Cherry have released their new song, Forever Overhead, that is taken from the band’s debut album Dumbness, that is set to be released on September 29th via Lame-O Records. The Philadelphia indie rock project features members of Kite Party and Three Man Cannon, as well Lame-O Records owner Eric Osman on drums.
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By AJ Phink
Ohio indie rock trio Ledges have just released their debut album, Homecoming, the full length builds on the sound the band cultivated on their 2014 debut EP, The Indian Summer, and the album follows a singular character on a journey through doubt, love, loss, and redemption. The Homecoming album was originally intended to be an EP, but as the band began recording demos they realized that an EP wasn’t sufficient to tell the story, and it needed to be told in the form of a full length album.
A gentle introduction, that wouldn’t sound out of place on an eighties movie soundtrack, eases you into Homecoming, the majority of the album offers the kind of laid back indie feel that never really grabs you, rather it has a sound that surrounds and embraces you. There are moments on the album, such as the lead single Teenage Daydream that also carries an eighties sheen of synth, that offer more upbeat moments, but for the most part this is a distinctly languid experience. Homecoming is an album with a tale to tell, if you enjoy this kind of reflective indie experience then you may well find that Ledges have made an album that you will happily lose yourself in.
Homecoming is an album that sounds as if it’s been made to be listened to as a whole, there are no stand out singles or mesmerising moments, but it does work as a complete and coherent work. This is the kind of release that just drifts over you, whilst I personally prefer an album that grabs you and causes a rush of adrenaline there are moments when that isn’t what you need, and for those moments Ledges have produced an album that offers an enveloping and reflective experience. For me Homecoming is an album that won’t appear regularly on my playlist, but I know that when the moment is right I’ll be glad that Homecoming is resting gently in my collection.
Homecoming is available on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Apple Music and all other major digital outlets.
Ledges Facebook page can be found here
People are unpredictable creatures, which is why they’ve got a habit of letting you down, Julia Louise manages take those terrible feelings of disappointment, twist them up and let them out to haunt the world. While Julia Louise perfectly captures the bittersweet moment of finally being free of fake friends, it’s that pain in having to realize that people you love can totally screw you over that shines on Brat, the lead single from her forthcoming debut release, Love Jail, that will be released via No Sleep Records.
Shanghai Blues have released their brand new single, Those Three Words, the single gives us a glimpse of what Shanghai Blues has to offer, as it carves a path through raw emotion and untouched mindsets. It merges into a tense combination of hypnotic melodies with the layering of guitars that later kicks into prodigious crescendo, as poignant and stripped back lyrics liaise with feelings of lingering hope. Leaving an impactful imprint, it hints to moments from their past single releases while showing the progression of mature growth the band is heading towards.
Nashville trio The By Gods have announced that their new album, Move On, is due for release on 20th October 2017, the trio are currently on a lengthy run of US tour dates, with a UK tour to follow. To celebrate the forthcoming release of their new album the band have revealed the video for Rat In My House, the first single to be taken from the new album that will be available via streaming platforms from 31st July 2017.
You can stream Rat In My House here
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Trampolene have revealed two new videos, Beautiful Pain and Saving My Life In A&E, both tracks are taken from the Beautiful Pain EP that was released on the 7th July. Beautiful Pain is about the desperate hope, crushing pain and the heart mangling joy of falling in love, whilst Saving My Life In A&E is a party political broadcast on behalf of the Trampolene Party, a heartfelt poem dedicated to the NHS. The EP also features She Sits With Me and a passionate rendition of The Smith‘s classic Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want.
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The Libertines have announced the …Tiddeley Om Pom Pom Tour of seven British seaside towns, the tour commences at the Blackpool Empress Ballroom on 22nd September and culminates at the Brighton Centre on the 2nd of October, tickets go on sale on Friday 16th June. The Libertines will also be headlining a number of festivals across the summer including the Tramlines and Truck festivals.
Tickets for the …Tiddley Om Pom Pom Tour can be ordered here from Friday 16th June
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Philadelphia’s Caracara have just released the music video for their single, Glacier, which is taken from their forthcoming full length record, that will be released later this year. Their debut album promises a shifting of styles and symbols, alternating from shimmering indie to whispers of neo-folk before relishing in the cathartic push of post-rock. This fluidity introduces a band with no point of origin, built from the mysterious clamour of noise as much as they are inspired by it.
