Named after a quote from A Clockwork Orange, Billy Boy on Poison encompasses many features of past rock legends with their rough edges, glamourish style, and in your face sound. The band is comprised of Davis Leduke on lead vocals, Ryan Wallengren and Greg West playing guitar and backup vocals and Jess Calcaterra on drums.
Their debut album, Drama Junkie Queen, was released on July 7, 2009.
-On My Way
-Happy Valentine’s Day
Posing as a Japanese duo, this British group is definitely worth featuring. Their melodic tones and lack of vocal effort make for some seriously interesting music. Forming in Brighton sometime in 2000, they later were signed to Full Time Hobby Records in the United Kingdom where they remain today. With a heavy 90’s electronic influence, the vocals are hushed, catchy and although repetitive, surprisingly not annoying. Their latest album, Lightbulbs, contains some of their best work.
Whitest Boy Alive is a band hailing from Berlin. Famous for his Indie history with groups like the Kings of Convenience, Erlend Øye is the band’s lead singer and guitarist. The group originally started as an electronic dance project, but slowly began to lose their programmed elements. They create dance music bound by a rock consideration. Their product features the dancing tones of Øye’s guitar, subtle vocals, accentuating keys, and a platform built on funky bass and drums. Each element maintains individual space as to not interfere, yet compliment, one another. Unified, the jazzy sound is completely infectious.
Their most notable song is Burning, from their Dreams album. The song’s rolling composition never breaks or switches tempo. Not the most complex song, Øye’s voice and heavy baseline make it so interesting. Other standout tracks are Intentions, 1571, and Courage. All of which are off of their latest album Rules.
American folk band Vetiver, led by songwriter Andy Cabic, refuses to limit themselves in musical style. With a distinct West Coast rock sound, this band has been making substantial music since 2004. Although not pushing out radio hits you’d hear on popular stations, their music is something to be revered. A sense of timelessness and an air of ambiguity are conveyed by the despondent tones and complement of warm strings. Standing in the shadows of Nick Drake and Neil Young, this band does not disappoint.
I’d like to believe that most listeners would have a diverse preference of where and when this music would soundtrack a moment. For me, this is summer sun music. The style promotes careless endeavors and worriless times.