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Katie Malco "Failures" LP/CD

“Failures”, is Katie Malco’s debut album, The songs keep changing lanes on the listener. It can pull you in with the immediacy of a churning, addictive rocker like “Animal,” only to pull back to the slow-burn beauty of “Brooklyn,” before leaning in close to deliver stately folk like “Fractures.” But what unites all the music is an emotional and musical catharsis that erupts on nearly every track, quiet and loud numbers alike building to a payoff that electrifies the listener every time—especially when she embraces her rock-anthem tendencies, as on instant classic “Creatures.” “Night Avenger,” with its minimalist restraint, is the lovely exception that proves the rule.

It’s thrilling to hear a new voice come right out of the gate with such a masterful command of songcraft; it’s even more exciting to realize she’s just getting started, The first proper full length from critically acclaimed UK singer/songwriter Katie Malco and her first new music in nearly seven years. ‘Failures’ finds Malco at her all-time best, taking all she’s learned in recent years, both personally and musically, and combining both with an unmatched song writing prowess. She’s both vulnerable and intense, pouring herself into each song with an uncanny relatability. Malco has recently toured alongside the likes of Julien Baker, Dawes, The Joy Formidable, and ST Manville, as well as supported We Were Promised Jetpacks, Jenny Lewis, etc.

Official music video  Katie Malco, taken from the album ‘Failures’ out June 5th, 2020 via 6131 Records.

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Based out of London, although originally from Northampton, Katie Malco is a songwriter who’s been making quiet waves for a few years now. Back in 2013, Katie released the well-received Tearing Ventricles EP, and has subsequently toured with the likes of BC Camplight, Jenny Lewis and This Is The Kit. Now seven years on, Katie is set to return this summer with her debut album, “Failures”, due out in June on 6131 Records.


Described by Katie as, “a coming of age record”, Failures serves as a documentation of growing up, learning to accept adulthood and figuring out who you really are. While we’ll have to wait until June to get the full picture, Katie has thus far shared two offerings to whet our appetites. Creatures, released in September last year, is a raw and wonderful thing, all crunchy alt-rock guitars and impassioned vocals, as Katie reflects on the thoughts that run through your head as you lie down to sleep. Even better is Katie’s most recent single, Animals; a reflection on a particularly dark time in her life, where Katie was sofa-surfing to avoid her mum’s abusive partner, and turning to drink and drugs for a sense of escapism. Musically, Animals seems to nod to equally to the likes of The Breeders and We Were Promised Jetpacks, as powerful guitar lines are cut through with crystalline vocal tones.


Both tracks hint at a record of emotional outpouring, of a songwriter digging back into their past, working through it, and emerging out the other side, Failures is shaping up to be far more successful than it’s title lets on

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Julien Baker continues to rise thanks to the strength of her 2015 debut album “Sprained Ankle” and her mesmerising live sets . It’s now been announced that she’s signed to the wonderful indie label Matador Records  So big congrats to Julien, its awesome news and gives hope for some UK festivals or shows this year. .

Her first release for the label is the new single, “Funeral Pyre”  a song that you may remember she debuted in an Tiny Desk Concert last year. The studio version is just as gorgeous as the version she played on NPR. Here’s what she tells NPR about it in a new interview:

Obviously, drinking gasoline incurs bodily harm on you, but also, being an accessory to that kind of behavior and having to decide — it incurs harm upon you, too. And then, are you responsible for permitting that? If you stay, are you responsible for permitting it? And if you leave, are you responsible for not intervening? If you intervene, are you out of your bounds? Everything about the song is figuring out how you should act in your level of responsibility for your own health and to others in the dynamic of a relationship, which is a difficult lesson to learn.I feel like I would have put myself into an unfavorable or unhealthy position for this person and maybe recognizing from an outside perspective that that destructivism is a more healthy thing to do than to stay in it for the sort of, romantic, admirable belief that subjecting yourself to this kind of sacrificial, fatuous love would be more of the right thing to do.

