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Minihorse Release ‘Thriller’ Video

Minihorse Big LackFresh off a recent sold-out supporting stint with Grandaddy at San Francisco’s Noise Pop, and a series of buzzed-about appearances at last week’s SXSW, loud & fuzzy indie-rock trio Minihorse is scheduled to play a set of shows during this weekend’s Treefort Music Festival in Boise, ID. Ahead of their latest festival appearances the band is debuting a new video for the track Thriller, and their debut LP is due to released via Friendship Fever later this year

Minihorse‘s debut EP, Big Lack, can be purchased here

You can view the video for Thriller, and Minihorse‘s tour dates, below Read More…

Young Fox Release ‘Wine Of Violence’ Lyric Video

Young Fox Sky Beats GoldPittsburgh indie rockers Young Fox have released a lyric video for Wine Of Violence, a track that is taken from their debut album, Sky Beats Gold, that was released on March 10th 2017 via Spartan Records.

Sky Beats Gold can be ordered on ltd edition vinyl and download here

The Punk Site review of Sky Beats Gold can be read here

The lyric video for Wine Of Violence can be viewed below Read More…

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Pillow Talk

This Is All Pretend

Animal Style Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

It’s been two years since Pillow Talk‘s last release, their new album is one that has been shaped by singer Joshua Cannon‘s personal experiences, including family bereavement and the toll this took on him over the last few years, but he has channelled these negative events into the creation of This Is All Pretend, a release that follows on from their 2015 EP, What We Should Have Said. Pillow Talk released their debut album via Animal Style Records on the 10th March 2017, and it is available on vinyl, on gold and red and white swirl variants, and digital formats.

Monogamy eases you into This Is All Pretend with ethereal tones, echo drenched guitars and synths that are stretched across a strident drum beat that belies the mellow feel of the opening track, This is All Pretend comes across as the kind of late night mellow soundscape you need in your life from time to time. It’s a release that washes over you with waves of treble and echo, there is no upbeat track to lift the album, it remains in a firmly mellow state across it’s ten tracks and thirty five minute run time, whilst this is not necessarily a bad thing it meant that I found that the tracks tended to blend into each other, not in an unpleasant way, but there is no moment that makes you sit up and take notice.

I can’t help feel that this release owes a hefty debt to the mellower side of the post punk bands of the eighties such as The Cure and The Chameleons, but under their placid exterior there is fire that is fuelled by injustice, they released the track Little Worries ahead of the album’s release to support organisations that are working to combat the current US administrations policies. This Is All Pretend is a natural progression from Pillow Talk‘s previous releases, their name is well chosen as this is an album that’s perfect for the late night’s that merge into early mornings, although on a personal note the use of auto tune, even though it’s used for effect rather than to hide deficiencies, did detract from the album and was a jarring element that I never like to hear used.

Pillow Talk‘s website is here and their Facebook page is here

You can purchase This Is All Pretend here

Young Fox Sky Beats Gold

Young Fox

Sky Beats Gold

Spartan Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

It’s been two long years since Young Fox released their first EP, Predecessors, now the Pittsburgh-based indie rockers will finally be releasing their debut album, Sky Beats Gold, tomorrow, March 10th 2017, via Spartan Records. Young Fox claim to have adopted a more streamlined approach for their debut full length, if this is the case the it’s one that seems to have paid off, as the production on this album is flawless, without ever edging into being over produced. Sky Beats Gold boasts dark and driving drums and bass that lay the foundation for intricate guitar work, these aggressive instrumental elements combine seamlessly with soaring and confident vocal melodies to create what must be recognised as an accomplished debut full length.  

From the first notes of lead single and opening track, Sometimes The Monsters Win, which given current world events is an extremely topical song title, the whole of Sky Beats Gold boasts precise drum beats, serious bass hooks and huge, yet understated, guitar riffs, this is a heavyweight release that leans to the darker side of indie, but one that also possesses a rock sensibility in it’s DNA. These elements are balanced perfectly to create the kind of sound that I can’t help but feel will almost inevitably lead to mainstream recognition. Whilst Sky Beats Gold tends to dwell on the darker side of human nature, it manages to come across as an uplifiting and positive album, one that has big soaring choruses that compliment the whole epic feel of the album perfectly.

