Art moore announce debut album and share new single

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Art Moore, the supergroup of Boy Scout’s Taylor Vick and Ezra Furman collaborators Sam Durkes and Trevor Brooks have announced their debut album Art Moore, set to be released on August 5th via ANTI-Records. Pre-order here. The announcment also comes alongside the release of “Muscle Memory”, the second single from the album following on from “Snowy” released earlier in the year.

Listen to new single “Muscle Memory” below!

Speaking about the track the band said:

“Muscle Memory was inspired by the many phases of life we go through and the friendships that exist within them that inevitably transform as we continue through life,” Vick explains. “I wanted to write about this experience from a neutral perspective, one with the belief that it’s neither a good or bad thing but simply a given in life. It’s a more fictionalized version of my personal experience which was the kind of writing I gravitated towards most in this band.” 

A press release said of the album:

“The ten tracks that comprise the record are deft character studies, zeroing in on restless widows, shy beginners, jilted friends and friendly exes, chronicling minute moments — road trips, casual dates, games of truth or dare — with rich detail and subtle wit. The result is a world of remarkable emotional complexity, an album-length study of loneliness, heartache, and loss that’s sweet but never saccharine, sad but never maudlin. Featuring the inimitable songwriting of beloved Oakland luminary Taylor Vick of Boy Scouts set in sharp relief against lush production from Ezra Furman collaborators Sam Durkes and Trevor Brooks, it’s a quietly wondrous record — a set of songs that sketch out the struggle and beauty of coping with everyday life”

Tracklist

1. Muscle Memory

2. Sixish

3. Snowy

4. Bell

5. A Different Life

6. Rewind

7. October

8. Habit

9. Something Holy

10. Inspiration and Fun 

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Deep Tan share new video for “diamond horsetail”

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deep tan, the london based art-rock 3 piece have shared a new video for “diamond horsetail”, the title track from their new EP of the same name, released last Friday. Vinyl editions of the album will be available on July 22nd. Pre-order here.

The sleek guitars that have become a staple of the bands sound for sweep this track along, with it’s fidgeting groove keeping you locked in. There’s twists, turns and mind boggling movements in this three minute anthem of queer retribution. It’s disco but dark.

Watch the new video below!

Speaking about the new track the band said:

“It’s three minutes of menace, five litres of revenge: the title track of our new EP diamond horsetail is one we’re particularly excited to start playing live. also, KLF stans: there’s something for you in the outro.”

Listen to the full EP below!

deep tan 2022 tour dates
6 May – Focus Wales, Wrexham
7 May – Are You Listening Festival?, Reading 20 May – Zerox, Newcastle
21 May – The Great Eastern Festival, Edinburgh
22 May – Record Junkee, Sheffield 24 May – Rough Trade, Nottingham
25 May – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
27 May – Headrow House, Leeds
28 May – YES (Basement) (Mood Swings) Manchester 29 May – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham
1 Jun – Venue MOT, London
11 Jun – Long Division Festival, Wakefield, UK
16 Jul – Valkhof Festival, Nijmegen, Netherlands
17 Jul – Welcome to the Village, Leewarden, Netherlands 22-24 Jul – Truck Festival, Oxford
13 Aug – Frigjort Festival, Copenhagen, Denmark

Momma announce new album ‘Household Name’, release new single

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Momma, the NYC- based band led by singers/guitarists Allegra Weingarten and Etta Friedman have today announced Household Name, their debut album set to be released on July 1st via Lucky Number. Pre-order here.

The band have also shared “Speeding 72”, the lead single from the album which follows on from previously released “Rockstar” and “Medicine”. A grunge-infused riff and vocal melody that matches the likes of soccer mommy creates a teen angst anthem if there ever was one. This band are cool and they know it.

Listen to the new single below!

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Speaking about the new track the band said:

““Speeding 72” is probably the most collaboratively written song on the new record. We wanted it to be the sort of summertime anthem that you can turn on during a drive to impress your crush,” explains the band. “The most important part of the production was setting the right mood to transport the listener. The song starts with Aron getting into his car (which is featured on the album cover), and then turning on the ignition.”

Tracklisting:

1. Rip Off
2. Speeding 72
3. Medicine
4. Rockstar
5. Motorbike
6. Tall Home
7. Lucky
8. Brave
9. Callin Me
10. Spider
11. No Stage
12. No Bite

The band have also announced a run of UK tour dates following on from support slots with Wet Leg. Tickets here.

