Introducing >>> STRNGRS

Introducing >>> STRNGRS

To date rock’n’rolling NY three-piece STRNGRS have released two EPs of originals, a couple covers, and a video of a stripped down live performance from CMJ. They describe themselves as “kinda garage-pop with a blues soul element…

A mess around on their Soundcloud page reveals they’ve been selling themselves a bit short…there are clearly influences ranging from the Stooges and MC5 through to the Black Keys and White Stripes and their output sounds like a whole lot of rollicking good times in a muscular, raw, musical package.

See what you think…

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It’s An Easter Round Up

Easter Round Up

We are kicking off Easter with a massive Round-Up of lots of new music and bands that have been sat in our in-box patiently waiting to be heard. Some of these have been released already, some are about to be, but either way we have fifteen artists that are all well worth checking out.

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Let us begin with Josh Matthews whose work has been compared to Leonard Cohen as well as outcasts such as The Fugs and Captain Beefheart. His enigmatic album Co-Patriot drops April 19th, and this is A Good Life from it.

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Silver Arm’s latest release He of the Slow Creep EP is four tracks of riotous psych-punk. Try on the title track and Gunboat for size…

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We have another fuzzy little stomper of garage-pop from Dead Professional. Listen to I’m Not The One.

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Comrade Question’s second LP, Pepe Polo, is the first release on Superdreamer Records. It’s a psych/garage/pop gem with guy-girl vocals and genius simplicity. Opening track is the sweetly named Bastard.

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Ciara O’Neill is a singer songwriter from Northern Ireland and Dead, Black has a lovely folk noir feel, plaintive and fragile with haunting female vocals.

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Daisy Victoria’s influences are Captain Beefheart, Sonic Youth, Gang of Four, P J Harvey et al, and her debut single Heart Full Of Beef is a surrealist exploration of the creative process. It hosts a cast of characters who include a maternal vegetable, a lap-dancer with divine clientele, and a militant typewriter.

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Dizzy Bats use power chords over heavily-picked basslines as a vehicle for fun, energetic, power pop. Check out/download Girls.

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Meet the Betrayers, Edmonton’s new fuzzy psych/garage band. The five-piece recently released their debut album Let the Good Times Die and we have a couple of tracks from it, Spinnin’ Wheel and Cherry Beach here.

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Honeyfeet are a group of loosely affiliated scruff-bags mixing old folk forms, blues grooves and jazz chords to create a unique sound of their own. Latest single is Buried My Husband.

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Ciro Madd has penned a baroque pop tune for the first issue of Pug Records singles series. You and Me is a charming symphony of keyboards and vocals wrapped up in George Harrison-style riffs, recommended for fans of the Beach Boys and The Zombies.

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Cousin Marnie’s debut EP Is Sleeping, re-imagined four Carter Family tracks from the 1930s. The EP is a ticking collection of throbbing beats, synth drones and wistful country sentiment. Check out Cain which showcases her unique combination of country, hip hop and left-field pop.

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The River Monks are a Des Moines folk pop sextet with an organic interplay of instruments, rich lyrical imagery, and layered vocal harmonies that build on the foundation laid by artists like Sufjan Stevens and Good Old War. Beasts is the first single from new long-player Home Is The House.

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Former Backyard Tire Fire member Edward David Anderson will release his debut solo album Lies & Wishes on April 29 through The Royal Potato Family. It is a collection of ten songs that embrace vulnerability, while remaining grounded in his working class roots.

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Combining Brit-punk grit with a distinctive pop jangle, Cambridge five-piece 28 Boulevard recently released five-track EP, Sunclouds. The emerging young group expand on the raw, adolescent feel of their debut single, pushing their innovative spin on guitar pop to a spine-rattling, head-splitting climax. This is Electric Feet.

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Lastly, our favourite 50s throwback and rockabilly rebel Dan Sartain has a new album out at the end of this month called Dudesblood. We have no less than three tracks for you to dip into including the paranormal country and western of Marfa Lights, the anarcho-punk of Smash The Tesco and the late-night croon of Rawhide Moon.

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Friday Round Up

New Release Round Up.

So many tunes to share – time for another Round Up just in time for the weekend. All pre-screened for your guaranteed listening pleasure.

So away we go…

Easing us in gently is some ethereal folk from Owls of the Swamp and the gentle Shapeshifter is a perfect introduction to forthcoming album Atlas.

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At the other end of the noise spectrum we have aggressive post-punk from Total Control’s Flesh War, taken from upcoming long player Typical System.

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The Honey Trees debut LP Bright Fire has just been released, this is the lovely By The River.

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Kristy And The Kraks new self-titled release is a glamorous 4-track masterpiece of snotty girls-in-the-garage stomp & 60s-girl group-punk raunch. Check out No No No No No from it.

