The outfit Queue may have hung up their former handle, but its four members are still going strong and making dream pop today as Forever Honey.
The project’s sonic base of ’60s-style rock harmonies, late-’80s new wave, and ’90s Britpop provides a perfect backdrop for witty lyrics based on personal experiences and reflections surrounding the band’s relocation to Brooklyn. They just released a lead single ahead of their debut EP as Forever Honey, Pre-Mortem High, out April 24th. So go ahead and taste from the upbeat eternal nectar with the first of four new songs – “Christian”!
–Photo: Kit Castagne
For some that caught last week’s post on Poly Action, the thought of, “I’m pretty sure I’ve seen those guys elsewhere…but not under that name” probably crossed more than a few minds, and they’re not wrong.
Unlike their Late Cretaceous counterpart, the band formerly known as Crocodile went through their evolution relatively quickly, shedding their scales to adopt the Ooni mantle for a little while, ultimately settling on Space Tan after Ooni was deemed too similar-sounding to local punk outfit Ume. Poly Action chief Ray Garza and guitarist Gianni Sarmiento swapped out roles for Space Tan, with Sarmiento now radiating front and center of this rock five-piece, who makes their debut under the new name today.
Don’t Worry About Me is out now, but before you head to the record release show tonight at Cheer Up Charlie’s along with Marmalakes, bring it back down from the intergalactic and into the earthen with the third track off the new album, “Continental”!
After an idyllic, formative eighteen years in Maui, Katie Iannitello has carried that beachside air of leisure and disillusionment in modern pop culture in her travel bags, and unpacked it in her new H.Q. in L.A. as Beauty Queen. Staying faithful to the handle, Beauty Queen dons a serene coming-of-age sash of young love, self-reflection, and isolation within her lyrics. Iannitello’s shed any need for excessive pageantry to show off immense lyrical and vocal talent, opting instead for ’50s-inspired alt-pop, lo-fi sonics, and murkily irresistible synth tones.
Beauty Queen first came onto the stage last year with the debut EP Out of Touch, she’ll be at the Mohawk in early April, and today she shares her latest single, produced by Tennis and accompanied by a VHS-inspired music video, “Sweet Memory”!
Ontario’s Sarah Harmer celebrates her fiftieth birthday this fall, marking a little over three decades of introspection, songwriting, and performing. She got her start at seventeen as a recruit for Toronto alt-country group The Saddletramps and by the turn of the millennium Harmer had made a humble solo debut with Songs For Clem, followed by the commercial outbreak You Were Here.
Jump another ten years ahead, when this multiple Juno Award nominee had further formalized both sound and following, and had begun to divide her time between multi-instrumental composition and passionate environmental activism. Though, since then, it’s been relatively quiet for Harmer…until now. On the upcoming LP Are You Gone, Harmer enlisted the help of Marcus Paquin (whose production credits can be found amongst Local Natives, The National, and Arcade Fire) to co-produce this dark, twelve-song meditation on nature and humanity. Are You Gone proves that, for Harmer, the last decade was less a vacation from music and more a reflection on life’s fickle ways and a fresh catalyst for pushing her lyrical style. Are You Gone is just a couple days away and you can get started early with the album opener, “St. Peter’s Bay”!
–Photo: Vanessa Heins
When it comes to high standards, Mother Falcon doesn’t just let any old fledgling into their collective nest. There’s no exception to the rule when it comes to Austin-based songwriter Casie Luong who, in addition to her virtuoso piano and vocal skills, has become an integral part of the annual Mother Falcon Music Lab as an instructor.
And on top of her semi-recent interest in acting, Luong’s blossomed into quite the solo songwriter and producer since the release of her 2015 EP Grow, venturing into soul, pop, and R&B considerably more than her MF chamber-folk bandmates. With the help of Moses Elias and Payton Long, Casie Luong just shared another groove-heavy single last week, one that’ll keep you wanting more and more from this up-and-comer: “Easy Lately”!