Thursday, January 23, 2020

Watch: Pet Shop Boys Release "Monkey Business" New Video

British synth-pop legends Pet Shop Boys have released the video for their latest single "Monkey Business".

The song is part of our current playlist and is taken from their forthcoming album ‘Hotspot’ out tomorrow (24th January). Get your copy here.

The video was directed by Vaughan Arnell. Take a look below.


Watch: Wolf Parade Reveal New Single/Video "Julia Take Your Man Home"

Canadian indie rock band Wolf Parade have revealed the video for their new single "Julia Take Your Man Home".

The song is taken from their upcoming fifth studio album 'Thin Mind', set to arrive on January 24 via Sub Pop Records. Pre-order your copy here.

The video was animated by Chad VanGaalen. Watch below.


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Watch: Las Kellies Unleash New Single/Video "Closer"

Argentinian post punk/new wave duo Las Kellies (Cecilia Kelly and Silvina Costa) have unleashed the video for their new single "Closer".

The song is taken from their forthcoming sixth studio album 'Suck This Tangerine', will be out on March 27th via Fire Records. Pre-order your copy here.

Watch/listen below.


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New Entry: Cage The Elephant Drop New Single "Broken Boy" (Feat. Iggy Pop)

Bowling Green, Kentucky indie rock band Cage The Elephant have dropped their new single "Broken Boy" featuring Iggy Pop.

The song is out today (Jan 23) via RCA Records. Grab it here.

Take a listen below.



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Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Slow Readers Club Announce New LP 'The Joy Of The Return', Stream "All I Hear"

Manchester-based indie electro/doom pop band The Slow Readers Club have announced the release of their fourth studio album 'The Joy Of The Return'.

The follow-up to 2018's Build A Tower, was recorded at Parr Street Studios in Liverpool and produced by long-standing collaborator Phil Bulleyment. It will be released on 20th March via Modern Sky UK. . Pre-order your copy here.

The 11-track record, marks a significant change in the band's process, with their extensive touring allowing them time to write and develop tracks and arrangements through soundchecks and back-of-van jams.

"I think it's definitely our most interesting and accomplished record musically," says singer Aaron Starkie. "Lyrically the album covers love, alienation, the rise of right wing populism and comments on algorithm driven propaganda. And as always, I try to deliver those lyrics with uplifting melody."

The band have also shared their the single "All I Hear", which according to singer Aaron Starkie "is about a lack of agency and an inability to affect change. That there's something happening, and you have no choice but to go along with it." 

Check out the album's tracklist and listen to 'All I Hear' below.

The Joy Of The Return Tracklist:
01. All I Hear
02. Something Missing
03. Problem Child
04. Jericho
05. No Surprise
06. Paris
07. Killing Me
08. All The Idols
09. Every Word
10. The Zero Hour
11. The Wait


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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Yumi Zouma Announce New LP, Share New Single/Video "Cool For A Second"

New Zealand-based indie pop band Yumi Zouma have announced the release of their third studio album 'Truth or Consequences'.

The follow-up to 2017's Willowbank, will be out on March 13th through Polyvinyl Records. {re-order your copy here.

Distance has become a recurring theme in Yumi Zouma’s work. This makes sense given the far-flung cities the group of musicians currently call home: New York City for Burgess, London for Ryder, Wellington for Campion, and Simpson remaining in their native Christchurch. Of course, distance can also manifest metaphorically, and it’s in these figurative chasms that Truth or Consequences, Yumi Zouma’s new record finds its narrative: romantic and platonic heartbreak, real and imagined emotional distance, disillusionment, and being out of reach. There are no answers, there’s very seldom closure, but there is an undeniable release that comes from saying the truth, if only to oneself.

“In the age we’re living in, there’s an emphasis on making things clear cut” says Burgess about the album’s title. “But in life and in art, nothing is ever that definitive. The truth is usually in the gray zones, and I think that’s so much of what we were trying to explore and understand on this album.”

Whilst exploring these realms, Yumi Zouma deliberately pursued a deeper sense of collaboration in order to craft a record that reflects the bond between them. Produced by the band and mixed by engineer Jake Aron (Solange, Grizzly Bear, Snail Mail), Truth or Consequences stems from sessions in Los Angeles, London, and Christchurch, where the band actively took a collegial approach, often working note-by-note, to ensure the foundations of the album reflected a sense of togetherness.

“We wanted to make the songwriting process as egalitarian as possible. Completely sharing the process helped us feel like we were capturing a purer sense of atmosphere,” says Ryder.

