London indie/post punk trio White Lies have premiered the video for their new single "I Don't Want To Go To Mars".
The song is taken from their forthcoming sixth studio album 'As I Try Not To Fall Apart', which will be out on 18th February 2022 through [PIAS]. Pre-order your copy here.
Speaking about it, Charles Cave says: “I Don’t Want To Go To Mars has all the distorted bombast of White Lies best anthems neatly packed into a short story. The song follows a character seemingly being herded off Earth to live out a sterile and mundane existence on a newly colonised Mars. Fundamentally the song questions the speed at which we are developing the world(s) we inhabit, and what cost it takes on our wellbeing.”
Herefordshire indie rock/alternative band Pentire have unleashed a lyric video for their new single "Plastic Flowers".
The song is part of our current playlist and is out now. Grab it here.
Songwriter Jack Morgan explains: "Plastic Flowers is a tale of teenage love, loss and loathing. It's also a metaphor for the fakery of an ex-lover. It's always interesting to see how we see people in a different light once we remove our rose-tinted spectacles".
Totnes, UK indie pop/indie rock band Pale Blue Eyes have unveiled their new single "TV Flicker".
The song is out today (November 30) through Full Time Hobby. Get it here.
Speaking about it, drummer Lucy Board says: “It does feel full of ghostly traces – feelings and recollections from the time of a sudden family bereavement, a snapshot into an anxiety-fuelled head-space and not being able to switch off your thoughts, blankly staring at the TV.”
Recorded at their own studio Penquit Mill, south of Dartmoor, the song is light on the surface, but carries a dark resonance underneath.
Singer-guitarist Matt Board explains... "At the time of my dad’s death I’d sometimes fall asleep in front of a flickering TV. It was calming to drift off to sound or background dialogue and it helped me sleep. The music and lyrics in 'TV Flicker' also maybe conjure ambiguous images of 1970s Cold War décor – post-apocalyptic hideouts, a hatch leading into a lost nuclear bunker."
Isle of Wight post punk/alt duo Wet Leg (Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers) have announced the release of their self-titled debut album.
The album, was recorded in London in April 2021 with Speedy Wunderground’s Dan Carey, who produced 10 of its 12 tracks, and will be out on April 2, 2022 through Domino Records, featuring their new singles "Too Late Now" and “Oh No”. Pre-order your copy here.
Rhian Teasdale and Hester Chambers make “sad music for party people, and party music for sad people,” as a press release puts it. “Wet Leg was originally just supposed to be funny,” says Teasdale. “As a woman, there’s so much put on you, in that your only value is how pretty or cool you look. But we want to be goofy and a little bit rude. We want to write songs that people can dance to. And we want to people to have a good time, even if that might not possible all of the time.”
Teasdale says “Too Late Now” is “about sleepwalking into adulthood,” explaining:
I never imagined that my adult life would look the way it does and I guess this song reflects on some of the pressures and pulls of life. Sometimes I get really inside my head and everything can feel very overwhelming. I think this song is about accepting that life can feel a bit shit from time to time. Maybe don’t indulge that thought too much, though. Just take some time for yourself. Take a breath. Have a bath. It might make you feel a bit better.
Of “Oh No,” she simply asks, “You know when you’re having dinner with someone, and they check their phone, and just … go?”
Teasdale and Chambers had finished their album before they had even played a show, let alone witnessed the adulation around their debut single.
Check out the album's tracklist and watch the video for watch/listen "Too Late Now" and “Oh No,” below.
French edgy soft rock band Tahiti 80 have unleashed the video for their new single "Hot".
“'Hot' started as some kind of jam with myself, I came up with the bass line and experimented with a Yamaha DJX keyboard. Originally, I had no words for it, just a groove with some weird synth gimmicks. I put it on our cloud and everybody picked up on it and came up with some super-cool parts. Eventually, I found the vocal melody about a fantasized claustrophobic love affair and that was it.” - Xavier Boyer
Melbourne experimental/electronic duo VACUUM have shared their new single "I'll Call You".
The song, which explores Western end-of-life rituals, is taken from their forthcoming self-titled debut LP, set to arrive on February 18, 2022 through via Heavy Machinery and It Records. Album released . Get it here.
Cavernous soundscapes are cut razor sharp and met with Andrea Blake (ASPS/CHROME DOME) and Jenny Branagan’s (NUN) dual deadpan recitations, reminiscent of early Anne Clark. An ominous sub bass sets the tone while the squeak of a rubber sole on waxed hospital floors is dressed in an echo of New Wave delay.
