This Feeling

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Listen :: Former Pains Of Being Pure At Heart bassist's Massage project share new single

Words: Sam Geary

The Los Angeles-based Massage, the project of former
Pains Of Being Pure At Heart bassist Alex Naidus (along with Andrew Romano, Michael Felix, David Rager and Gabi Ferrer) self-released their debut jangly pop debut EP 'Lydia' back in February.

Now the five-piece affair have followed that EP up with a new, double A-side single, 'Crying Out Loud' / 'Under', which was recorded with Papercuts’ Jason Quever.

Track Of The Day :: St. Tropez - Which Side Are You On

Words: Ellie Ward

With their debut self-titled album out in a matter of days (August 26), the Dutch exponents of self-described 'YachtPunk' sound, St. Tropez, hit up their newest album single 'Which Side Are You On'.

On this new track, the band we first heard two years ago (when still a 'mystery' outfit - until we uncovered them a few months later here) adopt a heavy, heady, stomping mash of grungey garage punk beats, power riffs and and  80s tracked rock vocals. The cut was mixed by Grammy Award winning producer Rob Schnapf (FIDLAR, Kurt Vile).

The Amsterdam-based quartet play a London album launch show at The Shackwell Arms tonight, August 24.

Listen :: Hoops stream debut EP in advance of release

Photo: Daniel Topete

Words: Sam Geary

Prior to the release of their self-titled debut EP on Friday (August 26), via Fat Possum, Hoops, the four-piece from Bloomington, Indiana, are streaming all the five tracks.

Listen below.

The EP was self-recorded, produced and mixed by Hoops, and features previously released singles 'Gemini' and 'Cool 2'.

Hoops have also recently announced that they will join Whitney on tour in the US, along with playing some shows with Car Seat Headrest too. See full dates below.

Tour Dates

08/24/16 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop +
08/26/16 - Indianapolis, IN @ LUNA Music
09/08/16 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club *
09/09/16 - Madison, WI @ The Frequency *
09/23/16 - Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Music Festival
09/24/16 - Champaign, IL @ The Pygmalion Festival
09/29/16 - Green Bay, WI @ Meyer Theatre (Backstage) ^
10/03/16 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In *
10/04/16 - Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
10/05/16 - Durham, NC @ Duke Coffeehouse *
10/06/16 - Washington, DC @ DC9 *
10/07/16 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church *
10/09/16 - Allston, MA @ Great Scott *
10/10/16 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
10/11/16 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *

* w/ Whitney
^ w/ Car Seat Headrest
+ w/ The Pills & Nice Try

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Listen :: Jack Garratt - Boy You Should Know Better

Words: Sam Geary

Check out the new Jack Garratt track 'Boy You Should Know Better'.

The glitchy five minute track - which Garratt says is a demo - starts off on a fuzzy, oscillating sound as it then opens out onto a hypnotic electronic beat that meld around his smoothly delivered lines like: “Your body is no better / not palpable or kind / so then why do you flicker like a candle / at the touch of mine?”

Listen :: Porches drops 'Water' EP and 'Black Dress' video

Words: Ellie Ward

After releasing the 'Pool' album last year, Brooklyn’s Porches - Aaron Maine - is following it with the upcoming 'Water' EP.

To be released on limited edition cassette on September 2 through Domino, 'Water' includes stripped-down versions of 'Pool' tracks, along with two unreleased songs: 'Black Dress' and 'Black Budweiser T-Shirt'.

Aaron Maine on ‘Water’:
"i spent the first year after releasing slow dance in the cosmos teaching myself how to record music. i ended up with a bunch of pretty realized demos for songs that ended up on "pool" during that process. it was a loose and explorative time for me. i wanted to release a select few of these "demos" because i always find the excitement captured by recording a song when you first write it to be almost impossible to recreate later down the line. i chose to rerecord all of the songs that were to be on pool because i felt like by the time i had a batch of songs that i felt would make an album, i had grown as a producer and wanted to give them another pass. either way it's fun to listen back to these earlier versions of the songs and remember how they first existed."

Brawlers to join SWMRS on UK tour and share 'Better Looking' video

Words: Sam Geary

Brawlers have announced that they will be joining
Oakland garage punks SWMRS on their UK tour, which kicks off next week at Birmingham’s Sunflower Lounge.

See full dates below, along with their brand new video for 'Better Looking'. Of the video, frontman Harry Johns says: “Considering we spend most of our time on our phones, it made sense to use both footage we had as well as the fans’, to make a video. It includes footage from Lower Than Atlantis shows in front of 1000 people and also shows in the middle of nowhere to twelve people; it’s all part of this crazy adventure! We hope you enjoy it.”

Live dates:

28 Brighton, 234 Festival
29 Birmingham, The Sunflower Lounge *
30 Glasgow, Broadcast *
31 Edinburgh, Electric Circus*
01 Manchester, Deaf Institute **
02 Liverpool, Studio 2 *
03 Norwich, Owl Sanctuary *
05 Nottingham, Bodega *
06 Southampton, Joiners *
07 Bristol, Thekla *
08 London, Garage *
11 Huddersfield, Magic Rock
25 Sheffield – Record Junkie
30 Stamford, Mama Liz’s
16 Southampton, WTFEST

* w/ SWMRS & DEAD!
** w/ SWMRS