Thursday, 29 January 2015

Listen :: Los Angeles Police Department - Insecurity



Los Angeles Police Department - aka Los Angeles-based songwriter Ryan Pollie - follows his Christmas re-working of 'O Holy Night' with a new single, out next month.

We have been watching/listening to Pollie's (ex-Warm Weather) fuzzy, lo-fi works for a year now since he first dropped 'Waste' our way last February from his California bedroom, followed by his self-titled eleven-track debut album, which was released in September thru Forged Artifacts/ChillMegaChill.

Now signed to Fat Possum, his debut single for the label, 'Insecurity', is a three-and-a-half minute morning after reflection on a one night stand. Introspective lyrics run with distorted guitars and far-out drumd in a typical LAPD lo-fi production.

'Insecurity' is released on February 24 via Fat Possum.





Track Of The Day :: Beech Creeps - Sun Of Sud



We recently featured 'Times Be Short' here by Brooklyn's Beech Creeps. Now the garage rockers have shared their Andrew Deutsch directed video for the somewhat more psychy 'Sun Of Sud', another track from their forthcoming debut album which was recorded in Brooklyn’s Secret Project Robot by Jonathan Schenke (Parquet Courts).

Check out not just the superb rockin riffs, soaraway beat and high pitch vocal wails, that pick you up and haul you along with it, but also the nighttime driving and rocky coastline in the video below.

'Beech Creeps' Tracklisting:

01 “Everybody Loves The Beech”
02 “Teenage Boogie”
03 “Times Be Short”
04 “Sun Of Sud”
05 “Arm Of The T-Rex”
06 “On The Beech”
07 “Long Walk Home”

Live Dates:

February
26: Shea Stadium, Brooklyn, NY w/ Turn To Crime
March
03. Union Pool, Brooklyn, NY w/ Yonatan Gatz

'Beech Creeps' is out on March 3 via Monofonus Press.



Fucked Up's Ben Cook Gets 'Crushing Sensation' As Young Guv




Toronto Fucked Up guitarist and No Warning frontman Ben Cook sets out his stall as Young Guv. And don't expect this new project to be a hardcore copy of the latter outfit. Far from it.

Taken from the upcoming mini-album 'Ripe 4 Luv' out on March 10 via Slumberland Records, Cook has shared this new track, 'Crushing Sensation'. With catchy and euphoric pop-based hooks and punchy chords, it delivers a much more playful side that might have been expected.

Watch the video to 'Crushing Sensation', directed by Danielle Nemet, below.




Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Introducing :: Gillbanks



'Anxious?' is the just released debut single from new project Gillbanks, comprised of London-based Sam Gillbanks (vocals, guitars, bass, keys) and Hugo Heaverman (drums, production), and is taken from their first album, 'Lived-In', out shortly.

The two friends have spent the last six months working on the album, which they have recorded and produced themselves in Falmouth and at Hugo's house near Oxford.



It's quite an impressive debut, too. Opening on a doleful loop, it gradually introduces distorted guitar and drums that attack in intensity, and turn it into something maybe not wholly expected; with Sam's vocals weaving around lyrics of, "late back again / never seem to rest my head / when I’m around you,", as grungey riffs abound.

Gillbanks has also uploaded a second, shorter album track demo in the form of 'A Lonely Beast', which is quite different in character to 'Anxious?', geared - as one can only surmise from a brief 82 seconds-worth - more around melody and atmospherics. Take a listen below.



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Track Of The Day :: Fluoride - Sleep



'Sleep' is the first single from Beach Fossils frontman Dustin Payseur's side project, the New York-based Fluoride - as well as the second release on his own label, Bayonet Records.

Formed with Rene Nuñez (Divorce Money, Herzog Rising) in 2012, Fluoride is an experimental project whose motivation, it is stated on the label's website is, "to combine the harsh cacophony of industrial music with the larger textures of contemporary production styles."

Fluoride release their first album 'Material' in March, with the sub three-minute 'Sleep' the first single to come from it, and judging by its undeniable industrial-esque feel, Fluoride seem to be adhering to their mission statement; Nuñez’s discordant vocals play around the sharp, bombastic lines of thumping rhythms and electronic eruptions.

