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.

L.A. Witch New Single 'Untitled'

Today L.A. Witch return with their reverb-heavy garage-punk sounds with new single 'Untitled' and news of their debut self-titled album. L.A. Witch is set for release Sept 8th via Suicide Squeeze.

In the dimly lit interior of a small nightclub, where the stale smell of a thousand extinguished cigarettes drowns out the smell of spilt beer and broken dreams, a band plays against a backdrop of cheap golden tinsel. Outside, palm trees line the night’s horizon. In the years to come, the streets will swell into highways and interstates, but for now Los Angeles is still a young city growing daily with transplants from across the United States, all looking for a new life. It’s still a city largely cut off from the rest of the country, and in the years before the Manson family forever tarnishes the infinite hope of the Western enclave and before the Hell’s Angels of Altamont interrupt rock n’ roll’s peaceful trajectory with unprecedented violence, there is still a dreamy California sound for those dark rooms suffused with neon light. The three women of L.A. Witch wouldn’t be born for several decades, but their sound transports you back to those warm Californian nights in smoky rooms.

The name is a partial misnomer. Though the band hails from Los Angeles, they do not partake in any sort of witchcraft. Yet their ability to conjure a specific time and place through their sound does suggest a kind of magic. On their eponymous debut album, L.A. Witch’s reverb-drenched guitar jangle and sultry vocals conjure the analog sound of a collector’s prized 45 from some short-lived footnote cult band. The melodies forgo the bubblegum pop for a druggy haze that straddles the line between seedy glory and ominous balladry; the production can’t afford Phil Spector’s wall-of-sound, but the instruments’ simple beauty provides an economic grace that renders studio trickery unnecessary; the lyrics seem more descendent of Johnny Cash’s first-person morality tales than the vacuous empty gestures of pre-fab pop bands. This isn’t music for the masses; it’s music for miscreants, burnouts, down-and-out dreamers, and obsessive historians.

Album opener 'Kill My Baby Tonight' is the perfect introduction to the band’s marriage of ‘60s girls-in-the-garage charm and David Lynch’s surreal exposés of Southern California’s underbelly. Sade Sanchez’s black velvet vocals disguise the malicious intent of this murder ballad, with the thumping pulse of bassist Irita Pai, the slow-burn build of drummer Ellie English, and Sanchez’s desert guitar twang helping beguile the listener into becoming a willing accomplice to the narrator’s crimes. 'Brian' follows the opening track with a similarly graceful, if not somewhat ominous, slow-mo take on a well-worn jukebox 7”. It’s a vibe that permeates the entire album, from the early psychedelic hue of 13th Floor Elevators on tracks like 'You Love Nothing', through the motorik beat and fuzzed-out licks of 'Drive Your Car', to the grittier permutation of Mazzy Star’s sleepy beauty on 'Baby In Blue Jeans'.

The band’s initial aspirations were humble. “We never really thought we would or could release an album,” the band says, "we were really just finding each other and finding our sound.” But after touring nearly non-stop for the last three years, L.A. Witch developed a singularly seductive, haunting, and wistful sound that enamored the garage rock, dream pop, psych, and broader indie communities.

L.A. Witch live in the UK:
18/9 - The Crofters Right, Bristol UK
19/9 - Sticky Mikes, Brighton UK
20/9 - Moth Club, London UK
21/9 - Mono, Glasgow UK
22/9 - Psych Festival, Liverpool UK

Photo credit: Marco Hernandez

Photo credit: Marco Hernandez

Sextile - 'One Of These' Video

Following the announcement of their second album. ‘Albeit Living’, to be released on July 14th via felte, LA-based trio SEXTILE have shared a new video for ‘One of These’The clip features camera work & projections by Cloaking and brings together the band’s infamous visceral live show with imagery capturing the vast industrial sound that underpins this striking new record. ‘One of These’, a tirade on the feelings frontman Brady Keehn experienced during his personal struggle with addiction and escapism, is empowered by these suitably impassioned & urgent visuals.

