Hello and welcome to not the last, but the second to last SubModern Report of 2016! We'll be back next week with the regular charts as usual, as well as the year end charts.
What's up this week though? After two weeks of being tied for the #1 single, The xx bumps the competition down a notch, making "On Hold" the undisputed #1. That puts Japandroids "Near To The Wild Heart of Life" at #2, followed by a tie for #3 between Portugal. The Man's new single "Noise Pollution" and Ty Segall's "Orange Color Queen."
Cloud Nothings repeat their dominance on the album chart again this week with their upcoming fourth record Life Without Sound at #1 for a second week in a row, while its second single "Internal World" makes the top ten in a tie at #5. The Polyvinyl Plays Polyvinyl compilation also repeats at #2, with Beach Slang's Japandroids cover from the album, "Younger Us," tying at #9.
The remainder of the top five albums are dominated by hip-hop with A Tribe Called Quest's final album, We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service, moving up to #3, Childish Gambino's Awaken, My Love! slipping down a spot to #4, and Run The Jewels' just announced RTJ3 debuting at #5. All of those have singles charting as well. You can see where everything else landed for the week on the charts below.
Keep reading (and listening) as we have the final SubModern Session of 2016 with Royal Teeth presented below. Enjoy and I'll catch you all one more time this year, back here next week.
Back in in 2012, New Orleans band Royal Teeth emerged with a jubilant and bombastic sound that had us all humming along to their single "Wild." That song and initial EP were followed by a debut album, Glow in 2013, and seemingly endless touring, but it's been quite a while since we had heard anything new from the band. That changed with the recent release of their latest EP, Amateurs, which proves that they are anything but. I recently had the chance to chat with the quartet, consisting of Nora Patterson (vocals), Gary Larsen (vocals / guitar), Josh Hefner (drums), and Thomas Onebane (guitar) about the new songs, and they played a few of them in a stripped down, almost acoustic arrangement for our latest SubModern Session.
FMQB: It’s been a little while since we’ve heard from you. I saw you at SXSW a couple years ago. You might’ve played a couple of these new songs at that show.
Gary Larsen: I’m sure we did.
Nora Patterson: We probably played “Amateurs.”
GL: Probably. We really don’t have a plan for that, which I guess is a bit odd. A lot of bands do tend to get all the heavy lifting done first and then they drop the EP and that leads into the album, but this time around it was more like we were off for a while and we just really wanted to get into the studio and do something, and this is what we made. There’s a chance that one or two might stick around and go to the LP, depending on how long it takes to get it finished, but we have enough material to keep it going. At the same time we’re gonna have this out there, so why not just record ten or twelve more tracks?
JH: Uhhh…. yes. It was mostly just boring business, record label stuff to be honest.
JH: Exactly. Yeah, just a little bit of that and we got a little antsy, but it’s all worked out now and we’re happy with our home and we’re ready to release some music and get back to work.
GL: We like being busy!
FMQB: Well, you’re always busy. You still did a lot of touring during that timespan.
JH: We did. Yeah. It got to the point where we were touring off the same album for so long, we were like, “We’ve gotta get new music out here to the fans who have seen us six times over the last two years.” I think it was just the idea of how in this modern day, you just have to keep feeding music to your fans and we weren’t doing that. So we definitely want to shift our focus and get back to releasing music.
FMQB: Is there an overarching theme of these six songs?
GL: It wasn’t something that we thought going into it, cause we were looking at a long list of ideas. We were trying to trust our gut and go with what was feeling good at the time rather than try too hard to create a masterplan. But I think looking back at it and listening to it, I definitely think it’s a little more aggressive. I think you can sense that we were a little more… I don’t want to say angry, but kind of using our struggle as inspiration.
GL: (Laughs) And I think there’s a sense of moving on and it’s a little more punchy. But at the end of the day, we’re still very hopeful people and we try to keep our heads up, so I think you still get the positive message that the band has always carried. So in a way I think that they tie together really nicely, but at the same time I don’t feel like we’re trying to recreate the same sound over and over. That gets a bit boring for us. We like to try to constantly inspire a new energy and vibe that maybe we didn’t do the last time.
