Thursday, May 23, 2019

Track Of The Day :: Just Mustard - October





Words: Ali Mack

Dundalk five-piece Just Mustard previously unveiled 'Frank', one side of their double-header single, and now they shared the second side of the limited edition 12" split banger; the single following last year’s debut album, ‘Wednesday’.

Produced and recorded by the band with Chris Ryan in Belfast, ‘October’ is the more darker side of the two tracks - listen to both tracks below - with an industrial type distortion, that is juxtaposed against Katie Ball's ghostlike vocal cadence, and a coating of razor-like, abrasive noise guitars, that is both disturbing as it is compelling.



Live dates

MAY
31 Kfest Killorglin, Ireland

JUNE
14 Róisín Dubh Galway, Ireland
15 Kasbah Social Club, Dolan's
Limerick, Ireland
28 Cyprus Avenue Cork, Ireland

AUGUST
02 All Together Now Waterford, Ireland
16 Green Man Festival
17 Future Sounds Festival

NOVEMBER
02 Mirrors festival Camden Town London

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Listen :: Dumb - Content Jungle


Credit: Marisa Holmes


After 'Beef Hits' and 'Club Nites', Vancouver indie punks Dumb share the third single from their upcoming 'Club Nites' full-length, out via Mint Records on June 7.

Check out 'Content Jungle' below, together with the band's UK dates.



UK live dates

OCTOBER
11 Bristol, Hy Brasil
12 London, Shacklewell Arms
13 Manchester, The Eagle Inn
14 Glasgow, Broadcast
15 Oxford, Wheatsheaf
16 Brighton, The Hope & Ruin

The Murder Capital announce debut album set for August


Credit: Steve Willcox


Words: Linn Branson 

Making the announcement via their social media this morning, Dublin band The Murder Capital have revealed they are set to drop their debut album, 'When I Have Fears'  on August 16 via Human Season Records. The album will be available on gatefold colour LP, black LP, as part of a limited bundle (gatefold colour LP, t-shirt, pin & journal), CD and as a digital download.

This comes after their scorching appearances at The Great Escape.



The title of the Flood (PJ Harvey, Foals)-produced album is a reference to John Keats' poem When I Have Fears That I May Cease To Be, something that "served not only as a structural pillar, but quickly became a set of ideals for us to live by while making this record."

Tracklisting:

1. For Everything
2. More Is Less
3. Green & Blue
4. Slowdance I
5. Slowdance II
6. On Twisted Ground
7. Feeling Fades
8. Don't Cling To Life
9. How The Streets Adore Me Now
10. Love, Love, Love


The Murder Capital have also announced October tour dates. Tickets go on sale this Friday, May 24 at 9am via www.gigsandtours.com. Full list of upcoming dates as follows:

JUNE
21 Body & Soul Clonmellon, IE
29 Rock Werchter Werchter, BE
30 Metropolis Festival Rotterdam, NL

JULY
13 Heartbreakers Southampton
14 Citadel Festival London
15 The Portland Arms Cambridge
16 Boileroom Guildford
18 Valkhof Festival Nijmegen
19 Latitude Festival
20 The Independent Sunderland
21 Doune The Rabbit Hole Port of Meredith
23 The Crescent York
24 The Cookie Leicester
25 The Arts Club Liverpool

AUGUST
16 The Button Factory Dublin

OCTOBER
07 Bristol Exchange
08 Nottingham The Bodega
10 London Tufnell Park Dome
11 Brighton The Haunt
12 Birmingham The Castle & Falcon
14 Brudenell Social Club Leeds
15 The Mash House Edinburgh
16 King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut Glasgow
28 YES (The Pink Room) Manchester
26 V11 Rotterdam
28 Le Grand Mix Tourcoing
29 Portobello Caen
31 Le Rocher de Palmer Bordeaux

NOVEMBER
01 La Rex Toulouse
02 La Paloma Nimes
04 Joker’s Pub Angers
06 Nouveau Casino Paris
08 L’Autre Canal Nancy
09 La Poudriere Belfort
12 Molotow Musikclub Hamburg
13 Music und Frieden Berlin
14 Artheater Cologne

Track Of The Day :: The LaFontaines - Alpha





Words: Amelia Callister 

Could be wrong, but I am sure Glasgow's The LaFontaines never sounded (or looked, for that matter) as American as American as they do here on new single ‘Alpha’? Had to go and check I hadn't mistaken them for someone else.

