New Tunes from decker., Fairy Bones, The Woodworks and More

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decker. – “Matchstick Man”

Last year I celebrated my birthday with the vinyl release of decker.’s Snake River Blues and this year, I’ll be celebrating with the bands career spanning compilation Into The Red. In anticipation of that release, decker. has released their brand new single “Matchstick Man.” Ultimately, it is a protest song, but one that reminds us that the fate of the nation is in the people’s hands, not the elite we allow to rule. Musically speaking it picks up approximately where Snake River Blues left off, leaving the Americana further behind in the rearview, while embracing rock’n'roll more, with red desert dust exploding everywhere. Because Brand Decker is inherently a psychedelic being (as in soul opening), so too is his music and that flair will never be lost. It’s also clear that Decker may have been dusting off the grooves on his early Neil Young records. It’s more apparent when the band plays this live, but it still leaves its mark. It also feels downright tribal in its revolutionary spirit and the music evokes the movement as much as the lyrical witticisms liberally sprinkled throughout, as well as some obvious nods to John Lennon. My ear catches the line “That businessman just makes me nervous…” every single time. It comes across as a rocking rager at the start, but by the time it finishes, it’s very nearly a sing-a-long. It may not be one of their catchiest songs, but it’s one of their most important to date. You can pre-order any version of Into The Red you desire RIGHT HERE.


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Fairy Bones – “No One Can Suffer Like I Can”

If it wasn’t for the fact that Fairy Bones’ previous two singles were their best to date and I haven’t stopped playing them since last October, I may have succumb to “Fairy Bones Withdrawal” by now. Luckily, I haven’t and even more luckily they have topped themselves once again with the brand new single “No One Can Suffer Like I Can.” As Fairy Bones continue to redefine their sound, leaving the keyboards behind, picking up more guitars and creating some of the most exciting tunes in their catalog, it’s becoming a more fascinating journey than ever expected. I mean with this track there songwriting is approaching AWOLNATION territory in concise, powerful lyrics and hook heavy choruses that stay with you for potentially years. The chorus hook with its indie pop meets reggae groove is perhaps the most unexpected twist to the chemistry of this song. It’s a moment where I think “Imagine Dragons fans will really dig the hell out of this,” which is something I never would have imagined about the band even a year ago. The entire brand impresses here on every level, sure Chelsey Louise is right up front with her magnificent vocal, but that’s the way the band likes it. It’s no wonder they are trying to break into the Billboard chart with this one, the entire world should here it. I would recommend that you check it out and pick it up for only a dollar HERE. If you do it today, they will be even closer to breaking into that chart action with what should be a runaway hit.


The Woodworks – “The Doctor Says I’m Fine”

I hope you didn’t think you were only going to get an acoustic EP out of The Woodworks this year, because they have an entire album coming this Fall. The first hint of that action was released last weekend with the video for their new tune “The Doctor Says I’m Fine.” If you are a fan of the band, you may be familiar with this tune from their stunning live set, of which this has been a highlight for some time. Experimental Thrash Folk may be the best way to describe their brand of rock’n'roll. I love The Woodworks because they present their music on their own experimental terms and explore the edges of their own comfort zone continually. I suppose there is a blues rock backbone in their somewhere, but they have a unique sound all their own that they really deserve to be awarded their own genre. It’s as arty as it is literate as it is entertaining and this new song is no exception. There is a reason why this crew is one of my favorite live bands in town and this song shows their strengths in spade. Now it’s only a matter of surviving the Arizona Summer to get to the entire album. Check out the brilliant video, shot like a zombie film unearthed from the silent age. LASER.MOUTH.EXPLOSIONS is scheduled for release in September.



The Real Fits – “Pretty Bastard”

“Pretty Bastard” is the first new single from The Real Fits since last year’s Drown In Gold EP and from that perspective, it feels a bit overdue. It’s definitely their most succinct single clocking in at less than three minutes, but brevity aside, there is power in being concise. With “Pretty Bastard” there’s so much going on in the short time you get to spend with it, your ears and mind reel to catch up with it all.  It’s also clear that the band is taking their sound to the next level as far as exploring the pop reaches of Raquel Willard’s effortless vocal perfection while backing it with a musically complex backdrop. The tapestry that Jared Wood, Nick Smith, Blair Furmanski, and Johl Driscoll provide serves as Willard’s flying carpet through a heady mix of swerving guitars, impressive bass and punchy drums. Willard could make chart topping pop material with her voice, but I love what happens when it mixes with the musical proclivities that are becoming the signature style of The Real Fits. The ending is a bit abrupt and unexpected, but I’ve come to expect the unexpected from this exciting crew.


Complicate Simple – “Pretty Little Lady”

Last year Complicate Simple released their debut EP called Blue and it was one of my favorites. They are on the verge of releasing another EP of another color, but I’ve lost track of what color it’s going to be. There were mentions of Green and also Red. Either way, “Pretty Little Lady” is a new single from the forthcoming record and it definitely would not have fit into the debut. On Blue the band explored their own sound and an unusual, albeit original direction keeping the ’90s influences of their youth in mind. Here they mix that sound with a healthy dose of Red Hot Chili Peppers. They don’t overdo it, which would be easy, cloying and annoying. They add just enough bass and just enough groove to enjoy a nod along with a bit of Anthony Kiedis patois to the whole affair. It’s a punchy little number ready for alternative rock radio, which seems to be welcoming more new artists raised in the era of funky grunge and indie rock dreams. It will be curious to hear how the new record shapes up, because this song is catchy as hell. This could be like “Penny” on Blue though which sounded like nothing else on that release. So the excitement builds.