“Funeral Pyre” won’t be out until March with “Distant Solar System,” an unheard song from the Sprained Ankle sessions, on the flip. Matador Records will also reissue Sprained Ankle, originally released on 6131 Records, that day (but not in the US or Australia).


Julien Baker has contributed a new song to Punk Talks’ holiday album, “Jingle Yay! Punk Talks”, an organization that provides musicians and industry workers with free mental health services, was founded in 2015.

Baker’s new song, “Decorated Lawns,” is the perfect song to get you in a reflective, somewhat nostalgic mood just in time for the holidays. It’s slightly more upbeat than her debut album, “Sprained Ankle”, but remains characteristic of the singer-songwriter. (It wouldn’t be complete if someone didn’t crash a car!) The album is available for purchase now via Bandcamp


Listen to “Decorated Lawns” via 36Vultures .

Culture Abuse’s debut album, “Peach”, kicks off with a proclamation: “Let there be peace on earth. Let love reign supreme.” Those two sentences, which are also written in giant letters across the record’s insert booklet, serve as the album’s mantra, a theme that runs through every one of its ten songs. That sort of flowery cheerleading might come off like naïve hippie bullcrap from most bands, but not the way Culture Abuse sings it. The band’s outlook on life is instead one of optimistic nihilism seeing the shit the world routinely dishes out and smiling through it all.

“Chinatown” opens the album with fuzzy chords riding behind the idea of living the way you want to, sounding a bit like what would happen if Tom Petty decided to distort his sound and utilize more aggressive beats. “Jealous” is a fun in the sun tune with glorious guitar leads breaking the chord progression laden record. It’s a bit like 90s alternative rock, except lensed through a fun loving and carefree atmosphere, “cause at the end of the day I’ve been dying to be here.” It’s an honest approach to every aspect of Peach. Culture Abuse pulled off a record that is both dreamy and heavy, full of tangible hooks and popping rhythms.

Culture Abuse "Peach" LP

Frontman David Kelling is no stranger to life’s bad deals. In his time of writing and recording “Peach”, he saw a couple of friends pass away, tended to his mother ill in the hospital, and got pushed out of San Francisco by the area’s gentrification, living out of the band’s 15-by-15 practice space with four other people. Not to mention he has cerebral palsy. But rather than complain and wallow in misery, Kelling flips it on its head and embraces it. Their sound is kinda grunge, kinda punk, kinda hardcore, definitely a good time.


Julien Baker is only 20 years old, but the songs on “Sprained Ankle” sound like the stories of someone who has lived hundreds of lives before this one, which is to say: It’s an impossibly sad album. Fortunately, Baker’s heartache runs as deep as her faith, and that dichotomy is parsed over the course of these nine songs, all of which stand alone in their beauty but offer a sense of relief when bundled together. “Sprained Ankle” might make you melancholic, but it will also remind you of the lasting, saving power of music. It’s one that you will return to when you find yourself in crisis. It’s impossible to worry about the future when a 20-year-old college student effortlessly produced one of the best albums of the year. Well, even if it wasn’t effortless the stark effervescence of Sprained Ankle is as gripping as a single candle burning in the dark. Each song flickers, frisson and fear dance in shadows, but Baker herself never wavers. As perfect a debut as I’ve ever heard.


Recorded at Spacebomb Studios in Richmond, VA
Mastered at Bonati Mastering in Brooklyn, NY, these guitar notes that enter here just blew my mind. incredible vocal performance, and the restraint in the instrumentals / production is just perfect for this. amazing track.

Julien Baker is from Memphis, Tennessee, and currently in school at MTSU. Regionally, she may be better known as a member of the punk-influenced indie band, Forrister, though in recent months her solo work has caught the attention of the national music press.  Beyond an undeniably great voice and the way she effortlessly spins heart-wrenching, brutally honest, confessional lyrics over sweetly melodic, looped guitar. Without much more than a few songs floating around to hear, she’s managed to captivate more than a few new fans, ahead of the release of her full recorded debut. Featured song: “Something”

Julien Baker’s album, “Sprained Ankle”, will be released October 23rd, 2015 on 6131 Records.