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London’s Crows are the latest signing to Balley Records (IDLES, Heavy Lungs, Lice) and will deliver their long-awaited debut album “Silver Tongues” on March 22nd. The album’s thrilling first single “Chain Of Being”, this week’s Lamacq’s Livener on 6 Music, is a real statement: a widescreen slice of post-punk that combines heaviness and brooding melody in equal measures.

Joe Talbot said the following of his decision to sign Crows to his Balley Records label:

“I saw them play at the Louisiana in Bristol a few years ago and both the performance and the quality of their songs blew me away. Everything about them excites me; so when I heard they were looking to release an album, I had no choice but to chase them. It’s a dream to work with them.”

Crows formed in 2015 and have since built a considerable following for the intensity of their live shows which have seen the band members break bones as well as instruments. Supporting the likes of Girl Band and Wolf Alice in the past, the band will take their deafening live show on the road in support of IDLES for their sell out April tour.

With a string of successful singles and EPs under their belt, “Silver Tongues” has been a long while coming. Recorded in near total darkness to build a sense of atmosphere, the album fulfills both their early potential and confidently showcases a band comfortable across a variety of sonic avenues. From the monolithic noise-rock of the title track and opener, to the sky-scraping “Demeanour” and “Wednesday’s Child”, to the blissed-out closer “Dysphoria”, each listen reveals new layers, fresh ideas.

“Silver Tongues” is a huge step forward for the band, not only musically, but emotionally. A touring band who have been through so much already, this album rightly took time: now, both Crows and the listener can reap the rewards for their patience.
Crows are:
James Cox (vocals)
Steve Goddard (guitar)
Jith Amarasinghe (bass)
Sam Lister (drums)

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BLACK FUTURES – ” Trance “

Posted: February 21, 2019 in MUSIC
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The London force of electro psych-punk noise duo Black Futures burnt into the ears last year, with their live shows winning notice for its both aural and visual display – something which will no doubt be visible again on their February UK tour with Frank Carter an their own shows in March.

Described as a no-holds-barred aural assault of Anarchic Electro Psych Punk Noise that is something like Death From Above and the Chemical Brothers’ bastard offspring”

Black Futures – Trance

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South London four-piece Another Sky have a sound that just can’t be taught. Lead vocalist Catrin Vincent’s low, robust vocals ascend from the deepest pockets of her throat, resulting in a versatile vocal range that most female vocalists don’t possess. After their 2018 debut EP, Forget Yourself, and a string of recent singles (“Avalanche,” “Chillers” and “Apple Tree”), Another Sky have made a mark with their throaty, melodic indie-pop, spidery guitars and soaring choruses. They are set to appear at SXSW in Austin this year for their first American live shows.

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“Never Give Up” marks the debut LP for international garage-rockers, Abjects. Formed in 2013 by Noemi (Guitar/Vox- Spain), Yuki (Bass/Vox- Japan) and Alice (Drums/Vox – Italy), the band grew a following from their home base of London with tours across the UK, Japan, EU, and US earning spots alongside the the 5.6.7.8.’s, Mikal Cronin, Shannon & the Clams, and La Luz with their quick, loud, edgy, and melodious garage-punk numbers. Their 11 new tracks explore both personal challenges and those they’ve observed with the rise of populist movements in post-Brexit London. As Noemi describes it, “The album is an amalgamation of tracks that illustrate our life journey in the last 5 years. Feelings of frustration and failure are shook off and translated into new challenges to overcome whilst having a lot of fun at it. We want people to have fun listening to our music, and to infuse others with energy, drive, and self¬-determination.”

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Their sound is bold, guitar-heavy and so edgy, you’d be afraid to reach out and touch it for fear of getting cut. Abjects are the kind of band that can restore faith in the future of exciting, authentic-feeling music”

Abjects, an all-girl London trio who have been recording for Pins’ own Haus of Pins label and they appear to be in their element as they run through an impressive set of edgy garage tunes, perky basslines washed over with lashings of blurry guitar.

