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Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
Puking Brits we want to know more about Name: Throwing Up Location: London, UK Sounds like: The Raincoats meets Elastica-style sing-a-long harmonies with the rough guitars and driving, catchy beats of 90's grunge bands (plus, the girls in the band dress like it's 1993). Why you have heard of them: These Brits have made the trek to SXSW two years in a row now, their records blast out on Rough Trade and NME recently called them "London's newest DIY shit-storm." Noted. What's the deal? Throwing Up started in 2010 after Camille Benett (vocals/guitars) and Clare James Clare (vocals/bass) finished up with their well-known four-piece Headless. They recruited Ben Rayner (formerly of Shitting Fists, The Permanent, Fading Fast) on drums and released their first single "Toothache" in March of last year. Buzzing around London, Throwing Up were quick to get over to the USA and spread their puke around. “There’s practically no examples of a bad girl group but they don’t get taken nearly as seriously,” Benett told MTV this year. “With guitar music, a band with just boys isn’t considered a “boy band” – when do people ever say, ‘Do you know that boy band, Radiohead?’ “We’re clearly in the same league as Radiohead, btw.” Maximum Rock n' Roll likes them and we do too. Watch out for their new record Over You which drops in July.

What’s the Deal?: HAND CREAM

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
What's the deal with... Hand Cream? Name: Hand Cream Location: Montreal, QC Sounds like: If the girls from that 1995 movie The Craft formed a new-wave punk band. Think hints of Skeletal Family with the driving, danceability of Fuzzbox. Why you have heard of them: Because every guy (and girl) in Montreal has a crush on their bass player, Marlee Shambles. What's their deal? Hand Cream did a lot of growing up this year and people are taking notice. Pretend it's junior high and Hand Cream got boobs for the first time and everyone dropped their jaws. Except instead of boobs, they just traded in their drummer and added a new bassist. Without the losing the blushing urgency of their earlier releases (especially on front woman Meghan Merrigan's Lydia Lunch-esque hollers) Hand Cream have added layers of melody and female-harmonies and it's working. Their latest split with Crosss and two new tracks "Oh Rats" and "Program (Silver Apples)" prove that this band is worth their salt. Hand Cream embarked on an East Coast tour last week, so keep your eyes peeled for dates. Listen to Hand Cream here.