Saint Small – You Must Destroy What Will Destroy You
Genre: Punk, Indie Rock, Garage Rock
Similar artists: The Hives, Ty Segall, Guided By Voices, Superchunk, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, The Vines
The modern search for decent rock n’ roll is as difficult as a 1970s pervert looking for dirty magazines in the Chinese countryside. Sure, sometimes you get lucky after a lot of effort. But, most of the time, you just end up asking for help from people that give you surprised looks.
The people who can still provide the kick and the crunch of good ol’ rock n’ roll don’t really look and sound like what you would expect. This makes the search even harder. It’s often people that are not at the right age, that dress poorly, and that don’t even play the instruments you would expect that, far away from the supervision of major record labels, can produce the goods.
Saint Small bring the joy and power of nostalgia to their single You Must Destroy What Will Destroy You. It’s the kind of song that you wish KISS would put out as their final ever single. It’s silly, joyful, and made by people that sound like they get hammered on the weekends and run book clubs the rest of the time. Rock n’ roll radio, let’s go!
Slightest Clue – Just Fine
Genre: Post-Punk, Indie Rock, Alternative Rock
Similar artists: Metric, Sonic Youth, Liz Phair, Samia, Snail Mail, Soccer Mommy, Olivia Rodrigo
Finding musicians ready to complain to a beat is not hard. Finding musicians willing to be honest, vulnerable, and address their own shortcomings is a rare treat. Getting to do all of the revealing while still providing the kind of ear-pleasing hooks that people tend to gravitate towards is downright extraordinary.
This is largely because the majority of rock stars, or those looking to one day be viewed as musical deities, know precisely what reaction they are hoping to get from audiences. And, just like any experiment where the desired outcome is known beforehand, there is little room for spontaneity or for surprises.
Slightest Clue’s Just fine is a song that trembles under the cool breeze of self-discovery. It’s a tune that sounds as if it is being revealed to the audience at just the moment that it is being shown to the songwriter. And, perhaps most importantly, the audience is bound to be as pleasantly surprised as the writer of this.