'Material' Tracklisting:
01 “Androma”
02 “Glass Bricks”
03 “Cargo”
04 “Mass Mind”
05 “Collision”
06 “Clay”
07 “Sleep”
08 “Who Loves Me / Who Loves You”
09 “Headstar”

'Material' is out on March 3 thru Bayonet.

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Introducing :: The Moon & The Tide



The Moon & The Tide, are a weighty six-piece indie pop outfit coming in from the outer reaches of London/Loughton, Essex borders. Just about to release their official debut single, 'We Can Dance (All Night)', on February 2, they have already picked up airplay by way of  BBC Radio 2 (Dermot O'Leary show) and BBC Introducing Essex.

Formed early last spring, four of the members sharing the same school at one point and although not friends, knew each other from studying in the same music group. A few years on and all came together again, "and wanted to write music which we all listen to and had a passion for something positive with good vibes and that's when we started The Moon And The Tide."

Te band put out an initial release, 'Please Don't Go', from where they started to receive positive reviews, with one writer describing them as sounding like "a slightly jollier version of Dry the River" - a not too off-the-mark appraisal - and elsewhere alikened to "80's 'landscape' indie pop."

'We Can Dance (All Night)' shows they appear to have tightened up their sound, and with its danceable beats, catchy singalong chorus - and some snazzy "woa"'s dropped in here and there - it makes for a radio-and ear-friendly winner.

The Moon & The Tide play The Garage, London on March 7.

The Moon & The Tide are: Joseph Butler - vocals/guitar, Daniel Clark - guitar/synth, Daniel Thake - guitar, Tom Hutchin - keys, Joshua Nunn - bass, Louis Day - drums.

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[Video] Girlpool - Chinatown



Girlpool, the LA duo of Cleo and Harmony, have released the music video for their latest single ‘Chinatown’, which is out in March. The single B-side is a cover of Radiator Hospital's ‘Cut Your Bangs’.

The girls embark on a European tour in February, and a later US Spring tour supporting Waxahatchee.

‘Chinatown’ is out on March 23/24 US via Wichita Recordings. Girlpool's debut self-titled EP is available now digitally and physically thru Wichita.



Live dates

January
28. Brooklyn Silent Barn

February
03. Philadelphia PhilaMOCA ^
16. London Lexington
18. Manchester Soup Kitchen
19. Glasgow Broadcast
21. Paris Pop Up Du Label
23. Berlin Berghain Kantine ^
24. Hamburg Exile Molotow ^
25. Amsterdam Paradiso ^
26. Antwerp Trix ^

^ = w/ Alex G

Track Of The Day :: Colour Of Spring - Skin



Leeds shoegaze four-piece Colour Of Spring (Shane Hunter, Robin Chamberlain, Tom Gregory, Bryce Gibson) have lost no time since their formation last year in releasing their work. Beginning with debut single 'Next Year' (released last March), they are now about to issue the somewhat darker double A-side 'Honey'/'Skin' next month.

Drawn together as a band by their shared taste in music, and subsequent influence of the likes of My Bloody Valentine, The Cure, Ride and Lush, Colour Of Spring have drawn on the production prowess of fellow Leeds stalwart MJ of Hookworms and Menace Beach, for this latest single, and there is a very definite progression detected, compared to their first offering.

'Skin' is the lighter of the two tracks, erring more to their shoegaze side - and described by the band as being, "built on the imagery of sex and the naked body. Both songs are quite personal and intimate while also open to suggestion" - and near on four minutes in length, the guitars sound fuller, more distortion and effects than before, that as a perfect adjunct to the smoothness of the vocals. 

'Honey'/'Skin' is released on February 2 via Plastic Fish Records.

Live dates

January
30. Wakefield The Hop w/Autobahn

February
01. Leeds Brudenell Social Club w/Menace Beach
11. Sheffield West Street Live w/O Captain
13. Huddersfield Parish

March
10. York The Basement w/Flowers
14. London Old Blue Last

Listen :: Waldo & Marsha




We're not quite sure about who Waldo or Marsha may be since none of the Copenhagen sextet (previously an eight-piece) of Waldo & Marsha appear of the female persuasion, but suffice to say they have just unveiled their latest single ‘You’re The Women I Desire‘ - released on January 19 - which sounds pretty okay to our ears.

