Video // Demob Happy – ‘Wash it Down’

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A few weeks ago Brighton via Newcastle garage rock band Demob Happy revealed the fresh cut of their old song ‘Wash It Down’ which is set to be their new single which will be released on 14th August by SO Recordings.

Suitably psychedelic, the video for the song features the band drinking ‘Dream Soda’ which has been brewed up by some “cosmic wizards” according to frontman Matt Marcantonio.

There are in fact lizards in this video as the band eventually turn into some pretty vicious looking lizards towards the end after necking the soda. This could perhaps be interpreted as a video about how stupid people are that they’ll drink / do anything if it’s advertised well to them. It’s been created by the very talented Katia Ganfield who’s been working on videos with other Brighton bands such as Gang, Pink Lizards and Strange Cages. Watch the video for ‘Wash It Down’ on Vimeo below:

Also make sure you catch Demob Happy on the following tour dates as they’re a fantastic, raucous live band.

August
15 Platzhirsch Festival, Duisburg, Germany

September
05 The Clapham Grand, London w/ UNKLE
23 Loppen, Copenhagen, Denmark

October
22 Stroomhuis, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
24 Let’s Get Lost Festival, Zwolle, Netherlands

 

Words: Katie Wilkinson 

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New Music // The Wytches – ‘Wastybois’

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Gnarly Brighton three piece, The Wytches have shared their new track ‘Wastybois’ from their new EP ‘Thunder Lizard’s Reprieve’, the first release since their debut album  Annabelle Dream Reader in 2014.

This track is less of a doom rock / garage mash up and more of a hardcore punk track. Guitars are still fuzzed out to the max whilst Kristian Bell’s distinctive, cracked vocals are a rapid driving force with that much fuzz even on them that it’s pretty difficult hear the lyrics through all of the distortion. Once the speedy hardcore break down is over, things slow down again into a riff based ’70s metal ending with fragile, distant vocals.

You can listen to ‘Wastybois’ over on Consequence of Sound here.

 

This was originally posted on CDNX. 

 

Words: Katie Wilkinson

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News // Battles preview songs from ‘La Di Da Di’

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Warp band Battles have previewed 4 tracks from their forthcoming album ‘La Di Da Di’ in a live session on Youtube.

The session which featured the songs ‘The Yabba’, ‘Summer Simmer’, ‘Tyne Wear’ and ‘Dot Com’ has been put on a ‘live’ 24 hour loop for fans to enjoy continuously for an entire day. Predictably the video features a complex range of interwoven loops and riffs, aggressive post-punk drums and a certain amount of improvisation that adds to the set’s fluidity.

You can tune in below:

 

 

Words: Katie Wilkinson

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New Music // Tear – ‘Begging’

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Formed of ex members of London riot punk Throwing Up, Tear have unveiled their debut track which will be released on Tim Burgess’ O’ Genesis label.

Immediately reminiscent of ‘Stories From The Cities, Stories From The Sea’ era PJ Harvey, with ‘Live Through This’ era Hole guitars, this is a strong ’90s tinged track.

Camille Bennett’s powerful vocals are far removed from the raucous, unhinged (but equally as loveable) screams that can be found on a Throwing Up’s ‘Over You.’ This is a more sophisticated, sexy sounding music – a riot girl grown up. The prospect of what’s next from Tear is extremely exciting. Listen to ‘Begging’ over on Louder Than War.  It will be released on 25th September.

 

Words: Katie Wilkinson 

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New Music // Goat – ‘It’s Time For Fun’

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Swedish ‘world music’ band Goat have premiered their new track ‘Time For Fun.’

The track was recorded in New York in the winter months following the release of their second album ‘Commune’ which brought with it a ton of worldwide tour dates and big festival slots. The band felt that New York was a fitting location to record the track as there’s an ESG inspiration behind it as well as a dissonant, ’80s No Wave feel to it. It contains plenty of percussion that gives it a tribal feel which is typical of Goat but there’s also a driving, minimal drum machine beat that gives it a lo-fi sound. This track’s moved away from the huge psychedelic sounds present on their previous two albums and into fresh, new territory for them. It will be interesting to see what the B side, ‘Relax’ brings.

