Dwight Trible new album out 12 April 2019

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Album release: 'Mothership' by Dwight Trible
Release date: 12 April 2019
Label: Gearbox records
More info: Artist website

Dwight Trible has forged an impressive career as an inimitable jazz vocalist, activist and as the godfather of the LA jazz scene. He is the vocalist for the Pharoah Sanders Quartet and has collaborated with a huge variety of artists such as Kamasi Washington (singing on ‘The Epic’ and ‘Heaven and Earth’), J Dilla, Life Force Trio, Carlos Nino, John Beasley, Bobby Hutcherson, Charles Lloyd, and is also the vocal director for the Horace Tapscott Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra - a Los Angeles institution with a history stretching back forty years and an active engagement in the city's Black community since the Watts Uprising.

Trible has also been on the forefront of the US jazz resurgence, working as executive director of the hugely crucial arts space The World Stage - a vital component to Leimert Park, which has been the epicentre of African-American art and culture in Los Angeles since the late 1960s. Artists such as Kamasi Washington and Terrace Martin have credited the venue as having helped to shape their sounds and the sense of community surrounding the scene, whilst also being an essential influence to the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Biz Markey, as well as number of artists from LA tastemaker label Brainfeeder and more.

In amongst all this noise, Trible is also a solo musician. Having released music on Ninja Tune as well as a collaborative record with Matthew Halsall on Gondwana Records, he is now set to release his new album ‘Mothership’ via London jazz aficionados and analog specialists, Gearbox Records (Binker and Moses, Sarathy Korwar, Theon Cross, Thelonious Monk).

Featuring appearances from legendary musicians such as Kamasi Washington, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (Thundercat, Dr. Dre, Flying Lotus) and more, the new album is packed with back-to-back cosmic trances, deep spiritual jazz cuts and messianic soul. But what takes centre stage here is Trible’s epiphanic vocals. Having been compared to the likes of Leon Thomas, he sings with a passion and range which is near unrivalled by living compeers, singing about love and empowerment, struggle and oppression and his personal, deep connection with spiritualism. Hear the new single 'It's All About Love'.

So, the question is why now, when in his late-50s, are many people only just hearing about Dwight Trible? It is entirely possible it’s because he hasn’t really wanted us to. An avid and passionate activist, an enabler of the local scene and a figurehead in the LA jazz community, Trible’s focus is rarely self-seeking, always facing outward his focus is largely centred on giving, inclusion and teaching, whilst also inspiring others and expressing himself both on-stage on-record behind the scenes.

A key figurehead in the LA jazz scene, Dwight Trible is a legend in waiting. With an incredible career spanning decades, he has played a pivotal role in creating as much jazz history through his work and inspiration in the new wave of US jazz, as he should be noted for in his undoubtable vocal and songwriting talent. ‘Mothership’ sees Trible make a giant leap into the foreground, and it won’t be long before everyone is wondering why they haven’t heard of him already.

"It was such an honour to play on Dwight Trible's album. His singing has inspired me since I was 15 years old. He has a way of bringing such a unique life and feel to every song that he sings. His voice has power, soul, and beauty, qualities that all us horn players strive for. Thank you, Dwight, for having me on this masterful piece of art." - Kamasi Washington.

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Big Scary Monsters new compilation out now

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Album release: 'Let's Just Do It And Be Legends' by Big Scary Monsters
More info: Label website

Today, Big Scary Monsters announce and celebrate their 250th release with their new compilation 'Let's Just Do It And Be Legends'.

Featuring new album tracks from American Football, Martha, Delta Sleep, Pedro The Lion and more, alongside vinyl exclusives from Cursive, Kevin Devine, We Were Promised Jetpacks and Jamie Lenman, the 12" picture disc is available now, for whatever price you'd like to pay. There's no minimum.

Commemorating years of critically acclaimed releases, the exclusive tracks on the record include Kevin Devine's 'Outstretched & Never Ending', which is taken from his digital only split with Worriers earlier this year; Jamie Lenman's cover of 'Good Riddance' by Green Day, which was on a Kerrang covermount several years ago; A new exclusive taken from We Were Promised Jetpack's recent album recording sessions, and an outtake from Cursive's new 'Vitriola', which was previously only available via a flexi disc which came free with New Noise magazine in the US. Additionally, the Martha and American Football tracks are both new singles, which are included in the compilation ahead of their respective album's that will come out in March.

Speaking about the release, Kevin Douch (label founder) says, "We think our roster is the best in the world and, as such, it deserves shouting about, SO WE MADE A LOVELY COMPILATION FOR YOU ALL.

We're immensely proud of the extremely talented artists' we're lucky enough to work with and only wish we could've squeezed more of them onto this record. It's release marks the beginning of a very busy period for BSM, with loads of brilliant new releases, showcases at SXSW, The Great Escape and Truck festivals, in addition to the return of our own multi-venue East London event, Big Day Out, on 28th September. Running a record label is never straight-forward and nor should it be (the fact that this release's catalogue number is accidentally BSM250 says it all) but we absolutely love what we do and hope this pay what you want LP helps introduce lots of people to their new favourite band."

'Let's Just Do This And Be Legends' is available, alongside hundreds of other records and merch items, via the labels new website.

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Club Kuru new single out now

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Single release: 'Cherry Bloom' by Club Kuru
Release date: Out now
More info: Band website

Today, Club Kuru have returned with their new single ‘Cherry Bloom’. The single follows on from the band’s 2018 debut LP ‘Giving In’, which featured their critically acclaimed, BBC 6 Music B-listed single, ‘Memory Junkie’.

Taken from their forthcoming second record which is due out in spring 2019 (further details TBA), the duo’s new material sees them further explore their multifarious and eclectic sound, developing new textures and further pushing the boundaries of their meticulous and far-reaching brand of psych-pop.

Hear / share the new single here.

Speaking about the single, Erskine says:

"I was imagining a man in purgatory; he can see the events in the mortal world unfold, but can no longer effect them. His wife has a new man - a taller and more handsome version of himself. He sees his lost love living the life they’d always dreamed of. Now he is frozen in time; he lies deep beneath the soil, watching. Cherry blossom from a beautiful Japanese, tree falls over him."

As well as sharing their new single, Club Kuru have also announced that they will be supporting Jungle on a short run of shows in France this February. They will play the following dates:

  • 23rd Feb - L'Aéronef - Lille, France

  • 24th Feb - L'Olympia - Paris, France

  • 26th Feb - Stéréolux - Nantes, France

If the classic stereotype of psych is one rooted in stoned jam sessions and 40-minute noodling guitar solos, then this decade's most respected and forward-thinking proponents of the genre are ones coming from an altogether different angle. From Unknown Mortal Orchestra to Tame Impala, Connan Mockasin and beyond, many of modern psych's most exciting figures are ones ploughing a far more technical, intricate path.

Into this lane come London duo Club Kuru. Drawing simultaneously from the emotionally visceral '60s and '70s influences that they were raised on, as well as more formal classical training and self-taught production skills, it's this combination of drama and detail that sits at the heart of their heady, densely idea-packed output.

Last year, the band – Laurie Erskine on vocals and completed by guitarist Laurence Hammerton – released debut LP 'Giving In' – a two-and-a-half years in the making, entirely self-recorded and produced record of warm, enveloping psych rock that exemplifies all these ideas. After gaining 6 music play listing, a sync on HBO’s High Maintenance and having played a UK tour with a sold out show at London's Moth Club, they're now building on those foundations and have finished Album Two. As with most things, it took a series of refinements to get to this point.

Formed originally as a solo project several years back when Laurie decided he wanted to move away from the then-dormant London jazz scene that his music school education had naturally placed him in, it was only when Laurence came on board that Club Kuru began to fully cement itself in the sonic world it sits now. “Everyone teased me when you came to that audition that I'd fallen in love,” jokes the singer to his bandmate of their immediate connection. Over the course of a few years, Erskine then built and ran a studio in Manor House. Though the building was eventually knocked down (a classic London tale), his tenure there gave him the opportunity to master things on the other side of the mixing desk. “In the year or two we had the space, I learnt a lot about production and songwriting, and that enabled us to make the album entirely ourselves,” he nods. Then, when they moved out of that space at the end of 2017, the pair decided to move in together in South London – turning their living room into a home studio and throwing everything into a living-working, all-in commitment. “It was then things started to happen much more quickly and with a clearer direction” recalls Hammerton.

