Husky Loops

With their new EP, 'EP2' set for release this Friday (Oct 6th), Husky Loops share new single 'Fading Out'.

The band are also set to tour with Placebo this month, as well as playing shows with Superfood & Tigercub, which will then be followed by a full headline tour across the UK in November. 

Singer Danio explains the thoughts behind the new song: "'Fading Out' is about leaving home. It’s open to interpretation, like most of our lyrics, but the song was inspired by both break ups and Mediterranean migrants. Musically it was really influenced by hip hop, I was listening to a lot of Pusha T and Jeru the Damaja and it’s all about rhythm”

Husky Loops are a band set on breaking the rules, bending genre boundaries and stepping boldly into the unknown. Their new EP strikes a perfect balance between the unhinged nature of their live shows and the meticulous detail that goes into every one of their studio recordings. It's messy but precise, fierce but mellow, it's open but intriguing.  Far-out apocalyptic arrangements collide with oddball pop structures as the group continues to define and accomplish their incredible musical vision. 

See Husky Loops live:
October
10th – Doncaster Dome (Placebo)
11th – Blackpool Empress Ballroom (Placebo)
12th – Nottingham Bodega (with Superfood)
13th – Reading Rivermead (Placebo)
14th – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (Placebo)
16th – Portsmouth Guildhall (Placebo)
17th – Swindon Oasis (Placebo)
20th – Plymouth Pavilions (Placebo)
21st – Wolverhampton Civic hall (Placebo)
23rd – Brixton Academy (Placebo)
24th – Brixton Academy (Placebo)
26th – Manchester Star & Garter (with Tigercub)
27th – Norwich Waterfront (with Tigercub)
November
8th – Glasgow Garage Bar (attic)
9th – Leeds Brudenell Games Room
10th – Middlesborough Westgarth
11th -  Newcastle Think Tank
12th – Liverpool Studio 2
14th – Birmingham Sunflower Lounge
15th – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
16th – Bristol Crofters
17th – Lexington, London
18th – Southampton Joiners
25th - Luton The Edge 

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Yeah Yeah Yeah's - Re-issue 'Fever To Tell' 15 Years On

YEAH YEAH YEAHS have announced details of a vinyl reissue of their seminal, ground-breaking debut, Fever To Tell, on October 20th through Interscope Records / UMe. The album will be available as a Limited Edition Deluxe Box, Standard LP, and Digital deluxe and standard re-mastered editions. Pre-Order for all editions from Sept 26th, with release on October 20th. “Shake It”, a previously unreleased track from the Fever To Tell era, is available as an instant grat now via all digital formats. 

Speaking about the release, the New York trio said, “A friend of a friend kept asking if we were ever gonna put Fever To Tell out on vinyl as it hasn’t been on vinyl in 10 years. That’s not right. So here it is on vinyl for the first time in 10 years plus a time capsule of photos, demos (1st ever recorded,) a mini film documenting our near downfall and other fun memorabilia, from the turn of the century NYC, made with love + the usual blood, sweat + tears of Yeah Yeah Yeahs.”

One of the finest debut albums of recent times, Fever To Tell was released in 2003 and was influential in shaping the sound of the early aughts and beyond. Prior to its release, Karen O, Nick Zinner and Brian Chase had already established themselves as a ferocious live force; Fever To Tell introduced a band who could play thrilling and frenetic rock’n’roll one minute and captivating, hushed ballads the next. Its meld of scuzzy riffs, angular grooves and hypnotic hooks set a template that was often imitated over the next decade but the album’s rare chemistry isn’t easily replicated. It’s a snapshot of an era that sounds just as mesmerizing as it enters its 15th anniversary in 2018.

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Tigercub - Into The Ashes

Check out Tigercub's latest single ‘Into The Ashes’ here, the track is the latest to be taken from their new EP Evolve or Die set for release on 29th September via Alcopop! Records:

The band have also just been revealed for the BBC Radio One Rock Show’s ROCKTOBER live session line up alongside Weezer, Rise Against, Frank Iero, The Xcerts, Counterfeit & Employed to Serve. Tigercub’s session will air on Sunday 15th October 2017.

Marking yet another stylistic fork in the road for the band, ‘Into The Ashes’ is crushing – cyclical drums and bass maintain the intensity, with the band using subtle rhythmical changes and developing the arrangement to keep things exciting, rather than fall back on the same old tricks.

