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First 'Scratchy Singles Club' release on limited edition pink vinyl for Record Store Day
'I like Taylor Swift too and I don't care what you think.. bit of an instant classic' John Kennedy, Radio X
'A chunk of pop-rock with a dash of humour.. Reminds me of Fountains of Wayne" Gary Crowley, BBC London
“A golden voice” - Consequence Of Sound
I Like Taylor Swift is a sub-3-minute powerpop rock’n’roll anthem channelling the licks of Fountains Of Wayne and Weezer which tells of Coach Hop brainchild Charlie Laurence’s ‘fondness’ for the Country Queen Pop Music Maven, Taylor Swift, using a tongue-in-cheek humour that’s more disarming than it is distracting.
On the surface, I LikeTaylor Swift is a lovesong to the titular popstar but upon closer inspection, is an observation on the state of the modern music industry, “In the song I admit I haven’t really listened to much of her music but I’m inundated with images and stories about her” says Charlie. Throughout the song it verges on an admission that it’s not cool to like Taylor Swift but in his trademark style, Charlie doesn’t care what anyone else thinks, as he sings “I like Taylor Swift and I don’t care who knows it, it’s not a guilty pleasure, it’s just a normal pleasure.”
The accompanying video is a ‘state of the art’ animated affair using techniques that are an industry first, produced by Charlie’s brother, and BBC Creative’s Head of Design Lawrence Honderick and Sam Humphries.
The release’s B-side; Everything’s Fine is a subversive and evocative social commentary that expresses Charlie’s acerbic wit and lookon life with the lyric: “They say every cloud has a silver lining but I'm not a believer. I'm not gonna be bitter about it, but I don't have to be happy about it either. Everything's fine, and nothing's gonna be alright.”
Release Date: 21st April 2018
£4.99Coloured Vinyl 7” Ltd to 500 copies.Visit product page →
Taken from the album Paperback Ghosts, Comet Gain’s new single “'Sad Love' and Other Short Stories” is a classic upbeat indiepop tune, brimming with melody and slathered in chiming Byrdsian guitars.
Over yearning harmonies and keening strings songwriter David Feck muses on a love left behind and what might have been, on a life haunted by memories of unrequited romance. Comet Gain are David Charlie Feck (vocals, guitar), Ben Phillipson (guitar), Rachel Evans (vocals), ex-Morrissey/The Meteors drummer Woodie Taylor (percussion), Anne Laure Guillain (keyboards) and new recruit, Clientele bassist James Hornsey – a motley group of like-minded romantics, taking pride in an abject failure to care about the normal band model. Inspired at times by early Creation Records, Television Personalities and mod culture, drawing from the same ideals as Dexys, The Style Council and Vic Godard and from the lineage of The Velvet Underground, The Byrds and the 13th Floor Elevators, their mystic anarchist principles blend French New Wave with English kitchen-sink heart.
For years they have drifted through scenes picking up people and emotional ties - from Riot Grrrl to acid punks, C86 to lo-fi - yet somehow outliving their peers and in turn inspiring a younger generation of DIY musicians like The Cribs, Love Is All, Veronica Falls, and Crystal Stilts. With Paperback Ghosts, Comet Gain have brought together their myriad influences to create a richly textured affirmation of their twenty-year anti-career, a cohesive aesthetic of sound, artwork, liner notes and ideas.
Steeped in melancholy but with a beating pop heart, “Sad Love' and Other Short Stories” is both one of the album's high points and a timeless single in its own right.
"Indie-pop lifers on top form on their seventh full-length" Uncut
"Crisp and wistful, it has a satisying apple-sharp bite... there's a warm and lovely heart at this record's centre" Q
"You need 'Paperback Ghosts' in your life - and whatever your life is like, this album will make it that little bit better" A Layer Of Chips
£8.49Two all-new studio tracks by the experimental electronic trio of Philip Best, Sarah Froelich and producer Russell Haswell. Limited edition ‘album-style’ picture sleeve with printed card inner sleeve containing full lyrics to both tracks. It’s late 2018.Visit product page →
President’s Health Club, USA. Time to plot a hazy progress from Al’s Spa Tub Motel to the Free Speech Cafe before termination at Pilgrim Drugs. Sahara Sue’s been diagnosed with ‘Closing Down Syndrome’ and has retreated ghost-like to a queasy mirage of bleached-out condos and multi-lane freeways basking under great wheels of light.