The space itself – an “old granny's bungalow” situated down a quiet street amidst a row of pensioners – is a fittingly quiet and closed-off place for the pair to make their hub. “No one knows what we're doing down there; it's just this odd little place but it's perfect for us. And as soon as we got there, everything started to work better,” Erskine continues. And with their roots bedded down and everything in place, Club Kuru started to refine what they'd began with their debut and hone their sound even further.

Rooted in the classic songwriting of decades before them, but the modern production of the current crop, it’s a sound that embraces ideas from a wide pool. They make a point of recording the majority of their work to tape using analogue equipment from a bi-gone era. Citing Neil Young and Shuggie Otis, Iggy and the Stooges and Hammerton’s father’s band Sands all as influences, the result, says the guitarist, “tries to find the inner point of the three circles of psych, soul and jazz.” Lyrically, meanwhile, Erskine is now turning the lens outwards. Channelling ideas of outsiderdom and overblown romance, his are often oblique tales rooted in the hazy shadow regions of the human psyche. "I've been reading a lot of John Fante's Bandini books,” he chuckles. "I just related to this really naughty boy who was really lost and thinks he's a brilliant artist but doesn't get any recognition. That really struck a chord with me…”

If the tortured artist path has somewhat rung true previously, however, now Club Kuru are treading stable and productive ground. With European headline shows set for 2019, tour support around France with the formidable band; Jungle and LP2 set for release this spring, they’re building on the foundations of something special. Just two men, in an old lady’s bungalow, create their own sonic world...

Praise for Club Kuru

"...both live and on record, one to treasure." - DIY

"Merging the old with the new, it’s romantic, swooning and dreamy all at once." - Crack

"This is great." - - The Line Of Best Fit

"Somewhere between the torn 'n' tattered Mac DeMarco style and Tame Impala's focussed pop elements ... Something to cherish." - Clash

"...brings together influences from hip hop, and sugary electronica to create a kind of ultraviolet synth-pop."

- Dummy

"...exciting, genre-bending sounds." - Hillydilly

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Sistertalk debut single out now

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Single release: 'Vitriol' by Sistertalk
Release date: Out now
Label: Family Portrait
More info: Band Facebook

Today, elusive North London art rock quintet Sistertalk have announced their highly-anticipated debut single, 'Vitriol'.

Formed by brothers Gabriel and Daniel Levy in 2017, the past 18 months have seen the band holed up producing and honing their recorded material. Despite having no music online, Sistertalk have quickly become one of the most talked-about new bands in London due to their incendiary live performances. Having sold-out multiple headline shows and played alongside the likes of Shame, Yowl, Kagoule, Crows, Metz, Whenyoung and Goat Girl, the band have earned plaudits from the likes of DIY, So Young, Dork, Fred Perry Subculture, Clash and more.

Variously described as something that "smashes early 80s electronica with powerful punk" (Dork) and as "taking cues from the psychedelic, post-punk and the experimental" (Clash), theirs is a sound that is hard to pin down. Entirely unique, expect howling brass, pulsating synths, and angular guitars - all fused together with a laser-like precision as sharp as their suits.

Hear/share ‘Vitriol’ via Soundcloud | YouTube.

Speaking about the single, frontman Gabriel Levy says, "Before we started this band, I wanted to write something from the perspective of the jaded

performer – someone who’s tired of folded arms, half-empty rooms and mid-set walks to the bar. What that says about my relationship with music prior to this project is uncertain, but it ended up imagined as someone’s very public onstage tirade against an industry which isn’t even present to hear him babble. I didn’t anticipate that it would be the catalyst I needed to form Sistertalk."

Their debut single, 'Vitriol', was written, recorded and produced by the band themselves. Rather than follow the conventional path of releasing through a label, the band chose to continue this trend of self-sufficiency and release it themselves. Full of thwarted ambition and unconcealed contempt, it is an impassioned cry for all those who have played the game but couldn’t win.

'Vitriol' is due out 8th February 2019 via Family Portrait.

The band will also play a headline show at The Windmill, London on 13th March 2019 - Tickets available here.

“With one of the most immediately engaging live shows we’ve seen from a new band all year, they’ve planted themselves firmly in our sights” - DIY

“Electrifying performances have seen the band being tipped as one of the leaders of the next wave of exciting emerging bands” - So Young

“With no music out, but an endless list of unbelievable live sets…this is a reveal you need to see” - Dork

"Take neoclassical soundscapes and hammer them into a dark and angular portrait. Imagine a bitter artist, after a sleepless three-day bender, finally putting pen to paper." - Fred Perry Subculture

"Genre bending at its most excellent" - Clash

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Fontaines D.C. debut album out 12 April 2019

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Album release: 'Dogrel' by Fontaines D.C.
Release date: 12 April 2019
Label: Partisan Records
More info: Band website

Over the last year, Fontaines D.C. have released four critically acclaimed AA side singles, all of which garnered considerable support both from radio, with the band A-listed at BBC Radio 6 Music for their last single ‘Too Real’, and from a vast range of international press, with the band featuring in a number of end of year lists and receiving high praise from the likes of: NPR, Rolling Stone, Q, NME, The FADER, Time Out, DIY, The Line of Best Fit, Dork, Clash, Gigwise, So Young, Stereogum, Paste and more.

Now, ahead of their sold-out UK headline tour in April, Dublin's Fontaines D.C. have announced their highly-anticipated debut album, 'Dogrel', which is slated for release on 12th April 2019 via Partisan Records. Alongside the announcement of their new album, the band have also shared a new video (directed by Molly Keane) for the album opener, 'Big'. Hear/share ‘Big’ here.

Speaking about the video, the band said, "we felt that great ambition was a sickness, and we got Grian's 11 year next-door neighbour to say it to you all because he's got the presence of a hundred frontmen."

Alongside the new album and single, the band have also announced a new EU/UK headline tour starting on 19th November 2019.

Fontaines D.C. have toured extensively over the last year supporting Shame on their UK tour and selling out every date their own UK headline tours in December 2018 and April 2019. Similarly, the band have just completed a 20+ run of sell out dates across Europe and Scandinavia, will support label mates IDLES on their US tour in April 2019 and are also set to appear at various festivals across 2019 including End Of The Road, Truck Festival, Y Not Festival, SXSW and more. Full list of tour dates here.

'Dogrel' is due out 12th April 2019 via Partisan Records and is available to pre-order here. The album will be released on limited edition transparent yellow vinyl, CD as well as all digital platforms.

About Fontaines D.C.

“Is it too real for ya?”

“We were encouraging each other to be who we believed ourselves to be all the time” - Grian Chatten, lead vocals, Fontaines D.C.

With the best bands, it seems to happen fast. The trajectory is steep, the progression seemingly preordained, inexorable. Assembling whilst still at college in Dublin a mere three years ago, from the ruins of early nowhere bands, and having discovered a shared love of poetry and a common zeal for authentic self-expression, the evolution of Fontaines D.C. has been swift, sure and seemingly effortless. Three self-released seven-inch singles (the first of which, “Liberty Belle,” emerged in May 2017) each a confident step onward from its predecessor, and a relentless schedule of live shows have seen them progress at a prodigious, yet wholly logical pace. Through around 200 dates in the UK, Europe, and the US, one word has kept resurfacing in their characteristically eloquent yet direct interviews: authenticity. “I think there's an authenticity to what we do, and people have been starved of authenticity for too long,” Chatten said in one early Irish radio encounter. Not youthful bravado, but a truthful reflection of the shared code that has guided these five young best friends thus far, with what has occasionally seemed a preternatural combination of insouciance and self-belief. This commitment to the authentic, in their music and in each other, is key to understanding the Fontaines D.C. aesthetic. In the course of “going round bars, drinking and writing poetry and romanticizing it to bits,” according to bassist Conor Deegan, the band pushed each other to create, always keeping a collective eye on keeping it real. “We’d call each other out” Chatten has explained, adding, “through each other, we found ourselves a lot quicker.”