Empty platitudes are uttered down the phone line - diegetic and delivered like an infernal Shangri-las. The anticipation of a flatline extracts the sacred from the mundane – the Temenos of a waiting room, the Oracle of the Yellow Pages and an Ambrosia of instant coffee.
Bristol indie rock band Glass Violet have released their new single "Indigo".
The band draw influences from artists such as Kasabian, The Killers and The Strokes, which has resulted in an anthemic sounding set of songs, consisting of soaring guitar riffs, melodramatic breakdowns and huge chorus’s.
The song is out today (November 26). Grab it here and stream it below.
London indie rock/pop band Leif Erikson have shared their new single "200 Times".
’200 Times’ is a labour of love born out of Leif Erikson’s hard graft, dedication, and commitment to their craft. Frontman and songwriter, Sam Johnston, considers the lyrics to be some of his most personal yet: “They hark back to when I was working as a chef, at the same time as avidly making music, and in true culinary fashion probably burning a little too much of that midnight oil… I was pretty physically and emotionally drained at times but had to really push through. That said it was a period of tremendous fun, friendship and creativity. They also have a mystical quality which I like to think has become part of my lyrical style. I was inspired by Yoko Ono’s fluxus score concept which is a really interesting artistic tool. The line “a thousand suns setting in the sky” is a nod to Yoko.”
Sydney indie rock/pop band Planet have released the video for their new single "Need More".
The song is taken from their highly-anticipated debut album 'Information Overload', set to arrive on March 11, 2022. Pre-order your copy here.
Speaking about it, frontman Matty Took says: “‘Need More’ has been in the vault for a few years but pretty much with only the pre-chorus done,” explains Took. “There were a few variations of it – slow, fast, folky… ultimately, we decided to revamp it with a fat beat and big guitar strums.”
“It’s the first time we’ve had a piano feature more prominently on a track. We also explored the synth world a bit and tried to push the song a bit further sonically. For me, it’s definitely a bit of a curveball track on the album and I can’t wait to play it live.”
British indie rock band Bloc Party have announced the release of their sixth studio album 'Alpha Games', their first in over six years.
The follow-up to 2016's album Hymns, was produced by Nick Launay and Adam Greenspan (Nick Cave, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, IDLES), and will be out on April 29 via Infectious/BMG. Pre-order your copy here.
“Alpha Games was conceived on the road, playing in front of amazing crowds on our last tour and then brought to life with the fire and the frustrations of 2020,” says Kele Okereke on Bloc Party’s first new album in seven years.
The first Bloc Party album written and recorded as this four piece; adding the musicality of Justin Harris (bass) and the unbridled energy and power of Louise Bartle on the drums to capture the spark of their live shows and to deliver the most exciting Bloc Party album yet.
“We wanted to can what was happening at those massive gigs in 2019, to showcase what Louise can do, what Russell is capable of and most importantly the electricity coming off the audience. We knew that Nick & Adam were the right choice of producers to do that and the result feels like fire in a bottle.”
The 12 tracks of Alpha Games veer from the intense & confrontational (Traps, Day Drinker) to melodic and introspective (If We Get Caught, By Any Means Necessary) and marks a new and important chapter in one of music’s most important voices in Kele Okereke and important bands in Bloc Party.
Check out the album's tracklist and listen to lead single "Traps" below.
Anglo-american indie supergroup Jetstream Pony (consisting of former and current members of Luxemburg Signal, The Wedding Present, Turbocat and Trembling Blue Stars) have aired their new song "Behind the Eyes".
It is taken from their upcoming six-track mini album 'Misplaced Words', set to arrive on November 27 via Shelflife Records. Pre-order it here.
Glasgow post-punk band Kaputt have unveiled the video for their new single "Gone West".
The song is out today (Nov 22) via Upset The Rhythm and is the first taste of their forthcoming new album. Get it here.
A restless riot of sax breaks, fidgeting drums and guitar riffage that continually swims against the tide. Cal from Kaputt shared that “Gone West is about the migration of affluence, when industry clashed with the living standards of the wealthy. The smoke blows East, so the money moves West.” Such choice lyrical concerns and their pointed address are set off against ‘Gone West’s needling impulse to dance its way into your brain.
Swedish-born Berlin-based synth pop artist Molly Nilsson has revealed the video for her new single "Pompeii".
The song is taken from her forthcoming album 'Extreme', which will be out on January 15th 2022 via Dark Skies Association and Night School Records. Pre-order your copy here.