Sky Beats Gold is a heavyweight in indie terms, an album that should appeal to fans of the likes of Elbow, Muse, White Lies and Interpol, it’s an introspective, serious and flawlessly produced album, one that I can see catapulting them to filling larger venues, that’s not to say that Sky Beats Gold is entirely to my tastes, but to give credit where it’s due, Young Fox have released a seriously accomplished debut that is anthemic from start to end. Sky Beats Gold will appeal to the casual listener, but it retains enough of an edge to avoid being dismissed as a purely commercial endeavour, whether you like it or not I suspect that Young Fox will be a band that you will be hearing a lot more of over the coming years.

 Sky Beats Gold is available for download and on ltd edition vinyl, on Monster, Wolves and Desert variants, here

Daddy Issues To Release Debut Album ‘Deep Dream’

Daddy Issues Spring Tour 17Nashville indie grunge band Daddy Issues have announced the release of their debut album, Deep Dream, and they’ve shared a new track, In Your Head. Deep Dream will be released on May 19th via Infinity Cat. Daddy Issues are currently on tour with Tacocat and will swing through SXSW after a stop at Savannah Stopover, followed by a tour with Diet Cig. 

You can stream the track In Your Head via The Fader here and pre-order Deep Dream here

You can view Daddy Issues tour dates by clicking on the tour flyer

The Glass Phantoms Release Video For ‘Call My Name’

Glass Phantomes FSCMNThe Glass Phantoms have released a  video for Call My Name, the track is taken from their new single that was released via Abattoir Blues Records, the single also features stunning artwork by God’s Teeth based on the lyrics from the single.

The Punk Site review of Call My Name / Funeral Song can be found here

The Glass Phantoms new single can be downloaded and streamed here

The video for Call My Name can be viewed below Read More…

Tim Kasher Releases Full Steam Of New Album ‘No Resolution’

Tim Kasher No ResolutionTim Kasher, best known as singer and guitarist for pioneering US indie rock bands Cursive and The Good Life, will release his third solo album No Resolution on 3rd March 2017 via 15 Passenger Records, the newly launched label owned and run by Cursive.

No Resolution can be streamed in full via The AV Club here

The new album can be ordered on CD, blue and white splatter vinyl and digital formats here

Tim Kasher has also announced a UK tour and the tour dates can be viewed below Read More…

Hollerado Release Lyric Video For ‘Grief Money’

Hollerado Born YesterdayToronto’s most energetic indie rockers, Hollerado, have announced their new full length, Born Yesterday, due out April 14th on Royal Mountain Records. To celebrate the announcement the band has released a lyric video for their politically biting new track, Grief Money, the song is driven by a deep bass groove that lays the groundwork for big guitars and even bigger hooks.

Born Yesterday can be pre-ordered digitally via iTunes and on physical formats here

You can view the video for Grief Money, and the band’s tour dates, below Read More…

Minihorse Announce New Tour Dates, Including SXSW Shows

Minihorse Big LackMichigan’s loud & fuzzy indie-rock trio, Minihorse has announced a string of new tour dates, including their first trip to SXSW, with a trio of shows next month, and a sold-out show supporting Grandaddy this weekend in San Francisco at Noise Pop. Minihorse‘s debut EP, Big Lack, is out now on Friendship Fever and is also available on Spotify, iTunes and Bandcamp.

The Big Lack EP can be ordered on CD and download formats here

Minihorse‘s tour dates can be viewed here

Harker To Release Expanded Reissue Of ‘A Lifetime Apart’ EP

Harker Lifetime ApartIndie punks Harker will release an extended version of their A Lifetime Apart EP, originally released in 2015, this reissue will feature four additional tracks and will be released on the 24th March via Fixing A Hole Records. The expanded EP features the original four tracks from the EP, together with selected material from earlier releases including The Great Thieves Escape, Gasping for Air and their debut EP, HoursHarker have also released a music video for Somewhere Better, one of the bands first ever songs, re-recorded specially for the EP. 

You can pre-order the expanded A Lifetime Apart EP here 

You can view the Somewhere Better video, and Harker‘s tour dates, below Read More…

Solsara To Release Debut EP ‘The Shop Of Dubious Legality’

Solsara Day Of The DeadSolsara are about to release their debut EP, The Shop Of Dubious Legality, and embark on their second UK tour, having released their first demo just 10 months ago. Solsara are a band with a raw, catchy, indie rock sound that started as an experiment when an opportunity arose to support US band Mothxr as part of their UK tour. After an incredible response, they headed to the studio and recorded their first demos, including the critically acclaimed Lean into It. Solsara plan to follow up the EP release with a plethora of multi-media content and extensive touring throughout the year in venues and the festival circuit across the UK. 
 