Alongside this commitment to each other and the shared goal, another overarching formative dynamic was at work: Dublin City itself; more specifically, the disappearing Dublin embodied most readily in their immediate surroundings, the old working class neighborhood known as The Liberties. As with so many of our cities, the modern malaise of gentrification is steadily claiming vast swathes of the Irish capital. Sure, that's progress, but the underlying cultural cost of this air-brushing of an environment is something that has preoccupied Chatten, feeding into much of the Fontaines’ lyrical content, and indeed the early singles' artwork which featured long-gone, semi-mythical figures like Bang Bang and Forty Coats, real-life quasi-Dickensian characters, legendary in their own time but now becoming lost in the city's fading folklore. Chatten speaks of writing about “the dying romance of the city...the reason we love the Liberties is that seems to be where a lot of that action is happening,” It would be a mistake to view this as some sighing nostalgia, however. Rather, it speaks to the place of Fontaines D.C. in a broader Irish cultural lineage: the bloodline that is more Behan than Bono, evoking poets such as Kavanagh and Lynott, Chevron and MacGowan and yes, even Joyce in the expression of the universal and profoundly human experience through the prism of the local, the familiar, the real. As Lou Reed did with New York, or Ray Davies with London, or indeed The Smiths with Manchester. Write what you know, as the old advice goes. Or, in the words of guitarist Conor Curley: “From talking to these guys about literature, I saw Irishness as being easily romantic about what you see.”

It's a through-line that can be discovered in all the best of Irish art, whichever the medium, and the band's intent is drolly embodied in the album's knowing title: ‘Dogrel.’ To give it its dictionary definition (or close enough for now): crude verse of little artistic worth. The ribald rhymes of the docks, the factories and the early houses. The authentic poetry of the people, which any smart Irish poet knows it is foolish to think oneself above. For in it all is an ineffable beauty, something these young men understand very well.

Not that ‘Dogrel’ isn't rock and roll; it most assuredly is, the best example of the form that you are likely to hear this or any other year. It spits, it snarls, it snaps with the very best of them. But also it yearns, like the greatest Irish music must do. In songs like the almost unbearably sad “Dublin City Sky” there is a marriage of the lyrical to the poetic tradition that bears comparison not just with MacGowan's (the Pogues) best work, but echoes the exquisite heartbreak of Luke Kelly's timeless reading of Kavanagh's “On Raglan Road.” This is an example of one of the great strengths of ‘Dogrel’; its diversity makes it feel less like a debut and more like the work of a band who have long since proven their point, as I suspect Fontaines D.C. may well feel that they have; to the very people who matter above all: each other.

From the short, sharp opener “Big” (surely rivalling “I Wanna Be Adored” as an irresistible opening statement of self-confident intent) the album delightfully surprises at every turn. The singles sit fully at ease along much more complex, emotionally loaded pieces such as “Roy's Tune” and “The Lotts,” both examples of a bruised but unbowed melancholia which is the record's true genome. “Television Screen,” shares its title with the first ever Irish punk single (by The Radiators From Space featuring future Pogue and another of the great chroniclers of old Dublin Town, the late Philip Chevron) and it is a different beast again: melodic and stately, it's a perfect example of the untimely, almost unnatural maturity that this band has already attained. “Boys in The Better Land,” in another twist, perfectly captures the spirit of the album's title. Among a blizzard of evocative couplets, “He spits out 'Brits Out" and only smokes Carroll's,” stands out as as great a pencil portrait as you'll find anywhere. That Lou Reed thing again.

As a band, Fontaines D.C. are on fire throughout: witness the brief, urgent mechanical grind of “Chequeless Reckless,” which perhaps comes closest to a Fontaines D.C. manifesto: "A sellout is someone who becomes a hypocrite in the name of money. An idiot is someone who lets their education do all of their thinking. A phony is someone who demands respect for the principles they affect. A dilettante is someone who can't tell the difference between fashion and style. Charisma is exquisite manipulation. And money... is the sandpit of the soul.” Spat out by Chatten with palpable contempt, they are words that could come back to haunt him, but he's smarter than that, and anyway, somewhere Mister Wilde is wryly smiling.

‘Dogrel’ is a debut which is best enjoyed as a whole; it is very much in the grand tradition of the album as art form, just as this is a band very much in the classic band mold: great singles, an indefatigable work ethic and an utter aversion to standing still.

Reluctant to be viewed as part of any wider movement (“I get a bit uncomfortable with some of the comparisons that have been made,” says Chatten, as he must, though they inevitably shall be) Fontaines D.C. have delivered on their tremendous promise in a way that few bands have. It is to their credit and it augurs well that their collective eye is already on the next phase as they prepare for now to merely take on the world for real. To real.

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Charly Bliss new album out 10 May 2019

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Album release: ‘Young Enough’ by Charly Bliss
Release date: 10 May 2019
Label: Lucky Number
More info: Band website

Today, NYC's Charly Bliss return by signing to Lucky Number (Sunflower Bean, Dream Wife, Hinds, Sleigh Bells and more) for the World excl America and announcing their highly anticipated new album, ‘Young Enough’, with a video for its lead single ‘Capacity’. Watch here.

‘Young Enough’ is available for pre-order now and due out May 10th via Lucky Number.

Charly Bliss' Eva Hendricks says "'Capacity' is a song about wanting to kill your inner people-pleaser, and Michelle beautifully presented a parallel concept, which warns of the perils of getting swept up in other people's bullshit.”

Video director Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast, says: "Charly Bliss has always made great narrative music videos, so I wanted to stay in line with that tradition and take advantage of working with a band that are all such great, funny actors individually. I was watching a lot of heist movies at the time, and I thought a sort of post-heist fall out between friends was the perfect setting for this song about reaching your limit with someone. Eva had an amazing mood board she brought to the table with references to Paris, Texas, Five Easy Pieces and Badlands so it was important for us to showcase a warm, 70's colour palette."

Additionally, Charly Bliss have announced European tour dates for May, as well as a return to SXSW. All dates here.

About Charly Bliss by Lizzy Goodman

"I don't know why it's easiest for me to frame the darkest lyrics in the context of upbeat songs," says Charly Bliss' Eva Hendricks. "It's completely instinctual and not something I ever plan out. It sort of mirrors how I am, and maybe it's a way of protecting myself. In my opinion, the two best emotional releases are crying and dancing, so it makes sense to me to marry the two."

That combination is the core of Charly Bliss who, on this record, embraced both sides of that equation more than ever before. Challenging each other to be exposed, to be seen for who they really are as people, and then to double down on the sound that emerged from that process is the story of the band's evolution from the scrappy upstarts who made 2017's brash punk LP Guppy, to the confident, assured artists behind the comparatively dynamic, unapologetically pop Young Enough. "We definitely go to different places on this one," says bassist Dan Shure. "But it still sounds like us. It's still fun." As they started writing, they tapped into their mutual love of pop music. "You know, bangers? Songs that just stick with you for a really long time," Dan says. In particular, the expansive but gritty title track and the synth-driven, emotive song "Chatroom" served as key points of reference for the overall direction of the album.

For Eva, the path to these moments of exaltation was fraught. Many of the singer's Young Enough lyrics were inspired by a past abusive relationship, one that had Eva - as such relationships are designed to do - doubting herself on many levels. Songwriting, which "wasn't something that I grew up thinking I could do," as she puts it, became a new source of respite, and, eventually, of redemption. "You go through experiences of loss or extreme pain and you just keep moving," Eva says. "You look around and wonder, how has the world not stopped? But it's also powerful. I'm still here, I'm not a person who is ruled by pain, I still like who I am." If the singer had any lingering doubts about her craft, they're gone now. "For a long time I understood my ability to write songs as like, OMG another one just fell from the sky, what luck - another one will never come again!" Eva says. "Now I know, I'm meant to be doing this. And I accept and honor that."

Exposing oneself emotionally, even to close friends and creative collaborators, is never easy -- especially when one of those people is your brother. Growing up in Connecticut, it was their parents' "wildest dream," as Eva puts it, that she and Sam, the band's drummer, would wind up playing in a band together, so of course they avoided it for as long as possible. The Charly Bliss origin story begins instead at performing arts summer camp, where guitarist Spencer Fox first met Dan. Eva and Dan also knew each other through musical theater; they did shows together as pre-teens. "We are super hardcore," jokes Spencer.

