The Dualies

January 16, 2012

Aw, I’m smitten! San Fransisco trio The Dualies blend 80’s New Wave with 8-bit electronics, delivering super-cute modern electropop they call “dancy bitwave” that’s both catchy and charming in the process. Full of nice hooks with a low-key delivery their latest EP Handclaps & Zaps -released in the summer of 2011 – offers up three great-sounding tracks with semi-spoken female vocals.

I gotta admit, at first the combination struck me as a bit odd when I read the tags, but it only took a couple of seconds into the first song for me to get into the band’s sound. Two EP’s and one X-Mas single has been released so far, and all being available for free you should check these guys out!

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://thedualies.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.facebook.com/thedualies

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Girlfriends And Boyfriends

December 19, 2011

Well, retro new wave certainly isn’t that new – Portland, OR outfit The Epoxies started as early as 2000 – but Canadian trio Girlfriends And Boyfriends offers up some nice 80’s electronic hooks on their new EP Young Ones. Lots of classic keyboard sounds (that’s pretty much a given) with some cool guitar work and a rhytmsection mixing Joy Division with a nice dancefloor feel. I’m hearing a bit of The Reds with some Talking Heads vocal delivery and unlike some other outfits emulating these sounds they offer up some nice variety on their material.

Released in December the band also offers one digital album available as a free download and the EP is available as a limited edition 7″.

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://girlfriendsandboyfriends.bandcamp.com/
Website: https://www.facebook.com/girlfriendsandboyfriends

Le Butcherettes

December 14, 2011

Mexican (?) garage new-wave trio Le Butcherettes might not need the exposure (they’re already receiving write-ups and coverage in LA Times, recently Henry Rollins himself raved about them, touring Australia right now opening for Omar Rodriguez Lopez Trio, and they recently earned a slot opening for Iggy & The Stooges!), but I instantly fell in love with their sound and music the very minute I heard it. A nice blend of garage and new wave delivering some great pop hooks without sounding blatantly commercial.

Vocalist Teri Gender Bender has got a great voice, sometimes bringing PJ Harvey to mind and they offered up so many good, varied tracks on their first album Sin Sin Sin, it was damn hard to choose just one, so do yourself a favor and make sure to check out all of them!

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://lebutcherettes.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://lebutcherettes.net/