Archive for the ‘Rock’ Category

After waiting a goodly while for Wooden Wand’s excellent new album Clipper Ship, James Jackson Toth has surprised us with a second full length release, Toth’s Law.

It is a collection of songs which were, for one reason or another, not included on previous releases. Not because they weren’t good, but because according to JJT ” I think of every album as a fish tank. As anyone who has ever cared for fish can tell you, some fish simply don’t get along with other fish, and thus cannot coexist in the same tank. You may have two very fine, very beautiful fish, but if they’re going to kill each other, you must separate them. The songs on an album are like the fish: they need to get along. This is why merely believing a song is “good” doesn’t necessarily guarantee its inclusion on an album, because when songs don’t get along, the discord between them is audible.”

He goes on to say “Toth’s Law is the most recent of such collections. The songs herein were all written and performed by me at home, often recorded the very day they were written. They are rife with the problems commonly associated with home demos: corny drum machines, lousy solos, syllabic placeholders where better lyrics might have gone, and other gaffes. That said, you will hopefully find them as easy to listen to as they were for me to write. I hope all of you like some of them; my guess is that none of you will like all of them.”

Makes sense (though we anticipate we’ll probably like, and grow to love, all of them), and if it means that every now and then we get a round-up of Wooden Wand songs that weren’t able to get along with songs from previous records then all the better.

Listen to a couple below and Buy Toth’s Law from Bandcamp here.

 

 

Absolutely loving the new single from Cabbage.

Celebration Of A Disease comes from their forthcoming release The Extended Play Of Cruelty, out on the 21st July via Skeleton Key Records. It is a brilliant mix of mutated groove and indie rock and is one of our favourite tracks of the year so far…

Stream it below.

 

It’s been ages since we’ve posted a round up of some of the new music videos we’ve liked. Here then is a Sunday treat for you…eight of the best.

Kevin Morby’s title track off his forthcoming record, City Music nearly hits the 7-minute mark and challenges what fans may have come to expect from him. The song builds like a slowly accelerating subway train, as does this deeply impressionistic video.

 

During a UK tour early last year, Grand Rapids four-piece Heaters spent a day off in a South London studio to lay down a live album – the result is the band’s excellent and totally debauched addition to the Fuzz Club Session series. This video from the session – a scuzzy rendition of Cap Gun is just under five minutes of lethargic, sun-soaked garage-rock that oozes with a hopeful, lysergic goodness. The reverb-coated vocals float effortlessly over jangling surf rock guitars and a spaced out psychedelic groove, like an utterly cosmic take on Nuggets-era 60s garage.

 

Yungblud, aka 19 year old Dominic Harrison has been surrounded by music all his life. Born and raised in a family in love with music; Harrison’s father was a vintage guitar dealer and his grandfather played with T-Rex in the 70s. Spoon fed music like The Clash, The Beatles, and Bob Dylan since birth – he’s been playing guitar and singing since he can remember. Blending superbly catchy lyrical quips, with explosive pop rock-tinged instrumentation, King Charles is a massively confident, and finely executed first offering.

 

How quickly do you think you could eat 1kg of hummus? Ethan and Skinny from Sail On! Sail On! set to find out if they could get through it in the 2:50 running time of their latest single, Hobart.

 

Following the release of their excellent album You’re Welcome, Wavves have shared a new video for Stupid in Love, a tongue in cheek statement on the state of romance in the 21st century.

 

Los Angeles based Prism Tats (the project of South African transplant Garett van der Spek) has released a new single, the fuzzed-out rocker The Liar and the video is a surprisingly disturbing visual metaphor about the themes of the song.

 

Andy Shauf’s The Party was a concept album of sorts, the story of all the different unsavoury characters that come and go at a small town gathering… full of humour and melancholy, it’s a great record and we have a new video for Early To The Party.

 

Finally, up and coming death-gospel female artist Louise Lemón hails from Sweden and intertwines the dark, windy and cold Scandi ambiance into her music. Having recorded her debut EP Purge in a haunted cabin, the setting is eerie and many light years away from the current pop landscape. The single Appalacherna is airy, dreamy, dusty, nostalgic and melancholic, but the official video, shot in the Californian desert  is… airy, nightmarish, dusty, nostalgic and… mysterious on the verge of disturbing…

 

  1. Chad VanGaalen – Old Heads
  2. Mutual Benefit – Diamond Day (Vashti Bunyan cover)
  3. Jen Cloher – Forgot Myself
  4. Lo Tom – Covered Wagon
  5. The Deslondes – (This Ain’t A) Sad Song
  6. NØMADS – Dementophobia
  7. Winter – Jaded
  8. Offa Rex – The Old Churchyard
  9. The Yawpers – Mon Dieu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leeds-based trio Night Owls have announced their return with brand new single Out of My Head, out now via Till Deaf Do us Party Records.

It builds handsomely on the fuzz-drenched, slacker-influenced grunge pop of their 2016 debut EP Informaldehyde. By taking a leaf out of the shoegaze scene handbook, the new single sees them taking a doped-up, dreamy and melodically obtuse approach to their raucous, serrated grunge-pop.

Stream it below.

 

We shared the throbbing, confrontational punk of Chest Pains’ pay-what-you-want single Petrified earlier this month and now we have the follow up for you.

Like Petrified, Shame is a track that seethes and churns, frustrations threatening to boil over, but just about held in check by tense guitars that every now and then gallop away backed by a frenzy of clattering percussion.

Good stuff indeed. Listen below and click through to download on another pay what you like deal.

 

Return Of Black Mekon

Posted: June 21, 2017 in Alternative, Garage, Music, Punk, Rock
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Lo-fi garage punk legends Black Mekon are back with a new LP One In The Hate. It will see a worldwide release on 25th August via PNKSLM Recordings. It is the long awaited follow up to 2013’s Stolen Bible 2.

The masked duo (Black Mekon, and his brother Black Mekon) keep the same raw energy heard on the previous album – and with song titles like Janet Was A Klepto, Hold On To Your Hate and Frank Died Hanging From An Electric Fence you can be pretty sure that their wonderfully scuzzy, feral attitude remains right to the fore.

Listen to Salt Liquor below. Order the album here.

 

If you’re not yet familiar Erin Rae’s story, she is East Nashville’s go to harmony girl. If you’re listening to a record by Margo Price, Andrew Combs, Anderson East or chatting to Richard Thompson or Aaron Lee Tasjan – they will sing her praises.

Now she is finally taking her turn in the spotlight with new single Wild Blue Wind – shimmering analogue synths are balanced with siren like slide guitar – all washed over with her hazy honey-eyed vocal tone that has drawn comparisons as diverse as Feist and Aimee Mann.

Have a listen.

 

 

Following on from the excellent Mind FireTheo Verney has released his latest single Letter Down, taken from his debut album One Small Piece.

Moody and atmospheric, it successfully blends satisfyingly crunchy guitar breaks with a more reflective, melodic side and even manages to finish like a long lost Pink Floyd track.

Intrigued? Stream it below.

 

Danish five piece Lød’s debut track, the pulsating hypnotics of the eight minute Folder has been one of our favourites of the year so far, so we’re delighted to be able to share the second track from their upcoming self titled EP.

Today it is the the clanging motorik groove of Så Bla, a minute longer and again sung entirely in Danish, it is just as good.

Tune in and relax… Pre-order the EP here.