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Just when I had given up hope of the reality that Brighton/London’s Sauna Youth would release a full length LP, FAUX DISCX and Gringo Records saved the day by announcing the release of Sauna Youth’s debut LP, Dreamlands. The aptly described ‘irregular punk’ purveyors go hard on first cut, PSI girls, which relies on the conflicting harmony of the harsh, relentless guitars informed by their hardcore backgrounds and the lighter female backing “lalalala’s”, and then of course they allow for their weirder-punk leaning freakouts. It’s a stellar first release, reminiscent of fellow contemporary weirdos Eagulls (who they’re playing with on Thursday at Old Blue Last for free!), and needless to say, I’m very much looking forward to this release. Pre-orders will open soon via FAUX DISCX.

I don’t think I discuss on the internet very much how I totally adore Sauna Youth as much as I probably should. It sounds totally ridiculous but when I met the lead singer of Sauna Youth I was just like “OMG hee hee I love yr band!” but he is totally cool and has a really awesome girlfriend and fantastic band. The dude is living the life, and lucky for us, Faux Discx is continuing their CMYK series and are featuring a Sauna Youth cut on the Magenta split 7“. ‘Backgrounds‘ is described as ‘weird punk’ and it couldn’t be more truthful. I often describe this band as the perfect amalgamation of my taste (garage rock) and my friend’s taste (which often strays towards melodic hardcore) and this is the epitome of why. Brilliant melodies, with weird punk vocals played with such effervescent energy is always a winning combination.

If you haven’t gotten your copy of the Magenta split 7″ with Sauna Youth & San Diego’s Ale Mania, head to Faux Discx and right that wrong.

SAUNA YOUTH – Backgrounds by Faux Discx

Happy July 4th all my fellow Americans! I’m currently holed up in the dried up cornhusk that America came from, and I gotta say it’s kind of weird spending my first ever July 4th away from America. This year I will not be having any hot dogs (a tragedy of the highest order) nor will I watch any Cholo’s shooting fireworks out of like, cannons in the street in Culver City. But I decided to throw together this eclectic mixture of songs that remind me of the 4th of July, Summer and ridiculousness. Enjoy, over eat and set shit on fire. It’s what the forefathers wanted us to do.

01 Animal Collective – Fireworks
02 These New Puritans – Fire
03 Heavy Hawaii – Suicide Summer (Early Version)
04 King Tuff – She’s On Fire
05 Bo Diddley – Fireball
06 Johnny Cash & Bob Dylan – Ring of Fire
07 Mazes – Summer Hits Or J Plus J Don’t Like
08 Sauna Youth – Teenage Summer
09 Pavement – Summer Baby (7″ Version)
10 The Sundays – Summertime
11 Beach Boys – Kokomo
12 LFO – Summer Girls

mp3: NRBW x July 4th Mixtape

I can’t believe it’s time again for me to say who I think is going to blow up next year. I’d like to clarify that nobody has asked for my input on this, but I feel that these bands are going to either blow up or achieve mild success that to me is the equivalent of superstardom. There’s been a lot of great new bands to come up this year and I couldn’t feature all of them so in lieu of having a list of like 20, I’m listing my top 10 bands that you’ll likely see on the pages of this blog, and maybe some other places and here’s a few that I got obsessed with too late or forgot about: School Knights, Ghost Outfit, Brown Brogues, Bleeding Knees Club, Straight Arrows, Cum Stain, The Franks, Friends, Wicked Fag, Tijuana Panthers, Sauna Youth, Moonhearts, Family Trees and Son of Rams. There’s too many to list, but check these out:

10 Audacity | Fullerton, CA | Myspace

Youthful punk rippers that go balls out every time, the fuzz doesn’t seem to mask the undercurrent of straight up great songs, best to see live and jump around to, nowhere to go but up.

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09 Shimmering Stars | Vancouver, BC | Myspace

Very new, but very good. More of the tender, half-sweet half-hidden-dark side 50s/60s pop with more than a tinge of the Everly Brothers, but serious lyric potential here. Basically, rules.

