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Saturday, December 10, 2016

New Sounds #123 December 10 2016

New release from the Ukrainian Eurovision contenders with the song that made it to finals in the 2016 national selection. But don't rule this one out on that basis. Vocals are sultry and engaging, and when it picks up there's a poppy infectious quality to it. Star rating: ★★★☆☆

The Glasgow via London garage rock three-piece belie their sharp, fuzzy deeper core with a melodic coating and light pop vocals on this follow up single - released last week - to September debut 'Forget It’s Good'. The end build is fairly kraut epic. Star rating: ★★★★☆


Produced by Suede's Bernard Butler, the vinyl B-side to ‘Rodeo’, the debut single from the New York duo, released December 16 through Dirty Hit. An ode to the seedier side of life in Lower Manhattan, with the shared vocal duties from Dan Lardner and Alex Niemetz providing the yin and yang. Star rating: ★★★☆☆

Following last year's self-titled debut EP, 21-year-old Melbourne songstress India Jade now comes back with this new single released late last month. Shimmery, pulsating electro-synthpop, with Indi lending a strikingly dominant vocal. Star rating: ★★★☆☆

Latest from the chilled Brighton-based singer-songwriter, with a quirky take on lyrics and melodic structure. Released late last month, the follow on from 'Rollercoaster', it is, says Pope, about "the fear of being controlled by an evil despot. It started as a horror fantasy, but has now become a frightening reality with the arrival of Mr Donald J Trump." Star rating: ★★★☆☆

Friday, December 09, 2016

Listen :: Bear's Den share new track 'Berlin' ahead of Christmas show

Words: Ellie Ward

Bear’s Den have released a surprise new song today (December 9) in advance of their Christmas charity show next week.

The reflective song, ‘Berlin', was written during sessions for the band’s 'Red Earth & Pouring Rain' album and was recorded last month when the band had a short break in a hectic year of touring.

“We're so excited to be sharing 'Berlin' with the world," says 
Andrew Davie. "It's a song we started writing a year ago and finished writing over the last few days of our last tour. Feels like a small way for us to say thank you to all the people who've supported us all over the world over the last year and made it such an incredible year for us as a band.”

Bear’s Den return to London next week to play at St John’s, Bethnal Green on December 15. All proceeds from the night will go to Support Act, an initiative that supports two refugee charities, Refugee Action and Road To Freedom.

The show, which sold out within 24 hkrs, will see the band perform their own songs and specially arranged Christmas numbers, joined by an orchestra plus other featured performers. Special guests announced so far include: Lucy Rose, Justin Young and Freddie Cowan from The Vaccines, Marcus Foster from Seramic, Matthew & The Atlas and just announced Benjamin Francis Leftwich.

Bear's Den embark on a European headline tour next spring, culminating with a show at London's Hammersmith Eventim Apollo April 5.


20 BELFAST, Limelight 2

22 EXETER, Lemon Grove
23 OXFORD, O2 Academy
24 CARDIFF, Tramshed
26 SHEFFIELD, Leadmill
27 NEWCASTLE, Riverside
29 GLASGOW, O2 Academy
30 MANCHESTER, O2 Apollo
31 NOTTINGHAM, Rock City

02 LEEDS, O2 Academy
03 SOUTHAMPTON, O2 Guildhall

December 9 2016 - Hot Top Ten

Raw lyrics, raw video, and an uncompromising smack in the face to anyone under the delusion that Australia is all sun and sandy beaches. Sydney lo-fi punk duo, Mikey and Gio Alexander (who shot the video) take us into a world shaped by addiction: “crystal methamphetamine/you tore apart what was left of me.”

The Brooklyn punks' new politically charged single, taken from their debut LP 'Tough Luck' released at the end of last month on Mirror Universe Tapes. Electric guitars scream with frustration at the futility of 2016's political climate controlled by the powers that be, and “there’s nothing we can do about it.”

The Berlin-based trio may have a moniker mix-up somewhere between a beverage and a banned C class drug, but their sound is as smooth as the title of this debut single. Produced by Joe Joaquin and entirely recorded in analogue, its synth and electronic upbeat drums open before the guitar riff comes in and gels it together perfectly.
Refreshing, yet stimulating.

From the rising LA duo's - Steven Mudd and Denny White - self-titled EP out today. Following singles 'Recess' and 'Comeback Kid', the pair kick some shapes, mixing electronic and organic instruments, tight production with hooky melodies, synths, reverbed guitars and a cheeky little vocal to boot.

Lead single from the Brooklyn indie rocker's self-titled debut album out February 10 2017 via Tiny Engines.
After their '4 Songs' EP earlier in 2016, this is less a banger than a dreampop refrain: “Riding out some psychotropics in the shadow of the World Trade/ Trying hard to understand the culture in my face/back in the shoes of the ghost I was/running fast through the jungle home/like Tim Robbins in Jacob's Ladder.”

Released this week via Sub Pop, Kristin Welchez - Dum Dum Girls' Dee Dee - turns synthpop queen on this 80s inflected electro-dance single after previously putting out new wave album, 'X-Communicate'.

