Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Wire Announce New LP '10:20' Stream Reworked “Small Black Reptile”

Seminal UK post-punk band Wire have announced the release of their new record '10:20', featuring rare, unreleased and reworked tracks.

The follow-up to Mind Hive, released earlier this year, will be out on April 18 as a Record Store Day vinyl-exclusive release compiling a handful of what the band describes as “strays”—or songs that were never fully realized in the recording studio. Pre-order your copy here.

The first single is a new version of “Small Black Reptile,” originally included on their 1990 album Manscape. 

"10:20 is a glimpse into the working practice of the band and may perhaps give clues as to why Wire has retained such a singular identity through the years. The album divides in to two halves – the 2010 side & the 2020 side – hence the title. When Wire plays live there are, in the main, three classes of piece: new songs, old songs and ‘new old’ songs. The latter often involves taking something that existed on a previous release and re-working it, very often evolving a stage highlight from it. There also pieces that have never seen a major release but for some reason never fitted on an album. The best of these ideas have been recorded in two sessions – one relating to Red Barked Tree but recorded in 2010 and another relating to Mind Hive and released in 2020."

Listen to “Small Black Reptile,” below.


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New Entry: Es Share New Single "Hidden Track"

London post punk/synth punk band Es have shared their new single "Hidden Track".

The song is taken from their upcoming first full length album 'Less Of Everything', set to arrive on April 3rd through Upset The Rhythm. Pre-order your copy here.

Stream it below.

Watch: Choir Boy Release New Single/Video "Toxic Eye"

Salt Lake City, Utah indie pop/synth/new wave band Choir Boy have released the video for their new single "Toxic Eye".

The song is taken from their forthcoming sophomore album 'Gathering Swans', which will be out on May 8 via Dais Records. Pre-order your copy here.

Watch/listen below.


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Working Men's Club Announce Self-titled Debut LP, Stream "A.A.A.A."

Yorkshire post punk/new wave band Working Men’s Club have announced the release of their self-titled debut album.

The 10-track record was mixed and produced by Ross Orton (The Fall, M.I.A., Arctic Monkeys), and will be out on October 2 via Heavenly Recordings. Pre-order your copy here.

Two original members lighter and three new ones the richer, Working Men’s Club took on a new hard-edge permutation, their shows becoming ever more sweaty, pulsating and rammed to the rafters; their energy raw; their vigour renewed; their interplay as musicians growing ever-more intuitive and elastic. Their eponymous collection of songs is equal parts Calder Valley restlessness and raw Sheffield steel; guitars locking horns with floor-filling beats, synths masquerading as drums and Minsky-Sargeant’s scratchy, electrifying bedroom demos brought to their full potential by Orton’s blade-sharp yet sensitive production.

A rumble on the horizon. Gritted teeth, nuclear fizz and fissured rock. A dab of pill dust from a linty pocket before it hits: the atom split, pool table overturned, pint glass smashed — valley fever breaking with the clouds as the inertia of small town life is well and truly disrupted. Here to bust out of Doledrum, clad in a t-shirt that screams SOCIALISM and armed with drum machine, synth, pedal and icy stare are Working Men’s Club, and their self-titled debut album.

Named after the wood panelled, community-run venues 18-year-old band leader and singer Sydney Minsky-Sargeant used to sneak into under age. It was at home in the town of Todmorden in West Yorkshire, feeling hemmed in, that Syd first began assembling these 10 songs. “There’s not much going on, not much stuff to do as a teenager” he says. “It’s quite isolated. And it can get quite depressing being in a town where in the winter it gets light at nine in the morning and dark at four”.

Guitars locking horns with floor-filling beats, synths masquerading as drums and Minsky- Sargeant’s scratchy, electrifying bedroom demos brought to their full potential by Orton’s blade-sharp yet sensitive production.

Check out the album's tracklist and listen to new single "A.A.A.A." below.

Working Men's Club Tracklist:
01. Valleys
02. A.A.A.A.
03. John Cooper Clarke
04. White Rooms And People
05. Outside
06. Be My Guest
07. Tomorrow
08. Cook A Coffee
09. Teeth
10. Angel


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Watch: Circa Waves Drop Lyric Video For "Battered & Bruised"

Liverpool indie rock four-piece Circa Waves have dropped a lyric video for their new single "Battered & Bruised".

The song is part of our current playlist and is taken from their new album 'Sad Happy', out this Friday, March 13th via Prolifica Inc. / PIAS. Pre-order your copy here.

Watch the clip below.


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New Entry: Houses of Heaven Premiere New Single "Sleep"

Oakland, California krautrock/post punk/shoegaze/psych band Houses of Heaven have premiered their new single "Sleep".

The song is taken from the upcoming first full-length album 'Silent Places' (produced and mixed by INHALT's Matia Simovich), set to be released on May 1st via Felte Records. Pre-order your copy here.

UPDATE 16/03/2020: "Sleep" is our new Single of the Week!

"Sleep" basks in the tension surrounding the album's inception with blown-out kick drums, claustrophobic verses, and deteriorating vocal effects. Sharp arpeggiated synths and woozy strings neutralize the track's subterranean anxiety with texture and sensuality. Produced by Matia Simovich (Inhalt) and with engineering credits that include Monte Vallier (Weekend) and John McEntire (Tortoise), it's a potent introduction to the muscular sound design underpinning the album.

Take a listen below.


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