Sonny Smith has bounced back from the post-divorce listlessness of Longtime Companion. He has returned from the wandering, dissociative identity disorder of 100 Records: Vol. 3. On Antenna to the Afterworld, due to drop June 11 on Polyvinyl, Smith is back to what he does best: lending his perceptive, singular voice to understated rock tunes with his posse The Sunsets. He’s scarred, bleary-eyed and the opposite sex is only beginning to come back into focus.
The future is uncertain on the propulsive, guitar-driven “Palmreader.” In the video found below, Smith plays the role of box office attendant / director of a short, black-and-white film that centers around a gory, B-movie death match. The video serves as an odd accompaniment to an otherwise gentle rocker. Maybe it speaks to the precarious nature of Smith’s ambiguous destiny as he re-enters bachelorhood. Or maybe he’s just a guy with a sense of humor and an appreciation for cheap special effects. Watch the video below and pre-order your copy of Antenna to the Afterworld.
Indianapolis readers can catch Sonny & The Sunsets at Radio Radio on Wednesday, June 19. Grab tickets from MOKB Presents. Fellow Californians Little Wings and Bloomington’s Mike Adams at His Honest Weight will be on hand to lend support.
A while back, we hit you with details of Generationals’ new LP Heza, due out April 2 on Polyvinyl. Today, the band shared a new single entitled “Put a Light On.” As usual, Generationals delivers on another immediately-addictive pop tune. All hand claps and jingle bells, “Put a Light On” is the perfect send off to the weekend. Stream the track below.
Dusted is the new project of Brian Borcherdt and Leon Teheny. Borcherdt spent the better part of the last decade braving new territory with the Toronto electronic outfit Holy Fuck. Before joining Holy Fuck, Borcherdt was part of a little-known band named By Divine Right featuring Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning and some chick named Leslie Feist. Taheny is better known for his work as a producer than a musician, working with Final Fantasy, Rituals and Bruce Peninsula among others.
The duo came together to record their debut LP Total Dust in a converted garage, breathing new life into songs that Borcherdt had penned while on the road. Listen to Dusted’s debut track “(Into The) Atmosphere” below. Atmosphere is the operative word here, as this song is shrouded in jangling guitars, contrasting percussion and layers of lo-fi vocal tracks. Pre-order your copy of Total Dust, due out July 10 on Polyvinyl Records.
Written by Rob Peoni