Ordinarily, Indie Rock, Halo and skating share a
whole heap of nothing in common. But for Wild Moccasins
vocalist/guitarist Cody Swann, each of those things has functioned as an
all-enveloping obsession at some point in his life.
Billed as primer for the Chicago quartet Disappears’
fourth full-length, to be released later this year, the freshly minted
three-song EP Kone is a hypnotic dose of psyched-out Post Punk, an ominous soundtrack to a world that seems as dangerous and disturbing as ever.
Urgent and bracing, sullen and surrendering … the music of
Frightened Rabbit often seems a mess of emotions tied up in a
twitching, fragile guise of genius. Like a thin, bruised girl with a
Kurt Cobain kind of problem, Frightened Rabbit would fall apart if you
took any one thing (music, lyrics or sentiment) away from it.
Brian Harding and Amalie Bruun have fairly lengthy Indie
Rock genealogies between them, but none of their earlier affiliations would have indicated the
sonic territory staked out on True Hallucinations, their debut together as Ex Cops.
The Sea and Cake has never been too dedicated to any one
concept. Fundamentally, the Chicago four-piece could cozily fit into
your average Indie Rock festival, but the group’s not
really interested in sticking to an aesthetic palatable for just that
interested in showmanship and persona building, self-awareness and
humility are rare commodities. John O'Regan — the glammed-up,
Kraftwerk-adoring Toronto resident behind Diamond Rings — is a
refreshing exception to this rule.