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English rock band Field Music (led by brothers Peter and David Brewis) are releasing a new album, Flat White Moon, on April 23rd via Memphis Industries. On Wednesday, they shared the album’s third single, “Not When You’re In Love,” via a video for the track. Andy Martin directed the video, which features images from old movies while one brother plays piano and the other sings the song from an old TV screen.

The band’s last couple of albums were fairly complicated, with this one they wanted to be a bit looser and perhaps, despite the pandemic upending live music, make something that comes off well onstage.

Not When You’re In Love is taken from the album Flat White Moon,

The album also includes “Orion From the Street,” a new song the band shared in January. Then when the album was announced they shared its second single, “No Pressure,” via an amusing tutorial music video that shows fans how to achieve the band’s signature sound.

Speaking of the album as a whole in a press release, David Brewis says: “We want to make people feel good about things that we feel terrible about.”

Peter Brewis says he was inspired by Beck’s Odelay and De La Soul’s Three Feet High and Rising. “I love how they use samples on those albums, taking parts that are obviously played—that are gestural—and then reconstruct them.”
“We don’t usually record a song thinking about how we’re going to play it live,” says David. “We’re not that kind of band. But there was a sense that it would be fun to do new songs which didn’t have those complications.”

“We say it all the time: You make music with your ears and your brain first,” Peter adds. “But I trust my ears and my brain, so let’s make something which just feels good and feels physical.”

In December, Field Music released “Home For Christmas,” a song for Memphis Industries’ holiday compilation Lost Christmas. They released their last album, Making a New World, in January 2020 on Memphis Industries.

The idea that you never get a second chance to make a first impression—that’s only partly true. But when you’ve made as strong an impression as Tokyo Police Club did with their first record and a half—2007’s Lesson in Crime EP and 2008’s Elephant Shell it can be sneakily difficult to change the narrative, especially if the narrative has been good to you so far. But in deference to and celebration of its tenth birthday—that’s at least 50 in rock years—it is time to re-celebrate and re-examine Champ, the Canadian band’s fantastic-yet- underserved sophomore album.

“Champ” is something of a lost classic of new-millennium indie-pop and deserves to be hoisted to the special place in your collection physically or mentally, that you keep the good stuff. “Boots of Danger,” the single, is every bit as catchy as the Strokes’ “Last Nite,” though it trades New York cool for youthful Ontario exuberance. And it’s not just the hits that drive Champ: Its bench is deep, from the insistent, twitchily bouncer “Big Difference” to the sombre sorta-ballad “Hands Reversed,” which could be a cousin to the best Walkmen songs.

Released Through Memphis Industries + Limited Edition Red Splatter Vinyl & Exclusive Bonus 7”.

The Go! Team – “Rolling Blackouts” (Dinked Archive Edition)) Yes, in a possibly foolhardy move, we’ve gone and double Dinked, taking the opportunity to create a 10 year anniversary Dinked Archive edition of The Go! Team’s classing Rolling Blackouts. Honestly, a record that has ‘Buy Nothing Day’, ‘Apollo Throwdown’ and ‘Ready to Go Steady’ on it is worth the price of admission alone. But this edtion comes on a collage picture disc, with a bonus 7″ picture disc featuring two rare Go! Team tracks, ‘I’m Not Satisfied’ and ‘Headache in my Heart’ plus fold out poster.
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Originally released Jan 31, 2011 on Memphis Industries

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The Go! Team have announced their sixth album, “Get Up Sequences Part One”, which will be out July 2nd via Memphis Industries. The lead single is “World Remember Me Now,” which features singer Ninja with the Kansas City Girls Choir, as well as an infectious steel drum hook. “I’ve always been interested in people’s daily routines – what people do all day” says Go! Team bandleader Ian Parton. “It was written ages ago but has become strangely relevant to the world now. It’s easy to feel forgotten at the moment.” You can watch the video below

While the band’s exuberance is still front and centre, behind the scenes was not as sunny. “I lost hearing in my right ear halfway during the making of this record” says Ian Parton. “I woke up one Thursday in October 2019 and my hearing was different in some way – it fluctuated over a few weeks and at one point everything sounded like a Dalek. I seem to remember listening to music was bordering on unbearable. Over time it settled into just a tiny bit of hi end being audible on my right side. I thought the hearing loss was from playing music too loud over the years but it turns out I was just unlucky and it was a rare condition called Menieres. It was traumatic to keep listening to songs I knew well but which suddenly sounded different and it was an odd juxtaposition to listen to upbeat music when I was on such a downer. The trauma of losing my hearing gave the music a different dimension for me and it transformed the album into more of a life raft.”