It was Spencer who first saw in Eva the possessed energy the bands' fans are so drawn to, this tornado of joy and rage and celebratory sorrow spinning out to mesmerizing effect on stage night after night. "It was just there," he says. "It was obvious." He eventually asked Eva out of the blue if she'd been writing songs, which shocked her a little; dudes didn't usually care. "I would always ask the guys at my high school who played music if we could start a band or write or do something together, but they pretty much ignored me," she remembers. "But Spencer totally encouraged me." Before long, the pair was writing together, and they called on Eva's big brother to join on drums. "It was kind of like, oh why didn't we do this a long time ago," Sam says.

By 2014 Charly Bliss was a fully formed band, living in New York, working the standard barista/bartender circuit by day, rehearsing by night. They recorded and released their debut EP, Soft Serve, and played lots and lots (and lots) of shows. There was a purity to those years. "I loved it," remembers Eva. "I really loved working in a coffee shop. I'd write songs while I was putting away milk." After they released Guppy through Barsuk Records in 2017, time spent out on the road increased, as did the Charly Bliss fanbase. But the essence of the band's sound, two and a half minute torrents of blissfully tight chaos that blew the roof off the place, (not to mention the band members' lifestyles) didn't change much.

When it came time to record a follow up, that's when things shifted. They all quit their jobs to focus full time on music and challenged each other to write as many songs as possible. Sam and Eva collaborated more closely than ever and found a prolific songwriting rhythm. After penning 20+ songs, they solicited the input of producer Joe Chiccarelli (the Shins, the White Stripes), who won their hearts immediately. "He just got us," says Eva. For Chiccarelli, the "infectiousness" he was initially drawn to when he heard the band play live in early 2017, was more apparent than ever. "There is a high level of energy in the vocal delivery, there is a sophistication and musicality in the guitar parts, the rhythm section just works, the parts are simple but they come alive," he says. "It's all the elements that make a great band."

The first five or six songs they wrote, felt good but a little too familiar, like Guppy 2.0. Then things started to open up. "Chatroom" and "Young Enough" were linchpins, as was the soaring, mini epic, "Fighting In the Dark." The delicate synth confessional "Hurt Me" also felt, as Eva puts it, "like something we hadn't explored yet." The entire record sounds like a newly explored realm, from the deceptively easeful confessional "Capacity" to the propulsive, more classic pop of "Hard To Believe." In the end, Young Enough feels joyful and celebratory, but also infused with a new sense of depth and maturity. "I want people to feel strong when they listen to this record," says Eva. "Like you're working through some shit but you feel really strong and beautiful, even if you're in a lot of pain. That's what I want people to feel. The opposite of broken."

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Larry "Ratso" Sloman debut album out 5 April 2019

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Album release: 'Stubborn Heart' by Larry "Ratso" Sloman
Release date: 5 April 2019
Label: Lucky Number
More info: Artist website

NYC author/writer/actor Larry "Ratso" Sloman has collaborated with some of the most dynamic figures in pop culture from Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, John Cale and Leonard Cohen. Ratso also wrote the best-selling memoirs for Howard Stern, Anthony Kiedis and more. Now at 70, Ratso announces debut LP 'Stubborn Heart' out 5th April on Lucky Number. Hear the first single "Our Lady of Light" featuring Nick Cave here.

Speaking about the new album Sloman says, “If you would have told me when I was covering Dylan's Rolling Thunder tour for Rolling Stone Magazine that forty-four years later, I would be releasing my first album I would have laughed and asked for a hit of whatever it was you were smoking,” he chuckles. “Guess I’ll take that hit now.”

For the last forty-four years Larry “Ratso” Sloman has forged an impressive career as a writer of books, lyrics and, most recently, screenplays. Credited with writing features on the likes of Lou Reed, George Harrison and Leonard Cohen for Rolling Stone, Sloman was also personally invited by Bob Dylan to join his ‘Rolling Thunder Revue’ as the tour's official scribe – leading to his first book ‘On The Road With Bob Dylan’ (dubbed by Dylan as ‘The War and Peace of Rock and Roll”), and being given the moniker of “Ratso” by Joan Baez for his dishevelled appearance. He has also collaborated with the likes of Howard Stern, Anthony Kiedis and David Blaine on their best-selling memoirs, has being personally asked by Leonard Cohen to preface ‘On Tour with Leonard Cohen’, and his biography of Houdini will soon be a major-motion picture.

Ratso has also paid his dues in the tower of song, having written the lyrics for over thirty tracks with Rick Derringer (McCoys) and ex-Velvet Underground founder John Cale - including ‘Dying on the Vine’, which became Cale’s signature solo song (inspiring not one, but two novels!) - as well as acting in films as diverse as the award winning short The Black Balloon, the horror film Satan’s Little Helper, and has a large role in Martin Scorsese's upcoming Netflix documentary on Dylan's Rolling Thunder tour, out in April.. What hasn’t he done? His own album.

Now in his 70s Ratso is releasing his debut album ‘Stubborn Heart’. Produced by his close friend Vin Cacchione (of Soft Black and Caged Animals) at his studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn, ‘Stubborn Heart’ blends a classic songwriting approach with a contemporary sophistication. The album features Ratso singing on eight originals (including songs that were co-written with John Cale) and what he describes as an “audacious” Bob Dylan cover, along with the generous talents of his friends Nick Cave (who he duets with on the evocative ‘Our Lady of Light’), Warren Ellis, Sharon Robinson (Leonard Cohen’s co-writer, producer and back-up singer), Yasmine Hamdan, Imani Coppolla and more.

Reminiscing on the album Ratso says, “Everything about this project was fun. And it was always about the songs. They had been lying dormant since 1984. They deserved a life.” Each track carries a significant and often astonishing history. For instance, the John Cale collaboration ‘Dying On The Vine’, was originally conceived in hotel room off Sunset Blvd. whilst trading lines with Tom Waits and Chuck E. Weiss, whereas Sharon Robinson was convinced to sing on the record in exchange for Ratso writing the aforementioned Leonard Cohen preface for free – described by Ratso as an “old school barter.

‘Stubborn Heart’ is an album that is fittingly autobiographical, harking back to various stages of Ratso’s accomplished career and life, sung by a guy who witnessed the counter-cultural explosion of 1970's NYC and birthed forty years later within the DIY confines of Brooklyn.

His Rolling Stones fan club card long gone, Ratso’s now a card-carrying member of the American Association of Retired Persons but he’s determined to ride this new career wherever it takes him. “Maybe I can be the Jewish Susan Boyle,” he muses. “The oldest best new artist ever and if that doesn’t pan out, I can always perform on subway platforms. Hey, I can get in for half-price!”

Pre-order 'Stubborn Heart' here.

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DADDY LONG LEGS new album out 10 May 2019

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Album release: ‘Lowdown Ways’ by DADDY LONG LEGS
Release date: 10 May 2019
Label: Yep Roc Records
More info: Band website

Brooklyn, NY-based trio DADDY LONG LEGS - Brian Hurd (vocals, harmonica, guitar), Murat Akturk (slide guitar), Josh Styles (drums, maraca) will make their Yep Roc Records debut May 10 with ‘Lowdown Ways’, their third studio album.

Produced by Jimmy Sutton and engineered by Alex Hall (JD McPherson, Pokey LaFarge, Jake La Botz) at Hi-Style Studios in Chicago, the album features 12 original compositions with songwriting contributions from JD McPherson and Sutton. A new direction from their first two studio albums (released by Norton Records), ‘Lowdown Ways’ sees the boys widen their sonic horizons with field hollers, gospel, Cajun, and Mississippi Hill Music, coupled with their renowned supercharged, harp-driven R&B bangers.

The first single, ‘Mornin’ Noon & Nite,’ premiered at WFMU. The track is now available at all streaming services.

Frontman Brian Hurd describes ‘Mornin’ Noon & Nite’ as “a Hoodoo Stomper in the vein of John Lee Hooker and is about one’s pure, savage lust for his or her lover.”