Album centerpiece “Cool For A Second” coalesces the motif of isolation and its ensuing fallout into a letter to a past connection: Whilst on “Truer Than Ever,” the band draws inspiration from the classics to radiate a brazen spirit of perseverance. “I love the duality in a lot of disco songs, where they’re incredibly upbeat, but there’s real frustration in the lyrics – sort of like, ‘Nothing’s going the way I want, but I’ve got to deal with it any way I can,’” Simpson says.

Check out the album's tracklist and the video for their new single "Cool For A Second" below:

Truth or Consequences Tracklist:
01. Lonely After
02. Right Track / Wrong Man
03. Southwark
04. Sage
05. Mirror To The Fire
06. Cool For A Second
07. Truer Than Ever
08. My Palms Are Your Reference To Hold To Your Heart
09. Magazine Bay
10. Lie Like You Want Me Back



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Watch: Stanleys Unveil Music Video For "A Better Life"

Wigan indie pop/rock four-piece Stanleys have unveiled the video for their newest single "A Better Life".

The song is part of ou current playlist and came out last week. Grab it here.

The video was directed by Danny Bott. Check out below.



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New Entry: Inhaler Air New Single "We Have To Move On"

Dublin rock n roll four-piece Inhaler have aired their catchy new single "We Have To Move On".

The song is out today (January 21) via Polydor Records.. Grab it here.

Take a look below.



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Watch: Hapax Release Music Video For "Elegy"

Italian post punk/synth wave duo Hapax have released the video for their latest single "Elegy".

The song is part of our current playlist and is taken from their album 'Monade', which came out in July 2019 via SwissDarkNights. Grab it here.

Watch the clip below.



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Watch: M!R!M Drop New Single/Video "Testament"

London-based coldwave/darkwave/post punk project M!R!M (aka Jack Milwaukee) has dropped the video for his new single "Testament".

The song is taken from his forthcoming third full-length album ‘The Visionary’, which will be out on January 31 on Avant! Records. Buy your copy here.

In the words of Jack Milwaukee ‘’Although the heavy bass groove makes the song particularly dancey and upbeat, the lyrics are moody, nostalgic and dreamy; they are about the strong friendship between a man and a woman”.

The video was directed by Milwaukee, watch it below.


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Monday, January 20, 2020

New Entry: Pretty. Premiere New Single "The Motion"

Los Angeles, CA indie pop/new wave band Pretty. have premiered their catchy new single "The Motion".

The song is out now. Buy it here and stream it below.



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New Entry: Stanleys Unleash New Single "A Better Life"

Wigan indie pop/rock four-piece Stanleys have unleashed their new single "A Better Life".

“A Better Life is a story about an old man looking back at his life and thinking of what could have been. It’s got a bit of sentimental value.”

The song is out now, grab it here and stream it below.



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Watch: The Ninth Wave Reveal "Flower into Wounds" Music Video

Glasgow noise pop/post-punk band The Ninth Wave have reveal the video for their latest single "Flower into Wounds".

The song is part of our current playlist and is taken from their debut album  'Infancy', released in November last year. Grab it here.

The band's words: “The title of this song was influenced from the opening line of a chapter in J. G. Ballard’s infamous novel ‘Crash’, in which the protagonist discovers his arousal when is body is harmed in car crashes. As the book progresses, his body becomes more battered and bruised, with him explaining that his body is “flowering into wounds”. I thought this was a beautiful way to describe something so grotesque and it resonated with myself in a different situation. Put plainly, Flower Into Wounds is a song about emotional masochism and finding some sort of enjoyment in having your heart battered and bruised. Joern Utkilen, Amelia’s uncle, directed this video and helped us present the essence of this song visually..”.

Watch the clip below.


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Watch: LegPuppy Unveil Lyric Video For "Tears (feat. Voi Vang)"

London indie psych/dance/electropunk band LegPuppy have unveiled a lyric video for "Tears (feat Voi Vang)" .

The song is taken from their latest album 'Non Disclosure Agreement', which came out in June 2019. Grab it here if you haven't already.

"The cycle of life, death, and rebirth, without beginning or end". ... Every rebirth is temporary and impermanent. In each rebirth one is born and dies, to be reborn elsewhere in accordance with one's own karma. The Buddha. Written about a past life regression experience." Dedicated to Robyn, forever glow.

Watch the clip below.



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Watch: East. Share Music Video For "La Isla Bonito"

French post punk/cold indie wave band East. have shared the video for their latest single "La Isla Bonito". 

