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GHUM gloss over dark pop with ghostly grunge” – The Line of Best Fit
“Immediately astonish with their electrifying brand of post-punk, but with a bitter and biting edge. The best goth pop that never was but could still be. Band of the night for me” – The Vapour Trail
“Morphing atmospheric pop through a smokey veil of haunting new wave guitar” – Hard of Hearing Music
“Playing Indietracks this summer, the band’s poised, intense set caught the imagination of everyone on site…A taut, wiry performance, ‘I’m The Storm’ matches their post-punk squall to a gothic sheen” – Clash Magazine
Ghum’s sweeping dark-pop proves they’re a band who deserve to be heard” – Get in her Ears
“This super slice of moody noise pop encapsulates all of the phases of love from obsession and infatuation to giddiness to a fevered masochism”- God is in the TV

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released January 22nd, 2020
Band Members
Laura Guerrero Lora – Vocals
Marina MJ – Bass
Vicki Butler – Drums
Jojo Khor – Guitar and Vocals

Now settled in fertile east LondonSnapped Ankles maintain the feral energy of the forest. Fight or flight. Primal motorik rhythms, the rush of white noise and post-punk angles; an aural onslaught played out on homemade log synths, electrified guitars and sticks beating hell on taut animal skin. Snapped Ankles might technically be from London, but their Twitter profile lists their location as Epping Forest, a stretch of ancient woodlands between London and Essex. This fact would seem strange to anyone who hasn’t seen photos of the band dressed as bulky brown and green trees. Their electronic post-punk is as boisterous and enjoyable as it is surreal. Their 2019 sophomore album, Stunning Luxury, is a must-listen for punk fans or anyone who enjoys wonky, off-beat art.

Snapped Ankles have flourished in the sub-tropical climes of warehouse and squat parties, moving onto performance art collaborations with filmmakers and shows in unlikely locations such as barber shops, games arcades and the forests they once called home. They plough a singular furrow at improbable angles.

We’re excited London band  Snapped Ankles live at Rough trade Records Nottingham on Friday 29th September, from 7pm. the band will be signing copies of their debut record, ‘Come Play The Trees’ .

 

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Following on from the release of two well received EPs, London-based songwriter Brooke Bentham returned this week with her latest single, “All My Friends Are Drunk”. Brooke is just off the back of a tour with Bill Ryder-Jones, who produced this single, and will be following it up next month with huge shows supporting Sam Fender.

Much of the appeal of Brooke’s songwriting lies in her impressive lyricism, a songwriter detailing the post-university fog of your early 20s, a time when insecurity looms large and the world is simultaneously full of opportunity and utterly terrifying. All My Friends Are Drunk is a musing on growing apart, an attempt to capture “that wishful longing for what was”,set to a backing of driving rhythm guitars and the steady clatter of cymbals. Sliding in neatly alongside the likes of Soccer Mommy or Hazel English, Brooke Bentham creates a world of hazy, tumbling emotions, this feels like the start of something huge.

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All My Friends Are Drunk is out now on AllPoints.

LEMONDAZE – ” Neon Ballroom “

Posted: December 21, 2019 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Formed in 2016, Lemondaze started as a project inspired by the bands of the 90s shoegazing era. Developing their sound over the next few years, Lemondaze have cemented their shoegaze sound with nods to trip hop, post-punk and break beat. Originally from Cambridge, Lemondaze translate a dark and intense eruption of swirling guitars underpinned by thundering bass lines and hypnotic drums.

The band are now beginning to settle to life in london’s dingy music hotbeds. the band, after two years of stop and start gigging have finally master-crafted their debut single ‘Neon Ballroom’. this band echoes similarities with staple indie bands such as wolf alice, whose influence is so engrained in the track’s opening sections, similar to much of wolf alice’s early ep’s.

