Archive for the ‘Indie’ Category

Bristol band Some Bodies have a brand new single called TV Show.

It is beautifully constructed and well crafted indie-pop that utilises a killer krautrock riff, effortlessly intertwining it with ethereal dream-pop breakdowns.

Think Ty Segall crossed with Foxygen… maybe. Anyway, have a listen.

 

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Following on from yesterday’s Round Up (Part 1), here are a few quieter, more reflective tunes.

But all equally good!

First up is Katie Toupin, ex of Houndmouth, and the title track to her new album. Magnetic Moves is a gem of hook filled indie pop.

 

We’re big, big fans of Frog’s ‘wyrd Americana’, and they do not disappoint with latest track Black Friday from upcoming album Count Bateman. Once again it is a lyrical gem… “In this country we go tat for tat, wasted bumming a cigarette / Do you wanna sit and sing to me / Barefoot not a pot to piss in these motherfuckers won’t ever listen / Do you wanna get a drink with me.”

 

With the release of A Dream is U coming around the corner, Francis Lung’s video for Up & Down could also double up as a tour of the grottiest spots Manchester has to offer. It follows a young woman after she murders an anonymous man in a hotel room. We tag along with her through her self-destructive path to oblivion as she wanders the streets at night, drinking copious amounts of tonic wine. She happens upon a northern karaoke bar where she sings her swan song as police sirens sound in the distance.

 

Taking in elements of folk and Americana but ultimately producing a kind of outsider pop, hd hausmann recall the early works of The National or David Kitt crossed with Leonard Cohen’s poetic charms. Whilst his deep velvety vocal consistently raises comparisons to Tom Waits. The gently hypnotic A Modern Weight is the second single to be taken from hd hausmann’s recently released album Find A Weight, Form A Ground, (out via Panda Cassettes).

 

Adam Green has shared the video for his ominous track Cheating On A Stranger.  He says, “The song is about finding yourself submerged in a wasteland, some kind of second-life where there are empty replacements for everything you knew. You try to embrace this new world, but the more you squeeze it, the more the air comes out.

 

Sun Blood Stories is a mass of harmonic noise distilled into sometimes delicate, but always haunting songs. This is Up Comes The Tunnel from forthcoming long player Haunt Yourself.

 

Folk-pop artist Shannon Lay will release August, her Sub Pop debut, on 23 August. This is the contemplative Death Up Close.

 

Sam Evian has shared an infectiously fervent interpretation of Gerry Rafferty’s beloved Right Down the Line. Of his choice to cover the 1978 Song of the Summer, Sam says, “At the end of the ‘You, Forever’ recording session, we had a little room left at the end of the tape reel so we decided to do a cover. “Right Down the Line” is one of my favorite songs and I covered it because I wanted to learn how to sing all those harmonies on the chorus.

 

Having recently announced the release of their debut album How To Live, available 23rd August via Bella Union plus an Autumn tour, Modern Nature have shared Footsteps, the second single from the forthcoming album,

 

Finally, Only In Retrospect, the new single from Bay Area group Getaway Dogs, drenches the atmosphere with ethereal, finger picked guitar and breathy vocals. File under spacey psychedelic dreamsurf.

 

We’ve been catching up (again) on some new tunes and, well frankly, there are just too many of the bloody things.

Here are a few of the loud / fast / brutal / noisy ones we’ve really liked from the last month or so, and there’ll be a few more (quieter ones) tomorrow.

So here we go…

The Hives are back with new single Good Samaritan. They’ve still got it.

 

Slaves new EP The Velvet Ditch features four songs that didn’t make the cut for most recent album Acts of Fear And Love. This is One More Day Won’t Hurt.

 

And Flake is a highlight from Fidlar’s latest long player Almost Free – a great video too.

 

Garage psych legends Oh Sees have shared the brilliant Poisoned Stones from upcoming album Face Stabber.

 

Out next month, Nottingham punk rock lifers Grey Hairs have announced their third album Health & Social Care – a scorching reflection on balancing your creative impulses against the commitments of impending middle age. This is the video for Tory Nurse.