The song is taken from their 'Saut Sauvage'EP, which came out in October 2018. Get it here.

Watch it below.



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New Entry: White Flowers Air New Single "Night Drive"

Preston, UK dream pop/ shoegaze/noir pop duo White Flowers (Katie Drew and Joey Cobb) have  aired their ethereal new single "Night Drive".

The song is out now and is taken from their debut AA side 12" Night Drive / Portra, out 14th February via Tough Love. Pre-order your copy here.

Co-produced by Doves’ guitarist, Jez Williams, Night Drive’s guitars carry a Kevin Shields-esque drone, as they swirl above its fragmented arrangement. Apocalyptic in nature, it twists and turns - thematically covering anxiety, fragility and frustration, while reminding that, even in the lowest of moments, one should not lose hope.

‘Creating and crafting the songs has always been a therapeutic outlet for us,’ Cobb stated. ‘It’s been a long process, but it’s been one which has helped us deal with the frustration, worries and difficulties that come with every day life. It’s definitely a very cathartic record. It serves as a kind of journal of growing up and maturing in the 21st Century.’

Stream it below.



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Friday, January 17, 2020

New Entry: Glass Violet Drop New Single "Over the Moor"

Bristol indie rock band Glass Violet have dropped their new single "Over the Moor".

The self-produced track is out today (January 17). Grab it here and stream it below.



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Watch: KYTES Release New Single/Video "Go Out"

Munich-based indie pop/rock quartet KYTES have released the video for their brand new single "Go Out".

The song is taken from their forthcoming second album ‘good luck’, which will be out on February 28 via their own label Frisbee Records. Pre-order your copy here.

About the song, the band said: “‘Go Out’ is a song that throws us right back to our teenage days. Life was way easier. After school we’d just ring on each others doorbells and hang out. No smartphones needed. No group chats, no voice memos or video chats. If we couldn’t just go out, we called on this thing called the landline telephone. Some of you may still know it. So we feel ‘Go Out‘ is a throwback song, lots of nostalgia, good memories… and it’s definitely gonna be a banger live.”

Watch/listen below.



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Watch: Wallows Reveal Music Video For "Remember When"

Los Angeles indie rock/pop/alt band Wallows have revealed the video for their latest single "Remember When".

The song is part of our current playlist and is taken from their debut album 'Nothing Happens', released in March 2019 through Atlantic Records. Buy it here.

The video was directed by Stephen Tyler. Watch it below.


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Surf Rock Is Dead Announce Debut LP 'Existential Playboy', Stream "Diabolik"

Brooklyn-based indie pop/surf rock duo Surf Rock Is Dead (aka Kevin Pariso and Joel Witenberg) have announced the release of their highly-anticipated debut album 'Existential Playboy'.

The self-produced record will be out on May 1st.

Kevin Pariso and Joel Witenberg will tell you they don’t take themselves too seriously. Hence the name of their band, Surf Rock Is Dead (that’s SRiD for short), and the title of their debut album, Existential Playboy. This playfulness informs their music, a hybrid of surf rock, shoegaze, goth, and new wave, through which the duo meditate on the paradoxes of modern life.

While SRiD’s first two EPs, 2015’s SRiD and 2017’s We Have No Friends? were a product of jam sessions, Surf Rock is Dead’s debut album is the result of a more deliberate writing structure.

Much of Existential Playboy, like the majority of SRiD’s music, is about interpersonal relationships, living in New York, and navigating through the world during uncertain times. Existential Playboy is also about confronting mortality. In the wake of a close friend’s death, as the band was in the midst of putting this record together, Witenberg and Pariso reflected even more deeply on the themes that characterize their music. The record’s title is a nod to life’s absurdities. “Why are we doing what we do? What even matters?”

Existential Playboy is a balanced mix of older, jammier tracks, and newer, poppier ones, like the moody and jangly kiss-off, “Diabolik,” or the album’s lead single, the anxiously romantic “Away Message,” on which Pariso sings about new and exciting romantic feelings.

Speaking about their new single "Diabolik", the band explained: "Diabolik is about dealing with some extreme situations we’ve encountered living with various people in NYC. Sometimes you never know what you’re going to get… Whether it be a roommate sleeping on the bathroom floor, a pile of who-knows-what on the living room floor or strangers ending up in YOUR room, sometimes it’s not exactly how you imagined your life. ‘Diabolik’ is a venting of those crazy roommate situations that suck in the moment, but given enough time, actually are pretty damn funny.”

Grab it here and stream it below.



