Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Watch :: The Surfing Magazines debut video to album track ‘One Of These Days’




Words: Sam Geary

Taken from their self-titled debut album released last month (through Moshi Moshi), London garage rockers The Surfing Magazines - comprised of two-thirds of The Wave Pictures and one half of Slow Club - have shared a video for ‘One Of These Days’ from the record.

The clip was directed by Piers Dennis, who says: “The Surfing Magazines record has an immediate and unique energy – an old quality. It feels handmade. Analogue. Fun.

“In keeping with those themes – and because it’s nearly impossible to get every member of such a super-group in the same place at the same time – the plan was to do all the videos in one go.

“Just to keep it fresh – that location was a boat. That boat being The Grand Cru, a boat Pete Townsend made into a studio (apparently so him and Eric Clapton could make a record at sea).

“The results are three videos that revel in their unpolished existence. Long Live The Surfing Magazines.”

Watch below.

Track Of The Day :: Miles and The Goodbye Men - I Never Saw It Coming





Words: Sam Geary

The former frontman of Australian band Lyla, Matthew Miles, has kicked off his new project Miles and The Goodbye Men with this debut single: 'I Never Saw It Coming'.

Released last Thursday (October 12), Melbourne's Miles has come up with a gem of a first offering that, if you're still mourning the loss of Tom Petty, could find some salvation in this catchy, three and a half minute, part dreamgaze, part pop-rock number that is helmed by Miles’ own addictive smooth vocals and mellifluous harmonies.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Listen :: Radiator Hospital stream 'Play The Songs You Like' ahead of release





Words: Sam Geary

Ahead of its release this Friday (October 20 via Salinas Records) Radiator Hospital is streaming new album 'Play The Songs You Like' now.

We have already heard some of the record's 16 tracks such as 'Nothing Nice', 'Pastoral Radio Hit' and 'Dance Number', now you can hear these and the rest of 'Play The Songs You Like' below.

Gengahr detail new album, Euro dates and new single 'Mallory'


Credit: Mahaneela


North London band Gengahr have announced their new album, 'Where Wildness Grows', will be released via Transgressive Records on March 9 2018.  This will come almost three years after their debut, 'A Dream Outside'.

The band spent two years writing and recording its follow up, a process which saw them reject multiple recordings and eventually return to the drawing board, re-group and head back to the studio with a clarity and conviction to deliver an album which sees them taking a bold and ambitious artistic stride.

“The journey has been far from straight-forward up until now and in many ways we are an altogether different band than the one that wrote 'A Dream Outside',” says frontman Felix Bushe.

“Over the past two years we have given everything in order to create an album that would meet all our ambitions, fulfilling our vision of what Gengahr is now. It’s been gruelling at times, but like a caterpillar entering metamorphosis you know the moment of darkness will be outshone by the transformation."

The LP was recorded in London this summer with producer Neil Comber (Glass Animals, M.I.A, Songhoy Blues). Ahead of its release, the band share new single, ‘Mallory’, the second cut to be taken from 'Where Wildness Grows' after revealing ‘Carrion’ last month.

Gengahr will also be joining Jungle on their European tour. See dates further down.



Live dates

NOVEMBER
03 Liverpool Music Week, The Magne
05 Olympic Cafe, Paris
06 Teatro Barcelo, Madrid*
07 Razzmatazz 2, Barcelona*
08 Le Romandie Rock Club, Lausanne*
10 Paradiso Noord, Amsterdam* [sold out]
12 Jazzhouse, Copenhagen* [sold out]
13 Lido, Berlin*

*with Jungle

Little Indie Roundtable Review - w/e October 20 2017




This week our three guest reviewers take on another five new tracks and give them a spin through the headphones before they then air their opinion on each.

This week's panel: Beach Riot frontman, Rory O'Connor; Little Indie contributor Sam Geary; vocalist/guitarist with Welsh band Stay Voiceless, Chris Morgan.


GARDENBACK - BULLDOGS

The James brothers - Ellis, Neil and Jacob - of Oldham, Lancs, collectively known as Gardenback, return with this new single (released October 13), following their spring single 'Sleepless', sounding as if they've been listening to a lot of Madness and The Specials in the interim, spiked with a Bad Breeding punch.

'Bulldogs' they say, was written after "an EDL march in our hometown of Oldham. This response found itself when we created this distorted and driving song, made with an aggressive energy parodying the behaviour of these 'British Bulldogs'."

