The nervous, post-punk energy that powers "Waiting" by Montreal band Ought is only surpassed by the not-so-subtle social critique of its theme. "How long you been waiting?" isn't just directed at a lover. It's directed at all of us.
If an archetype of post-punk art rock exists, the band Soviet Soviet --from the Adriatic coast of Pesaro, Italy -- has tapped straight into it. The new track "Together" has shades of Oingo Boingo and Joy Division, and dark, driving shades all its own.
Terse yet tense, droll yet danceable, "I've Got Energy" by Louisville, Ky. band the Debauchees has post-punk hooks and grooves in spades.
Frank Smith is not a dude with a guitar (or at least not in this case), but rather an Austin, Texas band led by Aaron Sinclair. The name may have the whiff of anonymity, but the sound is notoriously post-punk and memorable in a darkly, dangerous way.
On my radio show Hindsight, I spin a wide range of indie pop and rock from all sides of the pond. This year offered a lot of great songs from which to choose.
The Painkillers took center stage at Thursdays at the Intersection this week.
If the Scottish invasion is going to last, it needs more bands like the post-punk and hook-smart We Were Promised Jetpacks.
Wednesday night proved manic at the Firebird. A barrage of openers spread the wild energy over three sets of not so dissimilar genres.