Tankfarm Future Sounds is what band manager Larry Little
got when he partnered with record distributor Future Sounds and
garment merchant Tankfarm Clothing. The result is a promotional
company that has been compiling tracks for their segments of Must
Hear Music, which represents current indie rock artists from around
the globe. Tankfarm Future Sounds has been putting out these compilation
discs since March 2003. Now, Future Sounds has released its 27th
installment which features 15 artists that mix rock, pop, shoegaze,
country, and folk into catchy melodic tunes piping a contemporary
throttle and elevating sonic bursts. It's music that shares aspects
with San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury sound, the post grunge rock
of the '90s, and the soft pop and So Cal psychedelics of the '70s.
Included in this compilation are:
The Wombats "Patricia The Stripper" has an arousing
folk rock patina that shares attributes with Rooney and
The Mooney Suzuki.
Hong Kong Six's "Land Of The Brain Damaged"
is underpinned by a groove rock rhythm that is infectious and
engaging with reflections of The Exit.
Band Of Thieves' "Woman" materializes a country
funk melody and a tangy guitar solo surrounded by an alternative
David Vandervelde's "Nothin' No" has a husky
vocal resonance reminiscent of Rush's Geddy Lee
and Coheed & Cambria's Claudio Sanchez along
a folk pop palate.
Pop Levi's "Blue Honey" revamps the soft pop
psychedelics of the '70s, modernizing the sonic musings of The
Trainwreck Riders' "In And Out Of Love" has
a railroad country rhythm and alternative folk inflections as
the vocals stretch out and constrict along the melodic folds.
Poor Richards Press' "Seasons" is a sweet sounding
country folk ballad that calms and soothes the senses.
The Unbecome's "The Sheet" has the pop/rock
excitement of The Colours and the finessed rhythmic motions
The Blakes' "Lintwalk" contains a soft pop fluency
reminiscent of British Sea Power and Destroyer.
Sonicflyer's "Sun In My Pocket" stands out with
shoegaze soundscapes exuding warm pop tones strapped to light
drum rumbles akin to The Cocteau Twins and Lush.
Overview's "Melancholy In The City" induces
a bobbing rhythm adorned by synth pop sonics tailored in a modern
New Violators' "Burma" compounds shimmering
synth pop phrases likened to The Dears with a Morrissey
New Cassettes' "Lighthouse" has a raw rock packaging
with the lattice of T. Rex and the contemporary contours
Kudo's "Suite Life" has a pearlescent synth
pop sheath wrapped around the trip-punk rhythms. Fronted by female
vocalist Sylvia Gordan (aka Betty Black), Kudo cherishes
new wave flourishes.
The Hundred Days' "Hey" has mellow synth pop
tunage and the thermal melodic conditioning of The Libertines
Tankfarm Future Sounds 27 has correlations to indie rock
and alternative pop music. The kind of music that has infiltrated
into the theme songs of television shows like the WB's Smallville
and Fox TV's The OC. There is a So Cal ease about these
tunes and a modern folk rock edge that attracts the college rock
set. The bands are updates of underground rockers like T. Rex,
soft pop's The Beach Boys, and new wave/shoegazers The
Cocteau Twins. Each month Tankfarm Future Sounds will be making
these installments and finding new music from the industry's underground
1. Patricia The Stripper (The Wombats)
2. Land Of The Brain Damaged (Hong Kong Six)
3. Woman (Band Of Thieves)
4. Nothin' No (David Vandervelde)
5. Blue Honey (Pop Levi)
6. In And Out Of Love (Trainwreck Riders)
7. Seasons (Poor Richards Press)
8. The Sheet (The Unbecome)
9. Lint walk (The Blakes)
10. Sun In My Pocket (Sonicflyer)
11. Melancholy In The City (Overview)
12. Burma (New Violators)
13. Lighthouse (New Cassettes)
14. Suite Life (Kudo)
15. Hey (The Hundred Days)
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