Monthly Archives: June 2012

Cloud Nothings’ Live Album

Cloud Nothings are releasing a 9-track live album on July 30 following their incredible set at Cargo in London last month, a Shepherd’s Bush Empire slot with Bob Mould, festival appearances and their regional UK shows.

Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings performing live

The Ohio-based quartet have announced they will release this album as a limited edition vinyl through Wichita Recordings. There will only be 500 copies made available.

The record itself was recorded on April 5 at the Grog Shop in the band’s home town of Cleveland. It was both recorded and mixed by James Kananen at the end of their long US tour. Live at the Grog Shop catches the band in their element. Through the off-key vocals and heavy guitar riffs comes a fantastic combination of chaos and punk rock.

Listen to the five track sample here.

Cloud Nothings will also be playing XOYO in London on August 21. Tickets can be purchased from wegotickets and ticketweb.

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Meet A Gaggle

After Gaggle’s successful stream of gigs last week including playing on the black carpet at the Kerrang! Awards, they are now releasing what they have called their ‘Meet A Gaggle’ videos.

Gaggle

21-strong female choir, Gaggle

With their album, From The Mouth Of The Cave now streaming exclusively on The Guardian‘s website, the individual members of the 21-strong female choir have put together short films all of which will be posted online over the next few days. This will allow their fans to ‘Meet A Gaggle’ if you like.

Every video will see the girls reveal their own personalities and their idea of Gaggle.

Gaggle member Srendi Vashtar kick started the videos off on Tuesday this week. Her video features lyrics from the album as well as clips from the 1990s TV Show How 2.Watch her video below:

Gaggle will be playing more, what they like to call, ‘ninja gigs’. They will be playing instore at the Rough Trade East in London on June 25 from 7pm. They will also be performing live at Village Underground also in London.

From The Mouth Of The Cave is out on June 25 through Transgressive Records.

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The I.D – A Bigger Picture

The I.D

The I.D

Indie/post punk band from London The I.D are back with their brand new single, A Bigger Picture.

This is the follow-up release to Age Anti Age and has even more to offer than the previous single. With a strong 80s vibe and again those Robert Smith style vocals, this track is as anthemic as it gets. It has great melodies and guitar riffs that everyone is bound to get some pleasure from.

The verse of “You’re on the outside looking in, we hold your dreams because you’re too thin. You tried to make a sound, she’s on your mind. They drag you down, you want to understand because every time you look within…” is fantastic. In the same way as Age Anti Age, A Bigger Picture tells a delicate story which is enough to entice you in.

A Bigger Picture was released Wednesday 20 June on Duchamp Records. You can download it here. If you’re interested in finding out more about The I.D visit their facebook page.

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The Fresh & Onlys – Yes or No

Souterrain Transmissions have announced their latest signing for August 2012, The Fresh & Onlys.

Stemming from San Francisco, they have had previous releases for labels like In The Red, Woodsist, Castle Face and a whole load more but their fourth EP will be released through Souterrain Transmissions titled Long Slow Dance. It will be available from 3 September.

The Fresh & Onlys

The Fresh & Onlys promo shot

But you don’t have to wait that long, they have just released 7″ single Yes or No on 18 June. Yes or No is a love song but not your typical ballad. Sounding distinctively American, The Fresh & Onlys have a grungey pop sound all their own. The swooping vocals mixed alongside the melodic guitar and classic drum beat makes Yes or No the perfect American indie track.

Bassist Shayde Sartain explains, “It was meant to be an anthem, but I guess you could say it was more desperate—the overwhelming desire to please someone and then feeling as though you have failed and being confused by that.”

The Fresh & Onlys are Tim Cohen, Shayde Sartin, Wymond Miles, and Kyle Gibson. They formed in 2008 and look like a bunch of bikers or record store employees.

The 7″ single comes with another unreleased track, Take Back The Night. You can buy Yes or No from iTunes. The Fresh & Onlys will be touring Autumn/Winter 2012. More details will follow.

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Doldrums – Copper Girl Video

As Doldrums’ European tour and festival dates come to an end and they head off to the US to support Unknown Moral Orchestra, they release the brand new video for the final EP track, Copper Girl.