The video for the lead single, Day Of The Dead, and Solsara‘s tour dates, can be viewed below

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Mohawk Radio 'Shoot From The Hip' EP Launch

The Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK

February 10th 2017
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Tonight The Deaf Institute is hosting is the launch for Mohawk Radio‘s latest EP, Shoot From The Hip, the band have toured relentlessly and built up an impressive following, this has resulted in tonight’s show being completely sold out, an even more impressive feat when you consider that Mohawk Radio have done everything on their own terms. The crowd for tonight’s sold out show is certainly an eclectic one, boasting an intriguing mix of everything from indie kids to old rockers, this diversity is reflected in the quartet of bands that are on display tonight, a line up that makes tonight as much a showcase for the thriving musical environment in the North West of the UK as it is an event to celebrate the release of Mohawk Radio‘s latest EP.

Mohawk Radio DI Katie MacTonight’s journey to catch Mohawk Radio at the Deaf Institute didn’t start well, gridlock near the venue means that I’m running late, when we finally reach the venue the combination of new Converse and a wet pavement leads to further drama, but ripped jeans are in fashion and a few more scars aren’t going to make much difference at my age. I dust myself down and finally limp into the venue to catch the tail end of the opening set by Katie Mac. From the brief snatch I manage to catch it’s clear she possess a soulful voice, one that is backed up by a quartet that channels the more introspective side of indie. As their final number builds to an impressive crescendo I find myself wishing we’d managed to get here earlier .

Mohawk Radio DI Ideal ForgeryIdeal Forgery are next on the bill, they have an eclectic line up that includes violin and cello alongside the usual suspects of guitar and drums, after a mournful start they kick into some spirited indie rock that embraces the more melodic side of the folk punk scene, along with a hint of emo. For me the violin and cello brought an orchestral dimension to their sound, and it’s this that really separates them from the pack, Ideal Forgery are yet another local discovery that I can’t help but feel will be headed for bigger things, as there is no one else that sounds quite like them. The other factor that struck me about them is that their vocalist, Zak Heaney, peppers the gaps between songs with the word fuck as much as anyone I’ve ever seen. 

Mohawk Radio DI Jess KempJess Kemp is tonight’s final support, she delivers accomplished indie fuelled power pop that is mixed with a dash of rock, as their cover of Fleetwood Mac is testimony to, but don’t let that put you off, she twists the old rock classic to her own purposes to give it a fresh lease of life. There is something about Jess Kemp that for some reason reminds me of the energy of bands such as The Muffs and Against Me!, albeit on one of their quieter days. Maybe this is beacuse Jess Kemp possesses a vocal delivery that contains the kind of emotive melodic growl that few possess and for me her set is further evidence of the North Wests healthy and burgeoning DIY scene.

Mohawk Radio DI 1The Deaf Institute is packed to capacity for tonight’s Mohawk Radio show, this is even more impressive when you consider this is a totally DIY affair, artists with a label backing frequently play this venue to smaller crowds, and its to their credit that they’ve achieved this on their own terms. Three quarters of Mohawk Radio take to the stage and kick things off before vocalist Mia Page joins them onstage and their set starts in earnest. Mohawk Radio deliver the kind of hard edged alt rock that, as good as they are on record, really is at it best when experienced live. Mohawk Radio channel the best of rock, and they are a rock band at their heart, but they channel this with a harder edged sensibility more akin to alt rock and grunge that gives them the kind of cross genre appeal that most bands would kill for.

Mohawk Radio DI 2Mia Page has a striking vocal delivery, when you couple this with a razor sharp band you inevitably have a winning formula. On Your Knees, the lead track from their latest EP, sounds even better live, Mia Page works the stage like she’s playing to an arena crowd, whilst the band provide a rock solid backing. Their set varies between their upbeat heavier numbers and the softer side of their material, whilst the studio versions of these tracks didn’t appeal to me as much, live they are transformed into crowd pleasing foot stompers. The whole set is delivered with a joyful zeal, and there’s something about this band that makes you feel they are destined for bigger venues and crowds.

