B. Swirlies - TrudySwirlies
Swirlies were so good, even without a girl.
I remember how Swirlies were almost always talked about within the frame of the shoegaze sound. They’ll be forever trapped in that category, but not in my world.
American shoegaze sound of the early 90s had more pop song structure than their British counterpart, too ethereal for critters with pop urgencies like us, chinchillas. I always imagine cheesy stage dry ice surrounding the members of British shoegaze bands. Weren’t they into drama?
When it comes to bands like Swirlies, Lilys, All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors and the like, I imagine playful, bubbly spirals of sounds that make me wanna dance. Swirlies were always so full of summer and FUN:
Mission Hill (Demo)Butter The Children
After already releasing my favorite EP of the year, NY’s Butter The Children are quickly moving along to 2013. “Mission Hill” comes from a recently finished batch of six demos and continues with the band’s highly melodic brand of noisepop. Inna Mkrtycheva’s catchy vocal lines really shine, if still perhaps a bit lyrically abtruse: “To be honest, I take comfort in being admonished, provided I sleep safe and soundly at the bottom of the river.” Perhaps initially written-off as merely a Sweet Bulbs offshoot, these new demos further prove that Butter The Children do indeed stand on their own. The hooks are much tighter, the guitarwork more refined, and the vocal melodies are catchier than untreated strep throat. But rest assured, there’s still plenty of noise. If they put out an LP in 2013, it’ll be one of the year’s best.