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The Modern Times new single out now

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Single release: ‘Am I Losing Touch’ by The Modern Times
Release date: Out now
Label: Black Pop Records
More info: Band Facebook

Norwegian punks The Modern Times are today sharing their new single ‘Am I Losing Touch’. Coming on with the propulsive energy of Parquet Courts, the sharp-as-a-tack nous of Gang of Four, and the effervescent spirit of The Hives, ‘Am I Losing Touch’ is a hybrid of jangly and jagged post punk, snotty punk rock and garage-infused power pop.

Listen to ‘Am I Losing Touch’ here.

It's often said that there's a fine line between the stupid and the clever, and that line is definitely blurred in the case of The Modern Times. Their songs flirt with adolescent ignorance and poignant satire, held together by singer Magnus Vold Jensen’s unique and incisive delivery.

For the band's forthcoming sophomore album, Algorhythmic Dance Music, The Modern Times have signed with Black Pop Records and upped their game to boot. Their busy touring schedule and notoriously rowdy live shows have built them a die-hard following in Norway, that they will shortly be bringing to the rest of the world.

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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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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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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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Theon Cross new single out now

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Single release: 'Panda Village' by Theon Cross
Release date: Out now
Label: Gearbox Records
More info: Artist webiste

Today, London tuba player and composer Theon Cross has shared his brand new single 'Panda Village'. Featuring fellow jazz trailblazers Nubya Garcia and Moses Boyd, the track marks Theon's first new solo release since his 2015 EP 'Aspirations'. The new single was premiered by the Quietus yesterday, who said "It’s electrifying to hear such a masterful interplay by three musicians at the top of their game."

Hear / share the new single 'Panda Village' here.

As one of the stalwarts of the London jazz scene, Theon Cross has been dominating airwaves and stages recently. He's part of a family network of young London-based musicians who have regularly supported one another in stretching and re-shaping the boundaries of the jazz genre. Having made a name for himself both as a member of the Mercury-nominated and award-winning quartet Sons of Kemet, as well as his own powerful and eclectic solo material, the last few years have seen Theon Cross appear on a number of highly acclaimed releases including the lauded ‘We Out Here’ compilation via Brownswood Recordings, as well as on the recent ‘Where We Come From’ mixtape on Chicago label International Anthem. Similarly, he has also performed around the world alongside the likes of Kano (appearing on-stage at Glastonbury), Moses Boyd, Makaya McCraven, Jon Baptiste, Pharoe Monch, Emile Sande and is a permanent fixture in South London-based collective Steam Down.

Within all this noise, Theon has also been leading his own trio project with the talented Nubya Garcia and Moses Boyd. 'Panda Village' marks the first of Theon's new material from the trio to be released on Gearbox Records (Thelonious Monk, Binker and Moses, Sarathy Korwar), who he plans to release further music with in 2019 - More details TBA.

'Panda Village' is available to purchase here.

Praise for Theon Cross

“incredible!” – Gilles Peterson

“crucially embraces the bass and rhythm role with exuberant inventiveness” – the Guardian

“A prodigious young talent” – New York Times

“could easily be sampled for a fiery Skepta track” – Rolling Stone

“swaggering grime tuba and hyped-up free-bop interplay” – the Quietus

“a key player in the UK’s bright-burning young jazz scene” – Stamp The Wax

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Swazi Gold new single out now

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Single release: 'Disco' by Swazi Gold
Release date: Out now
Label: Research Records
More info: Band website

Formed by the chief songwriters from Melbourne bands Crepes, Dreamin' Wild and Sagamore, Swazi Gold brings old friends together. Chris Jennings and Sam Cooper grew up in the Victorian coastal towns of Barwon Heads and Ocean Grove, while Tim Karmouche was an inland man, hailing from Ballarat in the state’s north-west.

It’s this togetherness that’s at the heart of Swazi Gold’s debut album, 'Jehovah’s Whispers', out on 1st March 2019 via research records. There are six songs, two created by each member; through true collaboration and participation. Nothin’ but a democracy there.

