It’s no understatement to say that Girl Band’s The Talkies album is our most anticipated upcoming record.

We’ve shared a couple of excellent tracks from it already and here is another – Salmon of Knowledge.

Just listen!

 

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Introducing >>> KATZ

Posted: September 6, 2019 in Alternative, Garage, Indie, Music, Rock
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Taking influences from the likes of Mac DeMarco and Surf Curse, KATZ are a three-piece band from Manchester, who span surf punk, garage, and indie. Their new six track EP Dumb Songs was recorded entirely on a four track cassette recorder and is well well worth checking out.

Listen to Dumb Song below and click through to order.

 

Round these parts we love Spray Paint who seemed to have carved out a completely unique sound and niche in the crowded post-punk arena. Since 2016’s Feel The Clamps long player, the band have shared their collaborations with Protomartyr, Ben Wallers, Ben Mackie, and Dan Melchior but not released anything new of their own.

That’s about to change with Into The Country, a new album with lyrics once again mined from the info wars comment section and various other stressful situations like airports and hospitals. It is out on October 25 via the 12XU label.

First single is the almost nine minute motorik menace of Cleaning Your Gun, a track that puts an unsettling, paranoid and disturbing dystopian near-future into vivid musical focus.

Listen here and pre-order the album here.

 

Parsnip – Taking Me For A Ride

Posted: September 3, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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Following our earlier Dune Rats post, we’re keeping the Antipodean theme going with Melbourne four-piece Parsnip.

When the Tree Bears Fruit is their debut album of playful, poetic, propulsive indie rock and follows on from two 7-inches in the last two years. They have shared a new single Taking Me For A Ride, an oddball pop gem laden with soft grooves, wide-eyed melodies and psychedelic hooks. For some reason it makes me think of Amazulu

Give it a spin.

 

Dune Rats – Rubber Arm

Posted: September 3, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock
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Our favourite fucked-up Aussie muckers are back with a new record!

The mighty Dune Rats have shared Rubber Arm, and happily they have shown absolutely no musical progression at all, sticking with their tried and tested hyperactive, stoned punk rock with another mighty shout-a-long chorus.

Great video too. Welcome back boys.

 

She Drew The Gun have announced a brand new single Trouble Every Day released via Skeleton Key Records.

It is a reinterpretation of Frank Zappa’s original, and with the blessing of the Zappa estate, She Drew The Gun frontwoman Louisa Roach has updated the lyrics to reflect our troubled times.

She says, “I heard Trouble Every Day and thought it would make a great cover, Frank Zappa wrote it based on the TV coverage of the Watts riots in LA back in the 60s, so I rewrote some of the lyrics to reflect what I’ve seen reported on the TV in more recent times, from English riots to the Extinction Rebellion protests. It takes a look at the issues that are facing us at the moment from the rise of the far right to the threat of climate change and the role the global media corporations play in supporting neoliberal ideology.”

Stream it here. Live dates below too.

 

Live Dates:

15-Oct – York, The Cresent
16-Oct – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
17-Oct – London, Electric Ballroom
19-Oct – Oxford, Ritual Union Festival
20-Oct – Cardiff, SWN Festival
22-Oct – Exeter, Exeter Phoenix
23-Oct – Bournemouth, The Old Fire Station
24-Oct – Brighton, Concorde 2
26-Oct – Bedford, Esquires
27-Oct – Reading, Sub 89
28-Oct – Norwich, Arts Centre
29-Oct – St Albans, The Horn
30-Oct – Manchester, Academy 2
01-Nov – Edinburgh, Summerhall
02-Nov – Aberdeen, The Lemon Tree
03-Nov – Glasgow, The Garage
05-Nov – Newcastle, Riverside
06-Nov – Hull, The Welly
07-Nov – Birmingham, O2 Academy 2
09-Nov – Liverpool, O2 Academy
13-Nov – Belfast, Voodoo
14-Nov – Dublin, Soundhouse

 

Vetiver are back with a new album Up On High (out in October) and will be playing live in the UK in December.