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08 The Vaccines | London, UK | Myspace

Teetering on the edge of being swept up into the British Hype Machine notwithstanding, these are great pop songs filtered through a very watery veil of 60s surf, but end up with something big, echoing and catchy as fuck.

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07 Spectrals | Wakefield, UK | Myspace

Northern England’s favorite ginger man doing stunning 50s doowop mixed with perfect, swooning 60s pop. Making it new with serious songwriting chops.

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06 Sex Beet | London/Leicester, UK | Myspace

UK’s best answer to anything that is happening in the US garage scene; makers of grimy, fuzzy, incredibly infectious noisy garage rippers. Bonus points for excellence in keyboard, being as great live as on record, weed smoking jams.

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05 Heavy Hawaii | San Diego, CA | Myspace

Beach born, Spector raised ridiculously catchy, tender, floating sentimental jams that err on the side of excellence rather than annoyingness. Bonus points for weed smoking jams.

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04 Sweaters | Los Angeles, CA | Myspace

Los Angeles’ heir to the crown of boisterous, timeless, wickedly humorous, anthemic pop songs of positivity, joy and awesomeness. Only band who puts a smile on my face in person and on record. Bonus points for being published authors.

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03 The Babies | New York, NY | Myspace

Exercise in mastering simplicity in song writing, then adding fuzz, a little bit of shambles and the best male/female shared vocals. This blurb doing them absolutely no justice as they’re incredible.Minus points for not knowing how great they are, as they’re still not a full-time band.

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02 King Charles | London, UK | Myspace

Forward thinking, experimental pop guitar shredder with more talent than songs going to a major label. Could be great.

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01 The Growlers | Costa Mesa, CA | Myspace

The kings of surf, garage, psychedelic swamp stomps with undeniable PhDs in ridiculously infectious melodies; dark, insanely intelligent lyrics and making you dance (even if you don’t wanna). Also, wearers of ridiculous clothing.

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I love doing year end roundup coverage and I’m still waiting to put up the bands to watch list, so I thought we’d highlight some of the great bands we discovered over the past year. Some of them made our 2011 bands to watch list, some of them didn’t, some of them aren’t even NEW but rest assured they all rule. As per the usual, you can download a great mp3 from each of the bands at the links.

The Strangers Family Band

Les Rallizes Denudes
Best Coast
Happy Birthday

Caitlin Rose
Eternal Summers
Wild Palms
White Fence
Cloud Nothings
Hey Sholay
The Invisible Hand

Fair Ohs
Monster Rally
Family Trees
Silver Machine
Hot Spa
Fergus & Geronimo
The Jim Jones Revue
Jeffertitti’s Nile
Mind Spiders
Shimmering Stars
Young Sinclairs
Son of Rams
The N.E.C
Velvet Davenport
Dominant Legs
The Splinters
The Vaccines
The Babies
Las Robertas
Heavy Hawaii
Francois & The Atlas Mountains
Myelin Sheaths
Pete Drake
Mess Folk
Black Mekon
Man The Hunter
Navajo Bixby
Demon’s Claws
French Kissing
Whatever Brains
The Castillians
Bass Drum of Death
Dead Ghosts
Sonny & The Sandwitches
Crusaders of Love
Bleeding Knees Club
Straight Arrows
Hello My Name Is Red
Sauna Youth
School Knights
Tree Hopping
The Meanest Boys
Ghost Outfit

And due to high demand you can download a track from each artist put into a zip folder right here.

Photo Courtesy of | Rachel Lipsitz

Last night was one of the best lineups that Brighton’s seen this year (okay, keep in mind I only count the months that I’m in the country which is approximately 6). Thanks to Teen Creeps, Jam hosted their xmas party and featured sets from Ty Segall, Sauna Youth and Fair Ohs. I was there, it was criminally underattended and I had some thoughts on it.