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Doldrums single artwork

Copper Girl is the darker side to the 3-track EP. It’s a track that introduces a more melancholic and unnerving side to them which is equally shown in the video directed by American artist Alessandra Hoshor.

Doldrums’ music is about dealing with the loss of the individual, the peeling back of surface emotions to expose an attitude both utterly bleak and mesmerizing. The Egypt EP showcases this perfectly.

In 2011, Portishead heard Doldrums’ cover of their song Chase the Tear and placed it as the b-side to their single. Not only this but Doldrums’ also received the attention of cult London indie record label No Pain In Pop when new tracks fell into its hands. These were quickly confirmed for release as Empire Sound, Doldrums’ debut EP.

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Two Wounded Birds Self-Titled Debut Album Out Soon

Two Wounded Birds are back with the news that their self-titled debut album will be released on June 11 through Holiday Recordings which is owned by Jacob Graham of The Drums.

Following their recent tour with Glasvegas and their appearances at Camden Crawl and Live at Leeds, Two Wounded Birds are planning to continue touring and playing festival shows throughout the summer.

After releasing what became critically acclaimed singles and EPs, the band have won their fans over and landed themselves the chance to play with the likes of Grouplove, The Black Lips and The Drums.

Two Wounded Birds

Two Wounded Birds

Jacob Graham describes what Two Wounded Birds and their self-titled debut are all about: “…a palpable emotion proving that the rebel does have a heart after all and perhaps feels even more deeply than the rest of us.

“It’s easy to see why these rising stars caught the ears of such legends as Brian Wilson and Debbie Harry. Their songs capture the American spirit with clear allegiances to the Beach Boys, the Ramones and Elvis—all while still acknowledging the band’s British roots. You won’t hear any Elton John-style American accents here; instead, Johnny Danger’s sound recalls the velvety tones of Colin Blunstone in his Zombies heyday—a voice with true character.

“In an age in which the shroud of “pop” can describe any poorly constructed jingle that comes along, it’s nice to see the dust settle and discover the genuine article…. Here you will find proof that sincere pop songs are truly timeless.”

You can listen to album tracks To Be Young here and The Outer World here. Two Wounded Birds will be released on June 11.

You can catch Two Wounded Birds live at the following shows:

June 9th London Rough Trade West

June 22nd London Shacklewell Arms

June 29th Coventry Godiva Festival

July 6th Rome, Italy Atlantico Live Rome

July 20th Preston Mad Ferret

July 28th Portsmouth Club NME

Sept 1st Portsmouth Southsea Festival

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Scissor Sisters ft. Josh Homme Infomercial

With the release date of the Scissor Sisters’ new album Magic Hour being last Monday (May 28), Queen of the Stoneages’ front man, Josh Homme, took it upon himself to release his very own infomercial selling the CD (which you can watch below):

The album release follows the euphoric Calvin Harris-produced single Only The Horses, which hit the charts a couple of weeks ago following Scissor Sisters fantastic live performance on The Voice and two intimate sold out shows at Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

To celebrate the release of the single and album, Scissor Sisters set an interactive Facebook app which allowed fans to preview clips from their record.

Magic Hour is the result of a series of team-ups between Scissor Sisters – Shears, Babydaddy, Ana Matronic, Del Marquis and Randy Real – and a whole host of stellar artists, writers and producers, including Azealia Banks, Calvin Harris, Stuart Price, Pharrell Williams, Diplo and Alex Rihda, the German electronic music producer and DJ behind BoysNoize.

Scissor Sisters Magic Hour

Scissor Sisters Magic Hour artwork

“It was a pretty collaborative effort,” says Jake of Magic Hour, which was recorded in New York and London.“We made it really fast. We had a week in June 2011 when we wrote ‘Only The Horses’ and a couple of other songs that didn’t make the album then we started back at it at the beginning of September.”

They have also released the dates of their UK headline tour. You can catch them live at the following shows throughout October:

1st Dublin Olympia
2nd Belfast Waterfront
15th Portsmouth Guildhall
16th Leeds O2 Academy
19th Glasgow Barrowlands
20th Manchester Apollo
22nd Bristol Colston Hall
23rd London Roundhouse

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