Belgium indie rock/alt Newmoon have announced the release of their sophomore album 'Nothing Hurts Forever'.
Recorded and produced by Andy Savours (The Pains Of Being pure At Heart, My Bloody Valentine, The Horrors,...), the 9-track album will be out on October 11th through [PIAS] Belgium and Through Love Rec in Germany. Pre-order your copy here.
After their debut, Space, the band decided to explore a more musical approach to their writing process. Hiding less behind noise and feedback and focussing more on musicality and songwriting. ‘Nothing Hurts Forever’ proves the band is constantly growing and evolving into new and exciting territories.
Check out the album's tracklist and listen to their new single "Collide Into Me".
Nothing Hurts ForeverTracklist:
01. Let It End
03. In Harmony
04. Collide Into Me
05. Blue Hole
06. Give Me Pain
08. In & Out & Over
09. Only You
Manchester dream pop/psych/indie five-piece Juliper Sky have premiered their debut single "Heaven".
The song was produced by James Kenosha (Rhodes, Dry The River, Dinosaur Pile Up) and recorded at Vibe studios in Manchester. Musically, ’Heaven’ marries elements of Shoegaze, Dream Pop and Psychedelia, amidst walls of shimmering synths and reverb-laden guitars that have come to represent the key elements of Juliper Sky’s sound.
The band consist of lead vocalist Jamie Lambert, former AFFAIRS guitarists Dan Parker and Liam Grindell, bassist Roger Damen and drummer Ben Pursehouse.
Portland, OR rock/punk band Sleater-Kinney have unveiled their new single "Can I Go On".
The song is taken from the upcoming album 'The Center Won't Hold', set to be released on 16th August via Milk! Records / Rhythmethod. Pre-order your copy here.
“In this song, a woman’s desire is used against her, so she turns it into a sinister infectiousness. The narrator finds herself on the brink of self-annihilation, grappling with the paradox of an internal darkness at odds with the pressure to outwardly perform modes of joy, relatability, and likability.” Carrie Brownstein explains.
Huddersfield indie rock band Courtyards have shared their new single "Stay Up".
The song came out last week (July 26). Speaking about it, lead vocalist Matthew Riley said: “We’re incredibly happy with this track and have experimented more with synth, samples, and electronics during the production than ever before. Stay Up is inspired by the desire to help those close to you with their mental health battles while at the same time working out how to be that figure of solidarity to confide in. It’s our most personal track to date and is inspired by our experiences with people close to us."
Melbourne-based synth pop/post punk duo Hearts and Rockets (aka Kalindy Williams and Kurt Eckardt) have revealed the video for their latest single "Feelings".
The song is part of our current playlist and is taken from their upcoming second studio album 'Power', set to arrive on August 23rd through Psychic Hysteria. Pre-order your copy here.
Williams said of the track, “Sometimes feelings just come on, out of nowhere, and there’s not much you can do about it! And that’s OK - it’s OK to talk about it, and sing about it, and complain about stuff and just. have. feelings. People get embarrassed about it, but everyone has those private moments alone where they think they’re the only ones going through something and it’s so often not the case. Let’s share more about this and create space to talk freely about them - good and bad! You have to live through them, you don’t have to feel like you’re doing it alone.”
Melbourne experimental musician/producer Pawel Cholewa aka Outside The Academy has dropped his new single "M.Y.O. Fiction".
Speaking about the track, Pawel explains “‘tis a punky, (a)political, unapologetic and unorthodox song (for OTA), wrapped up in a fast-paced indie-electro amalgamation of a track about angst, anger, helplessness, and perhaps, paradoxically, the death of (youthful) vigour and energy. ‘M.Y.O. Fiction’ is a nugget of stern, deadpan sarcasm that has explicit meaning, though without method or any particularised message. Or whatever.”
It will be out this Friday, August 2. Buy it here and take a listen below.
Melbourne rock/punk band BATZ have unleashed the video for their latest single "Wizard".
The song is part of our current playlist and is out now. Speaking about it, frontwoman Christina Aubry said: "Wizard is about a dream I had about being a wizard and coming from another planet, landing on Earth at some crazy house party. It’s all vibes. Good vibes.”
The video was directed by Rick Clifford. Take a look below.
Rock legend Iggy Pop has shared his new single "James Bond".
The song, written and produced by Leron Thomas with guest vocals by PINS' Faith Vern, is taken from his upcoming album 'Free', which will be out September 6th via Rekords Rekords/Loma Vista/Caroline International. Pre-order your copy here,
London indie rock/alt quartet Honey Lung have returned with their new single/video “Nothing".
The song is out now via Kanine Records. “Everything is coming into focus,” the band says. “We know what we are and where we are going. ‘Nothing’ has been the closest we have come to creating the sound in our heads.”
Watch the video for the extended version of the track below.
Sunderland post-punk band The Futureheads have premiered the video for their new single "Listen, Little Man!".
