Hidden Home Records
This is one of those times when I get sent a new release for review with no information other than a download link, so with nothing to go on other than the source of the release and the band name I’m going in blind to investigate Nerve Clinic‘s new self titled release. The EP is set for release on the 16th February 2018 via Hidden Home Records, a label that is building a reputation for releases from an eclectic roster of acts that bring something different to the punk spectrum.
The opening track The Pattern is a heady dose of bouncy indie punk with an infectious chorus that will appeal to fans of Bowling For Soup, OK Go, Wicked Bears and Nerf Herder, this is followed by the harder edged We Are Here And That’s About It that contains all the ingredients of the preceding track, but it’s delivered with a heavier and more urgent feel. Sinner takes the EP into a darker place but retains the irresistible indie punk bounce that characterises the EP, whilst Impounds And Imposters brings things full circle and closes Nerve Clinic‘s self titled EP in style.
Sometimes having no preconceptions about a new release is a positive, you go in with an open mind with no preconceptions or comparisons, and I found that with this self titled release Nerve Clinic have delivered an EP that’s something of a contradiction, musically this is four tracks of bouncy upbeat indie punk, but this is also a release that has a touch of darkness to it’s lyrical content. Nerve Clinic is an impressive four tracks where punk and indie have collided head on to impressive effect, and it’s another release that confirms that Hidden Home Records remains one of best grass roots labels out there.
Nerve Clinic‘s self titled EP can be pre-ordered on cassette via Hidden Home Records here
The Hidden Home Records Bandcamp can be found here
Brighton indie punks Harker are set to release their debut album, No Discordance, that will be available for purchase this coming Friday, the 9th February, and is now available for pre-order digitally, as well as on a range of physical formats on CD, cassette tape and a limited run of coloured vinyl. The album can be purchased regionally from Disconnect Disconnect Records (UK), Wiretap Records (USA), Fond of Life Records (EU), Shield Recordings (EU), Fixing A Hole Records (JP) and Future Void Records (UK).
No Discordance can be pre-ordered worldwide here
Harker‘s European tour dates, and the video for Plague Your Heart, can be viewed below Read More…
Long Island’s Oso Oso have just signed to Triple Crown Records, the label will be reissuing the indie punk band’s critically acclaimed 2017 album, The Yunahon Mixtape, which can be heard now across all streaming platforms. Oso Oso have also just released a music video for their song Reindeer Games that is taken from the album.
The Yunahon Mixtape can be streamed via Spotify here and Apple Music here
The video for Reindeer Games can be viewed below Read More…
London indie-punk trio Happy Accidents have released the video for their brand new song, Text Me When You’re Home, which is out now via all good digital retailers, the track is the latest to be revealed from their second album, Everything But The Here And Now, that is set for release on 16th February 2018 via Alcopop! Records. The band have also announced a run of Spring 2018 UK headline tour dates beginning on 28th February in Bristol, with support coming from Leeds indie punks Milk Crimes and Leicester trashpop band Kermes on select shows.
You can view the video for Text Me When You’re Home, and the Happy Accidents UK tour dates, below Read More…
Brighton indie punks Harker have released their new single, 300 Cigarettes, which is now available via all good digital retailers. The band have also announced that their debut full length, No Discordance, is set for release on Friday 9th February 2018. The album features ten tracks of valve busting punk rock and is the result of months of hard work and an exhaustive journey to create what is a true mission statement of an album. No Discordance is due out on Friday 9th February on Disconnect Disconnect (UK), Fond Of Life (EU), Shield Recordings (EU), Fixing A Hole (JP) and Wiretap Records (USA). Harker will also be on tour in the UK later this month and in early December with Southampton’s Miss Vincent.
You can stream 300 Cigarettes via Soundcloud here and view Harker‘s UK tour dates below Read More…
London indie punk trio Happy Accidents have announced their return with their second album, Everything But The Here And Now, that is set for release on the 16th February 2018 via Alcopop! Records. To celebrate the news the band are sharing a brand new split video which showcases not one, but two, of the brilliant new singles from the record, Wait It Out and A Better Plan, which are both available to stream and purchase now via all good digital retailers.
Wait It Out and A Better Plan can be ordered via Spotify here and iTunes here
You can view the split video for Wait It Out and A Better Plan below Read More…
Sometimes it’s difficult to maintain an optimistic outlook, fortunately The Moms have the solution, a homemade bowl of soup. The Moms showcase their humanitarian side in their new video, Soup Song, where they go grocery shopping for ingredients, cook a big pot of soup, package it into containers labelled ‘Eat Soup, Feel Good’ then hand it out to strangers they encounter on the streets and along the Asbury Park boardwalk. In the end, the band share their message “Everything is okay”, they may even restore your faith in humanity.