Taken from their EP ‘In It To Win It’, which is released in March, the track follows 'Losing You Forever' in encompassing a blend of rich instrumentation and a psych bent around three minutes of swirling vocals, that keeps in mind their 90s shoegaze influences of hazy, distorted guitars and icy synths, creating sparkling psych-pop gems, first evidenced on 2013's debut album 'Zoo'.

Waldo & Marsha are: Victor Groth - vocals, Victor Egebo - bass, Mikkel Kruse - guitar/synth, Mathias Klysner - guitar, Mads Muurhol - drums, Niklas Grool - synths/samplers

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Album Review :: Dirty Dishes - Guilty




Dirty Dishes

Guilty

January 27 2015 (Exploding In Sound Records)

7.5/10

Words: Alison Mack


The noise duo of Jenny Tuite and Alex Molini combine as Dirty Dishes on their debut album 'Guilty' to blend a sound range they includes elements of danceable noise pop, shoegaze, and grunge through swathes of synths and guitars to produce, as a whole, something that is as punctuated with sweet soundscapes as it is with aggressive feedback.

Kicking off how it means to go on, opener 'Thank You Come Again' is as loud and acidic ad you could wish, and like the unwieldy fire-powered 'Red Roulette', fuel the record's engines on uncompromising feedback from the grunge abyss. Although we are treated to the band's hard-hitting feedback onslaught in the first half of the record, this is not, however, the sum of their parts. Further on, slow, chilled out sound grooves come into their own, such as on 'One More Time', with Tuite's grazed vocals and inflected syllables working in partnership with ariose bells and lo-fi string instruments.

With six of 'Guilty's nine tracks extending over four minutes, this is no wham-bam-and-thank-you work of slap in the face abrasive shots; riffs, rhythms and guitar resonance are all carefully worked through without  to the fore, without forsaking the central Dirty Dishes’ psych sound. This is evident on the title track which is expansive than the aforementioned 'Red', with bass and guitar sections sublimely underlining its prickly chorus lyric. Art pop at its most sonically lush.




The Great Escape 2015 Announce First 150 Artists




The Great Escape, to be held in Brighton between May 14 - 16, has announced the first 150 artists to play at the 10th anniversary of the popular festival.

The line-up includes southern soul-rock quartet Alabama Shakes - the first Brighton Dome show artist to be announced. As one of the most anticipated artists in 2012, they played to just 400 people, the same year that they delivered their hit debut album ‘Boys & Girls‘.

Also among The Great Escape's - which encompasses more than 30 different venues including churches, pubs, streets and bandstands - line-up are experimental folk singer Soak, LA songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr., alt-punk BBC Sound of 2015 nominees Slaves, futurist electropop artist Jack Garratt, Dublin four-piece Girl Band, Malian desert punk band Songhoy Blues and, returning to the Great Escape after their legendary debut in 2012, London-based folktronica foursome Django Django.

The full list of artists announced today is as follows:

