Only ten more days until Christmas. We thought we’d get you ready with our latest edition of Get it or Forget it, featuring three entirely different artists for your musical edification. Today we feature releases from two artists we’ve told you about before: Kari Kimmel (pop) and Daddy Issues (rock), and introduce you to a new artist, Pollen RX (punk). Check out our reviews below.
Artist Name: Pollen Rx
Album Name: Sunbelt Emptiness
Label: Austin Town Hall Records
Genre: Dance Punk
Track Listing: 1. Billboard Promises; 2. Control; 3. Packaging; 4. Apartment; 5. Sunbelt Emptiness; 6. Interstate; 7. AR AK; 8. Again; 9. Sand in the Well
Publicist: Noisy Ghost PR
Review: Composed of Maud Morgan, Ben Hirsch, Caroline Sallee and Maggie Exner, the music of Pollen RX is part punk, part pop, part indie rock and part dance, seasoned with a healthy dose of 60s rock and roll. The music is memorable, complete with catchy hooks and beats you can groove to, as well as a message that needs to be heard about the difficulties of growing up. Both Morgan and Hirsch provide electric vocals as they trade off on the lead, and the music this band creates is worthy of your attention, especially the amazing guitar riffs. Best tracks include “Control,” “Packaging,” the title track, “AR AK,” and their single, “Sand in the Well.”
Recommendation: Pollen Rx is the perfect prescription for what ails you. We definitely think they have a great future and recommend you Get It, play it and dance on. This album will drop on January 27, 2017.
Artist Name: Kari Kimmel
Album Name: Covers One
Label: Rykim Records
Track Listing: 1. Against all Odds; 2. Eternal Flame; 3. Ring of Fire; 4. Rocketman
Review: By now the music of Kari Kimmel should be very familiar to readers of this blog. We have been fans of hers since her early days, and she continues to surprise us with hit after hit, not to mention weekly placements on television shows, movies and commercials. This time around, Kimmel reinvents four classic songs as only she can, adding that special Kimmel magic to the mix. We love all four of these covers, and think that they stand up well to the originals. our favorite is “Against all Odds.” Let us know what you think.
Recommendation: Kimmel’s latest EP drops this Friday, December 16, and we think you should definitely Get it, especially if you love cover songs by a classy artist.
Artist Name: Daddy Issues
Album Name: Handle It
Label: Play Like a Girl Records
Genre: Alt Pop/Rock
Track Listing: 1. Inside my Mind; 2. Different; 3. Dead end Road; 4. Too Soon; 5. Nice Try; 6. Rusty; 7. My Favorite Fantasy; 8. Born to Fly; 9. Your Lies; 10. The Blade
Publicist: Jennifer Allison Publicity
Review: Girls rock, and no band exemplifies that more than Daddy Issues, who we introduced back in September. With Angela Alvarez on lead vocals and rhythm guitar and Julia “Jules” Whelpton on bass and rhythm guitar, supplemented by Andrew Cushman on lead guitar and Brett Weir on drums, this band has a sound that sets them apart and creates an atmosphere where it would be cool to be a groupie. Reminiscent of the Wilson sisters of Heart, Daddy Issues truly bring “girl power” to a whole new rocking level. There is such a sweetness to their music that complements the cutting edge guitar sounds laid down by both Alvarez and Whelpton. We love every song on this debut album, but are especially impressed with “Inside my Mind,” “Different,” “Too Soon,” with its obvious No Doubt influence, “My Favorite Fantasy,” and “Your Lies.” The album closes with a very personal song, “The Blade,” which gives an intense message about the dangers of depression.
Recommendation: One of the best CDs of 2016, this one is a true no-brainer: you simply MUST Get it!