Ry Smith is the musical mastermind behind the once-prolific Long Island folk-pop band Eastern Phoebes. February Records released the Phoebes’ 2011 EP Gypsy Paw. Now, since relocating to Rhode Island, Ry is making music on his own, churning out solo pop gems with a slightly darker tone. REXROTH is a self-proclaimed “record about sadness,” tackling so many of the twists and turns of life.
The 13-song pay-what-you-want download comes with an exclusive interview with Ry.
Cozy Catastrophes is the solo recording project of Greg Adams. Using guitars, bass, Casios, Moog, glockenspiel and drum machines, and inspired by twee pop, Swedish pop, self-help books and Bobby Rydell’s sweaters, Cozy Catastrophes creates music for teen-age record hops, in-town driving, and lonely hours. The Bloomington, Indiana, resident released his debut album, An Instructive Amusement, in August 2013 on his own Beehive Rebellion Records. The homemade, bedroom-pop recordings of the debut album were clever and slightly cute. Any song called “I Wish This Sweater Were You” was already going to be a big hit among the two of us at February Records. The new Cozy Catastrophes EP, Way Last June, is a bit more electric, but the songwriting is still just as clever as the debut album.
The 6-song, pay-what-you-want download comes with an exclusive interview with Greg. Cassette versions of Way Last June are also available for purchase directly from Cozy Catastrophes.
The debut album [from Cozy Catastrophes] has a catchy melody and a good, positive feel. — Pop Camp blog (translated)
Tim Brown and Donna McKean are the two constants among a revolving lineup in the critically-acclaimed Bay-area, California, indiepop band Lunchbox. Forming in 1994, Lunchbox released a slew of singles and EPs, and a string of albums between 1996 and 2002 — their self-titled debut on San Francisco’s Not Happy label, “The Magic of Sound” and “Evolver” on Portland’s Magic Marker, and “Summer’s Over” on Stewart Anderson’s (Boyracer) 555 Recordings.
A re-formed Lunchbox will play the 2014 San Francisco PopFest on May 22-25. The band will release a full-length album on Jigsaw Records sometime this spring.
Check out our interview with Lunchbox’s Tim Brown.
“Always a poppy and sonically diverse group […] Their strength is in their variety and versatility.” — Stephen Cramer/All Music Guide
“The first song on either side, ‘Satellite’ and ‘Fernruf’, are just as amazing as the last Lunchbox record. In fact I remember really loving ‘Fernruf’ when I heard them play it live last summer.” — Indiepages
“Nice layered poptones with a layered feel, ‘Satellite’ plays with a breezy 60s EZ-pop-with-a-pulse, segueing seamlessly into the more psychy, mostly instrumental ‘I Could Have Been Someone Else’. The fun continues on the flip with the similarly layered pop of ‘Fernruf’ and ‘Gravity’. — Shredding Radio
“This EP released in 2001 on the Magic Marker Records blew me away when I first heard it. Though slightly more loopy then most indiepop, there is the underlying melodies and pop mentality that make this EP so enjoyable.” — Barf Out Dolls blog
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Philadelphia’s The Pretty Greens are Carly, Julia, and Kool Schmool – three women who fully embrace the DIY aesthetic and are an active and integral part of their artistic community. Their songs express a variety of influence and style and often carry a hint of the band’s “proud feminist-grrrl philosophy.” With recent line-up changes, an on-going fanzine, and new songs recorded, The Pretty Greens are stronger than ever.
This digital download includes and exclusive interview with all three members of the band.
Purchase a CD single directly from The Pretty Greens. If you order online, you’ll also receive a button and sticker.
“ … a shambling pop tour de force who rattle out the sort of tunes that seem to be missing this side of the ocean.” — A Layer of Chips
“What can you expect from this Philly based band? ‘Dual girl vocals, surf-sounding guitar with a little twang, melodic bass lines, shimmery cymbals, peppy drums, and tremolo – all peppered with cat-eye glasses, mini-skirts, bangs, headbands, glitter, and a whole lot of charm. But don’t let the name and girly-image fool you, The Pretty Greens know their stuff and will impress with the whole package.’ ” — SisterSpace Weekend website
Малыш Камю (Malish Kamu) is Evgeniy and Ekatarina, a duo from the southern Russian town of Taganrog. Their style of slow, beautiful pop songs will win you over, despite the language difference. Taganrog doesn’t have a vibrant pop scene, so the duo creates their music simply for the love of it. The couple writes songs that reflect their relationship, saying that their songs are often just another means of communication between themselves. Evgeniy and Ekatarina have stated in the past that “Our hope is that what we cannot say in English will come through in the songs we share. Things like love, tenderness, and happiness are things that go beyond language barriers and are things we can all understand.”