The first single from the album is 'Disco', written by Jennings. He says the song is about, “moving to Melbourne and seeing how we’ve all changed. We’ve all come from these bands that were heavily influenced by the coast and were our hometowns. They’ve changed a lot. We’ve kind of stopped being from the coast,” he says.

Listen to Disco here.

Driven by a sassy disco beat, the song name-checks towns dotted along Victoria’s western coastline. These places, like Leopold, Portarlington, Bellbrae and Torquay, are the former homes of Swazi Gold. The final places, and indeed the final words uttered in the song, are better known international hubs—like Barcelona, London and Berlin—suggesting the mainstreaming of worlds in moving to the big smoke.

On 'Disco' and 'Jehovah’s Whispers', Swazi Gold draw on their collective love of Nigerian funk, American electronics, and quirky, melody-driven pop music to explore the spaces between conventional genres. Artists ranging from the likes of Haruomi Hosono and William Onyeabor to JJ Cale and Harry Nilsson form the reference points that the give light to the band's creative spark.

‘Jehovah’s Whispers’ was recorded in a single weekend in 2017 at the Cooper’s family home in Ocean Grove, and captures the deep friendship between the three members.

Lyrically, the remaining five songs address a range of themes, from the realisation of personal limitations to seeing a thriving country town fade to nothingness. There’s also a brooding one in there for anyone who’s ever been ripped off.

'Jehovah’s Whispers' proves the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. And in amidst the love and equality, Swazi Gold’s debut album still packs a punch.

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Silverbacks new single out now

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Single release: ‘Just In The Band’ by Silverbacks
Release date: Out now
Label: PK Miami Records
More info: Band website

Dublin art-punks Silverbacks are storming back into action in 2019 with their new single ‘Just In The Band’ premiering at Stereogum, produced by Girl Band’s Daniel Fox and released through their own PK Miami Records.

Irish art punks Silverbacks delve into themes of false idolatry and deeper connection in their latest track ‘Just In The Band’ out Friday November 23rd on PK Miami.

Produced by Daniel Fox from fellow Dubliners Girl Band, 'Just In The Band' carries the same nagging unease as previous single 'Dunkirk' with taut drums and unrelenting bass underpinning seasick guitar arps and Daniel O’Kelly’s blunt commentary on the ‘problems down the back’. Feedback soaked and frazzled, it sees the band step further away from their indie roots and more into the groove - if the groove covered itself in petrol and dared you to light the match.

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.

Upcoming Irish shows:

  • December 1st: Other Voices 2018, Dingle (Hennessy Music Trail)

  • December 8th: Whelans, Dublin

The video for previous single 'Dunkirk' was created by Cameron Taylor, a childhood friend of the band's brothers Kilian and Daniel O'Kelly, who has done all of Silverbacks' artwork to date, and is "an important part of [their] direction." His video for 'Dunkirk' delves into their shared past: "The last scene in the music video features a typically grey and flat Flanders landscape where the three of us grew up. The estates in which we lived were once battlefields in the First and Second World War which isn’t too far off the idea of a beach resort in Dunkirk."

Dunkirk by Dublin band Silverbacks video on YouTube

Press reaction

"...infectious and breakneck" - Stereogum

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

"...jagged-yet-slick …modern post-punk" - The 405

"...another promising installment in Silverbacks’ early output, a suggestion that their forthcoming album will be an overdriven display of gratifyingly dense guitars and vocal hooks alike" - Stereogum

"...a crashing melodic chorus, kinetic drum fills, and tasty licks that would do Tom Verlaine proud" - Hot Press

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Hajk new single out now

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Single release: 'Keep Telling Myself' by Hajk
Release date: out now
Label: Jansen
More info: Band website

Today, Hajk have shared a brand new single entitled 'Keep Telling Myself' which has been described by DIY as "shimmering, woozy pop goodness".