“Lyrically 'Into the Ashes' is a series of vignettes on being born into a world that's already fucked and burned out,” commented front-man Jamie Hall “How jarring it is to have feelings and emotions with the knowledge that life is totally meaningless and chaotic, so in short it's fucking depressing. But at the moment that's something that really drives my lyrics...maybe I need a holiday!"

The band hit the road for a run of UK headline tour dates throughout October 2017:

16 Oct: Southampton – Joiners
17 Oct: Exeter – Cavern
18 Oct: Oxford - The Cellar
20 Oct: Milton Keynes - Craufurd Arms
21 Oct: Birmingham – Flapper
23 Oct: Huddersfield - The Parish
24 Oct: Newcastle – The Cluny
25 Oct: Edinburgh - Mash House
26 Oct: Manchester - Star & Garter
27 Oct: Norwich - The Waterfront Studio

18 Jan – London – The Scala ** JUST ADDED**

Shopping - New Single 'The Hype' & Tour Announcement

Shopping have just announced new single 'The Hype' which is out 17th November on Fatcat Records. Have a listen here:

Having spent the past few years touring the UK, EU and US, as well as splitting their time between other creative and musical projects, the post-punk trio return with the bold, spiky new single 'THE HYPE', the first taste of new music since their acclaimed 2015 album, Why Choose? released on FatCat Records.

'THE HYPE' is a song about thinking for yourself, taking matters into your own hands and not listening to other people or institutions that try to take advantage and tell you what to think or how to be. The band say of it, "It's a wake up call to action that says don't believe everything you hear, always question whats presented to you and don't just sit around and think about making change before it's too late."

Rachel Aggs (guitar/vocals) adds, "But it's also a party song! We liked offsetting the serious, dead-pan lyrics with the relaxed yet self-assured funk of the song itself, we had a lot of fun writing it - it has a guitar solo and everything! I always wanted to do a song with a drum and bass breakdown section where the guitar drops out too, I find that part so satisfying.”

The band have also announced a November tour:

Monday 6th November - GLASGOW - The Art School
Tuesday 7th November - LEEDS - Wharf Chambers
Wednesday 8th November - YORK - Crescent
Thursday 9th November -  CARDIFF - Gwdihw Cafe Bar
Friday 10th November - LONDON - Kamio

Photo credit: Matthew Williams

Photo credit: Matthew Williams

Metz New Video 'Cellophane'

METZ have delivered a new video for their debut single 'Cellophane'. As described by director Shayne Ehman, the visual depicts a sphere where “consciousness is split, and a world of contrast unfolds. The resulting disembodiment disperses one’s spatial awareness and new kinds of empathy develop. Two become three, and it’s only half the story” . 

Taken from their third album 'Strange Peace' which is out tomorrow on Sub Pop, NPR Music’s Jason Heller said if the album; “Recorded with Shellac's mastermind Steve Albini, Strange Peace is an album that doesn't need to be explicitly political to make a statement about our current chaotic climate. The opening track, 'Mess of Wires', gallops out of the gate like a malfunctioning industrial robot, a tangle of mechanical riffs and Edkins' oddly infectious chants. The band's ability to inject melody into the weirdest of places is most striking on 'Cellophane'. Slightly more laidback than the usual METZ song, it's closer to a garage-rock anthem than a skin-peeling punk rager, and Edkins' refrain of "How will I know? / How will I know?" is designed to lodge itself in the brain of the listener like some insidious implant....cathartic rather than hopeless — an exorcism of nervous energy at a time when it's direly needed.” 

Death From Above - 'Outrage! is Now' / 'Never Swim Alone'

Death From Above's new single 'Never Swim Alone' is out now check it out here, Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler shot the video on a phone in a hotel room in London and it's the precursor to the new album 'Outrage! Is Now' which is out 8th September. 

Earlier this year Seb's side-band American Lips released 'Kiss The Void' debut album, there was a DFA single 'Freeze Me' back in June which all led up to their highly anticipated 3rd studio album, the first since 2014. Exciting times!

