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Pamphlets hand out latest musical manifesto with "Somehow"

photo by Akaer Studio

Having witnessed a couple live sets by the Brooklyn-based three-piece Pamphlets recently there’s one word that comes to mind to describe their songs and their stage presence and that word is “urgency” because here’s a band who instill every note and every syllable with an urgent sense of, well, urgency, that makes you feel like somehow you should be doing something about the desperate state of the world, or the desperate state of your soul, or heck maybe they’re just trying to remind you that you left the oven or the iron on at home. But whatever it is, it’s damn urgent and you better take care of that shit right away.

It’s a general vibe that’s very much in keeping with these urgent times, times equivalent to a dumpster fire being doused with a tanker trunk full of gasoline (expensive gasoline!) and Pamphlets are like the “End Is Nigh” street corner guy who thrusts a pamphlet into your hand where “every ounce of passion is calling for a reaction” and here I’m quoting from Pamphlet’s new single “Somehow” which is put across with a Gang of Four (Gang of Three!) level intensity and urgency by vocalist/guitarist Jeremy Marquez, bassist Ben Griffin, and rhythmatist Daniel Pemberton.

And hey I’m not even gonna try to interpret “Somehow”’s lyrics minus any input from the band because that’s beyond my pay grade but safe to say there’s plenty of intriguing lines about redlining and polished politicians and defiling palms and submissive gods and “taking medicine to ease myself from all of your relevance” which come across equally acerbic and anthemic as underlined by the spiky-as-a-porcupine postpunk sonics guaranteed to get your heart pumping even when they slow things down like on “Flowers.” 

So check it all out and then check out Pamphlets live if you're able to cuz they’re really something in a setting where their livewire energy comes across most directly and luckily you've got two chances to do just that in the coming days since the three gents are slated to appear at Bushwick’s Hart Bar on Friday and then out on Rockaway Beach on Saturday as part of the Rock! Away! Summer Fest so get up and boogie down with urgency! (Jason Lee)


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Iron Years "Lucid"

Darkwave quartet Iron Years has released the first single, "Lucid", from their forthcoming debut album, Reverie, which is due out this Fall via Play Alone Records.

The single is accompanied by the Milo Mendoza directed video below.

This is the work of Rafael Andrade (Guitars, Vocals), Benny Hernandez (Bass), Leah Healy (Keyboards), and Julian (Percussion).

Photo by Carofotos


Rat Tally "Longshot"

Rat Tally has released the second single, "Longshot", from their forthcoming album, In My Car, which is due out on August 12th via 6131 Records.

The new single is accompanied by the Chris Strong directed video below.

This is the group led by Addy Harris, along with Max Grazier, Cole Szilagyi, and Sarah Weddle.


Claude "Roses"

Claude has released the second single, "roses", from their forthcoming debut full-length album, a lot's gonna change, which is due out on August 12th via American Dreams.

According to the force behind Claude, Claudia Ferme, "roses" was inspired by a line from the Gabriel García Márquez 1985 novel "Love in the Time of Cholera".

This new single is accompanied by the Reilly Drew directed video below.


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