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New Entry: Leif Erikson Unleash New Single "Question Time"

London indie rock/pop band Leif Erikson have unleashed their new single "Question Time".

The song is taken from their upcoming new EP 'Question Time'.

The band's words: "Feeling like it's time to make a statement, feeling like it's important to express an opinion through music once in a while. Pushing for respect for people and the planet, new ways of thinking and good music in the coming decade. Peace and ❤"

Grab the song here and stream it below.


Cathedrale Announce New LP 'Houses Are Built The Same', Stream "Gold Rush"

French post punk/power pop/garage punk band Cathedrale have announced the release of their third studio album 'Houses Are Built The Same'.

The follow-up to 2018's Facing Death, was recorded/mixed in London during one week at Haha Sound Studio by Syd Kemp and mastered by Paul Rannaudout. It will be out on March 27th via Howlin' Banana and Rockerill Records.

The band have also shared the video for their new single"Gold Rush", which is entirely directed by the alchemist Alison Flora.

"It's a story of a guy who can't grow a plant (find a job), he gets pushed back from everywhere, he gets in trouble, and he makes a deal with the devil who makes him grow a big plant."

Watch the clip below.


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Watch: Soft Riot Unveils Music Video For "By The Skin Of Your Teeth"

Glasgow-based synth pop/electronic/minimal/dark wave musician JJD aka Soft Riot has unveiled the video for "By The Skin Of Your Teeth".

The song is part of our current playlist and is taken from his seventh studio album 'When Push Comes To Shove' (included in our TOP 100 2019 best albums list) which came out in November last year through Possession Records. Get your copy here.

The video features footage shot live on 30 September 2019 on the MS Stubnitz in Hamburg DE, and was shot and edited by Carl Weidner and MS Stubnitz crew. Watch it below.

Watch: Catholic Action Share "People Don't Protest Enough" Music Video

Glasgow indie rock/glam band Catholic Action have shared the video for their latest single "People Don't Protest Enough".

The song is part of our current playlist and is taken from their upcoming sophomore album 'Celebrated by Strangers', set to be released on March 27. Pre-order your copy here.

Lead singer and guitarist Chris McCroy explains: “This is Casiotone for the politically marginalised. This is Krautrock for a progressive, positive future. And most importantly, this is a timely reminder that there are more of us than there are of them. People need to organise. Put down your phone, take your fingers out of your genitals and get on the streets - It really works. People Don’t Protest Enough.”

WAtch the clip below.



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Watch: Amyl and The Sniffers Release "Gacked on Anger" New Video

Melbourne punk /rock band Amyl and The Sniffers have released the video for their latest single "Gacked on Anger".

The song is part of our current playlist and is taken from their self-titled debut album, released in May 2019 via ATO Records. Get it here.

The video was directed by Gilbert Trejo. Watch it below.


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Watch: The Jungle Giants Air New Single/Video "Sending Me Ur Loving"

Brisbane indie pop/rock band The Jungle Giants have aired the video for their brand new single "Sending Me Ur Loving".

The song is out today (Jan 17). Buy it here

The clip was directed by Julian Lucas. Take a look below.


Thursday, January 16, 2020

New Entry: Astari Nite Drop New Single "Capulet Loves Montague"

Miami post punk/dark wave band Astari Nite have dropped their new single "Capulet Loves Montague".

The song is out today (Jan 16) via Negative Gain in North America and Danse Macabre Records in Europe, and is taken from the upcoming album 'Here Lies', which will be out soon.

“Capulet Loves Montague tells the tale of heartbreak and woe. How two people can fall in love but ultimately will be their undoing.” says frontman Mychael. “Lyrically, “Capulet Loves Montague” came to life while my 11-year young best friend and I were fooling around with crayons on a rainy evening. Perhaps it was the colors that made it clear, a nursery rhyme was being created. A feeling of innocence came over me when the words “Christmas trees are frozen spiders, Cats are made from snow, terrified by what I think of, petrified in love” were written. I’m obsessed with silliness, which is often mistaken for my sadness, especially when it comes to storytelling.” He adds.

Grab it here and take a listen below.


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Watch: Joywave Unleash Music Video For "Half Your Age"

New York indie rock/pop band Joywave have unleashed the video for their newest single "Half Your Age".

The song is part of our current playlist and is taken from their upcoming third studio album 'Possession', set to be released on March 13th via Cultco Music/Hollywood Records, Inc. Pre-save your copy here.

The video was directed by Issac Rentz . Check out below.