The second single to be taken from the forthcoming self-produce album 'Power' out on August 30th. Pre-order your copy here.
Speaking about the video, the band said: “It has a perfect balance between lightheartedness and menace, which marries very well with the concept of the song. Playing with the micro and the macro and highlighting the insanity that the human race is sometimes gripped by!”.
Glasgow post-punk band Kaputt have announced the release of their debut album 'Carnage Hall'.
The 13-track album, was recorded and mixed by Luigi Pasquini in Anchor Lane Studios in Glasgow in spring 2019, and will be out on September 27th via Upset The Rhythm. Pre-order your copy here.
The songs on ‘Carnage Hall’, were all written in Glasgow between 2016-2018. Following on from the independence referendum and the subsequent Brexit vote these songs couldn’t help but be influenced by the maelstrom of political hypocrisy and confusion in the air. Other themes prevalent on this energetic corkscrew of an album include the offbeat happenchance of life in 2019, notions of surveillance, identity (personal as well as the biscuit-tin styled persona of the Scottish Highlands), industrialisation and family. There’s a lot of room left for things to turn quietly surreal too. Title track ‘Carnage Hall’ is about an alternative dimension in which Judy Garland’s famous Carnegie Hall show, (one of the group’s favourite albums), was a total bust rather than the roaring success it proved to be. In deciding to call the record ‘Carnage Hall’ the band wanted to reflect on this “deeply uncertain and deeply unstable, odd political time… maybe we are all in an alternative dimension, all living in the Carnage Hall at this moment” alludes band member Cal Donnelly.
Check out the album's tracklist and watch the video for their brand new single "Very Satisfied", below.
Brooklyn, NY nuke wave band Monograms (lead by by multi-instrumentalist Ian Jacobs) have unleashed their new single "Don't Fight For It".
The song is taken from their upcoming debut album ‘Living Wire’, set to arrive on September 20 via PaperCup Music
The music of Monograms is eclectic by design; mosaic pallets that use Jacobs’ vocals, melodic threads and lucid rhythms to hold it together. The foundation of pop-song structures wrapped in new-wave tones and angular riffs, point the band’s approach at previous decades and the heyday of alternative college radio, as well as contemporary DIY vibes that pull from similar genres. Monograms is Brooklyn’s Nuke Wave.
"'Don't Fight For It' is inspired by some of the 80s-era music I grew up on, a time when the radio air waves were filled with some really incredible music," explains Jacobs. "[It was] a really positive time for popular music of substance but also an era that gave way to musicians creating their own independent voices, with the musical movements in Manchester and early DIY college radio."
Sydney indie/dream pop band Crystal Cities have dropped the video for "I Hear a Cold Wind Calling".
The song is taken from their debut album 'Under The Cold Light Of The Moon', which came out in May. Buy it here.
The character in the music video is sick of trying to control and micro-manage the outcomes of his chaotic world which in reality he has no control over. He is looking for something deep within himself, something more primal, more spiritual; something that is hard to find in capitalist Western culture.
He hears ‘a cold wind calling’ and is turning his back on the things he’s built his life around; instead seeking and submitting to the answers he finds in the natural world so he can find a true sense of self and purpose.
Bristol indie rock band Family Jools have shared the video for their new single "California Sun".
Speaking about the song, frontman George explains: “California Sun’ is about someone we used to know who liked to party with the band. In the end, they kind of drifted away from us. A mutual thing I think. It happens. The lyric ‘You’re my California sunshine looking for that good time, where did I go wrong?’ It’s not a judgement. More an observation. I just put it in a song. “
It will be out tomorrow (July 26th). Grab it here.
Brooklyn, NY // L.A synth-wave artist Black Marble (aka Chris Stewart) has announced the release of his third studio album 'Bigger Than Life'.
The follow-up to 2016's It's Immaterial, will be out on October 25th through Sacred Bones Records, featuring his excellent new single "One Eye Open". Pre-order it here.
“The album comes out of seeing and experiencing a lot of turmoil but wanting to create something positive out of it,” Stewart explains. “I wanted to take a less selfish approach on this record. Maybe I’m just getting older, but that approach starts to feel a little self-indulgent. Like, ‘Oh, look at me I’m so complicated, I get that life isn’t fair,’ It’s like, yeah, so does everyone. So with this record, it’s less about how I see things and more about the way things just are. Seeing myself as a part of a lineage of people trying to do a little something instead of trying to create a platform for myself individually.”
As with every Black Marble album, Stewart recorded, produced, and played everything you hear on Bigger Than Life using entirely analog gear, though the process was new. This time around, he wrote everything on his MPC and sequenced it live to his synths — only using the computer to record, not to create. “I try new approaches every time, which helps me stay engaged but also its kind of a trick I play on the creative side of my brain,” Stewart says. “Keeping one side of my mind busy on organizational creativity I think frees up the other side where the inspirational creativity comes from.”
