2009 has been a good year for music so far and we’re only two months into the year. Although I think you should be listening to music from every band I post about on this site, after the jump I list four bands I think you should be paying extra attention to.
Fake Problems :: Official Site :: Myspace :: Wiki
With the release of their third full-length, It’s Great To Be Alive, on February 17th, Fake Problems are poised to make it big. With a myriad of musical and stylistic influences, they deliver a sound that’s eerily similar to Against Me! one moment, then the next switch over to a Modest Mouse-esque indie rocker. It’s hard to pin this band’s genre down exactly, but we’ll call them folk-punk for now.
Recommend If You Like: Against Me!, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Ghost Mice
MP3: Fake Problems – The Dream Team
Cassette Kids :: Official Site :: Myspace :: Wiki
I’m late discovering Cassette Kids, who released their debut ‘mini’-album, We Are, in October of last year. It’s a solid collection of female-fronted, energy-laden indie goodness.
RIYL: You Say Party! We Say Die!
MP3: Cassette Kids – You Take It
1990s :: Official Site :: Myspace :: Wiki
Although it’s not slated for release until next month, 1990s new album, Kicks, is one of my favorites of the year so far. The infectious indie pop (which is reminiscent of so many other Brit-Pop bands) refuses to leave my head. Make sure to pick this album up.
RIYL: Good Shoes, Larrikin Love, The Bishops
MP3: 1990s – I Don’t Even Know What That Is
Say Hi :: Official Site :: Myspace :: Wiki
I’m not exactly sure, but I think a large part of my enjoyment derived from Oohs & Aahs (Say Hi’s album set to be released March 3rd) is based on the lyrics. Sure, the music’s great, but there’s something about Eric Elbogen’s voice and lyricism that makes it hard for me to turn the album off.
RIYL: Her Space Holiday, Voxtrot
MP3: Say Hi – Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh