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Moon Panda announce debut EP and new single

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...dreamy guitar pop with a slightly baroque feel" - CLASH

"Sounds like: St. Vincent, The National...dreamy instrumental ...sharp, catchy synths" Indie Shuffle

"Deliciously woozy...a sound that nestles nicely between the likes of Tame Impala and Beach House" - KALTBLUT

"...takes you on a weird and wonderful journey through space and time." - It's Nice That

"Like a modern-day Jefferson Airplane, Moon Panda take us on a psychedelic mind trip." - The Wild Honey Pie

'Rabbit' & 'Gun' reached #1 Hype Machine's Most Popular Chart in 2018

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When Californian songwriter/bassist Maddy Myers and Danish guitarist Gustav Moltke decided to collaborate, the band Moon Panda was born. Today, Moon Panda are delighted to share a brand new single entitled "On The Attack" and announce their debut EP "Pastel Pools".

"On The Attack" poignantly documents the more painful side of a long distance relationship and the dizzying effects it can have. Myers explains further:

"Going back and forth between self reliance and feeling like an unattached wild animal, chasing affection and adoration. Waiting for a text back, a call, some proof that I'm missed. Hopefully, it outlines that chaos that can happen inside you when you just want that warmth and acceptance."

Moon Panda will be performing in Denmark this September 18th supporting Honeyhoney's Suzanne Santon at Loppen, Copenhagen.

Listen to "On The Attack" via:
Soundcloud / DSPs

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More on Moon Panda:

Moon Panda received an impressive response on their debut single 'Rabbit' which reached #1 on Hype Machine's Most Popular chart in the summer of 2018 and was described as "languid, dreamy guitar pop with a slight baroque feel" by Clash Magazine while Indie Shuffle admired the "progression of the track and addition of sharp, catchy synths" and compared the sound of the track to that of St. Vincent and The NationalThe song was produced by Cameron Blackwood who is known for his work with the likes of London Grammar, Florence & The Machine, and The Horrors.

Follow-up single 'Gun' looked to outline the darker thoughts within "the capricious human mind", explains Myers, with Berlin's KALTBLUT Magazine describing it as "deliciously woozy", and saying the track, "nestles nicely between the likes of Tame Impala and Beach House". The single was produced by established engineer Tom Biller who has worked on records such as Warpaint’s 'The Fool' and Fiona Apple’s 'Extraordinary Machine', to Elliott Smith’s 'From a Basement on a Hill', and Beck’s track 'Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime' from the OST of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

The work of Portishead, Men I Trust, Mitski, Beach House, and Angel Olsen have been key to the formation of Moon Panda, as well as their early concept of sound-tracking a "big, lush forest surrounded by the cosmos, filled with giant creatures - a space jungle". Understandably then, the visuals accompanying the music are hugely important to the band. The videos for 'Rabbit' and 'Gun' were both stunning in their own way, praise crossing over to animation-lovers and cinephiles like Motionographer, Lester Banks, It's Nice That and curators at Vimeo who highlighted it as a 'Staff Pick'.

Change is a part of life, and Moon Panda have had their fair share of shifts in line-up and location during their lifetime as a group. In 2019, Moltke and Myers have found themselves in Denmark, with an important addition being 'BMO' the puppy (and now number 1 Moon Panda fan). Upcoming EP "Pastel Pools" will collect singles 'Rabbit', 'Gun', 'On The Attack' and include more new work for fans to look forward to.

Listen to previous singles:
'GUN' / 'RABBIT'

See Moon Panda live:
September 18th - Loppen - Copenhagen, Denmark
(Supporting Honeyhoney's Suzanne Santo)

Find Moon Panda online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Spotify | Soundcloud | Vimeo

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Dry Cleaning announce EP

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London's Dry Cleaning today announce their much-anticipated debut EP - "Sweet Princess" - set for release August 16th on the It's OK imprint.

PRE-ORDER "SWEET PRINCESS" HERE

It continues a period of fervent activity from the band who despite having no music online, have already seen significant interest as early headline shows and a tour in support of NYC's Bodega quickly marked out Dry Cleaning as possessing something entirely different to the rest of the pack - their wiry, excitable post-punk and new-wave paired as it is to surreal, detached vocal narratives in the form of a predominantly spoken word delivery.

Firm friends for years, the band (Lewis Maynard, Tom Dowse, Florence Shaw & Nick Buxton) only started making music after a karaoke party in 2017 inspired a collaboration. They wrote instrumentally to begin with and six months later Shaw, a university lecturer and picture researcher by day, joined on vocals with no prior musical experience. They recorded the six-track Sweet Princess EP before playing their first show only last year.

When they started they knew they wanted to make simple music, direct and uncomplicated. The musical influences were clear - the Feelies, the Necessaries, the B52s and Pylon as a starting point. The garage / rehearsal space had a huge influence on the sound as it was so small and intimate; anything unnecessary was to be left behind. A discussion among the four band members about how to make the prospect of performing as comfortable as possible for Florence (a first timer) ahead of the band’s first rehearsal as a four piece, led to her using her speaking voice. There were several references for this; Will Powers, The Anaemic Boyfriends and Grace Jones among others. 

WATCH VIDEO TO DEBUT SINGLE "MAGIC OF MEGHAN" HERE

The band also release their debut single and an EP highlight, "Magic of Meghan", today, a celebratory song about Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.

In the words of Florence:

Dry Cleaning think Meghan is really great.

The song acknowledges that following the lives of those in the public eye can provide people with an escape; an outlet for difficult emotions, and subsequently help them to cope with hard times in their lives. The song is, in part, intended to serve as a thank you to Meghan for this service (“You got engaged on the day that I moved out. It’s ok. She’s a smasher, perfectly suited to the role.”). The song also aims to highlight how the news media dissect her decisions (“Never has one outfit been designed, to send so many messages”) and the creative ways they conceal the misogyny and racism that is sometimes behind what they write about her (“You’re just what England needs, you’re going to change us.”)