MAY

6 – Leeds, UK – Belgrave Music Hall *
7 – Glasgow, UK – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
10 – London, UK – Brixton Windmill 
13 – Brighton, UK – The Great Escape
14 – Manchester, UK – Yes

w/Illuminati Hotties

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Watch Sister Lucy’s new animated video for “Best At Being Sad”

Sister Lucy aka Abi Sinclair has shared a new animated for “Best at Being Sad“, from her debut EP Big Girl Pants. The new video was an all women created project, being illustrated by Sona Koloyan and animated by Izzie Dabs and Amanda Tooke. The video game style video contains easter eggs both of the world of Sister Lucy and provocative feminist humour, how many can you spot?

Watch the new video below!

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Soccer Mommy announces new album ‘Sometimes, Forever’, shares new single

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Soccer Mommy has announced her third full-length album, Sometimes, Forever, the follow up to 2020’s color theory, which is set to be released on June 24th via Loma Vista. Pre-order here. The new album was produced by Daniel Lopatin of Oneohtrix Point Never and features “Shotgun”, the lead single from the album.

Listen to the new single below!

A press release said about the album:

It sees Allison once again tapping into the turn-of-the-millennium sensibilities she’s known for, as she advances her self-made sonic world beyond the present and into the future with experimental-minded production, an expanded moodboard of vintage touchstones, and some of her most sophisticated songwriting to date. Inspired by the concept that neither sorrow nor happiness is permanent, Sometimes, Forever is a fresh peek into the mind of an artist who synthesizes everything — retro sounds, personal tumult, the relatable disorder of modern life — into original music that feels built to last a long time. Maybe even forever

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Tracklisting

01 Bones

02 With U 

03 Unholy Affliction 

04 Shotgun 

05 newdemo

06 Darkness Forever

07 Don’t Ask Me

08 Fire in the Driveway

09 Following Eyes

10 Feel It All The Time

11 Still

Soccer Mommy has also announced a run of UK/EU dates, see below. Tickets available here.

31st August – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms

1st September – Brighton, UK @ Chalk

3rd September – Bristol, UK @ Trinity

5th September – Köln, UK @ Bumann & Sohn

6th September – Hamburg, DE @ Molotow

8th September – Stockholm, SE @ Slaktkyrkan

9th September- Oslo, NO @ John Dee

10th September – Copenhagen, DK @ Loppen

12th September – Berlin, DE @ Frannz Club

13th September – Bremen, DE @ Lagerhaus

15th September – Amsterdam, NL @ Bitterzoet

16th September – Nijmegen, NL @ Merleyn

17th September – Brussels, BE – Rotonde @ Botanique

18th September – Paris, FR @ Petit Bain

20th September – Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz

21st September – Cardiff, UK @ Tramshed 

22nd September – London, UK @ O2 Forum

23rd September – Birmingham, UK @ The Castle & Falcon

24th September – Glasgow, UK @ Queen Margaret Union

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Deanna Petcoff shares new single “If You Were Me”

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Deanna Petcoff has today shared “If You Were Me“, the latest single from her upcoming debut album To Hell With You, which is due out on April 1st via Royal Mountain Records. Pre-order here.

On “If You Were Me” Petcoff lets all her vulnerabilities go and simply asks to understand why anyone would want to hurt someone the way she was. The way she faces her trauma is what brings the true depth in valiance to this track. There’s a swing that flows like Olivia Rodrigo’s biggest hits and enough dirt infuse that 90’s grunge aesthetic. “And I would not feel responsible for turning you into somebody whose terrified to lose me / no matter what i do” she sings with an aching heart, simply trying to understand why she was treated in such a way.

About the single, Deanna shares:

“This is the oldest song on the record. I started writing this in high school about my partner at the time who was emotionally abusive. I wasn’t able to finish the song once I started it because I didn’t feel safe saying all of these things when I knew he would hear them. My good friend and collaborator Callum Maudsley helped me navigate those waters and come to a message that was clear and relatable to lots of other people; if I were you I would treat me better.”

Listen to the new single below!

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Krush Puppies share new single “Love Kills The Demons”, announce debut EP

South London-based band Krush Puppies have today announced their debut EP Love Kills The Demons and share the title track. The band have also signed to Holm Front Records, Sports Team’s label, who will release the EP on May 6th, pre-order here.

There’s a wooziness that washes over this track that hits with an immediate drive. Always propelling and never looking back, it paints the track with a glisten of silver and serenity. Lead by a melody that will swirl around your head all day, it proves that this four piece have a certain magic touch about them.

Listen to the new single below!

Tracklist:

1. Throw Me On The Fire
2. Love Kills The Demons
3. Why
4. Everybody Wants To Be A Cowboy

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Widowspeak announce new album ‘The Jacket’, share new single

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Widowspeak have today announced The Jacket, their 6th studio album, set to be released on March 11th via Captured Tracks. Pre-order here. The announcement comes alongside new single “Everything Is Simple” and a music video directed by OTIUM.

