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Brighton, England’s Toy have released their first new music since their third LP, 2016’s Clear Shot.

The krautrock five-piece unveiled two new tracks, “The Willo” and “Energy,” for a limited edition 12-inch single, out Friday, Sept. 14, via Tough Love Records. The 12-inch is the band’s debut release for the label and it will also serve as the first taste of their unnamed forthcoming fourth studio album, which will be released in January 2019.

Toy have earned a reputation as a band of integrity, virtuosity and taste, with Tom, Maxim, Dominic, Charlie and (joining in 2015) Max creating a sound that is embedded in the underground tradition, yet distinctly their own. Now here comes a two-track twelve-inch on Tough Love, a foretaste of a forthcoming album in January 2019, which marks a new dawn for this most singular of bands. The Willo is a dreamlike, seven-minute glide, redolent of a forest at sunset and just as pretty, but not without hints of malevolence. Maxim’s fingerpicking acoustic melds with electric twang from Dominic, and a whirling organ from Max Oscarnold gives this elegant creation an extra layer of disorientation and depth. “People appear to have seen Will-o’-the-wisp, a mysterious green-blue light, over the centuries. It generally means something ominous is about to happen”, says Tom.

“The Willo” opens with electronic percussion and acoustic guitar as the band’s ghostly ringleader and frontman Tom Dougall warns of a sinister ray of light, which has become woven into English folklore. The song hovers with Max Oscarnold’s (also of Proper Ornaments) whispering, psychedelic synths, twinkling guitars and Dougall’s eerie yet calming vocals, which culminate into a slowly unfolding, hauntingly beautiful track that highlights what the band does best: scrupulous writing and musicianship with equal parts brooding and dazzling.

Then there is Energy, which lives up to its name with thunderously metronomic drums from Charlie Salvidge and a ferocious guitar from Dominic O’Dair. The lyrics, culled from a story written by Max about a nighttime ritual, are obscured by the barrage-like forward momentum of the music. The twelve-inch, recorded and mixed by the band between Oscarnold’s Stoke Newington flat and a south London studio, is the first release for Toy on their new label Tough Love, representing the latest stage in the evolution of the band. Since their inception, they have released the acclaimed albums Toy (2012), Join The Dots (2013) and Clear Shot (2016), and toured everywhere from Serbia to China, while holding onto that youthful, magical moment of discovering strange new worlds of innocence and experience.

“People appear to have seen Will-o’-the-wisp, a mysterious green-blue light, over the centuries,” says Dougall of the inspiration behind “The Willo,” the single’s A-side. “It generally means something ominous is about to happen.”

Taken from The Willo/Energy 12″.


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Brighton, U.K. trio Our Girl’s debut album Stranger Today is the perfect gift for the listener that loves a good musical dichotomy. Fronted by The Big Moon’s Soph Nathan, the band exudes the sweet and tender meets heavy and formidable sound of groups like the Pixies and My Bloody Valentine with their cathartic, thoughtful pop/rock and distorted shoegaze and grunge. As much as the term “grunge” has been thrown around to describe the band, it doesn’t fully account for the beauty and richness of Nathan’s songs and guitar playing.

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HEIRLOOM – ” Femme “

Posted: August 3, 2018 in MUSIC
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One of the few bands that were a nust see at the Great Escape in Brighton they’re still quite new, but you know when you see a band and you can just tell they’re going to do well? Well, this is one of them. They’ve got a great vibe live which is half baritone Bad Seeds crooning and half slinky Cramps, it’s a little aloof like you’re in the presence of actual vampires.

Heirloom’s sound opens with shared vocals – baritone and bittersweet alto. They interweave into the eternal, reminiscent of Nancy and Lee through the cult movie romance of a Tarantino lens. Layers of graceful reverb, delay and fuzz, amidst colourfully dark organ, surround Heirloom’s jangly guitars.

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A friend of mine said she enjoyed them because it felt like they really committed to “their thing” and that pretty much hit the nail on the head.

Band Members
Sam Rivers
Jade Taaffe
Christopher Hallen
Ben Dawson
Nick McGregor

Heirloom “Femme” Written and performed by Heirloom ©2018.

In 2006, Michael Gondry released the surrealist science fantasy comedy The Silence of Sleep, apparently based on a bed-time story written by a 10-year-old. Centered around the story of a man who’s dreams and imagination begin to infiltrate his reality, it’s also inspired the latest video from melodic rock band Our Girl.

