#MODERATEROCKRECOMMENDS- May 2020
Relentless, right? The bad news. It keeps barreling toward us like a mudslide, no way around it, no way to ignore it. It’ll crush you if you’re not careful, if you don’t keep your head up. So, under advice from a close friend, I’m trying to accentuate the positive. Below is what was on Moderate Rock’s playlist for the month of May, and some happy thoughts about what got them there.
- KILLS BIRDS- Volcano
- GLORIOUS- Unashamed
- MT. GREY- Fake High
- SPARTA- Cat Scream
- GROW RICH- Cat Flag
- GHOST WORK– Go Stat
- SPICE- First Feeling
- J. GRAVES- Lo the Mourning
- PAY FOR PAIN- Fallen Angel
- EVERYDAY PHARAOHS- Years & Years & Years
- LAPYEAR- See Inside
- DISHEVELED CUSS- Oh My God
- KIDBUG– Theme From Kidbug
- CHINA BEARS- I’m Not Eating Like I Used To
- BEN SERETAN- Am I Doing Right By You?
- ULTIMATE OVERSHARE– Backscatter
- SWIM CAMP- Leaf
- OWEN- A New Muse
- KEATON HENSON- Career Day
- MOGWAI- Moon in Reverse
- BIBIO- Sleep on the Wing
- SQUARE PEG ROUND HOLE- Evening
- WRAY- Wishing
- NO JOY- Birthmark
- LOE– Goodbye Columbia
- DIVISION OF LAURA LEE- Apartment
I love Kills Birds as a band name, it feels like odd phrasing but rolls off the tongue, off-kilter but catchy, just like their music. I love the way Mt. Grey hide emotional alt rock melodies and big riffs in their pop punk. I love that you could put that J. Graves song on a garage rock playlist or spin it a disco and it would work equally well. I love the widescreen, yearning vibe of the first minute of that Ultimate Overshare track. And I love that Ben Seretan song so much, it may even be my favourite of the year so far.
I hope you find something to love too.