We have previously posted a couple of videos of Scotland’s Washington Irving’s powerful folk rock. Now we have a stream of the band’s rather tasty new single, Holy Company, which is as guaranteed a toe-tapper as we’ve heard this year and is released on Monday (Feb 4th), via Instinctive Racoon.
Have a listen, and check out the b-side too…
See them supporting Frightened Rabbit on tour.
Feb 8th – Norwich Waterfront
Feb 9th – Birmingham Library
Feb 11th – Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Feb 12th – Brighton Concorde 2
Feb 13th – London HMV Forum
Feb 13th – London Bull & Gate (solo show)
Feb 14th – Cambridge Junction
Feb 16th – Bristol Fleece
Feb 17th – Exeter Phoenix
Portland, Oregon’s Rare Monk have a sound that is both familiar and distinctly their own. With a slew of brand new tracks, Sleep/Attack is their first long player (out 26th February) and a follow up to their excellent Death by Proxy EP (see our original post here).
It’s an upbeat and ambitious album that takes inspiration from such diverse concepts as the enormity of the universe to the danger of imbuing dreams with too much power. Influences range from the obvious (Modest Mouse, Phoenix) to the less immediate and more experimental end of the musical spectrum. The end results are songs that are filled as much with surprises as they are with hooks. Thrilling stuff.
Try the funky, slow burn of Underground, the soaring Mama Bear and the one-way staccato riffola of Drumhead.
Last year The Beardy Durfs released two 7” singles, the psychedelic, noisy and chaotic Redhead/Cassette Culture and the gorgeous yet deranged Lunch Box/Ponce. These releases gave the two young ruffians from Copenhagen a reputation for playing severely mangled noise rock that mixes white noise with shimmering beauty.
Now the band are back with their first ever full length, A Ton Of Bricks, and their sound is as enigmatic as ever, with the mood of the album relentlessly twisting and turning, changing sound and mood countless of times throughout.
Although The Beardy Durfs stay true to their hallmark wall of sound, A Ton of Bricks sees the band take a more experimental route on some tracks, where their traditional Guitar/Drum line-up is challenged by synthesizers, an Amiga 500, a mandolin and a drum machine.
The album is out via Pad & Pen Records on the 22nd April.
Back at the beginning of January we posted a track from the excellent Band In Heaven from a new six track compilation EP titled Psych For Sore Eyes. Now we have the opening track from the EP from MM faves the very mighty Hookworms. Have a listen to The Correspondent below.
We ordered our copy way back, and the vinyl is already sold out in the Sonic Cathedral Shop, but pre-orders are apparently still possible at Piccadilly and Rough Trade, or a digital copy can be obtained via Bandcamp here.
Watch epic psych-folk rockers Arbouretum with their new video for Coming Out Of The Fog as well as Edmund Wayne and his simple acoustic video for the brilliant track To The Bugs On My Ceiling, which we have just discovered (and is on repeat here). We also have the haunting Song For Motion from Australia’s up and coming Lowlands and finally Dead Wolf Club’s video for A vs E from imminent new album RAR. Enjoy!
And here is another track from the album that they’re giving away as a free download – just click through to get it for free.
Gerard & The Watchmen are a UK based four piece folk/alternative band that offer up warm, rich harmonies and a winning way with a melody. They will shortly be going out on tour to celebrate the completion of their six month ‘song a week’ challenge. It comes on the back of a very successful 2012 which saw them tour extensively and release the excellent eight track EP I Climbed A Tree (available via Bandcamp here).
Watch an acoustic performance of gorgeous album opener Stables and listen to another standout from the record in Monochrome.
Those February tour dates:
(Ticket links here)
Monday 11th Portland Arms Cambridge
Friday 15th – The Revelry Exeter
Saturday 16th – Miss Peapod’s Cornwall
Sunday 17th – Studio Lounge Totnes
Monday 18th – The Bell, Adderbury
Tuesday 19th – The Bicycle Shop Norwich
Wednesday 20th – Slaughtered Lamb London
Thursday 21st – Leaf Tea Shop Liverpool
Friday 22nd – Ivory Blacks Glasgow
Saturday 23rd – Cumberland Arms Newcastle
Sunday 24th – The Castle Hotel Manchester
Tuesday 26th Ort Cafe Birmingham
Thursday 28th – High Barn Essex
Friday 1st March – Grain Barge – Bristol
Creating a sound without direct lineage, Luke Elliot’s sound is lived in and familiar, like an old friend. Alongside his band, the group brings every song to life onstage with their stunning, Jerry Lee Lewis-esque-piano-wrecking experience.
Just releasing their newest single, Benny’s a Bum, from the independent film of the same name which won Best Local Film at the Philadelphia Film Festival, the track is a gem. As he sings you can feel every bit of emotion in his voice, all accompanied by bright pianos, smooth guitars and pounding drums.
Have a listen.
Jody Nelson had a busy 2012 with a fantastic EP release from Through the Sparks, production duties on Some Dark Holler’s Hollow Chest, performing on Wooden Wand’s Blood Oaths of the New Blues, and touring and working diligently throughout the year on his own Dorado project.
And it is this project that has seriously got our attention – the album Anger, Hunger, Love and the Fear of Death is the first release of the year on This is American Music and it sets the bar pretty damn high.
The album is large in scope, divergent in tone, and somehow simultaneously disjointed and perfectly cohesive. It isn’t easy listening, but it is mighty rewarding. At first it seems that sonic chaos has been unleashed – mayhem abounds with Nelson seemingly a cackling maniac at the controls – our first impression was of an album that Heath Ledger’s Joker might have on repeat on his iPod. While its roots might nominally be in southern rock, there are plenty of other forces at work here – psychedelia, folk, country-noir, art-rock, straight-up indie – the musical cauldron bubbles and seethes with every imaginable ingredient.
Thankfully, there is plenty of method in the madness though; Dorado’s wild, noisy jaunts feel right at home alongside folksier numbers as evidenced by the album’s final pair of tracks—Deleted Scene dissolves like Jay Bennett-era Wilco right into Birds of Paradise which nods to Dylan’s I Want You. Meanwhile Ape of Dorado is right up there with our favourite tunes of the year so far.
Dorado is distinctly Nelson in all of his dramatic, poetic, student-of-sounds glory, and Anger, Hunger, Love, and the Fear of Death might well prove to be one of the first great releases of 2013.
Purchase it here.
Tangled Hair / Sweet Sixteen is the AA side debut single from Hampshire trio Wild Smiles, released on Invada Records on 11th March as a limited 7 inch and download.
With its huge, jangling riff Tangled Hair is classic surfer-stoner rock, Sweet Sixteen is heavier but equally tuneful. What’s apparent from both tracks is that Wild Smiles make the sort of fuzzy yet melodic rock that can trace its roots through alt legends J Mascis and Bob Mould, the immaculate power-pop of Teenage Fanclub and Big Star, all way back to The Velvet Underground and The Beach Boys.
Wild Smiles have recorded all their songs to date in a rudimentary studio in the family shed in Winchester. This arrangement suits their prolific output, with the band knocking out one melody-soaked stoner-rock classic after another. An early fan is Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, who is putting out this debut single on his hugely respected Invada label as a limited 7”. Listen to Tangled Hair.
Here is a trailer for Dawes upcoming new album Stories Don’t End. It previews two brand new songs, including the single From A Window Seat. The album is released on the 9th April.