Lyrics: "Babies in biker jackets, Laptops and dark sunglasses, Cocaine brunch, no reservation, Pull up with my ceiling missing, Valet park my hump machine, Backseat conceive, so unclean, Plug it in like USB, Eighteen years, f*ck being free, Can you hold these scrolls for me? Useless masters and degrees, Scroll down to go for a ride, Comment section suicide, There’s got to be another one coming, Another generation, Ready for the revolution, Or a change of station, Never Swim Alone ... Pray to American Idol, YouTube haircut so in style, Sodastream spray ricochet, In your face like: “It’s Ok!”, It’s my party, I’ll cry all day, So in touch with Rinpoche, Climb the mountain, password saved, Satan is my user name, Never Swim Alone"

 

ESTRONS - New Single 'Glasgow Kisses'

Estrons new single ‘Glasgow Kisses’ which is the first release from double a-side 'Glasgow Kisses/Cold Wash' and follow up to the awesome 'Strobe Lights' check it out here:

Meaning “strangers” in the Welsh language, Estrons’ approach to songwriting is inspired by feelings of estrangement, both to themselves  and the communities they come from. Showcasing singer Taliesyn Kallstrom’s ability to wash alienating and tumultuous experiences clean through her lyrics, she describes the track as “a nursery rhyme about adult life. A bittersweet study of the fear of commitment and how people protect themselves by hiding their emotions.”

After their recent tours alongside Honeyblood, The Amazons and Slaves, Estrons lare off on a headline tour this Autumn (full dates below), alongside sold out dates supporting Paul Draper. We saw them back in May and highly recommend checking them out live, check out our review from that show here:

Tour dates

14 Sep        Leeds - Brudenell Social Club^
15 Sep        Manchester - Gorilla^
16 Sep        Glasgow - King Tut’s^
17 Sep        Edinburgh - Sneaky Pete’s
20 Sep        Brighton - The Hope & Ruin
21 Sep        London - Scala^
22 Sep        Bristol - Thekla^
23 Sep        Birmingham - O2 Institute 2^
27 Sep        Guildford - The Boileroom
28 Sep        Newcastle - Think Tank
29 Sep        Liverpool - Buyers Club
30 Sep        Cardiff - HOYfest
2 Oct        Leicester - The Cookie
3 Oct        London - Electrowerkz
6 Oct        Birmingham - The Sunflower Lounge
7 Oct        Manchester - Neighbourhood Festival
2 Dec        Barcelona - Razzclub

^ w/ Paul Draper

METZ - New Single 'Drained Lake'

The new METZ track, 'Drained Lake', is a propulsive, jagged thing; heavy 21st century post-post-punk, with an infectious sea-sick synth line added for good measure. Strange Peace is their highly-anticipated third full-length album and is out September 22nd on Sub Pop.
 
'Drained Lake' reflects “The constant struggle to know yourself and make sense of your life and surroundings. What is my purpose? Holding on to who you are while fending off pressure to bend to what other people want and expect from you,” says METZ frontman Alex Edkins.

Since releasing their self-titled debut record in 2012 the Toronto-based 3-piece have garnered international acclaim as one of the most electrifying and forceful live acts, touring widely and extensively, playing hundreds of shows each year around the world.
 
Now, Alex Edkins (guitar, vocals), along with Hayden Menzies (drums), and Chris Slorach (bass) are set to unleash their highly-anticipated third full-length album, Strange Peace, an emphatic but artful hammer swing to the status quo.
 
Strange Peace was recorded in Chicago, live off the floor to tape with Steve Albini. The result is a distinct artistic maturation into new and alarming territory, frantically pushing past where the band has gone before, while capturing the notorious intensity of their live show.
 
“Recording in Chicago was a blast. We tracked fourteen songs in four days. It was the first time we felt confident enough to just play live and roll tape,” Edkins said of the recording process. “Strange Peace is much more diverse and varied than anything we’ve done before, which was exhilarating, but terrifying, too. We took the tapes home to Toronto feeling like we’d made the record we wanted to make.”
 
From the ferocious opening track, “Mess of Wires,” we’re met by the sheer force and fierce musicianship we’ve come to expect from METZ. With the unhinged, post-punk fragments of “Drained Lake,” and the whirling, acerbic pop features of "Cellophane," the band's hectic progression becomes clear. But Strange Peace isn’t merely a collection of eleven uninhibited and urgent songs. It’s also a kind of sonic venting, a truculent social commentary that bludgeons and provokes, excites and unsettles.
 
“The songs on Strange Peace are about uncertainty," Edkins explains. "They're about recognizing that we're not always in control of our own fate, and about admitting our mistakes and fears. They're about finding some semblance of peace within the chaos."
 