Glacier can be streamed and purchased here
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Sound Control, Manchester, UK25th May 2017
By AJ Phink
Manchester has been hit by an unexpected heatwave meaning that all the beer gardens are packed and Sound Control, a place that normally has a reputation for sweaty intimate shows, is like a furnace. The venue is sparsely populated prior to Demob Happy taking the stage, it’s hard to tell whether this is the allure of the beer garden or whether people are deterred by the attack on the Manchester Arena, that occurred less than a week ago. Regardless Demob Happy take the stage and hit us with a wall of fuzzed up indie noise that to my ears owes a significant debt to the MC5, their anthemic blend of fuzzed up indie rock, harmonic vocals and garage and psyche overtones is a welcome return to live music after what has been an emotional week.
The crowd slowly grows throughout their set, indicating that the rare appearance of summer in Manchester is more responsible for the initial sparse attendance rather than any sense of fear or trepidation regarding attending live shows. Demob Happy have given it their all tonight in an overheated venue, and I note that not one single person is in the bar area, everyone is up to the front for their set. Their mix of indie rock, garage fuzz and proto punk roots is one that is impressive, to put it mildly. Their set veers into alt rock occasionally, recalling elements of early Muse, but thankfully without the self indulgence and prog influences that seems to populate their shows these days. Trying to pin down exactly where Demob Happy are coming from is like herding cats as they skip between influences and styles without batting an eyelid.
At times Demob Happy border on hardcore intensity, others they’re channeling late 60s psyche and fuzzy proto punk, all of this is wrapped in a sheen of indie cool with a raw alt rock veneer, that makes Demob Happy a unique act that I would encourage anyone with a love for the idiosyncratic side of alternative music to go and see live. Their final number is introduced by “we’re Demob Happy, thank you for coming, we think it’s important that you did” and I couldn’t agree more. Tonight Demob Happy played the kind of accomplished genre spanning set that few can deliver, tonight this Brighton based trio of displaced Geordies played an eclectic set that ups the anticipation for their forthcoming EP.
Gang Of Youths are a very different prospect from Demob Happy, they are darker and richer in sound but with the same tendency to incorporate different styles and influences into their set. Tonight they are showcasing new material from their forthcoming sophomore album, Go Farther In Lightness, to the appreciative crowd, and between songs they release their rhetoric and world view. The first exposure to their new material comes across as Gaslight Anthem viewed through a dark and intense lens that is tinged with the distinctly blue collar feel of heartland rock that is distorted through their unique worldview. Glittering guitar riffs sit alongside the driving rhythms and passionate vocals to create a hypnotic and heartfelt sound that is the kind of uplifting soundtrack that Manchester needs this week.
Gang Of Youths displayed a level of openness, honesty and personal disclosure that you rarely encounter, and it was one that you can’t help but be moved by. Towards the end of their all too brief set Gang Of Youths encourage the crowd into an anthemic refrain of “I’m not afraid” during the track Poison Drum, this is a song that has the perfect feel for tonight’s show, a defiant and danceable number that makes me think that this really is a song that should be owned by Manchester, and it’s one that will always remind me of tonight whenever it rotates itself back into my playlist. On this hot mancunian night I can’t think of a better show to have attended since the events of Monday, simultaneously defiant and heartfelt, and in places heartbreaking,
During their final number vocalist David Le’aupepe leaves the stage and enters the crowd and they finish the set as though they’re closing a show to the usual packed crowds they play to in their native Australia, to see a band of this stature in a small grass roots venue is a privilege that you don’t get very often. Tonight was a wonderful mix of styles from the alternative music of the past, present and possibly the future, both Gang Of Youths and Demob Happy delivered near perfect sets tonight and for that I can only thank them, this was my first concert after the events of 22nd May and it reaffirms exactly why music matters and underlines Manchester’s defiance.
On the way to Sound Control we passed the Arena, the site of attack on the 22nd May, the floral tributes and ongoing Police presence are a sobering reminder of the price 22 people paid who just went out to watch live music. The Punk Site‘s response to the Manchester attack can be read here
Gang Of Youths website can be found here
Demob Happy‘s website is located here
Live 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
Emerging Californian indie rockers Watch For Horses have premiered a new song, Memory Bells, that has a sound that brings to mind a hybrid of The Strokes, Two Door Cinema Club, Funeral Party and Young The Giant. Watch For Horses have been steadily gigging around the LA area, and the buzz is now reverberating well beyond Southern California. Watch For Horses have now announced a handful of US tour dates that can be viewed by clicking on the flyer.
