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Saturday, January 7, 2023

The News from Paramore, Sloan, The Teskey Brothers, Echo Northstar, The Cathodes

Paramore: The News

The second single ahead of next month's release of This Is Why describes the anxiety induced by news of war and other tragedies around the world and our inability to prevent them. "I'm far, so far from a front line / Quite the opposite I'm safe inside," Haley Williams sings. "But I worry and I give money / And I feel useless behind this computer." 

Sloan: Scratch the Surface

Thirty years after the release of this Toronto-based group's first album comes their 13th, aptly named Steady. "The band still features the same four guys, and their ability to create magic in the studio hasn't failed them," writes AllMusic. Chris Murphy (bass), Andrew Scott (drums), Patrick Pentland (guitar) and Jay Ferguson (guitar) formed the band in Nova Scotia in 1991. Notes Murphy: "They say if you want to go fast, go alone - but if you want to go far, go together."

The Teskey Brothers: This Will Be Our Year

An Australian band covers a 1968 song by an English band and the single lands on the Americana charts. Is music universal, or what? Brothers Josh (vocalist) and Sam (guitarist-engineer) formed the band with bassist Brendon Love and drummer Liam Gough in their home area on the outskirts of Melbourne, and issued their debut album, Half Mile Harvest, in 2017. Since then they've released another studio album and two live LPs, winning several Australian Recording Industry Association awards. Josh Teskey calls this Zombies song "one of the most beautiful and interesting songs of all time, that everyone should know but not many people have really heard of."

Echo Northstar: Silent Fears

With just two singles out so far, Echo Northstar has popped up on several Irish music best-of-2022 lists. According to Breaking Tunes, it's the project of Paddy Northstar Hennessy, "an artist, songwriter and producer from southeast Ireland now living, making music and painting in Southeast London." In the works is an EP called things i wish i could say. He says of this song, "silent fears is letting go of what you hold the closest. The track has roots in 80s gothic aesthetics, branching forward to ethereal unknowns for new ideas and sounds."

The Cathodes: In From The Cold

From the Manchester area in the UK comes the synth-pop trio of Dave Forward (vocals and guitar), Barbara Verrall (keyboards) and Paul Cargill (bass). Each had extensive experience playing live music and recording before they started working together as a band in 2018. They describe their music as "influenced by the melodies and sounds from the 80's with a small dash of the 60's thrown in." This single is from their debut album, So Clear.

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