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Watch: Art d'Ecco Reveals New Single "I’ll Never Give You Up"

British Columbia glam-rocker Art d'Ecco has revealed the video for new single "I’ll Never Give You Up".

The song is out today (Jan 16) through Paper Bag Records. Grab your copy here.

“Sonically it’s another ode to the early ’80s,” he shares, “tracked with analogue synths and live drumming (courtesy of Jeff Mitchelmore from Gold & Youth), we recorded with producer Colin Stewart at his Hive Studios last summer.” It’s a beat-heavy track as reminiscent of The Human League as it is of contemporaries Drab Majesty, marked by ambiguously nostalgic lyrics. “I honestly can’t remember what it’s about lyrically—a ghost from the past? The pursuit of times that were, or could have been?”

The video was directed by Kira Clavell. Check out below.


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Watch: Spinning Coin Unveil New Single/Video "Ghosting"

Glasgow garage pop/rock band Spinning Coin have unveiled the video for their new single "Ghosting".

The song is taken from their forthcoming new album 'Hyacinth', which will be out on February 21st via Geographic. Pre-order your copy here.

The video was directed by Sean Nicholas Savage. Check out below.


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New Entry: COIN Share New Single "Youuu"

Nashville-based alt-pop trio COIN have shared their new single "Youuu".

The song is taken from their upcoming third studio album 'Dreamland', out on February 21. PRe-order your copy here.

From the band: "We began writing it in the middle of a drought — in California & in our creative process. For weeks, it seemed we were just spinning our wheels, waiting for the sun to come. Overlooking the mountains, I realized the sun is always up. The thing you’ve been patiently searching for may be right in front of you, just positioned behind your own clouded perception. We wish to control everything before we simply choose to notice anything. I’m still learning, but I don’t want to waste my time trying to find something special, only to realize I was holding it all along."

Watch a lyric video below.



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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

New Entry: Talk Show Premiere New Single "Banshee"

London post punk/new wave band Talk Show have premiered their new single "Banshee".

The song is taken from the band's upcoming debut EP 'These People', which will be out on the 27th of March via Council Records. Pre-order your copy here

Stream it below.



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Vundabar Announce New LP 'Either Light', Air New Single/Video "Burned Off"

Boston indie rock/surf band Vundabar have announced the release of their new album titled 'Either Light'.

The follow-up to 2018's Smell Smoke, was recorded at Gradwell House and Retro City Studios with producer Patrick Hyland (Mitski) and will be out on March 20 via Gawk Records. Pre-order your copy here.

“The album is about the transitional lightness that follows a period of heaviness” said singer/guitarist Brandon Hagen in a press statement. “After years of being caught up in a dark period marked by sickness, strife and worry, and using it as the context in which I saw myself, I suddenly found I’d outgrown that story. With that came a feeling of lightness that was opposite the feeling which preceded it.”

The band have also aired the video for their new single "Burned Off", which according to Hagen "explores that surreal and sometimes inexplicable moment of interior shift, the fog lifting, and the way our internal state informs our external experience. It could turn light into a puddle or a puddle into light, but then it burns off! Temporary and dual. We see our protagonist wet, we see our protagonist dry, we see our protagonist ruminating and then looking to the future, finally finding solace in the ephemeral, the chorus a reassurance of what’s now known.” 

Check out the album's tracklist and the video for "Burned Off" below.

Either Light Track List:
01. Out Of It
02. Burned Off
03. Codeine
04. Petty Crime
05. Easier
06. Never Call
07. Montage Music
08. Jester
09. Paid For
10. Other Flowers
11. Wax Face



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Moaning Announce New LP 'Uneasy Laughter', Share New Single/Video "Ego"

Los Angeles post punk/shoegaze trio Moaning have announced the release of their 'Uneasy Laughter'.

The 13-track album was produced by Alex Newport (At The Drive-In, Bloc Party, Melvins) and will be out on March 20 through Sub Pop Records. Get your copy here.

Uneasy Laughter is a collaborative breakthrough which significantly brightens Moaning’s once claustrophobic sound, again abetted by producer/engineer Alex Newport (At The Drive-In, Bloc Party, Melvins). The trio points to first single “Ego,” which features a costume-heavy video directed by Ambar Navarro, as an embodiment of this evolution.

Solomon admits Uneasy Laughter could have gone in quite another direction had he not gotten sober and educated himself on such core subjects as gender and mental health. “I did a lot of reading in the tour van — authors like bell hooks, Mark Fisher, and Alain de Botton, all really inspired me. I don’t want to be the person who influences young people to go get high and become cliche tragic artists,” he says. “What I’d rather convey to people is that they’re not alone in what they think and how they feel. ‘Ego’ specifically and the album overall is about those themes — letting go of your bullshit so you can help other people and be present.”