You can also stream Memory Bells here
As the August 18th release date of their new album, Spin, approaches, indie-rock duo Tigers Jaw have announced details of a UK tour with Culture Abuse that same month. The tour includes a London show at The Garage on August 20th and culminates with sets at the Reading and Leeds Festivals. Pre-orders for Spin are now open at iTunes and from the band’s store for CD, limited edition blue vinyl and bundles, all pre-orders will receive instant downloads of the tracks Guardian and June.
You can pre-order physical formats of Spin here
Dark BlueTranscend Music
By AJ Phink
Nineteen Fifty Eight have been steadily building a loyal following since they formed back in 2013, both through their live shows and their two self released EP’s, 2013’s Rapture and 2015’s When Will I Get To You. Although they remain fiercely loyal to the South Wales music scene that spawned them, the Swansea based alternative rock band will hopefully be looking to move beyond the confines of their local scene, as they have released their impressive new EP, Dark Blue, today, the 19th May 2017, via Transcend Music.
The title track starts with a laid back alt rock feel before it eases into dark bass led power pop, this is a style that is revisted on the penultimate track, God Forbid. The atmospheric and powerful track, Under My Skin, weaves a hypnotic spell whereas Optimistic brings their darker side to the fore, the fuzz and pace are both upped, and when this is married to an addictive guitar riff you have a winning combination. Temporary Feelings almost brings Dark Blue to a dead stop before it builds to an anthemic finale, and the EP ends in memorable fashion with the rocky closer Watch Me Burn.
Dark Blue should appeal to fans of bands such as The Duke Spirit, Brand New and Editors, both the past and present of this kind of melodic alt rock are absorbed to create an impressive EP, one that it must be said has a distinctly radio friendly quality about it, but it’s all done without any apparent sacrifices being made to achieve this. Dark Blue is an EP that embraces influences from the world’s of indie and rock to create an anthemic and impressive six track EP that should see them reaching a wider audience.
Nineteen Fifty Eight‘s website can be found here
FreightlinerExploding In Sound Records
By AJ Phink
Exploding In Sound Records recently announced the launch of the EIS Tape Club, a year long cassette subscription service that boasts Anna Altman’s full length debut, Freightliner, as the debut release. Freightliner was released on April 28th and is not only available via The EIS Tape Club, for those with a preference for digital formats the album is also available for download. Anna Altman are comprised of the duo Lucia Arias and Christian Billard, both better known for their tenure in Turnip King, but this is not just a recreation of that band’s work, Anna Altman is a distinctly more laid back project.
Freightliner opens with The Interview, a track that possesses a bassline and beat that is more than a touch reminiscent of early New Order, with a breathless vocal delivery that reminds me of Pauline Murray, lead singer of punk band Penetration and latterly Pauline Murray And The Invisible Girls. The Catcher then brings the pace down, and it’s here that the album remains, after the initial post punk feel of The Interview the album boasts a series of delicate melodies, gentle beats and tangled minimalist arrangements that will delight fans of Liz Phair, The Breeders, and Bedhead.
From the off Freightliner lays it’s cards on the table with it’s mix of influences from the UK’s post punk scene and US indie bands, but considering these influences the whole album feels restrained and after the opening track, The Interview, the album never seems to recover from it’s initial loss of momentum. Having said that, for those seeking a melodic and haunting soundtrack then Freightliner offers a serene hypnotic quality that is built on repeating structures and patterns overlaid with haunting vocals.
The Flaws In EverythingAnimal Style Records
By AJ Phink
From their humble beginnings as an acoustic solo project back in 2012 Northbound have steadily evolved into a fully fleshed-out band. Jonathon Fraser remains at the creative heart of Northbound, his songwriting sits at the core of the band and his style seems at home here, whether he’s armed with nothing but an acoustic guitar and his voice, or with the full band fleshing out his songs with some muscle. Northbound have now bought us their latest EP, The Flaws In Everything, that was released on the 21st April 2017 via Animal Style Records, and it is now available on two different vinyl variants, white and blue and black and blue, as well as on CD and digital formats.
The Flaws In Everything introduces itself with the strong pop punk opening of Fade To Black, the classic pop punk combination of harmonised vocals and strong catchy guitar hooks is well in evidence, on the basis of this you might think you know what you’re in for, but you’d be wrong, Suitor Type still contains the pop punk element, but this time it’s darker with a touch of post hardcore. The opening duo of tracks is then followed by the crunching distorted riff of Well Water, a song that drifts into alt-rock territory, The Flaws In Everything continues to keep you guessing as Lonely Squid boasts a stripped down acoustic quality until finally Tell Me Something Good, with it’s impassioned chorus, brings things to a reflective thoughtful close.