The band's Preben Sælid Andersen has said that 'Keep Telling Myself' is, "actually a pretty dark song about trying to convince yourself that love still exists – not just between two people, but in general. This is also a sonic leap for us, containing a variety of sounds that we really enjoyed exploring."

Listen to 'Keep Telling Myself'

Pre-order album 'Drama'

'Keep Telling Myself' is the latest single to be released from newly announced album 'Drama', the first track 'Dancing Like This' can be heard below:

Listen to 'Dancing Like This'

Listen to debut single 'Magazine'

'Drama' – of the interpersonal kind – that’s what Hajk have turned their focus to. The band burst onto the scene with their self-titled debut album last year, garnering support around the world as well as making a name for themselves in their home country of Norway. Now, the highly anticipated follow-up 'Drama' has been announced for February 2019 – a record that both pulls at the heartstrings and urges you to dance away your sorrows. Lead single and first taste of what is to come arrives in the form of the bubblegum-flavoured new cut, 'Dancing Like This'. It's a lyrically melancholy and wide-eyed love song, with an addictive melody that looks to sugarcoat your tears.

Hajk’s 2017 debut received praise from the likes of Astrid S, Sigrid and Kimbra, as well as actress and model, Chloë Grace Moretz. International acclaim came in waves from Noisey, Stereogum, The Line of Best Fit, Drowned In Sound, V Magazine, The Independent, Indie Shuffle, and more, noting their idiosyncratic, yet supremely catchy pop tunes, while likening them to everything from Fleetwood Mac and Aztec Camera to Dirty Projectors and Little Dragon.

With their second album, 'Drama', a more self-assured band reveals themselves. Sharpened by more studio experience, they have once again produced the record themselves, taking extreme care over every second and minute detail of their work. Blending analogue and digital sounds, switching between programmed arrangements and live takes from the studio, drawing on three lead vocalists and an assortment of guest musicians, Hajk conjured up whatever was necessary to fulfill their creative vision.

The title 'Drama' relates to the drama of humanity and a somewhat naïve yearning for love in a world in which love can sometimes seem in scarce supply.

'Drama' is due for release on February 15th via Jansen Records.

PREVIOUS PRAISE FOR HAJK

"...shimmering, woozy pop goodness" - DIY Magazine

"This new Oslo-based band will make you feel so very fine" - Noisey

"The soaring vocals of Feist with the erratic percussion of Dirty Projectors" - V Magazine

Ones To Watch at The Guardian

"Hajk has delivered one of the best debuts of the year" - The Line Of Best Fit

"Crisp, clear, and smooth... street-ready guitar-pop" - Stereogum

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Jaws new single out now

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Single release: ‘Driving At Night’ by JAWS
Release date: Out now
More info: Band website

Birmingham dream-pop trio JAWS return today with the announce of their third and most ambitious album yet, ‘The Ceiling’, out April 5th 2019. Recording again with Gethin Pearson, who also produced 2016's "Simplicity", the album represents another musical leap forward for the band, adding new textures and further honing a sound that has been theirs since their inception.

You can watch the video (directed by Morgan Tedd) for the album opener and propulsive lead single ‘Driving At Night’ HERE.

Front man and guitarist Connor Schofield has the following to say about the new album and single:

“Lyrically ‘The Ceiling’ is generally about feeling a bit lost, I think as you grow up everything feels like its moving along a lot quicker; friends, relationships, life can all seem to move at 100 mph. Sometimes we forget that its OK to stand still for a bit sometimes and actually breathe. A lot of these songs are about dealing with that. Musically I think we’ve surprised even ourselves with it, we’ve gone down paths we haven’t taken before and ended up with something we’re really very excited about.”

“‘Driving at Nigh't’ follows the general theme of the record. I wrote it while thinking a lot about my hometown of Birmingham and I think it sets the tone perfectly for the rest of the record.”

