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Minus the Bear new single out now

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Single release: 'Viaduct' by Minus the Bear
Release date: Out now
Label: Suicide Squeeze Records
More info: Band website

Minus the Bear are thrilled to share their new single, 'Viaduct', the latest offering from their forthcoming EP, Fair Enough, which is due out October 19th on Suicide Squeeze Records. The song premieres today on Revolver, who who hail it as “a warm and catchy track propelled by jaw-dropping, shimmering guitar lines,” another banger delivered by the “guitar-virtuoso post-punk favourites” ahead of their final EP. The band is also excited to announce a charity auction they’re partnering on with MusiCares, a nonprofit that provides support and community services to musicians in need of medical, personal and financial assistance. Today, Minus the Bear launch an auction for the first in a series of four original paintings by artist and Minus the Bear bassist Cory Murchy, created for the cover of Fair Enough. Cory has the following to share on his thoughts behind the painting and EP cover art:

“It was important for me to create a cover relevant to the band and our history, as well as something strong enough to stand on its own artistic merit. The picture we used for our first EP was a blurry photo of the band walking through the forest. We were grainy and not so well defined, monochromatic, youthful. This painting is a response to those same young men and the 17 year-long journey they took together. The human figures, now much more defined, have been replaced by shapes that are now finding their own colors to live in. Much less unified but still working within each other’s orbit. The wonder of the woods has been replaced with a milled piece of working lumber. It’s a representation of who we’ve become as individuals and I think it reflects the music in a lot of the same ways. Distilled by time and purpose.”

MusiCares holds a special place in Cory's heart, as he personally benefited from their aid while struggling with a chronic back injury. You can learn more about MusiCares here. For more about Cory Murchy and his paintings, see here.

This past July, the band announced their breakup in tandem with a final farewell tour, which kicks off in Nashville on October 9th and culminates with three sold out shows in their hometown of Seattle on December 14th, 15th and 16th. Since their first shows in 2001, the Seattle group have been thrilling crowds with their virtuosic songwriting and play from Los Angeles, New York, London and Tokyo, to Jimmy Kimmel Live and Bonnaroo. Their melding of genres and innovative use of pedals, loops, and electronic elements in their music has been a defining contribution to indie rock in the mp3 and streaming era, and an influence on the band’s peers and those that followed in their wake.

You can check out the remaining VIP presale packages for this fall’s farewell tour here, as well as pre-order the Fair Enough EP. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.

Stream ‘Fair Enough’ via Stereogum or SoundCloud

Pre-Order the ‘Fair Enough EP’ here

Minus the Bear is a product of the first two tumultuous decades of this century. From their first show in 2001 to their impending dissolution at the end of 2018, the Seattle band thrived on the musical awakening in the era of the mp3, the internet, poptimism, and the endless cross-pollinations generated from an expanded consciousness of new forms of music. With the aim of sounding like “classic rock from the future,” they initially forged their music from the dichotomous blend of David Knudson’s prodigious finger-tapped guitar lines and Jake Snider’s cool-tempered narratives set against a backdrop of souped-up dance beats. Throughout their career, spanning six full-length albums and a raft of EPs, singles and split 7”s, they’ve carried on the trailblazing traditions of ‘70s prog rockers and guitar-centric indie rock pioneers of the ‘80s and ‘90s, but they’ve also always been a band of new sounds. Synths, drum machine break beats, omnichords, and pedalboard gadgetry all contribute to the band’s electronic flourishes. You can hear the poptimist appreciation for a club banger, a new wave hook, or a solid hip-hop beat in any number of their songs. And with their final EP, ‘Fair Enough’, Minus the Bear closes the book on their inimitable hybrid of scholarly art-rock, breezy indie pop, and warehouse party appeal.

One of the first tracks written for their last album VOIDS was ‘Fair Enough’, a reserved track that went through a variety of permutations before winding up on the backburner. Like most Minus the Bear songs, it began as a loose framework of interlocking guitar parts created by Knudson that quickly changed shape as the other members contributed their parts. “It’s interesting because we tried re-doing it twice in the studio,” says keyboardist/vocalist Alex Rose. “I was really into the first new direction as it was very pop, but collectively it didn't seem to fit. Then we tried a more ambient one… it just ended up being one of those songs that didn't beat the others.” But as the band was digging through their archives earlier this year, they stumbled upon an early version of the song. “It jumped out as sounding done,” Rose recalls. “I touched up the mix, fixed a few edits and sent it to everyone while we were on the recent Planet of Ice anniversary tour. The other guys all listened together and by all accounts had ‘a moment.’ I think the song had taken on new meaning after we decided to end the band.” Given Snider’s prescient lyrical lament of lost passions and finding “the exact moment we turned it off,” it’s hardly surprising to hear that the song resonates strongly within the group. Snider insists it was written to eulogize a failed romantic relationship, but it’s hard to not hear the lyrics as foreshadowing the band’s break-up.

The other three songs of Fair Enough are both a continuation and a culmination of Minus the Bear’s diverse sounds. The adrenalized up-tempo drumbeats, lush electronics, and nimble guitar work that initially set them apart from their peers back in 2001 are on full display during “Viaduct”. It certainly sounds like the same band that wrote “Monkey!!!Knife!!!Fight!!!”, but with a whole new arsenal of tricks, techniques, and toys to embellish the sound. “Dinosaur” has the punctuated groove of early hits of “Fine + 2 PTS ”, but crafted with the understated Steely Dan-esque delivery of their more current slow jams. In keeping with their “classic rock from the future” approach, the opening keyboard line of “Dinosaur” is a ham-fisted hook originally conceived on a cheap iPhone piano app. The EP closes with a nod to their ongoing remix collaborations, this time with a vibrant rave-up reinvention of “Invisible” by Sombear.

The EP album art comes courtesy of bassist Cory Murchy. “The picture on our first EP—This Is What I Know About Being Gigantic—was a blurry photo of the band walking through the forest,” Murchy explains. “The cover to Fair Enough is a nod to that almost 20 years on. The figures are much more defined, coming into their own colors, a little less unified but still working within each other’s orbit. The wonder of the woods has been replaced with a milled piece of working lumber as the canvas. I think it reflects the music in a lot of the same ways—distilled by time and purpose.”

Minus the Bear are a band born in the new millennium, when the gateways to cult artists were blown open by the internet, rock’s purist aesthetic rules were challenged, and technological advancements completely altered the way we create and consume music. If there was some middle ground to be found between King Crimson’s fretboard gymnastics, Midwest indie rock’s cerebral songcraft, Warp Records’ glitchy compositions, and FM radio’s current bump-and-grind staples, Minus the Bear staked it out first. Suicide Squeeze is proud to release Fair Enough on October 19, 2018. Fair Enough will be available on CD, digital formats, and as a 12” cut at 45rpm. The initial vinyl run consists of 2000 copies on coke bottle green and 1000 copies on black.