Lemondaze’s shoegaze anthem feels like you’re intrinsically stuck in an ethereal lucid dream loop consisting only of fuzz pedals & 90’s indie movies – the track is simply cosmic from start to finish with looping guitar lines, calmed fuzz interference and hypnotic harmonies. elements of noise and shoegaze are entwined to present a fresh take on a trend that has been tried and tested so many times before, and by all means, polished by the east anglian 3-piece.

having shared stages with the likes of gengahr, hinds, bloody knees and piroshka, including recommendations from wolf alice, lemondaze are set to be a band to look out for over the next year,

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released November 15th, 2019
Written and performed by Lemondaze

Foundlings are a London / Brighton based band who play melodic, guitar-driven, indie-rock. In support of their debut release – double a-side single, ‘Misery’ / ‘Your Sister’ – the band embarked on their successful first U.K. tour, with performances in London, Brighton, Glasgow, Manchester and Sheffield. ‘Misery’ was selected by Steve Lamacq for his 6Music Recommends playlist and by Tom Robinson for the BBC Introducing Mixtape. The track received nationwide airplay on BBC 6Music, Amazing Radio and various other stations; Lamacq described the band’s sound as, “breathless indie pop.” The tracks have an insistent, guitar-driven energy across which the vocals are lifted, setting the tone somewhere between urban style and sweet nostalgia.

Foundlings’ eponymous debut EP is the band’s first release on Scottish label Last Night From Glasgow.

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Band Members
Amber, Bryan, Matthew and Oliver

released March 1, 2019

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Rising from the ashes of the C86-influenced shoegazers The Tamborines, they are a three piece featuring Henrique Laurindo (guitar & vox), Chokis Costa (bass) and Jules Favaro (drums) and they marry vital and swoomsome melodies with frenetic jangle and warm noise. Henrique’s vocals are often gorgeous and the hooks never leave you, at times bringing to mind early Teenage Fanclub, Sugar and Dinosaur Jr, with an infinitely warmer soul. With shows with Echo Ladies and most recently at Rough Trade under their belts, it is recommended you see them as soon as you can.

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The debut single by Buffalo Postcard.

Limited edition 7” vinyl version available as part of the Sonic Cathedral Singles Club: released February 6th, 2019

‘Morning Chimes’ and ‘Such A Drag’ written by Henrique Laurindo.
‘Stephanie Says’ written by Lou Reed.
Sung and played by Henrique Laurindo.

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Themes of anxiety, identity, mental health, and the human condition run throughout. The album’s 11 songs – which include singles “Mirror, You’ve Got Your Whole Life Ahead of You Baby” and “Brown Sugar”– are consistently intricate and intimate, but draw from a multitude of influences, reflecting the multi-instrumentalists’ diverse tastes.

To understand the symbiosis that exists between IDER, you need only learn how the London duo’s debut album got its name. “It came from a song that I had written,” says Megan Markwick, referring to the raw electro-pop anthem ‘Saddest Generation’, a beautiful examination of millennial malaise. “But then Lily had put in that lyric – ‘Where’s the emotional education we’re all looking for?’ And it was a penny drop moment. It’s such a perfect example of the way we work, this partnership that is all entangled.” “Emotional Education is what we give each other,” adds Lily Somerville, “and what we’re going to give you with this album.”

Alt pop duo Ider released a stunning debut album in 2019. Lily Somerville and Megan Markwick know how to stop you in your soul-searching tracks. By the opening song, you know Ider just gets it. They get every little thing you can’t quite put your finger on, and they put their whole hand on it with each lyric lifted by every beautifully placed alt-pop beat.

Dry Cleaning, London, June 2019. Picture credit: Hanna-Katrina Jedrosz

Dry Cleaning came together in a somewhat atypical way — three musicians who’d already been through the ringer with failed projects, finding their spark with a front woman who had no musical experience. That’s also what makes them special, with Florence Shaw’s deadpan-then-vicious spoken word delivery adding a new twist on Dry Cleaning’s gritty post-punk. Her lyrics come from stray details and overheard conversations and YouTube detritus — the jumble of a mind in an era of too much information and too many stimuli, the outpouring of it all ultimately making Dry Cleaning somehow therapeutic.