As a stable fixture in the Los Angeles underground over recent years, Sextile have been gaining a devout following since their inception in 2015. The band boldly throw convention out of the window to create and genre-bending imprint that combines the raw energy of 70’s punk with the intricate and sophisticated structural elements of 80’s post-punk and synth-wave.

Sextile’s first release, A Thousand Hands, marked a signature sound - a dark and primitive form of angry rock ‘n’ roll, blending surf-punk, early industrial, and post-punk against a backdrop of violent energy. The album caught steam with each flailing, chaotic, electrifying performance, including a standout run with The Soft Moon. Brady Keehn’s intense vocals and piercing guitar sounds bounce effortlessly off Eddie Wuebben’s hypnotic synth-lines and Melissa Scaduto’s commanding stand-up drumming style.

After hunkering down in a basement in Echo Park to record for a couple of weeks, Sextile is back with their sophomore LP, Albeit Living. The album title, inspired by a Circle X song, means in-spite of living and sets the tone for a politically charged, introspective album of impassioned observations on our world today. Musically, Albeit Living is a testament to the band’s growth in the songwriting department and effort spent fine-tuning their burgeoning compositional skills: the synth is in the forefront on this album, allowing it to shine through more powerfully than we saw on A ThousandHands. Despite its more sophisticated sound, the album manages to match and even intensify the seductive energy of their live shows and debut album.

SLØTFACE - New Single 'Nancy Drew'

Following the recent announcement of their much anticipated debut album Try Not To Freak Out — Norway's Sløtface recently shared new track ‘Nancy Drew’, which continues in their fiery footsteps, with vocalist Haley Shea reimagining the track’s teen detective namesake as the noble vanquisher of indie rock’s boys’ club. “My girl is wiping slates clear / And I long for the look / And a soundtrack of women who all know what’s up / I keep hearing their cherry bombs through the walls,” she seethes amid sneaky, plundering guitars.

Led by vocalist Haley Shea with guitarist Tor-Arne Vikingstad, bassist Lasse Lokøy and Halvard Skeie Wiencke on drums, with every move they make, Sløtface look to spin conventions on their head - with debut album Try Not To Freak Out (out September 15th on Propeller Recordings) set to follow suit. Haley’s forceful, firework-spitting punk slices through you with an immediacy and confidence of someone several records in. 

Speaking on how 'Nancy Drew' originally came about, the band said: "We wrote the big rock chords and electronica inspired bass hook first. Then for the lyrics - Haley wanted to take some of that power and make it about something really cool and slick. Nancy Drew in the song is basically a super hero version of the original teenage sleuth, who fights the patriarchy and indie music's boys' club."

"The song is about this super hero I tried to create that's based on Nancy Drew", Haley muses. “The album is full of things we're worrying about, so I wanted to put some positivity and strength in as well. For this song I wanted to create a kind of super hero saviour, so I drew inspiration from Nancy Drew and tried to imagine a bad-ass super hero who crushes the music industry's boys' club and the patriarchy with one punch."

"Ida came up with the idea to make the lyric video for Nancy Drew about all of the tinder cliches you come across online" the band explain, -- "guys petting an exotic animal, guys mountain climbing, and illustrating them all in cool clever ways. We loved the idea and just let her run with it, and are super pleased with the final product."

Theme band are set to play a whole host of European festivals over the summer. The band have also announced a full UK tour to coincide with album release kicking off in September, running throughout October. 

UK tour dates:

July 8th | 2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham, UKJuly 14th | Latitude Festival, Suffolk

July 23rd | Truck Festival, Oxfordshire

Aug 25th | Leeds Festival, UK / Aug 27th | Reading Festival

Sep 28th | 60 Million Postcards, Bournemouth

Sep 29th | Actress & Bishop, Birmingham

Sep 30th | Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Oct 1st | Soup Kitchen, Manchester