Made up of Soph Nathan, Josh Tyler and Lauren Wilson, the three-piece have been tipped for greatness left, right and centre. Now with their eagerly awaited debut album Stranger Today set to wow us on 17th August, they’re giving us a little taste of the magic to come with new track “In My Head”. Born during a time of big personal change in Nathan’s life, the accompanying video – released today! – channels the lyrics which “toe the line between the reality of the situation, vs the alternate version in your head, of how you wish something could’ve gone.”

Directed by Tayo Kopfer, the video uses stop animation and surreal imagery to explore the difference between reality and dreams in a visually stunning and hypnotic way. As Nathan states, “We took inspiration from a film we love called Science of Sleep, which has a lot of weird and wonderful surreal imagery in it. It uses stop motion and other beautiful and psychedelic techniques to explore the cross over between dreams and reality. We wanted to create a similar world for ‘In My Head’. The song explores the claustrophobia of love and regret, and the lyrics toe the line between the reality of a situation, vs the alternate version in your head, of how you wish something could have gone. It felt natural to us to use stop motion to create that feeling, and Lauren had the idea that our heads could be opening up with all sorts of imagery and thoughts coming out. Tayo took that idea and made something really cool!”


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White Room have a knack for crafting songs which carefully tips their hat to their influences whilst illustrating their own future is making them a force to be reckoned with each and every release. With Paul Weller amongst their fans, the quintet have built up a steady fan base from trawling up and down the country playing numerous gigs and festivals. And after nailing support slots with The Rifles and the aforementioned Modfather.

Filmed at The Loft in their native Brighton, the striking visuals experiment with a plethora of camera angles in a presumed attempt to make the viewer feel like they are immersed in the cable built dreamland setting alluded to in the track’s title. Signed to the fabulous Deltasonic Records who keep on going from strength to strength are just days away from another appearance at The Great Escape Festival, again in their coastal hometown, where last year they obliterated The Hope and Ruin with their fuzzy and frenetic sonic delivery – and the threat of the floor falling through the ceiling.

Psychedelic would be the obvious genre to immediately try and pigeonhole the five-piece to, cut the band in half like a stick of rock and it’s arguable the standout component that runs through their veins, but scratch a little deeper below the surface and strands of rock, indie and even inflects of pop start to echo their way to the forefront as they compete to become your new favourite band.

Live Version of ‘Cable Built Dreamland’ filmed and recorded at Loft Studios, Brighton ‘Cable Built Dreamland’ is Out Now via Deltasonic Records.

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At first, it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly what makes Our Girl so special, or why the Brighton-formed, London-based trio’s music stands out within a busy crowd of fellow guitar-wielding-types. But if an explanation didn’t jump out when they first emerged with a debut EP of mighty fuzz-soaked songs in November 2016, it surfaces with ‘Stranger Today’, a debut album of personal, emotional juggernauts that could have only been made by these three people: Guitarist / vocalist Soph Nathan, bassist Josh Tyler and drummer Lauren Wilson.

This fantastic debut captures this dreampowertrio evolving from startling noisiness to sweet songwriting excellence, we’ve known that something special happens when these three get together ever since we first laid ears on their early, startlingly noisy live shows. that surprising volume still explodes at times here, for this is a band still in thrall to the racket that stirs when they lock horns. it makes for a thrilling and gorgeous ride through a set of songs with heft, hooks, and heart. a blissful, dreamy haze that you’ll want to relive again and again. indie that whips and swirls with uncompromising force.”

Since forming in Nathan and Tyler’s Brighton home four years ago – Wilson joining as a late recruit when she was wowed by a demo of their self-titled debut track, and ‘Stranger Today’’s opener – Our Girl’s members have only had pockets of time to work together. A day booked in a local studio here, a soundcheck there, full-time jobs and other projects meant the three rarely had a concentrated, collective patch. This changed in September 2017, when they stayed in Eve Studios in Stockport for a week, recording with Bill Ryder-Jones. Their week in Stockport became a crucial catalyst for what would follow. Ryder-Jones is a guitar virtuoso himself (“He did stuff neither me or Soph had ever seen anyone do before,” Tyler remarks), and he became an unofficial fourth member of the group.

‘Stranger Today’ is a special debut for several reasons: First, because it’s the sound of a band beginning to grasp their own value and place in the world. Secondly, because you can hear the trio’s hunger to finally get in the same room and put to tape years’ worth of scrapbooks, half-finished ideas, and a slowly-forming feel for how their first album would actually sound. “What band isn’t itching to make their debut? But it’s quite frightening, knowing you’re about to do it,” Wilson remembers.