But no, this is the right band, and this latest cut follows 'All In' from a few months ago, and marks their new stamp as a three-piece after the departure of Neil Mulholland, and heralds the release of their third album, 'Junior', out on June 14 via So Recordings.

There feels a darker, heavier punch to The LaFontaines now, and 'Alpha', with its edgy hip-hop rap, backbeats, big pop-rock chorus, shows the band melding genres to deliver a hard-hitting anthem.

“’Alpha’ comes as result of the losses we’ve had recently in this area from young males, predominately of the ‘Alpha’ stereotype,” says frontman Kerr Okan. “I’ve often struggled with my emotions - anything other than aggression was always seen as a weakness and something that should be locked away. ‘Alpha’ marks the point in my own journey where I realised that there was something real to be gained from embracing the spectrum of emotions - whether you’re male or not.”

The band also embark on a UK headline tour next month to support the release of their new album. See dates further down.



Live dates

JUNE
13 St Lukes Church, Glasgow
15 Fat Sams, Dundee
16 Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
17 Caves, Edinburgh
18 O2 Institute, Birmingham
19 Camden Assembly, London
20 Night and Day, Manchester

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Watch :: James Blake perform 'I’ll Come Too' for KCRW






Celebrating the first-ever live session at public radio station KCRW’s brand-new Annenberg Performance Studio, James Blake performed a seven-song live set, and spoke with KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley, on the station’s tastemaker music programme, Morning Becomes Eclectic, today (May 21).

Joined by bandmates Rob McAndrews and Ben Assiter, Blake’s live performance featured songs from his latest album, 'Assume Form', including the title track, 'Barefoot In The Park', 'I’ll Come Too' and 'Don’t Miss It'. Blake also treated listeners and a live in-studio audience to his hit song 'Retrograde', as well as an encore of a stunning rendition of Joni Mitchell’s 'A Case of You'.

His live version of 'I’ll Come Too' can be seen above.

Best new tracks Down Under #20





With the vibrant indie music scene in Australia and New Zealand constantly outshining much of the output from their British and American cousins, Little Indie picks our weekly bunch of some of the best new tracks on offer.



BUTTERNUT SWEETHEART - BURY ME


The project of Sydney multi-instrumentalist and producer Luke Moseley, melds the organic with electronic manipulation - such as transposing a piano to sound like a synth - while lyrically dealing with dark themes. "Expressing grief is not something that comes naturally to me," he says. “'Bury Me' became my way of processing a feeling of overwhelming emotional emptiness. My emotional self was buried, and I was ‘looking for a heartbeat’ or ‘any sign of life’. The song ends with acceptance and embracing my inner ‘death’. As dark as it is, I’m fairly sure there’s a positive message to be found somewhere inside the song."
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FEVER PARTY - STAY LOST


Title track of the Auckland, NZ garage rock duo's - singer/guitarist Gareth Shute and drummer Jay Purkiss - three-track EP, released last week. Shute describes it as “about not wanting to face up to reality, whether that relates to one's personal life or bigger issues (like climate change)”.
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LUX - I NEED LOVE


Released last week, the sub-three minute debut from 19-year-old Melbourne hip-hop rapper, melded with an R&B infusion, that explores the emotions around a relationship break-up.
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JESSB - BUMP BUMP (feat. Church Leon)


Another rapper is Auckland, NZ's JessB with her hip-hop/early 00s rap crossover style, which follows last year's 'Bloom EP, and is taken from her forthcoming EP, set to arrive in July. The track also features the vocals of Church Leon, one half of the duo Church & AP.
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THE PINHEADS - NO TIME


Single cut from the Wollongong garage punks' upcoming second album, 'Is This Real', out May 24. Catch live on May 24 for a Red Eye Records instore in Sydney ahead of tour; they also head to the UK for 4 dates between June 6-10.
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TRIPLE ONE - SURE


Sydney hip-hop collective share the first track off 'The Libertine 2', their upcoming EP. A heavy and gritty emo-rap lo-tempo track, with haunting xylophone opening, plucked guitar reverbed vocals.
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