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Vundabar Stream New Track And Announce New LP & 2018 Tour

Vundabar SSBoston duo Vundabar have shared an infectious and haunting new track, Diver, and have announced headline tour dates for Spring 2018 in support of their brand new album, Smell Smoke, that is due for release on February 23rd 2018. Vundabar have built a massive following through non-stop touring and their signature brand of jittery, rambunctious post-punk, yet much of their music hints at something darker beneath the surface. 

You can stream Diver via Soundcloud here and purchase the track via Bandcamp here

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Drink And Drive Set To Release Debut Album On December 1st

Drink And Drive TIWHWAFLOYFDrink And Drive are a chaotic yet compelling outfit that combine shouted word vocals and primal musicality, their songs carry a sardonic humour throughout and the music is reckless and naïve, sometimes a short, sharp post-punk shock and sometimes epic, brooding and oppressive. Drink And Drive are set to release their debut album, This Is What Happens When A Fly Lands On Your Food, via German Shepherd Records on December 1st.
 
German Shepherd Records website can be found here
 
The video for the track Adult Pig Suit can be viewed below

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Hundredth’s Chadwick Johnson Unveils Solo Project ‘Pure Violet’

Hundredth frontman, Chadwick Johnson, has unveiled his new solo project, Pure Violet, and shared the first taste of music under the moniker. Earlier this year Hundredth released their pivotal new album, Rare, which saw the band deftly veering from their hardcore beginnings into new melodic territory. The album’s kinetic brand of shoegaze-inflected alternative hinted at a much broader musical palette and Pure Violet expands even further into this new melodic territory. The tracks Numb and Garden perfectly capture Pure Violet‘s gloomy pop sound, blending crisp electronic drum beats with warm synthesizers as Johnson’s reverb-laden voice falls in and out.

You can stream and download Numb and Garden via Bandcamp here

Dissociates Oct 17

Dissociates

A Capital Idea

Safety Second Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

London punk rock powerhouse Dissociates are set to release their debut full length, A Capital Idea, on 10th November 2017 via Safety Second Records. A Capital Idea isn’t quite a brand new full length as the album is comprised of brand new songs and material that was contained on their 2016 EP, After Hours At The Violet Club, regardless of this A Capital Idea is a release that seems to mark the transition point of the band. Unless you’ve already purchased their previous release, and even if that is the case then you should investigate the new tracks, then this is a debut full length that I’d recommend to anyone who likes their punk rock to come from an unpredictable direction.

Tracks such as Ionise Islington and the album’s lead single, Useless Wooden Toys, that are for me the album’s two perfect moments, are fine examples of the new material composed for A Capital Idea. These tracks sit alongside material from last years After Hours At The Violet Club EP that carry a heavier punk feel, and indicate that in the last 13 months Dissociates have shifted towards a more experimental direction, and as far as I’m concerned this feels like a positive move. As good as their earlier tracks are it’s the new material on A Capital Idea that grabbed my attention, and indicate that Dissociates aren’t following in anyone’s footsteps.

A Capital Idea has something of a split personality, on the one hand there is the more straightforward punk of the tracks taken from the After Hours At The Violet Club EP, and on the other there’s the driven post punk feel of much of their new material. The new compositions possess all the jagged guitar riffs and off kilter bass riffs that you’d expect, but they are blended with a headier and livelier punk rock mentality to produce a unique hybrid that sits perfectly between the two styles, A Capital Idea is exactly that, and it’s one that marks an impressive debut full length from Dissociates

The Dissociates website can be found here

Peter Hook & The Light Confirmed For 2018 Rebellion Festival

Rebellion 18 - Nov 17When Joy Division and New Order legend Peter Hook performed at Rebellion Festival in 2016 it was widely regarded to be one of the most memorable sets of the weekend. It is, then, with great pleasure that the Rebellion Festival can confirm that Peter Hook & The Light will return to play the festival in 2018 for a special ‘best of Joy Division’ set that will be guaranteed to thrill both newcomers and old fans of the band.

You can purchase tickets for the 2018 Rebellion Festival here

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Nadine Shah BOTW Oct 17

Nadine Shah / Life

Band On The Wall, Manchester, UK

16th October 2017
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 
Nadine Shah BOTW Oct 17 2The Band On The Wall is one of Manchester’s longest running venues, the building has undergone extensive refurbishment in recent years and as it’s set to expand further it thankfully looks like a live venue that is here to stay. Tonight the Band On The Wall is playing host to Nadine Shah who is touring in support of her stunning new album, Holiday Destination, which for me is easily her finest full length to date, and one that marks a distinct change in style from her 2015 album, Fast Food. Nadine Shah has bought up and coming Hull quartet Life along as support on her UK tour, who are touring in support of their impressive debut album, Popular Music, that was released earlier this year.
 