1987 / 36? / ACOLLECTIVE / ADAM FRENCH / ADMIRAL FALLOW / AK/DK / ALABAMA SHAKES / ALL TVVINS / ALO WALA / ANDREA BALENCY / ANDY SHAUF / APES / APRIL TOWERS / AQUILO / AURORA / AWESOME TAPES FROM AFRICA / BAD BREEDING / BAD//DREEMS / BANOFFEE / BELLA FIGURA / BLACK HONEY / BLACK PEAKS / BOOTHROYD / BULLY / C.A.R. / CAIROBI / CHARLES HOWL / CHARLIE STRAW / CHELOU / CHOIR OF YOUNG BELIEVERS / CLARENCE CLARITY / CLOSE TALKER / COSMO SHELDRAKE / CREEPER / CREEPOID / DAN BODAN / DARK MOON / DEMOB HAPPY / DJANGO DJANGO / DUTCH UNCLES / ELDER ISLAND / EWERT AND THE TWO DRAGONS / FANTASMA / FISMOLL / FLO MORRISSEY / FLYYING COLOURS / FOREVER PAVOT / FORMATION / FRASER A GORMAN / FREDDIE DICKSON & THE GUARD / FROM INDIAN LAKES / GABRIELLE PAPILLON / GENGAHR / GIRL BAND / GROENLAND / H.HAWKLINE / HÆLOS / HAPPYNESS / HONNE / HUMAN HAIR / IBEYI / IVY & GOLD / JACK GARRATT / JAGAARA / JASMINE THOMPSON / JORDAN KLASSEN / JP COOPER / KAGOULE / KEVIN DEVINE / KIKO BUN / KLAUS JOHANN GROBE / LAKE MALAWAI / LAPSLEY / LAURA DOGGETT / LAZYTALK / LE GALAXIE / LEE BAINS III & THE GLORY FIRES / LES BIG BYRD / LIFE / LITTLE MARY / LITTLE SIMZ / LOUIS BERRY / LOUIS MTTRS / LOW ROAR / LOYLE CARNER / LUBOMYR MELNYK / MAPEI / MEAT WAVE / MENACE BEACH / MONICA HELDAL / MOUMOON / MT WOLF / MY BABY / NICK BREWER / OCEAÁN / ORLA GARTLAND / OSCA / OSCAR & THE WOLF / PASSEPIED / PIERCE BROTHERS / PINS / POPSTRANGERS / PRETTY VICIOUS / PROM / RAG N BONE MAN / RAT BOY / REAL LIES / REMI / ROLLS BAYCE / SAINT MOTEL / SASKWATCH / SEINABO SEY / SHELTER POINT / SILENCES / SINGLE MOTHERS / SLAVES / SOAK / SONGHOY BLUES / SUNSET SONS / SWAY CLARKE II / TEI SHI / THABO & THE REAL DEAL / THE BOHICAS / THE GARDEN / THE HEARTS / THE LYTICS / THE MAGIC GANG / THE MERRYLEES / THE PICTUREBOOKS / THE RIPTIDE MOVEMENT / THE ST PIERRE SNAKE INVASION / THE YOUNG BENJAMINS / THIS BE THE VERSE / THOMSTON / THE THURSTON MOORE BAND / TOBIAS JESSO JR / TOPS / TOR MILLER / TURBOWOLF / TWERPS / TWIN WILD / USA NAILS / VÉRITÉ / VILDE TUV / VODUN / VOGUE DOTS / WALKING ON CARS / WARD THOMAS / YAK / YOSI HORIKAWA / ZUN ZUN EGUI

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The Bohicas Announce UK Headline Tour



Following last year’s ‘XXX’ and ‘Swarm’ - two kraut-engined, lazer-guided garage rock missiles - East London four-piece The Bohicas have now announced a UK tour (including a London headline show at Oslo), as well as playing The Great Escape in Brighton in May.

The Bohicas will also support Royal Blood at their intimate Brits Week 2015 show at London’s Koko on February 17, as well as Drenge at the Dome in Tufnell Park on February 12.

The band's next single ‘To Die For’ is out on March 2 via Domino. Watch the video below which comprises footage from their recent ‘Swarm In Essexxx’ tour shot by Libby Burke Wilde.

“People ask what sort of music we make, but if I say rock ‘n’ roll they instantly think of the fifties,” says guitarist Dominic John. “It’s the same starting point in terms of the energy behind it, but it’s not referential and it’s really not about looking back. It’s seeing that danger and energy, but taking it somewhere else.”



Live dates

February

12. London, The Dome, Tufnell Park (supporting Drenge)
17. London, Koko (supporting Royal Blood)
20. London, Tooting Tram and Social

May
14 - 16 Brighton, The Great Escape
21. Cambridge, Portland Arms
22. Nottingham, Bodega
26. Sheffield, The Harley
27. Glasgow, King Tuts
28. Newcastle, Cluny

June
01. Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
02. Bristol, Louisiana
03. Southampton, Joiners
04. London, Oslo
06. Birmingham, Rainbow
07. Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
08. Manchester, Soup Kitchen

Monday, 26 January 2015

Track Of The Day :: GHXST - No Luck



Our favourite Brooklyn noise doom rockers GHXST return with the release of their 'Nowhere' EP', which is out today - January 26 - via CLUB.THE.MAMMOTH.