Drummer Eddy Geach also said, "Basically that there's some things on there that people might not expect. Some that even took us by surprise, but also, classic jaws vibes."

As well as the new album, JAWS also announce a UK tour for April.

"The Ceiling" is due out 5th April 2019 - Pre-order HERE.

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The Rocket new single out now

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Single release: ‘Lost At Sea’ by The Rocket
Release date: Out now
More info: Band Facebook

  • Watch the video for ‘Lost At Sea’ here.

Belgian pop-punk outfit The Rocket are sharing the video for their latest single ‘Lost At Sea’, taken from their forthcoming album ‘Another Reason Not To Fear The Sky’, which is due out 30th November. The follow-up to recent single Focus, can now be watched here.

Speaking about the single, the band said;

"Lost at Sea might be one of the most personal songs our singer Tom has ever written. Although he’s this great charismatic dude who fills every room with joy, he’s not always great with expressing his feelings and thoughts. When he does so in lyrics like these, it’s always so poignant. He went through a bad breakup when we were writing the album, and Lost at Sea is about coming to terms with his own feelings.

We’re really proud of the clip we did for this one too; we fully directed and edited it ourselves, which was a painstaking process with lots of post-production and effects. For not being a high budget production, we really feel like we were able to stay true to our original concept and idea and the images just complete the song so well. The video shows a kid astronaut getting stuck on a planet without people, which to us seemed like a great metaphor for the loneliness depicted by the lyrics."

Having taken a break from writing together, the Rocket's new album Another Reason Not To Fear The Sky sees the band return in full effect. Produced by Marc McClusky (Weezer, Motion City Soundtrack, Bad Religion) and mastered by Chris Athens (Beastie Boys, AC/DC, N.E.R.D), the record is proof of the reinvigorated energy that has seen the quintet earn an illustrious live reputation playing stages at the likes of Groezrock and alongside many other major European festivals.

The album also features guest appearances from Justin Pierre (lead vocals/guitar) & Joshua Cain (lead guitar) of Motion City Soundtrack, merging the band's first-era pop-punk influences (think-Millencollin, NFG, Blink 182) with some of their more synth driven melodic sensibilities.

With years of gigging experience their shows are full of anthemic choruses, hook-driven emotive vocals, melodious synth lines and rapturous drumming, The Rocket are ready to blow all expectations away with a record that pushes genre forward with new layers of intricacy and depth, whilst packing in the vigour and irrepressible choruses fans of the genre have come to know and love.

Another Reason Not To Fear The Sky is due out on 30th November and will be see the band continue to a number of shows across Europe throughout the rest of 2018.

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Anne Marie Almedal new single out now

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Single release: ‘Lovesong’ by Anne Marie Almedal
Release date: Out now
More info: Artist YouTube

Following the release of her new album 'Lightshadow', Norwegian singer-songwriter Anne Marie Almedal has shared a new cover of The Cure's 'Lovesong'.

Growing up in the suburban bible-belt of southern Norway, bands like The Cure provided much salvation to the misfits of Anne Marie's generation, so it goes without saying that this cover was chosen with much diligence. Anne Marie's rendition of 'Lovesong' is stripped down to the bone with Nicholas Sillitoe’s piano-score sensibility and Alf Vaksdal's atmospheric guitar work and idiosyncratic electronics. Drummer Marius Trøan Hansen provides the downtempo minimalist percussion, whilst Anne Marie lays down her haunting vocals.

Following her critically acclaimed trilogy of folk-pop albums and a 5-year break to focus on family and other priorities, Norwegian singer-songwriter Anne Marie Almedal has now released her new album ‘Lightshadow’.