When asked by Village Voice “What is DADDY LONG LEGS?,” Hurd answered, “Rock and roll salvation through the spirit of roots and blues.” While influenced by the likes of Son House, Captain Beefheart, Howlin’ Wolf, MC5, and Dr. Feelgood, their sound personifies garage rock and punk with a contemporary raw twist performed in their own brand of supercharged R&B.

Since forming in 2010, the band has released two studio albums, a live album and two 45s on Norton Records. Their last album was 2015’s ‘DADDY LONG LEGS Rides Tonight’. The band has toured with Jon Spencer, Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Sonics, Nikki Lane, Nick Waterhouse, amongst others.

‘Lowdown Ways’ is now available for pre-order. The vinyl LP arrives on limited edition opaque white vinyl.

“…like Chicago blues fired at the moon, played by the demented children of the Pretty Things.” – Rolling Stone

“DADDY LONG LEGS takes the blues and turns them inside out, upside down, round about and renews their primal energy. My favorite rompin’ stompin’ New York band of the moment.” – Lenny Kaye

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Wet Dreams debut album out 29 March 2012

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Album release: Wet Dreams
Release date: 29 March 2019
Label: Black Pop Records
More info: Band website

Norway's newest power-punks Wet Dreams have revealed a brand new single today called 'Boogie', the latest taster of their debut self-titled album which is due for release on March 29th via Black Pop Records. Sebastian Ulstad Olsen of Wet Dreams (and Death By Unga Bunga), explained the inspiration behind the track: "This song basically wrote itself. I’ve been a fan of raunchy and heavily distorted Boogie Rock since I first heard Guitar Wolf."

Listen to the new single 'Boogie' on Soundcloud | Spotify | Bandcamp

Pre-order album here.

The band announced the album with the storming single 'Bad Boy' along with a video that songwriter Sebastian Ulstad Olsen of Wet Dreams said was, "...filmed in the deep forests of our beloved Østfold, Norway, this is the site for a secret festival happening every year.

If you know, you know…"

Watch Wet Dreams 'Bad Boy' video on YouTube

Wet Dreams were consummated in an Oslo basement, when Death By Unga Bunga frontman Sebastian Ulstad Olsen had conceived a few bastard songs he did not know what to do with. The songs grew into a fast and scruffy EP, released in the summer of 2017 – and now the self-titled debut album is finally here.

Wet Dreams is a punk rock/garage group from Oslo consisting of members from FOAMMM, Warp Riders, De Marvells as well as the aforementioned Death By Unga Bunga. They played one of their first ever concerts at Norway’s biggest festival, Øya in 2017, which lead to them being highlighted by NME as one of the best discoveries from the event where they described them as being for fans of "The Ramones to The Vaccines" and said their set was like "Motorhead covering The Hives”. In 2018 they have played festivals in Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway. Following the album release in March 2019 the band will tour Norway, Europe and the US.

Wet Dreams recorded the album by themselves, while Øystein Braut (Electric Eye, Dig Deeper, Soft Ride, Low Frequency in Stereo) aced the mixing, birthing an album of gritty, aggressive and ultra-catchy punk rock n roll.

Songwriter Sebastian Ulstad Olsen had this to say on the sound of the band:

"Even if the song structures aren’t miles away from the stuff I write in Death By Unga Bunga, I’ve been longing to challenge the recording and production process. I love music that bends the rules, so Wet Dreams is a great laboratory for this purpose."

The record is about the idea of being – or trying to be – “larger than life” to conceal one’s own insecurities. The collection on the surface may appear a classic testosterone-fueled out-pour, but the lyrics combat this with belief that ultimately we’re all just humans with the same fundamental needs and desires.

The Wet Dream-song 'I Can Fly' will be featured in an upcoming episode of the US TV show 'War Games' - an interactive up-to-date take on the 1983 classic Matthew Broderick-starring film.

“Imagine Motorhead covering The Hives. Add beer, punk, and stir. Doesn’t that sound fun?” – NME (2017)

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Field Medic new album out 19 April 2019

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Album release: 'fade into the dawn’ by Field Medic
Release date: 19 April 2019
Label: Run For Cover Records
More info: Artist website

Field Medic, the moniker of Los Angeles-based folk artist Kevin Patrick, has announced his new album 'fade into the dawn' will be released on April 19 via Run For Cover Records. Today, he released the album's first single 'henna tattoo,' a driving acoustic track recorded straight to a 4-track tape recorder backed by his boom box drum machine. The album is now available for pre-order and includes an instant download of 'henna tattoo.'

Listen/share 'henna tattoo' via YouTube / Spotify.

Pre-order link for 'fade into the dawn' here.

"It's a song about being afraid to speak up for fear of what the truth might be," explains Patrick. "So instead you remain in a state of unease & anxiety, because at least perpetual uncertainty isn't as bad as the imagined worst case scenario".

'fade into the dawn' is Patrick’s first proper full-length release for ‘Run For Cover’ following his critically acclaimed collection 'songs from the sunroom', which received acclaim from BrooklynVegan, Noisey, Stereogum and more. The new album features ten sparse, acoustic tracks that reckon with our perceptions of success and self as they face down the inevitable complications that arise from realising any hard-won dream.

During the recording of 'fade into the dawn', Patrick found himself going through a number of tumultuous changes: he relocated to Los Angeles from San Francisco, where he’d lived and recorded on and off for several years; he left the world of day jobs behind in order to tour year-round; and he decided to quit drinking, only to return to it halfway through a particularly grueling run of shows. It was the sort of emotional roller-coaster that he would normally work through in song, but even the simple act of writing seemed profoundly more complicated than ever before. Patrick had always written candidly about doubt and darkness and anxiety, but 'fade into the dawn' required him to dig deeper than ever before here, blending black humor and bold introspection as he weighs fantasy against reality and searches for meaning in the mundane.

Patrick writes of this process, "I had to learn to let go again, because the best songs are the ones that happen inexplicably, that feel like they come out of me almost against my will."

Field Medic's radical honesty is audible on every track of 'fade into the dawn'. The minimalist acoustic arrangements and lo-fi production aesthetic, along Patrick's cutting lyrical wit, all combine to produce an album that reflects his natural confidence as a songwriter, even as he gives himself permission to question this self-conception with each ensuing verse.

"Patrick has become a de facto bard for the hyper-online and anxiety-plagued...undeniably infectious and darkly funny...as much heart as there is humor." - Noisey

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Craig Finn new album out 26 April 2019

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Album release: ‘I Need A New War’ by Craig Finn
Release date: 26 April 2019
Label: Partisan Records
More info: Website

Partisan Records announces the release of Craig Finn’s eagerly awaited new album, ‘I Need A New War’ arriving Friday, April 26.

The third album in a trilogy (following 2015’s Faith in the Future and 2017’s We All Want The Same Things), I Need A New War once again sees Finn expertly chronicling our complex, often confusing, modern era, drawing deeply felt character studies about regular people trying to respond to extraordinary times, attempting to find connection whilst wondering how to keep pace with a world moving faster than they are. The LP further finds Finn focusing his lens on New York City – his home for the last 18 years.

“Going in, I saw this record as the third part of a trilogy,” says Finn. “Thematically, this was the third group of songs that I had written about smaller moments - people trying to stay afloat in modern times, attempting to find connection, achieving tiny triumphs and frustrating let downs in their day to day lives.”

‘I Need A New War’, Finn’s fourth solo LP, was recorded throughout 2018 at The Isokon in Woodstock, NY with producer Josh Kaufman and engineer D. James Goodwin, both of whom teamed with Finn on his widely acclaimed previous solo releases. In addition, the album features musical contributions from many of his regular solo collaborators, including Kaufman, horn master Stuart Bogie (Antibalas), pianist Sam Kassirer,vocalists Annie Nero and Cassandra Jenkins, and drummer extraordinaire Joe Russo.

“Perhaps forward motion is everything,” says Finn. “The characters in the songs on this record, and the last two, are trying to keep up and keep their heads above water. They succeed or they don’t, but their stories are the tales of their attempts at pushing ahead. And so, with my own push forward, I feel lucky and excited to be sharing these songs and stories.”