The video for "Magic of Meghan" was made by Sheffield based artist Lucy Vann. Vann investigates, records and reinterprets overlooked behaviours and occurrences in the everyday, in this case through moving image, but she also works with photography, writing, sound, objects and performance. Her work balances between a state of tedium and interest, and attempts to reveal something beyond the immediate surface of daily life.

The band will play the following dates in support of the EP:

19.07 - Latitude Festival, Suffolk
08.08 - Prince Albert, Brighton
09.08 - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
10.08 - O2 Academy, Leicester *
16.08 - Green Man Festival, Breacon Beacons
21.08 - Shacklewell Arms, London
22.08 - Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
23.08 - YES (Basement), Manchester
24.08 - Future Yard Festival, Birkinhead
19.10 - Simple Things Festival, Bristol
20.10 - SWN Festival, Cardiff

* with Bodega

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Dry Cleaning - Sweet Princess EP
Out August 16th on It's OK
Pre-order

1. Goodnight
2. New Job
3. Magic of Meghan
4. Traditional Fish
5. Phone Scam
6. Conversation

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Los Retros announce debut EP

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EP release: 21st June 2019
Label: Stones Throw
More info: Los Retros’ Instagram

New Stones Throw signing Los Retros announces debut EP 'Retrospect' 
Shares first single from it: 
'Friends'
EP out digitally on June 21st and physically on Aug 23rd

Artwork for 'Retrospective' - download it here

Today, Oxnard-based artist Los Retros, born Mauri Tapia, announces his debut EP 'Retrospect' and shares a new single, ‘Friends’.

Listen to ‘Friends’ via:
YouTube / Spotify / Apple Music / iTunes / Amazon / Bandcamp

The new single ‘Friends’ is an upbeat and hopeful gem about falling in love, showcasing Mauri's musical prowess as he plays each and every instrument on the track. The song's accompanying visual is a glimpse into Los Retros' world, piecing together footage of Mauri and his friends performing the song and documenting his run opening for Cuco on his sold-out US tour earlier this year.

A first-generation Mexican-American, 19-year-old Mauri began experimenting with music as a child, borrowing his older brother's guitar at the early age of 8. At 16, he began to release his own songs online made with an old mixer, playing each instrument on the tracks himself. Inspired by record collections from his parents' generation, Mauri formulated his own sound based on Central and South American soft-rock and alternative pop from the '70s and '80s, and his name is an homage to Chilean pop group Los Ángeles Negros. 

‘Friends’ follows from Los Retros’ debut track and video for Stones Throw, ‘Someone To Spend Time With’, which racked up over 600k views in three weeks since the release. Watch the music video here.

Los Retros' debut EP 'Retrospect' is a heart-baring journey that draws from Mauri's own experiences, all told through ear-catching melodies and atmospheric sounds. Across the EP's 6 songs, Los Retros reflects on life and love with intimate songs that span across a variety of influences from R&B to psychedelic rock.

Listen to ‘Friends’ above, and see below to read more about Los Retros and his debut EP.

Los Retros
'Retrospect'
Stones Throw Records
June 21 / August 23

1. Never Have Enough
2. Friends
3. Love Tape
4. Nostalgic Vibrations
5. Oh Grace
6. Last Day On Earth

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Press shot by Ross Harris - download it here

About Los Retros:

Los Retros, AKA Mauri Tapia, may only have just finished high school, but he's on the brink of something much bigger. The nineteen-year-old musician has signed to Stones Throw and is set to release his debut EP Retrospect on June 21st. He joined Cuco earlier this year on his sold-out West Coast tour and will be playing shows around the US to celebrate the release of the EP.

A first-generation Mexican-American based in Oxnard, CA (home also to Stones Throw affiliates Madlib and Anderson .Paak), Mauri began playing music as a child, borrowing his older brother's guitar when he was just eight years old. When he was around 16, he started putting tracks online that he'd recorded with an old second-hand mixer, on which he played all the instruments himself. Thanks purely to word of mouth, he built a loyal fan base online, racking up hundreds of thousands of streams, and began performing to sold-out audiences of young people who related to his heartfelt songs.

For inspiration, Mauri looks to the record collections of his parents' generation: American AOR from the '70s and '80s, soft-rock crooners, and leftfield pop from Central and South America. (His name is an homage to Chilean pop group Los Ángeles Negros.) His first single for Stones Throw, 'Someone To Spend Time With', released with a video set at a house party, drew praise from the likes of The FADER, who called it "a lovable daydream custom-built for whiling away the hours to."

Now, Los Retros is set to release his debut EP, 'Retrospect', a collection of open-hearted songs whose unforgettable melodies and woozily romantic atmospheres are perfect for the heady summer months. Unafraid to be vulnerable, Mauri colours his lyrics with his personal experiences, from the thrilling uncertainty of a platonic relationship about to tip over into romance on 'Friends', to his dedication of unwavering loyalty on 'Nostalgic Vibrations'. True to his name, he dips into soulful R&B on 'Never Have Enough' and shimmering psychedelia on 'Oh Grace'. Mauri says: "In my songs I'm just trying to make a beautiful 3 to 6 minute moment that makes you feel more positive about life."

Stay connected with Los Retros:
Instagram Bandcamp | iTunes | Spotify

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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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The Plainviews debut EP out 11 May 2018

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EP release: 'A Million Different Ways of Saying Nothing At All' by The Plainviews
Release date: 11 May 2018
Label: Invisible Llama Music
More info: Band Soundcloud

  • Idles side project band The Plainviews release new single 'Bladerunner'. Watch the video here.
  • EP launch with Heavy Lungs, Twisted Ankle and Sugar Horse. Pre-order the EP here.

The Plainviews have announced that their debut EP 'A Million Different Ways of Saying Nothing At All' is due out on May 11th via Bristol DIY label Invisible Llama Music. The Plainviews feature members of IDLES (Adam 'Dev' Devonshire+Jon Beavis) and The St Pierre Snake Invasion (Damien Sayell) and were formed through friendship, some form of functional alcoholism, and a proclivity for the inane.

