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The October Thumbs Up Goes To….

thumbs upWe’ve tallied all the Thumbs Up’s and Thumbs Down’s for the month of October and the Froglix listeners have proven to have quite the diversity of tastes. Forty-five (45) tracks from thirty-three (33) artists received votes, but alas, not everyone can be a winner. Represented in the Top Ten alone though are artists we have described before as rock, modern rock, alternative rock, Brit alt-rock, ambient, electro, electronica, indie pop, ska, power ska, reggae, punk, post-punk, singer/songwriter, and actually quite a bit more. So without further ado…take a listen to October’s favorites…

October’s Top Ten
(in alphabetical order)

28-200 :: I Kiss U
Attention Thieves :: Let It All Out
Case Of The Mondays :: Indie Girl
Mars Accelerator :: Fill For The Glacial Till
Mobile Wash Unit :: September Was Winter
Ring Of Truth :: Why Should This Be?
Rude City Riot :: Victoria
Small City Calling :: Atlantic: Castaways
Treading Lemmings :: Comeuppance
Variety Workshop :: U Suck Noodles

– DMitch

 

 

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More than Treading…


Froglix has recently received word that the Treading Lemmings, fresh off their righteous gig at Philadelphia’s Hard Rock Cafe (photo above), are putting the finishing touches on some new material.  Front man Christopher Quinn tells us that they are on track to have at least (4) new songs completed by summer’s end and we, of course, are rather looking forward to taking a listen.  No doubt they’ll be solid as we’ve come to expect nothing less from them.  (No pressure gentlemen).

-Drago

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Reminder: Vetoes EP Now Available

artist: Vetoes | genre: alternative, indie-rock | label: SpaceRay Music
EP: Ritalin/Ritalout [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sonic-turge/id425160671?uo=4″ title=”Vetoes – Ritalin/Ritalout”]
Vetoes - Ritalin/Ritalout

A few weeks ago we wrote a review (read it here) about a new EP coming out from Vetoes called Ritalin/Ritalout. In case you forgot, it hit stores yesterday and is now available to download via iTunes. [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sonic-turge/id425160671?uo=4″ title=”Vetoes – Ritalin/Ritalout”] You can also listen to their track “On The Waterfront” right here:
On The Waterfront

– DMitch

 

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Ritalin… Ritalout… ¿qué Tejano?

artist: Vetoes | genre: alternative, indie-rock | label: SpaceRay Music
EP: Ritalin / Ritalout
Vetoes - Ritalin / Ritalout

It’s not often we mention a producer on here, but we would not have heard the band Vetoes if it weren’t for Adam Whittaker. And his hand can be found elsewhere on Froglix too (on a few earlier tracks from Grimus and Attention Thieves). Well, Adam now has a new label, SpaceRay Music, and we were honored when he sent us a preview of his first release a few weeks ago.
When I played “On The Waterfront” by Vetoes for Drago, his first response beat any description I tried to come up with… “sounds like a cross between Brit Pop and Tejano music on acid.” I’m not sure I totally agree with that depiction, but I do think it says something about my own lack of words. The sound is familiar enough that there’s a good chance you’re gonna like it if you like British alternative rock. But it’s also unique enough that you can’t say it’s just yet another alt-rock band heralding from Britannia. I still don’t think “Tejano music on acid” is quite right, but since I am yet to come up with anything better, it stands.
What I’m more sure about is that the things that make their sound different will be the same things that either make you love them or hate them. Personally, I want more.
Their EP, Ritalin / Ritalout drops worldwide on April 11, 2011 via SpaceRay/Believe. You don’t have to wait though. Download “On The Waterfront” as a FREE MP3 from http://vetoes.believeband.com/ right now!

– DMitch

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Attention Thieves Let Out the Rock

Attention Thieves - Let It All Outartist: Attention Thieves
genre: Brit Alt-Rock
label: unsigned
buy now: [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/let-it-all-out/id417188146?uo=4″ title=”Attention Thieves – Let It All Out”]
listen now: Let It All Out
Sometimes you just want rock. You don’t want gimmicks. You don’t care for the latest thing rock has been paired up with or some niche genre of rock. No synth-rock, pop-rock, blues-rock, grunge-rock, folk-rock, jazz-rock, glam-rock, post-whatever-rock or neo-whatever-rock for you. What you want is something that despite whatever sub-genre it fits in…it transcends rock. It just IS rock. So, if you want rock, allow me to recommend the latest single “Let It All Out” from Attention Thieves. Crank it up, tap your foot, bang your head, and enjoy the unadulterated rock. That’s right, play this and I dare you not to move your head.

– DMitch

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Attention Thieves Unleashing New Single Soon

Attention Thievesartist: Attention Thieves
genre: Brit Alt-Rock
itunes: [itunes link=”http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/attention-thieves/id384717519?uo=4″ title=”Attention Thieves”]
Attention Thieves first hit our radar at the tail end of last summer and now they have a new single coming out in February that may just take them to the next level. Check out a clip of their latest offering “Let It All Out” on either their Facebook wall or their MySpace page now. And we promise to share the entire track with you once it’s released.

