With appearances in the video and song by Madball’s Freddy Cricien, H2O’s Toby Morse, and Sick Of It All’s Lou Koller, Agnostic Front‘s new video for the song “Never Walk Alone” is the epitome of classic NYHC anthems.
In 2011, Angela Plake began performing her songs under the moniker, Bandit. In winter 2012, she moved to Nashville, TN and joined forces with old friend, Dan Bishop. Together with drummer, Charles Miller, the new Bandit lineup recorded their first full-length, Of Life, in 2014. Influenced by haunting life concepts and mounds of brilliant authors, the trio shatters the stereotype of shallow garage band tracks. Plake’s challenge for herself and every listener is to acknowledge all of the philosophical curiosities that tend to be ignored and pick them apart in a way that makes them beautiful, all the while still claiming life as a thrilling adventure.
Tiny Engines is excited to welcome Omaha, NE’s See Through Dresses to the label roster. Fresh off recent tour dates with Cursive and Beach Slang the band recorded six new songs that will make up their Tiny Engines debut. The EP will be released in the Fall of 2015.
Principal songwriters Mathew Carroll and Sara Bertuldo, along with drummer Nate Van Fleet and bassist Alex Kirts, have crafted a catalogue of songs indebted to classic post-punk and new wave artists of the 80’s, but their sonic footprint more closely resembles the textural treatments of 90’s dream-pop and shoegaze. The arrangements often build as though to erupt, only to implode. There are moments when Bertuldo and Carroll sound noxious and distant, their voices doused in reverb, their guitars droning and pulsing. When the clouds look dark, See Through Dresses offer flashes of pure pop sunshine to punctuate those moments of isolation and distance.
The band’s 2013 Self-Titled LP is available for streaming below.
Them Are Us Too, the young California duo of Cash Askew and Kennedy Ashlyn Wenning, are getting a lot of well-deserved notice for their style of synth-pop that harkens back to the days of classic 4AD recordings. Their debut LP, Remain, is out now via Dais Records, and the band has premiered a video for the song “Eudaemonia”. Check it out.
Sweden’s Pale Honey will release their self-titled debut full-length album on May 5th via Instant Records. Pale Honey is the Gothenburg duo’s follow up to their well received debut EP Fiction, of which Q Magazine wrote, “fans of PJ Harvey and Sleater-Kinney will find a lot to love.” One doesn’t have to listen for very long to understand why the young musicians Tuva Lodmark (guitar/vocals) and Nelly Daltrey (drums) are garnering such flattering comparisons.
Pale Honey‘s minimalistic rock is intense and direct, calling to mind the sonic textures of Alvvays and Beach House, or perhaps Electrelane. Aside from work in the studio, many of the sounds on Pale Honey were also recorded in the kitchen of producer Anders Lagerfors, who perfectly captures the group’s shifting intensity and spontaneity. Returning regularly to themes of disheartenment and melancholy, they describe the album as being, lyrically, very state-of-mind. It’s also about empowerment and, simply put, strength. The songs routinely flirt with the polite, before exploding into fits of distortion.
Self-taught musicians, Tuva and Nelly first began playing songs together in their elementary school music room, something they described as a “mischievous” thing to do when sneaking out of class. Undoubtedly there are many less constructive ways to rebel against authority, but the two friends were drawn to music. They bonded over their love of Queens of The Stone Age, and later, their shared discovery of PJ Harvey. Their initial lack of technical virtuosity on their instruments lent itself to a stripped down approach to songwriting. Over the years they have continued to push the boundaries of that sparse aesthetic as their skill as musicians has grown considerably.
Britain’s young new heavy rock heroes Black Moth premiere their wild, loony NSFW video for new single “Looner”.
The clip for “Looner” coincides with the release of a limited edition clear flexi-disc featuring artwork by Black Moth vocalist Harriet Bevan. The flexi is available by mail-order and in very limited quantities on the band’s current UK tour with Amplifier.
Black Moth released their sophomore album Condemned To Hope worldwide in September 2014 via New Heavy Sounds. The album is available to stream HERE. Condemned To Hope was produced by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Grinderman drummer Jim Sclavunos, who also helmed the band’s 2013 debut, The Killing Jar.
Following the widespread and critical success of their third album last year, along with a full UK tour, Japanese indie-pop four piece, Taffy return with their brand new EP, ‘Darkle’, out May 4th.
‘Darkle’ spins dreamy, sugar-sweet vocals over 7 tracks, each under-pinned by the classic Taffy formula: psychedelic shoegaze noise-outs and Graham Coxon-esque 90’s guitar riffs.
The EP is a swirl of transcendental melodies, broken up by British pop sensibilities reminiscent of Elastica and The Stone Roses. ‘Suicidal Bunny’ opens the record with reverb-laden garage guitars while ‘Redamancy’ immediately slows tempo with quieter, more anthemic backing, both showcasing contagiously catchy, softly sung vocal hooks.
The collections quality of production starts to shine through with tracks such as ‘Young Tines’ and ‘Remember To Remember’, with quiet-loud, all-encompassing dynamics and spacious recordings that perfectly showcase the excellent musicianship behind Iris’ often otherworldly voice.
‘Dr.K’ brings the listener back to the room with ballsy, punk guitars and a vocal delivery with more swagger and grit than we’ve become used to from Taffy, a welcome break before ‘HBD’ gives us a look at Taffy’s playful side with an outtake-like, whimsical run-through of ‘Happy Birthday’.
Famed 90s psychedelic outfit Brian Jonestown Massacre have stepped in to remix the aforementioned ‘Young Tines’, lending their own touch to close the EP. Tying up the release nicely with some of what Taffy do, and always have done, best: heartfelt pop masterpieces backed with beautiful, fuzz laden guitar soundscapes.
Darkle is out on May 4th on London alternative, shoegaze and post rock label, Club AC30, who have had recent success with bands such as Pinkshinyultrablast, Fever Dream and Exit Calm.
Camera Shy, the musical project of Nick Bassett (Whirr, Nothing) and Alexandra Morte (Night School) have premiered a track off their upcoming new full-length self-titled LP due out on in July via Run For Cover Records. The track, “Your Only One” is a slice of minimalist, swirly dream pop. It’s as if Slowdive and The Sundays met and had a beautiful baby and weaned him or her on the more subtle aspects and aesthetics of 90′s shoegaze and indie pop. The addition of drums this go-around adds a deeper pop sensibility and sway to the music.
Alt-pop outfit Smashing Satellites have announced the upcoming release of SonicAluzion, which has been slated for June 16th. While the A-side of the album was released in September, the upcoming release of the B-side will complete the record. You can pre-order SonicAluzion here.
In anticipation of the release, the Toronto-based band has released a new single entitled “What It’s All About”, which you can stream below.
UK’s Milk Teeth, a band that we’ve been hooked on for quite some time now, have joined up with Hopeless Records. The band will see a reissue of their Sad Sack EP (initially released by Venn Records and reviewed by us here) in June 9th. Hopefully this will mean a U.S. tour and new material down the road.
In the meantime, pre-order the reissued EP here. And watch a video for the song “Melon Blade” off the EP.