Posts Tagged ‘Victorian English Gentlemens Club’

Audioscope Compilation to Benefit Shelter

Audioscope is an organisation committed to raising money through music for the national homelessness charity Shelter. Since 2001, they have raised more than £23,000 for the charity, presenting the best in local, national and international independent music in the process.

Chicago experimental folk legends Califone will headline this year’s Audioscope charity festival in Oxford on Saturday 23rd November.

The day-long festival at The Jericho in Oxford also has Brighton’s nightmare pop outfit Esben and the Witch, fresh from the release of their new record Wash The Sins Not Only The Face; Thrill Jockey experimental duo Grumbling Fur and stars of the forthcoming ATP festival Thought Forms. The bill also features some of Oxford’s best new music in the form of Blessing Force founders Pet Moon, alt-folk from Salvation Bill, and nautical post-krautrock from Listing Ships. Tickets are available here.

Also available is  the Audioscope album release Music for a Good Home 2 – a compilation made by Audioscope of new and exclusive tracks by 40 artists. Available via Bandcamp for a minimum purchase of £5, every penny you pay goes directly to Shelter’s work.

It features many MM faves including Wire, Ride, The Telescopes, Sennen, and Gunning for Tamar and we’ve picked out three of our favourites from The Victorian English Gentlemens Club, Beak>, and Richard Walters to stream below.

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New Single From The Victorian English Gentlemens Club. September 5th will see the release of a new double A-side from The Victorian English Gentlemens Club latest album Bag Of Meat. The album, released earlier this summer via This Is Fake DIY Records is a brilliant amalgam of visceral art-pop, machine gun guitars, fuzzed up rock and macabre lyrics.

The new single is As Jungle Drums Rang Across The Amazon (We Held Our Heads And Screamed) backed with Richer Than My Tribe – take a listen.

A few videos that have caught our eyes and ears recently. Watch and grab some downloads below.

First up, Ale Mania have a nice line in sleazy guitars on Robust Universe.

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Orange County quintet Young The Giant have unveiled a brand new ‘In The Open’ session video of their track Guns Out.

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Milwaukee six-piece Collections of Colonies of Bees will release GIVING, their anticipated new album via Hometapes on August 2. This is Lawn from the record.

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Her Vanished Grace make power dream pop with a side order of shoegaze. Think Ride and School Of Seven Bells and you’ll not be far away. This is Passenger.

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Yesterday saw the release of Bag Of Meat, the raucous third album from MM faves The Victorian English Gentlemens Club. Here is the title track.

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Boy Without God sent us a video for a brand new song, Slow Life. Two guitars, four voices, one rooftop at sunset. Nice!

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Other Lives have released this pretty stunning effort for For 12, the first single from wonderful new album Tamer Animals.

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Lastly, Space Baby is the first video from This Frontier Needs Heroes album The Future.

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Download Boy Without God – Of Cowboys & Other Beautiful Men mp3 (from God Bless The Hunger)

Download Her Vanished Grace – Passenger mp3 (from See The Moon)

Download Her Vanished Grace – See The Moon mp3 (from See The Moon)

Download Young The Giant – My Body mp3

Download Other Lives – For 12 mp3 (from Tamer Animals)

Here are four corking singles for you to listen to and, should you be so inclined, subsequently purchase.

First up are Scumbag Philosopher and their second single, God Is Dead So I Listen To Radiohead. It is typically English in it’s odd spoken word style, wry black humour and deadpan observations of the ludicrousness of life. Out on May 23rd, visit their website here for more details.

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Long time MM faves, The Victorian English Gentlemen’s Club also plough their own singular furrow of often spastic art-rock. Latest single, A Conversation is a conversation between a woman and her executioner just before her beheading. It’s made of one hundred and ninety-five seconds of a mandolin like a fairground, a guitar like an organ, falsetto singing and lots of heavy breathing. There’s no bass, and no drums in the chorus – this is on the sound advice of the late, great Buddy Holly: ”take the drums out of the chorus and you’ll have a massive hit on your hands”. Here’s hoping…get it from iTunes here.

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Barry Sean’s favourites Chapel Club follow their excellent debut album Palace and sold out UK tour with a new single on May 16th. Blind is taken from the LP – watch and enjoy.

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Buy the album here or a signed copy of the single here.

And lastly we have The Wave Pictures another resolutely British band and their new single Little Surprise the first from the new album Beer In The Breakers. Buy it here.


Here is our usual round-up of the best songs we’ve posted in August together with a couple of our favourite covers and three new songs to tempt you. Another perfect mix tape we think.

