Archive for the ‘Post Punk’ Category

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.

 

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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!

 

 

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.

 

Melbourne’s post-punk masters Terry are back with a new single – Bizzo And Top Hat – which comes from a new EP Who’s terry?, out on the 19th July via Upset The Rhythm.

Typically, catchy, typically sharp, typically sardonic, typically excellent.

Stream it here.

 

 

Famed for their wall of sound, and notoriously difficult to label (they themselves describe their music as “psychedelic, socialist, utopian, death raga, erroneous funk, trapdoor jazz, bastard muzak“), the origins of Meatraffle are lost in obscurity although it has been said that they came about as the result of a drunken afternoon shared by Clams Baker and Zsa Zsa Sapien in a South London Wetherspoon pub, and that the original idea was to actually do a meat raffle. Indeed, early photos of the band feature raffle tickets and pig’s heads. Whatever the truth may be Meatraffle took shape in places like the fetid cauldrons of the Queen’s Head and the Windmill in Brixton alongside former label and tour mates The Fat White Family.

They released their first album, the truly excellent HiFi Classics on Trashmouth Records back in 2015, and their new album Bastard Music is out on August 30th on Delayed Records (pre-order here). The first single from it is The Day The Earth Stood Still, a love letter to the working class on an imagined global holiday, and is backed with Meatraffle On The Moon.

You can listen to both below.

 

 

After four years, Californian punks CEREMONY are back with a new album, In The Spirit World Now.

The album explores some pretty amorphous lyrical territory about arrested development, botched relationships, and the never-ending hamster wheel of self-destruction so many creative people succumb to – it’s out on the 23rd August,  but for now content yourself with a pretty fine lead single, Turn Away The Bad Thing.

 

We’re loving this single from emerging Brighton five-piece Youth Sector, a post-punk outfit offering up a blend of drawling vocal melodies and crooked guitars on new single Renting Spaces In My World.

It sounds like it has come straight out of NYC in the early 1980s and definitely has echoes of Talking Heads, Devo and even some classic indie disco, but happily it ploughs its own furrow, tempering the angry synths and choppy guitars with an unashamed nod to pop music, making it both catchy and cool! A nice skill to have.

Play it below.

 

Fresh from the release of their excellent debut album Dogrel, Fontaines D.C. have now shared a new video for album track Sha Sha Sha.

The video takes place in the same the same circus company (Duffy’s) as featured on their album artwork.

Watch it below – buy the album here.