“We want to be part of a community,” he adds. “I wrote online about being sober for a year, and I had kids from all over writing and asking for advice. One of them said, ‘For the first time I can remember, I didn’t drink last night.’ I thought, for once, maybe we did something besides sell a record. That’s a win. That’s incredibly exciting.”

Check out the album's tracklist and and watch the video for "Ego", below.

Uneasy Laughter Tracklist:
01. Ego
02. Make It Stop
03. ///
04. Stranger
05. Running
06. Connect the Dots
07. Fall in Love
08. Coincidence or Fate
09. What Separates Us
10. //////////
11. Keep Out
12. Saving Face
13. Say Something


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Real Estate Announce New LP 'The Main Thing', Stream "Paper Cup"

New Jersey indie rockers Real Estate have announced the release of their fifth studio album 'The Main Thing'. 

The follow-up to 2017’s In Mind February 28th via Domino Records, according to the press release, it delivers the band’s most inspired and self-aware set of songs to date, created over the course of a year at upstate New York’s Marcata Sound. Pre-order your copy here.

Following his work on 2011’s Days, engineer Kevin McMahon returns as producer, and, for the first time ever, Real Estate have brought in outside instrumentalists and special guests like Sylvan Esso, whose vocalist Amelia Meath features on first single, “Paper Cup”. Across the 13 interrogative tracks – as full of depth, strangeness, and contradictions as they are lifting hooks – the band balances existential, environmental, and political anxieties with fatherly sentiments, self-satirizing lyrics, forever-lively guitar lines, and shimmering strings.

On “Paper Cup” and the making of The Main Thing, Martin Courtney says: “Paper Cup is a song about getting older and realizing that this thing that I fell into doing over ten years ago - being a musician, writing songs, being a guy in a band - this may end up being my life’s work. Watching the people around me change and evolve, take on new challenges, and feeling sort of stuck in a rut, in a way. Feeling uncertain of the validity of being an artist in an age of climate change and general political and social unrest around the world. It’s a song about questioning your chosen path in life and searching for meaning in what you do.

Those questions don’t really get resolved in this song, but ironically, the process of making this record - really diving deep and trying to make it the best thing we’ve ever made - reaffirmed in me, and I think in all of us in this band, why we are doing this.”

The Main Thing dives even further into the musical dichotomies they’re known for—lilting, bright guitar lines set against emotionally nuanced lyrics, complex arrangements conveyed breezily— and what emerges is a superlative collection of interrogative songs as full of depth, strangeness and contradictions as they are lifting hooks.

Check out the album's tracklist and watch the video for "Paper Cup", below.

The Main Thing Tracklisting:
01. Friday
02. Paper Cup [ft. Sylvan Esso]
03. Gone
04. You
05. November
06. Falling Down
07. Also a But
08. The Main Thing
09. Shallow Sun
10. Sting
11. Silent World
12. Procession
13. Brother


Watch: The Districts Air New Single/Video "Cheap Regrets"

Philly-based indie rock band The Districts have aired the video for their new single "Cheap Regrets".

The song is taken from their upcoming record 'You Know I’m Not Going Anywhere', set to arrive on March 13 via Fat Possum Records . Pre-order your copy here.

The video was directed by Laura-Lynn Petrick. Watch it below.



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Watch: Phantom Isle Release New Single "I Am Urs"

London indie rock/psych pop band Phantom Isle have released their new single "I Am Urs".

The song, produced by Michael Smith (the man behind their previous releases 'Focus' and 'Four Walls'), is out today (January 15). Grab it here.

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New Entry: Holy Fuck Reveal New Track "Deleters (feat. Angus Andrew)"

Toronto psych/dance band Holy Fuck have revealed their new track "Deleters", featuring Angus Andrew from Liars.

It is taken from their new album 'Deleter', which will be out this Friday (January 17) via Last Gang Records. Pre-order your copy here.

Watch an animated clip below.



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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

New Entry: Bombay Bicycle Club Drop New Single "Is It Real"

London indie rock/pop band  Bombay Bicycle Club have dropped their new single "Is It Real".

It taken from their upcoming album 'Everything Else Has Gone Wrong', which will be released on the 17th January through Caroline International/Island Records. Pre-order your copy here.

