Friday, March 04, 2016

March 4 2016 - Hot Top Ten




SLOW RIOT - TROPHY WIFE
The latest from the Limerick post-punk outfit, out via Straight Lines Are Fine on April 15, is a brooding and intense four minutes with infectious hooks and driving rhythm, helmed by Niall Clancy's peerless vocals. Catch them next month for their debut London headline show at The Waiting Room on April 25.




YUNG - PILLS
Take the Danes' prescription and get dosed up on this lead cut from their forthcoming album, 'A Youthful Dream', released via Fat Possum on June 10.  Three-and-a-half-minute-plus pop charger that would seem to suggest a more richer, mainstream direction for Silkj√¶r & co.




KIDSMOKE - CUT YOURSELF LOOSE
Released last Friday, the first from the Wrexham four-piece since June 2015. Uplifting guitar jangles, fluid synth combine into a catchy indie-pop mix.




LOW LUX - GIRLS
This Royal Headache cover by fellow Aussies, the Sydney duo of Daisy Dowd and Alister Hill, is as far from the original as you could dream. Given a delicate and dark trip hop spin, it sounds fresh and relevant.




GREYS - NO STAR
First single from the forthcoming album 'Outer Heaven', released on April 22 and the follow-up to last year's 'Repulsion' EP by the Toronto punks. The song was written as reflection on the political and social climate following the Paris terrorist attacks last November, and as such, is as forceful as you might expect.




CANNIBAL ANIMAL - I FEEL ALIVE
Debut single from Hull's psych doom-punks, out now via Warren Records. The track is "a song about sex, obsession, manipulation, anxiety, and feeling alive," say the band; whilst melodically it's a ferocious, distorted, reverb-laden slice of dark punk.




LIINES - BLACKOUT
Out on March 11, the new release from the Manchester all-girl trio blends two minutes-plus of alt post-punk/grunge and new wave with infectious pulsing drums and lively beat. Catch live next on March 11 at Manchester's Soup Kitchen.




LOVE HUNT - HILLTOPS
First single from their second EP, due in April, 'It's Been Funk', by the California trio, which smoothly drives a concoction of indie pop, hip hop and funk blues.




LULL - CICADA
Released this week through Plastic Fish Records (digital and cassette), the North London-based quartet provide a sharp sonic mix of squally shoegaze guitars, juxtaposed with Jon Billinge's lo-fi vocal, on this side of the double A release (w/'Rainer').




PLAZA - TOTEM
Late teens four-piece from Hartlepool, whose indie math crossed with shoegaze elements debut single (detailing the trials and tribulations of "growing up, youthful romance, lukewarm beers and parmos") shows them to be mature beyond their years. Out now via Beyond The Wall. Catch them live tonight (March 4) at O2 Institute, Birmingham (w/TRASH and Breeze).


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