Monday, 8 February 2016

Listen :: Mystery Jets - Bubblegum

Words: Alison Mack

Mystery Jets released their long-awaited follow-up to 2012’s 'Radlands', last month.
'Bubblegum' - out on Caroline International on March 25 - is the second single to come to come from 'Curve Of The Earth'. Listen to the track below.

Live dates:

12 Whelan's, Dublin
13 6 Music Festival
16 Electric Brixton, London
18 The Library @ The Institute, Birmingham
19 Gorilla, Manchester
20 The Art School, Glasgow

30 Live at Leeds

19 The Great Escape, Brighton

[Video] U.S. Girls - Navy & Cream

Meghan Remy, under her U.S. Girls moniker, released her dark realmed, fuzzed out album 'Half Free' last year, now she follows that up with the video to 'Navy & Cream'.

The track is a hypnotising and hazy vapour-wave piece, pierced by Remy's repeated "I go to pieces". The visuals, directed by Emily Pelstring, follow a similar path bathed in subtle hues of pink and blue.

Introducing :: Lazertits

Words: Ellie Ward

Melbourne's garage punk sisters Lazertits may have a name suited to a sci-fi movie, but there's no mistaking that the five girl outfit - with a song repertoire revolving around everything from berry milkshakes and Japanese rockers Shonen Knife to gender issues - who have just released their debut EP 'Aubergine Dreams' last week (12" vinyl coming on April 1), have that indefinable quality that looks like taking them outside of Australia.

After releasing their first single 'Gender Studies' last May, their 90s riot girrl meets The Clash vibe has seen Lazertits steadily build up a name on the home scene. And while the EP's four tracks don't even reach 15 minutes in total, they do all exhibit a catchy, off kilter quality, filled with catchy riffs, choppy harmonising and plenty of girrl power.

Lazertits are: Rose - vocals, Vicko - guitar, Lexi - guitar, Amy - bass, Emo - drums

More info: FACEBOOK

Track Of The Day :: Loose Tooth - Bites Will Bleed

Words: Linn Branson

If you suffer from one of them 'obias like odontophobia (fear of dentists) and/or hemophobia (fear of blood), listening to a band who call themselves Loose Tooth and with a single titled 'Bites Will Bleed' may well be your idea of a nightmare. But, rest assured that this debut track from the Melbourne trio - Etta Curry, Nellie Jackson and Luc Dawson - contains no gory elements, and their garage pop style should remove thoughts away from images the words might conjure up.

'Bites Will Bleed', released last Friday (February 5), is taken from 'Saturn Returns', the debut EP out April 1 through Courtney Barnett's Milk! Records label, and follows last August's debut single 'Everything Changes'. Recorded by Paul Maybury (Rocket Science, The Pink Tiles) and mastered by Mikey Young, ‘Bites Will Bleed’ chugs out plenty of feisty guitar riffs, sweetened by Curry's sweet soaring vocal and some psych harmonies. All a bit lovely.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Listen :: Violent Soho - Viceroy

Words: Linn Branson

There are few bands - in Australia or outside of - that do better than Brisbane's Violent Soho at what they do. Proof of that comes not just by how they are currently slaying home turf crowds on their summer festival circuit such as Laneway this last weekend, but in this latest single, 'Viceroy'.

Might be just us, but there could almost be the merest smidgen of 70s Philly sound nestled in there: lyrics like "You're like a rhinestone pickup line/My drunk guitar is more fun than you'll ever be" almost smell of Springsteen. That is, before that classic Soho bassline comes in, the riffs fall out with abandonment, and Luke Boerdam’s insouciant vocal sneer shatters any prior allusions, rattles all the cages in a headbang-a-go-go.

The track is taken from the band's upcoming fourth album 'WACO' out on March 18.

Watch :: Reigning Days - Renegade

Words: Sam Geary

Black leather, thunderous drums and rock out guitars - never a totally bad combination, we think.

Check out Reigning Days and the live action video - directed by the band's Jonny Finnis - shot for their latest single 'Renegade'.

The rockin' Devonshire three-piece follow up last year's 'Friendly Fire' with this mighty riffed, big basslined number.

The band, who have been out on tour with RavenEye, finish off with them this coming week, before joining Wilson on the road almost immediately after.

11 St Albans, The Horn *
12 Sheffield, Greystones *
13 Birmingham, Sunflower Lounge
23 Wolverhampton Slade Rooms +
24 Liverpool Arts Club +
25 Newcastle O2 Academy2 +
26 Glasgow Broadcast +
27 Leeds The Key Club +
29 Manchester Sound Control +
01 Cambridge Portland Arms +
02 London Barfly +
03 Southampton Joiners +

* with RavenEye
+ with Wilson

Watch :: The 1975 on US TV Saturday Night Live

Appearing on US TV show Saturday Night Live last night (February 6), to read some pundits this was as big a thing for The 1975 as when the Beatles first did the same back in the Sixties.

Something of a Marmite band, their upcoming album 'I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it' (out February 26 on Dirty Hit/Interscope), is likely to see them advance only further.

Watch their performances of 'The Sound' and 'Love Me' here and here

Listen :: Stream Queen Of Jeans live five song session for Philadelphia's WXPN

Words: Ellie Ward

After their irresistibly catchy 'Dance (Get Off Your Ass)' debut - our Track Of The Day last October - made everyone do just that, Philadelphian girls Queen of Jeans have just put out their self-titled debut EP.

Miriam Devora, Nina Scott and Matheson Glass' 60s girl group-inspired sound of lush harmonies combined with striking surf-infused guitar lines has won them fans both sides of the Atlantic. Take a listen to the EP in full below.

The girls also paid a visit last month to local Philadelphia station WXPN where they performed five songs for Key Studio Sessions, which include non-EP tracks 'More To Love' and 'Clever Hands'. Stream their session here.

QOJ play Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia on February 19, followed by the Cake Shop, New York on 20th.