Archive for the ‘Alternative’ Category

Here is the title track from Left Lane Cruiser’s new full-length studio effort, Claw Machine Wizard.

The duo are still putting out some of the gnarliest, primordial, gut-bucket blues-punk imaginable…

Praise be for that! Stream it below.


  1. Julien Baker – Good News (Piano Version)
  2. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Hope The High Road
  3. BNQT – Unlikely Force
  4. Bonnie Prince Billy & Nathan Salsburg – Wallin Creek Girls
  5. Kevin Morby – Come To Me Now
  6. Diet Cig – Link In Bio
  7. The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions
  8. Marissa Nadler – Rosemary
  9. W.H. Lung – Nothing Is
  10. Soccer Mommy – Be Seeing You












New Single From Eat Fast

Posted: March 24, 2017 in Alternative, Garage, Indie, Music, Rock

With influences ranging from modernist poet Basil Bunting to The Cure, Newcastle four piece Eat Fast mix sugar-drenched harmonies with dark lyrical content.

We’ve already shared the excellently raucous single Public Display of Affection, and now we have another, equally good track for you with Scrambled Egg. It is taken from upcoming EP Immortal Kombat – six tracks of squirming guitar riffs, thunderous drumming, taut vocals and razor witted lyrics.

Scuzz, fuzz, noise and grunge. Have a listen.


The Black Angels have shared the second track from their upcoming album Death Song, out April 21st on Partisan Records.

I’d Kill For Her is a typically brilliant slab of hypnotic, heavyweight psych – one of the best things we’ve heard from them. And that’s high praise indeed.

Watch the video below.





There are times”, remarked Chris T Popper, at the end of the Idles gig last night, “when you know you’ve seen a band at exactly the right time”.

Touring on the back of the release of their savage, embittered and brilliant debut Brutalism, this was one of those times. Idles are rapidly cementing their place in an already overcrowded genre that stretches from Slaves and Drenge to Girl Band, the Sleaford Mods and Cabbage, no matter some starts were false and some ends were ragged because this was all about the breakneck joy of tearing through a set of ferocious, uncompromising songs, of revelling in bleak, black humour, of raging bewilderment at the gone-to-shit political climate and of just being able to go batshit crazy.

Gig highlights abound. Ominous, growling opener Heel/Heal sets the tone with its intense mantra “I want to move into a Bovis home, And make a list of everything I own, And ride into the amber setting sun, Marching to the beat of someone’s drum”, anti-misogynist anthem Mother, cloaked in bitter cyncism, the threatening Divide and Conquer with its pummelling, looping riff is stunning, as is the outstanding ode to boredom Exeter, frontman Joe Talbot cycling through the christian names of those who are readying themselves for a bar fight for the sheer lack of anything else meaningful to do. Recent single Stendahl Syndrome ratchets the mosh pit up one more notch.

In truth these tracks mostly served to highlight that it might be time for Idles to leave the playground sneer of Well Done behind. Although as they point out, only half-joking, its the one song everyone has come to hear.

The nihilistic fury of the songs is matched by the twitchy, jerky stage presence of the band, Joe Talbot like a metronomic marionette controlled by a maniacal puppeteer is surrounded by thrashing, gurning, growling bandmates. There are echoes, and only echoes, of the Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, and the surrealism of the Fall, but presented in an original, uniquely British way.

At a time when the world has undoubtedly been led up a dark alley and is taking a severe beating from the self-interested, the cowardly and the inhumane, we need a band like Idles to stand up and point out the cruel, idiocy that surrounds us; last night they delivered.

Go see them.



Remaining Dates:

Tuesday 21st – Sheffield – The Plug
Wednesday 22nd – Newcastle Upon Tyne – Think Tank
Thursday 23rd – Aberdeen – Tunnels
Friday 24th – Dundee – Buskers
Saturday 25th – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s
Monday 27th – York – The Crescent
Tuesday 28th – Hull – The Adelphi
Wednesday 29th – Nottingham – The Bodega
Thursday 30th – Liverpool – O2 Academy 2
Friday 31st – Wakefield – Unity Hall

Monday 3rd – Stoke-On-Trent – The Sugarmill
Tuesday 4th – Preston – Guildhall
Wednesday 5th – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach

Shadow Mode is the latest track to be shared from Annie Hardy’s upcoming album Rules. It is another song that is shot through with all the emotional grief and raw pain that comes from suffering some truly heartbreaking losses.

With a spooky piano melody and buzzing synths Shadow Mode is discomforting and affecting, managing to be both equally harrowing and poignant. It is a compelling listen.

You can stream it here.


More From Mind Rays

Posted: March 17, 2017 in Alternative, Garage, Music, Punk, Rock

We’ve already posted three singles from Belgian garage punks Mind Rays and here is the fourth (and final) track shared from upcoming debut album Nerve Endings.

Follow Suit is the best yet – another snarling, pulsating slab of sleaze-riddled proto-punk that gleefully runs the gamut from primetime Stooges to Ty Segall.

Wig out to it below.


San Francisco five piece No Vacation combine the novel sounds of college nostalgia and surf-tinged bedroom indie to create wistful, yet buoyant dream-pop.

New single Mind Fields is out in June via Topshelf Records. Heavily influenced by the band’s previous break-up, year-long hiatus, and subsequent reunion the song is a gem – tinged with a touch of shoegaze, and sounding like it has just been re-discovered from the jangly indie heyday of the late 80s.

Listen below.


The excellently named Dolly Spartans new EP Time Sides With No One, was written in the wake of their guitarists’ sudden death of a drug overdose at age 22 and details frontman Michael Eliran’s struggle to cope with the tragedy of losing his best friend.

With echoes of Wavves or Fidlar, Hanging Out is a prime slice of thrumming, garage pop that documents the turmoil of a night out when everything is a struggle inside your head.

Stream it here.


Lawrence, Kansas duo Arc Flash, who will release their full length debut Carbon Copy on 31st March, via High Dive Records, have shared the record’s latest single, Divination.

The duo of Mark Rockwell (drums) and James Thomblison (guitar/vocals) who also play in garage psych band Psychic Heat, offer their own unique brand of sonic space rock and intense mutant pop, built on blistering punk energy, infectious hooks, and raw, fuzzy riffs.

Stream it here.