Posts Tagged ‘Art Is Hard Records’

Lazy days

Weird Cool is the new single of the London lo-fi dreamy grunge quartet Lazy Day. Biting, groovy and soaring, the new single is pressed on 300 limited edition orange flexi discs. Weird Coolwas recorded by Oliver Betts (The Duke Spirit) at The Crows’ Nest Studios and mixed by Adrian Hall (Anna Calvi /Goldfrapp) at Clever Pup Studios

Weird Cool is the new single released by Art Is Hard Records on the 9th March 2018.

Wedding - Hands in the Till / A Little Love (7

For the second issue of the zine Eyes & Ears, they are delighted to be welcoming the band Wedding to the family of Art Is Hard Records. The Berlin-born, Manchester-raised five piece put out a mini  album “Mania Whatever” on Stockholm label Maternal Voice last year. Their shimmering, psych-tinged jangle pop has been elevated to new levels on this AA single. “Hands in the Till” is the motorik socialist pop song we all need, whilst A Little Love is a bittersweet summer afternoon where the sun sets too soon.

Each issue of Eyes & Ears includes a 7″ flexidisc record and an 8 page zine including illustrations, You’ll also receive an instant download of this single Hands in the Till. They’re playing a couple of dates to celebrate the launch of the single:

4th May – The Five Bells, London
12th May – The White Hotel, Manchester (All dayer w/ Damo Suzuki, Thee MVPs)

For fans of Ultimate Painting, Girls, Big Star



Having formed back at the end of 2015, London quintet Totally have slowly amassed a fan base off the back of some lo-fi demos and some impressive support slots for the likes of Weaves and Haiku Salut. Back in December they released their debut single, “Falling Apart”, as part of the Art Is Hard Pin Pal Club, but as we head into 2017 we’re hoping to hear an awful lot more from this unclassifiable lot.

Featuring former members of Exlovers, Feathers, Jade, Laurel and Fliss spotted Susan playing drums as part of Pete Astor’s live band. They press-ganged her into joining their new project and the group later recruited bassist Franny to complete the line-up. Their early demos (recorded by Sauna Youth’s Lindsay Corstorphine) immediately caught the attention of several labels and promoters.

Totally cite a melting pot of influences from 60’s girl groups through to 90’s R&B, but ultimately they’ve created a sound much fresher, and more original than that might suggest. Falling Apart is a sparkling introduction to the band; The single retains the lo-fi versions’ dreamy harmonies and addictive quality with an added lushness and fuller sound.  Whilst we haven’t got an awful lot of music to go on just yet, the hype around these talented Londoner’s seems to be bubbling nicely, and whether it comes out this year or not, their debut album can surely be filed under unmissable.


‘Sleep Talk / Dinner Date’ is a Father/Daughter (US) and Art Is Hard (EU) co-release. Like the Over Easy EP, it was recorded with Christopher Daly at Salvation Recording Company in New Paltz, NY and mastered by Jamal Ruhe at West West Side Music.

After beginning as a casual project between Alex Luciano (guitar) and Noah Bowman (drums), New Paltz, New York’s Diet Cig have made a big statement out of five highly infectious pop songs. The pair met under rather unusual circumstances: Luciano, desperate for a lighter, interrupted the set of Bowman’s other band, Earl Boykins. No lighter was to be found, but a friendship was sparked and Diet Cig was born. The duo’s February 2015 debut EP, Over Easy, consists of lyrics written by Luciano in her bedroom. While recalling the sound of speedy twee-pop groups like Tiger Trap and All Girl Summer Fun Band, the record explores “the innocence of adolescence and infatuation.” With Bowman’s crashing drum kit offering stationary support, Luciano becomes an onstage tornado as lines between band and audience blur into a massive dance party.



Falmouth’s The Black Tambourines are cruising down the face of Britain’s DIY music scene, board-shorts to the wind and eyes raw with salt. Along with The Magic Gang they’re showing how doing it yourself can make it pay in 2015. They dropped their self-titled LP back in 2013 via Art Is Hard and the follow up to that effort has finally landed. Although they’ve cleaned up some of the scuffed edges since that debut, the asphalt melting abandon has been simmered down to a thick syrup. There are few bands in the country making music as joyful as this.



The Black Tambourines promo photo


Friendship is a dance; an awkward, often frustrating, extremely gratifying dance. And once you’ve learned all the moves and settled into a groove, there’s a natural tendency to want to go a little faster. On “Sleep Talk,” Diet Cig’s Alex Luciano stresses about taking the next step. Lines have been blurred, feelings developed and turned into subconscious desire. Familiarity dissolves into something else. “We’re so good at being alone, but we’re always together,” she sings, knowing how comfortable being with the other person makes her feel. But… “If I told you I loved you, I don’t know who it would scare away faster.” Sometimes what we want is not want we need, and the best action is probably inaction. And so the song ends, no resolution. Luciano said it a little while back: “Fuck all your romance, I just wanna dance. From the ‘Sleep Talk / Dinner Date’ 7″ available September 18th, 2015 on Father/Daughter Records (US) and Art Is Hard Records (UK).

Diet Cig let it all hang out: The good, the bad, the ugly parts of Alex Luciano’s personality are unabashedly displayed on their debut EP Over Easy. That, paired with their ability to craft narrative pop songs using only a guitar, drums, and an unapologetic emotional overload is what makes Diet Cig’s music such a joyful thing to experience for the first time. It’s hard not to fall for a band that is so completely unafraid of giving all of themselves over to you


Here Is a new recording the band HAPPYNESS have made of “Jelly Boy (Jesus, Baby)” done for  Art is Hard Records there are only 4 physical copies but there are as many free downloads as you can download. 2014 has been a great year for the band playing a lot of festivals and releasing the superb EP . Instruments feel fun again. Our musical friends have always had a smile on their face, but this past year has encouraged a rather large one.