Speaking about the new single the band said:

At the beginning of something (a relationship, a project, a job, a new place) you have this very pure feeling toward it. Everything feels less complicated because you’re oriented wholly toward that potential. It’s undefined, and that makes it easier to understand, because you can’t see the problems yet.  As time goes on, you learn more, you experience more, and you see where the limitations exist: not even necessarily ones imposed upon you, but where you draw your own lines. Maybe you can’t see what was holding you back until it’s in the past, and by then others’ perspectives contradict your own.  Everyone is constructing their own versions of reality.  The song was originally going to feed into the drama of the imaginary band, but it’s about our own band too.  I was thinking about how I’m an inherently unreliable narrator about my own life, and at the same time maybe there are no “true” stories.

Listen to the new single below!

A press release described the upcoming album as A present and comfortable record, imbued with a sense of collective pause and the ease of a band at the top of their game. For all its familiar textures, it still feels entirely fresh within that canon: proudly a guitar record, a rock record, a songwriter’s record. A Widowspeak record”.

Tracklist:

1. While You Wait
2. Everything Is Simple
3. Salt
4. True Blue
5. The Jacket
6. Unwind
7. The Drive
8. Slow Dance
9. Forget It
10. Sleeper

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Mumble Tide splash a big wave on their new mini-album

“Everyone’s an arsehole” sings vocalist Gina Leonard on “Breakfast”, a statement of intent that sets the tone for many of Mumble Tides songs, passively aggressive. Mumble Tide are a band of opposites, they take their work very seriously, but not themselves. This merging of two worlds allows their charismatic personalities to shine through in every moment. After first meeting via a Gumtree advert that Gina posted in search of a bassist for their last project, the duo started hanging out more after Ryan’s previous relationship ended and the pair realised they had more than just playing music together in common. “I think if we hadn’t worked together beforehand in that setting as band members would have been very difficult to work together now” says Gina. “We almost have modes that we go into a little bit, because you have to be pretty brutally honest when you’re working with people in music. And sometimes a bit rude and harsh”. “It’s hard because you never really know when to turn it back on” says Ryan. “Occasionally we’re just like “Can you just be a boyfriend for a bit”.

Their name has been slandered by those around them as “The worst name ever” recalls Ryan. “I really like whales and I went to uni in Swansea where I didn’t study too hard…” explains Gina. “But there’s a place in Swansea called Mumbles and we were on our way back from visiting some friends there and I was saying to Ryan how the tidal range there is the second biggest tidal range in the world. And I also do Mumble a bit so we went with it”. Their whimsical personalities shine through in every aspect.

It’s a cold November evening when we chat to the duo about their new mini-album Everything Ugly, first connecting over our stints working at hmv, the dreadful loyalty card scheme there and the fact that we share the same roof beams in our houses. The down to earth nature of the duo is immediately noticeable, both sat surrounded by swathes of equipment in what appears to be a living room in Gina’s parents home, they are encapsulated by their craft in every aspect. We first ask the duo what the reaction to the singles released so far in the release campaign. ” I think we were a little bit apprehensive as there’s a lot of different sounds in the mix across the singles and we weren’t really sure how that was gonna go down” says Ryan. “But it’s been received really nicely and I think we were just happy with anything as we’d made it all here by ourselves and we weren’t really sure wether people would enjoy it. But we were just grateful that anyone was paying attention really!”. “And with the first EP you’re basically a new thing” continues Gina “But with this it’s a little tougher in a way coming back with more stuff and we didn’t leave much of a gap, we’ve been a bit relentless with releases which is maybe a bit demanding from people. But people have still listened which has been nice. We’ve found that certain people like some tracks and not others which is always interesting”.

The contrast in their sound is immediately noticeable on your first wade through the album as a whole, ranging from the indie anthem “Sucker” to the heartfelt folk ballad of “Bulls Eye”. But the one thing that glues the range of sounds all together is the enigmatic personalities behind it. “We don’t put loads and loads of thought into it but we both listen to a pretty wide range of music and I personally go through fazes where I listen to a lot pretty heavy stuff and it’ll be a month of just that so then I’ll think “Man I really want to write some metal” remarks Ryan. “And then I’ll bring a really sweet folky song and ask “How can we merge the two?”” adds Gina. “We probably should think more about it to be honest” she laughs.