Nadine Shah BOTW Oct 17 3 LifeLife nonchalantly take the stage before launching into their set, one that is heavily inspired by the post punk bands of the late seventies and early eighties such as The Fall and The Au Pairs , but it’s not one that’s embedded in the past as it also carries elements from the heavier end of indie, such as early Maximo Park and The Vines, as well as their own unique sound and style and as their frontman Mez is a permanently hyperactive presence, both on and off the stage, the result is that they are a mesmerising live act. The sound in the refurbished Band On The Wall is absolutely spot on and their album’s hyperactive and eccentric title track makes me decide to pick up a copy of their album after the show. Their appearance on Nadine Shah‘s tour makes for a perfect introduction to a band I haven’t previously encountered, they declare their band name is taken from the phrase ‘choose life’, and on the basis of tonight’s performance I’d recommend you do just that.
 
Nadine Shah BOTW Oct 17 4Nadine Shah is unique, for me no one is doing anything remotely close to her material, and even when you think you’ve pigeonholed her she will shift, a tactic that has seen her deliver three radically different albums that are unified by her haunting vocals and personal song writing, a combination that has seen the Band On The Wall sold out well in advance of tonight’s show. Nadine Shah‘s latest album displayed more of a post punk attitude than her two previous albums, Love Your Dum And Mad and Fast Food, something that reflects the stark political subject matter of much of her new album and as her band is now augmented by a sax player this only adds to the post punk direction that her new material carries. Her five piece band add muscle to her material live and frees Nadine Shah up to strut the stage, the first tour I’ve attended when she’s not been playing guitar and this seems to add a degree of freedom to her performance as she seems more expressive and animated than the previous tours I’ve caught.
 
Nadine Shah BOTW Oct 17 5The title track from Holiday Destination seizes the audience and the muscular dark post punk of her set is only punctuated by her observations and interactions with the crowd, which are delivered in her broad Tyneside accent. Whilst there are some comparisons to elements of late era Siouxsie And The Banshees and Public Image Ltd one her new album, Nadine Shah is very much her own person. The haunting Yes Men, one of highlights from her new album, is preceeded by a political statement of intent, that is delivered in her own down to earth manner. The nature of the venue means that at capacity its hard to actually get a decent view of the stage, but despite this minor inconvinience I’ve never heard Nadine Shah sound better than she has tonight. She deviates away from the Holiday Destination to include material from her first two albums, which have also benefited from having her expanded backing band behind her, as her earlier material sounds more muscular than when I’ve encountered her previously, and tonight Nadine Shah seems more self assured and confident than ever and delivers a spellbinding set.
 
Nadine Shah BOTW Oct 17 6Nadine Shah gives a heartfelt and venomous few words against the far right and declares herself a proud second generation immigrant, prior to delivering a Full blooded rendition of the barbed single Out The Way. She closes the night with superb three song encore that includes Runaway, the song that introduced me to Nadine Shah, and she reiterates her ambition for her new album to humanise the dehumanised and support those who need it most, and finally Mother Fighter brings a faultless set to an end. What direction she’ll head off in on her next album is anyone’s guess, but wherever she goes I’ll be following as tonight has proved that there really is no one quite like Nadine Shah, she has outgrown each venue I’ve seen her play in, and judging by tonight’s show and the crowd reaction this is something that will remain true for the foreseeable future. Nadine Shah is one of the most original and politically focused acts in the UK at the moment, and if you are going to see one act that is an exception to the punk shows that we all know and love then you really should catch Nadine Shah live.
 