Long hours in dim warehouses scanning shelves and trying not to notice the declining shadow or gathering rot on display. Airless back rooms piled high with stacks of handwritten pages, academic journals and unfathomable tracts - ‘Human Remains Index,’ ‘Keep Christ in Chains,’ ‘Mortuary Therapy Explained.’
Outside the use-of-force team waits primed. She remembers a childhood visit to Atmosphere, the highest restaurant in the world, maybe from up there she did, in fact, look down and see a plan to it all. How blessed and fragile and perfectly planned everything truly was. The floor tips down and away. For the Jane and John Does. PB / Austin, TX 2018
Release Date: 21/09/2018
Me Saco Un Ojo
£7.99Death Metal band from Bristol, England, UK formed in 2014.Visit product page →
CRYPTWORM was created by T.H and J.K.
This duo stinky-corpses already on this disgusting-darkest path of Death with other bands before, some of them are COFFINBORN / PALE MIST / GRAVECRUSHER
1. Rotting Casket
3. Cadaveric Flesh Engorgement
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Ex-Hefner frontman’s brilliant new duet with Emmy The Great Ex-Hefner frontman Darren Hayman met Emma-Lee Moss when they were both recording sessions for a radio station in North London. Like many, Darren was struck by the audacity of Emma-Lee’s “Emmy the Great’ stage name and decided to celebrate their new friendship by recording a duet.
“I always assume singers younger than me don’t know shit,” says Darren of Emmy, “but watching Emmy play at the Union Chapel earlier this year was an education for me. Her wit, stage presence and intelligence are something to behold and of course she has those beautifully intricate songs.”For their duet Darren wrote a love song about illicit sex in parked cars.
“The album Essex Arms is about love in unloved places. I wanted to sing about a lawless, hidden version of the countryside, but still treat the subject with tenderness and respect.”Darren continues to forge an increasingly, idiosyncratic career path; writing the theme tune and staring in a Spanish Sitcom, playing a 30 people capacity show in a 100 year old paper mache observatory and playing possibly Britiain’s most remote festival on the Isle of Eigg.
Darren is also writing the best tunes of his career; increasingly complex and mature songs. His band, The Secondary Modern, are a tight, tough, but soulful folk-rock orchestra reminiscent of a more urban Incredible String Band or an Anglicized Lambchop.“Calling Out Your Name Again” is the second single to be released from Essex Arms, Darren’s latest album. Besides the title track, the EP includes three songs taken from the album sessions that are exclusive to this release – Essex Arms, Beach Head and Until We Got Bored.
1. Calling Out Your Name Again
2. Essex Arms
3. Beach Head
4. Until We Got Bored
£1.99Solo single from John Sims main man, mixing hip-hop beats with samples and melodica on a great instrumental number.Visit product page →
Melody Maker single of the week “effortlessly cool, this sexy little number glides across the hip-hop battlefields, limbo dances along Brazilian beaches and passes through Kraftwerk’s electro lab. Hugely inventive, deliciously impulsive, and the summer starts right here”.
“a pocket money DJ Shadow… smashing” (Robots and Electronic Brains)
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Display Homes are an Australian three-piece pop band that formed one night in late 2016 at a pool table in Marrickville - Greg and Darrell met Steph, who’d just come back to Sydney from Germany and reckoned she could play drums.
Their first practice involved an abysmal attempt at a cover of Thin Lizzy's "Dancin in the Moonlight'", and they soon realised Steph clearly hadn’t been in a band before and Greg shouldn't sing. Regardless, the connection between them all was obvious, and the songs began to crop up naturally.
Just a few months after their first trip to the studio, Display Homes’ self-titled debut 7" is being released through London-based record label Tough Love Records on [XXX]. The three songs were recorded in April of this year in David Akerman’s studio in Marrickville, and just like all great current Australian music, they were later mastered by Mikey Young.
