The Lazy Eyes announce first UK tour, share new single “Hippo”

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Australian psych-rock four piece The Lazy Eyes have shared groovy and brain scattering new jam single “Hippo” from their upcoming debut album Songbook, set to be released in March. Pre-order here.

“Hippo is my favourite song on the record,” shares bassist Leon. “You can really feel the energy coming together as a group, given that it was one of the three songs on the album that we recorded as a band.” 

Listen to the new single below!

The band have also announced their first ever UK stopping in London, Manchester, Bristol and more.

Buy tickets here.

MAY

16 – Leeds – Headrow House
17 – Manchester – Deaf Institute
19 – Bristol – Exchange
20 – London – Omeara
22 – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds

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The Lazy Eyes announce debut album ‘Songbook’, share new single

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Australian psych-rock four piece The Lazy Eyes have announced their debut album Songbook, set to be released early 2022 and shared new single “Fuzz Jam”, the first single from the album. Listening to it feels like a journey through various depths of your psyche, each becoming more enchanting and elaborate as you go deeper. It’s as though the effects boards of King Gizzard had and Tame Impala had a love child. The new album follows on from EP1 and EP2, released in 2020 and 2021 respectively.

Speaking about the new single vocalist Harvey Geraghty said:

“I wrote ‘Fuzz Jam’ to use this instrument that Itay bought live. It’s this Hohner Pianet T, and we really wanted a harder track to play on it.”

Listen to the new single below!

A press release said of the new album:

SongBook is strange like that – all journey and all destination, a decidedly modern marvel of psych-rock that’s unpretentious in construction but precious where it counts. Since their undeniable breakthrough in 2020, The Lazy Eyes have become emblematic torchbearers of the next generation of Australia’s psych-rock scene, their reputation and talent spreading like word of mouth wildfire across projects, EP1 and EP2, include the hits ‘Where’s My Brain???’ and ‘Cheesy Love Song’.”

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Buggs share new single “Flaws”

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London-based indie four-piece Buggs (formerly BUGS) have shared “Flaws”, their first single since debut single “Nick Gowland”.

The storytelling ability that Buggs display on the new track is the greatest asset. Detailing the paranoia and insecurity she felt about herself that became overwhelming during the lockdowns.“This liquid I’m swimming in is grease, I’m sweet, I’m feeling fine” she sings, contradicting the unsettling nature of swimming in grease with feeling fine; hiding away her true feelings of discomfort. A backing of psychedelic and swirling instrumentation helps build up the eeriness of the track, creating the perfect blend of anxiety and unease.

About the track lead singer Alice said:

“I wrote Flaws about spending too much time chipping away at yourself in the mirror – obsessing over all of your faults and insecurities, thinking back over and over over things you’ve done or said, and becoming paranoid that your friends and family think you’re a bad person. Flaws is about my favourite activity during lockdown – self loathing.”

“As much as I have no desire for anyone to experience any level of self loathing I also am aware that feelings of insecurity and paranoia are one of the things that unite us all as human beings, and I think to hear about someone else feeling what you’re feeling can be comforting.”

Listen to the new single below!

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Tonstartssbandht announce new album ‘Petunia’, share new single

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Tonstartssbandht the musical due of brothers Edwin and Andy White have today announced their 18th album Petunia, set to be released on October 22nd via Mexican Summer. Pre-order here. They have also shared lead single “What Has Happened” alongside an accompanying music video directed by Case Mahan.

A press release about the album said:

Where most Tonstartssbandht albums come together slowly over years, recorded on the fly whenever the Whites have a few spare moments on the road, Petunia was largely written and recorded in their home city of Orlando in 2020. Many of the tracks had been played live, but in extremely rough form, and hadn’t yet developed into any kind of mature stage. With plenty of time on their hands thanks to the lockdown, and no shows to play, Andy and Edwin decided to pack some flesh onto those skeletons and bring them to life on their own. Petunia is the first Tonstartssbandht album to be created in a sustained manner and in a consistent environment, written and recorded in a single place over a focused period of time. 

As a result, Petunia feels like a unified aesthetic statement. Using little more than a 12-string guitar and a drum kit, Andy and Edwin weave together the gentle headiness of Laurel Canyon and the sweaty pacing of Cologne; like a gyroscope, its constant motion produces the illusion of stillness—and that stillness gives it a sense of intimacy and introspection, something that’s further illuminated by the new emphasis placed on the brothers’ vocals. Taking cues from The Zombies and the falsetto-feathered singing of ’70s funk and reggae, Andy and Edwin stitch their voices together so easily, and with such generosity, it’s virtually impossible to see the seams. 

Listen to the new single below!

Petunia Tracklist

1.Pass Away

2. Hey Bad

3. What Has Happened

4. Falloff

5. Magic Pig

6. All Of My Children

7. Smilehenge

Unknown Mortal Orchestra release new single “That Life”

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra have released “That Life“, their second single of the year following on from “Weekend Run“. The new single comes alongside an accompanying music video directed by Lydia Fine and Tony Blahd.

The new track binds together the silky guitars of II with the sultry-sexiness of Sex & Food to create the most UMO sounding UMO single possible. Invoking elements of neo-soul on the chorus alongside subtle layers of psychedelia, UMO sound as fresh and funky as ever. Unknown mortal summer is here in full swing.

