X-Darlings “Dead Toy Capital Of The World”

X-DARLINGS started as a studio duo (Harry Darling of BITCH QUEENS and Isabela Eder of DELILAHS) and has evolved into a full band introducing themselves with this debut album “Dead Toy Capital Of The World.” Opening song “Are You Talking To Me?” hits hard since it mixes infuences such as DEVO and The CRAMPS with a glam vibe. This song actually reminds me of the amazing PINK GREASE. You’ll hear some garage rock’n’roll guitars in “There For You” and in “Laxative”, some modern rock (‘Snap Out Of It”, “Sucks To Be You” or “Particle Collision” that almost starts like BACKYARD BABIES‘ “Minus Celsius”) and some punk rock in “Keep Reading.” While the album definitely has a lot of energy and a will to make us dance, songs like “In Transit” and “Brand New Day” show us that X-DARLINGS also has an interesting quieter pop side. Quite a convincing debut album, check it out! /Laurent C.

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Jollys “Cosmic Heels” 7″

Chicago’s JOLLYS have just released a new 3 song EP released by Australian record label Salty Dog. “Cosmic Heels” is a glam rock song with lots of reverb and a garage rock production. The songs sounds a bit like a dirtier version of GIUDA, contemporary glitter rock with 70s roots. “It’s You” will take you to the 60s with its cool psych pop vibe. It brings bands like The DANDY WARHOLS or The BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE to mind. The third song on here, “I Don’t Mind” sounds as if it was taken right from the 70s, with a bit of an ALICE COOPER feel. Short but really sweet! But guess what? The band has also released “Sweet Freak”, their debut full length album in October (released on cassette by Dumpster Tapes), and you’ll hear 10 songs in the same vein, with more glam punk influences in songs like “Dolls”, “Waste Of Time”, “I Don’t Wanna Take You Home”, or “Be A Punk.” /Laurent C.

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