Steve Earle & The Dukes will release new album Ghosts of West Virginia on 22nd May via New West Records.

The album centres on the Upper Big Branch coal mine explosion that killed twenty-nine men in that state in 2010, making it one of the worst mining disasters in American history. Investigations revealed hundreds of safety violations, as well as attempts to cover them up, and the mine’s owners were forced to pay more than $200 million in criminal liabilities.

First taste comes with the bluesy stomp and hypnotic country drone of Devil Put the Coal in the Ground.

Listen here.

 

Nap Eyes – So Tired

Posted: February 20, 2020 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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We’ve already shared the excellent Mark Zuckerberg single from Nap Eyes, and now we have the latest track from their upcoming album Snapshot of a Beginner, which is out on the 27th March via Jagjaguwar

So Tired is a change of pace from the irrepressible catchiness of the last single, a more mournful, resigned slice of slacker rock that just begs for a hot water bottle and a blanket.

Listen below, or buy from Bandcamp here.

 

Nazarbayev Applause Laughing is the latest single from David Cronenberg’s Wife, taken from new album The Ship (Necrologies).

It is another example of their brilliant lo-fi antifolk that thrums along in a hypnotic and surreal way. Acerbic and bleakly black humoured, the band are an acquired taste, but for those of you who like the off-kilter, the weird and the musical equivalent of the League of Gentlemen, look no further.

 

 

Raw Texas duo The Ghost Wolves consists of husband and wife, drummer/vocalist Jonny and vocalist/guitarist Carley Wolf. Their sound is a fusion of punk, rock ‘n’ roll, garage punk, and blues with an equally ripe appetite for electronic imagination.

Like the bastard child of The Cramps and The Ramones, latest (unhinged) release is Let’s Go To Mars backed with Last Man.

Stream both here and click through to purchase. Grand stuff!

 

 

Bristol’s LICE are back with a brand new single Conveyor, via their own label Settled Law.

LICE first gained national attention with debut single The Human Parasite, which we loved, and which established a literate, eccentric brand of satirical art-punk.

But what has followed has been a complete about-turn. Disillusioned with the sonic conservatism, twee platitudes and toothless commentary of the ‘satirical guitar music boom’ they were now aligned with, LICE began a period of sonic and lyrical experimentation – subverting the prevailing aesthetics and ideas of contemporary punk. They forged a new line in driving, experimental art-rock. Taking cues from science fiction and early 20th century polemicists, their new lyrics use vivid prose-based vignettes (replete with sharp character arcs, black humour and absurdist storylines) to set out bold stances on satire, humanity, and the content and direction of art.

Conveyor the first of these new songs, brings us to The Wasteland – the nationless space inhabited by the new music’s stories and cast of characters. We are introduced to its raging, Shakespearian protagonist The Conveyor, and their mission to expose the mysterious R.D.C.’s plots to engineer the human race’s self-destruction; a journey that will take us through sci-fi odysseys and Burroughsian grotesques. LICE thereby declare a new period, presenting a satirical music commensurate to these militant years.

Sound fun? Give it a listen.

 

BRITISH SERATAS TOUR

10th March – Leeds, Hyde Park Book Club
11th March – Glasgow, Hug and Pint
12th March – Manchester, Castle Hotel
13th March – Newcastle, Cluny 2
14th March – Birmingham, Dead Wax
16th March – Southampton, Heartbreakers
17th March – Brighton, Green Door Store
18th March – London, Shacklewell Arms
19th March – Bristol, The Island

The garage-psych roar of Portugal’s Sunflowers has been a favourite discovery of ours since we happened across long player Castle Spell a couple of years ago.

We’ve been waiting for new album Endless Voyage ever since we shared Dreamweaver from it at the backend of last year, which also made it into our 2019 Best of lists.

The record is out now and can be purchased from Bandcamp here. Check out a couple more cracking tracks from it here.

 

 

Silverbacks – Drool

Posted: February 4, 2020 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Rock
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The Silverbacks are (another) one of our favourite Dublin discoveries, and they have shared Drool, the accompanying A side to the excellent Sirens that we shared at the end of 2019.

The new track showcases the darker side to the band, with a knack for catchy and infectious pieces. The propulsive rhythm section prompts a visceral response from the three guitarists who weave fuzz-laden riffs, tonally warped solos, and taut riffs into the mix.

Great stuff – listen here.

 

Go see them live:

02/05/2020 Portsmouth, Psyched Fest
03/05/2020 Liverpool, Sound City
03/05/2020 Newcastle, Hit The North
12/05/2020 Sheffield, Café Totem
13/05/2020 Manchester, YES
14/05/2020 London, The Victoria
15/05/2020 Brighton, The Great Escape
16/05/2020 Bristol, The Crofters Rights
18/05/2020 Stoke on Trent, The Sugarmill
19/05/2020 St Albans, The Horn
20/05/2020 Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
21/05/2020 Glasgow, The Hug and Pint
22/05/2020 Belfast, Voodoo
23/05/2020 Dublin, The Grand Social

Detroit-based girl group Shadow Show take elements of 60s garage-psych, 21st-century modern pop-art and some good old fashioned indie attitude and combine it into one heady brew all of their own.

Their full-length debut album Silhouettes will be available on 14th February via Stolen Body Records in the UK and Europe and Burger Records in the US and rest of the world.

Stream Charades from it here.

 

Samantha Crain – An Echo

Posted: January 31, 2020 in Americana, Country, Music
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Choctaw-American musician and songwriter Samantha Crain has shared a live performance video for her latest single, An Echo.

The track is from her forthcoming album, A Small Death, out 1st May via Ramseur Records/Thirty Tigers and Real Kind Records/Communion Records. The new record finds the Oklahoma-based artist confronting decades of grief, trauma, and an incapacitating physical pain which left the singer home in bed and barely able to perform or play an instrument

Crain says of the track, “…I was in the throes of this heightened mental and emotional stress… [it] touches on issues within my family, which was kind of falling apart at that time; my health declining; my personal life being in shambles.”

Watch it here.

 

The Men – Breeze

Posted: January 29, 2020 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Post Punk, Rock
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The Men are stalwarts of MM posts. Back with a new album (their eighth) titled Mercy, which is out on the 14th February via Sacred Bones, they have shared a first taste with Breeze.

For those of you expecting a total fuzzed out stomper… you got it!

Listen below.