This digital download includes an exclusive interview with Малыш Камю’s Evgeniy Khandiy.
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“Malish Kamu consider lyrical themes through the prism of what another fan has called ‘pleasant, quiet, and carefree dream-pop. It all sounds beautiful…’ ” – Far From Moscow
“They are a young couple whose love serves as the inspiration for much of their music.” – Luna Guitars
Caténine is the Massachusetts-based recording project of Dylan Connor. Begun in a studio apartment in Boston and transplanted across the state, Caténine channels the jangly pop of The Field Mice, the synth-heavy work of The Wake and New Order, and the textural depth of Disintegration-era The Cure. The live band also consists of Brian Bartus, Andrew Kapinos, and Kiana Saroce. Caténine has previously released a self-titled cassette, a 7″ split with Funeral Advantage, and is currently in the process of recording another album.
The free downloadable track comes with an exclusive interview with Caténine’s Dylan Connor.
“At times, listening to this, it’s hard to believe it is not the demo tape Wild Nothings sent to Captured Tracks. It’s this wonderful batch of hazy, dreamy indie pop that would have been right at home circa 2010.” – c86’d
“…it is evident that Caténine is poised for something great with a style of music that harkens back to the post-punk of the early 80′s. Musically, they share a kinship with New Order and The Cure but with a push to go beyond and expand on the sonic palette already laid out.” – The 1st Five
In preparation for Indietracks this past summer, Finnmark released their first EP, “We’re Not Köping.” Until now, the EP was unavailable unless you attended Indietracks or Finnmark’s Swedish tour. But now, your wait is over! The six-song EP, which includes the two singles that have already been released — “Everyone’s Dying” and “Brännö” — is finally available to purchase!
The EP is available as a CD or digital download via the February Records and Finnmark bandcamp pages.
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Quiz Kids is comprised of members of Bourgeois Heroes and Boy Genius. New York-based musicians Jason Korenkiewicz and Lisa Klimkiewicz (both of Boy Genius) are joined by Massachusetts’ Jason Bourgeois (Bourgeois Heroes) to form the three-piece pop outfit. Each member of the band takes the lead for one song, giving each tune a distinct sound while retaining that classic jangle sound.
The album was partially recorded with Mitch Easter, frontman of Let’s Active and producer of multiple R.E.M. releases.
As always, this free single comes with original artwork and a fun interview with the band.
If someone was to ask us about a band that fully encompasses the DIY aesthetic, Finnmark! would be a great answer. From home movie-esque videos shot on old camcorders or in Edward’s own home, to hand-drawn artwork and some of the most creative merch we’ve seen in ages, Finnmark! really does live and breathe DIY. As Finnmark’s Edward Forth has said in the past, without the DIY mentality, Finnmark! wouldn’t exist. We’re sure happy they do!
Since Finnmark!’s last February Records release, the band has played Indietracks in the UK, toured Sweden, and released their EP, “We’re Not Köping.” While touring on Sweden’s west coast, Edward shot a video for the band’s newest single “Brännö” on the very island in which the song is named.
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As always, this free single comes with original artwork and an incredibly fun interview with Edward.
Meet The Halamays! The married duo, currently based out of Columbus, Ohio, is Katie and Patrick. Embracing the DIY aesthetic, the pair record pop songs — ranging in topic from TV shows to their pets— in their own makeshift home studio. With a new addition to The Halamays family, the duo is now juggling parenthood on top of writing and recording music together. The Halamays are the marriage of the resolute and the irrefutably cute.
The three-track name-your-price download includes band photos and an exclusive interview with Katie and Pat.
… if I had to put my money on any Chicago band to succeed in the traditional sense of mainstream success, believe it or not, it’d be [The Halamays]. They deserve credit for crafting catchy pop songs that are, with the right promotion, radio ready and, most important, worthy. — Loud Loop Press
… pretty pop music that hooks you in and won’t let go until the last song …. I’ve actually tried to review this EP twice now, but have failed because I just want to squeal ‘It’s so effin awesome!’ and that’s it. — One Kind Radio