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Derek Luttrell’s debut album Tired Dogs, Old Trees is to get lost in the pensive pitter-patter of an unpretentious folk ballad before being thrust upright for the thump-thump-thumping of a soil-scattering Americana jam. Try on Wayside for size…

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Old Smokey is an Athens, Georgia folk collaboration that is a little hard to pin down: there are traces of Ennio Morricone spaghetti-western, east Indian psychedelia, and Appalachian stomp. Dead Man’s Pose, is an upbeat scorcher with rolling, brushed drums, chanted group vocals, and a clarinet that brings to mind a New Orleans second line. Their upcoming full-length, Wester Easter, will be released on April 29 via Cloud Recordings.

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The Lottery Winners just might be making some of the most gloriously british guitar-pop we’ve heard in years – bright, infectious, sweeping verses and stick-in-your-head choruses. This is Heavy Heart.

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Finally, some orchestral folk from Cajita’s new album Tiny Ghosts. Three tracks starting with Broken Glass, an observation on romantic love with proud horns and wandering guitars that speckle a reminiscent groove playing well with the songs smart lyrical content. Swooping vocals and shining synth sounds are brought to bear on love and memory in The Stars is and Shake is a crisp acoustic number with intimate up-close vocals.

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More From Paradise

Paradise - Born And Bound

Here is another track of Paradise’s uniquely vintage-inspired sound complete with Farfisa and Hammond Organ from upcoming album Soldiers of the Modern Age (out on the 22nd April).

Download My Kingdom, a tune that just about sweats 60s garage, mod and rock’n’roll from every pore.


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The Franklys – Puppet 7″

The Franklys - Puppet

Today, Swedish/UK/US all girl quartet The Franklys are digitally releasing their debut single Puppet b/w Imaginarium on Electric Woods Records which is a twisted freakbeat flavoured 7” fiery rocket to the eardrums.

The single is a freewheeling slab of garage-rock and 60s inspired Rhythm and Blues, combining raucous hooks, spiraling guitar lines and a tight and taught rhythm section that nods towards the British Invasion bands of the early 60s. Entwined into this are moments that recall the infectious grit of Ramones, hints of The Hellacopters rawk ‘n roll and the throttling beat of Babes in Toyland.

Jennifer Ahlkvist’s vocals yelp and scream with anger as she exclaims “you never wanted me, you kicked me to the ground and left me there to die” as the warm surf guitar riffs cruise in amongst handclaps, foot tappingly incessant drums and a deep, bubbling bass line; all this combines to make them a bristling modern day counterpart to any great Nuggets acts.

By contrast, Imaginarium has darkly gothic undertones that lurch menacingly around, as the words, “part of me is longing to be dead” echo morbidly wrapped around neo-psychedelic twists, whilst a storm of bass, drums and crying guitar riffs rage in the background.

Listen to both below. Pre-order the limited edition vinyl with signed poster here.

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The Dune Rats – Funny Guy

Dune Rats - Funny Guy

We love the party-lovin’, irreverent stoner-pop of Brisbane’s The Dune Rats and after a series of infectiously catchy EPs and single releases, they are gearing up for their debut self-titled long-player release via Ratbag Records in a couple of months time (on Dune 1st of course)!

This is the first single, Funny Guy, two and a half more minutes of pumped up, guitar-fuelled garage rock that is impossible to resist.

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Clouder – Sister Raygun

Clouder - Sister Raygun

Brooklyn-based five-piece Clouder recently released their sophomore album, Sister Raygun, via Fleeting Youth Records. It is a record that over ten tracks explores themes of emotional turmoil, anxiety, paranoia, debauchery, loneliness, and reverie.

We have the first two singles for your listening edification. The first is Lost In Reverie, a romping rock track about a faceless female presence that’s propelled by antsy guitars that morph in and out of surf and psychedelic jangles while lead singer Eric Gilstrap’s own crazed instrument shifts seamlessly between droning pitches and invigorating yelps up towards the moon.

The second is Phantom Girl, a pulsating, riotous reflection on a drunken night in Brooklyn searching for a girl with electric eyes.

Listen/download below. Order the album here.

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Divino Niño – Pool Jealousy

Divino Nino - Pool Jealousy

Divino Niño is an psych pop band who often mix in washed out reverb, world percussion, dreamy guitar riffs, and beautiful and lush vocal harmonies in the vein of Tame Impala and Thee Oh Sees.

Check out three tracks from their new record below ranging from gently flickering campfire ballads to sinewy garage-psych and all undercut with a tinge of romantic optimism, even amongst the darker moments.

Pool Jealousy will be released April 8th, on limited edition vinyl variants, and your choice of digital download formats. You can order a copy here.

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