In The Go! Team’s world, old’s cool, the future’s bright and melody is the star. Just check the second cut “Cookie Scene” with a bouncing flute and junk shop percussion it introduces guest rapper Indigo Yaj who delivers an old school vocal that continues this sonic trip. Pow channels Curtis Mayfield and enter stage centre, the inimitable Ninja in full flow and you don’t stop, you wont stop to this flute driven free for all.

By way of demonstrating The Go! Team’s old school manifesto, comes the ‘needle-in-the-red’ “I Love You Better” a defiant message to an ex love, spelling out exactly how he’s fucked up – and then there’s those steel drums. Following that comes the soda fountain soul courtesy of “A Bee Without Its Sting”, a groovy protest song that makes its point with a tambourine – hey only The Go! Team.

The musical wagon train then takes you into the wide screen, windswept western that is Tame the Great Plains heading off into a polyrhythmic panorama that’s full of hope. Slappin’ you back to reality comes “World Remember Me Now”, a timely reminder that when you’re lost in the routine of life, you can always count on The Go! Team.

The new album ‘Get Up Sequences Part One’ is due out 2nd July, and it’s the hazygauzy, summer soundtrack of your dreams. “In The Go! Team’s world old’s cool, the future’s bright and melody is the star…” (not our words, the words of the legendary Don Letts).

On “Get Up Sequences Part One”, Ian, Ninja, Nia, Simone, Sam and Adam – The Go! Team – have created a musical world distinctly of their own making

“Bad Hair Day” is the first taste of his Francis Lung’s forthcoming second album, “Miracle” which is set for release via Memphis Industries on 18 June 2021.

“Bad Hair Day” is a relentlessly catchy and deceptively upbeat ode to hangovers and missed connections. Sonically, the song arrives as a fusion of power-pop and sunny art-rock where angular guitars dart around glowing melodies and quickfire percussion. “For me, [Miracle] is about the struggle between my self destructive side and my problem-solving, constructive side,” says Francis. “I suppose through a lot of these songs I’m dealing with these emotional problems, acknowledging the negative aspects of my behaviour instead of burying them, and providing an alternative point of view for myself”. Despite its serious subject matter, Miracle is far from austere in sound, marrying the cinematic, dreamlike quality of Francis’s earlier music with the pared-back charm of great singer-songwriters like Judee Sill, Jeff Tweedy and Elliott Smith.

The album opens with ‘Bad Hair Day’, a relentlessly catchy—and deceptively upbeat—ode to hangovers and missed connections. “I’ve been calling on you all night /But I never get through, I just get in the way” Francis laments; “I am a cloud in the sun’s light/Whatever I do, whatever I say.” Elsewhere, the title track finds him pondering the fickle nature of the music industry: “I think of [Miracle] as acknowledging and even encouraging the feelings we’re not supposed to succumb to – giving up, giving in – just because it can be comforting to hear it from someone else. ‘Why am I climbing these social ladders and jumping through the hoops of this creative industry? Does this make me happy?’”