Mohawk Radio DI 3Mohawk Radio were incredible tonight, the level of showmanship on display is normally reserved for bigger venues and established acts, as a result their impressive set passed by in a blur. I’ll be honest, as much as I liked the Shoot From The Hip EP I wasn’t expecting to enjoy tonight as much as I did, the unrestrained hedonism of their rock influences, combined with their alternative roots, makes for an irresistible combination, and I feel privileged to have caught Mohawk Radio at this sold out intimate show. It’s not often you see a band with this kind of stage presence in a venue of this size, and on the basis of tonight’s show I’d recommend that you to tune into Mohawk Radio as soon as you get the chance.

Mohawk Radio DI 4Katie Mac‘s Facebook page is here

Ideal Forgery‘s Facebook page can be found here and their website is located here 

Jess Kemp‘s Facebook page is located here

The Punk Site review of Mohawk Radio‘s Shoot From The Hip EP is here

Mohawk Radio‘s website, where you can order the Shoot From The Hip EP, is located here

Photography is by Dean Unsworth, his Instagram account is located here,

You can click on any of Dean’s photos to view a slide show of the images

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The Glass Phantoms

Funeral Song / Call My Name

Abattoir Blues Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

The Glass Phantoms have released a new double a side single featuring two new songs, Funeral Song and live favourite Call My Name, the single has been released via Abattoir Blues Records and follows on from The Glass Phantoms 2016 self released debut, I Am The Dark. The single also features stunning artwork by God’s Teeth based on the lyrics from the single, artwork that it must be said captures the spirit of the single perfectly.

Funeral Song boasts a dark twisted hypnotic hammering rhythm, overlaid with vocalist Jimi Wade‘s rasping blues howl and some impressively twisted guitar work, Call My Name takes a step further into the shadows, this song has been an established feature of their live sets, and it’s transferred perfectly to the studio. Unlike most songs with a title like that, this is no love song, it contains the lyric “I’ll Put Your Screams Upon My Mantlepiece” that inspired the dark artwork by God’s Teeth. On this track they up the ante from the opener, Funeral Song, to deliver a deliciously dark and twisted number that personifies everything that I love about this band.

This is a move forward from last years impressive debut single, I Am The Dark, that demonstrates The Glass Phantoms are spreading their wings, with two perfect singles under their belt, and a reputation for heartfelt blistering live performances, The Glass Phantoms are building a reputation for being a band that are delivering their own blend of blues, stoner rock and alt rock which is delivered with their own dark twist, and as a result it’s hard not to fall under their spell. Now that they have Abattoir Blues Records behind them the future is somewhat perversely looking very bright for The Glass Phantoms.

The Glass Phantoms Facebook page can be found here

The Glass Phantoms new single can be downloaded and streamed here

The Abattoir Blues Records website can be found here

The Glass Phantoms Release New Single

Glass Phantoms Feb 17The Glass Phantoms have released a new single featuring two new songs, Funeral Song and Call My Name, the single will be released via Abattoir Blues Records and follows on from The Glass Phantoms 2016 self released debut, I Am The Dark. The single also features stunning artwork by God’s Teeth based on the lyrics from the single.

The Glass Phantoms Facebook page can be found here

The Glass Phantoms new single can be downloaded and streamed here

Young Fox Stream ‘Slow Burn’ From Forthcoming Debut Album

Young Fox Sky Beats GoldPittsburgh indie rockers Young Fox are streaming a new song entitled Slow Burn off their upcoming debut LP, Sky Beats Gold, that is due out on March 10th via Spartan Records.

You can stream Slow Burn, which features a guest appearance by Stephen Christian of Anberlin, via Alternative Press here

Sky Beats Gold can be pre-ordered on vinyl and digital formats here, all pre-orders include instant downloads of the tracks Sometimes the Monsters Win and Slow Burn.

The Bigger Empty To Release ‘Lakes And Oceans’ EP’s

Bigger Empty Vol 1Chicago based indie rock band The Bigger Empty, that is fronted by Mike Femulee formerly of the Smoking Popes and Alkaline Trio, will be releasing a collection of four EPs titled Lakes & Oceans via La Escalera Records.

The Bigger Empty will be kicking off the series with Lakes & Oceans Vol 1: Michigan which is set for a February 24th release. A new volume will be released quarterly throughout 2017.