Written and recorded during lockdown, Pompeii symbolises the yearning lovers feel to live forever in a perfect moment in time in the face of impending doom. The desire to be frozen in an embrace, but to also escape it. “I’d say I love you but then I catch my breath, because whatever I love I always love it to death…” the lyrics of Pompeii are heavy with a transcendent sadness, an aching poetry that cuts to the truth like the best Leonard Cohen lines. Sung by Molly Nilsson, however, they’re laced with an uplifting love lit by the dying embers of a romance.
Swedish alt-pop trio VERO have shared their new single "BEG!".
Julia Boman, Clara Gyökeres and Amanda Eddestål experiment with genres and references, challenging the idea of what a modern band is supposed to be - this time with artistic freedom.
These experiments have resulted in a forthcoming debut album, due for worldwide release in Spring 2022, but first comes a brand new 7'' featuring new single 'BEG!' and a brilliant reimagining of Shame’s “Concrete”, two tracks showcasing the band’s move into indie rock territory, while retaining their pop chops. The 7'' is out on January 14th, new single BEG! is out now . Get it here.
Melbourne punk/post punk/garage four-piece Pinch Points have aired the video for their punchy new single "Reasons To Be Anxious".
The song b/w "Boy" came out last Friday (Nov 19) through Mistletone Records (AU/NZ) and Exploding In Sound Records (US), the band's new album will be released in March, 2022. Get it here.
'REASONS TO BE ANXIOUS', is an all-too-relatable laundry list of the fight-or-flight triggers that frazzle our nervous systems, B-side 'BOY', dives deep into the cesspool of toxic masculinity and the repressed emotions that boys are socialised to deny, with disastrous outcomes for everyone.
UK indie rock/alt band Sea Girls have revealed their new single "Hometown".
The song is taken from their forthcoming second studio album 'Homesick', set to be released on January 14th 2022 through Polydor Records . Pre-order your copy here.
Speaking about it, vocalist/guitarist Henry Camamile says: “‘Hometown’ is one of the most important songs I’ve written. It defines my philosophy.
“While writing songs for the new album, I had this intense love for life. ‘Hometown’ is about people I knew growing up that aren’t around anymore. I’m saying ‘I see you’ – it’s a nod to them. I’m grateful for life and I am not going to jeopardise it in any way.”
Brighton art-rock band Youth Sector have premiered their new single "No. 1 Bestseller", and its accompanying video.
The song is out today (Nov 19) via Family Values, and is taken from their forthcoming new EP 'Adult Contemporary' out 18 Feb 2022. Pre-order it here.
Commenting on the track, vocalist Nick Tompkins says: “The song is about the pursuit of ‘wellness’, and how it seems as though the industry and culture around wellness is pushing the onus of mental wellbeing onto the individual by selling us books, yoga programs, diet plans and anecdotal fixes.”
English indie rock band The Cribs have shared the video for their new single "Sucked Sweet".
The song (b/w “Bad Dream”) is part of our current playlist and is taken from their upcoming release 'Sonic Blew Singles Club' which features previously unheard songs from the ‘Night Network’ album sessions on the A-side, paired with home recordings undertaken during lockdown on the B-side. Pre-order it here.
Watch the video below, featuring SPECIAL GUEST STAR Joan Jarman - aka their mum.
South London avant-garde/post punk band x-blu have aired their debut single "Fear".
The band formed at the beginning of this year in Thamesmead, SE London and are influenced by The Velvet Underground, Joy Division and Doves.
In this short space of time, the band have already built a reputation for passionate live performances and the innovative use of digital media. They are a band from diverse backgrounds and equality and diversity are at the heart of their ethos.
x-blu are Gary Parker (guitar, key boards, vocals and production) Dani Tagen (vocals, production, and creative director) and Sybil Mayard (vocals, keyboards, production and digital director).
Whilst encapsulating Punk, Soul and Electronica they are a digital media band working in visual art, film, music, poetry, live performance and video. This is their debut single 'Fear'.
The song is out today (November 19). Get it here and take a listen below.
Melbourne electronic producers Elisabeth Dixon and Alexander Akers have dropped a new video created by Akers, which mixes the tracks "Clot Conjugation" and "Force Across Lake".
Both songs are taken from their collaborative new album 'Slime Resolution', out today, November 19 through Heavy Machinery Records. Grab your copy here.