For anyone looking to get a quick sense of the vibe of the bracing debut EP from the London group Dry Cleaning, vocalist Florence Shaw provides a tip right out of the gate: “During what was probably the longest two-and-a-half months of my life after a near death experience, I could not sleep/…The only thing that kept me going was Saw 2.” Dry Cleaning—emphasis on “dry”—use bleak humor and acid sarcasm as a way to cut life’s thousand tiny indignities down to size. You have to be a sharp writer to make this kind of withering wit work, but fortunately, Shaw is one of the sharpest. When a date goes south and Shaw returns from the bathroom to discover her would-be partner has ghosted, she offers, “I thought you liked me, but maybe I was just a captive audience. You did seem a bit bored when I was talking.” In “The Magic of Meghan” (which certainly appears to be about a member of the Royal Family, but I don’t want to jump to conclusions), Shaw tartly observes, “Never has one outfit been designed to send so many messages/ Earrings to empower women/ Bag that helps charity/ jeans made in Wales/ Cruelty-free coat.” Come to think of it, that line may be appreciative rather than cutting, but that’s one of the things that makes Shaw’s writing so good—it’s beguilingly difficult to read.

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The band surrounds her verse with the kind of jabbing guitars and lockstep rhythms that defined their home country’s post-punk years, bands like Delta 5 and the Au Pairs. Shaw would probably hate that comparison—but I bet she’d write a killer song about it.

Jessica’s Brother first started playing together in October 2016 when Jonny Helm (drums, also of The Wave Pictures) asked Charlie Higgs (bass, previously of Ramshackle Union Band) to come and play some songs written by Tom Charleston . As Jessica’s Brother  the trio clicked immediately, and just 9 months later recorded the album with Laurie Sherman at The Cube and with Darren Hayman. A few friends joined them in the studio, including Dan Mayfield on violin (Enderby’s Room) and Paul Rains on guitar and slide guitar (Allo Darlin’ / Tigercats).

There are themes of joy, anger, silliness. The characters change, the instruments clamber over each other in a small room. Their shared influences include Silver Jews, Jason Molina, Richard Thompson and Neil Young.

Jessica’s Brother’s shambling nerdcore is clearly a passion project intended to please only themselves. Good for them. Their pivotal number Polstead Instead, loosely based on the 1976 Jonathan Richman track New England, is a jingling rush that would have headed John Peel’s Festive 50 in another life.”

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Jessica’s Brother deliver a gothic English folk tale filtered through Silver Jews and early Pavement, with Mayfield’s dark violin adding a Bad Seeds-y edge. These are just signposts however, there is no derivative homage here. It all feels right, and, as with all the best bands, they make it sound new. Their songs deliver lazy, laconic vocal melodies with a muscular Neil Young flex in the guitars and just a soupçon of The Band in the arrangements. I want to say the last thing we need is another indie-pop supergroup, but I can’t, because Jessica’s Brother are exactly what we need.

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it’s a stunning combination of gothic-country and 1960’s inspired psych-folk, simultaneously downbeat and expansive. The influence of Jason Molina is clear in the croaked vocal, while the guitar playing has a Neil Young-like virtuosity and there’s even room for some deliciously atmospheric violin flourishes.

North London’s Gengahr have today dropped a new single, ‘Heavenly Maybe’.

Premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World on BBC Radio 1, the track is lifted from their album ‘Sanctuary’, due out on January 31st 2020.

The David J. East visuals for ‘Heavenly Maybe’ is the second of a two-part video zeries the band made in Berlin earlier this year.

Band Members
Felix, Danny, John, Hugh

“Heavenly Maybe” is taken from Gengahr’s new album “Sanctuary” – out Friday January 31st, 2020. Transgressive Records