 

Alien Thing’s sound is described as danceable late 90s punk, peppered in midwest depression. Some references are Shellac, Tom Waits, Fugazi, and Primus. This single, the excellently titled How to Build an Earthworm Farm, is loud and impassioned. Lyrically, it’s half psycho-narration and half diss-track aimed at the prison-industrial-complex…

 

Meanwhile Frauds are back with a brilliant new single full of jagged riffs – Putin’s Day Off is acerbic and savage. Never heard the phrase “critically acclaimed major label debut” spat quite so viciously…

 

Crushed BeaksSky Burial is driven by squalls of feedback wrestling with pop melodies turned inside out, pushing forward sheets of distortion and psyched out rushes of noise pop.

 

Brooklyn based band Pink Mexico’s track Dirty & Stupid, from the recently released album DUMP, is an anthem of torrid times, self-medication and self-sabotage.

 

The twisted music of Knife Wife gets a new outing on Family Party. The album is a medley of violent indifference, sorrow, general nastiness, bitter joy, and the symbolism of dogs. Check out The Dentist.

 

Black Mekon and his brother Black Mekon were named after the legendary Black Mekong, illegitimate children of prostitutes visited by missionary preachers, abandoned to fend for themselves on the banks of The Mekong River. Now joined by their cousin Black Mekon they deliver blistering in-the-red punk blues as a three piece. New single Immunity is 63 seconds of of jet-engine noise and pelvis-shattering drums. It comes from new album Destroy Nostalgia (out August 16).

 

London cosmic punk quartet WACO have returned with a new single, Levenshulme Lover,  and have a new full length, Human Magic, set for release on November 1st.

 

Bay area jangle post punks Neutrals have shared the video for Hate the Summer of Love off their debut album Kebab Disco.

 

London-based punk outfit Real Authority have released a third track Depression Issues from their upcoming debut EP True Motion. Guitarist Johann Saul describes it thus, “This is probably the heaviest track in our set. You’ve got Slayer-esque cymbal grabs, twisted spoken word passages, creepy organ parts, down tuned bendy riffs, and a brutal half time breakdown. A real journey through the fiery riffs of hell!” 

 

And finally, Discordant, claustrophobic and unforgiving, Icelandic psych-rock heavyweights Singapore Sling have been conjuring their own scuzzy nihilistic anthems for nearly two decades and are back with their tenth full-length, Killer Classics, that’s due for release August 15th on Fuzz Club. Here is the morbid, blown-out hip-shaker that is album-opener Suicide Twist – an unholy attack on the senses comprised of blistering guitar- noise, mechanical drum-machine and atonal, deadpan vocals.

 

Songwriter MC Taylor aka Hiss Golden Messenger has shared a new track, Cat’s Eye Blue, from his upcoming album Terms of Surrender.

His is a unique and experimental vision aligned to a magpie-like approximation of musical styles – drawing on the great American songbook to create emotional experiences that inspire devotees for life. In turns melancholic, joyful, eerie, bitter, restless and uplifting, the human psyche is laid out for inspection in a way that provokes and soothes in equal measure.

The world is a better place for talents like this – listen to the single below and order the album from Bandcamp here.

 

We shared their brilliant Bad Blood single back in January and now newly signed to Heavenly Recordings, Working Men’s Club’s pounding new single Teeth is a stomping masterpiece, one that bites deep into their broad influences, bringing in machine-subverted rave music you’d find in 80s Detroit, to their NY post-punk grooves, and all delivered with their marvellous Northern snarling approach.

Watch the video here.

