Cool Cult’s ‘Tomorrow’ might open with a quasi-Though Creature riff, but it’s quickly apparent that the young Auckland band’s sympathies lie with shoegaze. They’ve the guitar churn and vocal wash down, but where they depart from the blueprint is with how harsh and abrasive they make it sound – steel wool rather than candyfloss, recalling Japan’s mighty Xinlisupreme or Medicine’s ‘One More’. Their debut album, Try Crunch, was released via the tireless Muzai Records - with that label’s commitment to all ages shows a boon for the band – in March this year, and they’re writing new songs for a second album in early 2012. Guitarist Maté Vella will be away July-October, so catch them while you’ve got the chance – as well as lining up a Wellington show, they’re playing at the bFM Fancy New Band showcase at the Kings Arms on May 27th.
From 2007, Real Groove magazine released four Awesome Feeling compilations, showcasing a diverse and exciting range of underground local talent. Real Groove may be gone, but we think there’s just as many exciting local acts worth a listen, so The Corner is putting out a fifth volume of Awesome Feeling with the support of Groove Guide. We’ll be revealing one new artist/track every weekday throughout May, and posting the entire compilation for download at the end of the month.