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Charly Bliss new single out now

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Single release: ‘Heaven’ by Charly Bliss
Release date: Out now
Label: Barsuk Records
More info: Band website

First new material since last year's ‘Guppy’

Today, NYC's Charly Bliss have released a song titled ‘Heaven’, a staple of their live show. '

Of the song, Eva Hendricks says: "'Heaven' is one of the first songs I wrote after Guppy, and to me it sounds like the ending of one phase of our sound before we knew what was going to come next. We played it live every night of our album release tour and it was really incredible to see the way people reacted to and connected with the song. It's our first love song, and I basically had to force myself to write the lyrics as a songwriting challenge to myself. I think I was always worried that songwriting was something that only existed to me as a coping mechanism, and that once I was happy I wouldn't have anything interesting to say or write about. I'm proud of the sweetness and simplicity of this song, and we're super happy to release it finally!"

Listen to ‘Heaven’ here.

Charly Bliss will be touring the US with Death Cab For Cutie later this month and throughout October.

"Feels familiar even on first listen; you might find yourself singing along by the second chorus, as if this band's been soundtracking your adolescence all along." - NPR

"One of those bands where you either like them or you're wrong" - Upset

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The Last Dinosaur new single out now

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Single release: ‘Me & Magdalena’ by The Last Dinosaur
Release date: Out now
Label: Phases
More info: Band website

A year on from critically acclaimed second album ‘The Nothing’ (★★★★ - The Independent, ★★★★ - Uncut, ★★★★ - Mojo) The Last Dinosaur return with a re-imagining of the Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab For Cutie) penned ‘Me & Magdalena’, written for and recorded by The Monkees for their final album ‘Good Times’. It is also their first single for new label, Phases. Listen here

Featuring backing vocals from Nettwerk artists Austin Basham and Jack In Water and beautiful lap steel from Nashville resident Hip Hatchet this ode to a love beyond measure is the perfect song to soundtrack the transition between Summer and early Autumn as the warm comforting glow of the evening shifts from the setting of the summer sun to the heat of the camp fire.

The band play the Sebright Arms on 26th September supporting Horse Feathers and a headline set on the 2nd of Oct at The Finsbury.

Poignant, dreamlike, beautiful: The Last Dinosaur’s ‘The Nothing’ is a record to swim in. The brainchild of Londoner Jamie Cameron, it’s an album that addresses a tragic event from his teenage years, and transmutes that experience into a cathartic work of art.

At 16, Jamie had met kindred spirit James Macdonald at music college and recorded the 2004 album ‘Good Morning Sunshine… and Goodnight’ with him under the name When I Was a Little Girl, a well-received debut through the independent label Where It’s At Is Where You Are. But a year later, Jamie was in a car crash that tragically claimed the life of his best friend. Out for the day with one of Jamie’s sisters and another friend, the car aquaplaned and hit another car at a junction. James’ injuries were the worst among the passengers, and when he passed away, Jamie was in a state of shock.

“I’d had a pretty idyllic life until then, nothing particularly bad had happened,” Jamie says. “That was a difficult experience to comprehend. Despite how harrowing it was, I thought came out of it relatively mentally unscathed, although in hindsight that’s a trick you tell yourself.”

Instead, he began recording with another music college friend, Luke Hayden, as The Last Dinosaur. Jamie’s parents split up, he broke up with his girlfriend, and The Last Dinosaur’s debut album ‘Hooray! For Happiness’, covered glowingly by the likes of Uncut, The Line Of Best Fit and more, attempted to come to terms with these experiences, while avoiding the real elephant in the room. “I was doing everything to avoid confronting this really big thing that happened at an age when you don’t generally experience death and loss,” Jamie says.

Afterwards, depression took hold of him, but over the course of years, he began writing, recording and amassing songs that addressed his grief and own fear of dying. The powerful The Nothing began to take shape.

“It wasn’t an intention of mine to write an album about dying or anything like that, but I realised after I’d written a few songs that they all were about it in some way. It got to a point where I couldn’t really avoid it. I’d done the divorce album and it was all I was left with, trying to make sense of this thing that happened. Halfway through I realised it was profoundly cathartic, it made me felt less scared of dying.”

‘The Nothing’ is uplifting, life-affirming. Its lyrics may tackle the subject of mortality, but the gorgeous, overlapping, interlacing melodies are like drifting in a blissful reverie. ‘We’ll Greet Death’, with its strings, piano, saxophone and acoustic guitar is defiant, possessed of an emotional complexity. On ‘Grow’, Jamie’s lovely acoustic plucking forms the basis for a song about the fragility of life, while ‘The Sea’ is a meditative post-rock movement that begins in a hushed place and concludes over five minutes later in a gorgeous string-laden denouement. Although Jamie professes to a childhood love for R.E.M, Tortoise and most of all, Talk Talk, the music here is very much his own, self-penned and performed with close friend Rachel Lanskey providing viola on most of the songs. “I’ve had a very strong sense of never wanting to copy anyone else’s music, I just want to sound like me,” Jamie says.

Created between 2009 and 2016, ‘The Nothing’ is a stunning, affecting album that is also a touching tribute to Jamie’s late friend. “Someone called it elegiac,” Jamie says. “I quite liked that notion.”

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The Hold Steady new single out 7 September 2018

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Single release: 'Confusion in the Marketplace' b/w 'T-Shirt Tux' by The Hold Steady
Release date: 7 September 2018
Label: Frenchkiss Records
More info: Band website

The Hold Steady has released a brand new single. 'Confusion in the Marketplace' b/w 'T-Shirt Tux' arrives at all DSPs and streaming services via Frenchkiss Records today, September 7.

'Confusion in the Marketplace' b/w 'T-Shirt Tux' can be heard now exclusively at The Hold Steady’s Bandcamp page. Fans can download the single now by donating to The K + L Guardian Foundation, a fund set up to benefit the children of Unified Scene founder 'jersey' Mike Van Jura, who died in November 2012.

Recorded at Isokon Studios in Woodstock, NY with producer Josh Kaufman and engineer D. James Goodwin, 'Confusion in the Marketplace' b/w 'T-Shirt Tux' continues a string of recent THS single releases that includes 'The Stove & The Toaster' b/w 'Star 18', 'Eureka' b/w 'Esther', and last year’s 'Entitlement Crew' b/w 'A Snake In The Shower'” All eight of these new songs mark the return of keyboard player Franz Nicolay.

Additional performers on the new songs include Stuart Bogie and Dave Nelson on horns and Annie Nero on backup vocals. All three singles are available now at all DSPs and streaming services as well as the official Hold Steady Bandcamp.