The Plainviews have gained recognition in Bristol for their acerbic and visceral ‘alt-rock’ songs about nothing. To celebrate the upcoming EP, the band have released an accompanying video for lead single ‘Bladerunner’, illustrated and directed by the wonderfully talented Tommy Norm.

The band say: "Here's the video for our first single, Bladerunner, all because we thought it would be funny to make an animated video for a song with one line."

Live Dates

  • May 11th - Exchange, Bristol  w Heavy Lungs, Twisted Ankle + Sugar Horse
  • June 20th - The Shacklewell Arms, London w Heavy Lungs + TBA

 
 

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LICE announce ‘It All Worked Out Great' Volume 1 & 2

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Album and EP release: 'It All Worked Out Great' Volume 1 & 2 by LICE
Release dates: 5 April 2018
Label: Balley Records
More info: Band Facebook

Today satirical art-punk band LICE announce 'It All Worked Out Great', a two-part ‘early years’ collection re-recorded and to be released as two EPs and as an LP collecting both together. In frontman Alastair Shuttleworth's own words "it could not have been made by perfect people, and does not expect any to be listening."

You can pre-order the collection HERE

Outside of their release of IDLES' own 'Brutalism', LICE are the first signing to Joe Talbot's Balley Records and further strengthens IDLES relationship with  both LICE and what is becoming a burgeoning, powerful scene in their hometown of Bristol. Joe says the following about LICE:

"As we watch the world seemingly burn; solace is found in the boundless passions of our peers and the hard workings born from that. LICE are a force  beyond the rabble. We are in love. Up the open-minded and up the open-hearted."

Watch the video for lead single 'Stammering Bill' HERE 

"The track is a crazed, furious offering, threatening to fall apart at the seams and being all the more thrilling for it." - DIY

The band will support IDLES on their April tour.

Drawing sounds and aesthetics from an abrasive clutch of early-eighties post-punk groups (particularly The Fall, The Pop Group and The Birthday Party), together with elements of noise-rock and warped country & western, IAWOG is a sharp, provocative and unpredictable monument to the burgeoning age of misanthropy. With a fevered imagination, it returns again and again to the palette of human hatred: misogyny, racism, and (most prominently) the hatred we direct at ourselves, both as flawed members of a parasitic race and as products of a destructive empire.

Through dramatic monologues, darkly-humorous short stories and bizarre characters, the lyrics are designed to confront listeners with their own hateful biases, impulses and vices; the instrumentation around them churns with spindly, searing guitar-work, progressive rhythms and thunderous basslines. The songs were all originally written in 2016, with early versions of four having appeared on NUTMILK: The Basement Demos; over two years and two recording sessions, they have been changed, honed and finally completed. With this release, LICE finally cements and seals-up a moment in their sound with a declarative final scream, as they prepare to explore new sounds, aesthetics and subjects.

This is reflected in the artwork for the two covers. The Vol.1 cover depicts the one-armed farmer from ‘Stammering Bill’ (created in the likeness of the cowboy from ‘The Human Parasite’ single cover) stood in the band’s former basement practice space, where the songs were written and (in some cases) originally recorded for NUTMILK. The Vol.2 cover depicts the horse from the NUTMILK cover lying dead on the floor of The Malthouse Studio, where the songs were honed and completed. With this double EP, these songs and the other releases that came out this moment in the band’s sound are finally ‘finished off’, as the group prepare for the next chapter.

Volume 1 opens with lead single ‘Stammering Bill’; over rolling toms peppered with blasts of industrial noise, the song is comprised of three tragicomic short stories in which a character has their life destroyed by a different neurotic obsession. ‘Voyeur Picture Salesman’ is a warping of George Formby’s ‘When I’m Cleaning Windows’ in which a window cleaner sells photographs he has taken on his round of unsuspecting women, leading to clashes with a distressed client and a rival photographer. The subdued, lounge-esque ‘Ted’s Dead’ (featuring a cornet solo from local no-wave jazz hero Iceman Furniss), tells the story of a recent divorcee who- after being diagnosed terminally ill- murders his ex-wife in what he believes to be his final weeks alive; when he turns out to have been misdiagnosed, he is caught and sent to live out the entirety of his life in prison. ‘Love Your Island’ is a monologue attacking English people as governed by complacency, fear and hostility; the English are painted as an innately-destructive race of liars, resorting to cruel, cynical humour to disguise their failure to produce an authentic culture of their own. In this, LICE reflect on national guilt, but also self-deprecatingly hint at how these flaws have found their place in this record; it could not have been made by perfect people, and does not expect any to be listening.

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Daudi Matsiko double EP due 26 May 2017

EP release: 'An Introduction To Failure' by Daudi Matsiko
Release date: 26th May 2017
Label: Naim Records
More info: Artist website

The confessional, folk sound of guitarist Daudi Matsiko is much in demand, after his collaborations with electronic acts Booka Shade and Kyodai, an appearance at Red Bull Music Academy, and tours with Keaton Henson, GoGo Penguin and Portico Quartet. 

The mellow fingerpicking guitar of Daudi Matsiko really gets to you. Listen to one of his disarming songs from his double EP for Naim Records, and it’s like a personal performance; as if he’s stood in front of a microphone on the other side of the room, his melancholy melodies ringing out with absolute accuracy. Hear his song ‘Take Me Old’, and enter a hushed gig venue, all ears and eyes entranced by the music unfolding before them. Daudi’s music hypnotises with an economy of elements. It’s with just guitar, autobiographical lyrics, hints of saxophone and synth that he weaves a magic spell. 

This artist’s songs are taking him places. Daudi recently travelled to Montreal to take part in prestigious music making workshop Red Bull Music Academy, while two of the most renowned acts in underground dance music, Booka Shade and Kyodai, have come calling for collaborations. 