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These themes of longing, and lacking, missing and being missed, reoccur throughout Miracle. “When I die/Will I be missed/Or am I missing the point?” asks ‘Say So’; while ‘Lonesome No More’, inspired by the Kurt Vonnegut book of the same name, begs the question: if loneliness was eradicated, would we miss it? By confronting these feelings, Francis is able to move forward, as triumphant album closer ‘The Let Down’ proves. Its lyrics serve as a call to action, as Francis wills himself (and the listener) to ‘Get up/Get something going/Do something, do it/Do it now’

Miracle was produced by Francis in collaboration with Brendan Williams (Dutch Uncles, Matthew Halsall, Kiran Leonard) and Robin Koob (who co-arranged and performed strings). The opportunity to take creative control was one Francis relished. “I’m quite bad at delegating” he admits, noting that he played every instrument except strings on Miracle. The result is a cohesive, deeply personal record, which is as vital as it is vulnerable. “I don’t want to be defined by my anxiety, my depression or any history of substance abuse,” Francis says, “but I do want to reach out to other people who have had similar experiences, especially if it’s in a way that helps them feel a little better. To me, this music is celebrating healing as much as it focuses on the darker sides of the human psyche.”

Francis Lung, the uber-talented Manchester singer songwriter (& former Wu lyf man), to the dinked fold. Despite its serious subject matter, ‘miracle’ is far from austere in sound, marrying the cinematic, dreamlike quality of Fancis’s earlier music with the pared-back charm of great singer-songwriters like brian wilson or elliott smith & the prog-like maximalism of b.c.camplight or field music. the album opens with ‘Bad Hair Day’, a relentlessly catchy – & deceptively upbeat – ode to hangovers & missed connections & from here on in, we are besotted.

Released February 24th, 2021

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The Leeds-based art-rock trio, Mush, release their feverish second LP, “Lines Redacted”. The new release, which finds the group recruiting Lee Smith (The Cribs, Pulled Apart By Horses) on mixing duties, arrives just under a year after their debut LP, 3D Routine, capping off what has been an obviously tumultuous, but remarkably prolific year for the band. With any prospect of live shows decimated, the group, led by songwriter, Dan Hyndman, has found the time to release two EPs (‘Great Artisanal Formats’ and ‘Yellow Sticker Hour’) and now a duo of full-length albums.

Mush, comprised of Hyndman (guitar/vox), Nick Grant (bass/vox) and Phil Porter (drums), present their own sonic idiosyncrasy. It’s a sound that blurs the lines of abstract surrealism, existentialism and social commentary; utilising guitars as tools in 2020 to stave off malaise whilst simultaneously commenting on the nation’s ability to fall into such dire straits. It’s a sensory overload of wiry tones that zig-zag between punk, prog and sardonic-funk with a relentless ability to reflect society’s faults and apathy in a unique and acerbic manner. Whereas the band’s debut was very much a product of its time, something part-inspired by the political atmosphere of mid-2019 and a genuine moment of optimism when the prospect of a socialist government in the UK was on the cards, this new record uses tongue-in-cheek cynicism as a coping mechanism for the environment that we now find ourselves in.

From one song to the next, Lines Redacted introduces a string of different narrators with each providing a different reflection on the Armageddon scenario that we are slowly entering, whether that’s bemoaning it or gleefully willing it along. 3D Routine presented a bed of scathing political jibes latching onto themes and decisions of the time. Lines Redacted mutates these ideas into something slightly more sinister whilst maintaining all of Hyndman’s razor-sharp wit that permeates the album.

The Leeds-based art-rock trio, Mush, are set to release their feverish second LP, Lines Redacted via Memphis Industries on February 12th, 2021. 

Mush great artisanal formats

Following hot on the heels of their debut album “3D Routine”, Leeds upstarts Mush will be releasing “Great Artisanal Formats” – a 5 track EP for Record Store Day 2020.Mush have established themselves as one of the most inventive and exciting new guitar bands in the UK having supported Stereolab and Shame, been supported heavily at 6 Music (5 x Marc Riley sessions + daytime playlist) and played a host of high profile festivals including All Points East, The Great Escape and Transmusicales.