The first song from the new record premiered on NPR today and is available now on all DSPs. “Blankets is a song about someone who has never gotten over a past love, and goes searching for her. But time is running out,” says Finn. Listen to Blankets here.

Beginning today, fans can pre-order I Need A New War in physical and digital formats here. All orders through Finn's D2C store include a bonus digital EP featuring five b-sides from the album. Other items exclusive to the store include: a one of a kind, signed hardcover lyric book (featuring lyrics to all songs from FITF, WAWTST, INANW and photos by Dan Monick), signed vinyl, an enamel pin set, and more.

Perhaps best known as the singer of The Hold Steady, Craig Finn is a Minnesota-bred singer-songwriter and guitarist based in New York City. With his highly descriptive lyrical style and a defining focus on narrative, Finn has crafted whole worlds for the people in his songs to exist within. After five critically acclaimed albums with The Hold Steady, 2012 saw Finn release his first solo album, ‘Clear Heart Full Eyes’ prompting The AV Club to write, “As a solo artist, Finn has created a new world of characters and songs...working in new sonic territory while still sounding like the same old storyteller obsessed with falls from grace and calls for redemption.”

Largely written in the wake of his mother’s death, Faith in the Future earned four stars from Rolling Stone and ultimately, a top 10 spot on American Songwriter’s “Top 50 Albums of 2015.” “It’s time to pay attention to Craig Finn, who made his mark as the frontman with the Hold Steady — an infectious, Replacements-style rock act from New York — but really steps up on his own,” wrote the Boston Globe “Finn’s second solo album is packed with songs rich in street intelligence and wry humour.”

Finn’s remarkable third solo album, We All Want The Same Things, proved one of the most acclaimed releases of 2017 with inclusion on a wide range of high-profile year-end lists. ‘God In Chicago’, the extraordinary centerpiece track that gives the album its name, was ranked #1 by American Songwriter on its “Top 25 Songs of 2017,” noting, “We expect strong characters and compelling stories from Craig Finn, whether he’s recording solo or with The Hold Steady. We even expect beautiful details and excellent location scouting. But we didn’t expect a song as powerful, as specific, as lived in, as beautiful, as insightful, as risky as ‘God in Chicago’.” The Guardian, In a four-starred rave, hailed We All Want The Same Things as “a deeply personal work from a master storyteller,” while Paste simply declared the LP “[Finn’s] most self-assured album...The subtler sense of musical adventurism he has come to embrace on his own work, make these songs essential.” Finn celebrated ‘We All Want The Same Things’ by touring extensively throughout 2017. Highlights included an acclaimed headlining trek backed by his live band, The Uptown Controllers, as well as solo living room tours of the U.S. and the U.K.

Finn will support I Need A New War with a North American and European live schedule. He tours the UK in support of Brian Fallon on the dates here.

"There's a sensation of instability, but also a spirit of inevitability, and as with so much of what Finn weaves, there's grace through it all." - NPR

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Delicate Steve new album out 1 March 2019

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Album release: ‘Till I Burn Up’ by Delicate Steve
Release date: 1 March 2019
Label: ANTI- Records
More info: Artist website

Steve Marion - the songwriter, guitarist, and producer who has made four studio records of primarily word-less, guitar-first music as Delicate Steve – is excited to announce his fifth LP today, titled ‘Till I Burn Up’. It will be released on March 1 via ANTI- Records; pre-order it here.

The new track ‘Selfie of Man’ – listen to it here – was recorded on the Oberheim OB-X synthesizer that belonged to Freddie Mercury.

Now nearly ten years into his career, Steve is a cult artist of his time. He has been called to record with his heroes (Paul Simon, Kanye West) and contribute significantly to his contemporaries’ modern masterworks (Amen Dunes, Freedom), all the while recording and releasing his own critically hailed work and sharing the stage with Tame Impala, Mac DeMarco, Growlers and others.

The album name ‘Till I Burn Up’ comes from a line in Dr. John's ‘Walk on Guilded Splinters’ where Steve misheard John’s actual phrase "Tit Alberta" as "Till I Burn Up." But more than fodder for an album title, John’s Gris Gris, and records like it informed a new frame-of-mind for an artist who has historically set out to make a predetermined statement with every recording.

“The idea of this young freak making Gris Gris in LA, and nobody knowing what to do with it in 1968 ... He gave me confidence to be a little more freaky and abstract instead of quirky and nicely-packaged like my last album was,” Steve explained. He then went on to cite early records by Iggy Pop and Dylan and The Band’s electric tour that were panned at the time and lauded in hindsight. “There is a confidence that comes with abandoning the idea of wanting to create something that everyone might like to check out.”

“Delicate Steve seems interested in animating rock’n’roll’s most outrageous qualities, using his studio savvy to make it do all the things it can’t in real life.” – Pitchfork

“Vastly underrated not only as a guitarist but an accomplished composer and arranger to boot.” – Billboard

"The world's only guitarist that can claim Tame Impala, Death Grips and Paul Simon as admirers." - Uncut

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Crows debut album out 22 March 2019

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Album release: ‘Silver Tongues’ by Crows
Release date: 22 March 2019
Label: Balley Records
More info: Band Facebook

London's Crows were today announced as the latest signing to Balley Records (IDLES, Heavy Lungs, Lice) and will deliver their long-awaited debut album ‘Silver Tongues’ on March 22nd (pre-order 12" here). The album's thrilling first single ‘Chain Of Being’, this week's Lamacq's Livener on 6 Music, is a real statement: a widescreen slice of post-punk that combines heaviness and brooding melody in equal measures.

Stream ‘Chain Of Being’ here | Spotify.

Pre-order album here.

Joe Talbot said the following of his decision to sign Crows to his Balley Records label:

"I saw them play at the Louisiana in Bristol a few years ago and both the performance and the quality of their songs blew me away. Everything about them excites me; so when I heard they were looking to release an album, I had no choice but to chase them. It's a dream to work with them.”

Crows formed in 2015 and have since built a considerable following for the intensity of their live shows which have seen the band members break bones as well as instruments. Supporting the likes of Girl Band and Wolf Alice in the past, the band will take their deafening live show on the road in support of IDLES for their sell out April tour.

With a string of successful singles and EPs under their belt, ‘Silver Tongues’ has been a long while coming. Recorded in near total darkness to build a sense of atmosphere, the album fulfills both their early potential and confidently showcases a band comfortable across a variety of sonic avenues. From the monolithic noise-rock of the title track and opener, to the sky-scraping ‘Demeanour’ and ‘Wednesday's Child’ to the blissed-out closer ‘Dysphoria’, each listen reveals new layers, fresh ideas.

‘Silver Tongues’ is a huge step forward for the band, not only musically, but emotionally. A touring band who have been through so much already, this album rightly took time: now, both Crows and the listener can reap the rewards for their patience.

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FUR debut EP out 14 February 2019

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EP release: ‘FUR’ by FUR
Release date: 14 February 2019
Label: Nice Swan Records
More info: Band Facebook

Following the release and significant interest, including playlisting at 6 Music, for ‘Angel Eyes’ at the tail end of 2018, FUR continue their impressive rise with the near perfect pop of their latest single ‘Him & Her’. Front man Murray says the song is: “about trust and distrust in a relationship. Trying to tell if someone trusts in you and how that can lead to you seeing them in a completely new light. Then, ultimately, the battle of deciding whether you want to be with them anymore.”

Stream latest single ‘Him & Her’ here.

Watch video for ‘Angel Eyes’ here.

The single is the latest to be taken from their self-titled EP, landing February 14th on Nice Swan Records. Nice Swan have quickly become one of the country’s most exciting new labels and landing pad for early releases for the likes of Sports Team, Pip Blom and Sweaty Palms. You can pre-order the band’s EP on limited 12” vinyl direct from the label here.

The band were formed after frontman Murray met guitarist Harry in a Fresher’s internet forum before their respective University lectures began and the duo instantly began writing songs. "I was very aware that going to a place like Brighton would definitely allow you to do the band thing," explains the singer “So when me and Harry met each other we thought: let's get it started as soon as possible so we're not wasting time.”