– DMitch

Upcoming Shows (view all)
Feb 10 2011 9:00A Total Rock radio London, UNITED KINGDOM
Feb 23 2011 7:00P Face Bar Reading, UNITED KINGDOM
Mar 06 2011 7:00P Buffalo Bar Cardiff, UNITED KINGDOM
Mar 17 2011 7:00P Undersolo London, UNITED KINGDOM
Apr 03 2011 7:00P o2 Academy2 Islington London, UNITED KINGDOM
Apr 22 2011 7:00P The enterprise, Camden London, UNITED KINGDOM
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Hey, who stole my attention?

Attention Thieves
Attention Thieves: Ryan, Hag, Alex, Sim
artist: Attention Thieves
genre: Brit Alt-Rock
listen now
Broken Promise
From My Reach
buy now
Attention
 

For me, when I think of quintessential Brit Alt-Rock over the last few years bands like Kaiser Chiefs, The Enemy, and Hard-Fi come immediately to my mind as some of my favourites. I have a new band to add to that list. Attention Thieves, from Reading, England, launch their brand new single “Broken Promise” today. And this track delivers everything I love about British alternative rock. It’s post punk, post hardcore, with melodies your gonna find yourself singing along to at the top of your lungs in the privacy of your own car.
Also check out their 2009 four track EP Fear To Lose. The third track off the EP, “From My Reach”, should give you reason enough to get the rest of the album for yourself.

– DMitch

Upcoming Shows (view all)
Sep 10 2010 7:00P Audiotube launch night @ The Loft UNITED KINGDOM
Oct 02 2010 1:00P Big Finger Festival Grendon, Northamaptonshire, UK
Oct 03 2010 1:30P Big Finger Festival Grendon, Northamaptonshire, UK
Nov 07 2010 5:00A Moster Fest @ FaceBar Reading, Berkshire, UK
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Ecentric, Electric…Tieweb

Tieweb_playinggenre: alternative | rock
label: unsigned

listen now…
Baby Don’t Cry
Fade
Up and Down

One of the many cool things about the indie music “world” is that it provides a safe haven where artists from different musical backgrounds can find commonality.  It is a place that lies beyond the reach of the long arm of corporate radio.  A place where lads and lasses can truly express themselves and create some incredible music.  Where else but the indie world would a band consisting of a drummer with jam band roots, a guitarist with an affinity for British rock and jazz, a bass player that likes to get his groove on, and a vocalist with more influences than Tiger has mistresses be able to pool their collective talents?  While the aforementioned may sound like the cast from the Land of Misfit Toys, they most certainly are not.  The band of which I opine is Arlington, VA’s Tieweb and their latest studio offering, Indier Than Thou, is a true indie gem.  Justin Fazzari (vox/guitar), Eric Bayles (lead guitar), Steve Quesenberry (drums), and Chris Aylward (bass) successfully channel their collective talents enroute to crafting a unique indie rock experience that hearkens back to the glory days of REM, Grapes of Wrath, and the like, coupled with an air of contemporary relevance.  Dig it.

-Drago

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New Release from the UK's Ring of Truth

Everthing is the Same But in a Different PlaceEverytime a CD arrives here at Froglix we act very much like kids at Christmas who can’t wait to shred the wrapping paper that stands between them and their coveted gifts.   Such was the case with a package we recently received from the UK.  The treasure inside?  Ring of Truth‘s debut disc entitled Everything’s the same but in a different place…and a treasure it truly is.    The old and the new collide beautifully on this disc and treat the listener to an unsullied sound that clearly draws from a variety of sources for inspiration.  Think Midnight Oil meets Echo and the Bunnymen with a bit more edginess or, better yet, English Alt-Rock done right.   Stand out tracks include: “Why Should This Be?”, “Passing of Time”, “A Spanish Hunger” and “Smile”.

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Insisto Lemmini

the_treading_lemmings_blogHistorically, Lemmings have been portrayed in literature and legend as cute, cuddly rodents who like to gather in large groups at the edge of a mighty precipice, only to hurl themselves to their watery deaths. Not an overly flattering picture, I’m afraid, but an excellent metaphor for bands duped by the “majors” into patterning themselves after the “latest and greatest” group being touted by corporate radio (aka the devil). Thankfully, such is not the case with The Treading Lemmings an alt-rock/brit-pop band that hails from Washington, DC. These Lemmings are making their own way in the music world and are doing so with a sound that is creative, energetic and, best of all, pleasantly dissimilar to the mindless droves trying to become the next big emo-punk band.

Drummer Joe Szad and bassist Mr. Mark anchor the band’s compositions with a rhythm section that is strong like bull while Andrew Stainer and Andy Hunt add a world of light and colour to the mix with their exceptional guitar work. Lead singer Chris Quinn’s lyrics are insightful and his voice is as strong and commanding as his stage presence. Together they create a unified sound that resonates with remarkable originality. Froglix is thrilled to get a sneak peak at (3) tracks off their upcoming full-length release Cliff Notes and even more amped to be able to include them as part of our global broadcast. Not only is it ok to follow these Lemmings, it’s highly recommended!

-Drago