Brighton’s tweecore trio Damages will release their debut single ‘Tie A Ribbon’ as part of an upcoming split single with former band of the day Towns through Cartoon Records, order here.
They have been described as ‘having enough fire in their belly to stoke a chimney’ and conjuring up ‘what the faster tracks of The Pixies seminal work Dolittle would have sounded like if they had been reinteruperated by Nirvana, spliced with John Spencer Blues Explosion’ before being dropped into a sewer based toxic ooze’
The Cast of Cheers hail from Dublin and debut single, Family, is out on February 20th is full of angular, giddy guitars and yelped vocals. Its sounds like the best bits of Hot Hot Heat with a bit of early Foals thrown in to the mix The band are set to embark on a three month tour with Theme Park from February.
Next show is 31st January (tomorrow) at Madame Jo Jo’s. Details here
Today’s Band of the Day is Vondelpark, a London based production trio on R&S Records. Lewis Rainsbury, Alex Bailey and Matt Law create wonderfully atmospheric sample based sounds using minimal guitar chords and soulful vocals, with this accompanying video completing the ‘washed-out’ vibe. “Camels” was released on their "nyc stuff and nyc bags" EP last July and they’ve supported James Blake who’s also released material on the label.
Ajay Bhattacharyya and Amy Kirkpatrick from Canada are electro-indie duo Data Romance. They create industrial-infused pop likened to that of Nine In Nails, but watch this bewitching video for their track “The Deep” and you’ll soon agree that they have a sound of their own, which they describe as “the contrast between human feeling and hard tech”, with Kirkpatrick’s ghostly vocals offering a feminine edge. Don’t miss the band’s full-length album, due out soon.
Hoodlums are a 5 piece band, fronted by the commanding vocals of Lou Vaingloriuous. Their music emanates a dark and brooding atmosphere that sets them apart from most indie-pop, culminating in euphoric choruses and colossal sounds.
You can catch them next at Wilmington Arms in Clerkenwell on the 9th of February where they’re launching their second single, “Dark Horses”, featured here.
Chairlift’s much anticipated second album “Something” was released yesterday, however without founding member Aaron Pfenning who left the group, now only featuring vocalist Caroline Polachek and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Wimberly.
You may have first heard of Chairlift when their track “Bruises” became a mainstream success off the back of Apple’s iPod Nano advert back in 2008, but the release of “Something" has proved they are more than just a one-hit-wonder, presenting an album of bolder melodies and 80s pop influences, and Polachek’s vocals are as elegant as ever. Watch a stripped down version of "I’m a Ghost Tonight" from Black Cab Sessions.
And while you’re at it, Chairlift’s Boiler Room session back in early November is quite a watch. I was at Corsica Studios on the night to see it live and it was quite the performance, certainly the first of it’s kind to grace the Boiler Room, hence causing a bit of a stir in the infamous chatroom.
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Street Chant are a heavy pop trio from Auckland, New Zealand. The band consists of Emily Littler (vocals/guitar), Billie Rogers (bass/vocals) and Alex Brown (drums). Formed out of boredom, teenage binge drinking and other bands making them want to vomit. They have since gone on to storm SXSW and release their debut album ‘Means’ through Arch Hill Recordings.
We haven’t heard this type of urgency since Die! Die! Die! It feels like it could all fall apart at any second. They know what being a heavy guitar pop trio is all about. Turn it up loud, hit the distortion pedal and get to the point. Some UK shows this year wouldn’t go a miss either.
Towns are a quartet from Weston-super-Mare, a seaside resort from which John Cleese, T4 on the Beach and donkeys reside.
The debut single ‘Gone Are The Days’ produced by Owen Morris (Oasis, The Verve) is four minutes of fuzzy guitars full of reverb and hook laden vocals which effortlessly sear over the wall of noise which reverberates all over it. Think Ride covering My Bloody Valentine songs. It’s out on the 20th February.
Towns are also playing across the UK over the next week, go here for further details and ensure bragging rights that you saw them first.
Speech Debelle was outside in the office courtyard this afternoon playing songs from the forthcoming second album as part of FlyTV’s In The Courtyard sessions. Make sure you catch the performance soon at http://www.the-fly.co.uk.
Italian siblings Daisy and Thomas Finetto formed the band Mausi after meeting Ben Brown and Benji Huntrods at university in Newcastle.
Due for release on February 20 via US label All Things Go, “sol.” is the first offering from the four-piece, showcasing their youthful energy with infectious up-beat pop injected with summer vibes that command you to ‘Dance! Dance! Dance!’, and accompanied by a self-written, directed and produced video.
Friends are the latest in a long line of cool-looking bands from Brooklyn. What sets Friends apart, however, is that the songs are good. There’s a looseness and spontaneity to what they do.
Recently released single ‘Im His Girl’ printed on a limited run of vinyl, sold out within days of it’s release. They are heading over to the UK in February to play shows in Manchester and London, tickets are selling fast. Get them here .