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Serfs Up! April 19th

I suppose it was almost exactly two years ago that myself and what was left of this band exiled ourselves to Sheffield in search of yet another renaissance, with only our unshakable dedication to the struggle and a copy of The Commodores ‘Nightshift’ to pull us through. Most Londoners never have and never will fully understand the true horrors of a northern winter, what that much grey sky can do to the human heart. We baptised ourselves again and again in her bitter drizzle, feeding on the monotony of it all as if it were the nectar of the elect. And by the side of a rotten canal in a room half the size of a public toilet, armed with a limited equipment budget, our wits and time, we once again set upon revealing the true face of God, measuring out his/her/their glorious countenance in rhyme, meter, groove and melody.

It is with deep and terrible glee therefore that i can at long last announce the arrival of our 3rd full confession ‘Serfs Up!’ on April 19th of this very year. The first single ‘Feet’ marks our re-entry and is featured below,

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lias, saul, nathan, adam, taishi, severin

Fat White Family – “Feet”, from ‘Serfs Up!’, out 19th April 2019 on Domino Record Co.

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The Proper Ornaments have been through a lot together. Essentially hinging on the friendship between James Hoare (also of Ultimate Painting/Veronica Falls) and Max Claps (Toy), the pair’s second album was largely an escape from drug issues and mental health problems.

Emerging from this, subsequent sessions took on a brighter, more upbeat hue, with a gentle, uplifting energy permeating their music. New album ‘6 Lenins’ is the result. Out on April 5th via Tapete Records, it was recorded at James‘ flat on a newly installed 16 track Studer machine.

“We started writing new songs in the summer. I was in bed recovering from hepatitis and very broken and tired so couldn’t do anything else apart from playing guitar,” says Max, “and the songs slowly started to appear. In August we realised we had five new songs each and free time, so we decided to record them. The actual recording only took two weeks and it was considerably easier than our previous recordings.”

Stripped from the LP, ‘Song For John Lennon’ is a curious return, with its warm tones seeming to envelope you from every side. A tip of the cap to the titular Beatle, ‘Song For John Lennon’ oozes out of the speakers like aural honey; completely addictive.

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releases April 5th, 2019

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Abjects are a London-based trio, who are a walking celebration of the cities multi-cultural wonders. Composed of singer/guitarist Noemi from Spain, bassist Yuki from Japan and drummer Alice from Italy, the band are three citizens of the world, making joyous pop-songs with the arty edge you’d expect from a band who met while studying at Goldsmiths. This week the band have announced details of their debut album, “Never Give Up”, as well as sharing the rambunctious title track.

The track is a response to the complications thrown up by the rise of nationalistic, populist politics, and how sometimes, you just have to ignore them, “life is full of problems and obstacles, but we’re never going to give up having fun and living our lives the way we want”.

The track bounds in on a snare drum, so energetic that it seems to almost be jumping out of its stand, as Sleater Kinney-like guitar riffing, and shout-along Hinds-like vocals add some melodic to flare to the mix. Abjects are a band who look at the world’s problems and seem to refuse to be broken by them, their own kind of joyous, celebratory, revolution; if you can’t beat them, dance at them!

“Never Give Up” is out February 15th on Yipee Ki Yay.

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This industrial noise punk duo are flanked by a group of people in Hazmat suits as they play (really loud) space anthems akin to Death From Above, The Chemical Brothers and Nine Inch Nails. Their live shows are like the soundtrack to the end of the world, offering a weirdly upbeat and eccentric experience that is a chaotic, but always enjoyable, assault on the eyes and ears.

“A no-holds-barred aural assault of Anarchic Electro Psych Punk Noise that is something like Death From Above and the Chemical Brothers’ bastard offspring”

SEA GIRLS – ” Lost “

Posted: January 5, 2019 in MUSIC
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Having gained a reputation for their frantic live performances and epic guitar rock sound, Sea Girls have been plying their trade throughout 2018 and released their latest single All I Want To Hear You Say in September. They head out on a major headline tour at the end of February 2019 – but you can get a taste of their amazing live show with this exclusive clip, showcasing the band’s appearances with appearances at Truck, Citadel, All Points East and Leeds festivals across the summer.

This London four-piece spent their summer building a fanbase at festivals around the UK. While the music industry hasn’t been so kind to rock bands over the past few years, the tides (geddit) seem to be turning, and it’s about time we had some new blood on the scene. Sea Girls are offering listeners a fresh, uplifting and bold guitar-based sound that capture the spirit of youth.

Music video by Sea Girls performing Lost