'Confusion in the Marketplace' b/w 'T-Shirt Tux' arrives just as The Hold Steady gets set to continue its 'Constructive Summer' series of North American live dates with an eagerly anticipated sold out four-night-stand at Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern. The dates begin with a special 10th anniversary performance of STAY POSITIVE in its entirety on Wednesday, September 12 and then continue through September 15. On September 21 and 22, The Hold Steady will be in Chicago as part of Goose Island’s 312 Block Party. 

“We are counting the days before we hit Toronto for our four-night stand at The Horseshoe Tavern,” says The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn. “Toronto is one of our absolute favorite cities to play, and the (legendary) Horseshoe Tavern has hosted some classic THS shows. These will be no exception, to be sure. Night One, we will be paying tribute to the 10th anniversary of STAY POSITIVE by playing the album in full, as well as a bunch of jams from all the other albums. So come raise a toast to 10 years of STAY POSITIVE with us and hear a few that we don’t pull out very often."

“It won’t all be looking backwards though, as we are pleased to announce some new songs: ‘Confusion in the Marketplace’ and ‘T-Shirt Tux.’ We had a blast making these and hope you enjoy hearing them. We hope to play them for you in Toronto for their live debut. Can’t wait to see you all there and celebrate the last four shows of ‘Constructive Summer’ before we move onto what’s looking like an already pretty constructive autumn…”

The Hold Steady is returning to the Brooklyn Bowl for the third annual 'Massive Nights' celebration, November 28 through December 1.  Limited tickets remain for 'Massive Nights III' and are available here.

The Hold Steady is: Bobby Drake (drums), Craig Finn (vocals), Tad Kubler (guitar, vocals), Franz Nicolay (keyboards), Galen Polivka (bass), and Steve Selvidge (guitar, vocals).

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IDLES new single out now

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Single release: 'Great' by IDLES
Release date: Out now
More info: Band website

Following the single's debut with Steve Lamacq on 6 Music (listen to recent session here) and ahead of a live performance for Annie Mac on Radio 1, IDLES have shared another new song off their much-anticipated new LP ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance,’ out 31st August via Partisan.

'Great' is a pro-immigration black comedy (“Islam didn’t eat your hamster/change isn’t a crime”) as well as a scathing confrontation of the Brexit/Trump era. The song is accompanied by a music video (directed by Theo Watkins), which you can watch here.

Singer Joe Talbot says of the track: “Let us go forward with open minds and open hearts into that fuck off fire we've started. No blame, no hate. Just love and a blue passport.”

‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’ bluntly addresses everything from toxic masculinity, immigration, racism, nationalism + more. The band are able to channel those weighty subjects though pure positivity and even biting humor. 

Earlier this month IDLES also announced an art exhibition to celebrate the release of their album. Open for two days on 30 and 31 August, between 12pm and 8pm, and curated by the band, the exhibition will take place at: HM Electrics Gallery, 65 Nile Street, London N1 7RD

The gallery will contain 18 pieces of work across several mediums. All proceeds going to the Samaritans charity. Watch the exhibition trailer here.

Watch IDLES on News At Ten

The band have also announced a run of live in-store dates around the album:

30 Aug UK London, Banquet Records, 9pm
31 Aug UK Bristol, Rough Trade, 3pm
31 Aug UK Bristol, Rough Trade, 7pm
03 Sep UK Portsmouth, Pie and Vinyl, 1pm
03 Sep UK Brighton, Resident, 6.30pm
04 Sep UK London, Rough Trade East, 7pm
05 Sep UK Sheffield, Record Junkee, 1pm
05 Sep UK Nottingham, Rough Trade, 7.30pm
06 Sep UK Leeds, Crash Records, 1pm
06 Sep UK Manchester, FOPP, 5.30pm
07 Sep UK Cardiff, Spiller Records, 7pm

'Great' is the fourth song to be released from IDLES's much-anticipated upcoming album 'Joy As An Act Of Resistance'. Produced by Space and mixed by Adam Greenspan & Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Bush), The album takes aim at everything from nationalism and immigration to class inequality - all while maintaining a visceral, infectious positivity. Singer Joe Talbot summarises: “This album is an attempt to be vulnerable to our audience and to encourage vulnerability; a brave naked smile in this shitty new world. We have stripped back the songs and lyrics to our bare flesh to allow each other to breathe, to celebrate our differences, and act as an ode to communities and the individuals that forge them. Because without our community, we’d be nothing.”

Read Joe’s full statement on the album’s inspiration and origins here

Watch the video for album opener 'Colossus' 

This autumn, IDLES will embark on their first ever global tour, including their biggest London headliner yet at O2 Forum Kentish Town on 18th October. Their last London headliner, at Heaven, sold out nearly six months in front. Tickets are on sale now here

Watch the video for anthemic single 'Danny Nedelko'

"IDLES might just be the best live guitar band in Europe." - The Quietus

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Mozes and the Firstborn new single out now

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Single release: 'Hello' by Mozes and the Firstborn
Release date: Out now
More info: Band website

“We grow and develop by challenging ourselves: By taking risks that make us prone to failure, but also to success and achievement. It’s easy to get by in the good times. It’s in the rocky moments that we finds ourselves vulnerable and in the spotlight, pushed to our limits and forced to discover who we really are – even if that means stumbling a few times before we regain balance. Dynamic, vivacious, and driving, Mozes and the Firstborn’s 'Hello' is an emphatic endorsement of stepping outside our comfort zones and asserting ourselves.” – Atwood Magazine

Since the Californian label Burger Records released their self-titled debut album in 2014, the band has embarked on international tours with The Growlers, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and together PANGEA, crisscrossing the United States and Europe. In 2016 the band released 'Great Pile of Nothing', a more introvert and mellow LP.

Over the past year the Eindhoven-based Mozes and the Firstborn have been recording new tunes for their third full-length album. Embracing the feel of a mixtape, they blend their favorite styles and genres into an intriguing conglomeration of songs. The band has worked with a number of producers, including producer/mixer Chris Coady (Beach House, Slowdive) and Roland Cosio (together PANGEA, Fuzz).

'Hello' is all about stepping out of our comfort zone and overcoming fears and other obstacles in our lives. Filmed by Mart Beek, the song’s music video is the quintessence of going the distance, a single-shot film of Melle Dielesen running in a marathon while singing – and, at times, smoking a cigarette.

“I wrote ‘Hello’ for my little sister to tell her she needs to get out of her comfort zone a little more,” Dielesen says. “A couple of weeks ago I realised I ought to practice what I preach. Recording a video during a marathon while smoking a cigarette seemed like a good start. I’m growing. The band is growing: Doing things that seem scary and irrational in your head make sense if you actually put them to practice. Every day we should try something we’ve never tried before. Go out into the world and say Hello. It’ll probably turn out all right. And if it doesn’t? Hey, you’ll have a good story to tell.”

