours, but ‘Negative Space’ is their best song yet – a sprawling song that is brighter and more danceable (seriously) than anything they’ve delivered in the past. You never could’ve convinced me this band were going to venture close to Arcade Fire territory, but here we are…
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – ‘Deserted Dunes Welcome Weary Feet’
From their 419,078th album Polygondwanaland comes another piece of curious psych-rock from Melbourne’s King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard. If you love it so much, why don’t you put it out on your record label?
Lane 8 – ‘No Captain’ (ft. Polica)
The icy, atmospheric pop of American producer Lane 8 and the perfect voice of Polica’s Channy Leaneagh will cool you down in the summer months. This is a stunning piece of rolling electro-pop that just oozes class.
Machine Age – ‘Fighting’
Beautifully bold indie rock from Brisbane’s Machine Age. The vocals are just anthemic enough to appeal to a big audience, the beats are just weird enough to keep it interesting. So many attempt this balance and fail, but this is an undeniable success.
Ne-Hi – ‘The Times I'm Not There’ (ft. Jamila Woods)
We’re big fans of Jamila Woods here at Double J and after this track, we’re now big fans of NE-HI as well.
The Chicago garage band prove to be a surprising but absolutely brilliant accompaniment to the future-soul vocalist. It’s their first time together, and we hope that it won’t be their last.
SHOUSE – ‘Love Tonight’
You might recognise some of the voices in SHOUSE’s ‘Love Tonight’. Ella Thompson from The Harpoons, Oscar Key Sung, Maia and Mohini from Habits and Monte Morgan from Client Liaison are among the vocalists featured on the new track from the Melbourne production duo.
Great as all their performances are, the track is real good whenever the beat kicks in. In other words, SHOUSE’s guests are impressive, but not as impressive as their simple, far-from-groundbreaking, but totally killer production. It’s a smooth but beautifully pulsating track that’s part 80s soft rock, part-90s house jam.
Zoology – ‘Maroon’
This is a very curious piece of very inventive pop from Zoology, a duo formed on Instagram. Music is changing, my friends. You better keep up. Both the vocals and guitar are incredibly impressive, and come together to culminate in something very dreamy.