 

Catch them live too

15 July Manchester International Festival w/ The Orielles
20 July Macclesfield, Bluedot Festival
21 July Suffolk Latitude Festival (Lake Stage)
28 July Cornwall, Port Eliot Festival
11 Aug Hebden Bridge Trades Club w/ Bodega
12 Aug Edinburgh Summerhall w/ Bodega
13 Aug Newcastle The Riverside w/ Bodega
24 Aug Birkenhead Futureyard Festival
27 Aug Brighton Concorde 2 w/ Bodega
28 Aug Birmingham The Hare and Hounds w/ Bodega
29 Aug Bedford Esquires w/ Bodega
30 Aug Manchester Psych Festival
01 Sep County Laois, Electric Picnic
05 Sep London, The Lexington
07 Sep Blackburn Confessional Festival
13 Sep Hawarden The Good Life Experience
19 Sep Manchester, Yes (Basement)
11 Oct Warrington, Rusgan House
12 Oct Manchester Neighbourhood Festival
16 Oct Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
17 Oct York, The Fulford Arms
18 Oct Hull, The Polar Bear
19 Oct Oxford, Ritual Union
20 Oct Cardiff SWN Festival
23 Oct Southampton, Heartbreakers
25 Oct Guildford, Boileroom
27 Oct Glasgow, Broadcast
28 Oct Birmingham, Hare and Hounds 2
31 Oct Bristol, The Louisiana
02 Nov Sheffield, Record Junkee
07 Nov Norwich, The Waterfront Studio
08 Nov Reading, Purple Turtle
09 Nov Derby 2Q Festival

DZ Deathrays have shared the second taste of their forthcoming album Positive Rising: Part 1which is scheduled for release on Friday 30th August through Alcopop! Records here in the UK.

Teaming up with The Bronx frontman Matt Caughthran, who adds his distinctive scream to proceedings, new single Year Of The Dog is a pedal-to-the-metal thrash-party riot.

Stream it below.

 

Known for delivering layered echo-drenched guitar with heavy, relentless drums, London based duo Black Doldrums are returning with their expansive new EP She Divine on Club AC30. The title refers to Aldous Huxley’s 1954 psychedelia-induced masterpiece The Doors of Perception, where constant reference is made to the search for divinity and how all cultures are united in the need for that same search.

Utilising waves of reverb-drenched distortion, the pair construct a sonic monolith over the five tracks that make up the EP. From the infectious, garage-inflected Those With A Rope Around Their Neck (Don’t Always Hang) to the more delicate, Hearts That Beat, Will Never Mend, the release explores themes of the divine and femininity.

With echoes of the proto-psych of the 60s, icy post-punk of the 80s and the Brit-rock swagger of the 90s and more specifically recalling the early ragged glory of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club or the Black Angels, it has to be said that the band offer their own, satisfyingly original, take on some savagely malevolent percussion and gloriously ferocious riffs.

Couple of tracks to listen to here. Nice and loud mind!

 

 

B Boys – Instant Pace

Posted: July 11, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock
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Taking their cues from the likes of Devo, Talking Heads and Wire, New York trio B Boys find inspiration in the chaos that surrounds them: the aggressive attitude and sonic lawlessness of the city they live, work, and breathe in every day. Their raw, yet meticulous style is characterized by rhythmic complexity, commanding riffs, and introspective lyrics that are as playful and self-aware as they are cutting.

Their sophomore album Dudu is out on the 26th July and the latest track to be shared from it is Instant Pace, another acerbic slice of subversive, frustrated punk rock.

Give it a spin.

 

Hot on the heels of our post about The Murder Capital earlier, Leeds indie outfit Party Hardly have shared a rousing new anthem of their own – Rats In The Kitchen – the second track lifted from forthcoming EP Modern Strife Is Snobbish, which sees a release later this summer.

Giving their jangly guitar rock some hefty punk overtones, the track follows on from The Hopskotch Man, and is the musical equivalent of waking a guard dog – a bit woozy in places, but equally likely to suddenly tear your ears off with no warning and no apology.

Damn fine stuff – listen to both tracks here.

 

 

The Murder Capital have been deservedly generating lots of interest and plaudits with the propulsive post-punk darkness of their first two singles, both from their forthcoming debut album When I Have Fears, which will be released on 16th August via Human Season Records.

The Dublin band have now shared a third, the anthemic Don’t Cling To Life.  Another cracker – watch the video below and pre-order the album here.