Why’d you have to go and cut your hair? Often us humans irrationally react to change, other times, we welcome and embrace it. Cutting our hair leaves us showcasing our changed selves to the world. The question featured in Methyl Ethel’s new single, Ubu, may be a symbolic note their completely altered sound.
Months ago, after a swift kick to the head from a stage diver set forth a concussion from hell, bed rest was the only option. After countless mind-numbing hours in bed searching for new voices to nurse me to health passed the time. A mistaken stumble brought me to the sweetly odd angelic voice of Jake Webb.
Shadowboxing was the tantric treat and gem of the 2015 album, Oh Inhuman Spectacle, named rightly so. Throughout the album an alien type of dream pop transcends you through each song. Intricately layered sounds, tones and instruments overwhelm your senses.
Off of their upcoming sophomore album, Everything is Forgotten, Ubu still has the essence of the band weaved through it. It’s a step back from alternative, instead shifting focus onto oddly endearing catchy numbers.
Take a listen to the addicting track below and fall in love with Australia’s hidden gem, Methyl Ethel.
With the Preoccupations settling into their new name, gone are the protesters outside their venues. Formally known as Viet Kong,the band has moved past their controversial name and brought with them a new sound. Opening the show with the first track of their latest release, Anxiety ,the band instantly filled the Danforth with a intensely dark tune that hit at the core. Their sound penetrates your emotions taking hold with a daunting voice, followed by rich tones of the band. Old and new, their set went on in an intense emotional rythem.
The brainchild of Jake Webb, Methyl Ethel is a band you need to know. Their sound is a spectacle of perfection. They tempt your mind with thudding bass and Webb’s unique voice in one song, and a hushed guitar and beating drum int he next. The Australian band was unknown to most, though by the end of their set had captured the entire room leaving most wondering who they were and why they hadn’t heard of them before.
Hump day brings out the happiness and sadness in all of us. It’s a reminder that the weekend is almost here, but not quite. Here are this week’s top five tracks to insert a little more happiness into your world. From Australia, to right here in Toronto these are songs by up and coming artists that can’t be missed.
Methyl Ethel - Shadowboxing
Born in the mind of Jake Webb, Methyl Ethel’s latest release, Oh Inhuman Spectacle (2015), is a goldmine and one of the most underrated albums. The stars of the collection Shadow Boxing and Rouges stick out for their unqiue aura surrounding the entire album. Odd lyrics, coupled with an oddly futuristic retro vibe makes the band stick out from others.
Broncho - Señora Boreales
A unique voice paired with a throbbing bass and guitar. Broncho are Dine Alone’s budding gem. Their latest release, Double Vanity, is a collection of dark groaning of barley distinguishable lyrics that are overtaken by hypnotic instruments. Which sounds odd until you hear it and you realize it’s something so skilled only they could pull it off.
Angel Olsen "Shut Up and Kiss Me"
Basement Revolver - Words
They’re quickly making a name for themselves with their capturing tracks. Basement Revolver is a name you’ll see popping up quickly. Words, is the second track released off of their debut EP, the track is one you could replay all day long and not get tired of.
Japanese Breakfast - In Heaven
Beloved by many, Japanese Breakfast is known for her stunning live performances. Currently on tour, with a Toronto date July 22nd. In Heaven is just a glimpse of the wonderful thing that is Japanese Breakfast.