‘It’s Time for Fun’ will be released on the 7th August on Rocket Recordings. Listen to it below:

 

 

Catch Goat live at the following festivals:

August 

01 Näsåker/Sweden – Urkult Festival
21 Hasselt/Belguim – Pukkelpop Festival
22 Wales/UK – Green Man Festival
28 – 29 La Tour-de-Peilz/Switzerland – Nox Orae Festival

October
17 Greece/Athens – Gagarin Festival

 

Words: Katie Wilkinson 

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Review // Wolf Alice – ‘My Love Is Cool’

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It’s here! We all made it! We all lived to see the day when a Wolf Alice album was dragged into the world; screaming along to the refrain of ‘Fluffy’. Yes, ‘My Love Is Cool’ is here to test the resolve of one of the best live bands to emerge from Britain in decades.

Frontwoman Ellie Rowsell may not come across as indebted to the subtle work of Mazzy Star, but look beyond the similar title of ‘Turn To Dust’ and it’s clear that Wolf Alice want the world to know that they do more than just thrash guitars in basement indie venues. There’s depths here that so far the band have neglected to let the world in to discover. Rejoice in them letting you get your David Attenborough on and lose yourself to the discovery of their deep and dark emotional souls.

‘Bros’ means a lot of things to a lot of people. Live, it’s a coming of age ballad for a generation that grew up knowing more about Twitter than Jamie T. So to have risked the spirit of such an integral track with a glossy studio cut always ran the risk of not paying off. Sadly, it’s not always possible to tame a beast as ferocious as the original ‘Bros’ we all know and love. Opting instead for a vocal that is much too reigned in to carry any impact, and drums that lack the live punch and pizazz of the incredible Joel Amey.

The task of wrestling an astonishingly unapologetic live band like Wolf Alice into studio shape was never going to be an easy task. Thankfully, ‘Bros’ is an unwelcome anomaly and ‘Your Loves Whore’ is as Hole-y as the title might suggest. Hesitant to label tracks as ‘personal favourites’ it’s hard to stick to conviction when you’re stood in at The Park stage of Glastonbury losing yourself alongside two thousand other people all equally lost in the light that this track brings to the world.

It gets harder and harder to not start a solo moshpit in your room when ‘You’re A Germ’ is pumping out of your speakers at full volume. If you listen intently, you can hear the riff of Pulp’s ‘Common People’ making an appearance propelling this to a certified anthem.

Taking nearly a minute to begin brooding through speakers, ‘Silk’ sees Rowsell at her angriest, ready to behead the next person that crosses her. The slight picking of guitar by Joff Oddie marries together with Theo Ellis’ bass, to create a passive aggressive bodyslam of attitude, right into your ear-drums. ‘Freazy’ follows on in similar style, with the exception that it brings together both the Mazzy Star-like opening style and the more Courtney Love tinged sides to this young London band.

‘Giant Peach’ marked the bands shift from purely live band with scattered EP releases, to a fully fledged studio band that even people in suits wanted to get down to. It’s gritty and girly at the same time, highlighting the female form as a powerhouse that is not to be messed with. You try and put Wolf Alice in a cage, and they’re going to rip it to shreds in front of your eyes all the while maintaining a happy glint in their eyes. It’s easy to underestimate a band that has been on the buzz radar for a few years now, but this is not your run of the mill indie band, Wolf Alice are a pack of lions and guess what? They’re real hungry for the blood of naysayers.

There’s ways to stand up, be counted and take no prisoners. You can be a dick about it like the ill-fated and unloved Viva Brother, or you can channel the disenchanted rage of a generation and lift it high into the psyche of the nation – which is what Wolf Alice have grabbed with both hands. My love for Wolf Alice is pretty damn cool.

8/10

Words:  Rachael Scarsbrook

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News // Peaches announces new album ‘Rub’

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Electro-punk act, Peaches has announced the release of her forthcoming album ‘Rub’, which was recorded in LA with Vice Cooler last year.

The album features cameos from Feist and Kim Gordon, who revealed this on Marc Maron’s podcast earlier this year.

Before the album though, Peaches will release her new book ‘What Else Is In The Teaches Of Peaches’ which is a collection of photos put together with the help of Holgar Talinski which documents her work over the past decade. This work includes album tours, her futuristic rock opera ‘Peaches Christ Superstar’ and collaborations with Le Tigre, R.E.M. and Yoko Ono.

You can listen to Peaches’ new single ‘Light In Places’ below which also features Empress Stah doing some impressive ariel tricks. The track itself has a hook of “I’ve got light in places, you didn’t know it could shine” and also the lyrics “I’ve got so much beauty coming out of my ass.” It’s quite possibly set to be everyone’s favourite feminist dance floor filler of the summer.

 

 

Words: Katie Wilkinson 

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Video // Many Things – ‘Burn Together’

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London (via Brisbane) based indie pop band, Many Things have released the video for their new single ‘Burn Together.’