You can order The Moms latest album Doing Asbestos We Can here
You can view the video for Soup Song below Read More…
Boston, Massachusetts’ most tuneful indie punks, Born Without Bones, have released their new music video for Muscle, the track is one of the many highlights from the band’s recently released full length, Young At The Bend, that is available via Devil You Know Records. Born Without Bones will also be hitting the road this fall in the US with Super American.
You can purchase Young At The Bend here
The video for Muscle, and Born Without Bones tour dates, can be viewed below Read More…
Attic Salt only formed back in 2015, and now the Springfield, Illinois indie punk four piece have signed with the newly formed imprint Dodgeball Records, and the label has confirmed that they will release the band’s debut album on October 20th. The details of the forthcoming album, and a premiere of a new song, are set to be revealed shortly.
Dodgeball Records is the newly founded label started by Showoff frontman Chris Messer and Mike Felumlee of the Smoking Popes.
Attic Salt‘s Facebook presence can be found here
I Am Growing, Honestly
Texan emo outfit Sine Cura‘s unusual name translates from Latin as ‘Without Care’, and that seems to be an appropriate moniker for a band who only released their debut single, Pressing Flowers, in the summer of 2016, now just two years after their formation the band have signed to Standby Records and have released their debut EP, I Am Growing, Honestly, that features five tracks of their unique blend of emo, indie and punk.
Drive eases you into the EP before it unexpectedly bursts into life with a hyperactive blast of indie infused punk that boasts an anthemic chorus, Growing Pains follows up with another burst of adrenalized emo. This duo of tracks made for a promising start to their sophomore EP, but as their roots are in the emo scene Headache Remedy brings the EP down to earth, but this midway point lull dupes you into a false sense of security as the track suddenly bursts into life for it’s final minute. Their impressive debut single, Pressing Flowers, carries the energy that has characterised the EP and the final number, La Luna, is another track that just can’t keep the restraints on and closes the EP in discordant style.
You can’t help get the feeling that Sine Cura can’t stop themselves from bringing energy into their sophomore release, even the tracks that promised an introspective moment of calm smash into life without warning. Sine Cura may have their roots deep in the emo scene but there are punk and energetic indie influences that come to the fore, and it’s these that make Sine Cura an intriguing outfit that brings a caffeinated rush to the sound, the result is an impressive debut for Standby Records that indicates that this is a band that have a bright future ahead of them.
I Am Growing, Honestly can be ordered via Standby Records here
Shortly after the disbandment of their critically acclaimed indie punk band Chumped in early 2016, lead singer Anika Pyle and drummer Dan Frelly started Katie Ellen as a fuzz pop two piece. Today the duo have released their debut full length, Cowgirl Blues, via Lauren Records, the new album is ten songs of twangy, pop forward indie punk with subtle country underpinnings, showcasing their knack for punchy, melodic songwriting familiar to fans of Chumped while exploring more dynamic and intimate arrangements. Katie Ellen will play a sold-out record release show in NYC tonight, with more tour dates to be announced soon.
You can stream Cowgirl Girls via Spotify here and order the album via Lauren Records here
Over the past 18 months Camp Cope have become a force in modern music, a wholly independent band who only do things on their terms and refuse to compromise on their values, now Boston’s Run For Cover Records have announced Australia’s Camp Cope as their latest signing and they will now join the ranks of bands such as Pinegrove, Modern Baseball and Tigers Jaw. The label will team with Australian label Poison City Records to release Camp Cope‘s debut self titled album for the first time in North America on September 8, 2017 and Camp Cope will be embarking on their first US tour in July.
