Mitchell Hillman listens to more local music than just about anyone in the Valley. He presents his picks for best new music in his column, Right Hear, Right Now.
Harper and the Moths - "What Are We Giving Up"
It was only three weeks ago that Harper and The Moths released the intensely catchy indie pop single "Nighttime Tremors," and quick on the song's heels, the band has released another single to show the other side of its sound. Though "What Are We Giving Up" may not be as hook-heavy as its predecessor, it displays the rock side of the band's sound. It seems to recall the sound of mid-period Manic Street Preachers, and Harper Lines' vocals are a dead match for James Dean Bradfield's vocals here. There is a ferocity found here that was not apparent in the previous single, and it is very much welcome. Once more every member shines, especially Kelsee Ishmael's backing vocals and harmonies. Once more, though, kudos must be given to the furious rhythm section of David Campbell and Nick Ramirez, the stunning guitar work of Chan Schulman, and, of course, the fantastic production by Jeremy Parker. I could totally deal with a new single from this outfit once a month for perhaps the rest of my life. I truly hope a full-length album is in the works, because I'm not sure I will be satisfied with anything less from a group that is emerging as easily one of my favorites of 2015. Listen to the raw delivery and passion, with a perfect production sheen, you'll probably feel the same after a few spins.