With all the pleasurable tension and anxiety of a fever dream, Strange Peace is equal parts challenging and accessible. It is this implausible balancing act, moving from one end of the musical spectrum to the other, that only a band of METZ’s power and capacity can maintain: discordant and melodic, powerful and controlled, meticulous and instinctive, subtle and complex, precise and reckless, wholehearted and merciless, brutal and optimistic, terrifying and fun.
 
UK/EU Tour Dates:
Nov. 02 - Prague, Czech Republic - Futurum !
Nov. 03 -  Wroclaw, Poland - Klub Firlej !
Nov. 04 -  Warsaw, Poland - Klub Hydrozagadka !
Nov. 06 - Berlin, Germany - Bi Nuu !
Nov. 07 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Loppen !
Nov. 08 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust !
Nov. 09 - Zwolle, Netherlands - Poppodium Hedon  ^
Nov. 10 - Kortrijk, Belgium - De Kruen (Sonic City Festival)
Nov. 12 - Le Havre, France - Le Tetris %
Nov. 14 - Nimes, France - La Paloma %
Nov. 15 - Bordeaux, France - Theatre Barbey %
Nov. 16 - Toulouse, France - Club Metronum %
Nov. 17 - Barcelona, Spain - La (2) De Apolo %
Nov.  18 - Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick %
Nov. 20 - Nantes, France - Pole Etudiant %
Nov. 21 - Paris, France - Le Trabendo %
Nov. 22 - London, UK - The Garage %
Nov. 23 - Bristol, UK - The Fleece %
Nov. 24 - Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club %
Nov. 25 - Brighton, UK - The Haunt 

! with Protomartyr
^ with Brian Case
% with Drahla

Photo: Ebru Yildiz 

Photo: Ebru Yildiz 

Holy Fuck - Bird Brains EP

Toronto's Holy Fuck are set to release their new EP 'Bird Brains' on 21st July, check out the title track here:

Photo: Nick Walker

Photo: Nick Walker

Their bio describes them perfectly as "a hardcore thrift-store found-object punk band with a relentless commitment to rhythm and a sense for atmosphere better matched to a close encounter of the third kind than a simple rock concert".

Photo: Nick Walker

Photo: Nick Walker

From their eponymous debut their journey through the an extensive back-catalogue to the release of Congrats in 2016 after a hiatus, where they checked into a “proper” studio rather than the barn in rural Ontario where most of Holy Fuck’s records were made, their ad-hoc arsenal of low-budget hi-tech toys had been streamlined down and they really cemented their unapologetic intricate noise-laden sound.

Not since Girl Band's 'Paul' has there been an animal-headed based video along with a highly set-on-repeatable tune that has captivated us so much!

The EP will be out on Innovative Leisure Records and Last Gang Records, check out their UK / IRE tour dates below:

 

AUG 9 WED Jazz Cafe, London
AUG 10 THU The Hare And Hounds, Birmingham
AUG 11 FRI Soup Kitchen, Manchester
AUG 12 SAT Belgrave Music Hall, West Yorkshire
AUG 14 MON Roisn Dubh, Galway
AUG 15 TUE Cyrpus Avenue, Cork, Ireland
AUG 16 WED Dolan's Warehouse, Limerick, Ireland
AUG 17 THU Empire Music Hall, Belfast
AUG 19 SAT Doune the Rabbit Hole, Dumbarton
AUG 20 SUN Think Tank? Newcastle Upon Tyne
AUG 22 TUE Colston Hall 2, Bristol
AUG 23 WED Patterns, Brighton

 

Downtown Boys - New Single 'Lips That Bite'

Downtown Boys follow-up to the politically charged single 'A Wall' with their new track 'Lips That Bite' today - it's a strong single, we love the contrast of the disaffected vocals over the intricately weaved upbeat surf-indie leanings. Like 'A Wall' before it, there's a bit of everything in there with keys and even a sax solo towards the end - it works, it's a really well put together track check it out here:

'Cost of Living' will be Downtown Boys’ first record for Sub Pop, and is due for release 11th August.

The album is at once incendiary, cathartic, and fun, melding the band’s revolutionary ideals with boundless energy. Produced by Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto, 'Cost of Living' shows a sense of maturity without compromising the band’s righteous assault and captivating presence. 

