Posts Tagged ‘Cult Records’

Inheaven have already unveiled latest offering in the form of ‘Treats’, now they go on a different tack with the stripped back B-side, ‘Wasted My Life on Rock N Roll’.

After Chloe Little took centre stage on ‘Treats’, here James Taylor holds court on the reflective track.

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Inheaven With a record deal from Sony, Julian Casablancas among their list of fans and a tour of England on the horizon, things are looking pretty good for Inheaven. This year they’ve played a huge amount of gigs, alongside Blossoms, Jamie T and Sundara Karma which has gained them important exposure. Citing Pixies and Smashing Pumpkins as influences, I reckon 2017 will be a big one for them and wouldn’t be at all surprised if they enjoyed similar success to Blossoms and Wolf Alice when their debut album lands.

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A decade deep and five albums in, City Club is the band’s debut effort for Cult Records and it’s also the first album that welcomes outside influence in the form of label head, Strokes singer, Julian Casablancas working alongside Shawn Everett (Weezer) on production. The collaboration was clearly a harmonious one: The Growlers retain their scuzzy, spooky, surf-pop swoon (“When You Were Made,” “World Unglued”), but their songwriting’s more concise, sharply focused, and perfectly realized, with added flourishes including sexy sax and synth action, and some well-placed plinkety guitar lines . They’ve opted for more pop while managing to retain their grit, and, like all the best rock ‘n’ roll records, listening to City Club makes you feel cool as fuck

There’s just something about these synths and this bass groove that smacks of late nights and tawdry tales. “Night Ride” depicts a scene we’ve all witnessed, or been a part of surreptitious trips to the bathroom, the devil in the dimly-lit basement, the sun shaming the night sky to dawn, and you wondering why the hell you’re back here yet again. “Tomorrow night will go on without you, till dawn and no one will care…” sings Growlers’ Brooks Nielsen.

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It’s just one of the tasters from their most excellent fifth album City Club (out September 30th): A delicious, 13 track collection that weds a pack-a-day gruffness with deft pop hooks. There’s a hypnotic, give-a-fuck 70s street swagger to it, thanks to the muscular basslines, but also a surfy swoon to Neilson’s casual-cool croon. It’s the band’s first album with Julian Casablancas’s Cult Records—and LP which The Strokes frontman produced.

“The Growlers may be the most interesting band in the world, certainly one of the coolest,” notes Casablancas. “Nor gypsy, nor goth, nor surfer, nor punk, yet somehow all of them.”

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Now, this track isn’t feisty in the loud, distorted guitars and smashing drums sense. No, it’s feisty in a dirty-funky-grimy kind of way which remind me of the Clash. With repeated phrasing of “Shake me up/shake me down/shake me down/I’ll Be Around” plays, it will begin to dance in your mind long after the track swirls itself into the ether. The Growlers have been around and kicking ass for sometime now so I was excited to see their latest album, City Club possibily their best release yet, is produced by none other than Julian Casablancas (of The Strokes fame). You can’t have these new Growlers’ tracks sounding too polished and Casablancas doesn’t let that happen. Definitely listen to “I’ll Be Around” below or secure your own copy

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“I’ll Be Around” from the new album City Club.
Available September 30th, 2016 from Cult Records.

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“Bitter Town” is the new single from Inheaven, set for release on 30th October. The track will be premiered on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show on Wednesday 9th September. The pop melodies meet walls of guitar and epic drums on “Bitter Town”. Vocals emerge from the musical landscape and perfectly showcase this incredibly creative force-of-nature four-piece from South London.

“Bitter Town” follows the debut single “Regeneration”. Released on Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records,

With great support from specialist Radio 1 came from Annie Mac and Huw Stephens with the track receiving multiple plays. Inheaven are currently gearing up for the DIY Neu! Tour which begins in October. A Co-headline tour, the band will be joined on the road by The Big Moon and VANT. This is the band’s first tour and comes after a handful of dates including a show-stopping performance at Field Day in London earlier this year.

Inheaven, however, don’t just dream big. They act like there’s one train left out of town and they’ve four precious minutes to catch it. Inheaven have already got Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas’ seal of approval, releasing their debut single ‘Regeneration’ on his Cult Records label in the US earlier this year (the track got a release on up-and-coming new label AMF Records over here). Now they’re following it up with an even more promising cut in ‘Bitter Town’. It’s a dose of gloomy ’80s-indebted indie rock, recalling Jesus And Mary Chain and Echo & The Bunnymen in its expansive atmosphere and echoing vocals.

With ‘Bitter Town’, the South London group sing about how everything around them is “made out of plastic”, how love is the only key to happiness that they can find.

 

Video premiere: Sunflower Bean “Tame Impala” They’re currently finishing up recording their debut album, which should be released sometime this summer. They’re currently unsigned but are probably being courted by every label imaginable. Cult Records is a New York label looking to build its roster and Julian seems to be a fan. Let’s see what happens. Either way, we’re sure that debut album is going to be a stunner. catch them now before the bigger venues beckon.