First single, So What, sees the band moving away from their psych-rock beginnings to a more hazy, dream pop direction similar to Real Estate and Beach Fossils. The vocals of band founder Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg is also reminding me a lot of Ben Gibbard.
At Best Cuckold is released on September 8th in Europe and a day later in the United States by Sub Pop. They’ll also be embarking on a European tour later that month.
09-23 Gothenburg, Sweden – Pustervik
09-24 Stockholm, Sweden - Kagelbanan
09-25 Oslo, Norway – John Dee
09-26 Lund, Sweden - Mejeret
09-28 Copenhagen, Denmark – Vega / Ideal Bar
09-29 Hamburg, Germany – Prinzenbar
10-01 Paris, France – Le Divan du Monde
10-03 Manchester, England – Deaf Institute
10-05 Dublin, Ireland – Whelan’s
10-06 Glasgow, Scotland - Broadcast
10-08 Bristol, England - Thekla
10-10 London, England - Islington Assembly Hall
10-14 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Tolshuistuin
10-15 Brussels, Belgium – Botanique / Witloof Bar
10-16 Koln, Germany - Luxor
10-17 Berlin, Germany - Privatclub
Girl One and the Grease Guns are bringing back my love of the single. The New Wave popsters have released a string of addictive 7″s on Squirrel Records and don’t plan on releasing an album anytime soon. Their latest, Bashed, Beaten And Broken (Trip The Switch) is dark, synthy, lo-fi goodness which will get you hitting the dance floor and staying there for poppy b-side, Made out of Perspex.
The single comes out on 29th July and is available for pre-order from Squirrel Records.
Bleached release a new 7″ this week called For the Feel. With Scotland currently experiencing some sunshine, I can’t think of anything nicer to soundtrack this fine weather than a new tune from the Clavin sisters.
Although the track isn’t entirely new, originally written for last year’s debut album Ride your Heart, the sisters explain why it didn’t originally make the cut -
It didn’t sound right once recorded so we held off on putting it on the record. Finally when it came down to recording it again we were really inspired by the sound of The Kinks, we even used The Kinks amp. I’m really glad we waited to release this song because now it’s perfect.
For the Feel also features a live show favourite, The Damned’s Born To Kill.
Beautiful music makers Remember Remember release their third album Forgetting the Present, on 30th June through Rock Action Records. When heard live, the now six piece cause genuine pleasure to your eardrums with this album focused on capturing the band’s seamlessly layered live performances.
First track Magnets definitely achieves this, pulling you in (bad pun intended) whilst at the same time retaining a rich mystery.
La Sera, Hour of the Dawn. Faster, more aggressive guitar playing than previous La Sera releases but still with the sweet 60′s pop vocals of Katie Goodman. Like former Vivian Girls Frankie Rose and Cassie Ramone, Goodman shows no sign of letting up on her prolific solo material.
Wye Oak, Shriek. The Baltimore duo replace guitars for bass and synths on their first album since 2011′s much loved Civilian. Not as immediate as its predecessor but tracks like Before and Glory will definitely get into your head.
Chad VanGaalen, Shrink Dust. Fifth album from the ever reliable Canadian multi-instrumentalst. The album is a combination of rich harmonies, harmonica and slighty quirky but effective pedal steel guitar.
Holy Mountain, Ancient Astronauts. Prepare to nod your head frantically whilst listening to the excellent, full on psychedelic-rock of this Glasgow based trio. This album and the group’s debut Earth Measures are both available on Chemikal Underground.
Denney & The Jets, Mexican Coke. Country tinged rock and roll out now on Burger records.
Doug Gillard, Parade On. Third solo album from Ex-Guided by Voices and current Nada Surf guitarist. Parade On is full of lovely pop tunes perfect for the move into summer. The album is out no on Nine Mile Records.
Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else. The album is a sublime 30mins of ruckus-ness reminiscent of Superchunk. Revisit Dead Sound’s 2011 interview with Cloud Nothings main manx Dylan Baldi around the release of his debut album Turning On.
The Kill Rock Stars label has released their first band camp sampler, Crazed MP3 Fans Vol.1. The sampler features a great selection of the label’s current roster and back catalogue including Marnie Stern, Quasi, Thao With the Get Down Stay and Bratmobile.
Umberto, Temple Room 12” – Matt Hill revisits this track from 2010′s Prophecy of the Black Widow album to coincide with Umberto’s current European tour. If you’re not seeing him live pick up the EP from Not Not Fun.