IN THE PRESS
If you close your eyes and turn on Cry All the Time, the new LP by Impulsive Hearts, the surf-rock band’s sound will transport you to a gloomy beach, where you’ll want to dance, reminisce, and of course, cry. But the Chicago-bred band’s music will do more than take you to the water — it will help the Chicago community.
Impulsive Hearts have a history of dropping summer-themed jams just when it seems like warm weather might never come back—plus they use their music to do good! The local five-piece, led by singer-songwriter Danielle Sines, donated proceeds from a 2019 EP to Chicago sexual-violence-prevention nonprofit Resilience. Their excellent sophomore full-length, Cry All The Time, arrives Friday, March 6 (via Midwest Action and Cavity Search), and a portion of vinyl sales will benefit Girls Rock! Chicago. Impulsive Hearts play Thursday, March 19, at Sleeping Village as part of Midwest Action’s Spring Showcase with Bev Rage & the Drinks, Harvey Fox, and Richard Album.
Fader: Debut Of Loose Koozies’ “Hills,” The First Single Off Of Their Debut Album, ‘Feel A Bit Free’
Southeast Michigan-based country rock outfit Loose Koozies make thrillingly unfussy music. Pedal steel guitarist Pete Ballard has a hypnotically languid style, lead guitarist Andrew “Mad Dog” Moran [Ed. Note: Hell yeah] is as comfortable lounging at the back of the mix as he is giddily bursting into solos, and bassist Erin Davis and drummer Nick German seemingly have the sort of implicit connection that underpins most great rock bands.
The inspiration for “My Beautiful Enemy” came from the song Andralis wrote before this title track. The subject of the original song was the same, but he found the tone was “just mean.” This rough draft allowed for a release of built-up toxicity and cleared space in Andralis’ heart for what would come next.
“Lock Me Up,” the single obtained exclusively by Queerty, meditates on feelings of demonization and being the outcast, with a sound that channels the Riot Girrl rock sound of bands like Veruca Salt and the folky introspection of Liz Phair. A beautiful, pensive tune, it’s a marvelous palate cleanser for the overplayed bombardment of radio pop.
This is a fitting video for today since it is Halloween. This video features a vampiric Sam Miller doing things vampires do like drinking blood and playing the piano. Theatrics aside we think this is a top-notch track. It has nice piano melodies with a little bit of country feel against lovelorn lyrics that will instantly hook into the listener.
With Georges Méliès as his muse, Johnson converted his living room into a makeshift movie set for a series of eye-popping magic tricks, recalling the confounding imagery and physical comedy of one of cinema’s godfathers. By some miracle of trick photography, CGI, or simple editing software, Johnson’s video is nearly as playful as his music.
Garage rock singer-songwriter Fletcher C Johnson is back with Are You Feelin’ It, which is out October 14. Fletcher has been debuting songs from the LP weekly on his “Listening to Fletcher C Johnson” podcast. This week, it’s the twangy “Portland” and stories of couch surfing in Portland in the early 200s. You can catch Fletcher at his record release show at Brooklyn’s Union Pool on October 18.
I always wanted my own vinyl, and for us to sign with Kiam Records and be able to do that was a super bucket list goal of mine. There’s nothing like it. People automatically think you’re official if you have your album on vinyl in 2019.
It’s probably about as slamming and hypnotically danceable as a murderous cautionary tale is liable to get.