By Josh T. Landow
|1||THE XX||ON HOLD||YOUNG TURKS / IN2UNE|
|2||JAPANDROIDS||NEAR TO THE WILD HEART OF LIFE||ANTI-|
|3t||PORTUGAL. THE MAN||NOISE POLLUTION||ATLANTIC|
|TY SEGALL||ORANGE COLOR QUEEN||DRAG CITY|
|5t||A TRIBE CALLED QUEST||WE THE PEOPLE||EPIC|
|CLOUD NOTHINGS||INTERNAL WORLD||CARPARK|
|STRAND OF OAKS||RADIO KIDS||DEAD OCEANS|
|9t||BEACH SLANG||YOUNGER US||POLYVINYL|
|MATT POND PA||WHOA||131|
|THE ORWELLS||THEY PUT A BODY IN THE BAYOU||CANVASBACK / ATLANTIC|
|REGRETTES||HEY NOW||WARNER BROS.|
|SYLVAN ESSO||RADIO||LOMA VISTA / CONCORD|
|14||CHERRY GLAZERR||NURSE RATCHED||SECRETLY CANADIAN|
|15t||BEST COAST||CHRISTMAS AND EVERYDAY||MISSING PIECE|
|THE GEORGIA FLOOD||PASSPORT||HUBBUB!|
|HAMILTON LEITHAUSER + ROSTAM||IN A BLACK OUT||GLASSNOTE|
|MISSIO||TWISTED||TASTE AND TONE / ATLANTIC|
|MOTHER MOTHER||LOVE STUCK||DEF JAM|
|21t||CLOUD NOTHINGS||MODERN ACT||CARPARK|
|KALEO||ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS||ELEKTRA|
|THE MENZINGERS||BAD CATHOLICS||EPITAPH|
|RUN THE JEWELS||LEGEND HAS IT||SELF-RELEASED|
|1||CLOUD NOTHINGS||LIFE WITHOUT SOUND||CARPARK|
|2||VARIOUS ARTISTS||POLYVINYL PLAYS POLYVINYL||POLYVINYL|
|3||A TRIBE CALLED QUEST||WE GOT IT FROM HERE... THANK YOU 4 YOUR SERVICE||EPIC|
|4||CHILDISH GAMBINO||AWAKEN, MY LOVE!||GLASSNOTE|
|5||RUN THE JEWELS||RTJ3||SELF-RELEASED|
|6t||LVL UP||RETURN TO LOVE||SUB POP|
|MATT POND PA||WINTER LIVES||131|
|8t||CHERRY GLAZERR||APOCALIPSTICK||SECRETLY CANADIAN|
|THE GEORGIA FLOOD||PEOPLE LIKE OURSELVES||HUBBUB!|
|10||REGRETTES||HEY NOW||WARNER BROS.|
|11t||MOTHER MOTHER||NO CULTURE||DEF JAM|
|SLEIGH BELLS||JESSICA RABBIT||TORN CLEAN|
|13t||THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS||THE DREAM SYNOPSIS EP||DOMINO|
|14t||BON IVER||22, A MILLION||JAGJAGUWAR|
|DR. DOG||ABANDONED MANSION||SELF-RELEASED|
|HIPPO CAMPUS||LANDMARK||GRAND JURY|
|WALKER LUKENS||NEVER UNDERSTOOD||MODERN OUTSIDER|
|WYATT BLAIR||POINT OF NO RETURN||BURGER|
|21t||A.F.I.||A.F.I. (THE BLOOD ALBUM)||CONCORD|
|AMERICAN WRESTLERS||GOODBYE TERRIBLE YOUTH||FAT POSSUM|
|ANGEL OLSEN||MY WOMAN||JAGJAGUWAR|
|CAR SEAT HEADREST||TEENS OF DENIAL||MATADOR|
|GREEN DAY||REVOLUTION RADIO||REPRISE|
|HOPE SANDOVAL & THE WARM INVENTIONS||UNTIL THE HUNTER||TENDRIL TALES|
|KAISER CHIEFS||STAY TOGETHER||CAROLINE|