Oct 3rd | The Basement, York

Oct 4th | The New Adelphi, Hull

Oct 5th | The Venue, Derby

Oct 6th | The Picture House Social, Sheffield

Oct 7th | Think Tank, Newcastle

Oct 9th | Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh

Oct 10th | The Broadcast, Glasgow

Oct 12th | The Magnet, Liverpool

Oct 13th | KU, Stockton

Oct 16th | The Bodega Social Club, Nottingham

Oct 17th | The Cookie, Leicester

Oct 18th | The Joiners, Southampton

Oct 19th | Plymouth, The Underground

Oct 20th | The Louisiana, Bristol

Oct 21st | The Purple Turtle, Reading

Oct 24th | The Hope & Ruin, Brighton

Oct 25th | Camden Assembly, London

Oct 26th | The Cellar, Oxford
 

Placebo - Life's What You Make It video / Tour Announcement

For a band with such a strong and unmistakable catalogue of original material, Placebo have always had an impeccable way with a cover version. Starting with a take on Syd Barrett’s Dark Globe, way back in 1996, they have freely interpreted the songs of others to complement the originals. Their choice of covers – from Nick Drake to Boney M; Serge Gainsbourg to Depeche Mode – demonstrates Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal’s musical influences and heritage. Rather than keep their musical passions locked in an ivory tower, they approach each interpretation with an excitement to share what they love.

With its sledgehammer beat and Molko’s keening vocal, ‘Life’s What You Make It’ – the lead track from last year’s EP of the same name – instantly reminds you of all the reasons you fell in love with Placebo. There is a great deal in common with the work of Talk Talk (who sang the original in 1986) and Placebo: both remained true to their artistic vision, even if that has sometimes meant not taking the easy route. The song’s message of making the best of circumstances strikes a particular chord in the challenging era in which we live. “We covered Talk Talk's Life's What You Make It because it is a song from the 80s that we still liked, and wondered if we could replicate Gwen Stefani's global smash hit with her band's cover of 'It's My Life'. That remains to be seen…” Brian Molko says.

Molko wanted something different for the film to accompany their song. He had a concept in mind that was loosely based around the original 1986 Talk Talk video that was shot at night on London’s Wimbledon Common. It featured the band surrounded by nature, complete with, as Molko puts it, “little beasties crawling over leaves”. Brian felt that there could be an updated version, where “the band would be robots playing instruments and that e-waste would replace nature, as it appears to be doing only a few decades after the song’s original release”. The brief that the band put out to prospective directors was short, simple and open to interpretation: “e-waste, please!”

It’s not that Placebo were inundated with appropriate responses. Brian continues, “The only director who actually came back to us with a treatment about e-waste was Sasha Rainbow. I called her up to sound her out and discovered that I was speaking to a very brave and passionate woman.” Rainbow’s accompanying film for ‘Life’s What You Make It’ was shot in Agbogbloshie, a former wetland in the heart of Accra, in Ghana, which is home to one of the world's largest electronic waste dumps. It sets an apocalyptic backdrop of first-world waste against the daily lives of those who inhabit this thoroughly otherworldly space.

“I told her that she had balls of steel for actually daring to go film on location in Ghana and that, no, we would not be coming, since we were timid little souls,” Molko says. “The two boys in the film live in this extraordinary place,” Rainbow says. “Which for me, highlights a human’s ability to adapt with incredible strength, resilience, and humanity.” It is a compelling look into a world that few know exists: “I hoped to capture the environment in a dreamily meditative way that would at once juxtapose and yet synergise with the theme of the song, and glimpse at part of the repercussions of our current technological revolution. On the one hand, technology is enabling us to create things beyond our wildest imagination, and yet little discussion has been had about what to do with all our discarded e-waste.”“I think that it is important to stress that the video is not anti-technology,” Molko adds. “That would be ridiculous, considering how much it enriches our daily lives. To me, it is about the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity that has not been chosen. We do, however, hope that it will make the viewer think about the repercussions of just throwing away tech that doesn't work anymore. There are several new and ingenious ways to recycle tech these days. Some companies will even give you money for it. All it takes is a little more effort.”

One of songwriter Mark Hollis’ key phrases in ‘Life’s What You Make It’, “yesterday’s favourite”, is sung powerfully by Molko, and underlines the e-waste message strongly in the film; yet it is far from being downbeat – the boys are seen dancing and laughing, making the most of their circumstances.