Have a listen to the acoustically styled, lush folk of To Who Knows Where with its lovely pastoral psych-pop flourishes.

Gorgeous stuff.

Live Dates

7 Dec 19 – Liverpool @ 81 Renshaw
8 Dec 19 – Manchester @ YES
9 Dec 19 – Durham @ Old Cinema Launderette
10 Dec19 – Edinburgh @ Sneaky Pete’s
11 Dec 19 – Glasgow @ Mono
13 Dec 19 – Leeds @ Headrow House
14 Dec 19 – Birmingham @ The Cuban Embassy
15 Dec 19 – Brighton @ The Brunswick
16 Dec 19 – Bristol @ Rough Trade
17 Dec 19 – London @ O2 Academy2 Islington

LIFE – Bum Hour

Posted: August 29, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock
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MM faves and mighty Hull outfit LIFE have shared a new single from their forthcoming album A Picture Of Good Health. It is the wonderfully entitled Bum Hour.

They say “Bum Hour is the isolation when you shut your door. Bum Hour is about not being at ease on your own. Bum Hour is ‘that’ pattern and routine broken. It’s the need to live again in that moment as you watch the bars buzz from your lone-parent window. Your only comfort, your saviour, your little boy in his bedroom. You find yourself scrolling through your phone an act of self-harm and torture. Your mates are out – you lie down and sleep.”

Listen and love its queasily anthemic magnificence. Lots of live UK dates too.

 

Catch them on tour:

Sun 1, September – Wilkestock Festival, Frogmore Hill
Fri 20, September – Warren Records, Hull
Mon 23, September – Rough Trade, Bristol
Tue 24, September – Rough Trade, Nottingham
Thurs 26, September – Rough Trade East, London
Thurs 24, October – Phase One, Liverpool
Sat 26, October – Bootleg Social, Blackpool
Sun 27, October – YES, Manchester
Mon 28, October – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
Tues 29, October – Fulford Arms, York
Wed 30, October – King Tuts, Glasgow
Fri 1, November – Tunnels, Aberdeen
Sat 2, November – Think Tank, Newcastle
Mon 4, November – Sugarmill, Stoke
Tues 5, November – Cookie, Leicester
Wed 6, November – Moth Club, London
Thurs 7, November – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Fri 8, November – West End Centre, Aldershot
Sun 10, November – Anvil, Bournemouth,
Mon 11, November – Green Door Store, Brighton
Tues 12, November – Joiners, Southampton
Wed 13, November – Forum, Tunbridge Wells
Thurs 14, November – Horn, St Albans
Fri 15, November – Crauford Arms, Milton Keynes
Weds 4, December – Academy 2, Dublin, IRE
Thurs 5, December – McHughs Basement, Belfast
Fri 6, December – Kasbah Club, Limerick

After a wait of more than 13 years, the wonderful Isobel Campbell is back with details of a new solo album There Is No Other (out on January 31st). It seems she has been fighting legal battles since 2016 to get this record released – thank goodness she didn’t throw in the towel.

The first single is the gorgeously gentle psychedelic folk of Ant Life. Watch the video here.

 

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After not posting any covers for what seems like a good while, we’ve already shared a couple of cracking ones this week from METZ and Whyte Horses, so it seemed appropriate to keep the run going and finish Friday with one more.

Something nice and mellow too, as we have Ana Egge’s duet with renowned folk singer-songwriter Iris DeMent for their cover of Diana Jones’ Ballad of the Poor Child.

The song serves as the third single from Egge’s upcoming album Is It the Kiss, out September 6 via StorySound Records (pre-order here).

 

See her live in the autumn:

Oct 28 – Birmingham @ The Kitchen Garden Cafe
Oct 30 – Camden @ Green Note
Nov 2 – Steering @ Sakala Steyning
Nov 4 – Brighton @ The Greys