I feel terrible because I forgot about this album. Somehow between the current rap resurgence of summer 2013 and the aching need to discover new indie bands, I forgot about the debut album from one of my favorites. The Californian brothers Ryan and Taylor Lawhon really crafted a mighty piece of indie rock with Stop Talking. I am consistently amazed by these guys because somehow they keep a generally derived sound fresh and new. Buy the album on iTunes here.
Pacific Air (formerly known as KO KO) is band that I think will be successful. They started with a blog hit in “Float” and have even managed to move passed the pressure of having a debut song be an Internet hit. Even more than their Long Live Koko EP, I think the release of their follow-up song “Lose My Mind” was proof of a focused band on the rise. Now, “Move” is the game-changer. Equal parts catchy and personal, this is a perfect summer jam for you and your friends.
Expect their debut LP Stop Talking to be everywhere on June 11.
I get emails from people I don’t know. That’s just part of my life now. Depending on how intriguing the subject line is or even how much free time I have, I’ll open the mass email, and occasionally, I’ll like the song held within it. When I get an email that says, “For fans of The 1975, Pacific Air, [and] The Neighbourhood,” I have to stop and pay attention to it. This guy knows what he’s doing, and either he will be dead off in his comparison or he’s managing my new favorite band. Luckily in the case of The Hard Knocks, he’s managing my new favorite band. The SoCo-based four-piece is headed in the right direction, garnering comparisons to some of my favorite buzz bands of the past few years. It’s gonna be very interesting to see where this single takes them, and what’s next for this group.
We’ll keep you posted on The Hard Knock’s debut ME EP, coming out May 7th.
I’m not a gambling man, but if I was I’d put my money on Pacific Air‘s success. The Southern Californian brothers Ryan and Taylor Lawhon began their adventure as a small band named KO KO with a big song in “Float.” Since then, they’ve changed their band name, signed to Universal Republic, released a sweet EP, and have a debut album on the way. Check out their latest offering below.
BONUS! Stream last year’s Long Live Koko EP below.