Friday, 18 April 2014
In advance of forthcoming new single 'Fuckers', Savages have unveiled a short trailer video, directed by Giorgio Testi.
As the title may suggest, it could be liable to offend those of a sensitive disposition or with an f-word antithesis.
'Fuckers'/'Dream Baby Dream' (their cover of the Suicide track) is out on 12" and digital download from May 5 in UK and Europe/May 6 in North America via Matador/Pop Noire.
Brighton duo Blood Red Shoes have seen their new video for single 'Speech Coma' banned by MTV.
The black & white film shows a singer bleeding to death while on stage, with blood gradually leaking out from everywhere and pooling on the ground.
The duo's Laura-Mary Carter has described seeking to challenge with the footage. "We wanted the video to represent the unsettling nature of the song. We liked the idea of it being gory, weird and unnerving". It certainly is that. Must have got through a hell load of tomato ketchup.
'Speech Coma' is out on June 2.
Blood Red Shoes embark on a UK tour after Easter with DZ Deathrays and Slaves as rotating main support acts.
22. Nottingham Bodega
23. Bristol Trinity
24. Birmingham Academy 2
25. Brighton Concorde 2
27. Glasgow Oran Mor
28. Manchester Club Academy
29. Norwich Waterfront
30. London Electric Ballroom
02. Leeds Cockpit
Three-piece outfit Eaux - Ben Crook, Sian Ahern and Stephen Warrington - make their debut release with album 'Plastics' - produced by Tom Morris - on ATP Recordings this June.
The London-based minimalist techno band who formed in 2012, share a certain similaritity to Man Without Country in their deep electro-toned sound.
“There’s perhaps a reaction going on against a more digital-based way of doing things,” says Ben Crook. “But by having Sian playing drum machines and physically engaging with them, rather than just pressing play and stop it means there is always room for experimentation and improvisation.”
Much of 'Plastics' has evolved from live jams, the group holing themselves up in a personal rehearsal and studio space so that ideas form and bounce off each other. Having all come from more orthodox band set-ups, they found a freedom in experimenting with comparatively unfamiliar electronic technology, their limited knowledge of their tools meaning they could approach them with very little baggage. Ahern’s vocal is another key element to the group’s sound, offering a softer-edged, higher range than much of the simmering murmurs and oscillations rising and falling below her.
Check out lead cut 'Head'.
LVLS - BLOOD DANCE
The Manchester five-piece who formed last year follow up previous outing 'Young & Cruel' with this new cut taken from the forthcoming EP 'R.I.P Joey Fritz' out on May 12.
BIRDCAGE - CHEQUERED PAST
Welsh rockin Chepstow four-piece with a grunge noise track from their latest second EP release 'Ovo'.
OLIVER WILDE - PLAY & BE SAVED
Bristol one-man-band traverses shoegaze, laptop pop and folk. New album 'Red Tide Opal In The Loose End Womb' out May 5 thru Howling Owl.
ARROWS OF LOVE - SUCK
First single from the debut album 'Everything's Fucked' by the London thrash/grunge five-piece out on 1-2-3-4 Records on May 12.
AZTECS - BAD BLOOD
Derbyshire two, John Steele and John Dell, aka Aztecs, drop this title track and video from forthcoming 'Bad Blood' EP.
CRUISING - YOU MADE ME DO THAT
This Irish mash-up of members of September Girls / Girls Names / Logikparty / Sea Pinks was our TRACK OF THE DAY earlier this week. Single out April 28 via Soft Power Records.
WITCHING WAVES - CONCRETE
Another Soft Power artist - and which also was a Track Of The Day here last month, is released on Monday (April 21) and we like it so much it gets a double helping of hype.
STILLWAVE - MODES OF TRANSPORT
Post punk, Dutch style from the Utrecht three-piece. Released as the lead single a week ago from their EP which is out on May 22.
BABY STRANGE - DISTANCE YOURSELF
Latest from the scuzzy punk rockin Glasgow trio, out on June 2 thru Ignition Records. Follows debut single 'Pure Evil' and 'Never Enough' of last year.
CURELIGHT WOUNDS - SILVER SAND
Latest from the Brooklyn psych/shoegaze musician we featured here back in August of last year with first track 'Better Off'. Recorded on a budget, this latest track is from his next and 3rd EP out on April 22.
Thursday, 17 April 2014
In the run-up to the release of their new album next month, The Horrors have unveiled the video for 'So Now You Know', the second track to be taken from it after 'I See You'.
The video, shot in the outskirts of Los Angeles, offers Faris Badwan roaming a remote town in the desert on a theme "about the loneliness of teenage life".
The band head to the US shortly for a series of live dates, before returning to the UK for summer appearances including Field Day, Isle Of Wight Festival and Lovebox 2014.
'Luminous', the band's first album in four years, is released on May 6 via XL Recordings.
April 28 2014 (Big Tea Records)
Words: Dave Beech
When I first heard Cork-based dream-poppers Elastic Sleep last year, they only had one song - 'Anywhere' - uploaded online at the time, but it was one that left me clamouring to hear more.
