Simply put, we were shocked at the amount of fantastic new material this week. A particular mood may not stick out in this mix, but May 13th should be marked on your calendars immediately. Packed with new albums from both alternative rock juggernauts and returning indie favorites, many of which grace this list, it’s bound to give record stores a nice boost in sales. Though Record Store Day is right around the corner, there’s nothing wrong with looking forward to even more.
10. Little Big Bangs – “Armada”
Slugging it out in the St. Louis underground, Little Big Bangs are the Midwest’s best kept secret: a scrappy four-piece with fat hooks and plenty o’ fuzz. The band just re-released their self-titled full-length on vinyl, and lead track “Armada” is a scorcher reminiscent of early Smashing Pumpkins and Sebadoh. A thick bass line guides the arrangement, while guitars claw at the edges of the stereo field, fighting to be heard over one another. Underlying the abrasion are some pretty brutal musings on the chaos of modern society and politics. “Who invades, who enslaves… Who persuades, who gets raped… There ain’t no point in a white flag/ Burn every flag till it turns black.” This is music straight from the disaffected youth of America — no frills, no bullshit. –Jon Hadusek