Archive for the ‘Post Punk’ Category

  1. Julien Baker – Good News (Piano Version)
  2. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Hope The High Road
  3. BNQT – Unlikely Force
  4. Bonnie Prince Billy & Nathan Salsburg – Wallin Creek Girls
  5. Kevin Morby – Come To Me Now
  6. Diet Cig – Link In Bio
  7. The New Pornographers – Whiteout Conditions
  8. Marissa Nadler – Rosemary
  9. W.H. Lung – Nothing Is
  10. Soccer Mommy – Be Seeing You

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are times”, remarked Chris T Popper, at the end of the Idles gig last night, “when you know you’ve seen a band at exactly the right time”.

Touring on the back of the release of their savage, embittered and brilliant debut Brutalism, this was one of those times. Idles are rapidly cementing their place in an already overcrowded genre that stretches from Slaves and Drenge to Girl Band, the Sleaford Mods and Cabbage, no matter some starts were false and some ends were ragged because this was all about the breakneck joy of tearing through a set of ferocious, uncompromising songs, of revelling in bleak, black humour, of raging bewilderment at the gone-to-shit political climate and of just being able to go batshit crazy.

Gig highlights abound. Ominous, growling opener Heel/Heal sets the tone with its intense mantra “I want to move into a Bovis home, And make a list of everything I own, And ride into the amber setting sun, Marching to the beat of someone’s drum”, anti-misogynist anthem Mother, cloaked in bitter cyncism, the threatening Divide and Conquer with its pummelling, looping riff is stunning, as is the outstanding ode to boredom Exeter, frontman Joe Talbot cycling through the christian names of those who are readying themselves for a bar fight for the sheer lack of anything else meaningful to do. Recent single Stendahl Syndrome ratchets the mosh pit up one more notch.

In truth these tracks mostly served to highlight that it might be time for Idles to leave the playground sneer of Well Done behind. Although as they point out, only half-joking, its the one song everyone has come to hear.

The nihilistic fury of the songs is matched by the twitchy, jerky stage presence of the band, Joe Talbot like a metronomic marionette controlled by a maniacal puppeteer is surrounded by thrashing, gurning, growling bandmates. There are echoes, and only echoes, of the Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, and the surrealism of the Fall, but presented in an original, uniquely British way.

At a time when the world has undoubtedly been led up a dark alley and is taking a severe beating from the self-interested, the cowardly and the inhumane, we need a band like Idles to stand up and point out the cruel, idiocy that surrounds us; last night they delivered.

Go see them.

 

 

Remaining Dates:

Tuesday 21st – Sheffield – The Plug
Wednesday 22nd – Newcastle Upon Tyne – Think Tank
Thursday 23rd – Aberdeen – Tunnels
Friday 24th – Dundee – Buskers
Saturday 25th – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s
Monday 27th – York – The Crescent
Tuesday 28th – Hull – The Adelphi
Wednesday 29th – Nottingham – The Bodega
Thursday 30th – Liverpool – O2 Academy 2
Friday 31st – Wakefield – Unity Hall

April
Monday 3rd – Stoke-On-Trent – The Sugarmill
Tuesday 4th – Preston – Guildhall
Wednesday 5th – Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach

This week our round up includes a brilliantly angry and frustrated single from Swedish sisters First Aid Kit for International Women’s Day, another track from the prolific Ty Segall’s upcoming EP, the first taste from Bonnie Prince Billy’s Merle Haggard covers record with a version of the classic Mama Tried.

This week’s offering from the Our First 100 Days Project comes from Self Esteem (none other than Mikal Cronin and Kim Gordon), and there is some woozy, easy-going psychedelia from Moon Duo, and the title track from Woods’ new mini-LP Love Is Love. finishing up with cracking new singles from Black HoneyChastity Belt and the punky Dream Wife.

