Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Thermals Premiere New Single Born To Kill

This week The Thermals premiered their new song Born To Kill along with the lyric video for the single. The song is taken from the band’s new album Desperate Ground which is set for release on April 15 on Saddle Creek.

Born To Kill is an anthemic track, an unapologetic ode to a nation of killers. You can watch the lyric video below or listen to the track here.

The Thermals are a post-punk trio from pre-Portlandia-Portland, Oregon. The band formed in 2002. The Thermals sixth LP and debut for Saddle Creek, Desperate Grounds, is available now for pre-order at the Saddle Creek Online Store. The album was produced by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth) in Hoboken, NJ. Agnello.

You can catch The Thermals live on the dates below:

March 1 – San Francisco, CA – Noise Pop (@ Rickshaw Stop)
March 2 – Cupertino, CA @ Homestead Lanes Bowling Alley
March 7 – Brooklyn, NY @ 285 Kent
March 8 – Clinton, NY @ Beinekie Events Barn @ Hamilton College
March 9 – Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s
March 13 – Austin, TX @ Red 7 (Windish SXSW Showcase)
March 13 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 14 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 15 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 16 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex (Check Yo Ponytail)

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Teleman Welcome New Band Member and Announce Release of Video for Cristina in Session

Teleman’s recent show at London’s The Waiting Room sold out on the back of their debut single release, Cristina. Now the band introduce a new member and unveil more live shows.


New four piece line-up for Teleman

Cristina was released on limited edition 7″ through Moshi Moshi Singles Club last month. It scored the band positive reviews, a lot of air play and ended up selling out almost instantly upon its release. Teleman have now recorded the single in session for Topman CTRL which can be viewed below.

Teleman have now also officially announced Hiro Amamiya as their drummer allowing the band to go from a three piece to a four piece. Amamiya first joined Teleman’s live show at a packed out Servants Jazz Quarters in December having met the rest of the band at their debut show at The Old Blue Last back in the summer.

You can catch Teleman live on the following dates:

Feb 13 London The Waiting Room
Feb 25 London Electrowerkz, NME Awards Show [Tickets]
Mar 22 London Eat Your Own Ears: Handpicked @ Roundhouse [Tickets]
Apr 6 Manchester Soup Kitchen [Tickets]
May 16-18 Brighton The Great Escape Festival


Teleman are Thomas Sanders (vocals/guitar), Jonny Sanders (synths), Pete Cattermoul (bass) and Hiro Amamiya (drums).

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Cayucas Announce First Ever European Shows

Cayucas have announced their first ever set of European shows which is to include The Lexington in London on May 21. The Californian newcomers have also confirmed they will play the Primavera Sound in Barcelona twice.

The live dates follow the news of the release of newest single High School Lover whose video was released online last week. High School Lover is out on March 11.

Cayucas will release their debut album Bigfoot on April 30 through Secretly Canadian. Cayucas’ sound is full of lead singer Zach Yudin’s Californian roots. They are sort of like the modern day Beach Boys.

See Cayucas live at the following European shows:

Fri 17 May Luxembourg Food For Your Senses Festival
Sat 18 May Amsterdam Tolhuistuin
Sun 19 May Paris Espace B
Tue 21 May London The Lexington £7.50
Wed 22 May Manchester Soup Kitchen £6.50
24-26 May Barcelona Primavera Sound Festival


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Introducing…Darktown Jubilee

Darktown Jubilee are David Boardman (vocals/guitars), Stuart Day (bass), John Cosgrove (drums), Gary O’Brien (keyboards) and Al Roberts (guitars). With their influences stretching from The Doors to The Temper Trap, Darktown Jubilee produce a sound that’s familiar.

Their new single can now be heard here. Stay is a classic and triumphant indie rock song. Vocally, Boardman reminds me of higher pitched Kelly Jones (Stereophonics) mixed with Grant Nicholas (Feeder). The guitar riff during the verses is reminiscent to the Stereophonics’ 2005 hit, Dakota. Darktown Jubilee feel like a modern day version of the Stereophonics, their style is very similar to that of the Welsh band.

Darktown Jubilee

Darktown Jubilee

Stay is taken from the forthcoming album, The World, The Flesh & The Devil which is set for release on March 11. It’s the follow up to 2012’s Breakdown and has seen the band gain a lot of attention. Stay made such an impact that world renowned engineer, Cenzo Townsend mixed the single for them. Cenzo Townsend has worked with The Vaccines, Florence + the Machine, The Machine, U2, The Editors and The Maccabees.

Singer/guitarist David Boardman from the band comments:

“Stay is the most emotionally direct song on the record and has always connected with audiences so it became an obvious choice when we were considering singles. It was a dream to get Cenzo to remix it for us. He has mixed some of the greatest records of the last 10 years and I think brought out the best in the track, bringing to it an increased energy and dynamic range.

“For the video, however, we were keen to show another, more playful, humorous side to the band whilst still remaining true to the essence of the song. The initial idea was to have the lead character enter a surreal, dreamlike scenario in which a procession of weird and wonderful characters were singing the song in karaoke style.

“Finding the venue (a karaoke bar in Manchester’s Chinatown) was key to the look of the finished film and once actor Emma Atkins agreed to play the lead role, it all began to take shape. It was a cool video to make which included nods to some favourite films and formative influences.”

You can catch Darktown Jubilee live at the following dates:

Saturday February 9 – Manchester, Night & Day

Friday February 15 – Newcastle, The Cluny 2

Thursday March 7 – London, Nambucca

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DEAR READER Announces Third Album Release, Rivonia

It’s a brave artist who seeks to take as their inspiration one of the most complex and controversial aspects of recent international history, but this is what Cheri MacNeil (aka DEAR READER) has chosen to do with her third album.