Daudi’s first two, self-released EPs, ‘the Lingering Effects of Disconnection’ and ‘A Brief Introduction to Failure’ have been collected on his eight-track long-player debut for Naim. The words of these songs, startling in their tales of personal experience, intensify his warm tones. Highlight ‘You Can Do Better Than Me, But I Hope You Don’t’ details with heart-breaking directness the decline of a relationship. Each of his songs has a therapeutic purpose. “My songs all have a cathartic intention in some way,” Daudi has said. 

Daudi was born in the UK to Ugandan parents, and became hooked on guitar at a young age. Encouraged by a great music teacher and friends he’d later form a band with. He grew up with eclectic influences, from Radiohead to the jazz of John Coltrane and Miles Davis, post-rock bands Mogwai and Slint, and trip-hop fusioneers Cinematic Orchestra. While he was attracted to heavy sounds as a teenager, he came to favour sparse, quiet arrangements instead. The direct simplicity of guitar and voice became his medium of expression. 

Daudi’s music rings out with a dazzling brightness that will delight lovers of quality sound. That’s partly thanks to the mixing of Wah Wah 45s recording artist Adam Scrimshire, who tunes his acute ears to Daudi’s songs and brings their intimacy to the fore, capturing the living ambience that makes Daudi’s music such a pleasure to listen to. “He’s really good at bringing out the warmth I’m looking for and general size,” Daudi has commented. 

It’s playing live that Daudi feels most at home, and his recordings admirably evoke this elusive, vivid quality. “Once you’re sat in front of those people you can’t leg it, you’ve got to go for it,” Daudi said. “That adrenaline is nice to have.” 

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The Molochs new EP due 3 March 2017 and tour dates

EP Release: “AVG Sessions” by The Molochs
Release date: 3 March 2017 3rd
Label: Innovative Leisure
More info: Band website

After the release of their new album 'America’s Velvet Glory' on Jan 13th, LA band The Molochs return with a new EP for Innovative Leisure, titled 'AVG Sessions', a track from which can be heard today at Loud & Quiet

The band’s Lucas Fitzsimons comments; "Hidden Spoon is about revolutionaries imprisoning and executing their King in Paris in 1793. it's just a good story and can apply to any period of time. The song is a vivid ballad.. something that can bring the story to life in someone's head." 

The band also today announce a big run of UK and EU tour dates, as well as SXSW appearances. 

The Molochs – Live 2017

March

15 Barracuda Backyard, SXSW, USA

May

14 Broadcast, Glasgow, UK
15 The Cluny, Newcastle, UK
16 Brudenell, Leeds, UK
20 Q Factory, Amsterdam, NL
22 Shacklewell Arms, London, UK
23 Montague Arms, London, UK
24 La Mecanique Ondulatoire, Paris, FR
25 Nuits Sonores Festival, Lyon, FR
26 La Parenthese, Nyon, CH
27 Spazio Morel, Lugano, CH
29 Passport, Athens, GR
30 Fuzz'Yon, La Roche Sur Yon, FR
31 La Nef, Angouleme, FR

June

1   Primavera Sounds festival, Barcelona, SP
6   Doornroosje, Nijmegen, NL
7   Bassy Club, Berlin, DE
9   Molotow Club, Hamburg, DE
10 Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, DK

Press reaction to date

"The perfect soundtrack to pulling on your Chelsea boots and black crew-neck sweater" - The Guardian 

"One of the year’s best. Which year? Any year" - MOJO 

"Anxious indie-rockers playing up like a reborn Modern Lovers" - Uncut 

"steeped in jangly Eighties rock, with flecks of psychedelic folk and surfer nonchalance" - DiS 

"the album feels like you’re travelling through the US in a beat-up old car, and casually tuning in and out of a dozen different radio stations... a barnstorming record." - NME 

“The Molochs’ latest track is hazy folk with a revolutionary message …The ghosts of Lou Reed and Syd Barrett don’t so much as linger but crawl all over the sound.” – Loud & Quiet

"You & Me evokes a kind of hair-raising nostalgia and perfectly complements the 60s jangle-pop vibes" - Noisey 

"These latest Stateside sounds will put you in a spin" - Shindig! 

"Garage-rock revived with conviction" - Classic Rock 

"Full of rock n roll swagger and referential aplomb" - The Mirror 

"Fitzsimons channels the ramshackle spirit of The Modern Lovers brilliantly" - Sunday Express 

"The Molochs can lay claim to one of 2016’s strongest singles" - The 405

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Wayde 'Lucky Aide' EP due 3 March 2017

EP release: 'Lucky Aide' by Wayde
Release date: 3 March 2017
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Having only released one previous single (‘Eleanor’), which earned them plaudits from the likes of DIY, The 405, BBC 6 Music and more, Essex four piece Wayde are now ready to unleash their new 'Lucky Aid'e EP. Recorded in guitarist/vocalist Tyrone Foster’s flat in Stoke Newington, in between the banging on ceilings and floors from disgruntled neighbours, Wayde’s sound is an amalgamation of sardonic indie, enveloping shoegaze and psych-infused grunge. 

Channelling influences from the likes of The Rentals, Hüsker Dü, Teenage Fanclub and Pavement, there is a nostalgic comfort amongst Wayde’s combination of warm guitars, mid-tempo grooves and vocals, which are lyrically sharp, saccharine and melodically contagious. The new EP draws on a beguiling familiarity throughout but despite its evocative nature it remains atypical and unbridled. This is exemplified in tracks such as ‘easy’, which oscillate between laid-back yet acidulous vocally driven sections and crushing, overdriven grunge-infused choruses. Whilst elsewhere, Wayde’s heavier guitar led sections on tracks such as ‘doser’ and ‘incomplete’ call to mind The Pixies ‘Debaser’-era riffs, if they’d have had the same production of Smashing Pumpkin’s ‘Cherub Rock’. The delivery is heavy, pretty and deceptively straightforward. 