With bassist Tav and drummer Flynn soon completing the line-up, waste time they did not. Last autumn’s ‘If You Know That I’m Lonely’, is testament to that. Armed with a camera and a £100 budget, the group headed to woodland to shoot the video to the aforementioned single themselves.

Subsequently, and around 4 and a half million YouTube hits later, the band have landed support slots to the likes of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Matt Maltese and more; their listenership is fast-spreading with praise - and even fan art - coming in from all over the world. "I think the one thing we really appreciate is people telling us we have a fanbase in places we never expected”, noted Murray on this. “Indonesia has become a big thing, and when people in Peru say there are whole groups of people out there that love us, that's amazing.”

It goes some way in showing the power of simply uploading a good song can have, even amongst the swathe of music constantly flooding the web. It pricked the ears of the likes of Steve Lamacq, an early supporter via his BBC 6 Music show, and Nice Swan Records; set to release the band’s debut EP next month.

Despite being relatively early in their life as a band, FUR sound like a band already capable of crafting intelligent songs; penning a particularly nostalgic strain of guitar music but making it sound fresh again. Taking the age-old love song trope and reinvigorating it, theirs are tracks that feel familiar and classic but with a vibrancy that’s entirely new. “The three most written-about things are love, money and sex”, mentions Murray. “One I’m not that comfortable writing about, and I don’t have that much money, but everyone’s felt some feeling of love and there’s something powerful about that. It’s the strongest emotional connection I can have with a song.”

Catch FUR live on the following tour dates:

Jan 22nd - London, Old Blue Last, Hello '19

Feb 11th - Glasgow, Broadcast

Feb 12th - Manchester, The Castle Hotel

Feb 14th - London, Omeara

Feb 15th - Brighton, Patterns

Feb 16th - Bristol, Rough Trade

Mar 2nd - Barcelona - Rainbow Machine Festival

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Liily debut EP out 8 March 2019

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EP release: ‘I Can Fool Anybody In This Town’ by Lilly
Release date: 8 March 2019
Label: Flush Records
More info: Band website

Recent single Sold played by Jack Saunders on BBC Radio 1 - "now I've got another new band that I think could be a pretty good bet to be the next big one out of LA. They are called Liily, and they have a wild garage-rock feel to their music."

Rising alt-rock band Liily, a crew of teenagers hailing from deep in the San Fernando Valley, are sharing their latest single ‘Sepulveda Basin’ today. The band says “the song is about the pleasures of living in the greatest place in the world: the San Fernando Valley.”

Listen to ‘Sepulveda Basin’ here.

Hear recent single ‘Sold’ here.

The new song follows their two breakout tracks ‘Toro’ and ‘Sold’, both of which will appear on their forthcoming debut EP ‘I Can Fool Anybody In This Town’, due out on March 8 via Southern California-based indie label Flush Records. The EP comes just in time for their mid-March performance at SXSW. The band is currently hosting a month-long residency at The Echo in Los Angeles, with their DIY underground festival moniker ‘Brekfest,’ every Tuesday in January by way of Flush Records, KLOS' Check One...Two, and Spaceland Presents. The Brekfest set also includes performances from some of LA’s finest, like Starcrawler, Skating Polly, Death Valley Girls, Plague Vendor, and Superet.

‘Sepulveda Basin’ sings of a vicious cycle in a sour, tumultuous relationship, the chorus croons, “In n out again. It was the best I ever had. In n out again. My life’s growing so sad.”

Inhabiting a diverse and sprawling city where both Odd Future and Jane’s Addiction somehow seem to have crossed their paths, and raised on an internet culture where kids can seemingly digest the entire history of western music in a matter of months, Liily makes music that draws on all the jagged stimuli of their upbringings to make something distinctly Los Angeles in 2019. It’s suburban valley music from the future, even as it calls back to 1991.

Liily’s local shows reflect that crazed manic intensity. Audiences of often under-aged kids turn up to dance and absolutely tear the place apart alongside the band. Having started out playing mostly house parties and warehouses, it’s only recently that this new youth culture has even entered into nightclubs.

Their music is the sound of a gang of teenagers kicking the shit out of every room they play, harkening in a new generation of bands with guitars, and setting out to build an entirely new culture where everyone can jump and in take part.

Liily has already received support from the rock community since their inception, with radio play in the UK from Jack Saunders at BBC Radio 1, and Amazing Radio. Local LA favorites KCSN and KLOS have been great supporters. The video for recent single Sold premiered exclusively on Spotify’s ‘Rock This’ and ‘New Noise’ playlists, since gaining nearly 400k views and over 1M streams. Meanwhiile, Apple Music playlisting has included hits on ‘New Releases (Rock),’ ‘Hot Tracks (Rock)’, ‘Rock Workout,’ ‘Breaking Rock,’ ‘New Rock,’ and ‘Best of the Week’.

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Glen Hansard new album out 12 April 2019

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Album release: 'This Wild Willing' by Glen Hansard
Release date: 12 April 2019
Label: ANTI- Records
More info: Artist website

“This collection of songs is mainly made up of those that came through while improvising and following the melodic lines and threads. Sometimes when you take a small musical fragment and you care for it, follow it and build it up slowly, it can become a thing of wonder.” – Glen Hansard, 2019

Those who have followed Glen Hansard’s career since his Academy Award winning turn in the film 'Once' will have witnessed one artistic arc: the journey of a Dublin busker who cut his teeth on the greats - Dylan, Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen – and followed the path of the troubadour to great effect. But there is another thread running through Hansard’s musicianship; in his decades as lead singer of Irish stalwarts The Frames, rock and folk ambitions coexisted with moments of strangeness, intimacy, and stillness.

Today, Hansard announces 'This Wild Willing', his fourth full-length album and a collection of songs that follows this second path, where he marries the sonic inventiveness of the best of his work in The Frames with the discipline he’s found as a songwriter and lyricist in his solo career.

Lead track 'I’ll Be You, Be Me' finds Hansard weighing the risks of such vulnerability, his restrained vocal masking the fury of the underlying instrumental’s building storm, and to which Hansard advises “on first listen, please turn it up loud in your head phones!”

Listen to lead single 'I'll Be You, Be Me' here.

“I’ll be you, be me and I’ll be you/I’ll take your truth, your lies, your secrets,” he sings, negotiating the consuming potential of desire. There is danger here, but it is without rancor or ill-will – the danger of a hare with its belly exposed. There is also a duality in the invitation: the audience is drawn in just as surely as the song’s object to the immersive world conjured by the album.

'This Wild Willing' was conceived in Paris and recorded at the French Black Box studios with producer David Odlum and a core group of musicians that includes classically-trained Iranian musicians the Khoshravesh brothers, long-time Hansard associates Joe Doyle (bass) and ROMY (piano, vocals, string arrangements), and Dublin electronic musicians Deasy and Dunk Murphy (Sunken Foal). The album is grounded in a spirit of openness to invention and experimentation.

Pre-order ‘This Wild Wiling’ here.

EU tour begins this March. Full list of tour dates and tickets here.

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Mandolin Orange new album out 1 February 2019

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Album release: 'Tides Of A Teardrop' by Mandolin Orange
Release date: 1 February 2019
Label: Yep Roc Records
More info: Band website

Today, Mandolin Orange release 'The Wolves,' the third single taken from their new album 'Tides Of A Teardrop' out February 1st on Yep Roc Records. Watch video for ‘Wolves’ here.

Pre-order the album here.

The band has also announced that later this year they will be performing live at the Islington Assembly Hall on 15 May — a sign of things to come for the “slow-burning, steadily rising duo [that] exudes gentle elegance” (NPR Music). This further extends their largest headlining tour to date, with over 55 shows hitting the US first and then on across Europe.

Find tickets here.

Mandolin Orange are coming off an incredible 2018 that saw them sell out every single one of their headlining US performances, make new inroads in Europe, and rack up almost 50 million streams from over 5 million fans on Spotify. The North Carolina duo’s new studio album, 'Tides Of A Teardrop', has received early praise from NPR, Paste, The i Paper, and Rolling Stone Country.

