This edition of Letters From Bandcamp is about friendship. I don’t know why I feel that way, because a lot of this week’s acts are solo acts, but there’s something about the translucent, nostalgic sweetness of a lot of these bands that makes me want to start a book club or hockey league or something. Or just host an album listening party on the internet.
BOOSEGUMPS’ first EP arrived this spring, in the form of seven tracks of squeaky Philadelphian self-pinching pop. The brains behind the tunes, Heeyoon, is also in the band Secret Mountain.
Forever Lesbians is the project of Noah Burke, Con Shea, Blaise O’Brien, Will DiSerafino and Owen Scheuerle. They also hail from the City of Brotherly Love, where stupid-cheap rents and the Liberty Bell must help make fuzzy upper-lip internal pop emotions sound really nice. Forever Lesbians are playing this show at the end of August.
Even if you have the least SEO-friendly band name ever, I can still find you on Bandcamp and think, “This is kind of like emotionally exhausted P.S. Eliot meets Commander Venus-era Conor Oberst, and I like it.”
This cassette, Milk Jr., was released by Denton, TX, label Olympic Dreams Records, and is described as Layer Cake’s “debut and goodbye EP.” Although the band was short-lived, you can listen to these five tracks of breathy, Texan girl gang delight as often as you want. Layer Cake played its last show in July. I’m sorry.
Ryan Rees hails from New Orleans and also probably the future era of New Wave 2.0 takeover and also maybe the womb of Robert Smith. His most recent album, Staircase Anthem, was released on the net label Birthday Tape.