81 seconds of pure, adolescent, mind-addled, ferocious, distortion-on-everything, punk reborn, sound vomit is the short review of this delightfully mad and vital new track from Bristolians Milo’s Planes, ‘Fidget in Paralysis’.
Glasgow x London trio Dama Scout first caught my eye at one of the DIY Hello 2017 showcases at the Old Blue Last in January, and I was immediately taken by their eclectic take on post-punk, via those two well-trodden touchstones shoegaze and slacker-rock. One minute guitars are squalling, pained feedback induced yelps, the next […]
Combining the psych elements of Pond, alongside the grooves of midlife-crisis Beck (think ‘Dreams’), Brussels’ Wooly Mammoths unveil new single ‘Water Slide’ and it’s a great taste of their sound. Honing their chops in the Belgian countryside before emigrating to the big city, the five-piece initially caused a stir in their home country, playing shows […]
In a break from convention, I’m gonna give the artist the first word here: “It’s about crushing really hard on someone, and finding myself doing fucking ridiculous things to feel like we’ve got some kind of connection. Watching films that they mentioned fleetingly or ordering their favourite drink at a bar. Very stupid but happens […]
Inspired by the seemingly endless stories doing the rounds celebrating and pontificating on the ten year anniversary since the first airing of Skins, the ‘coming-of-age’ TV series for the MySpace Generation – I dipped back in to give it a re-watch. Yes, the acting is pretty naff, and the supposedly intimidatingly cool kids look hella outdated […]
‘Neoprene’, the debut single from PATHS is nothing if not incredibly intriguing – so intriguing in fact that it took a long while trying to decide in my mind whether or not I was actually into it. I ended up going back and forth constantly, before it was no longer my own decision – the […]
Oh yeah! ‘Skin’, the lead single from Gender Roles’ new EP ‘Planet X-Ray’ is the perfect fuzzed-out, bratty tonic to all the bullshit things that are inexplicably happening. Snarling vocals, brutal bass, and a heavy dose of cymbals congeal together with off-kilter guitar licks to create a feel-bad-feel-good winter hit.
In the deep dark depths of a dreary January, when it can’t even snow properly, here comes an indie-pop instant classic from Merseyside’s latest, greatest export Zuzu to lift your spirits.
Coming straight at you, and channelling 90s shoegaze and 60s revivalist psych-vocals are West Londoners Keroscene with their tune ‘I Can’t Do a Thing’, accompanied here by a suitably mind-melding video. Warm layers of fuzz give the track its backbone, on top of which glitchy lead guitars and wavy, hazy vocals deliver infectious melodies.
Imagine Mac DeMarco rocking up to to Real Estate‘s band practice and everyone just gets on great. Then you’re part of the way to imagining ‘Off the Ground’ by floaty beach-rockers Labradoor, a tune as laid-back as your favourite recliner, and as summery as having a mini-milk in the park.
Fiction Records signings The Big Moon have announced the release of their debut album, ‘Love in the 4th Dimension’ (due April 7th) and to celebrate they’re streaming live highlight, the by turns vulnerable and imperious ‘Formidable’. Verging on the epic, ‘Formidable’ is the most sincere take so far from the London garage-rockers, baring more resemblance […]
Praise be! The hitherto enigmatic EAT FAST have released their first slice of new music since sparkling debut EP ‘Fenham Dreadlock’, and truth be told ‘Public Display of Affection’ is a bit of a stomper.
‘Drag’ from Slowcoaches is all rush, no hush, as any self-respecting pop-punk influenced track ought to be. Sounding like something from the soundtrack to a 90s teen movie, the beautiful racket induced by bassist/vocalist Heather and guitarist Matt is self described as ‘slack-metal’. Following in the vein of similarly angsty takes from Joanna Gruesome or […]
A couple of weeks ago marked the 20 year anniversary of the release of Weezer‘s sophomore album ‘Pinkerton’, an occasion that was remarked on widely in the indie-music-press, and with good reason. Whilst the album seems to have been personally labelled as an unwanted milestone around the neck of the at-the-time fame-beleaguered frontman Rivers Cuomo, […]
South-East London’s most prominent pedallers of psych-punk-shoegaze Whistlejacket have just dropped their second EP ‘Oh Brother’ and by gosh it’s something for your ears to behold. Slacklining the void between those in the Tame Impala or Tuska school, and the lo-fi stylings of My Bloody Valentine or Yuck, Whistlejacket ooze scuzz’n’fuzz from every pore.
Phwoar! This is a seriously spunky slackery effort from Liverpool indie-queen Zuzu. On hearing ‘Get Off’ for the first time I made a mental note, and a physical note actually come to think of it (in my Poundland refill pad), to add this to my commuting playlist as soon as it became available on my […]
Album craft these days seems to have become an even more complex art. As, ironically, their place in music consumption is becoming less and less certain. Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal et al. have begun to breed a more lean-back playlist culture – why limit yourself to one band’s long form when you can experience multiple […]
‘MIAMI’ by DRONGO is a bit of a head-scratcher when trying to label (and labelling music is what it’s all about!), but my instincts say that it’s a sort of shoegaze / synth-pop crossover. Whatever it is, it’s a lot of fun, and a really impressive debut from the boys from the Isle of Wight. […]
Now, I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but this may just be the best fuzzy-Pavement-b-side-inspired-slacker-rock-pop track written about a troublesome skin-condition ever. Coming from Let’s Kill Janice, a project manned by Joe’s (Groves and Sherrin), ‘Balneum’ is a summery garage-rock anthem in the vein of fellow newcomers Forever Cult or early Black Lips. Which […]
Peering out of my London window at a quiet street basked in the warm dusk light, it feels I’m in exactly the right place to be listening to FLING’s sitar infused sunny-psych single ‘Magical’.