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The Murder Capital UK tour starts 31 January 2019

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Tour announcement: The Murder Capital
Tour dates: January / February 2019
Label: Human Season
More info: Band website

The Murder Capital ended 2018 as that rare thing: a band tipped from all corners without having released a single song. In an age where people and bands overshare by default, The Murder Capital have been doing the opposite. If you wanted to know about The Murder Capital, you had to get to a show and see for yourself. That’s if you could get in. Based on the caustic strength of one live recording of ‘More Is Less’, which went viral on YouTube (watch), and feverish word of mouth from those who have been lucky enough to attend these early gigs, The Murder Capital have built a formidable reputation. In just over a year, they’ve sold out shows in their hometown of Dublin (to 400 people), played with Slaves, Shame and fellow countrymen Fontaines DC and seen the likes of the NME, Loud & Quiet, Dork and DIY back them already – with The Irish Times calling them out as Ireland’s best new rock band.

With ‘Feeling Fades’ the band fulfill their early promise – delivering a brooding, propulsive slice of post-punk recorded with Flood (PJ Harvey, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Foals). In one of their rare interviews so far, the band have stated they are driven by the genuine desire to affect cultural change, and when front-man James McGovern repeats the lyric “the now elapsed ‘round you and me, and it kept us all together” on this, their debut single, you start to believe that they’re capable of achieving just that.

Stream debut single ‘Feeling Fades’ here.

Watch ‘More Is Less’ (Live session) here.

The Murder Capital will tour the UK in January and February:

31st January – Liverpool – EBGB’s

1st February – Cardiff – Club Ifor Bach

2nd February – London – The Shacklewell Arms

3rd February – Brighton – The Prince Albert

5th February – Birmingham - The Sunflower Lounge

6th February – Newcastle – Think Tank? Underground

7th February – Glasgow – The Poetry Club

8th February – Edinburgh – Sneaky Pete’s

They will also support IDLES at the band’s sold out show at The Electric Ballroom on 6th April.

“Murder Capital are one of those most oddly entertaining prospects – a punk band that can truly instill can’t-look-away levels of captivation.” - NME

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LAGS new album out 29 March 2019

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Album release: 'SOON' by LAGS
Release date: 29 March 2019
Label: Casu Marzu Records (UK/US)
More info: Band website

Today, Italian post-hardcore band LAGS have announced their return with their new single 'Knives and Wounds'. The track was premiered via Consequence of Sound, who called it "an anthemic track with a sound reminiscent of bands like Hot Water Music, BoySetsFire, and Sparta, as singer Antonio Canestri delivers the lyrics with a powerful rasp."

Hear/share new single 'Knives and Wounds' here.

Speaking about the 'Knives and Wounds', frontman Antonio Canestri says, "‘Knives and wounds’ is the opening track of our new album and is the first song we wrote for the new album. It’s a song written in collaboration with our former singer (Luca de Santis aka SUVARI) and addresses two very important themes in the record: a disease and the search for a cure; the difficulty of being sabotaged by our own body, the failure in breaking down the "walls" in our mind, that most of the time we build as a form of self-defense from others and also from ourselves. The video is based on the concepts expressed in the lyrics and it was written by the director Stefano Pedretti: “I am my own fears, that’s what I’ve become.”"

The new track is taken from their forthcoming sophomore album 'SOON', which is due out 29th March 2019 via the newly-formed UK/US Casu Marzu Records, as well as the lauded Italian label's To Lose La Track (Crash of Rhinos, Delta Sleep, Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger!, DAGS etc.) and Fuzzy Cluster Records.

The new album is available to pre-order here.

More than three years have passed since Rome’s post-hardcore quartet LAGS released their debut album ‘Pilot’; a cult favourite across the Italian scene, but a well-kept secret to most. Since releasing their debut on Italian label To Lose La Track (home to likes of: Crash Of Rhinos, Delta Sleep, Tiger! Shit! Tiger! Tiger!), LAGS have played over 80 shows throughout the peninsula with the likes of Beach Slang, Delta Sleep, Screeching Weasel and Raein, as well as performing at a number of national and international festivals, winning over new fans with each set. Now, March 2019 will finally see the release of their highly anticipated follow up album ‘SOON’.

Punchier and more proactive, the new album distils the sound of 2015’s ‘Pilot’ LP, coupled with a production that is consciously raw and provocative. ‘SOON’ is the sound of LAGS at their intoxicating best, mirroring the restless energy of their live shows alongside moments of measured temperance that balances the whole thing on a razors-edge.

Architects of intense contrast the band’s powerful instrumentation regularly flirts with the fragility and weight of the emotionally driven lyrics, flitting between huge anthem-to-be, shout along vocals, intricate guitars and decisive drum work. From the immediate and incendiary opener ‘Knives and Wounds’, to the hook heavy vocals of ‘Echoes’, right through to the emotive and climactic LP closer ‘I Still Remember’, the new record places its focus squarely on power, melody and understated complexity. With a nod towards classic Dischord, 90s post-hardcore and anthemic 00s indie-punk, whilst calling to mind the likes of ‘After The Eulogy’-era BoySetsFire, At The Drive-In, DeSoto, METZ and Self Defense Family, it's safe to say that long-time fans, and fans anew, will not be disappointed.

Thematically, the new album is about arrivals and departures, losses and conquests, and illnesses and healings. Full of deeply honest lyrics ‘SOON’ is a cathartic and self-realising record with moments of surprising uplift. Speaking about the record, frontman Antonio Canestri says, “Soon is a word inextricably linked to the present. It suggests immediacy, but also anticipation and uncertainty about arriving safe and sound to some place that can be either extremely beautiful or extremely painful.”

Incredibly sentimental and sonically accomplished, the new album sees LAGS hone familiar expressions from their debut into refined, darker aesthetics that give their direct sound renewed vigour. ‘SOON’ is a brazen statement of intent and a chance to prove their true prowess having spent the last few years writing and touring. LAGS are climbing steadly, gunning for soft spots and proving that they should be anything but a well-kept secret.

‘SOON’ will be released on ltd. edition cassette as well as vinyl, CD and across all digital platforms. Following the album’s release, the band will head back out on the road playing dates across Italy as well as heading overseas to play their first UK dates.

“Post-hardcore gets a fresh breath of life” – Stereogum

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Press Club tour dates April/May 2019

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Tour announcement: Press Club
Tour dates: April/May 2019
More info: Band website

With Press Club having already risen way out of Australia’s underground punk scene, to become one of the country’s buzziest new bands, today they are sharing their new single ‘Suburbia’, as well as news of a swathe of highly anticipated UK tour dates for Spring 2019. Where previous single ‘Headwreck’ was a dizzying two and a half minutes of frenetic, raw, self-assured and commanding punk – which drew high-praise from Kerrang!, Jack Saunders and Dan P Carter - ‘Suburbia’ takes its time, easing its way into an uproarious chorus that stays with you long after the final chord has rung out.

Watch the video for Suburbia here.

UK audiences will get the chance to see the band for the first time – and find out just why they’ve previously been handpicked to support to the likes of Japandroids, Joyce Manor, Cloud Nothings and Dream Wife in Australia – on the below dates.

April 16 - Frog & Fiddle, Cheltenham

April - 17 Hy-Brasil, Bristol

April 18 - Think Tank? Underground, Newcastle

April 19 - Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh

April 20 - Manchester Punk Festival, UK

May 2 - The Islington, London

May 3 - Dark Horse, Birmingham

May 4 - Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool

May 5 - Stag & Dagger, Glasgow

May 8 - Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach

Tickets are available now here.

The debut album Late Teens is released Jan 25th via Hassle Records. ‘Late Teens’ is what happens when four Melbourne musicians come together to create a body of work entirely devoid of outside influence, being answerable to only themselves. Over six weeks, bassist Iain MacRae’s house was converted into a temporary song-writing sweatshop where the band wrote forty songs that were distilled into the dozen that make up the track list on Late Teens. Relying upon the experiences of their friends and people they know as subject matter, Late Teens thematically approaches displacement, relationships, internal turmoil, gentrification and inequality. Press Club is the musical embodiment of the attitude of a generation experiencing impermanence in every way.

Pre-order Late Teens on limited colour vinyl / CD / Digital here.

“One of our records of the year for sure – so great.” - Dan P Carter, BBC Radio 1

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