You can view the video for the track Done, and Camp Cope‘s US tour dates, below Read More…
Boston’s most tuneful indie punks, Born Without Bones
, have released their new music video for Takes Time,
the track is one of the many highlights from the band’s recently released full length, Young At The Bend
, that is out now on Devil You Know Records
. From their DIY punk origins, to their love of ’90s alternative and heartland songwriters, Born Without Bones
are masters of weaving contrasting influences into their own sound. This talent is on full display with Takes Time
, a heart wrenching track that starts brooding and builds into a tremendous crescendo, the track’s shadowy video plays on the themes of fading youth and processing grief that permeates the album, Young At The Bend
can be ordered here
The video for Takes Time, and Born Without Bones tour date, can be viewed below
Young Thugs Records
Based between York and London, …And The Hangnails have not let distance come between the duo when it comes to writing, recording and relentless gigging. The band, made up of guitarist, Martyn Fillingham and drummer, Steven Reid have a very proactive mindset when it comes to writing and playing music, this mindset struck a chord with Yorkshire label, Young Thugs Records and has seen …And The Hangnails snapped up by the new label. Now the indie punk duo have released the band’s fourth full length release, DOG.
The album’s lead single, Don’t Waste My Time, kicks things off with ferocious fuzzy riff and pounding drum beat and you couldn’t ask for a more serious statement of intent to open an album, and there’s no time to draw breath before the infectious distorted stains of Junk kick in. Every single track on DOG carries an enthusiastic bouncy attitude and beat that simultaneously channels the snotty attitude of the best garage bands and the energy of punk, along with touches of indie style and a massive hit of adrenaline to produce a hybrid that never once takes it’s foot off the gas, all ten tracks are delivered at a frantic pace and with a relentless fuzz drenched charm that is impossible to resist.
DOG is as good as almost anything I’ve heard this year, from the opening charged fuzz of Don’t Waste My Time to the intense closing track Fear, this is a relentless energetic album that delivers a hedonistic and frantic half hour that borders on perfection, it carries influences from across the board that are too numerous to list, although if you think of The Libertines without the baggage and self indulgence you’d be half way there. It’s all delivered with an infectious adrenalin charged enthusiasm and if, like me, you weren’t acquainted with …And The Hangnails before then it’s not too late to correct that and DOG is the perfect album to introduce yourself to this duo
…And The Hangnails Facebook page is here and their Bandcamp is here
You can pre-order DOG here
Boston indie punks, Born Without Bones, have released a stream their eclectic new full length, Young At The Bend, that is due out on May 12th via Devil You Know Records. From their Massachusetts DIY punk origins, to their love of ’90s alternative and heartland singer songwriters, Born Without Bones are masters of blending their contrasting influences into a massively catchy, guitar-driven sound that is all their own. This skill is on full display on Young At The Bend as the band seamlessly mixes huge hooks with punk grit and indie quirks to make a record that ebbs and flows into many different styles and sounds, but is always compelling.
You can stream Young At The Bend here and pre-order the album here
Irish indie punk quartet, The Winter Passing, have released their brand new EP, Double Exposure, via 6131 Records in North America and Big Scary Monsters Records in Europe. To celebrate the release the band have now released a brand new music video for the track Significance.
Double Exposure can be ordered here (North America) and here (Europe)
You can view the video for Significance, and The Winter Passing‘s UK tour dates, below Read More…
York based indie punk duo …And The Hangnails have announced the details of their new album, DOG, the band’s fourth full length release, that will be released through Young Thugs Records on 12th May 2017. The band have also released an interactive virtual reality video for lead single, Don’t Waste My Time.
You can pre-order DOG here
You can view the video for Don’t Waste My Time below Read More…
Brighton indie-punk’s Harker have revealed details of their ‘Cassette Club’ series, a collection of tape releases which will be available exclusively to members of their mailing list as a reward for their continued support. The band has also announced UK tour dates, including appearances at Washed Out Festival and Kind Festival.
Harker‘s website, where you can sign up to their mailing list, is here
Harker‘s UK tour dates, and more details about Cassette Club, can be viewed below Read More…
Irish indie-punk quartet, The Winter Passing, are gearing up for a big 2017, the band recently announced their brand new EP, Double Exposure, due out April 21st via 6131 Records in North America and Big Scary Monsters Records in Europe, and they’ve now released a stream of another new track from the EP, the anthemic Paper Rabbit.
The Double Exposure EP can be pre-ordered here (USA) and here (EU)
You can stream Paper Rabbit here
Gender Roles have signed to Wiretap Records and to celebrate they have released a music video for their song Skin, the track is from their debut EP, Planet X-Ray. The EP will be released with help from Hanger Records on limited cassette on April 14th. The trio deliver hazy indie-punk that dishes out fuzzed-out, Snarling vocals, brutal bass, and a heavy dose of cymbals congealed together with off-kilter guitar licks to create a feel-bad-feel-good mix.
Planet X-Ray can be purchased digitally here and pre-ordered on cassette here
You can view the video for Skin below Read More…