Nadine Shah BOTW Oct 17 7Nadine Shah‘s website can be found here
 
The Punk Site review of Holiday Destination can be read here
 
Life‘s website is located here
 
Band On The Wall‘s website is 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
 

corporationpop Release Debut Single ‘Vintage Lingerie’

Corporation Pop Oct 17corporationpop is the new venture by acclaimed poet Elise Hadgraft, sick of being artistically ripped off and relegated to the role of ‘feminist poet girlfriend’ she started up a new project armed only with Yamaha synths and Korg Volca beats. With corporationpop Elise has taken a unique direction with a distinctly DIY attitude, and the first track, Vintage Lingerie, is the genesis of a project that will be taken on the road to support the resurgence of female fronted music. corporationpop‘s Facebook page can be found here

You can stream Vintage Lingerie here

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Big Heet

On A Wire

Exploding In Sound Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Big Heet, the Tallahassee quartet led by the former ex Breathers guitarist and vocalist David Settle, released their full-length debut, On A Wire, on October 20th via the Exploding In Sound Records Tape Club. On A Wire is an album that shifts between agitated post punk and tangled post-hardcore whilst maintaining a social conscience, throughout the album Big Heet rally against anxiety, environmental concerns, politics, anti-semitism, dead end jobs, assault, abuse and false activism, and do their part in creating some much needed change. 

The opening title track on Big Heet‘s full length gives the impression that On A Wire will resemble the aftermath of a collision between The Foo Fighters and The Beatles, the melody and energy are all there but it’s all delivered a breakneck pace with a ragged lo-fi approach. But it’s as you get deeper and deeper into the album it becomes increasingly discordant and frantic, and it just keeps heading off into a primal hardcore swamp of noise, one that simultaneously recalls the more experimental sides of punk, post punk, hardcore and noise rock

On A Wire is a unique noisy chaotic hybrid of an album, and it’s one that reflects the chaotic and dark times we live in, but the energy and enthusiasm that is carried across the entire album is evidence of hope in the face of the insanity that is the modern world. On A Wire is an album that won’t be for everyone, but for those of you who like your punk rock ragged, experimental and raw then Big Heet have produced an album that is well worth investigating, and it’s one that has found it’s natural home on the eclectic, and well named, Exploding In Sound Records.

You can order On A Wire here and subscribe to the Exploding In Sound Records Tape Club here

On A Wire is also available digitally via Bandcamp here

Makthaverskan Release Stream Of ‘Comfort’

Makthaverskan IllDeep at the heart of Makthaverskan‘s new album Ill lies a burning desire, a longing to find compassion against a global backdrop where love in all its forms feels as if its being sucked from our lives. Ill is Makthaverskan turning their sights on the world at large, chasing hope and understanding in a time when it can seem impossible to find either. Makthaverskan have now released a stream of Comfort, the third single from their forthcoming album.

Ill is now available for pre-order via Run For Cover Records here

You can stream Comfort here

Makthaverskan Release Stream Of ‘Eden’

Makthaverskan IllFollowing the release of their recent single In My Dreams, Makthaverskan have now released a stream of a new track, Eden. The song is taken from from their recently released album, Ill, the third full-length from the Swedish post punk legends that was released via Run For Cover Records and Luxury Records last month.

Makthaverskan will announce tour dates in support of their new album shortly.

Eden can be streamed here and Ill can be ordered here

Basement 5 Reissue ‘1965 – 1980’ and ‘In Dub’

Basement 5 compBasement 5 continues to be one of the few remaining untold stories of its time, their arrival at the musical and creative peak in the aftermath of punk and the prevailing sense that business was not as usual and that you could adhere to your own rules, creating your own peripheries and non-generic musical path. Basement 5 melded their own experiences with punk rage and dub-wise rhythms that came together to explore themes of alienation, 70’s inner-city existence and what it was like to be a second-generation immigrant. Both 1965 – 1980 and In Dub are now getting a long overdue repressing and are now available for pre-order

1965 – 1980 and the companion LP, In Dub, can be pre-ordered on vinyl and CD here

You can read more about Basement 5 below Read More…

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Delinquents

About Last Night

Violated Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Dundee’s Delinquents are a band that are making waves and building a reputation for themselves far beyond their local scene, they have been industriously playing intimate shows on their home turf to raise donations for local foodbanks, as well as touring across their native Scotland and making a triumphant debut appearance at this years Rebellion Festival, making Delinquents a band that are making friends both on and off stage wherever they go. The band name may conjure up the spirit of 1977, but if you were expecting an album of retro punk rock then you’re going to be surprised, as there’s so much more to Delinquents than being just another punk band.

Punk is of course part of the Delinquents DNA, the tracks Acne, Waste Of Time and Valentines Day are slices of punk perfection, and Next Generation is a classic fuck you punk anthem, and from those four tracks you might think that you know what the Delinquents are all about, but those four tracks are spread across a release that is one of the most diverse and original albums I’ve heard this year. Ctrl.Alt.Defeat simultaneously manages to invoke punk rock, post punk and the more abrasive side of indie, whilst Not Your Problem and Something To Prove are intense blasts of old school hardcore. Keep On Choking brings another dimension to the album, as this track recalls the likes of The Chameleons and The Smiths, and you might think The Fuck You Song would be a straight up slice of punk rock, well it isn’t, it’s is a folk punk number that reminds me of a less subtle reimagining of Green Day’s Good Riddance, and the chugging riff of Never Gonna Fit In is a raw discordant slice of pop punk.

