Tuesday, 25 November 2014

[Video] Mogwai - Teenage Exorcists

Mogwai has shared earlier today their video for 'Teenage Exorcists', taken from their upcoming 'Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry
1' EP .

Directed by Craig Murray, the trippy video from the Glaswegian five-piece details a girl suspended in the air an ectoplasm-like matter exudes and we supposedly then travel through her mind. as she travels through nothingness.

'Music Industry 3: Fitness Industry 1' is out on December 1 thru Rock Action.

First Listen :: Stevie

Released last week, the debut single from Brisbane electronic pop duo - Stevie.

Phoebe Imhoff (formerly of Go Violets) and producer Miro Mackie, have combined their respective talents, in the shape of the infectious 'Come Around'. The song was written, recorded and produced by the pair in Mackie's New Farm apartment and sonically occupies the space led by the likes of Robyn, Caribou and Little Dragon, with Mackie's audio production skills with Imoff's razor sharp pop sensibilities and lyrical playfulness shining through.

Twin Peaks Announce European Tour 2015.

Chicago rockers Twin Peaks have announced details of a European tour for early next year. The eight shows commence in February, including an NME Awards Show at London’s 100 Club on February 17.

Tickets are on sale from 10am this Friday (November 28. London date on sale through NME 9am Wednesday 26th).

Twin Peaks’ new album 'Wild Onion' is out now through Communion Records.

Watch the new Ryan Ohm directed video to 'Mind Frame' here:

The quartet - frontman Cadien Lake James, guitarist Clay Frankel, bassist Jack Dolan and drummer Connor Brodner - are all barely 20 years old, but their modern day Nuggets sound is imbued with the spirit of garage demigods Black Lips, Ty Segall, and Thee Oh Sees. There’s subtle nods to the likes of Tame Impala, The Pixies, and the classic guitar-guided pop music of old.

Twin Peaks Live:

09. Monarch, Berlin
10. Molotow, Hamburg
11. Haldern Pop Bar, Rees
12. Paradiso, Amsterdam
14. Generiq Festival, Dijon
17. 100 Club, London (NME Awards Show)
20. Night & Day, Manchester
21. Sleazy’s, Glasgow

Field Day 2015 Announces First Names

Following last week's announcement of Ride's long-awaited return last week, Field Day now release the first set of acts for Field Day Saturday June 6 and Sunday June 7 2015.

Patti Smith and her band will be joining headliners Ride on the Field Day Sunday line up. Her ground-breaking 1975 debut 'Horses' was a landmark album whose influence grows with every year that passes. 2015 will mark the 40th anniversary of the album.

Also on board for Field Day Sunday are atmospheric Brooklyn four-piece DIIV, making their first London appearance in two years at Field Day. They will be joined by New Jersey band Ducktails, the increasingly less 'solo' endeavour of Matt Mondanile (of Real Estate); as well as Liverpudlian synth poppers Outfit, and conceptual pop artist Jane Weaver.

To headline the main Eat Your Own Ears stage on the Saturday will be Caribou. A regular Field Day favourite since the very first edition in 2007, Dan Snaith released his sublime and critically acclaimed sixth album 'Our Love' earlier this autumn. Caribou will be joined by an eclectic line up which includes the anticipated comeback of 2012 Mercury Prize nominees Django Django.

Also confirmed for Victoria Park are: rapper and multi-instrumentalist Madlib; The Guardian's 2014 break-through act SOPHIE; a live set from the esteemed producer Clark, who just released his self-titled seventh album via Warp earlier this month; Lithuanian Berlin-based Ten Walls, who shot to prominence with the anthemic brilliance of 'Walking With Elephants'; Erol Alkan's Phantasy Sound label signing Ghost Culture, and Melbourne producer Chet Faker.

More names will be released next year.

Tickets are on sale now.

Track Of The Day :: C Duncan - For

Christopher Duncan, or just plain C Duncan as he still may not yet be exactly 'best known', but after the release yesterday of his debut single 'For', it seems likely that will change during 2015.

Combining acoustic shimmery indie with an achingly delicate vocal ability and exquisite harmonies, the Glasgow-based Royal Conservatoire of Scotland trained artist and latest signing to the FatCat label, looks like having his nights of working on his recording in a bedroom studio, pay off, with a full-length due next summer.

Monday, 24 November 2014

Watch :: Jim Valentine - Hello

Having had an advance viewing of this new video by the Glaswegian rock n rollers Jim Valentine of several weeks, we have had plenty of time to say 'Hello'...plus a few 'get 'em off's!' every time vocalist James comes into view (we are, of course, referring only to his shades...).

The band have grown on us since we first featured them here back in September as Track Of The Day with debut band taster 'Make You Mine'.

