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Saturday, December 12, 2020

Fresh sounds from The Defending Champions, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, Rooks, Days Indoors, The Crayon Set

The Defending Champions: Soundtrack

This should-be-better-known band from New Jersey packs a punch with its brassy brand of indie rock. Its repertoire takes in R&B, punk ska, jazz, Latin rhythms and more. This rolling new single highlights the horn section, as the lyrics comment on our divided society: "Everybody's listening to their own soundtrack, you know / People keep talking with nothing to say / Nobody is listening they just want their way, it shows." 

Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar: Love Is All Around

No, this band is not from the Mississippi Delta, but from Toronto. The new album, The Reckless One, is Martin's sixth and her second with her current group, which Glide Magazine calls "one of the premier soul bands in Canada." Our pick for the New Music bin mixes some funk into its big blues-band sound. Another highlight of the LP that you'll be hearing in our mix is a cover of Bob Dylan's "Meet Me in the Morning" that turns it into the stomping blues number it was meant to be. 

Rooks: The High Road

Jumping across Canada, we pick up on the latest release from this Calgary-based trio. The High Road is the debut LP from Jay Bowcott (vocals, guitar), Brent Rossall (bass, synths) and Darryl Swart (drums), who describe their sound as "unapologetic guitar rock, drawing influences from bands like Thin Lizzy, The Rolling Stones and The Black Keys." We even hear a bit of The Who's influence on this opening, title track.

Days Indoors: Silent Criers

This is the latest single from a London-based band that's preparing a new EP, Tales of Shade & Colour, for release in the spring. They cite influences ranging from Foo Fighters and The Killers to Stereophonics and Coldplay. The group's name seems particularly appropriate in these days of isolation, as does this song's message of encouragement to "all the lonely people." 

The Crayon Set: Moment

Ready for some 2021 music? "Moment" is the next single, set for release in January, from this Dublin alt-pop band's forthcoming album, Downer Disco, The whole LP was scheduled for release this year, but has been delayed by ... you guessed it, the global pandemic that has foiled so many plans in 2020. This track has a sunny sound contrasting with lyrics about trying to overcome anxiety: "I can't get out of bed / There's evil voices in my head."

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