Garage rock makes a return to the East of 8th playlist this week! With it comes several folk rock songs that show off the range of sounds that fill that genre. Never allowing the playlist to be too predictable, there’s also a crazy unique song with a soundscape blending anthemic pop rock and electronica!
Without further ado, here is this week’s East of 8th playlist presented in the order they were added to the list. Music is sorted for an enjoyable “mixtape” experience. But feel free to shuffle it up!
“SUMMER MOON” – JET TRASH
Jet Trash takes us on a garage rock joy ride on their latest single, “Summer Moon.” Fuzzy vocals pair with a driving drum beat and raw guitar riffs. Fast paced, high-energy, and loud–it’s exactly what we want in a garage rock song.
“GROWN” – GATLIN
In the vein of Holly Humberstone and Phoebe Bridgers, Nashville’s Gatlin brings us emotion-laden indie pop rock on her new album Sugar Coated. On the single “Grown,” Gatlin shares introspection over a gentle acoustic guitar melody. The song thankfully remains minimal throughout, allowing her crystalline, yet angsty, vocals to take center stage.
“BANG BANG” – BURNING POOLS
Fronted by former Smashing Pumpkins touring bassist, Ginger Pooley, Burning Pools give us their debut single, “Bang Bang.” Tons of distorted guitars and pounding drums load the song full of rock energy. Meanwhile, Pooley’s bold and angsty vocals are pure retro pop-punk.
“I SAID I’M FINE” – OUTSIDE THE ACADEMY
The project of artist Pawel Cholewa, Outside the Academy performs musical chemistry combining indie rock, pop, and electronica influences on “I Said I’m Fine.” The result is a song that sounds dreamy but hits you with an ominous ripple. Complex layers of sounds blend electric guitar, looping vocals, and glitchy beats.
“MAKE SOME ROOM” – KATIE BOECK
You can definitely hear the Broadway influences as Tony Award winner Katie Boeck shows off her vocal range on “Make Some Room.” The song shows the artist’s versatility off the stage with its gentle folk rock spirit. Her reflections on major life changes get the delightful support of a rippling acoustic guitar melody
“NO DREAMS” – THE SHRUBS
The Texas brother duo The Shrubs give us a wave of psychedelia infused indie rock with their single, “No Dreams,” from their upcoming 4th album Bliss. With a vibe that makes you think The Shins stopped off for a toke with the Beatles, the song mixes dreamy interludes with up-tempo riffs. The floaty vocals and bright guitar chords let you drift away on an indie rock cloud.
“HARD 5” – CIGAR CIGARETTE
Cigar Cigarette, the project of producer, sound engineer, and multi-instrumentalist Chris McLaughlin, explores a dynamic sonic landscape with the debut single, “Hard 5.” Anchored by distorted guitar, dark synth, and a head-nodding beat, the song is is a storm of chaotic energy.
“MORNING SMILE” – MATTHEW FREDERICK
Welsh singer/songwriter Matthew Frederick gives us a true showcase of his diverse musical talent on “Morning Smile.” Beyond the emotive lyrical delivery, Frederick also took on all instrumentation including guitar, bass, piano, and drums. A gentle love song throughout, the song gets a powerful boost as it grows from minimalist to a rich folk hymn.