First there’s Oswald, a Glaswegian three-piece with Indie-Rock written on their flag. Founded only in 2005 by Tom McCreery, Ants McCreery and Charlos Taggart, Oswald (the name was taken from a street in Glasgow just before they entered their first ever band contest!) already have a pretty prominent fanbase. The Alarm, Dogs Die In Hot Cars, El Presidente and Four Day Hombre are just a few of those followers. Comparisons to U2, Coldplay or Radiohead is what you’ll read often when the band is mentioned somewhere, and it’s true that there are some hints of all these bands in Oswald‘s music. But they are not just copycats; Tom is a very talented songwriter (he’s already won some songwriting contests in the UK), and the band’s gigs must be terriffic, if the critics are anything to go by!
At the moment, the band nears the end of recording their first album. Although they don’t have a record deal yet (another one of those cases when very talented artists are ignored by the companies… 😦 ), but I think it’ll just be a matter of time when Oswald will break through; with songs like this, it really shouldn’t be a problem!
Visit the band’s homepage for more downloads, say hi and befriend them on MySpace, and spread the word about these guys… Oswald must be heard!
Bangin’ On Those Drums (MP3)
Hold On (MP3)
I’ve written about US-band Saturna on this blog before, and now they have finally come up with some new songs. They have completed a whole album called Some Delicious Enemy, and it really sounds great. After their EP …All Night Long (two songs from that are still available on the homepage), they have refined their sound and created some tunes that should appeal to all Indie-Rock/Shoegaze-lovers. Singer and rhythm guitarist Ryan Carroll, lead guitarist Eric Block and drummer/basser Steve Anderson melt their talents into a blend of modern, catchy and mature songs, and – same as with Oswald – it shouldn’t take long before Saturna will get more attention. I have no news about an album release, but I will keep you posted if anything happens. And again… spread the word and visit Saturna’s homepages!
Much More (MP3)
Leader Of The Western Stars (MP3)