"A song about about taking a trip down memory lane, reminiscing about the old times and cherished memories, and wondering when sat next to the responsibilities and struggles of adult life, how any of those fondly remembered days were real."

Watch a clip for the song below.


New Entry: Sea Girls Unleash New Single "Ready For More"

UK indie rock/alt band Sea Girls have unleashed their new single "Ready For More".

The song is taken from the band's upcoming EP 'Under Exit Lights', set to arrive on march 6th via Polydor. Pre-order it here.

Stream it below.



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New Entry: Guest Singer Unveil New Single "Think Face"

Doncaster indie/synth wave band Guest Singer, (lead by Jake Cope) have unveiled their new single "Think Face".

The 80s synth-pop-inspired song is out today (January 14) via Heist Or Hit Records, and is taken from their upcoming second EP 'Limbo Days'.

“Essentially, it’s about the emotional effort of songwriting,” frontman Jake Cope says of their new effort. “How it can snare you in a psychologically abusive relationship with yourself; requiring so much identity and only offering up small moments in return. When the music fades all that we’re left with is limbo days.”

Take a listen below.



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Watch: En Attendant Ana Share New Single/Video "In / Out"

Parisian indie pop/garage pop quintet En Attendant Ana have shared the video for their new single "In / Out".

The song is taken from their forthcoming sophomore album 'Juillet', set to be released on January 25th via Trouble In Mind Records. Pre-order your copy here.

The video was directed by Eric Frechou (Studio Baxton Bruxelles). Watch it below.



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THICK Announce Debut LP '5 Years Behind', Stream Title Track

Brooklyn-based pop-punk trio THICK have announced the release of their debut studio album '5 Years Behind'.

The 11-track album was recorded in Studio G Brooklyn with producer/engineer Joel Hamilton (Iggy Pop, Jolie Holland) and will be out on March 6th through Epitaph Records. Pre-order your copy here.

On this album, the band confronts the countless disappointments and injustices they deal with every day: the reckless hypocrisy of people in power, social media’s erosion of genuine connection, dudes who feel inexplicably entitled to share their most loathsome opinions. But even in their most exasperated moments, THICK sustains ferocious energy and untamed joy, ultimately turning every song into a wildly cathartic anthem.

“A lot of these songs came from feeling stifled in silence, but then the song itself is an answer to that,” says vocalist, bassist, & guitarist Kate Black. “It’s us saying, ‘I have my opinion, and I’m going to share it no matter what.’ Instead of keeping things all bottled up, it feels so much better to face everything head on, and just be really loud about it with your two best friends.”

The band have also shared the video for the title track, vocalist and guitarist Nikki Sisti explains: “it's about how we always feel five years behind in life, at least as far as the expectations of the world around us. It’s something we’re constantly battling, but at the same time we know that there’s no real timeline—there’s no time limit for doing what we want to do.”

Check out the tracklist and watch the video for "5 Years Behind", below.

5 Years Behind Tracklist:
01. 5 Years Behind
02. Sleeping Through the Weekend
03. Bumming Me Out
04. Fake News
05. Home
06. Mansplain
07. WHUB
08. Won’t Back Down
09. Can’t Be Friends
10. Your Mom
11. Party With Me


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Victories At Sea Detail New LP 'Everybody’s Lost And All I Want Is To Leave'

Birmingham post punk/indie rock band Victories at Sea have revealed full details of their second studio album 'Everybody's Lost And All I Want Is To Leave'.

Recorded on the shores of Loch Fyne and mixed in their native Birmingham, the 10-track album will be out on 21st February via Dutch imprint Gentlemen Recordings. Pre-order your copy here.

According to the press release, the record, refines and redefines the sound of Victories at Sea. Everybody’s Lost and All I Want Is to Leave was conceived and realised as a statement. A permanent marker of the pinnacle of the trio’s possible creation, an honest and direct expression of the collective power of the three band members.

The band's words: "It’s been a long time coming, we began writing this record in the Highlands of Scotland back in the summer of 2018, full time, day and night in an isolated studio on the banks of Loch Fyne in a live room far from home. It was the best thing the three of us could have done. Away from the distractions and anxieties of real life, what came out was a collection of ideas and new songs informed by the environment and the openness and beauty of the hills and mountains surrounding us as well as the escapism of being out of the city. It saved us and revitalised us."

This album is more than a collection of songs, it stands as a collective of artistic work designed at every point to demonstrate a belief in the power of the album, the power of music, the power of words. Something beautiful that would remain forever.

Check out the album's tracklist and re-visit the video for their latest single "Ice Data Centre" below.

