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The second single from Drahla’s debut album, ‘Useless Coordinates’, out May 3, 2019. Drahla have already answered all the boring questions. In the video for their prickly single “Stimulus for Living” the droll Leeds punks elucidated the whens and the whys and the particulars of their formation and their motivation as a band. Sort of. Fuzzy tape rolls as a droll voice intones a series of questions (“How did the band form?”; “Drahla, what does it mean?”) and the band answer in cryptic abstractions (“In holy matrimony”; “It’s just letters from the alphabet”). This goes on a little over a minute; throughout the bit, their intentions remain opaque.

“The interview at the start of the video asks standardized questions, that have the same copy and paste answers every time,” says singer/guitarist Luciel Brown. “There’s far more interesting things to explore. Within the lyrics, the same [idea] has been applied to the everyday [observations] and points of interest that have stood out to me in regular situations, highlighting that there’s interest everywhere, you know, there is a stimulus.”

This mentality is part of what’s made them work as a band over the last couple of years. They work in a pretty traditional format—guitar, bass, and drums—but they’re able to wring a little more out of it because of their insistence on digging deeper. Browns riffs are abstract and pointillist, like something you might expect from the great grayscale post-punk records of the late 70s, or no wave’s idiosyncratic squalls. The muscular monochromes of Rob Riggs’ bass work are unpredictable and elastic. Mike Ainsley’s geometric drum work is reliable, but reactive, pushing the other players into woolier territory. They’re able to take familiar parts but push at their edges. It’s all part of trying to find access magnificent in the mundane.

“Pyramid Estate” Released by: Captured Tracks Single release date: 9 April, 2019

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CRAKE – ” The Politics of Lonely “

Posted: December 7, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Crake is the project of singer/songwriter Rowan Sandle who sings of ‘flora, fauna and the tough stuff’, backed up byestablished veterans of the Leeds indie scene (members from Mi Mye, The Spills and Fig by Four). ‘By the Slime Mould’ was Crake’s debut EP 

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Released May 25th, 2018

All songs written by Rowan Sandle.
Performed by Rowan Sandle (guitar, vocals), Sarah Statham (bass guitar, backing vocals), Rob Slater (drums, backing vocals), Emily Ingham (keys, brass, backing vocals).

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English five-piece Hookworms have followed up this year’s Microshift with a new remixes EP, Microshift Remixes EP, out on November. 23rd via Domino Recordings. The four-track EP features remixes from Nik Colk Void of Factory Floor, Luke Abbott, Free Love (fka Happy Meals) and XAM (with Hookworms’ own MB). The EP will be limited to 500 physical copies and they unveiled the first track from it this past week: “Ullswater (Luke Abbott Remix).” The new remix preserves the punchy, intricate electro-rock quality of the group’s album while drawing it out for a more hypnotic, rhythmic drone. The vocals cut out about halfway through, but they keep up the intrigue with mind-numbing synths and pulsing percussion, opening the sonic palette much wider than you thought they would, especially with the outro’s strange, waterfall-like percussive elements

Hookworms – “Ullswater (Luke Abbott Remix)”, taken from ‘Microshift Remixes EP‘ released 23rd November 2018 on Domino Recordings Co

MARSICANS – ” Suburbs “

Posted: September 10, 2018 in MUSIC
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Fresh from their appearances at numerous festivals this year Marsicans today reveal their new single Suburbs. The new song is a guitar driven jam about not being comfortable where you are. Following on from their summerly single Pop-Ups (Sunny At The Weekend), Suburbswas mixed and mastered by multi-Grammy award winning duo Fernando Lodeiro (Paul McCartney, Vampire Weekend) and Joe LaPorta (David Bowie, Imagine Dragons).

Frontman James Newbigging comments on Suburbs:  I’d just got back from a pretty hectic few weeks away and I was looking forward to being home. But then I kept getting bored straight away. I guess it’s kind of about wanting more all the time: more experiences, a change of scenery, but not quite knowing why you want it or why you need it.

This year has seen Marsicans open for Jaws, Hippo Campus & Clean Cut Kid on top of sold out headline shows London, Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham and Leeds. Having played the BBC Radio 1 stage at Reading & Leeds Festivals, the band has been announced as main support for Fickle Friends‘ upcoming headline UK tour.

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Band Members
James – Lead Vox/Guitar.
Oli – Guitar.
Rob – Bass/Keys.
Cale – Drums

 

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Leeds duo Menace Beach have released the latest track from their upcoming third album, ‘Black Rainbow Sound’, out August 31st.

The fizzy ‘Satellite’ was inspired by Liza Violet’s dog.”I wrote the words to ‘Satellite’ after I came back to Leeds and saw how crazily nuanced and weird the bond between Liza and her dog had become,” says Ryan Needham.

“It got me thinking about clairvoyance in human relationships and how developed and extrasensory they would become if we constantly studied each other as much as that little guy watches Liza, or even if we just paid a little more attention to each other.”

Taken from Menace Beach’s new album ‘Black Rainbow Sound’,

Last year, after more than a decade, the Too Pure Singles Club came to an end. After more than 120 releases, including early recordings by the likes of Pulled Apart By Horses, Bear Hands and Drahla.

So after 10 years Too Pure Singles Club came to a natural end as a subscription based label in December 2017 and the label closed its doors. It was a sad day for many reasons none more so than there was now one less label championing underground UK music and generally bringing the mother flipping ruckus… Fear not Dipped in Gold is here to fill that void! We begin this momentous journey with the first release… by Leeds Art-Rockers Mush. Like Alt Facts before it Gig Economy combines a wry social commentary with spasmodic and Idiosyncratic hooks and general guitar wonderment. Mush have been causing quite the stir on the DIY scene supporting the likes of Rolling Blackouts, Omni, Ulrika Spacek, Drahla and Parquet Courts

The launch of Dipped In Gold Recordings. It’s not a monthly subscription club by Too Pure, instead sharing the most exciting new sounds they come across.

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So this fresh chapter begins with a release from Mush. This Leeds four-piece share ‘Gig Economy’ – four minutes of addictive, scratchy, lo-fi art-rock. It comes out on 14th September.