In episode two of the #Tweetcore Radio Hour, I chat with Brian Lambert about some of his recent indie music discoveries and play music by The La La Lettes, Thee Rakevines, These Thrilling Lies, Fuzzruckus, The Fisherman and His Soul, Glider Excel, Laini Colman, Todd & Karen, Elephants and Stars, Tough on Fridays, The Screens, and Orange Creek Riders.
I’ve been listening to a lot of music that might be termed “retro” lately, and my friends in Thee Rakevines (who also make some pretty cool retro-sounding music) recently recommended an artist named Tetley, who falls very neatly into that category. His latest release, Born in the TS6, draws on a classic garage-rock sound to delve into contemporary issues. The songs call to mind a range of bands of previous decades. For example, the opening track, “The Lake,” sounds like a combination of the Moody Blues (particularly their 1973 hit “I’m Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band”) and the Jam (especially “Thick as Thieves” from their 1979 Setting Sons album). Echoes of both bands — along with hints of the Stone Roses and (possibly?) Oasis –waft through the remainder of the six-song EP. Heavy doses of reverb and phasing effects give the tracks a swirling psychedelic feel, while a driving beat propels the proceedings forward at a steady pace that straddles the tenuous divide between anger and fun. Altogether, Born in the TS6 is a great collection of songs that has the feel of catching a really cool, hip, and groovy underground band at a seaside resort somewhere in time between 1965 and the present day. Pretty excellent organ-playing, too.