Archive for the ‘Indie’ Category

Chorusgirl – Demon Baby

Posted: November 12, 2018 in Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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With their sound rooted in shimmering indiepop with an undercurrent of darkness, Chorusgirl blend the sparkle of 80s bands like The Cure and the Cocteau Twins, with the close harmonies and surf-inspired indie of Dum Dum Girls and La Luz. The lyrics run from the abstract to the personal, are delicate and angry, but layered underneath a measured dose of noise and happy fizz.

We first featured them more than three years ago, but now ahead of the release of their second album Shimmer and Spin (out on 16 November via Reckless Yes), they have shared a new single Demon Baby. It is the first song that new member, Faith Taylor (of Suggested Friends), wrote for the band and also sings main vocals. It’s a soul baring song about a recurring nightmare and anxiety dream.

Have a listen.

 

  1. Conor Oberst – No One Changes
  2. Deer Tick – White City  (Pogues cover)
  3. Deer Tick – Strange, Awful Feeling
  4. Sufjan Stevens – Lonely Man Of Winter
  5. The Good, The Bad & The Queen – Gun To The Head
  6. Drenge – Bonfire Of The City Boys
  7. Cherry Glazerr – Daddi
  8. J Mascis – Elastic Days
  9. Iceage – Balm Of Gilead
  10. Nancy – I’m Not Getting Sober, I’m Just Getting Older (Helluva Guy)
  11. Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore – Painter of Tygers
  12. Lydia Loveless – Do What You Have To Do  (Sarah McLachlan cover)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slumdogs – Monsters

Posted: November 9, 2018 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock
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Blackpool four-piece The Slumdogs are about to release their debut 6-track EP Where’s Your Sanity? on November 16th, and have previewed this excellent track Monsters ahead of the release.

Painting a picture of modern British life and its dark tendencies through poetic lyrics and a gritty punk accompaniment, it is well worth three minutes of your time.

Give it a spin.

 

Norwich based quintet and self-styled doo-wop psych-rockers Gladboy have released their debut EP Egopushin’ via Trip-Sit Records.

There are some clear art-rock influences such as Talking Heads, early Pulp and of course, Bowie to the fore, but fans of Pavement, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, or the Fat White Family will also find much to like here. The five tracks delve into brown acid psychedelia, wobbly space-rock, Brit-pop whimsy and kosmiche Motorik rhythms to create a many layered, experimental sound that somehow retains a winning accessibility throughout.

Check out the excellent Sauer Kraut and Who Loves You, Mrs Parsons? from the EP below. Order from Bandcamp here.

 

 

A Brooklyn DIY super group of sorts, Public Practice combines members of freshly-dead punk project WALL and local pop band Beverly.

Their debut EP Distance is a Mirror, is a confident, juried testimony of love steeped in dark optimism. Dry, dead pan vocals chant over skittish guitar and danceable 70s grooves—songs snapping like rubber bands—see-sawing between post-punk and its insomniac twin sister disco.

Check out Foundation and Fate/Glory from the four track release below. Order from Wharf Records here.

 

 

  1. The Good, The Bad & The Queen – Merrie Land
  2. Protomartyr – Forbidden  (Preoccupations cover)
  3. The C.I.A. – Pleasure Seeker
  4. Deerhunter – Death In Midsummer
  5. Cass McCombs – Sleeping Volcanoes
  6. Meat Wave – That’s Alright
  7. Spielbergs – 4AM
  8. Dolly Dream – The Way To Heaven
  9. Wand – Here Come The Warm Jets  (Brian Eno cover)
  10. Pat Thomas – What Is Coming

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hanya are a Brighton two-piece whose lush layering and deep, sonic textures defy their simple set up.

Recalling Angel Olsen or PJ Harvey, Heather Sheret’s vocals can go from grit to honey, weaving extra layers and emotion into the band’s wall of sound. Her guitar like a one-person My Bloody Valentine – crunching riffs that recall early Black Keys and all backed by Jack Watkin’s expressive percussion.

The lead track from their debut four track EP I Used To Love You, Now I Don’t (out via Leisure Records on the 23rd November) is Radio. Stream it below.

 

The wonderful David Cronenberg’s Wife (aka DCW) are back with a new EP, The Octoberman Sequence, which is due out via Blang Records tomorrow (digitally) and on the 2nd November on limited 12″ vinyl.

Key players in the UK’s antifolk scene in the late 2000s, we loved them for their black humour, sense of the macabre and twisted, often enjoyably bitter lyrics. Theirs was a perfect mix of oddball folk, punk sneer, crack-house discordance and krautrock grooves, and it is not too much of a stretch to trace their influence on bands like Fat White Family, Goat Girl and Phobophobes.

The new five track EP consists of live stalwart Rules and previously unrecorded slice-of-life vignettes such as You Should See and The Dude of Love.

It has been six years since we last posted about DCW. Welcome back boys!

 

 

Frauds – Animals

Posted: October 24, 2018 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock
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Fiercely independent Croydon-based duo Frauds are set to release their brand new single Animals due out on the 2nd November. It follows their well received debut album With Morning Toast & Jam & Juice.

This new single may well be their most political track to date, pointedly tearing down the absurdity of the current regime in a way that will make you laugh, if even in frustration. Utilising their well-honed recipe of call-and-respond duel vocals that strain over layers of pedal distortion and a forceful beat, the playing is airtight throughout – an epic amalgamation of blisteringly heavy guitars and wry, satirical lyrics.

Stream it here. You can order the album via Bandcamp here.

 

Fra

  1. Neil Young – Campaigner (Live, acoustic)
  2. Ty Segall – Class War (The Dils cover)
  3. Beach House – Alien
  4. Public Service Broadcasting – White Star Liner
  5. The Growlers – Problems III
  6. Matthew E. White – No Future In Our Frontman
  7. Tiny Ruins – Olympic Girls
  8. Drug Church – Unlicensed Hall Monitor
  9. J Mascis – Web So Dense
  10. Keston Cobblers’ Club – Siren