Friday, 19 September 2014

Listen :: SALES Are 'Getting It On' For EP Release

After our first listen back in May to Florida duo SALES - see here - Lauren Morgan and Jordan Shih are now about to release their debut six track EP.

The self-titled EP is a collection of singles, including the newly revealed 'Getting It On', which you can hear below.

Also included is a remix of 'Toto' by Marcel Everett (XXYYXX), as well as 'Renee', 'Vow' and 'Chinese New Year'.

“How could I be so wrong?” is the question Lauren Morgan is asking herself, on this masterfully restrained and mellow track that relies on nothing more than a simple guitar backing to carry its weight.

SALES play an EP release show in Brooklyn, New York on September 24 with Salt Cathedral + Mitski at Baby's All Right.

The SALES’ self-titled debut EP is out digitally and physically on September 22.

Track Review :: CryBabyCry - Go Go

Rating: 7/10

Words: James Bishop

CryBabyCry...hmm, I'm not sure if this is a nod to their peers, or just a catchy band name, but they are a three-piece band from Wakefield, made up of Jonny Firth (a.k.a Jonny the Firth, Wakefield's one-man band), ex-White Parade drummer Nici Todd, and singer/songwriter Rosie Doonan. According to the press release all of whom started off on different musical journeys, but whose paths have joined along the way to form CryBabyCry.

So, all well and good so far. They are what I would call a working-class band, and don't get me wrong, that is not said with any disrespect in anyway: just what you see is what you get. 'Go Go' is the lead but from their debut EP, and while I'm a great believer in first impressions being crucial, with this it was, unfortunately, forgettable. It's a well-written song right enough, and the arrangement and production are fine, but I think my issue is more with how it is delivered.

'Go Go', purportedly, is a song of lust and passion - a relationship that's so wrong, it's right -  but as soon as Rosie and Jonny start singing, there appears little conceivable passion, and it is hard to be convinced when they seem to be merely going through the motions. This singing partnership can work, but they need to start believing in what they do, in order that this transfers to the listener. In saying that, I'm reviewing a track is always a subjective experience, so take the time to make up your own mind as well. There have been around 40,000 Soundcloud plays of 'Go Go' so far to date, so I may be alone in the merits of this one. If you're in London on September 30 check CryBabyCry out live at The Social and decide for yourself.

All We Are Announce Debut Album / Listen To New Single 'I Wear You'

Liverpool's "Bee Gees on diazepam", All We Are, have announced their self-titled debut album will kick off their 2015 with a January release.

The three-piece will drop the package - recorded and produced in London by Dan Carey (Bat For Lashes, MIA, Hot Chip) - on January 5 via Double Six Records, but before that they have unveiled new single 'I Wear You'.

The band are on the road in Europe next month opening London Grammar, and will also play their own headline shows at Liverpool, Kazimier on October 15, and London's Oslo on October 21.

'All We Are' Tracklisting:
'Feel Safe'
'I Wear You'
'Keep Me Alive'
'Utmost Good'
'Something About You'
'Life Of Seven'


Watch :: Holy Holy Get On The Kitchen Drums For 'History' Video

Holy Holy - featured here in our Australian new music bulletin #6 - have now revealed the video for new single 'History'.

The video was directed by film-maker Anthony Salsone, and was shot over a sleepless 48 hour period in Brisbane. The clip distorts feelings of time and space, placing band members in and out of the frame and repeating them throughout the clip. Shot using a robotic 'motion control' camera rig, the clip blurs perception and memory, whilst keeping the viewer situated in the domestic comfort of an apartment.

Drums in the kitchen, guitars all over...hope they have nice neighbours.

Track Of The Day :: Memory Maze - Depth Of Field

London producer Gavin Ellis, or Memory Maze, being the name he works under, follows up the success of his June single, 'Like A Mirage', with 'Depth of Field'.

Out on October 13 via Infinite Jest Records, where 'Like A Mirage' was leaned towards a more laid-back, pop-tinged melancholia, 'Depth of Field' strides to the fore on driving guitar lines that balance out Ellis' washed out vocals, creating a contrast to the psych strains of synths and drums

Memory Maze’s debut album 'From The Outside In' follows in early 2015.

The So So Glos Announce UK Headline Shows

Brooklyn punks The So So Glos have announced a series of UK headline shows, following their October show with The Hold Steady. The band will play five extra shows, finishing with a headline date at London’s Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen.

The New Yorkers have also released the apocalyptic new video for their track ‘Diss Town’, which can be watched below.,

The band released latest album 'Blowout' in the UK earlier this year to amazing acclaim. Having burst out of the Brooklyn DIY punk scene and co-founding one of New York’s most integral music venues Shea Stadium, the So So Glos have gained legions of fans in the US. For those not already onboard with the bands’ no-nonsense, by any means necessary approach to being in a band, check out their mini-documentary ‘Who The F#@% Are The So So Glos'.

