Indie-punk from down under: I Heart Hiroshima
I've been listening to Aussie indie-punkers I Heart Hiroshima for almost 2 months now, but haven't told anyone about them yet. It's like when you meet someone new, and you think you're kind of into them, but you aren't sure if it's going anywhere so you don't tell your friends or your mom until it starts to get serious. Well, it's started to get serious.
Way more indie bands should sound like they set up a recorder in their garage and just went at it. The songs on their 2007 full-length album Tuff Teef are pretty sparse, with only 2 guitars and a drummer forming the sound. They sound like a stripped down Black Kids or Bloc Party and rely on charmingly off-key vocal cries leaning on the crutch of drummer Susie Patten's vocals; twangy dueling guitar riffs; and a hi-hat heavy beat. Curiously, the lack of bass helps much more than it hurts. According to their Wikipedia entry, the band started up after playing a house party gig; this is no surprise, as they probably would've sounded great at your first high school party, or even at Los Angeles' downtown DIY-punk venue The Smell.
I couldn't find any decent videos for my 2 favorite tracks, "Electric Lake" and "Captain To Captain," but the band did make an official video for first single "Punks," -- it features Patten on lead vocals, singing a repetitive lyric that is sort of the album's trademark. I've found myself with weird lyrical fragments and little pieces of guitar riff stuck in my head after listening to the album on repeat. "Electric Lake" has such a simplistic yet cool intro that you'll wonder why you never thought of it yourself.
Here's the video for "Punks," but be sure to check out the band's Myspace to listen to songs from their previous EPs.