Each week we feature five remarkable songs that you need to hear on Your First Listen. In case you miss them on air, you can catch up on the weekly tracks right here. Your First Listen airs weekdays at 12:45 p.m., 5:45 p.m., and 8:45 p.m.
Arkells – “Hand Me Downs”
Arkells got their inspiration for this one while touring with Frank Turner in the UK. “The alchemy of watching Frank every night, and listening to Joe [Strummer] helped inform the beginnings of ‘Hand Me Downs,” frontman Max Kerman told Clash Music. “We recorded a quick acoustic demo, and then as soon as we got home we hit the studio and recorded the song in three days.
The Beths – “Future Me Hates Me”
Let’s hear what’s happening in the New Zealand indie rock scene. Auckland’s The Beths have been making waves with their catchy riffs and honest lyrics. Here’s the title track off their latest release.
Black Pistol Fire – “Level”
Austin via Toronto garage rock duo Black Pistol Fire are ready for 2019 with a slew of tour dates. Expect to see them at many festivals this summer where you can sing along to this one.
Guster – “Overexcited”
Boston alt rockers Guster have been on the scene since 1991, and will release their 8th studio album on the 18th. I think that gives you enough time to sing along live to their new tracks when they’re here at the Mod Club on January 22nd.
Rusty – “Home”
Rusty is back! Yes, the Toronto via Sudbury band that made it big in the 90’s have finally released their first new record in 20 years! Let’s get to a new one off Dogs of Canada.