'Blowout'  is available via Votiv / Caroline UK / Shea Stadium Records featuring two brand new exclusive UK bonus tracks.

Tour dates

* w/ The Hold Steady
^ Headline show

07. Amsterdam - Melkweg*
08. Eindhoven - De Effenaar*
09. Cologne- Luxor*
10. Paris - Fleche d'Or*
12. Portsmouth - Wedgewood Rooms*
13. Bristol - Academy*
14. Newcastle - Riverside*
15. Glasgow - ABC*
17. Belfast - Limelight 2*
18. Dublin - Academy*
19. Manchester - Academy 2*
21. London - Koko*
22. Birmingham - Academy
23. Sheffield - City Hall*
24. Milton Keynes - Crauford Arms^
25. Leeds - Temple of Boom^
26. Chester - The Compass^
27. Wakefield - The Hop^
28. London - Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen^

September 19 2014 - Hot Top Ten

First single from the Sacramento, California alt-rock five-piece (with Brit bassist Danny). Self-recorded, deadly and addictive. We couldn't say 'No' to these drugs full of glitchy beats and Josh Doty's (ex-Ten After Two) commanding presence on vocal duties.

From the Brooklyn-based singer / songwriter's new full-length, 'Bury Me At Makeout Creek', out in November via Double Double Whammy. Taking a different approach from 2012's 'Lush' and 'Retired from Sad, New Career in Business' of last year. Theremin, tambourine, quirky vocals, snappy beat and 90s fuzz.

The Dublin duo's mournfully alluring second track from their upcoming 'Keepsake' EP - out September 30 - following the earlier 'Ice Field'. Moody, lush, aching with percussion and the vocals of Karen Sheridan drawing you in like the magnet of a siren.

Hooky, indie-rock vibes on this new single from Dom Ganderton's Birmingham crew (out November 3 thru Infectious Music), taken from their forthcoming debut album, 'Don't Say That' released same day.

Another piece of sweeping anthemicness and high falsettos from the Bristol four, taken from the upcoming debut album 'History Be Kind', out October 6.

Third in a run - after 'Walk Away' and 'ILYSB' - and now the poppier just released new single featuring snares, synth pads and smooth 80s electronica textures from the Nashville/LA three-piece.

Out October 13 thru Fat Possum, the Toronto grunge four-piece -  that is dominated by vocalist Katie Monks' delivery of intense guttural moans - follow up the January release of 'Next Gold' with this latest gritty textured piece of sugar.

Our former Track Of The Day is a grower on the senses. If you like it on first hearing, it'll be a full-on love obsession with Richard Walters and Guy Sigsworth by the third run.

Smooth, melodic indie-rock from the North Londoners' with their debut single released on October 27th through Transgressive Records. Catch them on tour with Darlia from September 22, as well as their own headline show at Oslo, London on September 30.

Filmed by Judah Swilley at guitarist Randy Michael's Atlanta home (luckily it's a detached residence, so no neighbours complaining about the noise!), a new track from their upcoming album, 'White Noise' by the band we first featured here back in May. Full of 60s rhythmic vibes the like of which you don't hear these days. A must for 'Later...with Jools'.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Broncho Line Up Europe Dates & Unveil 'Class Historian' Video

The Oklahoma fuzzy power-pop quartet BRONCHO have announced their debut European tour, starting on November 15 in Amsterdam - see full dates below

Following the release of their 11 track, 30-minute 'Just Enough Hip To Be Woman' LP this week, the band have also just put out the video for their infectious track ‘Class Historian’. The dream-like visuals follow an incredible reception for the track in the UK.

'Just Enough Hip To Be Woman' is out now on Dine Alone Records.

Europe/UK dates


15. Paradiso, Amsterdam
17. Castle Hotel, Manchester 18. Sebright Arms, London
19. Prince Albert, Brighton
20. Louisiana, Bristol
22. Venue 1210, Stuttgart
23. Blue Shell, Cologne
24. Goldener Salon at Hafenklang, Hamburg
25. Comet, Berlin

Listen :: Velvet Morning - Green Whale

Velvet Morning are set to release their new single ‘Green Whale' (backed with ‘Pig Scene') ,on September 28 via RIP Records.

Initially the project of Essex lad Samuel Jones, after two impressive dark and lysergic studio albums, he has broadened out to become a 'they' rather than just a solo 'he'. Taking inspiration from rhythm and blues, shoegaze and psychedelic bands of the last 50 years, Samuel brings to Velvet Morning an ever-increasing hypnotism and layering of precisely thought out guitar sounds matched with the smooth grooves of the rhythm section.

The shoegaze-esque of 'Green Whale', which fades in and out, and out and in, weaving atmospheric psych into a swelling mass of hallucinogenic sound.