As far as debuts go, it’s effortlessly perfect. In this brief time together, the band have played a host of short and fast shows across Australia, alongside other great locals such as UV Race, Low Life and Orion. Buoyed by the inherent intensity that informs the Sydney DIY music community and a shared love for a wide range of 80s music, Display Homes play discordant pop-orientated post punk with a refreshing lack of self-awareness and lyrical honesty.
In fact, Steph’s autodidactic approach to music means the lyrics were formed into songs somewhat unknowingly. As each song originates from a foolish nature and a tendency to improvise songs in any day-to-day situation, the end result is a set of direct, slightly jarring but infectious pop songs.
RIYL: The Au Pairs, Pylon, Priests, XTC, Essential Logic, Bush Tetras, Delta 5.
1. Climate Change
3. Bist Du Da
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£6.99Dungeon Acid, bred in Gothenburg’s (Sweden) obscure music scene during the eighties and nineties, releases his second 7” on Höga Nord Rekords. Dog Acid and Sex Beat focuses on those remote corners where Jean-Louis Huhta have rooted his musicality.Visit product page →
With legendary bands like Cortex, Anti Cimex and The Skull Defekts on his resume, Huhta is most definitely one of the most interesting artists in Sweden! The music on this 7” breathes sex, concrete and dark seas.
The tracks differ in instrumentation but they expresses the same feeling: uncomplicated and straightforward components, perfectly balanced In relation to each other, shutting down unnecessary body function, aiming for your lower back. Spastic curling synthesisers rests upon soundwaves heavier than the swell against the Norwegian North Atlantic coast.
Dungeon Acid is the miner of your record crate – hard at work finding the nuggets in punk, rock and electro to develop the strict techno.
Release Date: 08/12/2017
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Following in the footsteps of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Allo Darlin’, Evans The Death will be releasing their debut album via Fortuna POP! this year, preceded by their debut single, the double A-sided 'Threads’ / ‘I’m So Unclean’, produced by Rory Bratwell (Test Icicles / RAT:ATT:AGG / KASMs), on 5th September.
Evans the Death make frenetic and infectious punk pop which exudes the kind of unbridled charisma, intelligence, and runaway energy that promises a singularly exciting future for the band. Comprising Dan Moss (guitar, vocals), Olly Moss (bass), Katherine Whitaker (vocals keys), Rob Mitson (drums), and Matt Gill (guitar), and named after the undertaker in Dylan Thomas's Under Milk Wood, Evans the Death are poised to fulfill their potential as one of the most refreshing and exhilarating new groups around.
Having evidently spent a good proportion of their young lives attuned as much to the lyrical dexterity of Morrissey, Lawrence Felt, Edwyn Collins, and Jarvis Cocker, as to the scuzzed up melodic exuberance of early My Bloody Valentine, Pavement, The Pixies, and the I Am Kurious Oranj era of The Fall, the band effortlessly blend precocious musical literacy with the kind of unerring self-awareness which makes for a perfectly pitched pop sensibility.
Their imminent first release couples latent-cold-war-paranoia love-song 'Threads', as urgent, unsettling, and hook-laden a calling card as could be wished for, with “I’m So Unclean”, wherein Katherine's vertiginous, primal, and urgent vocal delivery electrifies lyrics which alternate between the scathingly acerbic and the boldly fragile: "When I'm watching the shopping channel, I will think of you / when I try to get to sleep, I will think of you...'' Elegantly handled self-deprecation, mordant wit, and a willingness to embrace your own awkwardness go a long way when you have the sophisticated grasp on the things that make music exhilarating, nervy, and vital which Evans the Death manifestly do. With their compellingly unhinged and hyper-intelligent pop the band look set to blaze a trail through 2011 and beyond.
2. I'm So Unclean
£4.99It’s difficult to think of another band as in tune with Boston’s underground rock community as Fat History Month.Whether the modest two piece are demonstrating their uncanny ability to pack a basement midweek or curating shows themselves that blend the best local musicians with the finest of out-of-towners, Fat History Month‘s only intention is what embodies the DIY music scene across the city: positivity and energy. – Clay Adamcsyk, Dig BostonVisit product page →
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Oceans of drum kit fire bawling and fluttering string overtones fuse a complex web of ear asterism. Infiltrated by a woozy sax line that soon reduces in duration and increases the overall vehemence, with fragmented reed chewing rasp & roar joining a myriad of coordinates in this dense labyrinth of free magic.