Recorded in Anne Marie’s hometown Kristiansand in a summer break with producer/co-writer Nicholas (taking time off his busy award-winning soundtrack schedule), the new album features a vast range of estimable Norwegian guest musicians including new-found producer/multi-instrumentalist/studio expert Alf Vaksdal, the young and talented drummer Marius Trøan Hansen, star Norwegian jazz double bassist Ellen Andrea Wang, violinist Sebastian Grüchot and a string quartet made up with members of the Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra. The album was then mixed with producer Tim Bran (London Grammar/Halsey/Birdy) and went on to be mastered by Pete Maher (The Killers, The Pixies, Lana Del Ray). The result, a one-listen-and-you’re-hooked defining new direction for Anne Marie.

Somewhat destined to be the first track off Anne Marie Almedal’s new album ‘Lightshadow’, lead single ‘You Keep Me At Arm’s Length’ arrives with just Anne Marie’s commanding vocals and Nicholas Sillitoe’s wistful folk guitar accompaniment, a brooding piano and synth bass slowly adding momentum. But it’s at the beginning of verse two, where we are suddenly propelled into the new ‘Lightshadow’ world of Anne Marie Almedal. Melancholy as ever, unmistakeably bittersweet, focused and full of longing, it’s here and now that Anne Marie sets about to prove herself with a bold new blend of folk, electronics, indie-dream-pop and nonchalant vocals.

Elsewhere, tracks such as ‘Travelling’ nod towards Kate Bush and George Harrison with an emphasis on Anne Marie’s vocals, Nicholas’s intimate piano work and Ellen Andrea Wang’s ruminating double bass. Whilst ‘My Dream Will Never End’ leans towards Anne Marie’s heavier folk sensibilities with references to the vast Norwegian wilderness, implemented in a pensive yet delicate manner that calls to mind the soft delivery of Vashti Bunyan.

‘Lightshadow’ is as diverse as it is evolutionary for Anne Marie. Her new album displays a blissfully original and sonically divergent take on what alt-folk music can sound like when restrictions, formulas, and self-consciousness are thrown out of the window. It may come 5 years after her last release, but shows that more often than not, the best things are worth waiting for.

Previous praise for Anne Marie Almedal

"Sweetness multiplied, sadness tripled, her music brings you a closer step to heaven...as fantastic as sharing the last cigarette with the one you love." - Esquire

"...a hint of Norwegian ice sends chills through all the rustles in the hedgerow." - Financial Times

"Breathtaking" - Daily Express

"Superbly chilled, the low-key approach seems to apply further intensity to the Norwegian singer's delivery, really focusing in on each word. A very lovely, pretty, sensual piece of music, it takes preconceptions around Anne Marie Almedal's music and shunts them into a different plane." - CLASH

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YOWL new single out now

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Single release: 'John the Collector' by YOWL
Release date: Out now
More info: Band Facebook

Today, Peckham five-piece YOWL have announced their new single 'John the Collector'. The single follows the release of YOWL's third single for ‘Warm (In The Soft White Fire Of Modern Living)’ and is being released with DIY for Jäger Curtain Call ahead of their headline show, which will be taking place on 15th November at The Lexington, London (with support from Sister Talk and Lumer) - Tickets available here.

The single was recorded at London’s Tileyard Education Studios and you can see a video of YOWL in the studio here via DIY. Speaking about the single, singer Gabriel Byrde says: “It’s a loose delve into the male psyche. It’s about a guy who tries to open up a little more and realises the only way he can do that is to murder his friends and stick their faces onto his walls so he has someone to talk to at all times.”

Listen to 'John the Collector' here.

Following Jäger Curtain Call the band have two more shows lined up for 2018 including a show at Rough Trade Bristol on 8th December alongside Hotel Lux, Squid and more, as well as a sold-out end of year IDLES AF Gang Xmas party at Record Junkee in Sheffield on 15th December with John, Heavy Lungs and an IDLES DJ set from Joe Talbot.