Everybody’s Lost And All I Want Is To Leave Tracklist:
When The Dark
02. Follow You
03. Quiet House
04. Late
05. Breathe Slowly
06. Don’t Waste Your Life
07. Ice Data Centre
08. Midnight Song
09. Exit
10. In My Head



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Monday, January 13, 2020

Watch: Joy Division Reimagined Video For "She's Lost Control"

Joy Division have shared a reimagined video version of their song "She's Lost Control".

Part of the collaborative project 'Unknown Pleasures: Reimagined' series to celebrate the album's 40th anniversary, helmed by the band’s visual coordinator, Warren Jackson, and Control’s producer Orion Williams, seeing 10 directors create a “filmic reimagining of the music in 2019” for every track on the record that was originally released 40 years ago on June 15th, 1979.

The video was directed American actress and director Lorraine Nicholson. Watch it below.

Watch: Memes Release Music Video For "J.O.B.S."

Glasgow noisy post-punk duo Memes (aka John McLinden and Paul McLinden) have released the video for their latest single "J.O.B.S.".

The song is part of our current playlist and came out in November 2019 via Fierce Panda Records. Grab it here.

Watch the video below.



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Watch: Humanist Airs New Single/Video "Shock Collar (Feat. Dave Gahan)"

Humanist,  the brainchild of producer and Exit Calm guitarist Rob Marshall, has teamed up with Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan on new single "Shock Collar".

The song is taken from his eponymous debut album, set to arrive on February 21st via ignition Records. Pre-order your copy here.

Gahan comments; “It was a pleasure to be asked to be a part of Rob’s ‘Humanist’ project. Mark Lanegan asked me, and I liked the idea immediately… It’s a beast! I went for the vocal, with the visual of driving fast on an empty highway… We shot the video over a couple of days in New York, and it all came together”. Rob Marshall continues; “I’d been writing a lot of music at the time for the record, and I was really getting back into big guitar tracks again, and I had a song (which would eventually become ‘Shock Collar) that I felt could be a great single. It was something special when Dave said he would sing this. He’s achieved so much over the years, an incredible front man, with such a soaring voice and presence, but with no trademark tone of celebrity or ego whatsoever. Very humble, gentle and giving. When we shot the video, he worked extremely hard on the day, performing each take with total gusto and energy, which didn’t let up throughout his performances.”

The project features the vocals of Mark Lanegan (Queens Of The Stone Age), Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode), Mark Gardener (Ride), Carl Hancock Rux (David Holmes, Portishead), John Robb (The Membranes), Joel Cadbury (UNKLE), Ilse Maria, Ron Sexsmith and Jim Jones (The Jim Jones Revue, Thee Hypnotics).

The video was directed by Derrick Belcham and Tracy Maurice. Watch it below.



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Watch: True Body Premiere New Single/Video "Spirit City"

Virginia post punk/dream pop/alt band True Body have premiered the video for their new single "Spirit City".

The song is taken from their forthcoming debut album 'Heavenly Rhythms For The Uninitiated', which will be out on April 3 via TheFuneralParty. Pre-order your copy here.

The video was directed by Travis Waddell. Watch it below.



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Friday, January 10, 2020

Then Comes Silence Announce New LP 'Machine', Stream "We Lose The Night"

Swedish post punk/dark wave band Then Comes Silence have announced the release of their fifth studio album 'Machine'.

The follow-up to 2017's Blood, will be released March 13 via Oblivion/SPV (EU) and Metropolis Records (US). Pre-order your copy here.

The band signed with SPV/Oblivion last year, vocalist/bassist Alex Svenson said: “As a band, you need partners who firmly believe in you. After Oblivion A&R manager Gero Herrde had come to see our show at the New Waves Day in May 2019, we knew that we’d be in good hands with him and his label.”

Check out the album's tracklist and the video for the its first single "We Lose The Night", below.

Machine Tracklisting:
01. We Lose the Night
02. Devil
03. Dark End
04. I Gave You Everything
05. Ritual
06. Apocalypse Flare
07. W.O.O.O.U.
08. In Your Name
09. Glass
10. Kill It
11. Cuts Inside


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Watch: L.A. Girlfriend Drops Music Video For "Is Freedom"

Los Angeles fuzzpop/synthwave/electro pop artist L.A. Girlfriend (aka Sydney Banta) has dropped the video for her latest single "Is Freedom".

The song is part of our current playlist and came out in July 2019. Buy it here if you haven't already.

The video was directed by Brandon Riley Miller. Watch it below.


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