Delinquents have delivered an album that doesn’t fit the punk rock template, or any template for that matter, they embrace influences from beyond the usual punk arena, and the result is a truly original album that offers something unique. Trying to define an album such as About Last Night is impossible, every single track veers off on it’s own tangent, embracing punk, hardcore, folk punk, indie, pop punk and post punk along the way, making About Last Night just about the only album I’ve ever reviewed that manages to embrace pretty much everything that has been spawned by punk. Whilst the disparate set of influences on display might sound like a recipe for disaster it isn’t, Delinquents have managed to condense the sprawling array of styles into a cohesive, original and impressive album. If you can’t wait for the 29th September then you can whet your appetite by downloading the tracks Ctrl.Alt.Defeat and Never Gonna Fit In as name your price downloads via the Delinquents Bandcamp here.

About Last Night will be released via Violated Records and Bandcamp on the 29th September

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Nadine Shah

Holiday Destination

1965 Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

Nadine Shah has released her eagerly awaited third full length, Holiday Destination, that follows on from her critically acclaimed 2015 sophomore album, Fast Food, her latest full length contains an eclectic mix of brooding alternative and post punk rhythms, that somehow manages to simultaneously be darker and more accessible than her previous albums. Nadine Shah has never been one to shy away from confronting important issues, and Holiday Destination is no exception as this is an album that is a informed by the refugee crisis as well as by the political upheaval and the worrying shift to the right of recent times. With Holiday Destination Nadine Shah has released a stark, defiant and brutally honest album that is easily her strongest work to date and it is now available on CD, vinyl and digital formats via 1965 Records.

Place Like This opens Holiday Destination with a mix of dark post punk that is backed by a curiously danceable rhythm, the stark post punk feel comes to the fore for the album’s title track that addresses the refugee crisis, a song that underpins it’s point with the haunting refrain of ‘how you going to sleep tonight’. 2016 looks back at the tumultuous year that cost us much in so many ways, and in case you were wondering which side of the fence Nadine Shah is on it contains the lyric ‘what is there left to inspire us with a fascist in the white house’. The album’s lead single, Out The Way, is a furious response to the refugee crisis that rattles along on an unsettling military rhythm, and is followed up by the stunning duo of Yes Men and Evil. Ordinary raises the pace of Holiday Destination and showcases Nadine Shah‘s evocative and yearning vocals, whilst Relief returns to the dark danceablilty before you get the track you feel Holiday Destination has building up to, the stunning Mother Fighter, before Jolly Sailor closes the album with a stripped down finale.

For me there’s a distinct influence from the best elements of Siouxsie And The Banshees and Public Image Limited‘s darker works about Holiday Destination, but it’s all delivered with Nadine Shah‘s personal conviction and unique style, and let’s make no mistake this is an album that is fuelled by her personal beliefs and she hasn’t held back in the slightest as Holiday Destination is as defiant as anything created by any politically motivated hardcore or punk band, but it’s delivery is far more subtle and controlled, but not less barbed. I’ll confess that I’ve been a fan of Nadine Shah ever since I heard the stunning track Runaway, from her debut album Love Your Dum And Mad, a good few years ago, but I can say with hand on heart that with Holiday Destination she has raised her game and produced an album that quite simply borders on perfection, and it’s one that will sit amongst my favourite albums of 2017

Holiday Destination is available on all formats here and Nadine Shah‘s website is here

Nadine Shah Releases ‘Holiday Destination’ Album

Nadine Shah HDNadine Shah has released her third album, Holiday Destination, the album’s mix of danceable dark alternative and post punk rhythms follow on from her critically acclaimed 2015 sophomore album, Fast Food. Holiday Destination is an album that is a informed by the political upheaval and the worrying shift to the right of recent times, with Holiday Destination Nadine Shah has released a stark, defiant and brutally honest album that is easily her strongest work to date. Holiday Destination is now available on CD, vinyl and digital formats.

