Radar: In the Spotlight of 2013

Long story short, I discovered Soundcloud – okay, I knew it already, but not as a proper user. Therefore, I landed on some Best of 2013 sets, and my got in touch with some mouthwatering tracks. There is something for each listener: the nostalgic punk-rocker, the easy-going indie girls, and the busy businessman.

For the punk-rockers out there:


Savages – Husbands

Psychobilly, blues and a pinch of tumbling gothic-punk. Savages are what Siouxie Sioux would have sounded like if she had gone bluesy. Like The Runaways before them, Savages are a female group that whisks together rock and noise: Jehnny Beth (vocals), Ayse Hassan (bass), Fay Milton (drums) & Gemma Thompson (guitar). They will release their début single Flying to Berlin / Husbands through Pop Noire label as a download on 28 May.

For the ones who are already looking forward to Summer:


Jagwar Ma – Come Save Me

If Sydney-based Jagwar Ma were a cocktail, they would be a Caipirinha: sweet and bitter, with a twist of uniqueness. The single Come Save Me blends in echoes, backing vocals, Beach Boys-y surf-pop vibe, tropicana and snippets of electro, in a psychedelic-pop kaleidoscope. Juicy.

Just in case anybody is missing 60s magical tours:


Temples – Shelter Song

Temples are a neo-psych band, whom the Beatles would have loved to hang out with. James Bagshaw (vocals & guitar), Thomas Warmsley (bass & backing vocals), Sam Toms (drums) and Adam Smith (keys) are from the Midlands, UK. They get the best of acid rock and indie-pop, creating a spiral of references in order to shape catchy and captivating tunes, just like Shelter Song. 

For the teddy boys hidden in the City:


The Strypes – You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover

Last but not least, my personal favourite of the lot. After 70s punk and 60s psychedelia, we land in the early 60s rock and roll territories: The Strypes are a four-piece rhythm & blues band from Cavan, Ireland, currently signed to Mercury Records. You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover is a cover of the 1962 song by rock and roll pioneer Bo Diddley. Ross Farrelly (lead vocals/harmonica), Josh McClorey (lead guitar/vocals), Pete O’Hanlon (bass guitar/harmonica) and Evan Walsh (drums) make frenetic and explosive rock, deliciously retro, without being out of date.  Listen at this track – I dare you not to start dancing in your own bedroom.


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