Archive for the ‘Industrial’ Category

Pissed Jeans

We will always have a soft spot for Philadelphia’s wonderfully named Pissed Jeans ever since their brilliant Boring Girls was adopted as an anthem by our gentle, sweet middle sprat a few years back.

She is sixteen next week and will be just as delighted as me to learn they will release their new album Why Love Now? via Sub Pop on 24th February. It is produced by no wave legend Lydia Lunch, along with Arthur Rizk, and is a gutter-scraped amalgamation of sludge, punk, noise, and bracing wit.

The first taste comes with the snarling, grinding rave-up of The Bar Is Low, written about “how every guy seems to be revealing themselves as a shithead“.

Welcome back boys! Check it out below.

 

Man we loved the Amazing Snakeheads – watching their show with Chris T Popper at the Great Escape was one of the most captivating, uncompromising and downright threatening live performances we’ve ever witnessed – due in no small part to frontman Dale Barclay. Their ultimate disintegration was as sad as it was seemingly inevitable.

And now after two years away, he is back with a new six piece band – And Yet It Moves.

They are a band with raw and simple ambitions – namely: saving music from mediocrity. Connecting human beings with music. No bullshit. No prisoners.

And all being done through expansive, songs of sorrow mixed with themes of the heart.

Listen to a live recording of the ever evolving behemoth of a track No Way Back To Lunch – over twelve minutes of seething, churning post-punk blues underpinned by a sneering junkyard-dog mentality. It may be the longest track we’ve ever posted on MM. It may also be the most intense.

Welcome back DB. Enjoy.

 

Tour Dates:
November
3 – Dundee – Buskers
4 – Edinburgh – Mash House
10 – York – Fulford Arms
10 – York – Fulford Arms
11 – London – The Shacklewell Arms
12 – Ramsgate – Ramsgate Music Hall
13 – Brighton – Hope & Ruin
15 – North York Moors – The Lion Inn, Blaley Ridge
16 – Leeds – Brundenell Social Club
18 – Manchester – Night & Day
19 – Leicester – Roundhouse
20 – Birmingham – The Sunflower Lounge

December
16 – Glasgow – Kinning Park Complex (w/ Sweaty Palms, The Leather Corridor, Natalie Pryce)

best of the weekAfter a week’s break, we’re back with our regular round up of the best new tunes of the past seven days.

It includes the return of a number of MM regulars too: No Age, The Growlers and Pop. 1280 as well a stunning new track from Annie Hardy (ex of Giant Drag) and plenty more besides.

So then, ten cracking songs – dive in.

  1. Pop. 1280 – Pulse
  2. Hiss Golden Messenger – Tell Her I’m Just Dancing
  3. The Growlers – City Club
  4. Angel Olsen – Sister
  5. Magic Trick – First Thought
  6. Shilpa Ray – Paisley
  7. The Raveonettes – A Good Fight
  8. Annie Hardy – Go Hey Raku Sake
  9. No Age – Separation
  10. Cory Hanson – Ordinary People

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ritual Howls are industrial, cinematic deathrock creating sounds and words that shift from the violent expression of fear to an obsession with baptism and cleansing. Their combination of drum machines, synths, fuzz bass and twang guitar produce a Skinny Puppy meets Lee Hazlewood soundtrack that embraces both paranoia and tranquility – like a love song to the devil.

These are macabre tales with lyrics that Poe or Lovecraft would have been proud of… listen below to new single Park Around The Corner, from their forthcoming album Into The Water (out on felte) next month.

 

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…

 

great escape

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…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Destruction Unit are heading to Europe this June in support of their critically acclaimed record Negative Feedback Resistor.

The band have shared a psychedelic live video of album track If Death Ever Slept, from a recent London show at the Shacklewell Arms.

Watch it below and check out their UK dates.

 

Live dates:
25 Jun – Manchester – The Ruby Lounge
26 Jun – Glasgow – Broadcast
27 Jun – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
28 Jun – London – Moth
29 Jun – Brighton – The Hope

sex snobs

Oklahoma City alternative noise rock band Sex Snobs new full length album is Pop Songs and Other Ways to Die.

Listen to the distorted, dissonant gem that is Farewell To The Sun below, and get the album on a name-your-price deal from Bandcamp here.

 

100 Posts in 100 Hours is a series rounding up the best of our inbox from the tail end of 2015.

Pop. 1280 make it their business to trade in unease, disquiet and suspicion – shining a light into the darkest, deepest recesses of our collective behaviour and exposing the flaws and sub-truths we peddle to ourselves and each other – particularly where it relates to the might of the corporate and political machines.

Paradise, will be their third full-length album and it is an unforgiving look into the mirror peeling back the facade of the paradise we have created for ourselves. Concerned about the ills that technology has wrought in the modern world, it’s also a record fraught with existential ennui. A fear permeates the record that the world will never get any better; that we as humans have made our bed and now must lie in it. The combined weight of those external and internal forces lay the foundation for the album, and they give it its power.

On Paradise, synthesizers, mechanized drum machines, and samplers play a critical role on the record, just as important as the more familiar squall of buzzsaw guitars and sinister, brooding vocals.

Have a listen to Pyramids On Mars.

 

Nickel In The Jukebox

Our eighth collection of ten tunes for the virtual jukebox – give them a spin and decide hit… or miss.

 

Passport To Stockholm – Let Me Know  [RIYL: Indie-folk, Lanterns on the Lake, Loch Lomond]

 

Ripper – On The Curb  [RIYL: Punk, Germs, Dead Kennedys]

 

Trotting Bear – Hesitate  [RIYL: Folk, Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine]

 

Bad Sounds – Avalanche  [RIYL: Indie-pop, Hot Chip, The Virgins]

 

Estrons – Make A Man  [RIYL: Indie-punk, Blood Red Shoes, The Kills]

 

The Goldhearts – Here’s The Thing  [RIYL: Alternative rock, The Breeders, Veruca Salt]

 

B/U/B/B – Hate Culture  [RIYL: Noise-rock, The Melvins, Queens of the Stoneage]

 

Plant Tribe – Croakin’  [RIYL: Acid rock, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead]

 

Go Deep – Designated  [RIYL: Hardcore stomp, Beastie Boys, Senser]

 

Daisy Chains – Bye Babe  [RIYL: Indie-pop, Best Coast, Colleen Green]