You can pre-order Lakes & Oceans Vol 1: Michigan on CD here and digitally via iTunes

Empty Lungs To Release ‘Don’t Get It’ EP

Empty Lungs Dont Get ItManaging to capture the angst and protest spirit of punk rock and blend it with hooks and melody more akin to the indie rock and power pop of the 90’s, Empty Lungs have an energy and determination second to none. Then again, when you grow up in Belfast, Northern Ireland at the tail end of a bitter and divisive 35-year conflict, grit and determination to create something positive and unique are instilled in you. This determination has seen Empty Lungs become the first European artist to sign with Canadian label Hidden Pony Records, their Don’t Get It EP is planned for release on March 10th on vinyl and digital download through all usual retailers.

The Hidden Pony Records website is here and Empty Lungs spring tour dates are below Read More…

Hollerado Release Video For ‘Born Yesterday’

Hollerado Born YesterdayCanada’s energetic indie rockers, Hollerado, have released a new music video for Born Yesterday, the lead single from their upcoming full length due out spring of 2017 from Royal Mountain Records. Hollerado, have previously toured with Weezer, Jack White, Flaming Lips, and Julien Casablancas’ Voidz, they have now announced a lengthy run of tour dates to kick off 2017, initially in North America before heading to the Europe for an extensive run of shows with Sum 41.

Hollerado‘s official website can be found here

The video For Born Yesterday, and Hollerado‘s tour dates, can viewed below Read More…

Young Fox Reveal Lyric Video For ‘Sometimes The Monsters Win’

Young Fox Sky Beats GoldTwo years after the release of their impressive debut EP, Predecessors, Young Fox have returned, the Pittsburgh indie rockers have now released a lyric video for Sometimes The Monsters Win, the lead track from their upcoming debut LP, Sky Beats Gold, that is due for release on March 10th 2017 via Spartan Records.

Sky Beats Gold can be pre-ordered on ltd edition vinyl and download here

The lyric video for Sometimes The Monsters Win can be viewed below Read More…

Young Fox To Release Debut Album ‘Sky Beats Gold’

Young Fox Sky Beats GoldTwo years after the release of their impressive debut EP, Predecessors, Young Fox returns with Sky Beats Gold, a beautifully layered and moody discourse aimed directly at perpetual questions, the material vs. the immaterial, the closing gap between what we’ve become and what we’ve feared, empty hands and empty hearts and the darker spectrum of the human experience. Sky Beats Gold, will be released on March 10 via Spartan Records.

Young Fox‘s first single, Sometimes the Monsters Win, can be streamed  here

Sky Beats Gold can be pre-ordered on download and limited edition vinyl here

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Steady Hands

Rude Boys Of Bar Rock

Lame-O Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

What is now the folk punk septet, Steady Hands, began life as the side project for Sean Huber, the drummer of Modern Baseball. The album takes Inspiration from Billy Bragg, Bruce Springsteen and Frank Turner alongside other classic punk influenced singer songwriters. The genesis of Steady Hands began in the bars and basement venues in Philadelphia as Sean Huber began to establish his own musical identity away from Modern Baseball, the band was fleshed out by friends and acquaintances, including members of WC and, his colleague from Modern Baseball, Jacob Ewald. Rude Boys Of Bar Rock was released last week and it encompasses the entire recorded output of Steady Hands on one handy double LP, including re-recordings and even a brand new track.

This is an album that shifts away the approach of Modern Baseball and heads into punkier territory, albeit on the folkier side of the fence. The album opens with the new contribution to the album, Under The Rug, this is an anthemic slab of indie tinged folk punk, and it marks a damn fine start to the album. From this point on it’s a reckless trip back through Steady Hands entire back catalogue. The album veers between upbeat folk punk, introspective acoustic numbers and defiant Celtic influences, The fact that the strongest track on this impressive anthology is the sole new recording by Steady Hands indicates that this is a band that is still on the upswing, and further releases from Steady Hands in 2017 will be something that I’m looking forward to hearing.
 
For me Steady Hands eclipses the work of Modern Baseball, it’s a more accessible album, and it’s one that encompasses a wide range of influences including punk, folk punk and heartland rock, this will appeal to fans of Modern Baseball, but it has a broader appeal and covers a broader range. I’ll admit that the Nebraska style re-workings of the songs from Not Many Of Us Left felt like something of an afterthought, apart from that minor criticism this is a heartfelt and original twenty track collection that spans their entire recorded output. Hopefully the fact that this is a retrospective collection of their EP’s will allow them to reach a greater audience than their individual releases allowed, and that this will mean that we’ll hear more from Steady Hands over the coming years.
 