It’s not about succeeding; it’s about setting yourself up for greatness. You “have to show something of yourself from time to time and dare to say hello,” Dielesen reflects. If we’re not pushing ourselves, we’re stagnant – a passive state that’s far too easy to get used to. Thankfully, we now have a provocative song and video like “Hello” to keep up the momentum when our legs get tired, and we slow down. Raucaus and energetic, Mozes and the Firstborn’s latest release is a garage-y explosion that promises to brighten your day.

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Silverbacks new single out now

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Single release: 'Dunkirk' by Silverbacks
Release date: Out now
Label: PK Miami Records
More info: Band website

"Dublin art-punks Silverbacks combat marital strife and boredom via tense, methodical beats and prickly guitar riffs." - Paste

Dublin art-punks Silverbacks stomp back into action in 2018 with the release of their new single produced by Girl Band’s Daniel Fox 'Dunkirk' on June 15th through their own PK Miami Records. Today, the band have premiered the single on Soundcloud at Paste where it was described as "jagged and menacing".

“The song is about a character who is questioning the life they have been dealt,” Silverbacks explain. “They find themselves in a near dystopian future where Dunkirk, despite its history, has become a built-up holiday destination for young families.”

Underpinned by an insistent, nagging bassline and creepy crawly guitar lines, it provides the ideal vehicle for frontman Daniel O’Kelly’s stream of consciousness ramblings about martial strife, the perfect sandcastle and spotting a con artist when he sees one. Produced by Girl Band’s Daniel Fox, the track lurches forth, pressure building from the undulating backbeat and layers of skronking guitars accenting Daniel’s increasingly frazzled yelps before finally collapsing into a sugar sweet coda. Indie kids no more, Silverbacks mean business and ‘Dunkirk’ is a powerful first move. The single is accompanied by a brilliantly creative video from Belgian graphic designer and artist Cameron Francis Taylor.

Hailing from Dublin, Silverbacks are a thrilling prospect, delivering their own louche take on NYC-indebted rock: slack enough for the tastemakers while also mining the gems of a pop vein, catching the ears of those with a taste for a good hook. Now a full-fledged five piece after graduating from the bedroom project of songwriting brothers Kilian and Daniel O’Kelly, they ply their trade with as much emphasis on the dry humour running through Daniel’s lyrics as the propulsive, triple guitar-led onslaught in their music.

Last year’s ‘Sink The Fat Moon’ EP had the band lighting up their homeland, with nods from BBC’s Across The Line, RTE’s Dan Hegarty, The Irish Times, The Thin Air and Nialler9 amongst others. They followed up with riotous single ‘Just for a Better View’ before the end of the year, drawing more accolades and setting themselves up for an exciting 2018.

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Estrons new single out now

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Single release: 'Lilac' by Estrons
Release date: Out now
More info: Band website

Welsh alt-rock outfit Estrons return today with 'Lilac', the first song to be taken from fruitful recent sessions with Alex Newport (At The Drive-In, Death Cab For Cutie, Pissed Jeans). Debuted last night by Huw Stephens on his Radio 1 show, he said 'Lilac' was "so good" that he played it twice in a row. Listen to Lilac here.

A further evolution sonically from what has come before, immediate and anthemic, the song marries tense vocals from Tali Källström to the off-kilter, cutting guitars that Rhodri Daniel has become known for. Tali dedicates the song to "an encounter I had with a teenage girl in the early hours of the morning. I drove past her crying in the street with her shoes in her hand and so I decided to turn the car around to check on her. I'd assumed that she was crying about something superficial and I'd also assumed that the man walking a few feet behind her was trying to take advantage. Turns out the man actually lived on that street and the girl was heartbroken because her dad had just been diagnosed with terminal cancer. We often get things wrong because society leads us to create prejudices on genders; the song is myself reflecting on that. It also celebrates human empathy as the girl I helped was genuinely touched that I'd stopped to check she got home okay. I haven't seen her since that day - but this one goes out to her, anybody who is going through a difficult time and also to all the people out there who have helped me in a crisis. Someone always cares and you can get through it."

The band played a London headline show at House Of Vans, have been handpicked by Garbage to support on their September tour and also announce headlining dates of their own for November.

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Delta Sleep new single and video out now

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Single release: 'El Pastor' by Delta Sleep
Release date: Out now
More info: Band website

Brighton math-rock band Delta Sleep announce their return, sharing a new video for their first single in 3 years entitled ‘El Pastor’. The new single is taken from the bands highly anticipated second record, which follows on from their widely acclaimed debut album ‘Twin Galaxies’, which earned plaudits from the likes of Clash, GoldFlakePaint, Q, Rock Sound and more. Further details to be announced...

Watch the video for 'El Pastor' here

Accompanying the new single, Delta Sleep have also announced a US tour (dates below) to start this autumn. The quartet’s live show is a force to reckoned with. Intense, captivating and extremely tight, they win over their audience at every turn. This has led the band to tour across the UK, Europe, Japan and Mexico since their 2008 formation, whilst also repeatedly appearing at festivals such as ArcTanGent, Handmade Festival, Truck Festival and 2000 Trees.

Their full list of forthcoming tour dates is as follows:

June
9th - Arundo de Festival, Torello, Spain
16th - Portals Festival, London, UK

July
22nd - Truck Festival - Oxford, UK

August
16th - Arctangent, Bristol, UK
23rd - Chicago, Beat Kitchen, US
25th - Columbus, Big Room, US
26th - Pittsburgh, The Fun House, US
27th - State College, Pennsylvania, House Party, US
29th - New Jersey, Flemington DIY, US
30th - Philly, Johnny Brenda’s, US
31st - Boston, House Show, US

September
1st - New York,  Gold Sounds, US

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First Hate new single and video out now

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Single release: 'Fallen' by First Hate
Release date: Out now
More info: Band Soundcloud

Rising from the snake pit into the international spotlight; the journey continues for First Hate. It all began with the self-titled debut EP ‘First Hate’ (Bad Actors Inc., September 2014), which featured hit singles 'Girls In The Club' and 'In My Dreams', music that transcended genres transforming the Copenhagen underground scene. It was a steady climb for the two Copenhageners, who have spent time on the road with Trentemøller, Communions, Iceage and Lust For Youth. Summer 2015 was spent in the studio producing their follow-up EP ‘The Mind Of A Gemini’ (Escho, March 2016). Sold out headline shows at Lille Vega, Copenhagen and The Waiting Room, London proved the band's popularity was now hitting a wider more mainstream audience with singles 'White Heron' and 'Trojan Horse' getting heavy rotation on national radio.

