Archive for the ‘Indie’ Category

With tales of artistic jealousy, petty theft, late night psychedelic excursions, burgeoning romance, and a betrayal, Kebab Disco is the debut LP from SF Bay Area trio Neutrals. It follows the release of two well-received promotional cassette demos and is out via the Emotional Response label on the 7th June.

The group channels a wide range of 70s and 80s punk, post-punk, and C86 influences – we’re talking some serious indie guitar jangle – check out I Can Do That and Technical College from the record below.

Order via Bandcamp here.

 

 

 

 

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Stanley Brinks & The Wave Pictures will release a new album, Tequila Island, on 21st June via Fika Recordings (order here).

It is their fifth album together, but the first since 2015’s My Ass. That’s not to say either have been slacking in that time—both are notoriously prolific: The Wave Pictures have turned out five albums and Brinks seven since they last came together in the studio.

To any of you familiar with Stanley Brinks’ huge discography—more than 100 albums—Tequila Island might, we stress might, sound a little more raw; less sophisticated than some of his other recordings. It’s still rich in jazzy sounds and original structures however, but the tracks are looser and full of playfulness, with the lyrics carrying the essence of the songs.

Lead single and title track Tequila Island is a feel-good slice of sun-kissed summer fun that’s probably best enjoyed this weekend with one tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.

Listen here.

 

The sprightly sarcasm and acerbic commentary that we liked so much on NY natives B Boys 2017 debut long player Dada continues on the band’s upcoming sophomore LP, Dudu.

Influenced by such notables as The Clash, Devo, Wire, and Talking Heads, the new record finds B Boys picking up where they left off, pondering quotidien grievances while examining the bigger picture. Lead single I Want featuring Pill’s Veronica Torres is a bright, feel-good critique of capitalism and greed.

Give it a spin. The album is out via Captured Tracks on 26th July.

 

We’ve oft mentioned our love for some of the bands coming out of Ireland at the moment – Fontaines D.C., Murder Capital and the wonderful Silverbacks.

It is the latter who have released a new single, the propulsive, chugging Pink Tide, is another crackerjack of a tune brimming over with sardonic humour and sinewy twin guitars. It tells the tale of a slow unravelling of fashionable and futile revolutions in a land drowning in pomp and circumstance.

According to Silverbacks’ Daniel O’Kell  the origins of the track came from “another demo, poorly named ‘Mark E. Smith Eats His Purple Crayon’. In the end we realised that the riff deserved better, and we started writing what eventually became Pink Tide.

Marvellous. Listen here.

 

Scary Hours create unsettling and raw anti-folk, rich with socio-political humor and the confrontational spirit of punk and hardcore.

Band spearhead Ryan Struck is officially from Jersey, but his songwriting is chock full of references to work life in NYC. The term “Scary Hours” is actually pulled from the Wu Tang Clan track from their 97’ album Forever. 

Scary Hours was conceptualized with the intent of writing stripped down acoustic songs, and while it contains some of the jingle and gloss of punk-tinged acoustic pop, the debut album is more basement show than coffee shop – Elvis Costello meets Lawrence Arms maybe, or possibly a Bukowski-esque Bright Eyes.

Check out the title(ish) track and the excellent Circling Shit from the debut album (released last week on Pyrrhic Victory Recordings) as well as a cover (download for free) of Elliott Smith’s Ballad of Big Nothing.

 

 

 

 

Modern Nature have announced details of their debut album How To Live, released 23rd August via Bella Union. You can preorder here.

The band is a new project from Jack Cooper (Ultimate Painting/Mazes), Will Young (BEAK>) plus Woods’ Aaron Neveu and Sunwatchers’ Jeff Tobias.

They have shared a video for lovely first single Peradam of which frontman Cooper says: “Peradam is a word from René Daumal’s novel Mount Analogue, which was the source for Jodorowsky’s Holy Mountain. In the book ‘Peradam’ is an object that is revealed only when someone knows they are seeking it. The song is about striving for something but not knowing what that something is and feeling like whatever it is might be unattainable anyway. A futile quest or some kind of circular dream. I’m sure most people can empathise with that feeling.

Liking this a lot – watch it here.

 

Dumb – Beef Hits

Posted: April 30, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Post Punk, Rock
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Canadian foursome Dumb deliver catchy post-punk songs in two-minute blasts of wiry riffs and full of indignant social critiques. They have shared their new single Beef Hits from their upcoming album Club Nites – out on the 7th June via Mint Records (order here).

Coming in at just over two minutes, there is a snarl and boisterousness that is happily reminiscent of the likes of Bodgea and Parquet Courts.

Have a listen.

 

The excellently titled Fentanyl Freddy is the third single off singer-songwriter A.A. Bondy’s upcoming album Enderness, his first LP in eight long years. The much anticipated album will be out on the 10th May via Fat Possum Records.

Watch the video for it here.

 

Deliluh Share Rabbit

Posted: April 24, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Post Punk, Rock
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Experimental art-rock group Deliluh have shared a new single taken from their forthcoming new mini LP (out on 3rd May) called Oath of Intent.

Twisting drone, stoner rock and post-punk into a fierce sonic identity, Rabbit is a visceral and gritty warning about the corruption that is present everywhere.

Stream it below. Pre-order the album from Bandcamp here.

 

See them live in May

6 – Coventry – The Tin
7 – London – Windmill Brixton
8 – London – Shacklewell Arms
9 – Brighton – Bad Vibrations showcase at The Great Escape
10 – Margate – Elsewhere
11 – Nottingham – Cameleon
12 – Manchester – Peer Hat
13 – Leeds – Wharf Chambers
14 – Manchester – BBC 6 Music session

Although we’ve had Mother’s Day here in the UK, it is not so in the States (May 12th if you were wondering) and Lucy Dacus is marking the occasion with a new song titled My Mother & I.

Following her Valentine’s Day cover of La Vie En Rose, this is the first original composition of her ongoing 2019 holiday song series, which will also include singles tied to Independence Day, Springsteen’s Birthday, Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s.

Stream it here.