Wednesday, 4 May 2016
Words: Ellie Ward
Not the old Smokey Robinson soul classic, this particular 'Tears Of A Clown' by The Casket Girls of Savannah, Georgia is a whole different matter entirely.
Taken from the trio's - sisters Phaedra and Elsa Greene, with Graveface Records honcho Ryan Graveface - upcoming third album, these 'Tears' come in an experimental, alt-pop package with both Greene vocalists smoothing lyrics like "from bible belt to tinsel towns/seeing stars behind bars" out over an industrial, goth pop bassline.
'The Night Machines' is out on June 3 via Graveface Records.
Tuesday, 3 May 2016
April 29 2016 (Bandcamp)
Words: Alison Mack
Oakland, California's dream rockers Phosphene have just put out their campaign-funded follow-up to 2015's self-titled debut 'Metric'. Led by the chilled vocals of guitarist Rachel Frankel, each of the six tracks that cover their indie rock/shoegaze sound, exude a dreamy ambient soundscapes of guitar and vocals.
Opener 'Be Mine' works in harmonies around Matt Hemmerich’s pounding drums, while Frankel's hypnotic vocals oozing romantic notions, with a guitar solo towards the end adding lustre. 'Silver', a previous single release, shimmers in its titular glow, though the driving bass and drums here allow for more progression. 'Rogue' also highlights those drums, this time turned out into a rumbled flow of percussion with an accompaniment of crystalline guitar and dual vocals in a swathe of melody. The full weight of their emotional dreamgaze is perhaps at its best on the near four-minute 'Ride', that opens on mesmerizing guitar chord notes that meld to drums and smoothly delivered vocals.
Soothing and delicious, Phosphene have produced in 'Breaker' an EP which will undoubtedly satisfy all those who contributed towards its making.
Words: Alison Mack
So, after cryptic messages sent to fans, followed by a weekend of speculation after deleting their online presence, Radiohead emerge today (May 3) with a track, a video, and as expected, more media frenzy.
Watch the stop-motion Chris Hopewell-directed video to the song, which features a cast of puppets, above.
The band have also returned to Facebook, posting two picture updates in the last hour, as below, of what could be the artwork to their much-anticipated new album, or single release...or there again, maybe neither. Watch their space.
'Burn The Witch' is digitally released on May 4.
Deerhunter pitched up on US TV last night (May 2) on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.
The performed 'Living My Life', their single cut from last year’s 'Fading Frontier' album.
Check it out above.
Continuing our Great Escape festival artist previews, today we take time out with INHEAVEN.
South-east London's INHEAVEN arrived early last year as a mystery outfit, but whose first self-produced track 'Regeneration' was enough to impress Radio 1's Annie Mac, most of the blogosphere, and Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas who released the single on his Cult Records label in the US. The four-piece take a sonic template that encompasses full-out feedback, whacking bone-crushing drums, and post-punk grating noise guitar riffs and offer a vibrant, engaging live performance.
1. First time at TGE?
Yes, first time playing, can't wait!
2. Are you a seasoned Escaper as a punter, or a first-time newbie?'
Been as a punter before but never played. Very honoured, and heard the sea's lovely and warm!
3. Will you be a Brighton day-tripper or staying for the whole event?
Unfortunately, we are playing in between tour dates so will just be a one night stand.
4. The highlight of your set will be...?
Playing our new single 'Baby's Alright', of course.
5. Where will we be likely to find you after your set: at the bar, on the beach, stuffing fish 'n' chips, or other?
Eating chips. It's what we do best.
6. Aside from building sandcastles on the beach with your little bucket and spade, what else will you be up to in Brighton?
7. Who else playing at TGE are you hoping to see yourself, or would recommend others should put on their must see list?
Spring King and Pumarosa!!!
8. Where and when can we catch you at the festival?
Friday 9pm at the Green Door Store.
9. Any tips for festival goer?
Drink beer, it makes it more fun!
10. Complete this sentence: "You must see us at The Great Escape because..."
You must see us at The Great Escape because we wear brilliant and dazzling shirts, but please remember to bring protective goggles!
Track INHEAVEN on FACEBOOK
The Great Escape takes place at various venues across Brighton between May 19 - 21. Click here for further information.
Directed by Nick D'Agostino, the video to New York's Ghost King foursome's 'Leech' was shot at a pond behind the primary school the band's vocalist Carter McNeil, guitarist/synth player Andrew Wolfson and drummer Tom D’Agostino attended.
The retro 70s/80s psych/surf track is taken from their debut album, 'Bones' - which was recorded live over a period of three days - which is out now via Fleeting Youth Records.