Placebo have also announced today that they will be returning to the UK to play a run of dates in October.

Sat 7 | Edinburgh Usher Hall
Sun 8 | Dundee Caird Hall
Tue 10 | Doncaster Dome
Wed 11 | Blackpool Empress Ballroom
Fri 13 | Reading Rivermead
Sat 14 | Cardiff Motorpoint Arena
Mon 16 | Portsmouth Guildhall
Tue 17 | Swindon Oasis
Fri 20 | Plymouth Pavilions
Sat 21 | Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Mon 23 | London O2 Brixton Academy

Moon Duo - 'Killing Time' Expanded Edition

Following the release of Moon Duo’s two-volume Occult Architecture suite, the Portland-based band are reissuing their 2009 'Killing Time' EP as a deluxe expanded edition with three extra bonus tracks. Those bonus tracks, 'Bopper’s Hat', 'Run Around,'and'Dead West Pt. II,' have never been widely available on vinyl before, the newly expanded release is also available digitally. Check out the video for Killing Time here:

'Killing Time' EP Expanded Edition Tracklisting:

1. Killing Time
2. Speed
3. Dead West
4. Ripples
5. Bopper’s Hat*
6. Run Around*
7. Dead West Pt. II*
* = bonus track

Chastity Belt - 'I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone' Out Today

Seattle band Chastity Belt’s highly-anticipated new album 'I Used to Spend So Much Time Alone' is out today on Hardly Art - their third full length album on LP, CD, digital, and cassette (including three previously-unheard bonus tracks).

To celebrate, the band has shared a new music video for quasi-title track 'Used to Spend'– an intimate, gorgeously-shot journey from their respective homes to a day at the races and back. 

They are heading out on an extensive world tour including the following UK dates:

Mon, Sep 4 - The Dugout, Margate

Tue, Sep 5 - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

Wed, Sep 6 - Star and Garter, Manchester

Thu, Sep 7 - Cluny, Newcastle

Fri, Sep 8 - Broadcast, Glasgow

Sun, Sep 10 - Bestival, Isle of Wight

Mon, Sep 11 - Exchange (UK), Bristol

Tue, Sep 12 - Bodega, Nottingham

Wed, Sep 13 - Green Door Store, Brighton

Thu, Sep 14 - Garage, London

New Beat Fund - New Single 'Brix'

LA's New Beat Fund are best friends and brothers as well (half of them by blood) their 2015 album Sponge Fingerz was an eclectic mix from across the musical spectrum culminating in their self-styled 'G-Punk' genre.

They defy genre definition with vibes that jump between surf rock, funky dub breakdowns, catchy indie pop, hip hop beats and punk. “It’s not just punk rock, or indie, or weird ass psychedelic art. We were all exposed to different things growing up, so we didn’t choose to only go in one direction,” says Shelby.

“We don’t claim any certain scene,” adds Michael, “and that’s kind of what we represent as a band, especially for kids who are figuring out who they are and where they fit in this weird ass world. We can hang with all of it and show people that’s OK to do. Let’s play how we play as individual musicians, and let’s write about our lives and go in that direction and not think about it too much. And this is what came out.”

Jeff sums it up like this; “We want everyone to be into our music. The word ‘pretentious’ is the worst fucking word I have ever heard. We want people to feel at home when they come to our shows, like they can do whatever they want at a New Beat Fund show. We want to be an unpretentious band that makes people feel honest emotions. Come to our show and join an experience and let you just be you. Have a good time and relate to our music.”

The band have just issued an official challenge on Facebook saying: "We have met a lot of rad ass people along the way. Consider yourself to be directly called out. NBF challenges you to film a video to “BRiX” and share your HEAD BANG. This shit is supposed to be fun so don’t take yourself too serious and make it funny, sexy, badass, or whatever is you. Just be you."

Check out the track 'Brix' here; "if I trip don't break my fall, I make my bed in alcohol". Genius.
 

TRICOT - ‘Tokyo Vampire Hotel’

Japanese alternative-rock band Tricot have revealed a performance video for their track ‘Tokyo Vampire Hotel’.

