Archive for the ‘Garage’ Category

Sometimes you get an email from a band that already pretty much sums up everything we might want to say about a record in a couple of brilliant sentences.

Deeside’s Chupa Cabra is a perfect case in point. First, they describe their music as “nauseating, salivating, hypnotizing, no good sucker-punch-piss-yourself polystyrene agitator Blues“. Nice!

And they go on to describe their new single Violent Urges as “a word-salad murder-ballad set to the beat of a brick in a washing machine. It’s the urge to shout at the telly, it’s quitting smoking, it’s the space between the holes in your memory. Chupa Cabra’s new single is a call to trepan the masses. Bring your own anaesthetic.

‘Word-salad murder ballad’ might be our favourite song descriptor of the year.

Good tune too. Listen in.

 

Fun fact: The Chupacabra translates as literally “goat-sucker”; from chupar, “to suck”, and cabra, “goat”, it is a legendary creature in the folklore of parts of the Americas, with its first purported sightings reported in Puerto Rico.

Human Touch is the new single from Nottingham duo Whisky Stain.

A lean howl of squalor and heartache, the track adds a soupçon of tenderness to an otherwise raw and visceral punch to the guts – file somewhere near BRMC, Royal Trux and Death From Above 1979.

Stream it below, or watch the single’s video – an emotive study of sexuality, violence, stigma and healing. Buy it here.

 

 

Undoubtedly one of our favourite discoveries of last year, Portugal’s Sunflowers combine pummelling Stooges style proto-garage punk with some far out psychedelics into a brew that, as well as being irresistible, would also blow a smoking hole in your speakers.

They have announced a new album, Endless Voyage (order here) which is a conceptual sci-fi record about the end of the world, the rise of the machine, doubt about one’s individuality and the acceptance of chaos (well we told you they were heavy dudes), and also shared the first single Dreamweaver.

Their classic psych punk, noisy pop sound has been polished and tamed (a little) with a fresh air of exploration into their sound. A ping pong game between pulsing drums, bouncy bass, reverberated echoes of vocals and loud schizophrenic guitars meet a mellower, smoothed electronic compositions that go deep into the band’s musical knowledge.

Stream it / watch the video below.

 

 

It’s been seven years since our last Shrouded Strangers post, but good things come to he who waits…

And so it is with their new album Night Prancing, which according to them is “the soundtrack to an unrealised film script chronicling the adventures of a late-1950s surfer gang (the “Night Prancers”) in the sleepy coastal hamlet of Seaview, Washington.”

Watch the video for opening track Locust Heart below and be reassured that their own unique blend of woozy psychedelia and Link Wray inspired rumble rock remains in mighty fine fettle.

Order via Bandcamp here.

 

 

LA-based garage rock band Criminal Hygiene have shared a new music video for Greetings From A Postcard, taken from the imminent release of their forthcoming Again EP, which is itself a companion piece to the band’s excellent studio album, Run It Again.

The clip for Greetings From A Postcard follows the United Run It Again Parcel Service as it spreads its message of dedicated – and very delicate – service all across the country, all while also being a touring rock band.

Watch it here. Order the EP here.

 

 

New Album From Mind Rays

Posted: September 11, 2019 in Alternative, Garage, Music, Post Punk, Rock
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Our favourite Belgian garage punk quartet Mind Rays are back with their second album Course of Action, due via ever reliable Swedish label PNKSLM Recordings on the 25th October.

It comes two years after the release of their incendiary, top notch debut Nerve Endings, and once more the band is offering up another collection of furious garage punk. It is a lean, high tempo punk rock affair that’s polished without being pristine, and carries with it a new kind of swagger that speaks to the four-piece’s sky-high confidence.

Check out Maker’s Remorse and Makeshift Weaponry from it below.

 

 

Introducing >>> KATZ

Posted: September 6, 2019 in Alternative, Garage, Indie, Music, Rock
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Taking influences from the likes of Mac DeMarco and Surf Curse, KATZ are a three-piece band from Manchester, who span surf punk, garage, and indie. Their new six track EP Dumb Songs was recorded entirely on a four track cassette recorder and is well well worth checking out.

Listen to Dumb Song below and click through to order.

 

With their 80s-infused take on raw, rumbling garage rock, Los Angeles-based band The Growlers have shared their sultry new single Foghorn Town. It is the second release from their upcoming LP Natural Affair.

With an intro and verse that recall the band’s early singles – muggy, sprawling, slightly sinister – Foghorn Town quickly shifts to a bright, optimistic chorus, finished off with a razor-wire lead guitar slicing through the mix – pretty much perfect for poolside hangouts and late night jams.

Listen here.

 

[Extract]

Heavy funk
Dystopia-punk canons
Lonnnnng jams
Bloated solos dribbling down your caved-in chest.
Human cattle like a beef avalanche, right on your burned out face hole.
Spider legs fuzz crawling in your brain.

Face Stabber, the latest long player from the Oh Sees is released on Friday. This is a very good thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cat Scan – In Nature

Posted: August 11, 2019 in Alternative, Garage, Music, Punk, Rock
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In Nature, the debut LP by LA post-punk group Cat Scan, on Volar Records sees a release on the 6th September.

Check out Dirty Movie from it, a sonically intense blast of garage punk with riffs so sharp you could cut yourself on them.

Play it loud and order the album via Bandcamp here.