Thankfully, forthcoming EP 'Leave You' not only sees Elastic Sleep having built upon their sound somewhat, but also having managed to pique the interest of the likes of BBC 6 Music it suggests that 'Leave You' might very well be the release that the lifts the band up a league.
I described 'Anywhere' as being the “tip of the iceberg” when it came down to the depth and musicianship at the disposal of Elastic Sleep, and for those not familiar with the band, that's very much the impression one would take from the eponymous first track, and lead single, 'Leave You'. Floating along on a bed of shimmering guitars and keys, the track isn't particularly indicative of what's to follow, but it does wear its influences firmly on its sleeve; a woozy, heady affair that's steeped in the alternative rock acts of the 1990s, 'Leave You' could easily find a place soundtracking this year's festival season and leaves listeners with a paradoxical sense of optimism.
If 'Leave You' was the dreamy soundtrack to a pleasant night's sleep, 'I Found Love' is straight up sleep paralysis by comparison. Exuding a paranoid post-punk vibe, rumbling bass and crashing percussion make up the meat of this track whilst reverb-soaked vocals and ethereal harmonies are a stark comparison to male/female dichotomy at play across 'Leave You though allow the track to flow perfectly in to the ever-mounting 'Deep and Blue'.
Rather than dissect 'Leave You' track by track, however, it's best that those interested just allow its intricacies to wash over them. From angular post-punk, to shimmering shoegaze - sometimes within the space of a single track - it's a record built wholly around dynamics and the way which the difference in a male/female vocal can make something feel completely different. It's not the easiest of EPs to listen to, but it does begin to draw listeners in from the word go before revealing a wealth of subtle nuances that impress more with each and every one. With the exception of the aforementioned 'Leave You' you can't imagine Elastic Sleep being played on mainstream radio, but it's easy to imagine those over at Q Magazine getting themselves worked up over them. Expect to be hearing a lot more of Elastic Sleep.
It was a year ago we first came across LOVATS the Birmingham five-piece (formerly known as Quayside - until they got somewhat pissed off that it was constantly mispronounced ‘Qwayside’ and opted for a change) who caught our ear with the deliciously infectious 'Over'. They then went on to upload 'Golden', 'Respite' and an earlier demo version of 'White Fire' just before Christmas, all of which demonstrating they were a band with bright prospects.
Now 'White Fire' is to get its official release on May 18 thru Morky Beat Records - which of course gives us a good excuse for another burst of it here.
Lovats make their London live debut at Camden Proud Galleries on May 22.
Winchester's threesome Wild Smiles have announced their signing to Rob da Bank’s Sunday Best Recordings and in a separate publishing deal with Sunday Best / Domino Publishing Co that sees the two publishers come together in a joint venture for the first time.
The first result of the union comes with 'Fool For You' - stream below - with a full length in the pipeline for later this year.
Wild Smiles are set to play the following live shows in the next weeks:
April 19. SHEFFIELD, Destival
April 20. LONDON, Brixton Windmill
May 01. LONDON, The Monarch
May 20. LONDON, White Heat Club @ Madame Jo Jo’s
May 22. LONDON, Old Blue Last
May 28. LONDON, Barfly
Brisbane’s shoegaze quartet Roku Music has had a meteoric rise since its inception last year. Blossoming from the core duo of Donovan Miller (No Anchor/Butcher Birds) and Innez Tulloch (Tiny Spiders/Pastel Blaze), this at-home experiment has, with the addition of Tom Roche (Rational Academy/O) on drums and Jody Gleeson (The Madisons) on bass, seen Roku Music mine the depths of resonant noise.
Take a listen to new single 'You', taken from their debut album 'Collider', out on Sonic Masala Records.
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Okay, it sort of had to be, didn't it. Could we here at Little Indie really let a track from Loom pass by without so much as a mention? Had it not been this particular one, unveiled today by the band as their next single, it would have been slightly easier, that's for sure. However, 'Yosoko' is, in our books, one of the best - and most commercial - things they have done so far.
Loom in their 18-month-or-so existence, have come to personify the post punk in the angry growls from vocalist Tarik Badwan, and loud thrashing ferocious whacks of their instruments from the two guitarists and drum maestro - and sometimes at the expense of showing that they are a band who are about a lot more than being just all about the show with little substance when you break it all apart.
'Yosoko' - produced by the band in conjunction with John Coxon and Mark Ralph - whilst retaining the integral Loom spirit, goes a step further in being not just a track with a real melody, but one in which Badwan fully comes into his own as vocalist. But real credit goes to the twin whirling dervishes of Matt Marsh and Josh Fitzgerald who too often are overlooked in their role as the vital back-up to the forceful presence of their frontman. Here they give the track the essential essence of some quite ear-ripping quality riffage, with third musketeer Neil Byrne packing in the solid drums to gel it all together.
A blistering belter of a track.
'Yosoko' is out on May 5.