The song is the official soundtrack for the brand new Amazon Prime series of the same name which is released on June 16th 2017, and the latest to be taken from their new album 3 out now on Big Scary Monsters (UK), Topshelf Records (US) and Bakuretsu Records (JP).

The new video was directed by Mani Kato, who also directed ‘Melon Soda’, and was a deliberate step in a new direction, as the band explain: “We made a rhythmic, CGI-style video for ‘DeDeDe’ and a video shot in reverse for ‘Melon Soda’, but we wanted to focus on our live performance this time, so we eliminated all of the gimmicks and just played.” Created by Sion Sono, the provocative Japanese auteur responsible for such controversial, must-see films as “Love Exposure” and “Tokyo Tribe”, the show will consist of nine episodes, all of which will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Japan with a worldwide release to be confirmed.

Telling the tried-and-tested story of humanity fighting for its very survival against the mythical bloodsuckers, Sono commented on the news in an official statement: “I had wanted to make an original vampire movie for a long time,” he said. “I approached it as if making a movie. I am proud to say we’ve produced something that has never been done before either as TV drama or feature film.”


The band have announced a run of UK tour dates as part of a full European tour later this year.

Tricot 2017 UK live dates:

18.08.17 Dublin, Ireland - Whelans

19.08.17 Bristol, UK - ArcTangent Festival

21.08.17 Glasgow, UK - Broadcast

22.08.17 Leicester, UK - Firebug

25.08.17 London, UK - Bush Hall

27.08.17 Brighton, UK - The Hope & Ruin

29.08.17 Cardiff, UK - Clwb Ifor Bach

30.08.17 Leeds, UK - Headrow House

01.09.17 Southampton, UK - Joiners

PEELING - 'Wandering Womb'

Peeling's latest EP, 7 Years of Blood, was released on Friday on Buzz Records, and today have released a video for the EP's track 'Wandering Womb'. The EP is the second release from the band, which is led by singer/guitarist Annabelle Lee and features members of Dilly Dally and TOPS, following on the heels of the band's 2016 Buzz Records debut EP, Rats In Paradise.

The 'Wandering Womb' video, which was directed by Lee, and shot by Preoccupations' drummer Mike Wallace in Joshua Tree National Park, sees Lee and guitarist Alana DeVito, clad in menstrual blood smeared bridal gowns, walking together through the desert with rifles in what Noisey describes as "a subversion...as they are aggressively pursuing this barren landscape, away from thoughts derived by men who don't understand their bodies."

The EP builds on the sound of the band's earlier release, further exploring the layered guitar textures and Lee's bruising and often confrontational songwriting style, focusing thematically on the struggle to assert your individual agency and power, "If you add up the average time a woman spends on her period during her life, it's like 7 straight years," Lee says of the EP's title "That's an annoying thought, but also pretty powerful. Which is what this EP is about, taking control and harnessing your individual power."

TOUTS - Debut EP ‘Sickening and Deplorable’

TOUTS have just released their debut EP ‘Sickening and Deplorable’, along with their next single ‘Political People’, through Hometown Records.

‘Political People’ is a two minute sub culture anthem looking at how politics, the parties and the manifestos are so far removed from today’s youth. This disaffected vitriol speeds in with piss and vinegar summing up the collective conscience of teenage Britain in 2017.

The three members of Touts are just about to sit their GCSEs while simultaneously shooting videos and performing for their fast growing fan base. The video for ‘Political People’ was shot in front of a 400 strong crowd at their last hometown show in Derry and this summer will see the band play across the UK and Ireland including with Blossoms at the Castlefield Bowl in Manchester and with Kasabian at Custom House Square in Belfast. 

Live Dates

July 8th - Manchester, UK - Castlefield Bowl w/ Blossoms

Augusts 22nd - Belfast, Ireland - Custom House Square w/ Kasabian

September 1st - 3rd - Stradbally, Co. Laois, Ireland - Electric Picnic Festival

American Lips Announce 'Kiss the Void' Album

Montreal / LA’s American Lips have released the single 'Beyond The 7-11' and announce their debut album 'Kiss The Void', due for release June 16th on Ancient Fashion Records. 