Holiday Destination is available on all formats here and Nadine Shah‘s website is here

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The Violent Hearts Release Stream Of ‘Porcelain World’

Violent Hearts PW HOMFollowing the disbandment of Sharks, James Mattock, Carl Murrihy and former Computers band mate Aidan Sin began work on new music under the name of The Violent Hearts. The band’s brand new EP contains two new tracks, Porcelain World and Hex On Me, and has been released via Roosevelt Records. The EP represents a perfect mix of power-pop and post-punk infused with the spirit and romanticism of The Only Ones, Buzzcocks and The Chameleons.

The Violent Hearts EP is available for streaming and download via Roosevelt Records here

The Violent Hearts UK tour dates can be viewed below Read More…

The Violent Hearts Release Stream Of ‘Hex On Me’

Violent Hearts PW HOMFollowing Sharks decision to call it a day James Mattock and Carl Murrihy, along with former Computers band mate Aidan Sin, began work on new music under the name of The Violent Hearts. The Birmingham, UK trio will release a brand new EP on the 28th July, that will feature the tracks Porcelain World and Hex On Me, that will be released via Roosevelt Records and features a perfect mix of power-pop and post-punk that is infused with the spirit and romanticism of The Only Ones, Buzzcocks and The Chameleons.

You can stream Hex On Me here and pre-order the EP here

A Promise To Forget To Release Debut Album ‘Dying To Live’

A Promise To Forget DTLA Promise To Forget have announced that their debut album, Dying To Live, is now set to be self released on August 11th 2017 on CD and digital download. From start to finish Dying To Live is an album that is packed full of soaring atmospheric choruses from frontman Tim Castle, whose unique and powerful voice is a real jewel in the crown for A Promise To Forget. Lyrically Dying To Live is very personal release that relates to the battles that many young people have to fight today to keep pushing on through life.

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Hundredth

Rare

Hopeless Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Hundredth released their third album, Rare, earlier this month, it follows on from their sophomore album, Free, but on this release Hundredth have shifted away from their hardcore roots and into radically different territory. After the release of their last album Hundredth felt like they’d taken hardcore as far as it could go and they were left with a stark choice, either reinvent themselves and take the risk of heading out into uncharted territory, or call it quits and end the band, thankfully they picked the former option. They haven’t abandoned the heavy side of their nature, but they have incorporated shoegaze, post punk and even dream pop into their sound to create something unexpected and new.

Vertigo and Neurotic kick things off with an energetic and atmospheric wall of sound that makes you think you’ve got a handle on their new direction, when along comes White Squall, a track that channels Mancunian post punk and indie influences such as The Chameleons and The Stone Roses. The breakdowns and channelled rage are now a thing of the past, instead they have adopted the lush soundscapes of indie and shoegaze, but for all the changes they have made a punk attitude still underpins the album and there are still moments for their old school fans. Disarray in particular brings a heavier punk element back into the mix and shows that they haven’t forgotten their roots, but for the most part this is an adrenalized interpretation of the aforementioned influences and bands.

Many punk bands over the years have adapted, mutated or just downright changed their sound to embrace new influences and ideas, personally I always like to hear a band experimenting with new ideas, their are noble exceptions to this rule who have a sound of their own, but let’s face it, they are few and far between. There will be those who will feel that Hundredth have turned their back on their roots, but I can imagine that a greater number will be coming into the fold as a result of this album. Hundredth have proved that change isn’t always a bad thing and have produced an impressive and brave album that makes me hope that they keep changing

Rare can be ordered here via Hopeless Records here 

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Turtlenecked

Vulture

Good Cheer Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

Turtlenecked is the work of 20 year old Elliot Harrison, the latest album, Vulture, was recorded in Smith’s living room, having graduated from making his previous recordings in his bedroom, and it was released yesterday, the 16th June 2017, via Good Cheer Records. Vulture is an idiosyncratic album that represents an ambitious and compassionate work of post punk baroque and roll that will build on Turtlenecked‘s reputation for being a singular recording artist.

Opening track Boys Club kicks things off with an off key pop intro that sits between disco and classical before the track kicks in with an impassioned attack on toxic masculinity. From here on in Vulture is an unpredictable beast of an album that veers between moments of falsetto pop and muscular punk rage that combines with a manic indie energy and angular post punk rhythm, along with a distinctly pop sensibility, to create a wildly original slab of art punk that confounds any expectations you may have had. Any album that is the work of one person can veer into the self indulgent, the near seven minute long track Tummy proves this with it’s epic groove oriented serial killer perspective, but overall Turtlenecked avoids slipping into the trap of being self indulgent.