On the flip stunningly crafted harmonic percolations of feedback glare and riff particles slam into tantric drum force blast beats by Matt Skitz Sanders, on this unexpected monolith from Oren. Art by Paul Coors.
Flaherty / Corsano / Yeh – Revolving Door Assault
Oren Ambarchi And Matt Skitz Sanders – Double Helix
£4.99Visit product page →Coloured Vinyl 7” Ltd to 500 copies.
The first single to be taken from the Flowers’ album Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do is “Joanna”, a song about someone suffering from a depression so deep that has become part of their identity. “Joanna” was the second song recorded in their sessions with producer Bernard Butler but the first where everything just clicked and the band knew they had a working creative relationship. “He made it sound full of vitality and excitement”, says Rachel, Flowers’ lead singer. “We were thrilled with the results and couldn’t wait to get back and record the rest of the album with him.” Flowers are Sam Ayres (Guitar/Synths), Rachel Kenedy (Vocals/Bass/Synths) and Jordan Hockley (Drums), brought together by Sam’s advert for a singer to make music like "Madonna through a broken tape machine".
Drawing a line between the joyous fuzzpop of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and the minimalist brilliance of Young Marble Giants, the reception at their live shows has been nothing less than rapturous, with audiences blown away by their intensity and compelled by their sparse beauty: Jordan a physical yet inventive presence behind the drum kit, Sam a constant blur of kinetic energy on guitar and Rachel utterly still. It is this dynamic that has been captured over the fourteen deceptively simple pop songs that comprise Flowers debut, Do What You Want To, It’s What You Should Do out September 8th via Fortuna Pop! (UK).
Most of the songs weigh in at less than three minutes, a deliberate strategy for a band that seeks strength in simplicity. “Our songs tend to be quite short - if there's something that doesn't need to be there, we take it out. Hoping for just the best bits,” explains Rachel. “We love all kinds of things, Ramones, Madonna, The Misfits, Iggy & The Stooges, Joy Division, all sorts! The album doesn't sound too much like any of those, but the songs are short and simple pop songs, and all those artists we love write songs like that.” Indeed, Flowers’ genius is in their ability to convey a remarkable amount of emotion with minimal instrumentation.
Rachel possesses one of those beautiful pop voices to die for, with echoes of Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins), Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star) and Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays), whilst Sam’s guitars chime and churn with an incredible intensity and Jordan’s drums rip right through with urgency and precision, resulting in a beautiful album that conjures up a strange and entrancing sort of magic. Haunting, mesmerizing and intense, Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do is an impressive calling card from a sensational new band.
B: Rachel's Song
£7.99New music from Goat is always a time for celebration, and we are excited to announce the bands return with a 7” of brand new material.Visit product page →
Last year Goat released the single It’s time for fun which saw the band experimenting with drum machines, which brought a different pulse to their tribal psych. And this desire to explore new sounds continues with their new single I Sing in Silence. But instead of ‘plugging in’ new instruments the band have ‘unplugged’ and created an addictive groove with mostly un-amped, acoustic instruments.
Elastic guitar lines, woodblock percussion, and flutes which drive the song are enveloped by one of the strongest vocal deliveries by the bands enigmatic singers, resulting in a powerful and catchy psych-pop number.
The B side is an instrumental called The Snake of Addis Ababa, is a looping North African mantra played on a teasing fuzzed guitar underpinned by a djembe groove. The repetitive mantra is disrupted by piano that freely solos over the groove, and a pounding drum lifts the song to a seriously head-nodding conclusion.
This single is further proof that, in a world of similar sounding and similar looking psych bands, Goat are standing completely out on their own and we are all the better for it. This summer the band will be busy writing, recording, and blowing people’s minds across Europe’s greatest stages.