Live dates:

21. The Railway Hotel, Southend w/ Holy Wave
11. Kraak, Manchester w/ Tomorrow's Tulips

Track Of The Day :: Fickle Friends - For You

The Brighton pop nu-wavers Fickle Friends we first introduced here back in January (all shimmering synths and lush guitar lines) now return with their new single 'For You', which came out this Monday (23rd in US) via Crazy Heart Records.

After nailing the upbeat pop number with debut single 'Swim', 'For You' is even more glossy and sleek, crammed effervescent rhythms, pop hooks and 80s inspired synths - which all rather belie its rather melancholic lyrical inspiration.

"'For You' is about realising a relationship isn't ever going to go anywhere, despite how sad it feels and how much you really want it to work," explains vocalist Natti Shiner, who wrote the track earlier this year.

Fickle Friends are on tour now as support to JAWS. All dates, including solo shows, below.

15 - Brighton, The Haunt
16 - Bristol, Exchange
17 - Nottingham, Bodega
18 - London, Kingston New Slang
19 - London, The Garage
19 - London, KOKO
20 - Portsmouth, Southsea Festival
20 - Birmingham, Oobleck
22 - Manchester, Deaf Institute
23 - Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall
24 - Newcastle, Think Tank
25 - Glasgow, King Tut's
26 - Liverpool, East Village Arts
27 - Gloucester, Underground Festival

Texans Purple Announce New Single & UK Live Dates

Hot on the heels of their forthcoming debut album ‘(409)’ in November, Texan three-piece Purple have confirmed a new single ‘Target’ and a London show.

‘Target’ follows debut single 'Wallflower' and careers into earshot on a wave of raucous exuberance, courtesy of singer / drummer Hannah Brewer: An all-too-short headrush of attitude and pop punk riffage.

Last spotted on a whistle-stop visit earlier this year - playing The Great Escape festival and wowing fans with a couple of low-key shows in the capital, Purple been confirmed for one of the inaugural shows at new London venue The Stillery in Camden on October 7.

'Target’ is out via Play It Again Sam on November 10.

Purple play the following live dates in UK/Ireland next month.

07. London – Stillery (headline show)
08. Cardiff – Clwb Ifor Bach *
10. Swansea – Static *
11. Coventry – Kasbah *
13. Cork – Cyprus Avenue *
14. Dublin – Academy 2 *
15. Belfast – The Limelight *
17. Wakefield – The Hop *
18. York – Fibbers *
20. Newcastle – O2 Academy 2 *
* w/The Subways

Listen :: Purple - Wallflower

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Beach Slang Cough Up On 'Dirty Cigarettes'

Workaholic Philly punks Beach Slang, set to put out their second EP of the year - 'Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street' - and following a taster via the fuzzy 'All Fuzzed Out' and quick-fire 'American Girls and Ftech Kisses', they now give us 'Dirty Cigarettes'.

Beach Slang  - vocalist James Snyder (Weston), drummer JP Flexner (Ex-Friends), and Ed McNulty (NONA) on bass -  made their debut with debut with 'Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?', and now belt out this anthemic Goo Goo Dolls / Replacements / Springsteen cross rock'n'roll belter that builds on some exultant riffage and a melody that aches on its poignant chorus of, "All I want are records on my stereo / I'm better off, baby, when I'm all alone / That's a lie."

'Cheap Thrills On A Dead End Street' is released digitally on September 30/October 28 on vinyl thru Tiny Engines.

Introducing :: Laura Perkins

Laura Perkins is a 21-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist from Ascot in Berkshire, and if you haven't come across her yet - you have now.

At the age of 20, she came to the online world by way of 'My Favourite Room', a song that showcased not just her delicate vocals but also her poetic writing form, and which appeared on her 2012 debut EP, 'Know Nothing Forever'.  From desolate piano ballads to the more jangly upbeat, there is both a richness and simplicity to her work.

"I've been playing electric guitar since I was 12 and began to write my own songs and pick up other instruments at the same time," she reveals. "I write everything you hear" - which includes a "dark, but delicate, five-track EP, featuring my new single, 'Boom'. Without giving too much away, the EP describes, in an abstract form, a relationship between three people."

Laura is, as she says, still "new to the game", but we have a feeling if won't be long before we're hearing a lot more of her.


[Video] Ryan Adams - My Wrecking Ball

With his 14th studio album in the bag, Ryan Adams can also now celebrate his latest self-titled album entering at #4 on the Billboard Top 200, selling nearly 45,000 copies - his highest ever chart debut.

He has also just released the new music video for ‘My Wrecking Ball', one of the highlights from the album.

Currently on tour in the US, Adams will appear on ‘The Ellen Degeneres Show’ on September 30 and ‘Conan’ on October 2. Before this, however, he stops off in the UK this weekend to play at the iTunes Festival at the Roundhouse in London on Sunday (21), along with First Aid Kit.

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