New From Wolf Alice

New From Wolf Alice

The hotly tipped London four piece Wolf Alice have announced details of their new EP, Creature Songs, which will be released on the 26th May through Dirty Hit Records.

While we’ve enjoyed previous releases, this EP looks, and sounds, like a big step forward, especially lead track, Moaning Lisa Smile, which opens the EP and showcases the band at their most powerful. It is a snarling single of skyscraping proportions that’s quickly become a fan favourite at the band’s live shows.

Storms meanwhile is attention stealing in its blistering wall of noise opening, as ever complimented by the dynamic beauty of Ellie Rowsell’s chameleon vocal.

Check out both. Pre-order here.

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Video: PINS – Shoot You

Re-recorded, re-mastered and carved into heart-shaped vinyl, Bella Union’s PINS release two of their hardest hitting tracks for a super limited run in celebration of Record Store Day.

They have also unveiled a brand new video for the new version of Shoot You, watch it here.

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And listen to an older version…

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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Introducing >>> CRUISING

Introducing >>> CRUISING

Hailing from Dublin and Belfast, CRUISING are a kraut-post-punk-inspired party band, including members of Girls Names, September Girls, Logikparty and Sea Pinks.

Debut release You Made Me Do That, is as lo-fi and DIY as it comes, the recording and song itself was the result of the first time the band had ever played in a room together and has been described as “a grimy, brooding depraved slice of fucked up distorted subterranean punk“.

It is out on cassette tape on April 28th, limited to 100 copies, through Soft Power Records.

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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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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Geronimo!

Mad Mackerel Recommends... Geronimo!

Geronimo!, are a trio from Chicago who specialize in a mix of psych, post-punk, krautrock, noise, and indie rock to almighty good effect.

The band will release their new album Cheap Trick (named after their shared home origins of Rockford, IL) on May 13th via Exploding In Sound Records.  It’s a dynamic record that manages to shift from sound to sound in a moments notice, and the band pulls it of with ease, never standing still while retaining a cohesive quality to their pulsating rock.

You can order via their Bandcamp page here.

Check out the first single (which they define as the album’s undeniable ripper), the sub-two minute blast of Mr President.

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Videos of the Day: Sharon Van Etten || Archie Bronson Outfit || The Ukiah Drag || Bleech || Sleepy Sun

Videos of the Day

An absolute plethora of cracking new music videos for you today from the brilliant Sharon Van Etten, the welcome return of the rumbling Archie Bronson Outfit, the desert-burnt junkyard indie of The Ukiah Drag, the super trippy Sleepy Sun, and a satirical sex-education video from Bleech.

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La Peste’s Lost Punk Classic

La Peste's Lost Punk Classic

We always love discovering a lost classic from the punk era and Boston’s La Peste’s Better Off Dead certainly qualifies for that status.

Apparently La Peste put out only one official record consisting of just two songs. First released in 1978, right between the golden age of East Coast punk and hardcore’s takeover in the early 1980s, La Peste’s Better Off Dead seven-inch was informed equally by raw 60s rock and roll and the dust-clearing first wave of punk in 75-76.

The needling intro bridges post punk and surf rock before crashing into a Damned-worthy power chord surge that never lets up or resolves. It’s a perfect sonic balance of CBGB sleaze and proto-hardcore rebellion – well suited to a tale of underage lust and parental disapproval.

On 19th April, Wharf Cat Records will release an authorized reproduction of La Peste’s lone single, in limited edition and assembled in fastidious detail, right down to the original tip-on jacket and “Black Records” imprint on the back.

Want to hear what all the fuss is about? Listen here. Pre-order here.