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Float On – Song Of The Day

Float On

In-keeping with the theme of every Friday, our Song Of The Day for today is a cover of Modest Mouse‘s “Float On” by Clones Of Clones, one of our favourite new bands. This version pays homage to Modest Mouse’s fab track yet remains very much a Clones Of Clones song, with its moodier approach. There’s also more of an electronic vibe with this cover, something which merges well with the band’s usual style.

“Float On” is out now and you can hop over to Soundcloud right now to enjoy the hell out of it. The video below is also worth sticking around for!

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It Dawned On Me – Song Of The Day

Calla

That North Texas-based indie rock band Calla haven’t released a new album since their 2007 effort Strength In Numbers is a shame seeing as that one and Collisions were both good enough to suggest that Calla were one cool, different band to look out for. One of the best tracks from Collisions was “It Dawned On Me” and it’s our Song Of The Day for today.

Get Off – Song Of The Day

Get Off

From The Dandy Warhols‘ third album Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia comes the single “Get Off”, a cool-as-f*** track that’s both an ode to mindless debauchery and a drug-themed refrain about addiction and the obsession that comes with it. While the song may have been overshadowed by the unexpected success of “Bohemian Like You” back in the day, it’s definitely one of the best and most memorable tracks on that album.

Ruin My Day – Song Of The Day

Brion

Here’s a somewhat bittersweet waltz from multi-talented composer/singer/musician Jon Brion. From his debut album Meaningless, released in 2001, the song has that bumpy piano rhythm and that dated feel you’d expect from Brion. It’s not the brightest song to start the week with but it’s a pretty one nonetheless.

El Pintor – Album Review

Interpol

Last year, New York City indie rock band Interpol finally released a follow-up to their self-titled album. El Pintor was their 5th and it was well received overall.

The first song on the album, “All The Rage Back Home”, was the first single to be released from El Pintor and it recently made our 20 Cool Songs From 2014 list. Singer Paul Banks‘ haunting voice is back in a familiar but catchy and moody track that’s most definitely a worthy opener.

“My Desire”, the second track (and single), boasts an inventive pinched guitar hook. It’s certainly atmospheric and doesn’t sound like a lot of Interpol songs which is good since it shows some form of versatility. That said, it never truly takes off. As for “Anywhere”, it’s got a solid start but, on the whole, it mostly comes off as a bit too busy and messy. It’s like if R.E.M. sang in a busy restaurant but no-one stopped talking or eating, there’s a droning feel to this one.

“Same Town, New Story” is a softer track with a promising core hook which, like “My Desire” gives the song its own personality. It is, however, a little repetitive and the song doesn’t seem to develop much. A shot of adrenaline could do this album some good right about now.

“My Blue Supreme” works much better in that its main melody is catchier and almost has a John Frusciante-esque quality to it. It’s, again, a slower, softer track which needed a burst of energy in there somewhere but it’s really not bad.

The problem with the next track and third single, “Everything Is Wrong”, is it starts with a simple, pretty cool guitar riff but that gets lost in a sea of effects-packed instruments and soundscapes. If only this one hadn’t been so overproduced it could have stood out a little more because, as it stands, it’s another kinda forgettable, too busy track.

“Breaker 1” has a decent hook which comes up now and then but, otherwise, there’s not much to hold onto here. Interpol are awesome at creating atmospheric tunes and this is one of them, but the songs really need to sound radically different to each other in order to make the album worth it. Otherwise it’s better to just buy the first single and walk away then go back and listen to Antics, the band’s terrific 2004 album.

Same goes for the 8th track, “Ancient Ways”, another moody tune with potential which sadly never fully takes off. That said, this is one of the best songs on the album, probably because it’s got a Muse-style vibe here and there but probably also because you can actually hear the guitar riffs for once!

A solid drum beat introduces “Tidal Wave”, a decent track in which Paul Banks tries something a little different by going into Bono territory vocally at times. There’s a repetitiveness to the track and pacing issues but those are nitpicks, it’s not bad at all. Finally, we have the ironically titled “Twice As Hard” which isn’t twice as hard but twice as slow as the other tracks on the album. It’s a fitting last song, which isn’t a good thing.

While it may sound like I hate El Pintor, I really don’t. There are some decent songs in there and it still sounds very much like Interpol so if you like the band, chances are you’ll like parts of this album. It’s just a frustrating listen with every song showing lots of potential but never going the extra 100m to stand out at all. A lot of the times, cool riffs and good ideas are drowned in a sea of effects, plus Banks never really challenges himself here.

Not terrible, then, but Interpol have done better and will do better, I’m sure.

That’s only 2 Happy Cobains out of 5 for this one, I’m afraid.

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Black Math – Song Of The Day

Elephant

The White Stripes‘ 4th album Elephant was a huge success upon its release and rightly so: some great singles came from it and the whole thing had an iconic quality to it. One of the many cool tracks to be found on the album is “Black Math”, which had the misfortune of following probably the band’s biggest hit to date “Seven Nation Army” but which still kicked butt nonetheless with its fast-paced rhythm and the gallons of energy poured into it.

These two sure could make a hell of a lot of noise.

Monster Heart – Single Review

Monster Heart

After giving us one of last year’s catchiest tracks (“I Don’t Need Your Love”), breakout Washington D.C.-based indie band Clones Of Clones are finally back with new single “Monster Heart” and we just had to let you guys know about it.

The track kicks off with a short glam-ish guitar hook and a moody beat which hammers on menacingly throughout as lead vocalist Ben Payes brings the swagger. It’s not quite certain where the song is taking us but you can’t help but enjoy the haunting build-up which keeps you curious even after it skilfully throws you for a loop with a couple of fake-outs where you think the chorus will pop up after the initial hook comes back as a transition but the song purposely continues for an extra few seconds before delivering the goods, just to be cheeky.

When the chorus does come in, it is just as explosive as it needs to be and the fact it’s essentially delivered to you bit by bit makes the song work as a constantly evolving piece of music rather than just another predictable pop tune. If “I Don’t Need Your Love” was the hugely memorable career-starting hit the band was looking for then “Monster Heart” is the next step: a slightly more experimental track with just as much cool and just as much attitude but an unexpected structure which requires a little more attention.

This makes the song even more rewarding than its predecessor in some ways and shows that Clones Of Clones are, indeed, capable of variety.

The band once again delivering a kickass rock track which leaves you wanting a whole LP full of many more goodies. Something I’m sure we’ll be getting some time soon.

To listen to what all the fuss is about, head over to Soundcloud and download “Monster Heart”, you won’t regret it.

More information on Clones Of Clones can be found on their website and their Facebook page.

The band is also active on Instagram and Twitter plus you can listen to their stuff on Soundcloud and I would definitely recommend that!