Rude Boys Of Bar Rock is available from Lame-O Records here
 
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All Get Out

Nobody Likes A Quitter

Bad Timing Records / Favourite Gentleman Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Nobody Likes A Quitter is the new album from All Get Out, it will be released via Bad Timing Records and Favourite Gentlemen Recordings tomorrow, October 28th. It’s been a long wait for the follow up to their 2011 full length, The Season, this latest release was produced and co-written by Andy Hull and Robert McDowell, both of whom are members of the Manchester Orchestra, who along with Nathan Hussey have collaborated to create an anthemic indie record that will presumably appeal greatly to fans of both bands. However for those who are unfamiliar with the work of either artist we need to explore Nobody Likes A Quitter.

Room To Talk opens proceedings and it does it in fine style, it varies between a plodding indie style, that is augmented by sparkling keyboards, and an upbeat chorus that boasts a much heavier guitar sound, the two parts are in contrast to each other yet they fit together perfectly. Home is a consistently frantic number that features a staccato drum beat with an offbeat timing that makes the song a slightly challenging listen, but this is a powerful track that well and truly kickstarts the album into life. Chasing Skirt is delivered in a more straight forward style that features a strident drum beat and Whatever is a great anthemic indie rock number. The album takes a well earned breather at the half way mark with the haunting Empty Nest, the latter half of the album is another five tracks of contrasting styles and influences, including the wonderful Now You Got It, that mirrors the initial handful of tracks by bowing out on a mellow note.

Firstly it must be said that Nobody Likes A Quitter has been superbly produced by the members of the Manchester Orchestra and what this collaboration has delivered is a varied and well crafted album that has something for pretty much everyone, from the punkier influences, through soulful introspective moments,  there’s even a country twang that creeps in here and there, and obviously there’s a healthy dose of indie rock that is an almost omnipresent influence. I can honestly say I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this album as much as I did,  Nobody Likes A Quitter is damn fine release that is the result of a collaboration between two artists, between them they have produced an album that is stronger than either of their previous works. Five years is a long time to wait for an album, but I can safely say that Nobody Likes A Quitter was worth it.

Nobody Likes A Quitter can be ordered via Bad Timing Records here

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Super Whatevr

Good Luck

Self Released
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Californian quartet Super Whatevr are the result of a series of poor decisions and misfortunes that have befallen the lead vocalist of Super Whatevr, Skyler McKee. Like any good story the wrong turns and mishaps of one individual have an upside, in this case it’s the debut EP by Super Whatevr, that is ironically entitled Good Luck. His bad luck and mistakes have led to the creation of an impressive five track EP that is comprised of four original songs and a bonus demo track. 

The Good Luck EP carries on in the melodic post punk legacy that the likes of Interpol and The Editors spearheaded in the early to mid 2000’s. The Good Luck EP is a set of curiously upbeat, yet seemingly disgruntled, songs that are not without their charm, the balance between the melancholy subject matter and delicate more upbeat indie tunes is maintained throughout the four completed tracks The only downside to this release is the additional demo track, it feels like something of an afterthought and doesn’t come close to meeting the standards of the rest of the Good Luck EP

Super Whatevr have managed to produce an intriguing EP of upbeat tunes that deal with the trials, tribulations and disappointments of daily life. The end result is a quartet of curiously upbeat, yet simultaneously downbeat songs, the more you become familiar with the Good Luck EP, the more Super Whatevr grow on you. if I was to review this EP in a months time I suspect the gritty lyrical content, and it’s indie tinged melodic post punk style, could well have grown on me even more than it already has.

Super Whatevr ‘s web presence, where you can stream the Good Luck EP, can be found here

The Good Luck EP can be purchased via iTunes

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Acadia

InFocus

Self Released
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

InFocus is the debut self released EP from Portland quintet, Acadia, InFocus is a an EP that has no overarching theme or story and it has been described by the band as “a glimpse at pure emotions”. Acadia began life as an acoustic project, as they developed their material the decision to expand the line up was made so that the songs could have a fuller and richer sound. In addition to the five musicians that comprise Arcadia, the EP features guest vocals from Like Pacific‘s Jordan Black and Matty Arsenault from A Loss For Words.