Black AngelsTelephone mp3

Gentler psych-pop approach from new album calling to mind classic era Zombies

DreamendMagnesium Light mp3

Superb psych-folk from the loosely joined and hellish story of a serial killer

The Migrant The Organ Grinder mp3

Gentle, low-key start before the swelling, insistent guitar strum builds and builds while the plaintive vocals keep pace the whole time

EfrenStay High mp3

Psych-folk tale of trying to lose love, dreams of family past, tall boys, gambling, and whiskey stills…

TV TorsoI Can See Your Face mp3

Excellent, hypnotic pulses and sixties harmonies

Amen DunesBy The Bridal mp3

Hazy, sunlit psychedelic folk

Nick MarshBest Shag In The World mp3

Like an evil Richard Hawley on smack singing something from Blue Velvet

Victorian English Gentlemens ClubA Biting Wind Followed By An Occasional Drift Of Snow (Was No Way To Cure A Hangover) mp3

Excellent new track from post–punk, art-rock weirdos

White Noise SoundSunset mp3

Corrosive feedback, pulsating krautrock rhythms, floating vocals and wall-of-sound guitars combine into an ear-shattering, blissed out climax

White Dress No Solid State mp3

Noir rock, taut and quivering with all kinds of emotion poured into the vocals

Small BlackPhotojournalist mp3

Lilting sliding beat dropping into a gorgeous moment of ambient wash

Paul Hawkins & The Awkward SilencesI’m In Love With A Hospital Receptionist mp3

Anti-folk masters of oddball lyrics, black humour, biting satire and sometimes poignant political comment

Ono PalindromesBlack Lungs mp3

Ferocious energy, vicious circling guitars and gunshot percussion

The NationalYou Were A Kindness mp3

New, suitably downtempo piano ballad

American GraveyardCommon Ones mp3

Debauched Americana, delivered in the timeless style of all classic protest songs

Truman Peyote Featuring Emily ReoTurn Into Feathers mp3

Like something from a banned 1970s horror flick it quickly transforms into a delightfully skewed three minute pop song for freaks and outsiders

Haunted WindchimesDon’t Take My Baby Away (Baby Back) mp3

Authentic, bewitching folk that draws you in and holds you tight

Baby EagleDay Of Our Departing mp3

A corking track with echoes of Neil Young, Gram Parsons and Pavement

We Are TreesDear Chan Marshall mp3

Deceptively simple song with some lovely flamenco style guitar and clever lyrics

Pepper RabbitOlder Brother mp3

Folk with chamber leanings and a twisted, slightly psych-pop edge

The War On DrugsComin’ Through mp3

Strummed guitar delight from forthcoming album

Roy PaymonImonetta mp3

Simply georgeous, fragile pop song

Our cover versions of the month are these two:

Download Fever RayMercy Street mp3

Download Mumford & SonsUnfinished Business mp3

And three excellent new tracks to finish off with: firstly another cover – The Drums doing Arcade Fire, the new taster track from indie-folk God Sufjan Stevens and finally some superb, caustic, drone punk from The Band In Heaven.

Download The DrumsWe Used To Wait mp3

Download Sufjan StevensI Walked mp3 (from The Age of Adz)

Download The Band In HeavenSuicide Pact mp3 (from The Band In Heaven / Weird Wives Split Tape)

We’ve been away for most of the past two weeks and relying on forward scheduling posts for the most part, but it means we’ve missed out on some of the more recent releases. So a first quick trawl through the in box has picked out these three for you.

First up is Glitter, the first single from the forthcoming No Age album Everything In Between. It begins with an almost glam rock feel and is certainly a touch more polished and a touch more pop then previous efforts, but the rumbling drums, low-key vocals and hazy feedback are still present and correct and it all adds up to a mighty fine opener for the album.

Download No Age – Glitter mp3 (from Everything In Between)

MM gets the feeling that Salem might be less inclined to compromise than No Age, certainly if second track from forthcoming album King Night is anything to go by. It is bleak, spectral, and brilliantly uncomfortable listening, the disembodied (even disembowelled) vocals are enough to give you nightmares on their own!

Download Salem – Asia mp3 (from King Night)

Third up are much under-rated MM faves, and post-punk, art-rock weirdos The Victorian English Gentlemens Club whom we first saw a few years ago as the support band at a gig in Oxford. They are now preparing their third album for release and are offering up the marvellously titled A Biting Wind Followed By An Occasional Drift Of Snow (Was No Way To Cure A Hangover) – every bit as good as it sounds it should be.

Download The Victorian English Gentlemens Club – A Biting Wind Followed By An Occasional Drift Of Snow (Was No Way To Cure A Hangover) mp3