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Mush, the Leeds band who specialise in wryly-observational, exquisite lo-fi guitar pop, have signed to Memphis Industries and release their debut EP. Recorded at Glasgow’s thriving Green Door Studio with Ronan Fay (also guitarist of ascendant Scottish rockers Sweaty Palms), the EP’s six tracks follow the proud lineage of art-rock from both sides of the pond. Mush cite Pavement, Sonic Youth, Television and The Fall as their primary influences.

There’s both consolidation and progression at play on Induction Party. The four-piece are now cemented as more of a song writing entity than the “noise project” they would describe their early incarnation. Debut single Alternative Facts (released on a Too Pure Singles Club 7”) received regular radio play from Marc Riley, Steve Lamacq and Matt Wilkinson despite clocking in at a glorious ten minutes. Much of Induction Party hones Alternative’s Facts and follow-up single, the BBC 6 Music-playlisted Gig Economy’s slanted take on social and political trends

Mush’s super fun lo-fi art-rock EP ‘Induction Party’ is out today. You can pick up ‘Induction Party’ from one of your favourite indie shops

Mush have idiosyncrasies all of their own and Induction Party is far more than an endearing homage to the bands listed above. Hyndman’s excitable half-sung, half-yelped vocal snipes and lolls around each song as though sometimes even he doesn’t know where the melody’s going to go next. There’s a sense that not a second of music’s been wasted, a refinement in the band’s song writing process that means nothing clocks in at over four minutes. On Litvinenko and Induction Party they prove themselves truly as a product of our time.

The new EP ‘Induction Party’ is out May 31st via Memphis Industries.

Catch Mush live, including tonight at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds and at All Points East Festival on 2nd June in London:

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A Heavenly Weekender In Leeds, We’re heading to Brudenell Social Club in Leeds for two days of Heavenly magic on the 14th and 15th of June.

After a great response to our initial announcement – early bird tickets all sold out without any bands revealed! – it’s finally time for us to lift the curtain on the full line-up. Tickets for the individual days are available now too. Saturday kicks off from midday, and DJs will be going until 2am both nights, so bring your dancing shoes.

FRIDAY 14th June

Hatchie
Confidence Man
Heavenly Jukebox DJs

SATURDAY 15th June

Audiobooks
Baxter Dury (solo set)
Boy Azooga
Gwenno
H. Hawkline
Stealing Sheep
Working Men’s Club
The Orielles DJs

Tickets: http://bit.ly/HeavenlySaturday

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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