Downtown Boys are also on tour in the UK this October, check out the dates below:

11/10: Brighton, UK @ The Haunt (w/ Priests)
12/10: Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club (w/ Priests)
13/10: Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s (w/ Priests)
14/10: Glasgow, UK @ Stereo (w/ Priests)
16/10: Dublin, Ireland @ The Workman’s Club (w/ Priests)
17/10: Liverpool, UK @ The Shipping Forecast (w/ Priests)
18/10: London, UK @ Dome Tufnell Park (w/ Priests)
19/10: Sheffield, UK @ Picture House Social Club (w/ Priests)
20/10: Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute (w/ Priests)
21/10: Bristol, UK @ Simple Things Festival
22/10: Birmingham, UK @ All Years Leaving Festival

Photo Credit: Miguel Rosario

Photo Credit: Miguel Rosario

JOHN (×2) - New Album

Crystal Palace-based duo JOHN have announced the release of their new album 'God Speed In The National Limit' later this year. To celebrate the news, the pair have revealed a brand new video for ‘Ghost Printer’, which is the first single to be taken from the forthcoming album. ‘Ghost Printer’ takes aim at the everyday pressures of self-improvement, with the two Johns (that make up JOHN) channeling pent-up energy into both searing instrumentation and snarled - yet surprisingly poetic - vocals. “The track presents the story of a man haunted by his own technology,” explain the band “offering a darkly comic view of the common routines we find ourselves coerced into.”

It’s precisely this combination of incisive content and noise that has become JOHN’s signature, a signature that never fails to pay off in their celebrated live show. Taking the mundane spirit of their name as a manifesto, the two piece JOHN (both members aptly named John) offer a deadpan approach that has become the recognisable force of their live performance, with an almost mechanical solidity rare for only two bodies.

Alongside the rhythmic synchronisation of guitar and drums, introspective lyrics suggest that literature and spoken word are just as important influences as the punk, noise and rock genres they might otherwise comfortably fit into. This tight balance between content and volume is a sight for sore ears ... chjeck out their live dates below:

22nd June – Artrocker Presents – The Finsbury, London
15th July – Breakfast Records All-dayer – The White Rabbit, Bristol
5th August – Sunburn All-dayer – Brixton Windmill, London
9th September – DIE DAS DER Presents: Yr Welcome Lite, Wagon & Horses, Birmingham

EAT DIRT! Debut EP

Introducing: EAT DIRT ... A Pissed Off Punk Rock Collective From London, UK

Formed in late 2016, following the spiraling storm of political idiocy and rising tensions throughout the United Kingdom, EAT DIRT are angry. The members of EAT DIRT, previously of well established UK acts, put their frustrations with real life together and have created the bands debut 4 track EP 'EAT DIRT – I', a raging and viceral blast of aggressive punk rock. Their anger is unrelenting and they have lots to say.

“I'd given up on music. I wasn't really angry enough. I had nothing to sing about anymore. Then the whole Brexit thing happened. I'm mad at people. I'm mad at the world around me. As a group, we need to vent. EAT DIRT is that release.”

Musically, EAT DIRT build a fast, unrelenting punk rock sound of their very own. Apparently they have no interest in “making it”, don't care for industry politics and will not pander to anyone - they simply want to play punk rock, have fun and release that pent up aggression.

'EAT DIRT – I' clocks in at under 5 minutes, brought to life through the production skills of Justin Hill (ex-Sikth). The message is clear. These guys are frustrated and angry and don't hold back. They are set to play with Pears, Great Cynics and Darko at the New Cross Inn on 4th August and we hope to see them out on tour very soon.

It's honest and stripped back punk rock, at it's finest. 'EAT DIRT – I' is out now, for free on all digital platforms (oh yes, grab it now ... show your support and share these fine fellows about, or eat dirt!).

Check the video for the catchy as hell eponymous track 'Eat Dirt' here!

Wolf Alice - New Single 'Yuk Foo'

Wolf Alice's new single ‘Yuk Foo’ is taken from the band’s forthcoming second studio album, ‘Visions Of A Life’, which will be released on September 29 - check it out below. They have also announced a UK tour for November, dates below:

Wednesday 8 November - O2 Academy, Bristol

Thursday 9 November - O2 Apollo, Manchester

Saturday 11 November - Barrowlands, Glasgow

Monday 13 November - O2 Academy, Newcastle

Wednesday 15 November - Rock City, Nottingham

Thursday 16 November - O2 Academy, Birmingham

Friday 17 November - UEA, Norwich

Saturday 18 November - O2 Academy, Leed

Monday 20 November - Dome, Brighton

Tuesday 21 November - O2 Guildhall, Southampton

Friday 24 November - Alexandra Palace, London

Monday 27 November - Ulster Hall, Belfast

Tuesday 28 November - Olympia, Dublin

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Best Ex - 'Someday'

BEST EX (formerly Candy Hearts) have just released new single 'Someday'. Written in an introspective kick after seeing her friend's band play a great show, making her think of the struggle they’d all been through to make something of themselves, singer-songwriter Mariel Loveland called the song “a sort of anthem to the most insecure parts of myself -- the parts that felt like the best I could do was never really good enough.”