Portland-based indie psych rockin' duo - Ripley Johnson (Wooden Shjips) and Sanae Yamada - give an idea of forthcoming album, 'Occult Architecture' out February 3 2017 through Sacred Bones. A sonic assault of energy, soaring vocals and guitars.

Following debut single 'Birthday Blues', emerging Leeds five-piece finish their first full year together with this six-minute, alt-shoegaze, single released this week. Chris Mulligan co-produced, it features layered synths, pedal-effected guitars and floaty vocals that make for one aural concoction of delight. Catch live at The New Adelphi, Hull on December 15, and the following night at Leeds Wharf Chambers.

The Argentinian trio follow 'Celebrate Life' with this new single out January 27 2017 on Fire Records. Taken from their 'Friends and Lovers' album, it combines infectious dancefloir beats with punk-pop reverbed guitars in a garage/psych/pop blend. Catch live at The Victoria, London on December 16 (free entry) and on 17th at New River Studios, London for a Macmillan Fundraiser with Happyness, Chorusgirl + others.

New North London alt-rock quartet make a bold start with their debut single of grungey melodics, off-kilter guitars and energetic hooks. “The riff of this track was born from playing a completely out of tune guitar, which is why it’s so angular, random and frantic sounding," enlightens vocalist and guitarist Lewis Knaggs." We like.

Listen :: INHEAVEN air stripped back ‘Wasted My Life On Rock N Roll'

Words: Sam Geary

INHEAVEN have already unveiled latest offering in the form of ‘Treats’, now they go on a different tack with the stripped back B-side, ‘Wasted My Life on Rock N Roll’.

After Chloe Little took centre stage on 'Treats', here James Taylor holds court on the reflective track.

Currently on tour with Blossoms, INHEAVEN also support Circa Waves on tour next year.

December 2016
11 O2 Academy Oxford*
14 The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth*
16 The Rocking Chair, Sheffield

February 2017
08 Engine Shed, Lincoln
09 Wolverhampton Civic Hall
10 The Sugarmill, Stoke On Trent
11 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
15 West End Centre, Aldershot
16 The Forum, Tunbridge Wells
17 The Haunt, Brighton
18 Esquires, Bedford
22 Fulford Arms, York
23 The Venue, Derby
24 Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
25 Preston Guild Hall & Charter Theatre

March 2017
18 O2 Academy Sheffield ^
20 Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow^
21 Newcastle University^
23 Manchester Academy^
24 Liverpool University Guild of Students (Mountford Hall & Stanley Theatre)^
25 O2 Academy Oxford^
27 O2 Academy Bristol^
28 Rock City, Nottingham^
30 O2 Institute Birmingham^
31 O2 Forum Kentish Town, London^

April 2017
03 UEA, Norwich^
04 The Junction^

* with Blossoms
^ with Circa Waves

Track Of The Day :: Great Ytene - Wanness

Words: Ellie Ward

London-based post-punks Great Ytene (pronounced ‘ee-ten’) unveil their second single from their upcoming debut album, 'Locus', due on February 17 2017 on Brighton's Faux Discx label.

Recorded and mixed in East London at Holy Mountain with producer and long-time collaborator Iggy B, and mixed by MJ (Hookworms) at Suburban Home Studios in Leeds , it is their first full-length work since their self-titled debut in 2014, and one which sees the band exploring darker themes.

"It's a track immersing itself in times past and present of unhappiness and fatigue, an underlining theme I seem to carry when writing lyrics for our tracks," says the band's Leon Diaper. But the track is pretty upbeat and pumping in sound and one of our favorites to play live."

'Wanness', the second cut from the record after the title track, is a dark, sonic sweep of guitars, distortion, and the drum kicks are the biz.

Catch Great Ytene live tonight (December 9) at The Hope and Ruin, Brighton. The band have also announced an album release show in London on February 17 at The Lexington.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

[Updated] Listen :: The Jesus and Mary Chain unveil lead single from new album/announce UK tour

Words: Sam Geary

Announcing their first album in 18 years, The Jesus and Mary Chain have today shared the first single, ‘Amputation’, from the
forthcoming seventh studio album ‘Damage and Joy’.

Revealing the track on Steve Lamacq’s BBC6 Music show, the full-length record - produced with Killing Joke’s Martin Glover, who also plays bass on the work - drops on March 24 2017 through ADA / Warner Music. It will be the Scottish outfit's follow-up to 1998's ‘Munki’.

Now they have added to that with the news of UK and Irish live shows next year.

The 12-date tour will start on March 23 and run through to April 7 in Dublin. Tickets are on sale from tomorrow (December 10).

The Jesus And Mary Chain play:

MARCH 2017
23 NEWCASTLE Northumbria University
27 LEEDS Church
28 LEICESTER O2 Academy
29 BRISTOL O2 Academy
31 BIRMINGHAM O2 Institute

02 OXFORD O2 Academy Oxford
03 CAMBRIDGE Junction 1
05 LONDON Shepherd's Bush Empire
06 BEXHILL De La Warr Pavilion
07 DUBLIN Academy