Posts Tagged ‘Singapore Sling’

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.

 

Here is a quick selection of five excellent new videos that have caught our eye (and ears) recently.

Jade Jackson creates a sound that is simultaneously new and old, merging a youthful spiritedness with a weary storyteller’s perspective usually reserved for veteran artists. Stylistically the sound is unapologetically country rock. It merges the heartbreak and resilience of Lucinda Williams with the melodic confidence of Emmylou Harris, yet contains the emotional presence of a young musician who cherished albums by The Gun Club and Smiths alongside the works of George Jones and Hank WilliamsMotorcycle is a song that channels a tough girl swagger and reluctant vulnerability set to a haunting post-punk Western sound.

 

Fast rising post punks IDLES have released a chaotic and hilarious video for outstanding new single Stendhal Syndrome. Just watch it.

 

Psychedelic heroes Singapore Sling have shared the video for Riffermania (KILL KILL KILL), the second single from their forthcoming LP Kill Kill Kill (Songs About Nothing), officially released on Fuzz Club on 2nd February. Their latest effort sees the band at their most sinister, immersive and unforgiving and the Lynch-esque video showcases their sleazy and discordant rock’n’ roll at it’s best.

 

Baked are sharing the video for their new single Danelectroladyland which captures the band on the road from last year’s US tour with Titus Andronicus and Spider Bags. The track comes from the band’s upcoming album Farnham, due out February 24th, a mix of dusty country, blistering shoegaze, fuzzed out indie, and slow burning rock ‘n’ roll. Steeped in a slow rolling fog, Danelectroladyland opens with a warbling calm before eventually peeling its way into a thick wall of sound.

 

Lastly, Garrett Pierce shares his first visual from his forthcoming LP Dusk. The video for Distant Thought is a gorgeous journey through his natural habitat along the coast of the Sonoma and Mendocino counties in Northern California.

 

One of the founding fathers of neo-psych back in 2000, Singapore Sling, are back with a new album, the appropriately named Psych Fuck out (just as appropriately) on Friday 13th November.

Their seventh album, it is a dark and noisy exploration of rock ‘n’ roll that would make a fitting soundtrack for James Dean’s death car – bouncy go-go rhythms are overlaid with dark and noisy shoegaze fuzz, to evoke a mix of teenage despair and sex-spiked fun.

Listen to ÆJL below.