The chorus of “someday we’re gonna get it / someday we’re gonna get it right”, with the group vocals, harmonies, and upbeat synths surging and swirling, makes this an anthem for anyone working on getting through all the frustrations of life, and does so with the perfect mix of lo-fi grit and polished glitter. Demonstrating open-book lyricism coupled with dance arrangements, Best Ex is very much a reflection of Mariel’s coming into her own as both a person and musician.

The six-track EP is the first to be released under the band's new moniker and new indie/pop-leaning direction on Alcopop! Records which is out 14th July.

Speaking about the new EP, Mariel says: "Ice Cream Anti Social is sort of an ode to those moments where you're alone in your room and reflecting on your life. As a whole, it covers those sort of thoughts you can't kick when you're lying in bed about to fall asleep, or it's midnight and you're in your underwear, eating ice cream out of the carton, wondering what the heck happened to you."It wavers between that fine line where you aren't sure if you're actually killing it or a total mess. I don't know if this is a true fact about life or anything -- I'm sure those older than me will disagree -- but this EP was largely about coming to terms with the fact that no matter how many people are around you, you will always be sort of alone.” Ice Cream Anti Social is a glistening artistic re-imagination for Mariel, who has taken the heartfelt lyricism and hooks from her previous punk leaning work and brought them into looser, poppier arrangements.

'Girlfriend', the first single released under Best Ex, is more dancey and bass-laden than the Candy Hearts incarnation whilst still telling glittering tales of stolen kisses with delicious summery-pop.

Songs like 'February 4th' and 'See You Again' retain some of the more guitar-involved sound of past work, with the former a softer, string-backed ballad and the latter combining the more electronic-leaning sound of Best Ex with some of the rock influence that many associate with Mariel.

Closing track of the EP 'Jellyfish' fittingly features just Mariel singing over a ukelele, bringing a record that explores a lot of sound and emotion to a close with the most intimate spotlight on the words and music of the songwriter at the heart of it all.

Whilst the name change comes new tracks that sound more produced although still not commercial in that bad sell-out way ... like lovely glittering sugar-pop for the intelligent listener, rather than most of the drivel promoted by the mainstream media, Best Ex have their own kind of rebellion which has evolved along in the same spirit of their earlier songs.

Grandbrothers - New Single 'Bloodflow'

Düsseldorf duo Grandbrothers have signed to City Slang for the release of their second album, ‘Open’, which is to be released on October 20th 2017 ... check out the first taster here of what is almost 6 minutes of purely beautiful experimental and enchanting piano in the shape of new single 'Bloodflow':

Director Hugo Jenkins explains the video, saying: When I first heard the track I was really intrigued by how certain parts repeated yet kept evolving in a way that felt amazingly effortless. This made me reflect on different forms of spirituality and therapy that often involve repetitive tasks. I tried to let this repetition inform the way the film is structured, often returning to a particular idea but revealing a little more each time we see it.

The feel of the music is just so emotive I felt an abstract exploration of memory, family and the mother/daughter relationship made sense to me. The environment I chose to explore this in was drawn from a personal experience I had a few years ago.”

There’s a celebrated John Cage quote that’s always appealed to Erol Sarp, one half of Düsseldorf’s Grandbrothers: “I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.” It’s a sentiment ideally suited to Sarp’s work with his musical partner, Lukas Vogel. The duo has consistently tried to find fresh ways, aesthetically and practically, to compose.

Grandbrothers are the sum of unique parts: Progressive Swiss engineer/mechanic/sofware designer Vogel and German-Turkish pianist Sarp. Their second album ‘Open' twins Sarp’s piano skills with Vogel’s talent for both building the formidably intricate mechanics with which he exploits his partner’s instrument and also designing its software. Sarp works at his ivory keyboard while, from behind his own computer keys, Vogel live-samples his partner’s notes, triggering further effects with the aid of homemade apparatus that physically manipulate the piano’s strings and body. “There are hammers I control,” he explains, “which hit different parts to make beats and percussive patterns. In the beginning, I just used an open circuit board I’d constructed without a proper case. It was very fragile and often didn't work. We always had a soldering-iron when we played live.”