Over to you…

  1. First Aid Kit – You Are The Problem Here
  2. Ty Segall – Black Magick
  3. Bonnie Prince Billy – Mama Tried  (Merle Haggard cover)
  4. Woods – Love Is Love
  5. Moon Duo – Lost In Light
  6. Self Esteem – War / Golden God (Demo)
  7. Chastity Belt – Different Now
  8. Black Honey – Somebody Better
  9. Dream Wife – Somebody

 

 

 


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The addictive and swaggering Beehive is the latest powerful track to be shared from the Mark Lanegan Band’s upcoming new record Gargoyle (due for release 28th April on Heavenly Recordings).

It is certainly whetting our appetite for the album. Stream it below.

 

Indie-rock quartet, Wharves have shared their brand new single titled Man You Want Me To Be.

It is reminiscent to some of the group’s staple influences Foals, The Strokes and City Calm Down, featuring driving disco-esque beats, thumping fuzz-laden bass and classic Brit-pop guitar tones, all capped off by the brooding and infectious vocal melodies of front man, Matthew Collins.

Have a listen.

 

best of the weekPart two of our weekly round up of the best tracks from the past seven days kicks off with another fine track from Laura Marling’s new album, and an excellent new single from The Districts.

We have another brash slab of riotous rock from Charly Bliss and something equally propulsive from Hiccup (should keep the indie kids happy). Trance Farmers slow things down with their ominous new single, while Cotillon’s new track is a masterclass in hazy slacker rock. Finally, White Reaper round things off with the title track from new album The World’s Best American Band.

  1.  The Districts – Ordinary Day
  2. Laura Marling – Nothing, Not Nearly
  3. Trance Farmers – Witches
  4. Hiccup – Neverwhere
  5. Charly Bliss – Percolator
  6. Cotillon – Alex’s Room
  7. White Reaper – The World’s Best American Band

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

best of the weekOnce again some cracking tuneage for you today in Part 1 of our regular weekly round-up of some of the best new releases.

We are ultra excited by the return of Justin Townes Earle and Champagne Corolla, which comes from forthcoming album Kids In The Street,  T. Hardy Morris who has shared a new track NY and Sharon Van Etten who reimagines the Skeeter Davis track End of the World for a new soundtrack compilation based around The Man In The High Castle TV series. Bonny Doon have also shared some more rolling, meditative Americana with Relieved and for the folkies we have the first taste of Keston Cobblers Club’s new album.

Big Walnuts Yonder is a new band that consists of members from Wilco, Deerhoof, Tera Melos and Minutemen and Raise The Drawbridges? is suitably manic while Sam Amidon is suitably surreal for just over 90 seconds on his First 100 Days Offering that also features Inga.

Enjoy. Check out Part Two tomorrow.

  1. Justin Townes Earle – Champagne Corolla
  2. T. Hardy Morris – NY
  3. Sharon Van Etten – The End Of The World  (Skeeter Davis cover)
  4. Big Walnuts Yonder – Raise The Drawbridges?
  5. Keston Cobblers Club – Almost Home
  6. Sam Amidon (featuring Inga) – Correspondence
  7. Bonny Doon – Relieved

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’ve already shared Oakland, California four piece RAYS’ raging single Drop Dead, and now we have another track for you from their upcoming self-titled debut release via Trouble In Mind.

New single, Made of Shadows is just over 90 seconds of derisive, reckless, scrappy punk, speaking to the absurdities of everyday life, but with a wry smile.

Watch the video below. The album is out on the 30th March.

 

South London’s Phobophobes share the same DIY aesthetic and healthy cynicism for the commercial world as contemporaries like Fat White Family, Meatraffle, and Goat Girl.

And never more so on latest single The Never Never, an ode to the precarious survivalism of society’s most disenfranchised. Swirling through repetitive slogans, rubbishing the adverts that promise a life we can’t really afford as pastiche, and asking earnestly, “what separates those treading water to survive from the religious idols who struggled so similarly?

It is a cracking track. Listen below. Pre-order the vinyl here.

 

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We first featured the grunge influenced post-punk noise of The Karma Repair Kit back in December 2015.

New single BITE carries on the good work – raucous, intense and dissonant with nods to the likes of Mudhoney, Slint and Savages, the Bristol four piece are marking themselves out as ones to watch.

Stream it below. Buy from Bandcamp here.