The album was written with the space of 3-4 months, “About the second half of the ‘intense’ pandemic phase” explains Gina. The first song of which that emerged from the ‘sessions’ being “On My Deathbed”, which also took the band the longest to finish. “It was a bit of a nightmare” recalls Gina. “At the time I thought we were gonna do a disco pop record” continues Ryan. “Gina had brought “Deathbed” as one she’d written acoustically and it wasn’t fully formed but I thought “Oh this is going to be like Tennis or Tops and it’ll be a really indie record” but it just didn’t work at all”. “Then “Sucker” I was messing around with at New Years and I remember you brought that guitar riff and you thought “Oh that was a bit of fun we won’t do anything with it” but I said no we will because it was really cool” says Gina. “The last one we did was “Everything Ugly” which felt like a resolution track where we’d got most of it out of our system. It was a tricky time for everyone and other projects had disbanded. I’d also never been in a lot of long-term relationships and then I moved with Ryan into his childhood bedroom and have been living with his parents, it was intense. But we survived!”.

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The dynamic of the pair often merges into one, both finishing each others sentences and continuing stories, you can tell that they come very much packaged together. Their songwriting is no different, they play their separate parts but will often compare notes to make sure their answers are always right. “Gina is 100% lyrics and melody” explains Ryan. “But there’s different ways we put stuff together. Sometimes she’ll have something fully formed on acoustic and then we’ll build it into the song it becomes. And then sometimes I’ll write a riff but Gina’s 100% the lyric mastermind”. “And i’d say Ryan is a lot better at production and having an idea of where the track is going to end up” adds Gina. “We have kind of defined roles but also we’re obviously super comfortable around each other so we can step on each others toes without it being too intrusive. As time goes on we’re writing more and more together and I was always nervous of that because for years I would just write on my own with a guitar and was very precious about it. But over the years I’ve gotten more into co-writing and writing more on the spot with other people playing which is so fun and exciting”. “It’s like a Venn diagram of placing everything and roles” adds Ryan.

Although the lines may be blurred about how the songs are formed, the content behind them comes straight from a clear place of reflection from Gina. “It’s very therapeutic and most of the time I don’t know what I’m singing about when I’m in it, but it does help to get this stuff out of me. I’m quite an oversensitive person that gets quite overwhelmed by things and that’s my outlet. I don’t think that much about lyrics. I am very passionate and when I’m listening I focus on the lyrics. But I don’t slave over them when I’m writing, I prefer when it’s coming from this place naturally. It’s all based on real things that have happened and all honest”. The content has to be kept fresh however and due to the constant output that the band create, lead times for releases can become a challenge. “I get very quickly over it and it’s almost as if once it’s written it gets stale” explains Gina. “It’s exciting when it’s getting written but if I have to sit on it for a year when we go to the studio then I really struggle to get back to the place it came from”. The delays within the vinyl production world have meant that any physical copies of the album have now been pushed back until Spring next year; something we all are becoming impatient with.

The DIY nature of the band exists within every aspect, from the music recorded at home, the bedroom studio to directing their own music videos. It’s not necessarily out of desire to capture a lo-fi sound that’s become so lauded in the independent scene, but “Mainly down to lack of budget and what equipment we have rather than intentionally” laughs Gina. “It’s funny though because a lot of projects we worked on in the past, we were lucky enough to work in situations where there was a lot of money being put into stuff within studios” continues Ryan. “But then when we came to do Mumble Tide, especially with the way it started as an underneath project, we kept the ethos of doing it for free and cheap. Especially with the first EP it was “Let’s just do it ourselves””. It also comes from a desire to have some control over their project, feeling as although their previous project had a big budget, that often outweighed how much creative freedom they had. “We’re also just both super into doing it and we love making the videos and coming up with these stupid ideas which sometimes work and sometimes don’t” says Ryan. “We think with the next thing we do we want to step it up a level and take it away from the DIY aspect. As great as it is we’d love to just create a slightly more hi-fi sound” says Gina. “We want to follow the EP pretty quickly” adds Ryan. “We did a couple of days with Ed Nash from Bombay Bicycle Club recently. It’s still a little while off but we’re following up as soon as we can and we’re lucky to have met so many great people through doing Mumble Tide that can help from different angles and seeing how that fits”.

From working with new people to touring with new people, the world of Mumble Tide is ever expanding. “We’re looking into ways of just doing it with us two for fun but with this tour and with the Liz Lawrence we had a drummer and a really old friend of mine John playing guitar and synths” explains Ryan. “It was a four piece but our next tour we are a six piece. We want to be able to change it up constantly where sometimes it’s just us two and a drum machine or whoever’s around and wants to get involved then can join in as well”. One thing that will never change is the bands love of the live show. “We started this project and released the first track during the first couple of weeks of lockdown so we’ve never really had the chance to do the live aspect of it. We’ve done a handful of shows and it was just amazing” recalls Ryan. ‘We did the lockdown thing of doing stuff with cameras but that was shit haha! That was horrible, the way they look at you” laughs Gina. “I got the need for it and some great things happened with it but doing the real thing is where it’s at” follows Ryan. “I think as well with our last project it was quite a serious electronic set up we didn’t get chance to go heavy or go loud with it. Whereas with this tour we could really go for it”.

