Looking to the end of the year, there's always something worth checking out from the artists in this city. This edition of Singles Club will feature a doo wop head bopper from Rose Ette, as well as a catchy gem from Arthur Yoria, a rocker from Brand New Hearts, and an electronic banger from George West, plus a rager from POIZON. While we love that you're subscribing to this playlist, we ask that you visit these artists through their web stores or catch them perform whenever you can to help support their efforts.
In recent years, Houston has been adorned with solid indie rock bands. While some of the "old guard" are still releasing strong material, Rose Ette seemed to come out of nowhere. The four piece made up of members from Tee Vee, Lace, and New York City Queens creates music that you can't help but love, while offering up what it means to be a successful band in such a tough market. On their latest offering, this year's cassingle Skin, the second song "Predator" was the one that I found myself falling for. The sweet timbre of Teresea Vicinanza's vocals, the snappy drums mixed with the pop hooked bass, and the pedal soaked guitars on the song pulled me in from the opening notes. If you listen carefully, you can hear backing vocals that will only make you love the track more, while coming in at under three minutes, the band proves that they're clued in on how to write a solid pop tune. You can find Rose Ette music from Houston's Miss Champagne Records, from the band's Bandcamp page, and at their shows as well as at Deep End Records.
Every now and again, most people who got used to bands that played traditional rock music want to hear traditional rock music. When you look around nowadays, there isn't a whole lot of that around it seems. However, with Houston's Brand New Hearts, the rock lives on. Easily one of the tightest bands in our city, this year they dropped a new E.P. titled The Kid Really Fucked Me Over, and it's a doozy. On the opening track, "Little Sincerities" mixes in howling guitars with catchy riffs and vocals that seem to complement the guitars in such a way that they stick with you. If you add swift drums and a bass line that sets the pace, you're left with a song from a band that hasn't closed the door on traditional rock n' roll while forging their own path in a world that feels like it has turned its back on the genre. You can purchase music directly from the group's Bandcamp page, or from them at their shows around town.
The singer songwriter world is rife with solo artists who strum a quieted guitar and offer up soft vocals to match. Houston's Arthur Yoria seems to take that side of the genre and spin it on its head. For the past year, Yoria has dropped a string of singles, but his latest "Wishlist" will be the lead single off his upcoming album. That song, just a couple of seconds over the two minute mark is a mix of acoustic pop and hook filled Americana. The song is easily one of the more fun two minutes you can hear, while it broadens the already growing fan base that Yoria has earned. You can purchase Yoria's music directly from his website, at record stores throughout Houston, or at his shows or Splice Records events.
George West has been doing his own thing in the electronic scene for quite some time now, but his 2016 release Silverio offered up some of the grooviest jams to come out of this city in a minute. On "One to Start," he takes these trippy synths and his signature drum sound and creates a chill song that you can still get down to. Mixing in these little vignettes of sound that seem to dance all over the track, there's so much happening here that you could get lost in the chaos if not for the beat that only makes you want to move your feet. You can purchase Silverio directly from West when he performs, or directly from his Bandcamp page.
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If you didn't think there were bands that could make you feel like you were having an almost spiritual awakening, then you obviously haven't caught Houston's POIZON. Their live shows alone are like a tent revival with better music and a more emphatic guy holding the microphone. On their debut album Church Is Poison, they prove that they can remind you of bands like Australia's The Victims intertwined with Dead Boys without really lifting from either. While I could argue that all of the songs on this record are worth giving a spin, it's the track "What Do You Say To That?" that seems to really pull you in like trying a drug for the first time. Full of guitars that hook you in with the first riff and vocals that seem to evoke any crowd who hears it into singing right along from start to finish, POIZON should have you locked in with laser focus after the opening of this song. You can grab physical records from the band when they perform, at record stores throughout Houston, or directly from Twistworthy Records.
Come back every two weeks for more songs added to the playlist, or subscribe to the playlist itself and listen as soon as they're added. This week's songs start with track twenty one.