American Lips is the first project featuring Death From Above 1979 drummer Sebastien Grainger and producer Adrian Popovich, yet their collaboration dates back over a decade. The pair first met when Popovich played in riff-wielding rockers Tricky Woo, a fixture of the Montreal garage-punk scene of the late 1990s. As a fan and supporter, Grainger aided in Tricky Woo’s signing to Last Gang Records, while Popovich helped record Grainger’s solo albums in return.

Drawing on the minimalism of Wire’s Pink Flag, the manic garage-punk of Jay Reatard, and the synth-driven attack of Total Control, Popovich and his wife Jessica Bruzzese (singer / bassist) co-wrote Kiss The Void. They named their band American Lips in tribute to a song by New York psych-punks Alice Donut. Trading demos with Sebastien Grainger as he sent them the latest DFA1979 songs, the drummer says he got jealous before Popovich asked him to join the band.

With a video written, directed, and edited by Grainger, 'Beyond The 7-11' channels the desperation at the heart of American Lips. Sparing no time, it synthesizes the band’s off-kilter influences while seeking something more than the monotonous offerings of an endless pop culture churn, check out the video below:

Kamikaze Girls - New Single 'Deathcap'

Straight off the back of a run of dates supporting Gnarwolves and a ferocious set at The Great Escape Festival, Leeds duo Kamikaze Girls reveal the video for 'Deathcap'.

The news comes ahead of a further run of co-headline tour dates with Nervus and UK festival appearances over the summer, and the track is the latest to be taken from their upcoming debut full-length, Seafoam, released 9th June via Big Scary Monsters (UK) and Wiretap Records (US).

The clip was shot by Katie McMillan, and edited by vocalist/guitarist Lucinda Livingstone. 

Commenting on the track, Livingstone explains: "The song's about how often the media attacks the entire millennial generation, and I guess we were mocking how much they seem to want to pin such a broad label on a really diverse set of people that are just doing their best to get along, for the most part."

Referencing fellow Leeds band Then Thickens' debut album Death Cap At Anglezarke, it's another cuttingly honestly missive from the pen of Livingstone, who continues to highlight the anxiety and inequality of the modern world with startling insight.

Seafoam is the follow-up to Kamikaze Girls' acclaimed debut EP, SAD. Exploring wider musical influences from shoegaze, fuzz-pop and the heavier side of the genre-spectrum they call home, it's a record that feels like a weight being lifted and a focused, sharpened quill being shifted to new targets.

Kamikaze Girls 2017 Tour Dates:

3rd June - Grimsby - The Gig Lebowski (w/ Ghouls)
9th June - Leeds - Headrow House (w/ Mannequin Pussy)
10th June - Manchester - Gullivers (w/ Apologies I Have None + Hot Mass)
20th June - Dundee - Conroy’s Basement*
21st June - Edinburgh - Bannermans *
22nd June - Leeds - Wharf Chambers*
23rd June - Ipswich - The Smokehouse*
24th June - London - Sebright Arms*
25th June - Watford - White Lion*
26th June - Southampton - The Alex*
27th June - Brighton - The Hope & Ruin*
28th June - Portsmouth - Edge of the Wedge*
29th June - Cardiff - Buffalo*
8th July - 2000 Trees Festival
22nd July - Truck Festival
27th July - Hull - The Adelphi
2nd September - Kent - Moosefest
30th September - Manchester - Deadbolt

* w/ Nervus

Mogwai - New Single 'Coolverine'

Since forming in Glasgow in 1995, Mogwai's output already numbers eight studio albums, 13 EPs, two remix albums, two live stream albums and four compilation albums including 2015’s collection Central Belters. They’ve also contributed soundtracks to an impressive spectrum of cinematic releases and TV series. The band have announced a major world tour, including dates in Europe. North America and 2 UK dates. Friday 15th Dec at the O2 Academy Brixton and Saturday 16th December at Glasgow's SSE Hydro. The new album 'Every Country's Sun' will be released on 1 Sept 2017, in the meantime check out the haunting 'Coolverine' here: