Mitchell Hillman listens to more local music than just about anyone in the Valley. He presents his picks for best new songs in his column, Right
The moments leading up to the release of
Never Let This Go — "Break You"
Never Let This Go is just about to release their new record, Sleepless Nights, and "Break You" is the preview single/video for the release. It's a great pop-punk song from this brilliant young crew. It's got a great guitar hook, melancholy vocals, impressive rhythmic propulsion, and after a couple of listens, you're snagged in its net and singing it to yourself. It's emo to be sure, but it never once enervates the listener. The video is expertly shot by Jacob Reynolds, who seems to be the man behind the camera for a lot of up-and-coming bands in this town. If nothing else, it makes you eagerly anticipate the release of Sleepless Nights this Friday at the Rebel Lounge, where they will be joined by Something like December, Sunday At Noon, and Summaries.
The Woodworks — "Anthem of a Complex Creature"
One would never expect an acoustic EP from a band that rocks as hard as the
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Painted Bones — "Live This Lie"
Painted Bones have returned with a new single, and there are rumors afloat that a full-length album by the band is in the works. It also appears the lineup has changed slightly since the release of their debut EP last year. "Live This Lie" is what's slinging on the radio, and it's heavier than hell, with a breakneck speed that never relents. Somehow, over the musical raging, the vocals are completely clear and slightly vicious. To be fair, this isn't a lyrical masterpiece; it's a list of platitudes and familiar phrases strung together to be slightly cohesive with a touch of either melodrama or irony. That's fine, because the chorus is catchy as hell, and the meaning could be ironic or not, but it's vague enough that you can have it mean anything you want, I suppose. I just dig that it rocks hard.
Breakup Shoes — "Another Good Morning"
I think I've seen Breakup Shoes on the bills of a couple of shows I missed, and they seem to keep good company. The group dropped the three-song Tuba EP the second day of this year. Breakup Shoes is Nick Zawisa, John Macleod, Derrick Lafforthun, Tim