Rory O'Connor: Immediate thought, sounds like a cross between the Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster and some mid- naughties indie band vocal! I really like the wonky, fuzzy chorus guitar and pulsating bass. Chorus doesn’t quite lift enough for me though. 3/5

Sam Geary: Who barked?! Great track; huge energy. Love it. 4.5/5

Chris Morgan: Love the social commentary in this track. Straight to the point. Plus, if you played it at the wrong speed on your turntable it'd sound like Dead Kennedys. Pounding when the drums kick in. 4/5

Total score: 11.5/15




UNDERWATER BOYS - EVERYONE YOU KNOW

The project of London/Brighton brothers Tom and Nick Klar debut this first single. The track - out now via Cannibal Hymns - fuses dark lyrics (“everyone you know will disappear like gold”) against hazy, psych pop melodies. Catch live at The Haunt, Brighton on October 21 and Scala, London on October 25 - both w/Dream Wife.

ROC: Maybe a touch too Tame Impala for my tastes, although I do like the overall dreamy vibe. My main issue is that I don’t feel like it really goes anywhere, but I can see the appeal for other people. 2/5

SG: This is like going into the chill zone after the last track. Nice melodies but nothing that stands out. 3/5

CM: This one sounds like the Police getting their hands on one of The Cure's B-sides. A good one to unwind to. Nice. 3/5

Total score: 8/15




MUSH - LUXURY ANIMALS

From Bristol’s Art Is Hard Records, the new sludgey, Matt Peel-produced track from the Leeds garage rock quartet - out on November 17 - they describe as a “call to arms to sack off work and go lay down somewhere instead.” Catch live next on October 21 at Glasgow's Massive Sanctions All-dayer at The Hug and Pint.

ROC: Banging intro lift! Like a Pavement middle 8, as are the vocals... very Stephen Malkmus in places. I think I'd like this live A LOT. If I could add one thing it would be a great vocal melody coming in at some point. Overall it’s like early 90s Manchester baggy meets dissonant slacker rock from the US. 4/5

SG: While I didn't like the opening seconds, the sleazy, American-like vocals smash it. 4/5

CM: Scuzzy, jagged guitars with a nice groove. People who like Elastica will like this. Good shout, Mush! 3/5

Total score: 11/15




ZOZO - NONO

Also from Leeds, the first cut from the quintet's upcoming EP ‘A Bitter Gourd’, released next month via Hatch Records. Produced by Hookworms’ MJ, the five-minute track fills out with hooky guitar riffs and an inclusion of brass. Catch live at Leeds’ Hyde Park Book Club on October 24.

ROC: Totally appreciate something new sounding, i.e. a sax or some horns with a beefy riff and some Streets style vocals; pretty unique, but it’s not blowing me away. I think the formula is great, but the song isn’t grabbing me. Dare I say there’s a bit of the Meat Puppets in there near the end - if that’s intentional, then fuck yeah! 3/5

SG: Love the foot-tapping beat, and again the vocals, combined, make this interesting, but way too long. 3.5/5

CM: Despite the urgency of the guitar hook, a decent chorus and 'move your feet' disco beat, the only thing I'll remember about this is the frustrating saxophone/kazoo line. Sorry, this one's a bit too frantic for me. 1/5

Total score: 7.5/15




THE VAN T'S - BITTERSWEET

Out now via LAB Records, the latest from the Glasgow quartet. Another rocker of garage-surf-rock guitar riffs, strident bassline and powering rhythms, with twin sisters Chloe and Hannah Van Thompson’s honey-oozing harmonizing vocals.

ROC: Some massive vocals and harmonies here, love 'em. Drummer is sick too. I really like the chorus, it’s an awesome chord progression and vocal melody. The call and response at the end is mega too. Looking forward to hearing more. 4/5

SG: Great vocals from these wee Glasgae girls, which correspond well with the more abrasive guitars. 4/5

CM: Now we're talking! A trashy bassline, driving beat. What's not to like? A subtle ambience in the vocals too. I like this. 4/5

Total score: 12/15

Track Of The Day :: Blonde Maze - Thunder





Words: Sam Geary

With almost 26k Soundcloud streams alone in under two weeks, the new single from Blonde Maze, 'Thunder', is well worth the last year it took to write and record.

It follows New Yorker Amanda Steckler - aka Blonde Maze - last offering, 2106’s 'Antarctica', and retains a similar vibe, with marimbas, glitchy vocals, but with more of a dreamier sound.

‘Thunder’, she says, is about "growing and changing with someone. You start to miss older times with them, but you also acknowledge that the growth has made them an inseparable part of your heart. Sometimes, with a relationship’s maturity, you lose your patience more, you let your guard down, and you get hurt, but the beauty of this maturity is that there becomes no one else in the world you are as comfortable growing with.”

Catch Blonde Maze live in London at Notting Hill Arts Club on October 27.