The video to new single 'Hello', directed by Jamie Logie and filmed by Logie and Ryan McGill, suitably makes use of black and white imagery of the band performing the track, shot on Kodak Super 8 and digital - which is released as a double A-side with ‘Tripetta’ on November 28 - and very much on par with their dark and cool rock n roll image. Bit like The Fonz.

Jim Valentine play a single launch show on November 28 at Broadcast in Glasgow, followed by The Macbeth, London on December 5.

Introducing :: Swim Season

Formerly known as We The People, we previously featured Swim Season in our September Australia New Music round-up, after having rebranded this summer - and become acclaimed as one of the most exciting acts coming out of Melbourne.

The five-piece indie pop rockers relaunched themselves in August with the explosive first track, 'The Throne'. Now they follow this up with the release last week of 'Hide & Seek', a playful little number that's crisp indie-pop, fused with shimmering guitar hooks, punchy percussion, and subtle harmonies.

‘Hide & Seek’ highlights how far they have come in such a short space of time, and is inspired by their first forays into the music industry. The video employs digitally manipulated faces mouthing the song's lyrics.

Swim Season are: James - vocals / guitar / synth; Dani - keys / synth / percussion; Brandon - bass; Matt - guitar / vocals; Jon - drums.


The Away Days Make December UK Return & Share New EP Track

Turkish dream-pop band The Away Days mark their return to the UK with a new EP entitled 'This'. Released via Believe Digital on January 19 2015, the EP features new tracks ‘Calm Your Eyes’ and ‘Best Rebellious' and acoustic versions of both songs. Listen to 'Best Rebellious' below.

Further developing their hazy, atmospheric sounds, the band have taken inspiration from India and the Far East to create washed out, hypnotic textures. The lush and epic new tracks signal a band further defining their sound and creating truly affecting music, both vibrant and tranquil.

In their native Turkey, The Away Days have shared stages with luminaries including Wild Beasts, Savages, Portishead, Belle & Sebastian, Owen Pallet and Massive Attack. They release their debut full-length album in 2015.

The band return to the UK as part of a European tour next month. Catch them on the following dates:

05. London, Old Blue Last
07. London, Shacklewell Arms
08. Brighton, Bleach w/JAWS
09. London, Shacklewell Arms
11. Bournemouth, Sixty Million Postcards
13. Glimps Festival, Gent, Belgium

As Elephants Are Share New Track - Listen In

Bucks boys As Elephants Are have just dropped the second track from their forthcoming EP ‘Crown’.

Take a listen to  ‘Breathe’ and the title track below.

The new EP, produced by Andy Savours (Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, My Bloody Valentine) is set for release on December 8 via Once Upon A Time Records, and to celebrate the band will be playing a free London headline show at The George Tavern on December 4.

Daughter And Warpaint Share Remixes

Daughter and Warpaint have announced reworks of each other's tracks for a Record Store Day 2015 split.

The first remix unveiled today (November 24) is Warpaint’s reimagining of ‘Winter’.

Daughter’s remix of an as yet UN-named Warpaint track will be revealed when it goes live at 3pm (GMT) on December 1.

The remixes will then come together on an ultra-limited edition 12” EP that will be available exclusively as part of Record Store Day 2015

Track Of The Day :: Weirds - Dig

After our Five Minutes With... Weirds back in July, and following the self-released "savage onslaught of sickly-sweet desert rock, grungey riffs and menacing vocals" that was 'Off The Hook', the Leeds four-piece are now back, with perhaps their best work yet.

Like their debut tracks, the double A-side ‘Yolk’/‘Crocodile', ‘Dig’ is another which doesn't hold back.  A three-minute psychy puncher, with a great Western-style opening guitar sequence, which was apparently written in a "sweat-drenched basement late this summer", and is the band’s first release on their Heavy Records imprint.

The video that accompanies the track
- created by the band's vocalist Aiden - is an implosion of American Fronterism.

‘I wanted to create an unsettling watch, somewhere between a kaleidoscopic trip out and a low budget cowboy Western,’ he explains.

After sharing stages with the likes of Pulled Apart By Horses, Traams and God Damn, Weirds are set for a headline tour in January.


January 2015

09. Adelphi, Hull
10. The Central, Gateshead
11. Jam Café, Nottingham
12. Soundhouse, Leicester
13. East Village Arts Club, Liverpool
14. Nation of Shopkeepers, Leeds
15. Macbeth, London
16. Jericho,Oxford
17. Kraak, Manchester

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Win Tickets To See Citizens! & Wild Smiles Play Original Penguin Plugged In Show

Fashion brand Original Penguin continues its mission to celebrate the very best in musical trailblazers with its Plugged In series, which gives musical visionaries a platform to showcase exactly why they are considered to be original and pioneering.