Speaking about the themes behind the forthcoming EP, Miles Shawyer (bass) said, “There’s no consciously imprinted themes on the EP, however the songs were all written in a period when we were all just about to finish university and the anticipation of having to become real people and getting jobs was looming. So there’s an almost entirely unintentional coming of age/fear of adulthood theme running throughout the EP.” 

It’s this charming yet almost serendipitous honesty that resonates the loudest throughout every track on the EP. The themes come naturally and candidly, whilst Wayde place their focus entirely on infectious hooks, reverb and fuzz, only abating to take rapid turns into hazy garage-punk and feedback-laden grunge.

Having dipped their toes in water with their first single, Wayde are now ready to take the plunge with a consummated EP, which will appeal to many both on and beneath the surface.  

Press reaction to date

“Racing through a collision course with the likes of Ty Segall and Pond by their side, they still hit heights that other have yet to cross, rinsing a trusty sound and sourcing something original at the same time.” - DIY

“A noisy and abrasive yet relaxed and pretty slice of modern rock.” – The 405

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Vandana EP ‘Nox Anima’ out 21 April 2017

EP release: ‘Nox Anima’ by Vandana
Release date: 21 April 2017
More info: Artist website

Fusing elements of disquieting electronica with alternative pop, Vandana’s angular, intense music embraces womanhood and otherness as if from inside the mouth of a cave. Her multicultural lifestyle, from India to London to Brooklyn, has influenced her wildly eclectic and self-assured material, which arrives steeped in the knowledge of ancient Indian traditions and fables as well as in assorted vehicles of abstract art and thought. 

Inspired by musical pioneers like Aphex Twin, Thom Yorke and Miles Davis as well as the vibrancy of Bollywood, the Gothicism of The Cure and the evocativeness of Fever Ray, Vandana also takes her cues from purveyors of subversion like Edgar Allan Poe, Lars Von Trier and Henry Miller. In this latest material, the naturally introverted singer brings her insular and mysterious writing process to life via slow-dripping, throbbing synths, creating an atmosphere that’s arcane, exotic and brooding.  

An instinctive and intimate record - and one that was created in Vandana’s home studio during a period of solitary retreat - the six-track EP makes for a truly absorbing listen. 

Using a journal in which she writes and draws entirely with her left hand (in esoteric thought, the left hand is associated with receiving), many of her lyrics are the result of this inward-looking process and are thus super cathartic and revealing. It's a maze of sentiments with the emphasis being on a nocturnal space and - as a result - the release is named 'Nox Anima' - meaning Night Soul/Spirit. This in turn, is a nod to the psychologist Carl Jung's description of Anima: the part of the psyche that is directed inward and in touch with the subconscious. 

Lead single ‘Vicious’ was inspired by watching a lot of nature documentaries. This song is literally dedicated to the majesty of a creature in pursuit and what it’s like having an unobtainable subject of affection –a fixation over something without being able to physically or tangibly possess it. Elsewhere, ‘Nearly’ documents the seasonal cycles of a relationship, while ‘Jaan’ is a trying but exciting journey through a dense, deep, smoky forest with a loved one- about reconnecting with the primitive animal side. 

The whole EP twists about on a mixture of abstract and visceral themes, building you up before submerging you in swirls of throbbing sound that threaten to unsettle your very core. 

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Porshyne EP 'Environmental Music' due 10 March 2017

EP release: 'Environmental Music' by Porshyne
Release date: 10 March 2017
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Porshyne are an atmospheric rock five-piece hailing from Brighton. Formed in 2014, early releases from the band such as 'Residue' and 'Warp' have helped to cement their name within the Brighton music scene, leading to them playing shows alongside the likes of Black Peaks, Valerian Swing, Town Portal and many more. Now, after having burrowed away to record their debut EP 'Environmental Music' with Mark Roberts (Black Peaks, Broker, The Physics House Band), Porshyne are set to return with their most heavy, emotive and accomplished material to date.

The contexture of the EP is a sound that sits somewhere between prog, alt-rock, electronic music and post rock. 'Environmental Music' is a masterfully dynamic and heavily textured collection of tracks combining melodic vocals with intricate and carefully refined guitar work, which alternates between cinematic and darker, heavier phrases that are intertwined amongst complex rhythms and subtle electronic moments.

Tracks from the EP such as ‘Exit’ show a understated ambient melancholy to the record, which at times calls to mind the sounds of Radiohead, meanwhile guitar sequences at times lean towards the darker end of the prog-rock spectrum conjure up the sounds of Tool, Dredg or Karnivool. Other tracks such as ‘Hubris’ have a more desert rock inflection with riffs akin to that of Queens of the Stone Age or Kyuss. Porshyne hold nothing back on 'Environmental Music' amalgamating a multifarious set of influences, styles and genres, concentrating their individual creative forces into one cohesive body of work.

'Environmental Music' is an intensely structured body of work, which is as meticulous as it is powerful. Records that manage to merge such a wide variety of styles and exhibit such a multitude of musical landscapes in such an unabridged manner are rare. This debut EP from Porshyne is a statement of intent and is not one that should be ignored.  

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Analog Candle 'WINTER ’15' EP out soon

EP release: 'Winter '15' by Analog Candle
Release date: 2017
More Info: Band website

Hailing from New York City via England, Chicago, New Orleans and Boston – Analog Candle is an expressionist, avant-garde dream-pop collective formed by producer and songwriter Callum Plews.  
 
Originally from England, Callum was inspired to create Analog Candle after collaborating with an array of musicians while living in the magic and bustle of New Orleans. The project began over six years ago, after Callum realised he was more comfortable with the concept of others performing and interpreting his creations than he was embodying them completely himself. Bringing together performers from the realms of avant-garde, folk and emo, the initial group began recording at Callum’s bedroom studio, and self-released a number of songs online under the moniker, Analog Candle (a reference to the Arcade Fire album ’Neon Bible’).  