The real clincher, however, is Our Girl’s dynamic, and how it plays out across ‘Stranger Today’. Best friends in person, the trio share the same close kinship and chemistry on record. On one side is Nathan’s visceral lyricism, which has a habit of detailing and chipping away at precise moments; the first heart-flutter of a new crush; the moment a long-term friendship begins to ebb away. Around her, Tyler and Wilson’s rhythm section carefully mirrors each feeling Nathan conveys. When she sings pointedly about love (‘I Really Like It’), she’s backed by a major-key afterglow. When the subject turns on its head (‘Josephine’), out steps a wall of taut, earth-shaking noise. They each “serve the song,” in Wilson’s words, moving in sync but with their own personal slant. Not least on the closer ‘Boring’, where all restraint is thrown aside and the trio let out one final, violent thrash. They inhabit a space bigger than the first loves, sleepless nights and growing pains that define this record.

Nathan remembers being in Brighton four years ago, shortly after Our Girl formed, and realising, “I was finally in the band I wanted to be in.” Almost half a decade later, and this eureka moment is sewn up on ‘Stranger Today’. It’s the sound of three friends totally at ease in their own space, discontent with being anywhere else; a vibrant document of what it’s like to be young, invigorated and amongst people who feel the same.

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The latest release by this promising Brighton five-piece and signee’s to Liverpool’s excellent Deltasonic Records which was a double EP and a concept record of sorts entitled Eight, released last December. The double-EP contains touches of ‘60s classic psych (the group are named after  a Cream song, after all), rock and contemporary synth-pop. Jake Smallwood and Josie McNamara intermingle vocals brilliantly, as on the devilishly catchy chorus of “Stole the I.V.” The EP’s kaleidoscopic, escapist lyrics mixed with dreamy soundscapes via distorted guitars and transcendent synths make for an overwhelmingly compelling listen. White Room have supported the legendary Paul Weller back in the UK,


Band Members
Jake Smallwood Vocals
Jacob Newman Guitar
Tristan Sava Guitar/keys
Josie McNamara Bass
Hen Sava Drums.


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It’s almost been six years since our first encounter with Birdskulls strangers sharing a window ledge outside a packed-out Cloud Nothings show. It’s been five years since we convinced them to let us release their debut single as a woolly hat (Rolling Tongue/Mispresume), four since the infamous split 7″/tour with Bloody Knees and two and a half since their very good debut album on Dog Knights.

Why the history lesson? To understand the present, it’s important to know what came before and today we have got quite the present indeed. A brand new 12″ EP from Birdskulls with them at their most hook-laden, grunge-slinging best. Set for release in march 2018, the four track self titled EP features previous single ‘Over It’ alongside three brand new bangers that blend the best of their debut album with the sound of their early releases.


In a new first for AIH, we’ve managed to find a way to press just 100 copies. The EP is pressed on black 12″ with handstamped labels, foldover artwork, A6 lyric sheet/insert and of course the all important download code. We don’t expect them to stick around for too long so grab yourself a copy now.

With 2018 dates to be announced shortly (including a trip to Europe) Birdskulls intend to spend the year writing and touring as much as possible.

released March 2, 2018

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Brits pop quartet Thyla have unveiled an infectious new single today, “I Was Biting”

The up-and-coming, Brighton-based group have flirted with many different genres on their impressive slate of singles thus far: “Pristine Dream” with dark pop and glimmers of post-punk, “Tell Each Other Lies” with gloomy dream-pop, and their newest offering “I Was Biting” is a dazzling indie-pop tune, but it still contains remnants of Thyla’s trademark brooding atmosphere and commanding presence. Thyla majestically blend glassy distorted guitar tone with driving rhythms and lilting ethereal melodies; front women Millie Duthie brings crystal like beauty to Thyla’s blend of dynamic alt-rock. Herself, Danny Southwell, and Dan Hole met at college in early 2015 and found instant musical companionship but it wasn’t until guitarist Mitch Duce joined, that the band found their sound. 

The band’s magnetic frontwoman Millie Duthie sings of a desire to escape a world that revolves around capitalistic greed, and is constantly on the brink of imminent and monumental turmoil. (“I was biting the insides of my mouth / When I was trying to forget about / The dreams I’ve had,” she sings.)

Speaking about their new single, the band said: “I Was Biting” is about dystopian aspects of modern society and a discontent for it. We talk about a unanimous feeling of anxiety and a desire to live in a fictional state of our own dreams; to escape from the mundane routine and expectations of society.

Released 6th March 2018 via Rex Records