London four-piece Citizens! release 'Lighten Up', the first single from their new album on December 1, which marks a return for their catchy dancefloor melodies, and precedes the album 'European Soul', out In Spring 2015.  The record is produced by Phoenix collaborator Laurent d'Herbecourt and combines the format of European pop with the testifying emotion and textures of American Soul.

Wild Smiles are Rob da Bank's newest signings to his Sunday Best label and their debut album 'Always Tomorrow' caused a huge stir on the blogosphere on its release, as well as picking up plays from the likes of Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens on Radio 1.

The Original Penguin Plugged In shows of 2014 have already played host to current and future stars including house duo Gorgon City, drum and bass don Wilkinson, Scottish rock superstars Twin Atlantic, Mercury Prize nominated singer-songwriter Nick Mulvey, indie poster boys Peace and New York indie-rock stalwarts We Are Scientists alongside a host of upcoming talent including Thumpers, Tigercub and We The Wild all in the intimate confines of London’s Hospital Club.

To win tickets to Citizens! and Wild Smiles on December 10 at the Hospital Club in London, visit Plugged In Sessions.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Track Of The Day :: California X - Nights In The Dark

Massachusetts punk four, California X unleash their second album 'Nights In The Dark' early in the New Year, to follow their self-titled debut.

Engineered by Justin Pizzoferrato (Speedy Ortiz, Dinosaur Jr), check out the title track below. A murky distortion across five minutes of anthemic grunge fuzz.

'Nights In The Dark' is out on January 13 2015 via Don Giovanni.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Live Review :: The Jesus And Mary Chain :: Manchester Academy - Nov 20 2014

Live Review

The Jesus and Mary Chain

Manchester Academy

November 20 2014

Words: Belle Samuel

There were undoubtedly those here tonight who weren't even born when The Jesus and Mary Chain were around the first time, but there are still enough of those in the greying, poundage added department queueing outside on Oxford Road to tell that this was no ordinary gig night.

As excitement  amongst the capacity-filled room became as tangible as the sweat pouring off the balding fiftysomethings, the band - now stretched to a five-man unit - began with vocalist Jim Reid telling the crowd how they would play “the encore first”, referring to the bunch of later material which made up the first section of the 21-song set, and comprised of the likes of 'April Skies', still remaining as relevant and fresh to today's listeners as it did back in 1987.  'Reverence' scratches like nails on metal, although it was not until 'Upside Down', the last song of the 'encore', that the crowd really began to come alive.

The Reid brothers - William hanging with guitar to a lesser spotlight, but both still delivering an urgency and unadulterated cool that has not dimmed over the years - have been back together now for seven years, and reapplied with varying degrees of both sharp intensity and almost breathless rage, a sound that weaves between ferocious mindblowing power and cautious fragility.

When they return to the stage after the break, it is to play the whole of 'Psychocandy', almost 30 years since it had first been aired, and now considered generally to rank on the all-time classics list. Decibel levels peak throughout' Just Like Honey', 'The Hardest Walk' and 'The Living End' and 'In A Hole'.  Crashing waves of reverb and feedback echo in the Academy room as well as ringing eardrums as they draw to a close on the fearsome three of 'You Trip Me Up', 'Something's Wrong' and 'It's So Hard'.

Tonight was a reminder of the past for those who had been there the first time, and for the new striplings coming to witness how it used to be done back in 'the good old days'. Filled with moments of magic, of genius, of sheer noise abandonment, and mostly a big rush of twisted psycho fury and sweet-tasting candy.

Set list:

1. April Skies
2. Head On
3. Some Candy Talking
4. Psychocandy
5. Up Too High
6. Reverence
7. Upside Down

8. Just Like Honey
9. The Living End
10. Taste the Floor
11. The Hardest Walk
12. Cut Dead
13. In a Hole
14. Taste of Cindy
15. Never Understand
16. Inside Me
17. Sowing Seeds
18. My Little Underground
19. You Trip Me Up
20. Something's Wrong
21. It's So Hard

Introducing :: New Oxford

Formerly known as Revier up until this summer, when vocalist Jack Frogatt departed, things could have been looking dicey, but instead the now re-labelled New Oxford have picked themselves up, swung guitarist Emerson Noble onto vocals and just released their debut single, 'Lockup Garage'.

The Sydney three-piece - described as the bastard love-child of Silversun Pickups and Bombay Bicycle Club - launched their initial EP in December of last year under their old moniker. Having spent the best part of 2014 formulating a new sound, their debut EP is set for release shortly.

New Oxford play a single launch show on November 25 at The Vanguard, Newtown, NSW.

New Oxford are: Emerson Noble - vocals/guitar, Connor Mackenzie - piano, Lewis New - drums.