I was going to return to Australian content after the last two days of continental tunes but I felt compelled to pester you with this.
One blog I read regularly is Powerpopaholic (Hi, Powerpopaholic!), and he does what I occasionally do: mention new bands. But he also does something well do that I do badly: he reviews their records. Tuesday’s post featured two new bands, The Small Change and Palmdale. (Which reminds me: The Small Change asked me to post something about their songs a while ago. Er, um, ah, er…) (Note to self: I really should post something about their songs.)
Anyway, I want to focus on Palmdale today because their songs knocked me out (so to speak – I wasn’t actually concussed or anything).
Palmdale, I discovered two days ago (thanks, Powerpopaholic!), is a duo comprising Kay Hanley and Linus of Hollywood. They’ve just released a five-track EP called Get Wasted!, and all of it is available in a playlist thingy (see below).
The first track is “Here’s Comes The Summer” (or, in my case, living in the Southern Hemisphere: “There Goes The Summer”), and as it was playing I thought “Yeah!”. Then the next track came on and pretty much the same thing happened. “Yeah!”
Now, I don’t know if you’re going to say “Yeah!” to yourself each time you hear one of these songs, but all I ask is that you press “play” and turn it up:
“Here Comes Summer” reminded me of a few things. It reminded me of Puffy (that’s a good thing). It also reminded me of Tinted Windows, but as I was listening to Palmdale I was thinking that this is what I had wanted Tinted Windows to be. And I enjoyed “Here Comes The Summer” so much that in the singing I didn’t even mind the emphasis on the “r”s as much as I usually do. (I really really don’t like singers emphasising their “r”s. For me, the worst offender is Kevin Cronin in REO Speedwagon‘s “Keep On Loving You“: “When I said that I love you I meant that I love you foreverrrrrrrrrr.” Aaaaargh!)
So, I’m still in the honeymoon period with this EP – playing it and enjoying it enormously – but who knows how long that’ll last? I may loathe it next week. Anything’s possible in the fickle world of Peter’s brain. But for now, I’ll just press “play” one more time…