The Flaws In Everything is a varied genre spanning EP that hits the spot nicely, for me Fade To Black and Well Water are the two stand out tracks, both bring a distorted energy to the EP, but that’s not to put down the remainder of this release, but with such a varied blend of styles on display you’re going to gravitate to the ones that appeal to your sensibilities, in my case it’s the noisier contingent of tracks. Whether every track on this EP will be to your taste is debatable, but I can guarantee there’s a good chance that you’ll find something to your taste on The Flaws In Everything.
Born YesterdayRoyal Mountain Records
By AJ Phink
Toronto’s most energetic indie rockers, Hollerado, have released their new full length, Born Yesterday, today, the 21st April 2017,on Royal Mountain Records. The latest release continues a prolific pattern of releases that started with a series of demos and progressed to their debut album Record In A Bag in 2009, and continued with their 2013 sophomore release, White Paint, and the ambitious 111 Songs project in 2015, where Hollerado wrote custom songs for specific fans. It was this exhaustive and continuous songwriting project that built the working framework for the release of Born Yesterday.
Born Yesterday starts with the high energy power pop of the title track, and you couldn’t really ask for a finer start to an album than this fuzzy hook filled opener, the album takes a downturn with the slower yearning number, Don’t Shake, and continues to veer wildly between styles, from the glam rock influenced tracks Brick Wall and I Got You, the sparse pop of Grief Money and Rollerskater, shining upbeat tracks such as Sorry You’re Alright and If It Is Love, and of course further helpings of power pop in the shape of Eloise and Better Than the Cure. All the while Born Yesterday boasts an infectious guitar hook littered style with perfect vocal harmonies
To me Hollerado resemble a union between the stripped down power pop of The Thermals and the melodies and harmonies of Weezer, whilst Born Yesterday never quite hits the heights it promised on the first few tracks, especially the stunning title track, this is an original and varied album that would be well worth investigating for fans of the aforementioned bands and the likes of Silver Sun and Japandroids. Hollerado have released a catchy and eclectic mix that encompasses just about everything from the indie scene of the last thirty or so years, Born Yesterday is clearly a misleading album title as to produce an album this varied and consistent indicates they certainly weren’t.
Born Yesterday can be ordered digitally via iTunes and on physical formats here
Italian alternative quartet Soldiers Of A Wrong War has released their new party filled music video titled, Yeah!. Along with the new single, comes the announcement for the band’s second studio album, Countdowns, which follows up on their 2014 three-track EP, Slow. The new album is set to release April 18th and is now available for pre-orders via iTunes
Countdowns can be pre-ordered here
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Vancouver’s Blessed are getting ready to release II on April 28th via Kingfisher Bluez (Canada) and Cointoss Records (US) and they are sharing the second single from the EP, Body. Blessed‘s artful post-punk and twitchy indie rock sound has earned the band comparisons to everyone from Television and The Fall to Ought and Radiohead.
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Portland DIY artists Little Star are now streaming their new self titled album in full ahead of the records release via Good Cheer Records on April 14th, pre-orders for the self titled album are now available. Little Star will also be playing their record release show at Mississippi Studios in Portland on April 14th
You can stream the album in full via Gold Flake Paint here
Nashville three piece indie grunge band Daddy Issues are bravely tackling the trauma of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse in their new single, I’m Not. Daddy Issues have released a stream of the new track that is taken from their debut LP, Deep Dream, which will be released on May 19th 2017 via Infinity Cat Records.
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Lightcliffe are a bittersweet emo/indie-rock band hailing from Brighton and London that formed at the tail end of 2015. Mistakes I Seem To Make is a two track cassette release that will be released via DIY bedroom labels Honeypot Records and Backpack Records, the cassette is due out on April 7th and the band will be playing a release show on April 8th at DIY Space For London.
Lightcliffe‘s Facebook page can be found here
Fresh 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
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Pittsburgh 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
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This Is All PretendAnimal Style Records
By AJ Phink
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.
You can purchase This Is All Pretend here
Sky Beats GoldSpartan Records
By AJ Phink
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
Nashville 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 view Daddy Issues tour dates by clicking on the tour flyer
The 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
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Tim 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…
Toronto’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…
Michigan’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