Influenced by the early albums of Animal Collective and Broken Social Scene, experimental-pop outfit Xiu Xiu (Callum has worked with Angela Seo in the past), acts like Arcade Fire, Beach House and the surrealist and absurdist creations of literary heavyweights like Haruki Muramaki, Franz Kafka and Sylvia Plath - the ‘art-rock’ collective is also largely dedicated to the hybridization of pop music and production technique. In this way, after settling in NYC, the 'Winter ’15' EP became the culmination of a variety of cultural and musical viewpoints. 

In terms of the EP itself, and conversely given the circumstances in which it was born, the lyrical content reflects Callum’s apprehensions on personal relationships, as well as the uncertain fragility that followed him around during his first winter in NYC.  Each song is intended to provide a small window into how that winter progressed, as well as mapping the chronology of a doomed relationship. 

Album opener ‘Scarlett’s Web’ features delicate female vocals that hover above shimmering electronic effects, while its lyrical themes allude to the beginning of the end of a love affair, “I see where my body is / But my heart’s far away”.  Elsewhere, ‘Trier’, a wavy slice of electronic pop, explores flashes of real life pain - ‘Lying aimless in bed / With all the books that stay unread’ juxtaposed with buoyant electronic currents.  

Themes of reminiscence and rejection sit alongside concepts of expressionism, and throughout the EP, heightened emotion is given a front seat over exact realism in the form of piercing lyrics that twist and linger like smoke-trails. 

Callum says: "Living in a brand new city can grind one to dust very quickly - work, love, friendship - it all gets distilled and intensified. I sought to recruit the most talented indie musicians in NYC, and bring life to these difficult, common experiences. The 'Winter '15' EP lies squarely between the 'experimental' and 'pop' music genres, and is intended to be a lyrically driven 'audio' mosaic - a recorded art project of sorts." 

The EP concludes with the ghostly ‘Space Dreams Of You Too’ and with lyrics like ‘I’ll see you in another life’… the next incarnation of Analog Candle promises to be just as ethereal and fluid as the present one… 

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Black Surf debut EP out 26 August 2016

EP Release: 'Let’s Pretend It’s Summer' by Black Surf
Release date: 26 August
Label: Cowboy Records
More info: Band Soundcloud

Black Surf have an unusual backstory having formed in 2014 through the wonders of FaceTime and Dropbox. The fruits of their exchanges between Leeds, UK and Sydney, Australia have come to form their debut EP 'Let’s Pretend It’s Summer', recorded at Greenmount Studios (The Cribs, Pulled Apart By Horses, The Vaccines). 
 
Not much longer than 10 minutes in its entirety, Black Surf specialise in the kind of fuzzed-up, adrenaline-shot indie-rock that’s straight to the point and doesn’t outstay its welcome. The reckless pace of opening track Sink’s synth-flecked bubblegum buzz is matched only by its enthusiasm and wild abandon. Bastard Man floats Pinkerton-era Weezer tones complete with its own narcissist complex, as vocalist Ali Epstone sings “I think I’m falling for you / I think I’m falling for me more.” before the amped-up motivational sermon of Get Up implores you to, well, Get Up / Get Out / Get Over.” EP Closer Baby Blue Washburn offers a moment of respite ahead of – what else – a huge chorus. Long Live Black Surf.  

Press reaction to date

“Oooh Weee Oooh they sound just like something brilliant.” - Rock Sound

“waves of outwardly catchy choruses and sun blistered chords.” - The 405

“…imbued with a far, weary, Weezer-iness that we just can’t stop huffing.” - Total Guitar

“Black Surf have a gift for thumping great melody that clearly threatens to propel them far beyond Yorkshire's shapely borders” - Classic Rock

“Keep a look out for more tracks from these guys in the coming months. We have a feeling you'll be hearing their name a lot.” - Pure Volume

 

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HOO HAs EP due 29 July 2016

EP release: HOO HAs
Release date: 29 July 2016
More info: Band website

HOO HAs are an indie-rock quartet hailing from London. Frontman Jamie started off writing poetry which progressed to working alongside his old friend the late Robb Skipper, helping to write lyrics for his post-Holloways projects. After meeting Mark and Adam when they were performing in various musical outfits (including Hares), jamming at parties led to sessions above the Silver Bullet in Finsbury Park and electric late night gigs downstairs followed soon after. Incendiary live shows have always been a big part of HOO HAs heritage and they have since played shows supporting the likes of Gaz Coombes and alongside their good friends in the local scene such as: Francobollo, LA Salami, Mohit, Amaroun and Itchy Teeth. 
 
As the frontman of HOO HAs, Jamie’s deadpan vocal belies his clever off-kilter narratives about the 21st-century experience, which are always brutally honest and entertaining. The band substitute cynicism and pretention for wit and dark sarcastic humour, the lyrical content of the EP is full of 90’s Britpop nonchalance. It’s frank, yet charmingly candid, and whilst sharp, the driving force behind HOO HAs songwriting is its idiosyncratic simplicity. 
 
Combining cocky and powerful guitar hooks with anthemic vocal melodies and memorable shout-along lyrics, tracks such as ‘This is the New Me’ and ‘Hanna’ feel like they have been plucked from golden-era of NME indie. The band cite their influences as everything from “from JJ Cale to J Dilla”, and it shows, there are clear influences in the earlier tracks on the EP from the likes of Blur, whilst also calling to mind the sounds of Babyshambles and at times Art Brut. The latter tracks on the EP such as ‘Tippex Jeans’ display a completely different element of the HOO HAs songwriting technique with hints of Captain Beefheart and more prog-blues infused guitar lines and psych driven bass parts. Similarly the vocals take a beguiling avant-garde tone and melody whilst the lyrics still retain their acuity. 
 
On the songwriting behind their lead single, ‘Hanna’, Jamie said: "Hanna was written in the heat of a bitter moment. The end of a relationship can lead to you saying things despite knowing there is more to the story. Now looking back to when I was writing Hanna I feel I may have been focusing on her immaturity to avoid confronting my own..." 
 
