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Releasing their latest track “Missing The Mark”, the boys are doing the exact opposite of what the title suggests, creating a dreamy indie anthem that you won’t be able to get out of your head. Full of mesmerising guitar hooks and compelling lyrics, the track describes the downfalls of falling in love and is the next instalment of the band’s “love letters compilation” which has been inspired by frontman Kevin Potter’s relationship tales.

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There are certain sounds that good bands are able to craft that somehow sound and transcend lyrics. It is like the landscape of their sound is able to unlock a thousand thoughts and feelings from deep within you. Paris Youth Foundation are capable of just doing that . Both nostalgic and romantic, the five-piece creates an explosion of life within the few minutes of this track. Perhaps it is no coincidence that the band recorded in the same studio as Oasis’ “Supersonic”, another band who could elicit an avalanche of emotion with ease. If you like dreamy and timeless indie pop, then look no further than Paris Youth Foundation from Liverpool .

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Liverpool post-punks Clinic released their first new album in seven years, Wheeltappers and Shunters, today via their longtime label Domino Recordings. The band only shared two pre-release singles, which left plenty of album tracks to choose from this week’s . We have narrowed it down to “Congratulations” and album-closer “New Equations (at the Copacabana),”.

Previously the band shared a video for its first single, “Rubber Bullets,” Then they shared another song from the album, opening track “Laughing Cavalier,” also via a Joseph May-directed animated video.

The band’s last album was 2012’s Free Reign. “We’d released albums like clockwork every two years, so it seemed natural to have a break,” explained frontman Ade Blackburn in a previous press release about the long gap between albums. “It allowed everyone to do some quite oddball stuff, away from Clinic. I think we all wanted a bit more freedom.”

Wheeltappers and Shunters’ album title is inspired by a 1970s British variety show The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club, which was hosted by Bernard Manning and according to the press release “recreated the smoky, boozy atmosphere of Northern working men’s clubs for a sofa-bound audience.” “It’s been a pisstake thing between us for quite a few years,” Blackburn explained. “Whenever we’d talk about a song sounding too ‘cabaret’ or too nice, we’d say, ‘That’s a bit Wheeltappers and Shunters.'”

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Wheeltappers and Shunters looks back on the culture 1970s era Blackburn and “his collaborator-in-chief” Jonathan Hartley grew up in. “It’s a satirical take on British culture – high and low,” Blackburn said. “It fascinates me that people look back on the 1970s as the glory days. It’s emerged that there was a darker, more perverse side to that time. When you look back on it now it was quite clearly there in mainstream culture.”

The album was recorded last year at Hartley’s Liverpool studio. Then Dilip Harris (King Krule, Sons of Kemet, Mount Kimbie) mixed the album. “We thought it felt right to make a fun, dancefloor album in these dark and conservative times,” said Blackburn.

 

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The Peach Fuzz, These Scouse newcomers have already made a splash on the scene last year with plenty of gigs in their home town as well as a few high profile tours with The Vryll Society and Clean Cut Kid. Their debut single ‘Destroy The Evidence’ being a personal favourite of mine of 2018; It’s a mixture of pysch, pop and rock ’n’ roll reminds me of the Manic Street Preachers during the ‘This Is My Truth’ to ‘Lifeblood’ era, ‪Produced by James Skelly and Rich Turvey at Parr Street Studios‬

Band Members
Nathaniel Cummings – Vocals / guitar
Danny Murphy – Vocals / Guitar
Phil Murphy – Drums
Pauly T – Bass
Tom Corfield – Synths

The Mysterines

The Wirral-based garage rock trio of Lia Metcalfe (lead guitar) George Favager (bass) and Chrissy Moore (drums) formed in 2016 and gained an influential fan in the form of The Coral’s James Skelly, who produced their debut single Hormone. The band have supported Miles Kane on his tour earlier this year and they will be special guests of the Psychedelic Porn Crumpets in February 2019. Hear their single Hormone here.

Cloaked in mystery – no music and no social media, until now – the buzz whirling around the Wirral’s psych-rock groovers The Mysterines, heightened by a recent support tour with Miles Kane, has reached fever pitch with the release of outstanding debut single ‘Hormone’, already racking up unheard of plays for a brand new band on Spotify. Liverpool, are breeding ground of uniquely special bands, it appears has done it again. Ones to watch

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Liverpool’s Shards deliver their sublime recent single ‘Reflections‘ its landscape of simmering textures is infused with heart-tugging vocals. Echoing with the themes of faded memory, regret and moving on, this is a gorgeously drawn first single that touches upon how all of our lives are affected by our pasts. The final portions glacial guitar riffs bare the hallmarks of the widescreen wistfulness of mid-period Ride or the Cure but retain a personality that makes these comparisons a bit moot, as they possess a wealth of personality and promise. ‘Reflections’ achingly draws on universal themes and brushes them into such a shimmering picture, it’s an impressive and affecting first taste.

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Band Members
Alex McKenzie,
Paddy Gullidge,
Dan Jones,
Cain Garcia

 

Featuring Hooton Tennis Club members James Madden and Ryan Murphy, art-rock quartet Seatbelts released their debut four-track EP, Songs For Vonnegut, this summer. Their sharp and spunky mix of art rock, garage rock and post-punk recalls the sound of Parquet Courts and Bodega.

‘Hey, Hey Tiger!’ by Seatbelts, taken from the ‘Songs For Vonnegut’ EP available via https://wearseatbelts.bandcamp.com/ out on Rooftop Records.

A World Drained Of Wonder’ by Seatbelts, taken from the ‘Songs For Vonnegut’ EP available via https://wearseatbelts.bandcamp.com/ out on Rooftop Records.

Band Members
James Madden / Ryan Murphy / Abigail Woods / Alex Quinn.

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Liverpool’s The Night Café dropped their sophomore EP Bunkbed earlier this year, following the same path the band has paved before with slow-cruising, guitar-dominated tracks. The final track on the EP, “Forget It All,” makes an abrupt entrance after the other previously unheard song, “I’m Fine.” Rather than fading in at the end of “I’m Fine,” “Forget It All” crashes in with the drum kit at the outset, sounding more like a delayed final cheer for the prior track, rather than a beginning tone. A false start, the instrument levels diminish and are interlaced with indistinguishable words pulled out of a staticky phone call. Then the song takes its real starting leap as the same beginning bang kicks in, joined by a faster guitar.

EP ‘Bunkbed‘ featuring ‘Forget It All’: the-night-cafe.lnk.to/BunkbedEP

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Liverpool psych-pop five-piece The Vryll Society have released a new single, “Andrei Rublev.”

The band are currently working on their debut album, and have released a series of singles and an EP titled Pangea through famed Liverpool indie label Deltasonic Records (The Coral, The Zutons, White Room). The band recently supported The Kooks, Blossoms and The Coral in the U.K., and they also made an appearance at last year’s SXSW festival in Austin.

Their stunningly beautiful new song, “Andrei Rublev” is as mellowing as it is hypnotic, with frontman Mike Ellis’ calming lead vocals, their kraut-rock rhythm section, lush synth soundscapes and intricate psych guitar lines. The song’s raw power sneaks up on listeners with its trotting bass line and shimmering Procol Harum-esque keyboards before it erupts with euphoric sonic textures and biting guitar solos.

The Vryll Society’s new track’s title refers to a 1966 Soviet historical drama of the same name, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. The band is due to play Brighton’s Great Escape Festival in May and Liverpool International Music Festival in July.

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