Pistolita have the honour of being of my favourite new bands.
I was introduced to them when raiding the promo cabinet of their booking agent Andrew Ellis while in New York. The CD-R of their out of print "Gliss Note" EP I picked up then was pretty good, but their new album "Oliver Under The Moon" blows it away. It's the combination of well crafted pop melodies plunked out on a piano, raspy vocals and punk rock edge, that does it for me. Not sure if I'm imagining the little bit of Drive Like Jehu I hear in their guitar parts due to their location. The title track is definately a contender for one of the best songs of the year.
Conor Meads, principal vocalist/songwriter rocks out on the keys while Cory Stier bashes the drums.