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.
Gospel Claws - "'Til My Baby Calls"
It's always a treat to get new music from Gospel Claws, especially since it's been since 2012 when they last released anything. In that case it was an entire album; here, it is a single that came out last week on the RSD exclusive Zia Records compilation You Heard Us Back When Vol. 9, on there it's called "I Can't Wait." According to the band they recorded it late last year and never released it, and it's about telemarketers -- well, one specific telemarketer. It's an instant Claws classic with plenty of indie pop influence, marked doo-wop nods, harmonies from heaven, plenty of reverb, and a nice surf guitar solo with congas or bongos to boot. It's a brilliant sunshiney number just in time for summer, and though it's already on a compilation, it will be going on my own poolside soundtrack for 2015. The finale with Joel Marquard giving his all on vocals is just pure genius. It is the perfect blend of all of their styles wrapped up in one sweet package. Listen to it here or try to score the Zia compilation if there are any left anywhere.