'John The Collector' serves as a taster for what's to come from the YOWL in 2019 - Further details TBA

With an EP and three singles behind them YOWL have earned some impressive critical acclaim from the likes of NME, DIY, Clash, The Line Of Best Fit, AnOther, Loud & Quiet, So Young, The Most Radicalist 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

"Cool as hell, a completely natural, unforced slice of post-punk noir reminiscent of everyone from The Fall to Wire to The Birthday Party while retaining its own individual path." – CLASH

"ravaged, poetic and pissed-off rock." – DIY

"The Peckham five-piece perfectly capture anger, cynicism and hilarity in one fell swoop." – THE LINE OF BEST FIT

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

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Foxwarren new single out now

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Single release : ‘To Be’ by Foxwarren
Release date: Out now
Label: Anti-Records
More info: Band website

As college friends, Foxwarren - Andy Shauf (guitars/keys/vocals) and his childhood friends Dallas Bryson (guitar/vocals) and brothers Darryl Kissick (bass) and Avery Kissick (drums & percussion) - initially bonded over Pedro the Lion and drew influence from The Band and Paul Simon.

‘To Be’ was one of the first songs written for the project – listen to it here.

“We tinkered with it for ages and ended up drastically reworking it the weekend it was recorded, but we knew early on that it was going to be the opening song on the record,” Darryl said.

“It was a guitar riff that I'd been playing for a few years at least, trying to figure out what to do with it,” adds Shauf. “It went through quite a few versions if I remember correctly. Foxwarren have a bad habit of never finishing vocal melodies and lyrics before we finish the music, so it made it a bit tricky and ended up being overhauled at the last minute.”

Growing up in scattered small towns across the Canadian prairies, Foxwarren is comprised of singer songwriter Andy Shauf (guitars/keys/vocals) and his childhood friends Dallas Bryson (guitar/vocals) and brothers Darryl Kissick (bass) and Avery Kissick (drums & percussion) who eventually found themselves in Regina, Saskatchewan. The initial sessions for their self-titled debut – coming out November 30th via ANTI- Records – began ten years ago in the Kissicks’ parents’ farmhouse while they were away on vacation. Upon their return, Foxwarren was forced to relocate and recording resumed back in Regina in a rented house where the members lived as roommates. The band's name comes from the Kissick brothers’ family home in Foxwarren, Manitoba.

The four-piece previously released its first song 'Everything Apart'; the driving krautrock, drum machine backbone of the song evokes a ticking clock – a race against time. “Combined with Andy’s existential lyrics, the song’s propulsive feel reminded us of the noir-ish tension of classic spy thrillers like ‘The Conversation’, ‘Three Days of The Condor’, and ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’,” explained the video’s directors, the Ft. Langley Production Company. “With the band’s blessing, we set to work on creating our own micro cold-war thriller, paying homage to era tropes like zoom-heavy camerawork, trench coats, and analogue tech.”

Now a decade into the project of Foxwarren, Shauf reflects on their debut release: “So much time and effort went into making this album; it's something I think we're all really proud of. My touring and recording schedule got pretty wild over the past three or four years, so it put the Foxwarren album on the backburner. Making the album was such an enjoyable time - the collaboration and frustration of it all. All of us trying to make something better than we previously had. I'm excited to get it out into the world and have other people listen to it. We've been a band for 10 years or so and never properly released an album, so this is special for the four of us.”

Foxwarren video ‘Everything Apart’ on YouTube

"...recalls classic pop songwriters in the vein of Harry Nilsson or Randy Newman, coupled with the plainspoken timbre of a Paul Simon, albeit with a laconic Canadian drawl." - NPR Music

"...one of the single most promising voices to emerge from Canada in recent memory." - Flood Magazine

"...Shauf has always had a way of portraying characters and telling their stories in the most delicate and piercing ways." - The Line Of Best Fit

"Expect his voice to be by your side for years to come." - DIY Mag

"...a gleaming eye for detail and a kind of subliminal richness that seems to bring a golden light to whatever situation you find yourself listening to it in." - Gold Flake Paint

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Fontaines D.C new single out 21 December 2019

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Single release: ‘Too Real’ by Fontaines D.C
Release date: 21 December 2019
Label: Partisan Records
More info: Band website

Following their recent signing to Partisan Records and the announcement of their support slot on both the forthcoming Shame tour in the UK and Ireland, and next year’s IDLES tour in the US, Dublin’s Fontaines D.C. have now shared a video for their new single ‘Too Real’. The single was premiered by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music who called it "poetic and powerful".

