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.
The first track I heard by La Luz was the swirling and jangly Big Big Blood which sounds like it wouldn’t be out of place in a slightly seedy blues bar frequented by many a tortured but creative soul. This has of course made them my new favourite band.
Big Big Blood is from the Seattle quartet’s debut album It’s Alive which is filled with dreamy, laid back tracks that make you want to be providing backing vocals to lead singer Shana Cleveland whilst sashaying on a dark stage wearing red lipstick and a killer black dress.
It’s Alive is out now on the wonderful Hardly Art home of other Dead Sound favourites Jacuzzi Boys, Shimmering Stars, The Beets and La Sera.
La Luz are currently in the middle of a European tour so check here to see if they’re playing a gig near you. I can’t wait to see the band live in Glasgow next week when they play Mono on Tuesday, 1st April.
The La Luz ladies are Shana Cleveland (guitar), Marian Li Pino (drums), Abbey Blackwell (bass), and Alice Sandahl (keyboard). The band also feature on the latest Dead Sound podcast alongside Woods, Shellac, Real Estate and Beat Happening.