We ask the pair finally to turn on their serious side reflect on the music industry as a whole, asking what they would want to change about the industry. “More women would be good” states Gina. “I’ve literally just exclusively worked with men. This tour we’ve got a friend to come and play with us but it’s been mostly men. I think that’s changing though which is great, with stuff like Fender’s campaign to get more girls playing guitar, there’s a lot of good stuff happening. I think it’s going in the right direction but there’s still a ways to go”. “That first, definitely!” remarks Ryan. “I also think the perception of the music industry by the people who aren’t in it where everyone bases their ideas of it off 1% of artists who are this enormous thing. We have a lot friends who are in these great band and are doing really well, but they’re not at Ed Sheeran or Adele level. And I think it would be great if people who aren’t in that 1% would stop having to apologise for not being in that 1%”. It’s a numbers game for most but Gina is happy with the stats so far “Most people who are in music or into music get it but everyone else is like “Poor you and your little band” but it’s not going that bad”. It’s not going that bad at all in the world of Mumble Tide, their wave will keep crashing on the shores of listeners ears for many years to come. “I wish my mum didn’t think I should be a plumber” says Ryan longingly.

Everything Ugly is out now via Nothing Fancy, purchase here.

Kristian Bell – Backfire Album Review

Cable Code – 2021

Kristian Bell, best known for providing distinctive lead vocals and guitar for his grungy/psychedelic band The Wytches, has released his first solo album, entitled Backfire on the band’s own label Cable Code Records. Since the release of The Wytches’ debut album Annabel Dream Reader in 2014, the band have been consistently working with a DIY ethic that bleeds into their music perfectly, making it feel all the more genuine. The three albums and handful of EPs that the band have released since their formation have demonstrated Bell’s ability to perform with a raw and deranged sounding intensity, whilst at times retaining a strong tenderness and delicacy, the latter informing Bell’s debut.

In 2019 Bell and fellow bandmate Mark Breed released Stereo Buzz, under the aptly named Mark and Kristian Band, which took a distinctly softer approach than the sound of The Wytches, often weaving between slow, drawn-out psychedelic guitars and sprinklings of humour in the lyrics (for example “Smoke it to the Roach”). Sonically, Bell’s solo album is more reminiscent of this project, yet retains its own sense of individuality and maturity, showing drastic lyrical growth from the early days of The Wytches.

Album opener and lead single “That’s A Lovely Thing” is reminiscent of nostalgic 90s rock, seeping with a homemade sensitivity and warmth. The guitar tones paired with jolting drums combine perfectly to accompany Bell’s voice, which is well-suited to the overarching sentimental atmosphere. Another standout track is “Backfire”, which often feels like a deranged-sounding Foxygen track. Bell takes an approach that harks back to Annabel Dream Reader, allowing his voice to mutate and move through the track with little regard to sounding polished. This grunginess is equally addictive and mesmerising to listen to.

The album weaves through these moments of intensity with relaxed, melancholic tracks that feel like a musical representation of the days slowing down and drawing in at 4pm; Bell could not have chosen a better time to release the album. Tracks like “Have to Ask” and “Walking Song” demonstrate Bell’s ability to sing in an effortlessly higher and gentle pitch, accompanied by slow and strategic guitars. The textural palette of “Walking Song” is so intricately crafted alongside the sadness of Kristian’s voice, which makes it another memorable moment on Backfire.

The album could have benefitted from more songs with the same intensity of “Backfire” as opposed to the majority of the tracks having a similar tempo, which leaves the album feeling slightly stagnant in the middle. But fear not, the album picks itself up quickly, with “Spotlight” echoing the guitars of Mazzy Star, and the unforgettable “Dog in the Ditch” demonstrating rich albeit lugubrious story-telling.

Bell combines the melancholy sounds of influences such as Elliott Smith and Big Star with the trademark gothic undertones that are ever-present in all of his work. From Annabel Dream Reader to Backfire, Bell has proved himself as one of the most genuine and hard-working musicians in the industry, consistently putting out work that feels truly authentic. Backfire is an overall strong debut album from Kristian Bell, and more solo work is highly anticipated.

Listen to the album below!

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