This EP, much like 21st Century life, is a fast one-way play-through, tackling a whole range of emotions and post-millennial topics. It’s a loose narrative of the low-stakes anxiety that prods us throughout our waking lives, touching on topics usually only discovered post ‘coming of age’ along with the realisation that things are only as hard as you make them for yourself. HOO HAs are writing genuine songs about modern living and irreverently having a good time doing it, and as far as introductions go, their uninhibited and refreshingly original debut is as proficient as it is authentic. It’s reflective, percipient and demands multiple listens – It’s not one to be missed.  

Press reaction to date

“Irresistible!” – John Kennedy, Radio X
 
“I Love This! Terrific Stuff” – Gary Crowley, BBC Introducing

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Hiva Oa new EP 'mk2 (part 1)' due 5 August 2016

EP release: 'mk2 (part 1)' by Hiva Oa
Release date: 5 August 2016
More info: Band website

New material from Hiva Oa has been a long time coming. Sometimes, it seems, a period of inactivity is better for a band than one of constant creation. With the release of their forthcoming 'EP mk2 (part 1)', core members Stephen Houlihan and Christine Tubridy departed Edinburgh, returning to their native Ireland seeking renewed inspiration. Hiva Oa retain the mystery and ambition of their former incarnations, but inject a heavy thrum to their intricate patchwork style, and turn their attentions to themes of fear, loneliness, abandonment and awakening.  
 
On lead single 'A Great Height' the band continue their controlled experimentation by marrying primal, dizzying electronica and a swelling bass hum, with minimal guitar patterns to create a tightly wound, suffocating and intense atmosphere that sets the tone for the EP.

Somewhat appropriately it’s an anxious listen, the influence of Thom Yorke on vocalist Stephen Houlihan here provides the forlorn, and almost hopeless, punctuating refrain “…and I fall from a great height.”  Elsewhere Seskinore demonstrates their skill in developing percussive motifs that flit from the suspenseful and shuffling, to eruptive, deafening, conclusions. A powerful resolution to each composition is never far from the minds of Hiva Oa.  
 
The latter part of 'mk2 (part 1)' begins to bring subtler intricacies to the fore. Christine is awash with swathes of gentle guitar, gifting the four-minute piece a transcendent quality that, coupled with another yearning vocal, offers the listener a brief glimpse into one of the EP’s more intimate moments, in this near-fearful, dream-like, serenade. Closing track Jonny Brazil again shifts unassumingly from sinewy indie-rock before revealing a raft of squalling guitars and inter-playing vocal melodies. Hiva Oa have become masters of developing atmospheres proving that, for them, a visit to old pastures has worked wonders.  
 
Hiva Oa is: Stephen Houlihan & Christine Tubridy. Additional studio & live members Matthew Collings and Daithi McNabb  

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SQRD new EP 'Gold' due 15 July 2016

EP release: 'Gold' by SQRD
Release date: 15 July 2016
Label: Fresh Milk
More info: Artist Soundcloud
 
Developed from a background in jazz and classical music, Swedish-born, Berlin-based artist Carl Robin Kirchmann (AKA SQRD) has soaked up the soul of these two cultural Meccas to develop his unique blend of low key, dreamy electronica. With a master’s degree in mathematical engineering under his belt, Kirchmann’s process for creating music is seemingly drawn from his ability to solve equations, experimenting not only with developing his personal tastes and musical disciplines, but also with various vocal and instrumental textures, effects and rhythms; the result of which is his new EP ‘Gold’. 
 
‘Gold’ sits somewhere between the engulfing and benign sounds of The xx and Four Tet, whilst vocally Kirchmann calls to mind the opaque melodies of James Blake and Active Child. It’s a captivating blend of sonic components, which is more supportive and protective than it is forlorn, however there are still wistful and reminiscent undertones throughout. It is the influence of this beguiling honesty and courage that can be heard across tracks such as title-track ‘Gold’ and ‘Would Run Wild’ where soft and sombre electronics meet melancholic yet resolute vocals, which are accompanied by hypnotic oscillating rhythms. Elsewhere on the EP, tracks such as ‘I’ll Be Waiting’ shows clear yet befitting influence from the likes of Caribou and Moderat, with a higher tempo and timbre than that of the rest of the EP, alongside more complex and densely structured samples and percussion. This contrast across the first and last two tracks of the EP perfectly exemplify the themes running throughout the EP and show a clear journey across not only SQRD’s musical journey but also his personal one. 
 
Thematically, the EP is about the end of Kirchmann’s seven year relationship and the process of finding your own path. Speaking about the ‘Gold’ EP SQRD said, “Writing music was an attempt to handle and process what happened and in the same way to find my own path. I sit for hours and hours, I forget about everything else, and just focus all of my energy on the music. Now when I think about it, this might also explain why I want to do everything on my own - the writing, singing and producing - it makes me feel independent and I can do whatever I want from the initial idea to finished track. 
 
SQRD is constantly exploring how he can push the boundaries of writing electronic music, and his experimentation with different tones and moods both sonically and subjectively is what sets him apart from the rest. It’s rare that an artist is able to define their sound so equivocally yet so proficiently, and this short yet consummated EP is just an introduction of what he is capable of.

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Merrick’s Tusk new EP ‘regroup and reform’ due 1 April 2016

EP release: ‘regroup and reform’ by Merrick’s Tusk
Release date: 1 April 2016
Label: Self released in conjunction with Buttonpusher DIY
More info: Band website

Hailing from Nottingham and Derby melodic rock quartet Merrick’s Tusk (named after the Elephant Man, Joseph Merrick) are band that have drawn a route through the familiar sonic territory of emo-rock with signposts to bands such as The Appleseed Cast, American Football and Jimmy Eat World to draw you in but with more than enough originality in their post-hardcore sensibilities to keep you there. The band’s second release, a 6-track EP titled ‘regroup and reform’ which is founded on the life experiences of frontman John Jeacock, features cameos from BAFTA-winning composer Nicholas Hooper (Harry Potter soundtrack composer) and once label-mates Bear Makes Ninja, Blind Wives and Some Skeletons, the follow-up EP delivers a more expansive and ambitious sound.

