Indie pop favorites Hurry celebrate the release of Guided Meditation at Everybody Hits tonight. We premiered the album last week, calling it “polished, pristine and endlessly catchy.” Frontman Matt Scottoline drew on 90s Britpop influences for the songs, one of which you can hear below. More information for the all-ages show can be found here.
When Philadelphia indiepop outfit Hurry first caught our ear several years back, it was more of a project than a band. Matt Scottoline still had Everyone Everywhere as his primary act, and spent free time on the side dabbing in bedroom-recorded homages to the shoegaze and dreampop records he came of age to.
Flash forward to 2014, and Hurry was a full-fledged power trio with Joe DeCarolis on bass and his cousin Rob DeCarolis on drums. The band put out the excellent debut LP Everything / Nothing on vinyl through Hot Green Records and cassette through Stereophonodon. It was Scottoline’s first time taking his bedroom project to a full band, and as he describes it, the record “was very loud, very fuzzy. It had that aesthetic to it and I think part of that was I thought it was a cool thing to do, but part of it also was that it was a safety blanket in a certain way. So you feel like it’s okay if I don’t sound that great if it’s just insanely loud.”
This Friday, Hurry releases its sophomore album, Guided Meditation, on Lame-O Records – and it’s another step forward for the band. Continue reading →
This week, Philly three-piece Hurryreleased a remarkably catchy song called “When I’m With You,” the second single off their upcoming record Guided Meditation.
The song is a perfect carefree summer tune. Lead singer Matt Scottoline’s vocals drift into a playful falsetto, buoyed by a toe-tapping bass line and some sunsoaked, hazy Real Estate-esque guitars. This effortless feeling is mirrored by the lyrics, as Scottoline sings fondly of the rare sort of relationship that just seems to work without even thinking about it (“I don’t even have to try when I’m with you / All the stupid things I say you know they’re true,” he begins the track). Clocking in at just over two minutes, song is over before you know it, disappearing into thin air like a pleasant wisp of smoke. Continue reading →
The guitar is mightier than the sword: Philly indie rock trio Hurry are known for their hooky melodies and jangley guitar rock, and they have just announced their second album (first with Lame-O Records), Guided Meditation, along with the album’s first single, “Nothing to Say.”
Hurry previously released Everything/Nothing back in 2014, which was a flash of lo-fi fuzz-pop and sing-a-long melodies akin to Weezer or Guided By Voices. “Nothing To Say” slightly cleans up the band’s sound while still retaining the catchy vocals provided by singer/guitarist Matt Scottoline. Only this time, they’ve shifted into Real Estate territory with hazy guitars soaked in reverb. Continue reading →
“You don’t have to be sad to make great music.” This is the slogan for Punk Talks, an organization whose mission is to provide free mental health services to musicians and industry workers. This week, Punk Talks released Silver Linings, a 60-track charity compilation to raise funds for its mission. The compilation features music from some of the best young punk bands today, including Philadelphia’s Steady Hands, Hurry, Mumblr, Broken Beak, (and my band, Plainview). You can purchase a custom t-shirt here to support this cause. Listen to the Silver Linings Charity Compilation below! Continue reading →
Legs Like Tree Trunks brought in some new material for this week’s Key Studio Session, playing a collection of hooky math rock songs that will be included on a forthcoming LP. Check out “Here’s To Feeling Good All Of The Time” below and download the full set here.
Of Monsters and Men is arguably one of the biggest indie rock groups going. The band burst onto the scene in 2012 with the radio-friendly single “Little Talks”, which features a blend of indie and folk characteristics all with an undeniably catchy chorus. They have continued this success with the release of their second studio album, Beneath the Skin which came out last year and reached as high as three on the Billboard 200. The five-piece band from Iceland will bring their indie-pop prowess to The Mann Center Skyline Stage tonight starting at 7 p.m. Head over to the XPN Concert Calendar for more information. Continue reading →
Power pop trio Hurry is celebrating the cassette release of last year’s Everything/Nothing(catch it here via Stereophonodon Records) with the release of a delightfully retro computer-animated video for the track “Oozing Positivity,” which pretty much incorporates the same technology as Dire Straits’ “Money For Nothing” video (minus the live action bits). Continue reading →
The first-ever Key Fest is nearly upon us, and anticipation around these parts is high. Three nights of music by Philadelphia artists, a spectrum of sounds and styles, and a lot to look forward to. It’s essentially the first time a local venue has turned over three nights of their calendar to us and said “here, have fun” – and we tried to do right by them in curating three unique bills of artists that we felt worked alongside one another and, more importantly, that we’d want to go see.
All this week, leading up to opening night, we’ll bring you night-by-night Key Fest At-A-Glance rundowns, telling you who these artists are we booked and why we’re pumped to have them on the show. To begin at the beginning, let’s look at opening night. Continue reading →