The rest of the year was spent on the road touring mostly throughout Europe with additional tours in China and North America. A key festival highlight was the triumphant headlining set on the Countdown Stage at Roskilde Festival. Spring 2017 saw the release of their highly anticipated debut album ‘A Prayer For The Unemployed’, which was released May 12th 2017 via Escho. It was  produced by First Hate with guidance by Troels Damgaard Holm and Malthe Fischer.

Now, the duo share the visuals for their latest single 'Fallen', which you can watch HERE

Press support for First Hate

“Alongside their arrogance there is empathy and the feeling that First Hate want their music to reach out and actually mean something.” – Pitchfork

“First Hate is a compelling balance of beatific and elegiac pop” – The FADER

 “You’d have to be made of stone not to fall for the elegiac wonder spun by Copenhagen duo First Hate... This and the rest of their back catalogue mark them out as an exciting new voice in the burgeoning nostalgia-tinged comedown-pop scene” – The Guardian

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Satellite Stories final album out 14 September 2018

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Album release: ‘Cut Out The Lights’ by Satellite Stories
Release date: 14 September 2018
Label: Playground Music
More info: Band website

  • Satellite Stories share new single ‘Coupons’. Listen at Clash.

"A fizzing, cracking, explosive return, 'Coupons' is ridiculously infectious, with those gossamer synths rattling against an insistent, incessant guitar line." - CLASH

Satellite Stories return with their brand new single ‘Coupons’, the first taste from what will be their fifth and final studio album, ‘Cut Out The Lights’, which is set for release worldwide on September 14th, with a worldwide tour to take place thereafter. 'Coupons' premiered today at CLASH who call it "A fizzing, cracking, explosive return. 'Coupons' is ridiculously infectious, with those gossamer synths rattling against an insistent, incessant guitar line."

Satellite Stories frontman Esa Mankinen tells us ‘Coupons’, is our brand new single, which we hope the fans will agree is somewhat of a return to the original Satellite Stories sound and feel; 3 minutes 14 seconds of pure energetic indie pop.”

As Finland's biggest and most successful indie act ever - with over 60 million streams worldwide, and over 300 headline shows, in no less than 17 countries spanning 3 continents - Satellite Stories returned to their roots to create their latest material. ‘Cut Out The Lights’ is an album where the band have taken the decision to self produce, to maintain complete creative control and make certain the ideas come across fully in the manner they wish.

“It is all on us again now, which is a position we love, the challenge is immense, we have put everything into this record, a full year in the making.” says lead guitarist Marko Heikkinen.

Mankinen continues; “On this album we went back to the basics of how we made music from the start, the four of us locked away in the Nordic landscape for inspiration, with a focus on the melodies and what production brings the best to the songs.”

‘Coupons’ is released May 4th, with the album due for worldwide release on September 14th.

Satellite Stories Tour Dates

14-Sep FINLAND, Kuopio, Henry's Pub
15-Sep FINLAND, Joensuu, Kerubi             
21-Sep FINLAND, Jyvaskyla, Freetime
22-Sep FINLAND, Helsinki, Korjaamo
27-Sep FINLAND, Turku, Gong
28-Sep FINLAND, Lahti, Torvi
29-Sep FINLAND, Tampere, Klubi
02-Oct SWEDEN, Stockholm, Klubben
03-Oct DENMARK, Copenhagen, Vega - Ideal Bar
04-Oct GERMANY, Hamburg, Nochtspeicher
05-Oct GERMANY, Berlin, Privatclub
06-Oct GERMANY, Stuttgart, ClubCann        
08-Oct GERMANY, Munich, Kranhalle
09-Oct AUSTRIA, Vienna, Chelsea
10-Oct SWITZERLAND, Zurich, Mascotte
11-Oct FRANCE, Paris, Supersonic
12-Oct NETHERLANDS, Utrecht, De Helling
13-Oct  NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam, Sugarfactory
15-Oct UK, London, Lexington
16-Oct GERMANY, Cologne, Yuca               
19-Oct SPAIN, Madrid, Moby Dick
20-Oct SPAIN, Barcelona, Razzmatazz                
26-Oct FINLAND, Vaasa, Ritz
27-Oct FINLAND, Oulu, 45 Special

Tour date tickets will go on general sale Wednesday, May 9th at 12:00 CET.
 
 

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LIFE new single out 15 June 2018 and UK tour dates

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Single release: 'Grown Up' by LIFE
Release date: 15 June 2018
Tour dates: May-August 2018
More info: Band website

Fresh from a typically raucous and sweaty week in Austin, Texas for SXSW where the band played for DIY, BBC 6Music & Fluffer Pit, LIFE announce their return with the anthemic and frenetic 'Grown Up', their first new material since last year’s breakthrough debut album “Popular Music”.

'Grown Up', the first single to be taken from their forthcoming LP, is a pounding slice of muscular indie-rock that plays with the theme of adulting – the concept of stepping up to your responsibilities and behaving in a mature fashion - and sees the band hone in on a bigger and more focused sound. Hear/share the single here.

Frontman Mez describes the new single:

“Grown Up is about getting to grips with adulthood and wanting to fall in love again. Seeing the decay of human life as it ages in a park with the dying swans. Is there hope between the space on your plate as you fork at your tea? Can you be too grown up for love?”

Described by DIY as “an unhinged depiction of modern day punk”, LIFE’s anti-establishment outlook and witty, off-centre social commentary underscores everything they do. Very much the antithesis of all things London-centric, the band hail instead from the current City Of Culture, Hull, and tackle the new wave of youth and working class discontent with both savvy and style.

Known for a strong community ethic, clever wordplay and energetic performances, ‘Popular Music’ made it onto BBC Radio 1’s best albums of the year list and gained multiple playlist adds on BBC6 Music. LIFE were also picked by the likes of DIY, Metro, So Young and Fred Perry Subculture as their ‘Ones to Watch’ at the start of last year and Steve Lamacq praised the band for being “...weirdly uncompromising and addictive” when placing lead single In Your Hands in his best of the year list.

LIFE were also invited to perform a live session for Huw Stephens at Maida Vale and to play at Radio 1's Big Weekend, where they were the only unsigned act on the line up. Further live credentials include performances at SXSW, Reading & Leeds, Latitude, Reeperbahn and The Great Escape, as well as tours with Slaves, Nadine Shah and IDLES alongside significant headline shows of their own.

The band will play the following live dates:

5th May – Live At Leeds
6th May – Stag & Dagger, Glasgow
18th May – Black Lion (2.50pm) The Great Escape, Brighton
19th May – Komedia (2.30pm), The Great Escape, Brighton
20th May – Gold Sound Festival, Leeds
27th May – Bearded Theory
2nd June – Long Division, Wakefield
9th June – 53 Degrees North, Hull
14th June - The Lexington, London (single launch show)
15th June - The Shed, Leicester
16th June - ussex Arms Basement, Tunbridge Wells
17th June - Green Door Store, Brighton
20th July – Tramlines, Sheffield
28th July – Leopallooza
31st August – Electric Fields

'Grown Up' is the vibrant sound of a band who’ve already achieved so much - on their own terms, no less - who are now taking their next big leap forwards. No growing pains here, then.