If ever there you were looking for something to illustrate the importance of not judging by appearances, Turtlenecked‘s latest release would be a good candidate, beneath the somewhat underwhelming album cover lies a varied and original album that channels influences that vary from The Sparks through to The Dresden Dolls, The Smiths and Wire. I can confidently state I won’t hear anything else even remotely like Vulture this year, and to be honest that probably goes for every other year as well as this is an idiosyncratic and original blend of indie cool and angular post punk

Vulture is now available on extremely limited edition vinyl and download formats via Good Cheer Records.

You can order and stream Vulture via Turtlenecked‘s Bandcamp here

Milked Release ‘White Punks’ Video

Milked Death On MarsExploding In Sound Records recently announced that Milked‘s debut album, Death On Mars, will be released on the 30th June as the second instalment in their ongoing EIS Tape Club. Formed by former Geronimo! guitarist and vocalist Kelly Johnson following their split back in 2015, he began creating solo music as Milked, Death On Mars promises to expand on Geronimo!‘s fuzzy post-punk and post-hardcore sludge.

You can subscribe to the EIS Tape Club here

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Hundredth Release Daring New Album ‘Rare’

hundredth rareHundredth‘s daring new full length, Rare, is out today via Hopeless Records. The album is now available for purchase and streaming, Rare features the South Carolina band’s dramatic sound change from aggressive hardcore to a dynamic blend of lush shoegaze and driving post-punk. Hundredth will be supporting Rare all summer long on the Vans Warped Tour with more tour dates to be announced soon.

Rare can be streamed via Spotify here and Apple Music here

You can purchase Rare here (physical formats) and here (digitally)

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(the) Medicine Theory

Rain Follows The Plow

Self Released
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

(the) Medicine Theory have now been with us for the last decade and the duo have now self released their latest EP, Rain Follows The Plow, today, the 16th June 2017, the latest release is the band’s fifth studio recording, and it follows on from their last release, 2014’s Like An Old Man EP. Rain Follows The Plow has taken a distinctly different turn to their last release, it feels more focused and coherent, along with this newfound focus there seems to be something of the night inherent in their new material, their songs have always tended towards darker subject matter but this latest EP seems to be even more foreboding than before.

The Rain Follows The Plow EP contains the raw stripped down combination of post-punk and post rock that (the) Medicine Theory have been developing for the last ten years, the ominous opener, Choke, sets the tone for the EP with claustrophobic and sinister undertones, a feeling that characterises the whole of the Rain Follows The Plow EP. The sparse and stripped down Promise is if anything an even darker number, and it continues with (the) Medicine Theory continuing to take you ever further into their dark narrative, one step at a time. With this portentous and sinister release (the) Medicine Theory have unleashed what for me is easily their finest material to date

With this release (the) Medicine Theory have produced an EP that resembles the soundtrack to the mental anguish of someone descending into their own personal darkness, but don’t take that as a negative, as this is an accomplished EP that manages to capture the darker side of post punk and combines it with a post rock sensibility to create something that is truly compelling and disturbing. Rain Follows The Plow carries more than a hint of menace in the dark narrative style that accompanies the stripped down soundtrack, we all need something to satisfy the dark corner of psyche that whispers to us in the night, and Rain Follows The Plow is the perfect accompaniment to those moments.

The Rain Follows The Plow EP can be ordered and streamed via Bandcamp here

Pine Pillow Talk

Pine

Pillow Talk

No Sleep Records
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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

Canada’s Pine are the newest signing to No Sleep Records, and it seems the band have wasted no time in brining out their first release for the label, the Pillow Talk EP. The EP is now available on vinyl, on a limited edition pink with green swirl variant, as well as being available digitally. Pine offer a unique mix of post punk intensity that is blended with influences ranging from emo to shoegaze that brings a unique combination that’s as refreshing and cathartic as it is nostalgic.

Dolya opens with a mellow emotive slice of post punk influenced shoegaze, ethereal vocals combine with a gorgeous dream like melody to create a blissed out introduction to Pine that just washes over you. Viable ups the ante, but despite the more strident beat it maintains the dream like quality of the opening number with it’s delicate multi layered vocals, whereas (Un)rest delivers the kind of song you get the feeling the Pillow Talk EP has been building up to, a perfect dreamscape that has a subtle intensity that blends perfectly into the penultimate track, Jilt. Blue Jacket closes the EP with a truly epic and mellow finale that brings the Pillow Talk EP to a subtle crescendo.