Acadia are no relation to the band of a similat name that was formed in the mid 80’s by former members of Duran Duran, now we’ve got that cleared up we can discuss the Portland band Acadia. This is an EP of six heartfelt and impassioned indie rock numbers that have influences from the emo and alt-rock stables. For me the stand out track from the InFocus EP is Casablanca with it’s refrain of “here’s looking at you kid”, after all, who doesn’t love a good movie reference. In addition to the strength of the material on display the mix on InFocus is perfectly balanced which let’s this five piece shine on what is a very impressive debut EP.

Acadia have made a strong initial statement with their debut EP, they are competing in an overcrowded genre of heartfelt emo influenced bands, but the key difference is that they don’t fall into the trap of mawkishness or self indulgence, the result is that the material is delivered with spirit and originality, if I had the chance to play this for a few more days I have a feeling that the Infocus EP would grow on me even more than it already has.

Acadia will be supporting Like Pacific and Broadside on the Distant Like You Asked Tour on October 12 in Cambridge, MA.

Digital copies of InFocus are available via iTunes and will be available to purchase on CD at their live shows

Pet Clinic Debut ‘Sick Witch’ Music Video

pet-clinic-promo-sept-16In the blue collar hallows of Pittsburgh a rock n’ roll monster has been born. Pet Clinic form experimental waves of sound from a Leslie cabinet and stereo guitar amps backed by a solid rhythm section. Formed by David Bubenheim, John Henderson, Ian Edwards, Kenneth Nelson and Mike Arendt, Pet Clinic authors a powerful portrait of what an experimental rock band can do.

Pet Clinic‘s music and merch can be purchased here

Sick Witch is the new video from Pet Clinic and it can be viewed below Read More…

Patty Hearst Announce Tour Dates

patty-hearstManchester five piece indie punk band Patty Hearst have announced a series of concerts around the Greater Manchester area that culminates in an appearance at the sixth annual A Carefully Planned Festival in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Fresh from their support slot with Nothing, the Mancunian quintet will be playing this series of local dates before venturing further afield to promote their self titled debut EP that was released earlier this year

You can purchase or stream Patty Hearst‘s self released debut EP here

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Toy Cars

Sleeping Patterns

Counter Intuitive Records / Sniffling Indie Kids
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Toy Cars were formed back in the summer of 2014, they self recorded and released the Red Hands EP in 2014, since that time there have been a number of line up changes prior to Toy Cars settling into the current stable line up of Matt DeBenedetti, Chris Beninato, Matt Caponegro and Michael LinardiSleeping Patterns is the follow up to last years highly acclaimed self released EP, Letters.

The album opens with Bjork, this track is distinctly in the heartland rock territory that The Gaslight Anthem trod prior to their hibernation and the second track, Books, also treads the same ground, but in a slightly more strident manner. The riff on this number is heavily reminiscent of The Clash‘s classic Should I Stay Or Should I Go, in fact it’s so similar I’d even be tempted to call it a reworking of that fine song. Sleeping Patterns then heads in a different direction, the acoustic number Dull is a melancholy counterpoint in the EP before Stone breathes life back into Sleeping Patterns with it’s strident drum beat and anthemic chorus, which is very heavy on the woah’s. The final song Albatross starts with a melodic picked guitar riff before it builds up into a familiar anthemic refrain and before you know it Sleeping Patterns is over in what has been a rather enjoyable quarter of an hour.

There are obvious comparisons between Toy Cars and the likes of The Gaslight Anthem, Kevin Devine, Brand New and even a hint of Arcade Fire, having read that you should have a fairly good idea of where this EP is coming from, whilst the influences and style may be familiar Toy Cars very much have their own take on this style. Sleeping Patterns is a something of a gem of an EP, if you’re in anyway a fan of this genre then I’d recommend you get your hands on this EP, you can thank me later.

Sleeping Patterns is due for release on September 16th and can be ordered here

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Nothing / Patty Hearst

Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK

14th September 2016
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

The Deaf Institute remains one my favourite venues in Manchester, they attract an eclectic range of acts and they support local bands, the staff are friendly, the beer is excellent and it still has one of Manchester’s finest smoking areas that means I don’t have to walk down two flights of steps in between bands, it also serves as an outdoor balcony for some welcome relief from the heat that builds up in the small Music Hall on the top floor of the venue. Tonight The Deaf Institute is playing host to Philadelphia’s Nothing on their first foray into the UK and Europe. Nothing even made time to visit parts of Manchester that have become synonymous with some the city’s most celebrated bands, as evidenced by the their visit to the Salford Lads Club, that was immortalised by The Smiths, that Nothing posted on the social media.