Check out the album's tracklist and watch the video for "One Eye Open", below.
Bigger Than LifeTracklist:
01. Never Tell
02. One Eye Open
03. Daily Driver
05. The Usual
06. Grey Eyeliner
07. Bigger Than Life
08. Private Show
10. Hit Show
Sacramento, California post-punk/new wave/dark wave band Creux Lies have dropped a lyric video for their new single "Made".
"The Mafia allure (especially through cinema) on my childhood crept its way into my headspace during the production of this one. This song reflected and felt like its own scene outside of "The Hearth," so we held on to it for later. Nonetheless, Made lives in the nexus point of the prevailing political landscape and my psychic scream. It identifies itself through the term for a certain kind of new criminal culture I would like to see. Something like mythology akin to Yorkshire's hood - this song is a gesture to the rabble-rousers who are ready to party harder than the new Hobbian leviathans breaching here in the west. No more tilting at windmills, let's get down."
The song is out tomorrow (July 26th), buy it here and watch the clip below.
Manchester acid house and electronic legends 808 State have announced the release of their new album 'Transmission Suite', their first in 17 years.
The 15-track album will be out out on October 11th, and was recorded in Granada’s former home. “The space the band used to record hadn’t been cleared out for what seemed like decades and was full of now defunct technology: a teleprinter, teletext stuff, boxes of floppy discs,” a statement announcing the album reads.
Outpost Transmission, the last original material from the band, came out in 2002. 808 State music has appeared since then in the form of remixes and the occasional edit and the band have continued to play live, but it wasn’t until last year that decided to reconvene with a view to working on a significant new tranche of material. “We’re trying to make a future for other people to immerse themselves in” says Graham of the new material. “It feels a bit like an imaginary landscape. That’s always been a big part of 808 State, when you go back through the music: these kind of landscapes of futurism.”
Pre-order the album here, check out the tracklist and watch the video for lead track "Tokyo Tokyo", below.
Transmission Suite Tracklist:
01. Tokyo Tokyo
03. Cannonball Waltz
04. The Ludwig Question
12. Angol Angol
13. Bushy Bushy
14. 13 13
15. Crab Claw
New York haze pop/dream pop band DIIV have announced the release of their third studio album album 'Deceiver'.
The follow-up to 2016's Is The Is Are, was recorded Deceiver in March 2019 in Los Angeles with producer Sonny Diperri (who has worked with My Bloody Valentine, Nine Inch Nails and Protomartyr), and will be out on October 4 via Captured Tracks. Pre-order your copy here.
The record is described as “the soundtrack to personal resurrection under the heavy weight of metallic catharsis, upheld by robust guitars and vocal tension that almost snaps, but never quite.”
The band have also shared their new single “Skin Game”, speaking about it, the band’s lead vocalist and guitarist Zachary Cole Smith, said:
It’s an imaginary dialogue between two characters, which could either be myself or people I know. I spent six months in several different rehab facilities at the beginning of 2017. I was living with other addicts. Being a recovering addict myself, there are a lot of questions like, “Who are we? What is this disease?” Our last record was about recovery in general, but I truthfully didn’t buy in. I decided to live in my disease instead. “Skin Game” looks at where the pain comes from. I’m looking at the personal, physical, emotional, and broader political experiences feeding into the cycle of addiction for millions of us.
Check out the album's tracklist and stream the new single below.
Deceiver Track Listing
02. Like Before You Were Born
03. Skin Game
04. Between Tides
06. For the Guilty
07. The Spark
Glasgow post punk band Walt Disco have premiered the video for their brand new single "Past Tense".
The song follows the their explosive, moody goth anthem “Strange to Know Nothing,” and is out now via IHC 1NFINITY.
Recorded at Glasgow’s Chem19 studio, home of seminal Scottish indie label Chemikal Underground (Mogwai, Arab Strap), the track was completed on a day off during the band’s busy touring schedule. The cinematic track sees vocalist James Potter’s soaring vocals sit atop a solid Blue Nile-esque groove which oozes grandeur - this is Walt Disco at both their most epic and most vulnerable.
About the video: How do you say goodbye to someone you love? The video for Walt Disco’s ‘Past Tense’ deals with coming to terms with the death of a friend. The story opens with Blaire, a twenty-something goth, at the gravestone of her recently deceased boyfriend, Drazen. As she awakens, a black balloon visits her and she attaches herself to it as a representation of her loved one. Over the course of the video, she lives her life as she would have with Drazen, oblivious to the balloon’s impact on the world around her. Eventually she’s forced to come to terms with the reality of her situation and let go.
Glasgow noisy post-punk duo Memes (aka John McLinden and Paul McLinden) have aired the video for their new single "Happy Shopper".
It is the duo's second single, they formed in February 2019, and their debut single ‘Blah Blah Blah’ earned Memes a regular radio airplay and multiple blog write-ups and reviews. The song will be out on August 15.