I Sing in Silence
The Snake of Addis Ababa
£7.99The ltd 7” comes in 4 exclusive colours, each ltd to 400 copies; ‘yellow flame’ vinyl, ‘orange flame’ vinyl, ‘red flame vinyl’ 'purple vinyl 'and these will be randomly distributed around the world.Visit product page →
Is Let it Burn the greatest Goat track the band have ever made? The band think it is the best song they have written. The label have not stopped going on about it since they heard it. And now you can listen to Let it Burn when it is released as a ltd edition 7” single on 25 May.
Let it Burn was written specifically for the climatic scene in the short movie Killing Gävle, a The Guardian produced film directed by the very talented Joe Fletcher about the famous Gävle Goat in Sweden which every year local custodians of Gävle try to protect a giant straw goat that is built for the town every Christmas being burnt down by mischievous pagans.
Obviously Goat’s music was the obvious to soundtrack the film – their back catalogue is used throughout the film but up to now it was the only place you could hear a segment of the 6 minute+ fuzz groove of Let it Burn but now thanks to Rocket Recordings it can be heard in all its glory.
Not only that, but you get a brand new b-side, and like most recent Goat b-sides it reveals another exploratory sound to the bands‘world music’. Friday Pt.1 is a 4 minute excerpt from an organically evolving, cosmic-jazz, studio jam.
Goat play two shows this summer, supporting Foo Fighters at Gothenburg’s Ullevi Stadium on 5 June and they will be headlining Stage 2 at London’s Citadel Festival on 15 July.
Release Date: 25/05/2018
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£6.99Antoine Harispurus was raised by a robot called V.I.C.T.O.R. The robot took care of little Antoine and early on he gave him music lessons and also the right equipment, for example a Roland 808.Visit product page →
Robotic, mechanical precision became significant for Antoines music and soon he left the safety of his mothers toy store for the huge European club scene under his new pseudonym ”Golden Bug”.
This year he releases two songs as a 7” vinyl and in digital format on Höga Nord Rekords.
The A-side, ”Viaje A Tenderloin” sounds like the inside of an East German military liaison in 1975 where the tabulating machines haven’t had service since the raise of the Berlin wall.
On the B-side ”Hitodoma”, guest vocalist Jessica Ho is plays with her voice in a bubbly way above Golden Bugs characteristic metallic, world music influenced sounds and beats. The music would fit perfectly in a vast alien mountain landscape.
In conclusion, the music on this 7” is the sound of human and robot in close symbiosis - Golden Bug is music by robot and human for robot and human.
1. Viaje A Tenderloin
Release Date: 28/09/2018
£3.99'White Flag' is one of three new singles from the upcoming Guided By Voices record 'The Bears For Lunch'. The third album of an extremely productive year, 'Bears' is yet another example of how high Guided By Voices are flying right now. Many bands struggle to release three albums in their career, never mind three in one year .Visit product page →
The chugging, melancholic, melody-mad "White Flag" ("I think you know this time it's real," Bob sings over an almost New Order-ish bass line) is graced with 'Casino Model' and 'Zebra Film Negative' on the flip side.
1. White Flag
2. Casino Model
3. Zebra Film Negative
£5.99Hand Of Dust is a trio from Copenhagen. They somehow belong the Posh Isolation brood but they play a personal variation of dark rock music with roots in folk and with a lot of focus on songwriting and lyrics.Visit product page →
Originally formed in order to play the acoustic songs of singer Bo Høyer Hansen as an electric setting, it quickly grew into a band. In September 2012 the band released a demo tape and in January 2014 they put out a 7" EP on NY label Blind Prophet called "Without Grace Or Glory".
Recently Hand Of Dust reentered the studio and recorded two songs. Speaking of this upcoming 7” single, Danish webzine VORTEXAS says "I remember seeing them playing one of their first concerts: I nudged the guy next to me and exlaimed “They got like a neo-folk thing going, but electric, don’t they?” to which he answered: “Nah, they’re more like Dead Moon.” In a way I hear both". With some good ol' Gun Club vibe, we might add.
For now you may enjoy these two new tunes: not many bands these days can create such a personal sound when it comes to dark folk/rock music. One time pressing of 500. Comes with insert.
Walk In White
A Sight For The Living