If your tastes are towards snarling punk rock then the Pillow Talk EP won’t be for you, but for me this is an EP for those mellow moments after a late night that has unexpectedly become a very early morning, it’s subtle intensity is strangely beguiling and the vocal delivery from Darlene Deschamps is one that is hypnotic and entrancing, and it is backed up by a lush soundscape. There are post punk influences aplenty on the intriguing EP, but it avoids recreating the past and instead they mark out their own territory with an original and blissed out EP, and this is a release that come the right moment will be one that you’ll be glad that you own.

The Pillow Talk EP can be ordered on vinyl from No Sleep Records here and digitally via Bandcamp here

Kamikaze Girls Seafoam

Kamikaze Girls

Seafoam

Big Scary Monsters Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Leeds based duo Kamikaze Girls released their debut album, Seafoam, a few days ago on June 9th, the album, which follows on from last years critically acclaimed Sad EP, has been issued via Big Scary Monsters Records in Europe and Wiretap Records in North America. The album marks a shift away from the Sad EP, whilst Seafoam maintains their commitment to political and social change, it demonstrates a broader range of musical influences and styles that doesn’t diminish the impact of their brutally honest and personal lyrics, rather it makes the new album feel somehow more focused and accessible, and this is important for a band whose message is one that I think needs be heard.

Seafoam kicks off with the dark and haunting One Young Man that segues into the intense Berlin, this was the lead single from the album and you can see why it was chosen as the track to grab your attention. There seems to be a more confrontational attitude to the songs, a change that is exemplified on the intense KG Goes To The Pub, a track that challenges attitudes and stereotypes with an enviable level of venom and fury, but this is counterbalanced by tracks that display a greater level of subtlety and harmony. Tracks like the superb Unhealthy Love channel northern post punk influences whilst still lyrically packing as much of a punch, I Don’t Want To Be Sad Forever comes across as a manifesto for much needed change before the bonus track, Anxious, lays bare the realities of managing mental health issues.

From the start it’s clear that a lot has changed since the release of their Sad EP last year, Kamikaze Girls sound like a band whose confidence has grown and their mix of punk, riot grrrl, shoegaze and post punk gives them a unique place in the British punk scene. Whilst the Sad EP sounded like an act of catharthis, Seafoam in comparison comes across as coming from a more hopeful place, issues are still confronted, a change of perspective doesn’t mean that Kamikaze Girls have in anyway abandoned their principles or the attitude that lies at the heart of the band, this just sounds like they have come to terms with the past and are now focused on confronting the future head on.

You can order the digital release of Seafoam here and physical formats can be purchased here (EU) and here (US)

INVSN the beautiful stories

INVSN

The Beautiful Stories

Dine Alone Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Sweden’s INVSN have released their new album, The Beautiful Stories, today, it was originally released earlier this year in their homeland on Woah Dad! Records, but today marks the first release of the album outside of their native Scandinavia and it is now available via their new international home, Dine Alone Records. INVSN are a band born of the Swedish punk and alternative scenes, their line up features members of Masshysteri, Tiger Forest Cat, Deportees, DS-13, Refused and The (International) Noise Conspiracy, The Beautiful Stories is their sophomore album and it follows on from their critically acclaimed self titled debut that was released in 2013.

Immer Zu opens with a distinctly post punk feel, it’s a track that recalls Joy Division, The Cure and Siouxsie And The Banshees and it veers between sparse verses and intense momens and rises to an irresistible chorus. This is a style that carries across the entirety of The Beautiful Stories, it’s an album that is informed by the intense angular post punk influences that populate all seven tracks with a moody and atmospheric feel. Over recent years I’ve found many post punk releases to be somewhat formulaic, with many bands merely adopting the style and attempt to recreate it, whilst INVSN are undoubtedly influenced by the same bands this is no pale imitation, INVSN bring the post punk influences right up to date and as a result they have brought something new to the genre.

The Beautiful Stories is a dark and atmospheric album that is born of post punk, but it’s combined with the collective members of INVSN‘s experience to bring new life to a scene that all to often wallows in the past. The Beautiful Stories is an accomplished and original album, yes of course you can hear the obvious influences, in particular there’s an obvious comparison to Siouxsie Sioux in some of the vocal deliveries, but this is an original dark hypnotic release that grows on you with every listen, and it is one that deserves to be heard beyond the confines of the Scandinavian borders.