Press reaction to date

  • “Brilliant” - The Guardian
  • “LIFE combine inescapable energy with unshakeable hooks” - Dork
  • “Whether they’re rallying against the establishment or helping us escape, LIFE’s debut provides comfort and support for us all” - DIY
  • “Singer Mez Green fully justifies his frequent Jarvis (Cocker) comparisons.” - DIY on SXSW

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YOWL new single out now

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Single release: 'Warm (In The Soft White Fire of Modern Living)' by YOWL
Release date: Out now
More info: Band Soundcloud

Today, Peckham five-piece YOWL have announced their new single 'Warm (In The Soft White Fire Of Modern Living)'. The single follows the release of YOWL's second single and video for ‘Dark Room’ and UK tour with label mates LICE including a sold out headline show at Sebright Arms. It was then on to Europe to play Pitchfork Avant-Garde and London Calling Amsterdam.

Listen to 'Warm (In The Soft White Fire Of Modern Living)' here

Alongside the new single, YOWL have also announced two new live dates including a headline London show at Bermondsey Social Club on 31st May 2018 and a show supporting IDLES at the Trades Club in Hebden Bridge on 1st August 2018. The full list of YOWL's forthcoming live dates is as follows:

28th April – Portsmouth Psych Fest
28th April – Sticky Mikes, Brighton (Free entry)
6th May – Sounds From The Other City, Manchester
25th – 27th May – Dot to Dot Festival
31st May – Bermondsey Social Club, London
21st July – Truck Festival, Oxford
1st August – Trades Club, Hebden Bridge w/ IDLES

With an EP and two singles behind them YOWL have earned some impressive critical acclaim from the likes of NME, DIY, AnOther, Loud & Quiet and more. Following the release of 2016's Before The Sleep Sets In EP YOWL released debut single 'My Headache Likes To Speak' in May 2017. Across its noir-laden four minutes, the band marry gnarled razor-wire guitars and a swaggering rhythm section with the sick croon of vocalist Gabriel Byrde. 'My Headache Likes To Speak’ was the second release from London's Big Score imprint, after recently putting out material from Bristol's LICE. The label comes from the minds behind Golden Arm who have watched over the likes of HMLTD, Goat Girl, and The Big Moon.

Nobody’s happy putting up with poor job prospects and a city pricing out the poorest, but the Peckham-formed YOWL capture a frustration of the 9-to-5 London grind like few others. And in frontman Gabriel Byrde, they have someone who can spin poetry on songs about alienation and exhaustion. YOWL are often viciously loud, but Byrde’s fanciful delivery gives them an edge.

Previous praise for YOWL

“YOWL take the mundane and make it sound like a never-ending thrill" – NME

“YOWL are a band who make Peckham sound like New York City 2002” – LOUD & QUIET

"YOWL tell bleak, beautiful stories" – DIY

 

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Scott Matthews releases new single and new album on 27 April 2018

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Album release: 'The Great Untold' by Scott Matthews
Release date: 27 April 2018
Label: Shedio
More info: Artist website

"Putting my world on the line
Turning one leaf at a time
Never knowing what I'll find"

Scott Matthews’ new record, 'The Great Untold', deserves to be a career defining one. The sixth studio album by the Ivor Novello Award-winning singer-songwriter (Best Song Musically & Lyrically for 'Elusive') is a master class in honesty, instinct and reflection. A largely acoustic recording, Matthews’ new record features sparse production after being recorded over a productive winter at home. His ten-song cycle is the sound of a man now entirely comfortable in his own skin, putting his neck on the line with a collection of quietly extraordinary songs.

The ghosts of Paul Simon, Ron Sexsmith, Tim Buckley, Nick Drake and John Martyn loom large on a sixth record that revels in its stripped-back nature to show what an exceptionally strong songwriter Matthews really is. The absence of multi-layered instrumentation on 'The Great Untold', however, should not infer that it lacks depth. The richness in Matthews’ new work comes from the intricacy of his guitar work, influenced by the likes of Bert Jansch and Mark Kozelek, whilst showcasing again an otherworldly singing voice that betrays an everyman inflection and down-to-earth persona.

In many ways, 'The Great Untold' is the start of a new era for Matthews. Since his debut album, 'Passing Stranger', in 2006, the Wolverhampton-born artist has further refined his craft. Writing deft and sensitive songs during a trajectory that began with the ethereal ‘Elusive’, The Great Untold marks a new beginning on his own terms. The first great arc of his career was completed with his Home duology; a pair of records that reflected on his journey thus far. The Great Untold is the sound of that man moving on. Matthews is recently married, soon-to-experience fatherhood and has new hopes and fears, new stories to tell. “After Home Part 2 was finished, I was looking to move forward by marrying harmony with my experiences since the last record. The plan to write an acoustic record has always been there. And finally the time is right to do that.”

Matthews has tested himself as a songwriter. He started as a soloist and has gone full circle, again ready to fly alone. It opens new possibilities, a different type of challenge. “It takes me out of my comfort zone and has made me test myself. I’ve largely pared it down to guitar and vocals. At the beginning, there was nobody else. It’s time to surprise myself. It’s time to go back to my own world.”

Lyrically, 'The Great Untold' is a work with poetic intent. “It’s a collection of songs that lots of people will hopefully relate to. Naturally, my starting points are from a personal perspective but most times I have to broaden the idea so it's not so insular as a piece of music. It can be a challenge but I'm very proud of where I've ventured to and there's been a lot of soul searching woven into these songs that I hope people will appreciate. When I’m writing, I’m almost hearing voices from The Masters and thinking: ‘Would they approve?’”

The point is to make a connection. “I want to move somebody with the power of moods and music.” It is in the right hands. And that’s an opposite description for The Great Untold. It is a record written by a man at the peak of his powers – 'As The Day Passes', 'Something Real', 'Song To A Wallflower' and the stunning 'Cinnamon' are amongst the finest in his songbook – and by a musician able to channel great beauty in songs that reveal the most human of truths.

"...engagingly thoughtful and classy singer-songwriter" - The Guardian

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Canshaker Pi new album due May 2018

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Album release: 'Naughty Naughty Violence' by Canshaker Pi
Release date: May 2018
Label: Excelsior
More info: Band website

Canshaker Pi have premiered their new single 'Put A Record Out' at Exclaim!. The track was described as a "cheeky lead single... which finds them adding a post-punk flair and the Fall-esque cynicism to their off-kilter rock sound." Say the band about the new track, "To us, 'Put a Record Out' is the ultimate party noise and our take on what true and epic motorcycle rock'n'roll should sound like."