Watch the video for ‘Too Real’ here.

Speaking about the visuals in the new accompanying video, director Hugh Mulhern, says it is made up of "low-brow visuals inspired by Buster Keaton, James Joyce, The Dubliners and Jim Henson to discuss high- brow ramblings of some stout swilling stereotypes.”

The band will be releasing the single on a double A-side single including ‘Too Real’ and ‘The Cuckoo Is A Callin’’. The single will be released on 21st Dec and can be pre-ordered here.

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 post-punk, channeling often-unassumingly poetic lyrics with a distinctive gritty Irish brogue that has done anything but fall on deaf ears.

The last year has seen Fontaines D.C. release three hotly received double A-side singles, all 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 where they have previously been b-listed with their latest single ‘Chequeless Reckless’ (self-released) for 4 weeks, presented 6 Music Recommends and played live in session. Similarly, they have also earned plaudits from DIY, Dork, Stereogum, KEXP, Fred Perry Subculture, London in Stereo, So Young and every major Irish publication. The band have also played a number of sold-out shows across Europe, Ireland and the UK earning a reputation for their brooding and trenchant live performances, supporting the likes of IDLES, Metz, The Horrors, Girl Band and The Lemon Twigs, as well as playing festival slots at Primavera Pro, The Great Escape, Dot to Dot, Electric Picnic, London Calling, Hard Working Class Heroes and Simple Things Festival.

This month the band will be embarking on a full UK/IRE tour with Shame and in December will play a short series of headline dates, which have already begun to sell out. They have also announced further European and UK tour dates as well as main support on the IDLES US tour and a SXSW appearance for 2019 - Full dates can be seen here.

Fontaines D.C. have gone from strength-to-strength with each release, and with a vast array of critical acclaim, renowned live shows, a series of sold out releases behind them and their recent signing to Partisan, the new single and forthcoming dates stand as a huge statement of intent, which is not to be ignored.

The band entered the studio this autumn to record their highly anticipated debut album with estimable producer, Dan Carey (Kate Tempest, Bloc Party, Bat For Lashes, Black Midi, TOY, Goat Girl and more) - More details to be announced.

Previous praise for Fontaines D.C

"The best encapsulation yet of that surrealist, lyrical approach to noisy punk." - NME

"With one foot in the shambolic anarchy of The Pogues, and the other in a Las-esque lilt, Fontaines D.C are messy but melodic in the best way possible" - DIY

“Ireland’s latest greatest export” - DORK

“"Snarling, Swaggering Post Punk” - STEREOGUM

"I've played this about 15 times since yesterday. It's a little bit like hearing Idles for the first time. I really think there's something here" - STEVE LAMACQ

“The energy, the urgency and the emotion of these brilliant new songs made me stand up and take notice that this is the band I've been waiting for” - KEXP

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Hayes & Y new single out now

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Single release: ‘Blue’ by Hayes & Y
Release date: Out now
More info: Band website

"From the synth flecks to those speckled Nile Rodgers esque guitar lines, 'Blue' feels like the complete pop package." - CLASH

Hayes & Y have returned with a brand new single, 'Blue'. Described by CLASH magazine as "a moody dancefloor burner with a killer chorus", it follows recent track 'Always So Simple, Always So Cold' which was featured on Spotify's UK Viral Top 50 chart. Already picking up plays at BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music, the group adds a little more insight into their latest creation;

"Blue is the first in a series of songs we've named after colours. It is about loneliness, insanity and imaginary friends. ‘Blue’ is a song about longing, masquerading as a dance track. The most ambitious work we've done so far, challenging ourselves and hopefully, our audience."

