Happy first day of summer! I’ve written before about how each season has a specific sound for me. Fall is for rock, alt rock and new wave. Winter is full of sober little acoustic tunes. In the spring, you’ll find me loading up on new music picks. And summer? It lends itself well to my 60s favorites and, for the past few years, country. (I know, I know…)
But this summer is taking on a much heavier sound. Last week I wrote for My Concerts, My Music, My Life about how the new BOYFRNDZ record, “Impulse”, might end up being the soundtrack to my summer – and it’s the total opposite of the summer sounds I’m usually after. Dark and moody and insanely atmospheric. I’ve also been listening to a ton of new wave around the house as I wash dishes, go through my morning routine or just hang out.
And Austin band Wonderbitch is fitting into that musical vein perfectly with their hints of new wave in their wonderfuly melodic and gritty pop. Get to know them in today’s New Music Monday post. >>>
For fans of:
Phases, Phoenix, David Bowie, alt pop
About the band:
When psychedelic and 80s pop sounds combine, you will find Wonderbitch. This Austin quartet has been around since 2013, and I’m a little disappointed in myself for not running across them sooner. From their festival credits and praise from Rolling Stone’s 2015 SXSW visit to touring Europe, these guys have been doing big things and getting noticed in all the right ways.
Why I like them:
I’m still trying to place my finger on it, but there is something so familiar and cozy about Wonderbitch’s sound. They sound like what you would get if you dumped all my favorite college bands (Rooney, Phantom Planet, The Strokes, The Bravery) into a blender, threw in a dash of 80s pop and mixed it up. I love the gruff vocals, gritty guitar and overarching melodies – especially in “Miracle Drive”.
Songs to check out:
“Miracle Drive”, “Beingness”
Find them online:
What new music are you listening to this summer?
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