Their ambitious second album ‘Open' explores dimensions at which their debut ‘Dilation' only hinted.  The greatest revelation for anyone hearing them the first time remains the element constant to everything they’ve recorded: every individual sound that Grandbrothers make stems from one single instrument, a piano. No wonder their music was once memorably described as “open heart surgery on a grand.”

Open represents a significant leap forward for the duo, both musically and technically. “The songs have progressed a lot,” Sarp argues. Part of this is down to Vogel’s constant fine-tuning, and restless reinvention, of the systems he builds. “The main mechanical element remains the same,” he elaborates, “but now I use more powerful effects, like distortion and bit-crushing, so everything’s become denser. The most interesting change is that we’ve built elements we call bows, which oscillate the strings, without touching them, with an electromagnetic field. It’s the same principle as an E-Bow, but it has to be far more powerful because the piano strings are much thicker and stiffer.” For Sarp, such innovation is now par for the course: “Lukas is always coming up with new stuff he’s developed,” he smiles. “As soon as our setup is stable, he seems to get bored and needs to have a new challenge to keep things exciting...!”

Suggestions that Grandbrothers are part of the burgeoning, so-called ‘neo-classical’ movement might seem reasonable, but, the duo argue, they’re also off the mark. As Sarp points out, “Just because we use the same instrument doesn’t mean that it’s the same music. We always think about what physical impact the songs can have on the audience, for instance whether they can dance to them. We don’t only make music for listening to, after all.As much as we enjoy playing concert halls with the audience seated we also love to play at sweaty clubs where people are standing and dancing around us”

“What makes things work,” Vogel concludes, “is that we are such different personalities, with different skills, which fit together so well.” Sarp concurs: “Our music comes from a mixture of really intense analysis and simply doing things. I can calm him down, and he can incite me. He’s not just a colleague, but one of my closest friends.” Such synergy – born of an innate understanding and intuition, personally and musically – can be heard throughout Grandbrothers’ technically innovative, thrillingly distinctive work: two ingenious minds, perfectly in tune, relentlessly exploring new ideas. There’s nothing to be afraid of. Keep your mind Open.

Photo: Tonje Thilesen

Photo: Tonje Thilesen

False Advertising - New Single 'Honest'

Manchester-based trio False Advertising have revealed another brilliant DIY video for their new single ‘Honest’, check out the video here:

In the new visuals the band poke fun at Hillary Clinton's overly presumptuous election campaign, sip ‘Diet Woke’ in a nod to Kendall Jenner’s flawed Pepsi Ad, showcase realistic looking fast food, hawk free money and showcase a potentially flawed music festival for privileged millennials in a shrewd look at modern advertising techniques.

"We all love to hate advertising," say the band "but the truth is that it persuades people every day to do all sorts of crazy stuff, like buying things they can’t afford, or doing things that are probably not actually very good or ethical.

"As much as we’d love to use these clever brainwashing techniques to trick you into buying our music, our new video instead sees us sit down to watch a very ‘real’ advert break. Real, in the sense that every advert is designed to cut through the typical smokescreen created by advertising, by focusing on the flaw in the message. You can almost always find that flaw if you look for it."

The trio recently launched ’False Advertising TV’ across their social media channels, which they used to debut the track live through four bespoke "False" Adverts, conceived and shot by the band themselves.

'Honest' is the second in a run of standalone releases the band are putting out throughout 2017 and builds on their caustic, fuzz-drenched approach to alternative rock. Check out their live dates below:

8th July - The Ferret, Preston
23rd July - Blackthorn Festival
5th August - Humber Street Sesh Festival, Hull
15th September - Head For The Hills Festival
22nd September - John Peel Centre, Stowmarket
23rd September - The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich
28th September - The Old Blue Last, London
29th September - Green Door Store, Brighton
13th October -  Empty Shop, Durham
14th October - Little Buildings, Newcastle
15th October - Independent, Sunderland

Foo Fighters - New Album '‘Concrete And Gold’ Set For Release Sept 15th

PHOTO: Brantley Gutierrez

PHOTO: Brantley Gutierrez

Dave Grohl describes the mission statement made manifest in Foo Fighters’ ninth epic “I wanted it to be the biggest sounding Foo Fighters record ever. To make a gigantic rock record but with Greg Kurstin’s sense of melody and arrangement… Motorhead’s version of Sgt. Pepper… or something like that.”