You can purchase The Beautiful Stories via Dine Alone Records on CD, vinyl and digital formats here

(The) Medicine Theory Release Stream Of ‘Choke’

Medicine Theory Rain Follows ThePlough(The) Medicine Theory will release the Rain Follows The Plow EP on the 16th June 2017. The EP is the band’s fifth studio recording and it continues the raw stripped down heavy post-punk approach to songwriting that they are known for, with a visceral focus on storytelling. (The) Medicine Theory formed in 2007 with the writing duo of Jeff Irvine and Tyson Schroeder, whilst the band has had many incarnations they have always stayed true to their initial mission, to create music that they enjoy, now in a Punk Site exclusive they have unveiled the hard hitting track Choke that is taken from the forthcoming EP.

You can stream the track Choke here

(The) Medicine Theory’s Facebook page is here and their Bandcamp is here

Pallas Release Full Stream Of Self Titled Debut LP

Pallas STAtlanta’s Pallas will release their self-titled debut album this Friday, May 26th via Drop Medium Records, ahead of the release the band are streaming the record in full. The young Atlanta post punk quartet have created a unique and challenging mini album that shows the band’s strength in manipulated repetition, art-rock expanse, and abrasive rhythmic shifts.

You can pre-order the self titled debut album here

You can stream Pallas‘s self titled album here

Pallas Release Stream Of ‘Cast A Lion, Cured A Crow’

Pallas STAtlanta’s Pallas will release their self-titled debut album on May 26th via Drop Medium Records and they’ve now released a stream of the track Cast A Lion, Cured A Crow. The young Atlanta post-punk quartet have created a unique and challenging mini-album that shows the band’s strength in manipulated repetition, art-rock expanse, and abrasive rhythmic shifts.

You can pre-order the self titled debut album here

 Cast A Lion, Cured A Crow can be streamed here

Pallas Release Video For ‘Render (Location 13)’

Pallas STAtlanta’s Pallas are getting ready to release their self-titled debut album on May 26th via Drop Medium Records and today they are sharing the track Render (Location 13). The young Atlanta post-punk quartet have created a unique and challenging mini-album that shows the band’s strength is manipulated repetition and abrasive rhythmic shifts. Led by Danielle Brutto’s sharp and sinister howls, there’s a cold sense of calculated chaos throughout the band’s swerving punk movements, a sound that is tightly wound and volatility explosive. 

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Gun Shy To Release ‘ The Long Dance’ EP

Gun Shy The Long DanceSouthampton’s Gun Shy draw influence from genres ranging from post punk and doom to post rock, and they have now announced their new EP, The Long Dance, is due for release on May 12th via Wrong Way Round Records on both cassette and digital formats. Gun Shy continue to ask their followers to remain vigilant and to keep watching the skies.

The Long Dance can be ordered here and streamed here

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True Moon ST

True Moon

True Moon

Lovely Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Sweden’s True Moon released their self titled debut album in their native Sweden at the tail end of 2016, now the band are looking to spread their wings beyond Scandinavia with True Moon finally receiving it’s deserved international release on the 28th April 2017 via Lovely Records. Sweden has long been known a breeding ground for noted bands producing upbeat pop music and conversely for releases from the dark and dissonant underbelly of rock ‘n roll, True Moon‘s debut album is one that definitely fits firmly into the latter category.

From the dark opening chords of Voodoo it’s clear that this is an album that’s born of the post punk and gothic scenes that appeared in the wake of initial punk explosion, the influences are easy to pick up on this, dark brooding Peter Hook bass lines sit alongside dark intense post punk guitar riffs, with the whole package being topped off with a mesmerising vocal delivery by Karolina Engdahl. For those of you who have previously spent nights, and the early hours of the morning, in sweaty alternative night clubs then True Moon‘s debut album will be something that will be simultaneously familiar and new, as this is a contemporary and original take on the gothic and alternative scenes that first emerged from the batcave back in the eighties.

There is a hefty influence on this release from the likes of Joy Division, Killing Joke, Siouxsie And The Banshees, The Sisters of Mercy, The Mission and The Cure, but this is an album that isn’t embedded in the past, True Moon will appeal to fans of their contemporaries such as The Duke Spirit, White Lies, The Raveonettes, Calling All Astronauts and The Sounds. True Moon have produced an impressive album that for me recalled hazy nights spent in Manchester’s legendary Banshee nightclub, but more important than my reminiscences is the fact that this is an album that brings something new to a scene that has become stifled by endless reunion tours and nostalgia.

True Moon‘s debut album can be ordered via Lovely Records here or from their Bandcamp here