First up is local band Patty Hearst, I arrive part way through their set due to driving round the venue for twenty minutes looking for a parking space. Thankfully I hear enough to know I’ve discovered another promising local band. Patty Hearst play a mix of punk rock and indie rock, and to my ear there’s a touch of post hardcore in the mix as well, their sound is somewhat at odds with the eclectic image of the band but appearances are very deceptive in the case of Patty Hearst. They play with passion and intensity despite the five members being squeezed onto the Deaf Institute Stage. Whilst I only caught a few songs by them they certainly made an impression on me, and also on the crowd who had attended early enough to catch the support act.

If the Deaf Institute isn’t sold out tonight it’s damn close to it, and the unseasonably warm and humid September evening has transformed the venue into the equivalent of a noisy sauna. Before the gig I notice that Nothing are happily mingling with the audience, something I always like to see. A dark piano piece replaces the music and indicates that the arrival of Nothing is imminent and as they take the stage the Piano fades into a squall of white noise. The unassuming quartet break into a dark and intense opening number before they up the tempo with a track that hints at their punk origins.

Regardless of the temperature they play a bass heavy and intense sound that juxtaposes the laid back harmonic vocals, their conversations with the audience are similarly laid back and unassuming, they remind me of the dialogue from the classic stoner movie The Big Lebowski. They share tales of their night out in Glasgow the previous evening, which seemed to involve a admirable level of excess and hedonism and ended in the hospitalisation of one of the members, thankfully they were able to make it to Manchester intact but the previous nights antics might explain their speech patterns as none of us are at out most coherent after a serious night out.

Their punk attitude is crossed with 90’s grunge and laidback indie which creates an glorious hybrid where the vocal drawl is perfectly matched against the intense heavy music and the soaring guitar parts. Nothing appear to have cherry picked some of the finest sounds from the last three decades to create a sound that simultaneously manages to be angry, intense and yet laid back . Sometimes there is a joy in going to a concert where you have no prior knowledge of any of the bands that are playing, you enter with a blank slate and approach the gig with no preconceptions, both of tonight’s bands were new to me, but I’m glad that is no longer the case and I intend to acquaint myself with their back catalogues on the strength of tonight’s show.

This is Nothing‘s first European tour and on the basis of tonight I recommend catching them before they return to the USA

Patty Hearst‘s Bandcamp can be found here and their Facebook page is here

You can order Nothing‘s latest album, Tired Of Tomorrow, from Relapse Records here

Nothing‘s European tour dates can be found here

Pixies To Play Live Set For BBC Radio 6

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The Pixies have announced that they will be playing BBC 6 Music Live on October 3rd at Maida Vale, in London. Registration for this unique concert opens on Friday 9th September at 11am BST. BBC 6 Music Live showcases the music we love from artists whose passion and flair embodies the alternative spirit. For more info and to register for tickets click here

You can Pre-order new LP Head Carrier on Ltd Edition Box Set, Heavyweight Vinyl and CD here
 

God Damn Release ‘Sing This’ Video

God Damn EEGod Damn immortalise their devastatingly heavy and addictive new single Sing This with a powerful new music video, taken from their forthcoming second album, Everything Ever, which will be released via One Little Indian Records on September 23rd. Juxtaposing the darkness and the light, Sing This see’s God Damn both jovial and wonderfully macabre.

You can pre-order Everything Ever from iTunes and the usual sources

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Pixies Release First Video From ‘Head Carrier’ Album

Pixies PressThe Pixies have released the music video for Tenement Song today, it is the first music video for the Pixies upcoming album Head Carrier, which is due out on September 30. Taking its influence from the song’s lyrics and Vaughan Oliver‘s album artwork, the video was conceived and created by the Krank! Collective, and follows a journey through a squalid tenement block on the brink of demolition.  The team created the video using a variety of handmade and digital animation techniques, including old school light box, painted animation, rotoscoping and digital compositing. Tenement Song can now be purchased via iTunes and the usual sources.

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