Architects of intense contrast the band’s diverse and precise instrumentation regularly flirts with the fragility and weight of the emotionally driven heart-on-sleeve lyrics, flittering between huge anthem-to-be, shout along gang vocals, delicate and intricate guitars and decisive drum work. Tracks such as opener ‘25’, throw you back to Casually Dressed-era Funeral For A Friend-esque resonance, making you feel like you are rediscovering a long lost favourite track, whilst littered with memorable lyrics and stadium-ready melodies that are likely to make the track a new favourite for first time listeners. Tracks such as ‘Solitude’ and ‘Kepler’ can make you feel like you are listening to a completely different record delving into the niche and nostalgic world of 90’s emo but instilled with the same unique vocal delivery, suspense-filled transfiguring uplift and release. It is this wide spread set of divergent dynamics that makes Merrick’s Tusk’s new EP so inimitable despite the familiarity that resonates from the bands multifarious influences.

‘Sonder’, Merrick’s Tusk’s debut EP, was released on Bad News Records to critical acclaim in June 2014 and has led to the band performing with artists such as Jonah Matranga (including sharing a stage to perform the Far classic ‘Bury White’), Cleft, Tellison, More Than Conquerors, We Came From Wolves, 100 Onces, Polymath, Wot Gorilla? and more.

‘regroup and reform’ will be self-released in conjunction with the estimable Buttonpusher DIY on 1st April and will be see the band hit the road again touring across the UK, Europe and various festivals in 2016. Speaking on what comes next for the band John (Singer/Guitarist) says, “We want to get out and play as many shows and festivals in Europe as possible this year, meeting lots of lovely people. Then we plan to push our sound as far as we can, continuing our work on a debut album for 2017.”

Merrick’s Tusk are evolving musically and with every sonic state they encounter the band are finding new ways to push the boundaries and instil originality. This is an EP full of tracks that are begging to be your timeless rock anthems of the decade, and we think you should let them.

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The Altered Hours new EP 'In Heat Not Sorry' on 29 January

EP Release: 'In Heat Not Sorry' by The Altered Hours
Release date:  29 January 2015
Label: Art For Blind Records
More info: Band website

The Altered Hours exist in a swirl of the psychedelic and hypnotic. Their live shows are known for their intensity and the band's ability to envelope both themselves and the crowd in their sound – but where so many focus on the textures, The Altered Hours set themselves apart with as much a focus on the songs themselves. The group have toured Ireland, the UK and Europe and have won critical acclaim along the way.

Having recorded their first EP “Downstream” DIY, the band were invited to record their second EP Sweet Jelly Roll with Fabien Leseure in Berlin. It was subsequently released in May 2013 by Anton Newcombe’s A Recordings, home of psychedelic pioneers The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Dirty Beaches and Magic Castles. 

The group released a 7'' – Dig Early – on Cork label Art For Blind in April of this year and their debut full length, In Heat Not Sorry, will finally see the light of day early next. Part of a burgeoning Irish scene that continues to spawn young and seemingly brilliant, vital bands, Altered Hours will take their place on a wider scale with this record. Melodic, abrasive, dual girl-boy vocals, a Sonic Youth-esque approach to guitar tone and crashing feedback, this band’s sounds are surely destined to surely travel.

Press reaction to date

'The Altered Hours have a certain darkness to their sound.'
'Recently releasing an EP on Anton Newcombe's sought-after A Recordings imprint, it's there in those brittle tones, the post-punk influenced chugging bass line, and it's there in those pleading, sometimes desperate vocals.'
'But that isn't to suggest that the Irish act are doom-laden naysayers – rather, The Altered Hours continually transgress the intensity of their volition, focussing on shards of pure, white light amidst the black.' - Robin Murray, CLASH

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Glue Foot 'Seed' new EP out 11 December

EP Release: 'Seed' by Glue Foot
Release date: 11 December 2015
More Info: Band website

Having built strong hype in the Cardiff and Bristol alternative music scenes by becoming staples of now legendary house shows, young trio Glue Foot have taken their own brand of pop punk and grunge around the country in their 1999 Suzuki Swift - affectionately known as 'Suzie'.  
 
Glue Foot began during the summer of 2014 after lead vocalist and guitarist, Matt Fleet, successfully persuaded his university coursemate (and now bassist), Shyam Pankhania, to attend a rehearsal with long-time partner in crime and drummer, Joe Cooke. 'The people living below my flat would always bang on the ceiling or give us sweets in the hope we would turn our guitars down late at night - we would practice every day', recalls Matt. Shyam brought flare and ingenuity with his bass playing - writing basslines that complimented the reflective nature of Matt's songwriting. Joe also brings something extremely special to the table. Influenced by the feel and style of drummer Matt Helders as well as the unique qualities of Matt Nicholls (Bring Me the Horizon), Joe uses interesting grooves and an element of musicality to support the other instruments. 
 
Following the release of debut EP 'Mission Happy Face' (which was recorded primarily to send to promoters across the country), Glue Foot played clubs and house parties extensively in the UK (with the likes of ROAM, GIANTS and more), swiftly generating a following. Excited by their progress, the band were still surprised at the reception they were receiving at shows: 'people would dance, sing along and crowd-surf - even encouraging us to crowd-surf with them!' tells Joe. Their second EP, 'Seed', takes a grungier path than previous material, with songs such as 'Silk' and 'Floating Like A Leaf'. 'We really want to make an impact with 'Seed' - we have invested so much emotion in it', states Matt.  
 
Following the release of 'Seed' and the video for single 'Floating Like A Leaf', the band are planning to take their music across the UK with more energy than ever before. 'We really want to provide everyone that comes and sees us with an experience they won't forget. We really love what we are building here and it seems a lot of other people do too', reflects Shyam. Make sure you are there when Glue Foot - and 'Suzie' - arrive in your town. 
 

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