Speaking on the evolution of the song, frontman Ruban Nielson says:

“I saw this painting by Hieronymus Bosch called The Garden of Earthly Delights and in the painting there was a mixture of crazy stuff going on, representing heaven, earth, and hell. When I was writing this song, That Life, I was imaging the same kind of ‘Where’s Waldo’ (or ‘Where’s Wally’ as we call it in New Zealand, Australia, and the UK) of contrasting scenes and multiple characters all engaged in that same perverse mixture of luxury, reverie, damnation, in the landscape of America. Somewhere on holiday under a vengeful sun.”

Watch the new video and listen to the new single below!

Mumble Tide announce debut mini-album ‘Everything Ugly’

Mumble Tide have today announced Everything Ugly, their debut mini-album, set to be released on December 3rd. The Bristol based duo have also shared new “Good 4 Me”, which will appear on the upcoming album alongside previously released singles “Sucker” and “Breakfast”.

There’s something special and surreal about Mumble Tide’s sound. It lives in that world between psychedelic and anthemic, yet never trying to force itself into each. Their synthesised sound seeps into your psyche and evokes memories and moments of nostalgia you thought long lost. Being written, recorded and produced by the band allows both their personalities to shine through in a triumph of emotive songwriting.

Speaking to the track, Gina said:

“Good 4 Me’ is one of our favourite songs that we’ve written so far. It fell together late at night during lockdown in our dressing gowns. The vocal is more or less the first take we did where I just let it all out. I guess it’s about how the years don’t always bring you the answers you thought they would. It’s kinda sad but there’s also this nostalgia and excitement underneath.”

Listen to the new single below!

The band have also announced a short run of tour dates at the end of the year. Find tickets here.

Tour Dates

29th Nov, Manchester, The Castle 

01 Dec, Bristol, Crofters Rights 

02 Dec, London, Sebright Arms 

La Luz announce self-titled debut album, share new single

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La Luz have today announced their self-titled debut album, La Luz, set to be released on October 22nd via Hardly Art. Pre-order here. The band have also shared “Watching Cartoons”, which will appear on the upcoming album.

Listen to the new single below!

Tracklist:

1. In the Country
2. The Pines
3. Watching Cartoons
4. Oh, Blue
5. Goodbye Ghost
6. Yuba Rot
7. Metal Man
8. Lazy Eyes and Dune
9. Down the Street
10. I Won’t Hesitate
11. Here on Earth
12. Spider House

The Lazy Eyes share new single “The Island”

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The Lazy Eyes have shared “The Island”, the last single from their upcoming EP2, out tomorrow July 16th. This follows on from previously released single “Where’s My Brain???” which will also appear on the new EP.

The Australian 4-piece continue their run of psychedelic mind-benders that twist and turn at every corner on the new single. Starting with melancholic lo-fi textures that evoke the feeling of POND’s Man It Feels Like Space Again before descending into an acoustic riptide of phased out guitar lines and spacey vocals. It’s only when the track reaches its instrumental break do you realise the full potential of Lazy Eyes. Kicking back in with Sabbath-worthy fuzzed out guitars and screeching guitar lines the band bring out every psychedelic trope in the book, and it works.

On the track the band said:

“’The Island’ was written about a place where none of The Lazy Eyes band members have been in real life, and acts as the sequel to ‘The Seaside’ from EP1. It’s an imaginary island that is a sort of utopia but is also filled with mystery. The writing process and a demo recording took place in Harvey’s childhood bedroom, he recalls, ‘all I remember was recording a terrible demo on GarageBand and really struggling to sing it because I had a cold that day. It’s interesting to hear the demo these days because you can hear the parts before they were refined as a result of playing the song over and over live.’”

Listen to the new single below!

Unknown Mortal Orchestra return with new single “Weekend Run”

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra have today shared “Weekend Run”, their first new solo material in 3 years. This follows on from Sex & Food and IC-01 Hanoi which were both released in 2018. In the time since the albums UMO have collaborated with the likes of Gorillaz on their Song Machine Season 1 album and The Free Nationals.

Summery chords and a dystopian feel that only Ruban Nielson and co. could bring to this psyched-out disco ballad, UMO are back as strong as ever. The track focuses on Nielson’s move to palm springs after relentless touring behind Sex & Food. “At the end of the day I don’t take for granted that I have the perfect job – I truly work to make music that will set someone’s day right and I think that shines through on Weekend Run” he reflects in a press release.

Listen to the new single below!

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard announce new album ‘Butterfly 3000’

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King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have announced their 18th studio album Butterfly 3000, set to be self-released on June 11th. The band will forgo releasing any singles, tracklist or cover art ahead of the album but they have revealed that the cover will feature a “cross-eyed autostereogram” designed by Jason Galea and the sound will be “melodic and psychedelic”. The album was based around modular synth loops.

A press release for the album said: “Their 18th studio album, Butterfly 3000 might be their most fearless leap into the unknown yet; a suite of ten songs that all began life as arpeggiated loops composed on modular synthesisers, before being fashioned into addictive, optimistic and utterly seductive dream-pop by the six-piece. The album sounds simultaneously like nothing they’ve ever done before, and thoroughly, unmistakeably Gizz, down to its climactic neon psych-a-tronic flourish. This is undoubtedly the most accessible and jubilant album of their career”

The new album follows on from L.W. released back in February, the second part to the band’s K.G.L.W double album.