New Video: The Pack A.D. – Animal

The Pack A.D. have released a 4-song EP called Meta Animal. The EP (available here) features previously unreleased tracks, including a cover of Thee Oh Sees’ Night Crawler.

The duo have also shared the official music video for Animal, which appears on the EP and their 2013 album, Do Not Engage. It was filmed in Vancouver and comes complete with all the makings of a classic horror film: creepy scientists in extra white lab coats, chains and fangs, and even some Thriller-inspired dance moves.

Watch it here.

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Eleven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Our weekly round up for you of some of the best songs shared in the past seven days…

1. Barna Howard – Bitter Side Of Blue
2. Theo Verney – Brain Disease
3. Spray Paint – Country Singer
4. The Wooden Sky – Our Hearts Were Young
5. Jacco Gardner – Find Yourself
6. White Reaper – I Don’t Think She Cares
7. Telegram – Aeons
8. Shana Cleveland & The Sandcastles – Holy Rollers
9. Heartless Bastards – Gates Of Dawn
10. Sea Of Bees – Test Yourself
11. Mac DeMarco – The Way You’d Love Her

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New Album From Samantha Crain

New Album From Samantha Crain

Samantha Crain justifiably received much acclaim for last year’s excellent Kid Face album and will release the follow-up Under Branch & Thorn & Tree via Full Time Hobby on the 17th July.

As with previous releases, her smoky, sultry voice is a distinctive joy, set further apart from the norm with her use of jazz style vocal phrasing. The album is a sombre one with darkness tugging at its edges, but lifted by the striking arrangements that bring unexpected flashes of illumination and expansiveness to even the blackest of scenarios.

The first track from it is the exquisite Outside The Pale – have a listen below. You can pre-order the album here.

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Adia Victoria – Howlin’ Shame

Adia Victoria’s stark, confrontational tales of the south call to mind the spirit of the greats – Billie Holiday, Woody Guthrie, the Carter Family and more, but are imbued with an eerie sense of foreboding and vehement, sometimes venomous, lyrics.

Following a recent tour with MM faves Hurray For The Riff Raff, she has now shared the potent Howlin’ Shame, which glows with the same fiery intensity as her brilliant debut Stuck In The South.

Have a listen.

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Video Premiere: Trance Farmers – Garbage Night

We’re not usually ones for premieres and all that stuff, but when the song is this good then we can sometimes be persuaded to rouse our lazy carcass off the sofa and head for the keyboard.

Trance Farmers (great name) specialise in psychobilly blues. Six track release Garbage Night is out April 28 on LEAVING Records with Stones Throw. You can also buy from Bandcamp here.

Watch the video for the title track, a fluorescent, garish animation with a slight Monty Python feel that fits this blast of unstoppable, distorted proto-garage punk perfectly. It’s like having a feral dog snapping at your genitals whilst an Elvis lookalike stomps on your face – and that in musical terms is a very good thing indeed.

Absolutely love this. Watch the video. Watch it again. Go mental.

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Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Another day, another week, another collection of ten excellent tunes from the past seven days collected for your listening pleasure and gratification.

1. Torres – Cowboy Guilt
2. Creepoid – Dried Out
3. Loop – Precession
4. Sweet Spirit & Britt Daniel – Have Mercy
5. Left Lane Cruiser – Tres Borrachos
6. Little Wings – Where
7. Thee Oh Sees – Withered Hand
8. PINS – Young Girls
9. Courtney Barnett – Close Watch (John Cale cover)
10. Father John Misty – Never Been A Woman

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The Lammas Tide – Bethnal Green

The Lammas Tide - Bethnal Green

A perfect companion to our earlier post about Strange Lot, Perth, Australia’s The Lammas Tide’s unique brand of psych-folk-rock draws influence from bands such as Jethro Tull, Traffic, and Jefferson Airplane, combining bluesy inflections and folk sensibilities with classic psychedelia.

Bethnal Green will be released on the 1st May on Pavement Records and sounds like a long lost classic from the sixties with its combination of dancing fiddle, Rhodes piano and grooving rhythm section, as well as mellotron flute mimicking the twittering birds and dancing leaves.

Have a listen. Highly recommended!

“I wandered through a rainbow,
On the way to Bethnal Green,
Stumbled on a indigo moon,
Somewhere in-between”

Michael Dean Damron – When the Darkness Come

Michael Dean Damron - When The Darkness Come

Michael Dean Damron, former frontman of I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House, will release his new solo album When The Darkness Come on the 24th May.

It is beautifully lonely, moving between quiet acoustic contemplation to a more progressive and punk feel, all driven by Damron’s distinctive growl. Our favourite (just) is the haunting Simmer in the Pot, an acoustic piece with wonderful lyrics that features a suitably creepy nerve-jangling electric bridge. Check it out below together with the choppy, military march of the uncompromising Diabetes Blues.

Highly recommended for all lovers of outlaw country, junkyard blues and outsider folk!

You sure learn fast when your hand is on the stove

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