First opener Sauna Youth, who partially reside in Brighton I think, were a band I discovered not that long ago and kind of mildly love. But I’m not convinced. They put on a pretty good show, it was less sort of weird than I thought it would be but very engaging; the front man was all up over everything and sort of a strange man but it really worked. You could tell that two of them had been in (okay, again, questionable research) melodic hardcore bands before, but filtered through some kind of garage thing. It was enjoyable but again, not totally convinced. Definitely leaning towards yes, though. Also the comment ‘They have the best band name ever’ was thrown around quite alot, but apparently, it only works when us American people say it.

Fair Ohs put on a thoroughly enjoyable, engaging, groovy show. I was really nervous when I saw the singer take off his shoes and socks (hate that shit, and White Denim does it, ugh) but they quickly redeemed themselves. All their songs are total hook-line-and-sinkers, immediately catchy and engaging, super-dancability – they have great songs. They also got super bonus points for having hilarious and fawkward stage banter which is definitely appreciated by me. I think the only problem I had with it was that all the songs sound the same, that, and it made it really confusing because I thought they were playing my favorite song (‘Hey Lizzy’, by the way) like six times but then they never ended up playing it. But I mean, I would still give this a strong B+.

Ah, Ty Segall. What can I even say about Ty Segall? He fucking rips. Every single time. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him play a bad show (though I’m sure they have happened) and last night was no different. He blasted through 45 minutes of mostly ‘Melted’ and ‘Lemons’ songs, and the crowd of about 35 people were fucking loving it. Half the people were headbanging the shit out of it, and the rest were nodding their heads in enjoyment. As always, my barometer for a good show: the two budz I brought enjoyed the fuck out of it, even though they only had heard two songs before. They also appreciated the hot, talented ladies in Ty’s band. They ruled. Favorite moment of the show: a raucuous, sweaty, ‘show closer’ of my favorite track off this year’s ‘Melted’: Caeser. Instead of leaving stage, they ended up playing two more songs due to great demand. And if myself and my friend Pocky who actually knew the song, Ty did a rippin’ cover of Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’. AND, finally, in greatest things I’ve ever seen moments: Ty playing guitar behind his head and tapping, which is probably one of my favorite guitar moves of all time.

mp3 | Sauna Youth – Teenage Summer
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Brightonites, I’m here to remind you to keep your Sunday night open. Teen Creeps have brought the best bill of the Brighton gigging year down for their xmas party. Not only is my favorite little San Fransiscun Ty Segall, the great garage ripper, playing but they’ll be supported by London’s Fair Ohs (first time for NRBW to see them, holla!) and Brighton’s Sauna Youth who we’ve been loving recently. It’s going to be great. FYI – Facebook event here, get your tickets for 7 quid here, and I’ll see you there.

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mp3 | Sauna Youth – Teenage Summer

These four lads hail from the South, which I guess, is probably the best part of England — if I was to have to say a part was ‘best’ at any rate. But at least one of these Sauna Youth racketmakers lives in Brighton which for no obvious reason makes me so happy. Another thing which makes me adore this band immediately, is their Mission Statement which is “Sorry / You’re Welcome’. Yeah. That’s pretty awesome. This Southern foursome makes kind of murky punk that edges on the side nearest to hard than it does to 60s pop. It sounds like the stuff that I would love to see live and just shove people to. That’s actually a favorite thing of mine to do like once every three months. Teenage Summer however errs more on the edge of classic pop-psych with plenty of fuzz and reverb that ticks many of my ‘hot boxes of 2010′. They also have a really rad song called ‘Pictures of Cats’ that is immediate and punchy and superbly titled. I am looking forward to seeing what these punks are going to be like live, and since Sauna Youth will be joining Ty Segall and Fair Ohs for the best line-up of the Brighton gig season which will take place on December 12th at Jam. You can still pick up your tickets here. Do not miss!!!

mp3 | Sauna Youth – Teenage Summer