Here is what the Music Lab has recommended for this week. Give ’em a listen and leave your comments below. Do any of these songs have what it takes to make it to the next level?
1. Huttch, Get Up
RIYL: Yukon Blonde, Hollerado, Sheepdogs
Quick: Name another alt-rock trio from Windsor, Ontario, other than The Tea Party. Huttch wants to be that band. The group, which formed about five years ago, describes itself thusly: “With gear spiffed up in vibrant Aztec patterns, and outfits adorned with sea-shell necklaces, the band could easily be mistaken for California strays; softly reminding their audience to relish in life’s simple, audio pleasures.” All right, then.
2. Oliver Tree, Hurt
RIYL: Professional scooter riders
No, seriously. Tree lists “professional scooter rider” (whatever that means) as part of his CV. He’s been on something of an upward trajectory since his teens, especially after Thom Yorke have him props for his cover of “Karma Police.” Tree also write and directs comedy shorts for sites like Barstool Sports, WorldStarHipHop and a few others. And when he shoots his own music videos, he, like Tom Cruise does his own stunts. That includes jumping monster trucks.
3. Yungblud and Halsey ft. Travis Barker, 11 Minutes
RIYL: ft. songs
Yungblud was minding his own business when a DM popped into his Twitter feed. It was from Halsey, who took a flyer because she realized she had a thing for him. Now they’re a couple and a collaborative one at that. Nice to bring in Travis Barker for a featured appearance, too.
4. The Matchstick Skeletons, So Far Away
Recommended if you like: James Brown and Lemmy (see below)
Billing themselves as “a James Brown/Lemmy love child no one asked for” (I think I’ve mentioned that before), this Toronto four-piece grabbed some attention last year with a debut single entitled Told Ya So. Great logo, too.
5. Starcrawler, She Gets Around
RIYL: Sludgey glam
Out of the glam swamp that is Los Angeles, Starcrawler, led by frontwoman Arrow de Wilde (love that name) found a home on the other side of the Atlantic when they were signed first by Rough Trade and then by Beggars. A self-titled debut album came out in January 2018 and caught some ears. This song threatens to build upon the band’s reputation. Don’t get too close, though; de Wilde has been known to spit blood in the faces of people she doesn’t like. Seriously.
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