As a child, South African born Cheri MacNeil spent 11 years studying at a small primary school in the north of Johannesburg, not far from what was once an isolated farm called Lilliesleaf. Growing up, she knew nothing of the nearby settlement but it was within these grounds that, on July 11 1963, a dry-cleaning and flower van parked beside a thatched cottage and disgorged a squad of armed policemen. They’d received a tip off from a neighbour‘s son about unusual comings and goings, their suspicions further aroused by the fact that these involved both black and white individuals. It had taken them a while to locate the place: initial reports spoke of a place called Ivon and it was only after searching the area that they found an old, weather-beaten sign from which three letters were missing. It had once said ‘Rivonia’, the name of the suburb in which they stood.

That day, police arrested 19 members of the African National Congress, the underground organisation run by Nelson Mandela – who had already been imprisoned – which sought to overthrow the ruling apartheid government. It was a pivotal moment in South Africa’s history. Cheri MacNeil later learned that these events had taken place around the corner from the building where she had for so long been educated.

This is the story that gives the latest DEAR READER album its name. ‘Rivonia’ is released on April 8 2013 through City Slang.

Unlike other records written by white musicians and inspired by South Africa, DEAR READER’s ‘Rivonia’ banishes broad, crowd-pleasing political strokes in favour of a specifically human outlook. At times troubling, at times deeply moving, ‘Rivonia’ is unafraid of raising more questions than it answers and achieves this within the context of a collection of magical, dramatic and heartfelt songs.

MacNeil explains: “That sign with its faded lettering, makes me think about history as a whole and how the versions we have must all have bits that have weathered away and gone missing, and how we’ll never know the whole truth about anything. There are so many different realities overlaid on top of one another but each of us only has the version we know.”

You can listen to the new track taken from the album, Down Under, Mining here.

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Black Dice Remix Doldrums’ She Is The Wave


Doldrums AKA Airick Woodhead

With the release of Doldrums’ debut album Lesser Evil only a couple of weeks away, Doldrums AKA Airick Woodhead is proud to announce the release of the Black Dice remix of his recent single, She Is The Wave.

As SPIN explain: “Black Dice’s remix halves the tempo, titty-twists an oscillator or two, and makes like Cabaret Voltaire in loincloths, all Technicolor tribal frug and numbers-station square dance”.

You can hear the remix here.

Doldrums live dates:

February 20 – London @ Corsica Studios
February 21 – Brighton @ Green Door Store
February 22 – Paris @ Fireworks! Festival @ Point Ephémère
February 23 – Amsterdam @ Nieuwe Anita

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The Physics House Band

The Physics House Band received a huge amount of interest after the online release of their debut video for Titan. Now the three piece Brighton based band have announced they are giving the track away for free as they also announce that they’re signing to Pink Mist label, Blood and Biscuits.

The Physics House Band

The Physics House Band

On top of all this news, they have just this week released another video for Abraxical Solapse which coincides with the news that their EP, Horizons/Rapture will be released on April 15 on 12″ vinyl, CD and exclusive t-shirt/poster/sheet music bundles.

Despite the band being in their early 20s, their take on music stretches far beyond their years. Blending the psychedelic 60s with the prog years of the 70s and adding in just a pinch of tech metal from the 80s and 90s post-rock, The Physics House Band’s experimentation of music ends up with them producing filmic compositions which burst at the seams.

Having already been compared to the likes of Yes and Jaga Jazzist, The Physics House Band are surely set to go a long way.  Sam Organ, Adam Hutchison and Dave Morgan formed the band in the summer of 2011, bonding over a collective love of fusion, Ninja Tune and Warp Records. Whilst citing a “passion to make music that has no shelf life or trend” the name gives an insight to the bands intentions, “It’s physics because the important elements are sound, heat, light and electricity. Not fashion.”

The band’s forthcoming EP Horizons/Rapture is a 26-minute psychedelic excursion through a menagerie of musical styles, moods and aural textures, completing six carefully composed pieces of music. The tracks feature a vast heritage of analog instruments from a Steinway Grand Piano to a Mark III Fender Rhodes, a B3 Hammond Organ to a 1973 Ludwig Vistalite Drum set and a selection of vintage Moog synthesizers.

You can download Titan for free here.

See The Physics House Band live:

Sat 13 Apr UK LEEDS Dirty Otter Festival
Tue 16 Apr UK MIDDLESBROUGH Mixtape 18+ FREE
Wed 17 Apr UK GLASGOW Bar Bloc 18+ £5
Thu 18 Apr UK YORK The Basement 16+ £5
Fri 19 Apr UK LIVERPOOL MelloMello 18+ £5
Sat 20 Apr UK MANCHESTER Kraak Gallery 18+ £5
Sun 21 Apr UK NORWICH Hog in Armour 18+ £5
Mon 22 Apr UK GUILDFORD Boileroom 18+ £5
Tue 23 Apr UK BRISTOL Louisiana 16+ £5
Wed 24 Apr UK WINCHESTER Railway 16+ £5
Thu 25 Apr UK SOUTHAMPTON Avondale House 16+ FREE
Fri 26 Apr UK PLYMOUTH White Rabbit 16+ FREE
Sat 27 Apr UK CARDIFF Buffalo Bar
Sun 28 Apr UK BRIGHTON Green Door Store 18+
Mon 29 Apr UK LONDON Old Blue Last 18+ FREE

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