The EP was recorded over the last year between New Orleans, Nashville and Brooklyn. Even though the band's characteristic doomy/grungy sounds of their first releases are all there, 'Nowhere' also shows a more ethereal and grounded side to their music.

'No Luck' is the second track to be taken off the EP,  and reverberates around explosively heavy droning guitars and Shelley X's vocals that manage to sound both sensual, and threatening.





Empire Strike Back With New Single/Video/UK Tour



West Country fivesome Empire impressed us with their set at last November's Nightmare festival, now the rockers announce their single 'Patchwork and Bone' will be digitally released on February 16.

Watch the video for the song below.

The band will also head off on a headline tour throughout February, which includes London's Black Heart on the 18th.

Vocalist Joe Green explains a little about 'Patchwork and Bone': "This song is about raising questions then trying to understand them - when that happens you tend to really bring your hypothetical questions to life, by you or someone else taking them literally. This song isn't about just people connecting with my real life situations I have experienced, but its about giving the people who listen to it and chance to become the interpreter. We want people to connect to it in their own way and we think the music and lyrics give people that opportunity."

Following the release of their 'Where The World Begins' debut EP in late 2013, the band have been busy lately putting  the finishing touches to their mini-album 'Our Simple Truths', set for release in September.

Empire are: Joe Green (lead vocals), James L’Esteve (guitar), Jon Tupper (drums), Dave Thomas (guitar), Freddie Forbes (bass)



Live dates:

FEBRUARY
13. Bournemouth The Anvil
14. Plymouth Tiki Bar
15. Exeter The Cavern
16. Swansea Sin City
17. Brighton The Hope
18. London The Black Heart, Camden
19. Norwich The Owl Sanctuary
20. Milton Keynes Craufurd Arms
21. Nottingham Rock City Basement
22. Huddersfield The Parish
24. Wolverhampton The Slade Rooms
25. Manchester Deaf Institute
26. Newcastle Think Tank
27. Canterbury Lady Luck - Free Entry
28. Cheltenham The Two Pigs

The Vaccines & Flaming Lips Announced For Liverpool Sound City




Amongst the new names announced today that have been added to this year’s Liverpool Sound City festival in May are The Vaccines have been confirmed as headliners of the first night (May 22), The Flaming Lips as Saturday (23) headliners, with Belle & Sebastian closing the show on the Sunday (24).

Vaccines frontman Justin Young says: "Liverpool is a city we love and it’s a real privilege to play on the first night of the new-look Sound City. It’s going to be a big night!"


Also new to the line-up today are Merseyside electronic producer Evian Christ, Tunbridge Wells' Slaves, Canadian punks Fucked Up, Sean Lennon’s The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes, LA indie rockers Dum Dum Girls, Jane Weaver, Bad Breeding and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

Ramones manager Danny Fields, James Barton of Creamfields festival and The Fall frontman Mark E. Smith are the keynote speakers for this year’s Sound City Conference which takes place on May 21 and 22.


“We promised a massive and credible line-up this year and we delivered," said Sound City CEO Dave Pichilingi. "The Vaccines, The Flaming Lips and Belle & Sebastian will play to an audience of thousands in one of the coolest cities in the world in the unique setting of our brand new Docklands home. It does not get much better than that."


After inspiring crowds as a keynote speaker at last year's  Sound City, firmer Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore returns with a live set at this year’s festival. "There will be non-stop entertainment, parties and a bag full of surprises," adds Pichilingi. "Each day will end with a massive spectacle as we head into our headline artists and party on until the early hours of the morning. We are so excited about the endless possibilities of our new festival home. It means we can offer so much more than just a live music festival. We can immerse our audience in an amazing setting with the best backdrop in the world and give them a totally fantastic experience”.

Sound City will be announcing more live acts and the conference programme in the coming weeks.

Tickets are available at £35 per day or £65 for 3 days. For further information, go to Liverpool Sound City website.