Video Round Up

We’ve had more than a few tasty videos for tasty tunes fly our way in the recent days and weeks. Here is a quick round-up of some of our favourites from the likes of Landlady, alansmithee, Handsome Jack, Hiss Golden Messenger, Split Screens, Stone Jack Jones, Yes I’m Leaving, Slaves, The Last Bison, The Ruminaters, Buffalo Stack and Chris Staples.

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PINS Cover The Belles

PINS will return with a limited edition cassette EP Come Back for Cassette Day on 27th September.

The Manchester four-piece have shared the title track, a cover of the The Belles song from 1966, which delivers a sound not unlike the mighty Rezillos put in a blender with We’ve Got A Fuzzbox. The EP also features two other covers of 1960s girls in the garage bands, with PINS making each track their own by adding their unique dark pop, post punk, fuzzed up garage sound and alluringly abrasive chant-like vocals.

Be sharp though, the EP is limited to just 100 cassettes.

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Introducing >>> Bullybones

Introducing >>> Bullybones

The fabulously named Bullybones are a ferocious new sour sweat soaked garage-rock band (for the uninitiated, a bully bone can also mean a dog chew ‘treat’ made up of a shrivelled bull’s penis).

However this particular group on neer-do-wells are named after a Birthday Party song, and the band’s debut double a-side I Feel Sorry For You / Deadflower Girl (out on October 27th via Barnstormer) is wild deliciously evil guitar music.

That they hail from one of our favourite places, the good old Isle of Wight (though sadly no longer boasting Alvin’s Waffle Shack in Shanklin) is just the icing on the cake.

Take a listen to I Feel Sorry For You here.

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Introducing >>> Alpha Maid

Introducing >>> Alpha Maid

London three piece Alpha Maid merge angular grunge and dominant grooves with raw sample heavy electronics. An explorational genre hybrid based around repetition, rhythms and punk vocals.

Quoting Radiohead, Micachu & The Shapes, Tune Yards, Deerhoof, Bjork and Nirvana as prominent influencers Alpha Maid’s Body Chores is a prime example of a band without restriction.

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MM Shorts 612: The Shanks

Founded in 2005 on a farm in Mono, Ontario, Canada, The Shanks are a blistering rock duo comprised of bass and drums. A combination of 1970s album oriented rock and proto-punk, they belt-out melodic chordal arrangements amidst a sea of low end and pounding rhythms. It’s haunting, tribal arena-rock played on a basement floor.

Their latest full-length offering is titled Surfing The Lexicon and can be ordered from Bandcamp here.

Stream a couple of tracks below.

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Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

1. Grouper – Call Across Rooms
2. Bass Drum Of Death – For Blood
3. Girlpool – Jane
4. The Hussy – EZ/PZ
5. Kevin Morby – Parade
6. Parquet Courts – This Is Happening Now
7. King Tuff – Headbanger

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Introducing >>> Institute

Introducing >>> Institute

Institute are another excellent addition to the Sacred Bones roster of punk bands.

Hailing from Austin, Texas, their new EP Salt has echoes of classic anarcho-punk bands so beloved of our own heyday (Crass, Flux of Pink Indians, Zounds etc.) and allied to sinewy, naggingly insistent guitar lines, the title track had us hitting repeat immediately.

Have a listen. Pre-order from the label here.

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MM Shorts 610: Vagina Town

MM Shorts 610: Vagina Town

With a band name like Vagina Town, you might expect some basic, frenetic punk rock would be on the menu, but this is so much better than that.

A 7″ single via the Kythibong label delivers the freneticism all right, but allied to a sharp ear for rhythm and melody that recalls classic garage sleaze, rockabilly rebels and a touch of the Cramps. Perhaps it is the time of the month…

Listen to A side, Ecstasy, via Bandcamp.

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MM Shorts 608: USA Nails

Formed in early 2013 through a mutual love for noise rock, punk and krautrock, USA Nails will release their debut long player, Sonic Moist in November via Smalltown America.

With stripped back pulsating grooves, riffs and percussion married to a resolutely lo-fi sound, the influences of Neu, Sonic Youth, The Jesus Lizard and the Stooges are all present and correct.

Check out Sometimes I’d Rather See It All below. Check out some earlier releases at their Bandcamp page here.

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