Check out the video for the catchy-as-hell bubblefunk single “I’m His Girl”. Friends singer/songwriter Samantha Urbani co-directs alongside Aurora Halal. Watch it below.
Brighton duo You Love Her Coz She’s Dead have been described as Atari Teenage Riot meets Digitalism. Having notched up previous release through Kitsune and shows with Flux Pavilion and Sleigh Bells this lot have been causing quite a stir for the last few years.
The debut album was released at the tail end of last year and is available to buy from here.
Look out for further releases and collaborations in 2012 and check out the amazing video below for ‘Leap Of Desire (I)’ which was shot in Brighton and is dedicated to the late DJ Mehdi.
Stockholm natives, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Maria Lindén and drummer Fredrik Balck are I Break Horses, who released their debut album “Hearts” last summer on Bella Union, famously home to Fleet Foxes and Explosions In The Sky. What followed was almost universal acclaim for their shoegazy electronica, created using keyboards and plenty of reverb to emanate a textured soundscape.
They’re joining M83 on tour later this year, but for now have a listen to “Winter Beats”.
Megafortress is the brainchild of New York-based experimental pop musician Bill Gillim. His self-titled debut on Software and Mexican Summer (home to previous Band of the Day Oneohtrix Point Never) is awaiting release on January 31st, and judging from this track we’re excited to hear it. His gently obscured falsetto is reminiscent of Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, and he completes the track with a simple arrangement including electronic steel drums and rainsticks. Fader also dubbed his music as “the most beautifully inward, fetal position-inducing music imaginable”.
And on that note, check out the video for “Green Child below” by Grant Nitsch.
Helena Gee and Ashiya Eastwood are Replicas, who recently debuted on O Genesis Recordings last September with a three-track EP produced by Tim Burgess, featuring singles “Hearts Beat”, “The City” and “You Disappear”. Each track exudes sensual melancholy with brooding synths and ambient vocals from both Helena and Ashiya.
Christine Owman is the Swedish based singer-songwriter that has founded her own record label, Revolving Records. She is known for her captivating and unconventional performances, creating a blend of dreamy folk, expressed through clever, uninhibited lyrics. This has earned comparisons to other darkly theatrical songsmiths such as Tom Waits.
The album (featuring a collaboration with Mark Lanegan) is set for release in 2012.
London four piece Crow’s have more raw energy than a 6 year old chugging a can of energy drink. Take the track korea for example, James Cox spits and drawls ‘no things aren’t like they were’ as he struggles to be heard over the trashy garage rockabilly created around him.
The Double A-side Single King/Korea released through Howl Club is available to download from iTunes, as well as Spotify now.
Meet Danielle Johnson, a 21-year-old “sci-fi obsessive” from Brooklyn who goes under the alias of Computer Magic. She makes lo-fi bedroom electronic pop music presumably using some clever computer plug-in that makes it sound as though it came out of a bunch of Korgs that have been stored in a secret vault since the eighties.
The track ‘Ex Believer’ can be found on the recently released Kitsuné Maison Compilation 12, available here. Check out the video for 'The End Of Time' complete with the best space suite we have seen this side of the apollo missions.
Indie Rock veterans Nick Thorburn of Islands/The Unicorns, Ryan Kattner from Man Man, and Joe Plummer, Modest Mouse drummer have joined forces to create Mister Heavenly. They only have three ground rules a) Keep it short; b) Keep it simple; and c) Keep it rooted in some semblance—harmonic, lyrical—of classic doo-wop. They toured with Passion Pit towards the end of 2011, after releasing their debut “Out of Love” on Sub Pop Records, bringing along adorable Canadian actor Micheal Cera as touring bassist. Their playful spirit is evident but their collaboration of contrasting vocals and captivating guitar hooks will make this project one to remember.
Stream “Pineapple Girl” here or watch the delightfully boisterous video for “Bronx Sniper” below.
ARMS began in 2004 as the side-project of 26-year-old Brooklyn based Todd Goldstein, Harlem Shakes guitarist, who was quietly self-releasing his own music whenever he had the spare time to do so. But once Harlem Shakes disbanded in 2009, ARMS escalated into what it is today, that’s with the addition of Tlacael Esparza on drums, Matty Fasano on bass/vocals and David Harrington on keyboards/electronics. Following a breakthrough on the blogosphere they soon released their full-band debut "Summer Skills" on Manchester label Melodic, featuring 13 tracks showcasing their ambient sounds which are lo-fi yet melodic, accompanied by Goldstein’s passionate vocals.
Woman’s Hour have created ‘a bit of a stir’, with the recently released double A-side ‘Jenni’ / ‘Human’ available on limited 7” vinyl here
The London-based quartet, consist of siblings Fiona and William Burgess. They make wonderful atmospheric electronic pop music that isn’t afraid of dead space and are ones to keep an eye on during 2012. Their next show is a FREE Entry affair on the 10th January, Macbeth, London. Further details can be found here .