More From Ritual Howls

We shared Ritual Howls’ Park Around The Corner last month, a noisy combination of drum machines, synths, fuzz bass and twangy guitar, and now we have Spirit Murder for you – happily in much the same vein.

Listen below for a blast of darkness with a buried pop sensibility…


The Wytches – C-Side

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The Wytches have shared a new single, C-Side, taken from their forthcoming second album, All Your Happy Life (out on the 30th September).

The album is touted to be a black-hearted set combination of heavy comedown psychedelia and bilious, nihilistic baroque ‘n’ roll.

On the evidence of this that might well be true. Stream the single below.


The band have also announced a headline UK tour in November which includes a night at London’s Electric Ballroom, this will be proceeded by a handful of shows this Summer and appearances at Bestival and Liverpool’s Psych Fest. The full list of shows is as follows:

9th September,The Ritz, Manchester
11th September, Bestival, Isle Of Wight
24th September, Psych Fest, Liverpool
2nd November, Oxford 02 Academy2
3rd November,  Portsmouth Wedgwood Rooms
4th November, Brighton Concorde 2
5th November, Bristol Thekla
7th November, Leeds Brudenell Social Club
8th November Glasgow Oran Mor
9th November Nottingham Rescue Rooms
10th November, Birmingham 02 Institute2
11th November, London Electric Ballroom


Another From The Handsome Family

Unseen (out on 16th September) the forthcoming album from Americana royalty The Handsome Family is already picking up some outstanding reviews and we are looking forward immensely to getting our greasy paws on a copy.

Until then though we have a second track from the album to share with you. Back In My Day is a wonderfully tongue in cheek celebration of years past and sees the band harking back to a time where we could “drink from the river“, had “mile-high glaciers“, when “the birds were always watching” and “there were monsters in the sea“.

Good times! Listen here.


Aldous Harding – Stop Your Tears

New Zealand’s Aldous Harding’s music is not for the faint of heart. Disarming in its desolate imagery and stark instrumentation, it deals with the raw materials of life: death, birth, grief and love. There are few happy endings, but the power is in how Harding enters into battle; with a dancer’s grace and a boxer’s stance.

Comparisons could be made with contemporaries Marissa Nadler and Mirel Wagner, but perhaps she is more reminiscent of 60s-era folk singers Vashti Bunyan and Linda Perhacs, Harding’s work certainly lies in harsh terrain – piercing the long history of the genre with grit, sincerity and an unflinching eye.

Her self-titled debut album gets a US release on the 30th September and the hauntingly affecting and beautiful Stop Your Tears is well worth a listen.


Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekHere we are again. This week we have selected 10 new songs from the week’s  releases all for your expert consideration.

They include fresh tracks from Gringo Star and Crocodiles, brilliant rolling Americana from Golden Suits, the return of Batwings Catwings and plenty more besides.


  1. Gringo Star – Heading South
  2. Golden Suits – Is It Wrong
  3. Crocodiles – Telepathic Lover
  4. Vomitface – Chew Toy
  5. Emily Jane White – The Black Dove
  6. Cheena – Stupor
  7. Ryley Walker – The Roundabout
  8. Batwings Catwings – Totally Outrageous
  9. The Parrots – No Me Gustas, Te Quiero
  10. Joseph Coward – Peanut Girl












The Cult Of Dom Keller – Shambhala Is On Fire

I have only just got my hearing back after seeing The Cult Of Dom Keller shred the room at The Great Escape – just in time in fact for their new single Shambhala Is On Fire!

It is a scorching slab of experimental goth-tinged psych that fans of Swans and The Icarus Line will find plenty to entertain themselves with here, but (whisper it quietly) so too will all those Sisters of Mercy devotees too.

The band will release their third album, Goodbye To The Light with esteemed London label Fuzz Club on July 22nd.

Immerse yourself here…


Emily Jane White – Frozen Garden

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The title of Emily Jane White’s fifth album, They Moved in Shadow All Together, is a play on the opening line from Cormac McCarthy’s novel Outer Dark which hauntingly depicts a group of uncanny travelers descending a hill in the Appalachian mountains.

The eleven songs on the album focus conceptually upon the symptomatology of trauma with songs about the anti-racist struggle against police violence and the epidemic of violence against women set against a backdrop of mournful cello and tom-heavy drums to create a record that is both intimate and at times bombastic.

First taste comes with the outstanding Frozen Garden. Stream it below.


MM Shorts 849: Pink Milk

Sweden’s reverb-laden indie-rock duo, Pink Milk have a rather tasty (no pun intended) new single out.

Influenced by 80s and 90s music like Jesus & Mary Chain, Cranes and Cocteau Twins and movies like Twin Peaks, True Romance and Sofia Coppola’s work, their shoegaze infused sound is inspired by stories of love and death

Listen to the chaotic and addictive Detroit here.


Nickel In The Jukebox (Vol. 18)


Still wading through a massive backlog of high calibre new tunes. Here are ten more of all shapes and sizes for you to check up on and decide hit or miss…


Mud Howlers – Magic Place  [RIYL: Desert-Blues, Led Zeppelin, Richie Valens ]


Mark McGowan – Fugazi  [RIYL: Soulful country, Johnny Cash, Otis Redding]


Casper Skulls – Mink Coats  [RIYL: Noise-punk, Screaming Females, the Dirty Nil]


Gallery Circus – Holland On Fire  [RIYL: Abrasive garage rock, Drenge, Royal Blood]


The Hairs – Barbarians!  [RIYL: Freak-pop, Cloud Nothings, Happy Flowers]


Crepes – Hidden Star  [RIYL: Cosmic surf-pop, Oxygen, Ariel Pink]


Proto Idiot – Idiot Blues  [RIYL: Garage rock, Soft Boys, TV Personalties]


Posture – I Just Can’t Wait To See My Girl  [RIYL: Surf-Pop, Girls, Beach Boys]


Traitrs – Witch Trials  [RIYL: Gothic Post Punk, Bauhaus, The Cure]


Psychic Heat – In Two  [RIYL: Fuzz punk, Thee Oh Sees, The Zombies]



The Great Escape – Day 2

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If one thing really irritates me then it is the bloke (it is always a bloke) at the back of the gig who, at the end, opines how the band “were a bit too samey”, or they “didn’t quite get it”, or it “was OK, but nothing special”, or they’ve “seen it done better by other bands” and then goes on to list a load of obscure or not-so-obscure bands that were (or are) apparently better.

This bloke, in various guises, plagued me yesterday. At the end of Man Of Moon, The K, Diet Cig, and Black Honey I heard various pompous, patronising and pissy comments from people who clearly spent their lives going to gigs and telling people how they weren’t as good as other gigs they’ve been to…

So for the record, Man Of Moon were nothing like Hawkwind, but did deliver an excellent set of spacey psychedelia. The K were nothing like Rage Against the Machine, but did shred their guitars with the best of them, Diet Cig were nothing like Pavement, but instead provided the best set I’ve seen so far and in Dinner Date have (their own) indie-punk classic. Local heroes Black Honey were nothing like “Lush-lite”, but instead wowed a crowd with surfy guitars and high octane indie anthems.

In between these I was blown away by the visceral punk rock of Otherkin,  pleasantly transfixed by the dark, throbbing electro-indie of Drones Club, and sadly disappointed by Eagulls who I had been eagerly waiting for all day. They seemed infected by a somewhat thin and disinterested crowd and the slightly new direction taken on their new record didn’t translate well live and felt flat and diluted compared to their storming debut. Nerve Endings was a standout, but I will resist the temptation to say I’ve seen it done better by other bands…