Listen to 'Blue' here.

With band members that hail from as far afield as Bulgaria and Finland before settling in Manchester, Hayes & Y collect their influences to create their very own sound. Their strong chemistry and rich musicality are manifest in their effortlessly sleek, immediate and addictive brand of pop - which has been compared to the likes of Jungle and Nile Rogers - with CLASH going on to comment on their "infectious funky yacht pop, their bleached out sound recalls everyone from Jungle to Kool & The Gang. 'Blue' will only serve to increase the hype around the quartet, an irresistible new single from the group."

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Imperial Daze new single out now

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Single release: ‘Always Settling’ by Imperial Daze
Release date: Out now
Label: AudioCommune Records

Watch / share ‘Always Settling’ new video here

Made up of singer/guitarist Alex Cameron-Ward, guitarist/bassist Felix Rebaud-Sauer, keyboardist/singer Facundo Rodriguez and drummer Tom Sunney, Peckham, indie-psych-pop quartet Imperial Daze started as a 3-piece studio project. At the end of 2015 that Alex, Facundo, and Felix decided to build a recording studio together with the intention of making music for advertising under the company name of AudioCommune, following Alex’s previous band being placed in a Sony PS4 advert, bringing in enough money to set up a recording hub in the basement of an industrial old warehouse building in Battersea.

Having begun writing music together, late-2016/early-2017 saw Imperial Daze release a short series of hotly received singles earning critical acclaim from the likes of DIY (Neu Pick), Clash (Track of the Day), Indie Shuffle, Hilly Dilly and more, whilst clocking up tens of thousands of plays across streaming platforms. The band’s hazy, rolling indie-pop and self-made success also caught the attention of Rupert Jarvis from The Maccabees and Ian Brundrett from Caroline/Fiction Records who took the band under their wing for both the production and management, helping the band to further explore their sound.

Having performed as a studio project up until meeting Rupert, the decision was made to put a live band together with the idea of recording a first EP and touring. Taken to The Drugstore (The Maccabees own recording studio in London) by Rupert, the band recorded their debut EP ‘Solid Fair’, which due to a last-minute line-up change also featured Sam Doyle (also of The Maccabees) on drums. These recordings and the bands work with Rupert led to the band supporting a series of estimable artists over the second half of 2017 including Mystery Jets, Matt Maltese, Nilufer Yanya, The Maccabees, All We Are, Man,The Echo and more, allowing the band to craft and hone their live show.

Having found their new (and current) drummer, Tom Sunney, again the band had to move their recording studio. History repeating itself, a strike of luck brought the band another opportunity to build their own walls inside a giant disused commercial freezer under a railway arch in Central London. Getting a call for AudioCommune to score an advert for a large ice cream brand, they land the job, get the pay check and with the extra help of a successful crowdfunding campaign they manage to gather enough money to build from scratch what is now called The Electric Eel Recording studio (the freezer was previously used to store eels) by Tower Bridge, London.

Having their own creative space has allowed the band to expand their sound and repertoire. They began by scoring, recording and producing the soundtrack to director Nathan Sam Long’s short movie ‘Give Up The Ghost’ (selected for Cannes) signalling a more “cinematic sound” to come. Going forward the band are continuing their collaboration with director Nathan Sam Long throughout two new music videos for their upcoming singles. The tracks have been recorded between their own studio and the now defunct Maccabees’ Drugstore studio and with ‘Always Settling’ out now a follow up single is due ahead of the bands forthcoming headline show at The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington in November.

Previous praise for Imperial Daze

"hazy and romantic, rolling along with little urgency, just a beautiful, driving vocal set against surf pop guitars." - DIY (Neu Pick)

"a succinct, groove-led summer jam with a chorus to stop you in your tracks." - CLASH (Track of the Day)

"if you're a fan of the genres described and know when a group not only has potential, but is nailing the kind of sound you love, this track is definitely one you'll like" - Hillydilly

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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

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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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