'Concrete and Gold' marries some of the most insanely heavy Foo Fighters riffs ever with lush harmonic complexities courtesy of a first time team-up with producer Greg Kurstin.

The unlikely alliance with Greg came about through a bizarre sequence of surprise musical obsessions and chance encounters: Listening to the radio during a drive roughly four years ago, Grohl first heard “Again and Again” by Kurstin’s band The Bird & The Bee—“It blew my mind… it was so much more sophisticated than anything I’d ever heard and I became obsessed.”

Some months later, Grohl would randomly spot and fanboy out over “the guy from The Bird & The Bee!”. The two became fast friends over common musical loves with Grohl learning that his new favourite band had been on hiatus due to Kurstin’s workload as a producer.

While Foo Fighters recorded and released Sonic Highways, broke some bones and packed stadiums and arenas on one of the top five grossing tours of 2015, and gifted fans with the St. Cecilia EP, "Greg was becoming one of the biggest producers in the world,” Grohl recalls.

With the writing and recording of the next Foo Fighters album on the horizon, Grohl was eager as always to find fresh challenges for the band: “So I think maybe Greg is the guy that we ask to be our producer because he’s never made a heavy rock record before and we’ve never worked with a pop producer.”
 
Darrel Thorp was soon enlisted to mix and engineer. This collective conceived a blueprint of the new record, secretly booking into Hollywood’s esteemed EastWest studios to consummate this marriage of extremes... or as Grohl puts it: “Our noise and Greg’s big brain and all of his sophisticated arrangements and composition.”

Esther Joy - New Single 'Samgel'

Emerging London-based artist Esther Joy releases her new EP Psychic Tears on August 11th. Check out the infectious, dark, electronic sounds of first single from the record Samgel' here:

Speaking about the single, Esther says “Samgel is the name I use for the dark presence I experience and write about a lot in my music. It is a part of me that has overwhelmed me so much in my life and been the root to most of my darkest moments. I named this track after it because as soon as I wrote that first synth line (the big intense one at the beginning), it was like I had found Samgel”

Esther Joy doesn't stay in one place for long. Born in Leeds, she grew up in Edinburgh, and has since lived in London, Sheffield, Coventry & is now again in London. 
Having started making music as a teenager on a computer DJ programme, Esther sees music as a way of expressing the things that caused her much distress in her formative years. "Most of my teenage years and early 20s were super dysfunctional and I did a great job of royally fucking up" she explains "The thing that pieced me back together was rediscovering making music. I realised that you could build worlds of sound and textures in a computer without ever having to leave your bedroom (which is kind of mind blowing). From then on I taught myself how to produce and began writing electronic music.”

The new EP Psychic Tears combines dynamic electronics, hard & heavy synth lines and bewitching lyrics, but somehow retains a certain feeling of weightlessness and ethereal emotion, showcasing a fresh sound that has clicked into place.

She concludes "I couldn’t express myself musically in the way I wanted to for such a long time, and I just wanted someone to swoop in and make it all easy. Never finding those people was the best thing that could have happened because it forced me to get better on my own and now I am now I am just starting to feel like I am sounding like me." 
 

Human Tooth - Debut Single

Weekend Denim announced the signing of Newcastle's Human Tooth last month, alongside their raucous first single 'Undo Drag'. Today, the Geordie quartet release 'TRAMM'. Twisting and turning with acidic vocals wrapped around helter-skelter guitars, 'TRAMM' provides a battering counterpart to 'Undo Drag's comparatively honeyed melodies.

Human Tooth began in the mind of Scott Harrison in a bedroom in Barcelona. Having moved to the Catalan capital to escape the grey skies and drudgery of Newcastle, it wasn’t long before inspiration had reared it’s head.

With dozens of songs written and an itch to show them to the world, Scott, bored with relentless sunshine, glorious beaches and big mountains, returned to Newcastle to start a band - in the city where friends and collaborators EAT FAST had already laid solid foundations with their bristling, haywire pop choruses. He recorded the first two singles in a cold and dingy asbestos-filled practice room and soon after formed the rest of the band with school friends Sam Megahy,Andrew Metcalfe and James King. Still only two tracks and one gig young, their blown out blend of fizzy punk and pop hooks make them ones to look out for.