“Great Artisanal Formats” is another collection of off kilter guitar licks and wry observational takes on modern society. Mush are touring the UK and Europe in – FR Paris, Supersonic08 Apr – FR Lyon, Le Sonic10 Apr – FR Lille, Pzzle Festival @ Le Grand Mix12 Apr – UK Ramsgate, Ramsgate Music Hall13 Apr – UK Brighton, The Prince Albert14 Apr – UK London, Sebright Arms15 Apr – UK Bristol, The Lanes16 Apr – UK Manchester, YES17 Apr – UK Sheffield, Picture House Social18 Apr – UK Newcastle, The Cumberland ArmsPraise for Mush’s debut album “3D Routine”:

“Old-school indie meets 2020 attitude” 8/10 UNCUT”Wonky indie rock at its best” 8/10 Louder Than War”Mush’s riffy, funky post-punk is as cathartic as it is surreal”

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When Francis Lung describes his new album as sounding “like a short Mancunian boy single-handedly trying to incite Beatlemania” he’s really not too far wide of the mark. Lung’s much-anticipated debut album “A Dream Is U” is both bold and enthusiastic, a kaleidoscopic journey informed by the greats but also one that is wonderfully enigmatic, the sound of a multi-instrumentalist tying together all manner of influences into one beautifully cohesive album.

Following on from the home-recorded Volumes 1 and 2 EPs, which contained titbits written during his time in Wu Lyf, A Dream Is U is the first fully-realised Francis Lung record, a studio undertaking brought to life with producer Brendan Williams (Dutch Uncles, GoGo Penguin), a colourful patchwork of vision and ingenuity. “Before we started recording I knew exactly what the arrangements were in my head” Francis says, reflecting on the time spent devising his new work. “It was kind of my mission to capture everything as it was in my imagination”.

Touching upon the universal themes of addiction, faith, and love in all of its confusion, A Dream Is U is a collection of characters and stories that plays out something like a Harvey Pekar comic strip; an obsessive chronicle of daily lives twisted into new shapes by the unique mind and manners of their narrator. With flashes of striking colour and an ever-present wry smile, Francis Lung has created a debut album that drifts between simple acceptance and exuberant yearning for more. “My favourite part is when it talks about escaping to another universe,” Francis says of one song in particular, Unnecessary Love. “Although it’s a doomed and impossible dream, it’s amusing to me that if we survive long enough it could be a real possibility.”

At times boisterous and radiant, elsewhere contemplative and brooding, A Dream Is U feels like being awake in dreams, like stepping outside of the daily rotation; like shadows leaving their dancing bodies to waltz away to their own tune. For fans of The Beach Boys, Belle and Sebastian and Elephant 6 Records.

Francis Lung (Tom McClung) describes his new album as sounding “like a short Mancunian boy single-handedly trying to incite Beatlemania” he’s really not too far wide of the mark. Released later this summer, Lung’s much-anticipated debut. His new single “Up & Down” – the latest track to be taken from his debut album “A Dream Is U” (out 02nd august 2019).

“up & down” is a bipolar love story – two lovers with manic mood swings,

Manchester’s own Francis Lung, the nom de plume of former Wu Lyf member Tom Mclung, releases his new single his debut release for Memphis Industries, where he joins the likes of the go! team, poliça, field music, it comes with a gorgeously intricate self-produced video.

Following on from the home-recorded volumes 1 + 2 eps, which contained titbits written during his time in Wu lyf, sees Francis Lung return with a bigger, more expansive sound. recorded at low four studios with brendan williams on production duties (Dutch Uncles, Go Go penguin) it’s a baroque pop rocket that signals Francis Lung’s new found ambitions.

from the debut album ‘A Dream Is U’ out August 2nd on Memphis Industries

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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Beyond stoked to tell you that ex member of Wu lyf  Francis Lung just signed to Memphis Industries and my first single ‘I Wanna Live In My Dreams’ is out today! , please put your hands together for Francis Lung, the latest addition to the Memphis industries cannon!.

The video was crafted over four months by Francis and follows a young boy who falls asleep and turns into his dream alter-ego ‘ghostface’, as Francis explains:

“Ghostface is a character I’ve been drawing for years, but I’ve never been quite sure why. i thought it would be nice to give him some purpose by creating this story about him. I’ve never made anything like this before but for some foolish reason i thought it would be a good idea to spend four months of my life learning how to animate. it’s a combination of stop motion, keyframe and hand-drawn animation and it’s made up of thousands upon thousands of frames. I nearly pulled out all my hair making it.”

Francis Lung is currently putting the finishing touches to his debut album, expect to hear more from Francis Lung very soon.