After impressing the likes of DIY, Clash, Drowned in Sound and many more at their Eurosonic performance at the start of 2018, Canshaker Pi are now set to release their new album, ‘Naughty Naughty Violence’. From supporting names such as Car Seat Headrest and Parquet Courts, to local friends Pip Blom, and indie legends The Cribs, the band have absorbed all the skill that surrounds them and poured it into the new record. The Amsterdam quartet burst into the world of indie-rock at such a young age and yet have been no strangers to the more mature sounds of Pavement - in fact, Stephen Malkmus helped to produce the band’s debut LP and in 2017 they toured 15 countries and played 27 shows with Scott Kannberg’s Spiral Stairs.

‘Naughty Naughty Violence’ takes the promise and excitement of a debut and refines the style and signature sound of the band to create something unmistakably unique. This strain of ‘slacker’ rock is steadfast, unwavering, and resolute in its own identity. Tracks like ‘Smurf’ and the thundering ‘But Why’ could effortlessly slip themselves into any Pavement fan’s record collection as they celebrate their influences in a way that is both familiar and new. The 5-am stumbling sensation of ‘Legless’ later on in the record captures a dogged yet bewildered atmosphere of a come-down with Willem Smit reassuring the listener to “embrace your fate and crawl on, you’ll be back on your feet’. This underlying despair is then quickly superseded by the addictive ‘Indie Academy’ that revels in joyful sardonicism and self-referential humour.

Canshaker Pi have quickly become one of Holland’s most exciting bands and after playing every major festival in The Netherlands, 2018 sees them stop-off at the likes of SXSW and The Great Escape to the delight of US and UK fans.

Raw energy paired with tight instrumentation and sharp-witted lyricism can result in remarkable results and ‘Naughty Naughty Violence’ nails them all.

Press reaction to date

“Weaving in and out of vintage rock, fuzz, and punk and easily ramping up and down at the perfect moments” – Stereogum

“An off-kilter delight… channels the wonkiness of Pavement while adding a noisier Ty Segall-esque slant” – DIY

“Powerfully crafted, highly intelligent indie rock...” – CLASH

“Regales the spirit of late 70s punk and early 90s grunge. – Drowned In Sound

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The Black Angels new single and video out now

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Single release: 'Half Believing' by The Black Angels
Release date: Out now
Label: Partisan Records
More info: Band website

Austin psych-rock godfathers The Black Angels have shared a music video for 'Half Believing', lead track off their latest record 'Death Song' out now on Partisan Records. Watch the S&M-themed nightmare (featuring punch-drunk ghost clowns) here via Brooklyn Vegan

Guitarist Christian Bland says of the clip; "The idea was to create a mini 'Twilight Zone’ episode, where a man's life flashes before his very eyes before he enters eternity. Where he ends up, no one knows."

Fresh off a performance on Austin City Limits, the band kick off a co-headline tour of the US with The Black Lips later this month. Full dates can be found at the band's website.

Watch the band perform 'Half Believing' live on ACL.

'Death Song' (their first LP in 4+ years) is band's heaviest, and most politically-charged work yet, and has been met with career-best reviews. Listen to new album 'Death Song' on Spotify.

The Black Angels will play Green Man Festival this summer

Press reaction to date

"The Black Angels are on their way to becoming legends. They're also prime movers in modern psych" - Vice Noisey
“A menacing return to form” – The Observer
“A classic bad-trip album” – The Times
“A combination of garagey psych and doomy VU-with-Nico grandeur” – Uncut
“A grim sense of hopelessness certainly pervades The Black Angels’ comeback” – Mojo
“The Black Angels will blow your mind.” – Clash
"An enormous and frighteningly timely album full of uniquely trippy anthems to oblivion" - NPR
“Their strongest collection to date… stunning” – The Quietus
“Thumpingly grand psych from Texan longhairs” – Classic Rock 8/10
“Death Song is a doomy yet soaring listen” – Louder Than War
“Written and recorded during the Trump election cycle, the feel is desolate and doomed” – Record Collector
“Their best record yet” – Shindig! *****
 

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Hajk debut single released on 22 February 2018

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Single release: 'Untouch' by Hajk
Release date: 22 February 2018
Label: Jansen Records
More info: Band website

The Guardian's 'Ones To Watch' release beautiful new track 'Untouch'. First single 'Magazine' featured in Indie Shuffle's Top 10 Indie Songs Of The Year.

Today, Hajk have announced their brand new track 'Untouch' which you can listen to at DIY Magazine now before the official release tomorrow via Jansen.

DIY Magazine described the new single as combining "languid yet powerful harmonies and piano melodies with a soaring hook and synth lines."

Hajk have said: "This song is about experiencing sudden changes in a relationship - from trusting and depending on each other, to being all alone. Sometimes it will feel so overwhelming that you wish you’d never met in the first place. Or at least you’re wishing that you were able to foresee what was going to happen."

'Untouch' is a delight to fans of their debut self-titled album that was released in the Spring of 2017 to critical acclaim. Take a listen below.

Hajk's first single ‘Magazine’ premiered with Noisey and had waves of support then on from the likes of Stereogum, The Guardian, DIY, Hilly Dilly and more, even making Indie Shuffle’s top 10 indie rock songs of the entire year, they’ve now got 165K plays on just that one track and The Line Of Best Fit named their album “one of the best debuts of the year”.

Hajk are fronted by Preben Sælid Andersen and Sigrid Aase, who share the vocals, while Johan Nord (drums), Knut Olav Buverud Sandvik (bass) and Einar Næss Haugeth (keys) are the band’s backbone.

The band have emerged with an off-beat, honest, sound that clicks into place and somehow combines the smooth and the sharp into a perfectly complete electro-pop feel that casts a mischievous glance at influences such as Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Dirty Projectors and ANIMA!.

Press reaction to date

  • "This new Oslo-based band will make you feel so very fine" - Noisey
  • "Obsessed with this" - Chloe Grace Moretz
  • "Hajk has delivered one of the best debuts of the year" - The Line Of Best Fit
  • The Guardian's 'Ones To Watch'
  • "Crisp, clear, and smooth... street-ready guitar-pop" - Stereogum
  • "Combines languid yet powerful harmonies and piano melodies with a soaring hook and synth lines." - DIY

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Fontaines D.C. new single out 23 February 2018

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Single release: 'Chequeless Reckless' by Fontaines D.C.
Release date: 23 February 2018
Label: Trigger Party Records
More info: Band website

Premiere on Stereogum here

New double A-side single due out 23rd February 2018
London live date at The Victoria, Dalston – London on 7th March 2018

Fontaines D.C. met as a quintet in Dublin, influenced and driven in equal measure by the rich history of their hometown’s counter-culture, their response has been to make concise and immediately authentic indie-punk that has done anything but fall on deaf ears.