The track itself is of a similar uplifting vibe to previous single ‘Holy Fire’ with keys and synths leading Michael Tomlinson’s vocals to a dazzling crescendo. If you’re looking for a strong pop chorus, then you came to the right place.

The video features a trans artist dancing around East London streets in the darkness lip syncing to the track.

Watch the video below:



Words: Katie Wilkinson 

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Review // Fucked Up – ‘Year of the Hare’

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Toronto punk band Fucked Up released their new EP ‘Year Of The Hare’ this week on Matador records.

The EP only consists of two tracks, one of which is the title track and clocks in at 22 minutes long. It’s an experimental live recording featuring everything from acoustic guitar, an out of tune piano and noisy distorted guitar.

The track is weaved together through a series of field recordings, including footsteps which we presume are those of the person walking from the acoustic guitar to the piano. It’s not until nearly seven minutes in that we’re greeted with Damien ‘Pink Eyes’ Abraham’s distinctive punk screams as musically it begins to take a progressive rock fork in its chaotic road.

Things calm down half way through as the pace slows after an aggressive outburst and we hear Isla Craig’s sultry vocals for the first time. Inevitably, this doesn’t last long and we’re laden with more punk rock drama.

The other track ‘California Cold’ is eight minutes long and differs again from everything on the EP’s titled track. It’s an epic psychedelic, woodwind filled trip with a “what the fucked just happened?” factor and a great way to end this bizarre and beautiful EP.

‘Year of The Hare’ is a unique and exciting release from Fucked Up which reminds you of how unoriginal bands can be in the format that they release records. Fucked Up aren’t about releasing radio friendly singles or pleasing the mainstream. They’re about creating an enthralling piece of music that the listener actually has to listen to properly.

Watch the video for ‘Year of the Hare’ below.

 

 

8.5/10

Words: Katie Wilkinson

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Review // Alessandro Cortini – ‘La Sveglia’

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Nine Inch Nails synth player, Alessandro Cortini has shared a surprisingly ambient track from his forthcoming debut solo album, ‘Risveglio.’

‘La Sveglia’ strays away from anything too sharp or industrial sounding and gently steers the listener down a smooth, drone filled avenue.

The theme of this track is repetition, a topic which according to Cortini is one that he’ll never tire of as it is “bound to leave a mark on the listener.” Sequencers are heavily present and whilst there’s never a real climax, the intensity is within the hypnotic affects of the repetition.

Listen to ‘La Sveglia’ below.

 

 

Words: Katie Wilkinson 

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Review // Is Tropical – ‘Say’

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“Watch in the dark on full screen for full effect,” comes the orders from the band themselves regarding their new video. Is Tropical released ‘Crawl/On My Way’, the first installment of Black Anything in December 2014, and now the second, ‘Cruise Control/ Say’.

The video may look DIY, and that’s because it is. While they were filming an acoustic session for Rolling Stone, they took advantage of the green screen room and filmed one take with Kirstie in front of the camera.

The video begins with palm trees behind her, which seem a bit out of place as they quickly change to show trippy, kaleidoscopic patterns for the remainder. The psychedelic visuals are accompanied with the lyrics to the song in neon green across the middle of the screen, adding to the home-made feel. ‘Say’ itself “is a story of two hopeless misfits that don’t fit anyone else and don’t want to. It’s a song for the time they fall apart and get lost” and the reasoning behind adding a ‘visual trip’ is “an attempt of hypnotizing the viewer into saying they are also lonely.” Lovely.

Watch the video for ‘Say’ below:

 

 

Words: Emily Casey 

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Review // Kagoule – ‘Glue’

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Photo by Elmore

 

Young Nottingham 3 piece Kagoule have built up quite a following for themselves over the past year with support coming from the likes of Tigercub and Theo Verney whom they’ve played with several times.

‘Glue’ has been a live favourite for quite a while now. It’s a track that totally sums up the Kagoule sound: jagged but melodic in terms of vocal melodies yet reasonably heavy throughout. There are rad bass riffs mixed with Dinosaur Jr. inspired guitar lines that create a beautiful bond. The lead vocals come from guitarist Cai Burns on this one, with some lovely harmonies to compliment them courtesy of bassist Lucy Hatter.

The track comes from the band’s debut album Urth which is set for release in August on Earache Records. With Kagoule’s track record of releasing only killer punk rock songs such as ‘Glue’,  I am only filled with confidence that their debut LP is going to be one of the best rock albums of this year.

 

 

Words: Katie Wilkinson 

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