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Ausmuteants (AU)

Obsessed with early punk and new wave, either with synthesizers (the Screamers, Devo) or without (the hundreds of forgotten bands preserved on Killed by Death and Bloodstains comps), Ausmuteants are a group from Australia who've combined cheap guitars and thrift-store electronics into bracing (if often off-kilter) rock & roll with serious pop hooks. Ausmuteants were formed by two friends from Geelong (a port city in Victoria), Jake Robertson on guitar and keyboards and Billy Gardner on drums. This minimalist lineup began making tapes at home, and they compiled the cream of their early efforts on the 2012 album Split Personalities. Ausmuteants soon expanded to a more conventional four-piece lineup with the addition of Shaun Connor on guit...

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Mean Jeans (US)

The Ramones have probably surpassed the Beatles as the most imitated band on the planet. Mean Jeans began as a tribute to Ramones ripoff bands, but the Portland, Ore., outfit’s debut album, Are You Serious? (Dirtnap), sounds like these guys sneaked into Hollywood Forever Cemetery and smoked the ashes of Johnny and Dee Dee. A million bands go for this formula and fail, but Mean Jeans seem to have been injecting and snorting the formula for years. Download lead track “Born On A Saturday Night” below. Read more on . User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

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