The last six months have seen Fontaines D.C. release two hotly received double A-side singles, both of which were named as singles of the week by Rough Trade, and garnered early support from the likes of Steve Lamacq and others on BBC 6 Music, as well as earning feature space from every major Irish publication. Similarly, the band have played a number of shows across Europe, Ireland and the UK earning a reputation for their brooding and trenchant live performances, supporting the likes of The Horrors, Girl Band and The Lemon Twigs, as well as playing festival slots at Electric Picnic, Hard Working Class Heroes and Other Voices.

Previous singles such as ‘Liberty Belle’ and ‘Hurricane Laughter’ call to mind the likes of the Modern Lovers, The Fall, Iggy Pop and The Strokes, seamlessly blending immediate lyrical hooks with melodic golden-era indie instrumentation, and ‘70s Stooges punk thrust, all of which is strewn with defiant rock and roll overtones. On their new single ‘Chequeless Reckless’, the band have decided to delve even deeper into their influences (which they personally cite as spanning from The La’s, to The Pogues to Buddy Holly) employing hypnotic, kraut-rock infused cyclical riffs, whilst channelling Dublin into their concise and often-unassumingly poetic lyrics with a distinctive gritty Irish drawl.

Fontaines D.C. have gone from strength-to-strength with each release, and with a vast range of critical acclaim, renowned live shows and a series of sold out releases behind them over the course of just six months, ‘Chequeless Reckless’ stands as a huge statement of intent, which is not to be ignored.

Press reaction to date

"Snarling, swaggering post-punk filtered through the retro-rock bands of the early ’00s" - Stereogum

"This band just keep getting better and better." - Rough Trade

"I'm absolutely kicking myself for not seeing these live." - Steve Lamacq

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Dark Dark Horse new single out now

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Single release: 'And Then We Had Nothing At All' by Dark Dark Horse
Release date: 26 January 2018
Label: Little Fanfare
More info: Band website

Dark Dark Horse premiere new single at Magnetic Magazine

"The song features Stafford’s soaring vocals over a track that slowly builds into a large crescendo. The drums slowly build alongside synths, piano, strings and eventually electric guitar in an epic finale." – Magnetic Magazine

Dark Dark Horse is a Leicester duo comprising of Jamie Ward (producer/multi-instrumentalist) and James Stafford (singer) who collectively create expertly crafted glacial pop-electronica steeped in indie rock sensibilities.

After a break from activity whilst Ward toured full time with globetrotting ‘astonishing’ instrumentalists Maybeshewill, 2017 marked the rebirth of the band. Having released EP, 'Luna II' in April and recently signing a publishing deal with Warner’s W Songs, Dark Dark Horse are ready to return with the elegant and emotive new single ‘And Then We Had Nothing At All’ on January 26th via Little Fanfare.

Listen now via Soundcloud
Listen now via Spotify

“'And Then We Had Nothing At All' is perhaps the most epic and ambitious song we've recorded so far. At over seven minutes long it defies the typical conventions of a single but it's power, beauty and grandeur was something we felt needed its own space.” explains Ward. It's a sound that feels totally organic and blissfully simplistic, yet stylishly layered and polished, simultaneously. “A kaleidoscope of swirling reverse synths, dusty samples from my mother’s children's music classes, pounding drums and sweeping violin… we really threw the kitchen sink at this one.”

Lyrically, Stafford touches on a seemingly darkening impression of the future - in which the struggle between over analysing the present or consciously turning a blind eye to the problems we face, can create a stunned ambivalence towards each. It's a delicate and emotional issue that people have struggled with universally - and one that Dark Dark Horse explore powerfully.

Live: Sebright Arms, London - 8th of February – Supporting HOLY

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Peter Kernel share latest single 'There's Nothing Like You'

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Single release: 'There's Nothing Like You' by Peter Kernel
Release date: 27 September 2017
Label: The Camper Records
More info: Band website

London show announced for 15th January 2018
Watch the video for 'There's Nothing Like You' here.

"Last November we sent the demo of this song to our dear friend and sound engineer Andrea Cajelli. We wanted his precious feedback because although we were proud of the song we were worried it didn’t sound 'Peter Kernel' enough.

He answered us instantly saying “this is a fucking masterpiece guys! And the next time someone says you sound like Sonic Youth you can shove this in their face”. We were totally surprised. His over exaggerated reaction for this song gave us the strength to continue exploring new sounds and solutions. 

Andrea passed away shortly after, and it took us a lot of time to regain the capability to take decisions and to believe in other people. So we decided to learn how to record ourselves. And we did. But we were then very lucky to have found Jeff Knowler that took care of our recordings and completed the mix. 

Here it is. A song about life. The horribly amazing life or the terribly fantastic life.  These are points of views, moments or periods in time we try to communicate in the song through different impressions and scenarios all in one melody. This song means a lot to us." - Barbara & Aris

'There’s Nothing Like You' released 27 September 2017, is the first single taken from the album 'The Size Of The Night' by Peter Kernel, On The Camper Records. The single is available on 7” vinyl as of December 2017. 

Peter Kernel is a Swiss Canadian post punk band formed in 2006 by graphic designer Aris Bassetti (Swiss) and filmmaker Barbara Lehnhoff (Canadian).

The two met in visual communications school in Switzerland and quickly launched the band and their own label On The Camper Records. Throughout the years they have been well noted for their clever and witty humour in communication and DIY approach.

In 2008 they were invited by Spencer Krug from the Canadian band Wolf Parade to open their UK and European tour. With the release of their 2nd album 'White Death & Black Heart' in collaboration with French label Africantape the band received a particularly warm welcome in France, launching Peter Kernel straight into the heart of the European musical scene.

In the past years Peter Kernel have played over 600 concerts across Europe and Canada, in a variety of different venues and festivals such as Montreux Jazz Festival, the fashion week in Milan, Paleo Festival, The HMV Forum in London, Les Rockomotives Festival in France, The Great Escape in the UK, and in 2018 will be on stage at Eurosonic in NL.

In 2016 they were nominated for the Swiss Music Grand Prix. The same year they scored the music for the film 'Il Nido', by the Swiss Peruvian film director Klaudia Reynicke. The film was world premiered at Locarno International Film Festival 2016.

In 2017 they were nominated as Best Live Act at the Swiss Live Talents. The same year they started an orchestral version of the band called Peter Kernel & Their Wicked Orchestra, rearranging their songs for piano, harp, cello, harmonium and viola.

On March 7th 2018 they will release their 4th Album entitled 'The Size Of The Night'.
 

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