WTSR New Noise: The Veils & JPNSGRLS

WTSR New Noise

This week, WTSR Assistant Music Director Nelson Kelly highlights some of the best new albums that the College’s own radio station, 91.3 FM WTSR, puts into its weekly rotation.

 

 

 

Band: The Veils
Album: “Total Depravity”
Release Number: 5th
Hailing From: London, England
Genre: Alt Indie Rock
Label: Netwerk Music Group

This album was produced by Adam Greenspan, who also produced artists like Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Band of Skulls. So, you could say he knows what he’s doing. Co-producer El-P from Run the Jewels adds to the awesomeness that is this alt rock album. Drawing on the sound of every alt rock band before them (Black Keys, Artic Monkeys, Fratellis, Strokes, etc.) The Veils deliver an album with thumpin’ beats, ambient synths and solid hooks. The only way to sonically describe this album is that it will make you want to put on your leather jacket with Ray Bans and smoke a cigarette at your local pool hall.

Must Hear: “Axolotl,” “Low Lays the Devil” and “Here Comes the Dead”

Band: JPNSGRLS
Album: “Divorce”
Release Number: 2nd
Hailing From: Vancouver, British Columbia
Genre: Alt Indie Rock
Label: Light Organ

JPNSGRLS love alt rock and hate vowels. “Divorce,” their sophomore effort, is a collection of songs in the vein of bands like Arctic Monkeys and Modest Mouse. With poppin’ riffs and Alex Turner casually screaming smooth lyrics over unrelenting drums, the overall heaviness harkens back to Modest Mouse. “Divorce” makes a tired genre exciting again as a very cool, heavy, alt indie rock album.

Must Hear: “Bully for You,” “A Comprehensive List of Things I Love,” “Circus,” “2009” and “19 Pound Baby”