ELISABETH DIXON is a producer hailing from Melbourne, Australia. Dixon's formidable sonic landscapes are informed by an interest in binaural beats, altered states of consciousness and ritual trance. Suffusing hypnotic drones and driving techno beats with powerful binaural frequencies, she incarnates otherworldly atmospheres that are both meditative and eminently danceable.
ALEX AKERS is an Australian artist who works in a variety of media including sculpture, synthesis, 3D animation and VR. His work is informed by his early professional experience in interface design, commercial 3D animation and music software development. His work is frequently concerned with liminality, community, the occult, nature and worship. Alex came to prominence for his visceral and hypnotic production and performance with industrial, electro outfit Forces as well as his work as a collaborator for like minded artists including Brixx, Zanias, Sally Dige and AD Mana.
Liverpool indie rock band RATS have released their new single "Patsy Decline".
Lyrically, RATS take on all of the drama, turmoil, joy and celebration that comes with living in our modern society. The full breath and power of RATS becomes even more evident when on stage, where they’ve been hailed by fans and critics for sounding record-perfect in the live arena, but with the spine-tingling and raw delivery. Stirring righteous punk rock energy inspired by The Clash with the classic melodies and the intelligence of Britpop-era Blur with the psychedelic edge of Pink Floyd and the indie-rap rhymes inspired by Eminem, Liverpool quartet RATS are poised to become the city’s next life-affirming band.
‘Patsy Decline’ immediately bursts into life with an insistent, spiralling riff that revitalises the indie anthem tradition. Frontman Joe Maddocks’ mixes a touch of Jamie T’s cadence with elements of Mike Skinner’s observational wordplay as he captures the chaos and confusion of an epic night out in which it inevitably ends with Patsy drunkenly singing ‘There She Goes’, in a taxi. The song was recorded at Liverpool’s renowned Parr Street Studios with producer Chris Taylor (The Lathums, Blossoms) and was mastered by Christian Wright at Abbey Road. Speaking of the new single, Joe says, "We wrote this song to try to encapsulate what happens when we go out on a night out in our hometown of Liverpool - enjoy!” As for the memorable band name, the singer says, “Somebody sprayed it on our old studio door after a party where there was an argument and that’s when I first saw it as a name haha!”
The song is out today (November 18) through This Feeling Records. Grab it here and stream it below.
Sydney indie rock/alt/shoegaze band The Laurels have unleashed the video for their newest single "Ex-Sherpa".
The song is part of our current playlist and came out last month (October 14) via Third Eye Stimuli Records and is another taste from their upcoming third album 'Homecoming'. Grab it here.
Self-described as Funk-Infused Psychedelia, ‘Ex Sherpa’ runs for around five and half minutes and leads the listener up into high altitude with grooving electric piano stabs, flowing vocal melodies and thumping Manchester drum patterns. Once again the band has re-emerged, this time from involuntary hiatus, delivering the reintroduction we all needed through a meditation on Eastern vs Western thought and the connected nature of the inner and outside world.
UK alt-rock band Placebo have revealed the video for their latest single "Surrounded By Spies".
The song is part of our current playlist and is taken from their forthcoming eighth studio album 'Never Let Me Go'.
Talking about ‘Surrounded by Spies’, vocalist Brian Molko says:
I began writing the lyrics when I discovered my neighbours were spying on me on behalf of parties with a nefarious agenda. I then began to ponder the countless ways in which our privacy has been eroded and stolen since the introduction of worldwide CCTV cameras that now employ racist facial recognition technologies; the rise of the internet and the cellphone, which has turned practically every user into a paparazzo and spectators in their own lives, and how we have mostly all offered up personal information to enormous multinationals whose sole intent is to exploit us.
I used the cut-up technique invented by William S Burroughs and popularized in modern song by David Bowie. It’s a true story told through a lens of paranoia, complete disgust for modern society’s values and the deification of surveillance capitalism. The narrator is at the end of their tether, hopeless and afraid, completely at odds with our newfound progress and the god of money.
Brighton post punk/alt band Public Body have premiered their new single "Hard to Concentrate".
The song is taken from their upcoming debut EP 'Flavour of Labour', which will be out in next year via Six Tonnes De Chair Records. Get it here.
Speaking about it frontman Seb Gilmore says: “This song was written back when I was in my old job which was in an open plan office. The canteen was on the top floor and also had a balcony that I’d sit on to eat lunch.”
“I’d always end up eating too much – I’m an emotional eater – and then subsequently suffer a carb crash while sitting at the computer doing the most repetitive job, trying to not fall asleep. I miss it to be honest, the balcony, not the job.”