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Conceived over a bucks fizz binge in Birmingham, UK early 2018, Cherry Pickles comes at you like the basement band you always wanted to start. Priscila B brings from Brazil her love of early Tropicalia and the kind of ‘let’s be bad’ attitude that can only come from a land chock full of Catholic guilt. Mimi B brings her love of stripped down, bare essential rhythm. If two drums are good enough for Peggy O’Neill then they should definitely be good enough for you. Together they bonded over a mutual love of 50s malt-shop-pop, 60s minimalist garage, no wave, fuzz and all forms of outsider art. ‘Art damaged’ isn’t a slur, it’s a compliment. Anything lost in translation with this transatlantic duo only doubles the charm.

As a duo, they work perfectly together. Each song is driven by Mimi’s backbeat of tomtom and snare. It’s simple but man it works. Priscilla B has it all. She flirts between english and Portuguese while her simple but effective guitar playing leads the charge.

They may play simplified, striped down, lo-fi garage rock, but believe me there is some magic to be heard here. The musicianship is primitive (apparently Cherry Pickles even play second hand cheap instruments) but it all sounds so natural. Just listen to a song like ‘It Will End in Tears‘ for proof that Cherry Pickles can write a decent tune.

Their debut has the cheeky title ‘Cherry Pickles…Will Harden Your Nipples‘ and depending on your mood, it will quite possibly do just that. This is music for playing spin the bottle, or drinking cans of cherry coke in a treehouse, or go-go dancing with the flash of swirling lights. Hooky, reverb-tremolo pop with Link Wray riffs and stomping beats. This is garage rock done right.

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released April 5th, 2019

Cherry Pickles’ debut LP “Cherry Pickles Will Harden Your Nipples” released on  PNKSLM Recordings

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Luxury Death are a duo made up of Ben Thompson (formerly of Nai Harvest) and Meg Williams and their latest release was last year’s single, “Diluted,” backed with “Kids of the Club.” They put out three singles and their 2017 debut EP on Stockholm, Sweden’s PNKSLM Recordings.

Official music video for Luxury Death’s Glue, taken from the debut EP Glue, due February 24 via PNKSLM Recordings on baby pink vinyl (ltd to 500 copies worldwide)

Their debut EP Glue was a microcosm of their penchant for sparkling pop and synth-rock exultation and candid lyrical vulnerabilities (“Your body aches for another fake embrace”). “Diluted” and “Kids of the Club,” on the other hand, take more cues from New Wave and electro-pop—glistening with bright pop melodies, spacey synth riffs and contagious boy-girl vocals with a punky delivery.

New single out now via PNKSLM Recordings.

Beach Skulls don’t just make breezy dream pop, they also have a ramshackle, surfy garage-rock side that counterbalances the saccharine with some bitterness. Their first LP, Slow Grind, came out in 2016, and their latest album Las Dunas dropped this year. Las Dunas brings more prominent touches of neo-psych and Spanish and American garage, and though they hail from Manchester, a city of grey skies, their murky soundscapes have an unmistakable sunny glow. Singer and guitarist Ry Vieira’s vocals are elegant, pretty and almost feminine while his guitar influences span many decades with flickering garage pop melodies and at times leisurely rhythms and other times sputtering freak outs. Beach Skulls’ cinematic aesthetic is full of sandy imagery, bittersweet sonics and alluring personality.

Ry Vieira – vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar (all tracks)
Jordan Finney – drums, percussion, backing vocals (all tracks)
Dan West – bass guitar, backing vocals (all tracks)
Lara Boundy – backing vocals (tracks 2, 6 and 10)
Lucy James – backing vocals (track 6)

“Sacred Citrus”, taken from Beach Skull’s new album “Las Dunas”

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Last year Swedish indie rock outfit Hater released not only their great debut album “You Tried” (which was among my best albums of the year list) but also the EP with Red Blinders.

The band recently stopped into the Danish studio Tapetown to record a “Live At Tapetown” session, giving us a heavenly version of Red Blinders track “Blushing.” Fans of Alvvays should look no further, these guys will be  among your new favorite bands. Hater performed the set in Aarhus a few weeks back for a headlining set in TAPE.  They were positively grinning from ear to ear  when Hater was up for doing a Live At Tapetown session .  If you were one of the lucky few who happened to be there, you got a great lil’ show. It might have been the first time they’d performed in Aarhus . The rest of the indie-savvy scene is catching on to them. This might help if you’re new to the ball.

The second album from Stockholm-based songwriter Hannes Ferm, aka HOLY, considers where our subconscious goes at night: dreams, pent-up emotions, possibilities of unknown dimensions. “I wanted to go beyond my outer limits,” he says, leaving behind the garage pop of his 2015 debut for widescreen studio-science and rock opera ambition. The record borrows its name from astronomer Jon Willis’ book All These Worlds Are Yours: The Scientific Search for Alien Life. “Ferm’s search starts within his own head, “says KEXP, likening his sound to Tame Impala and glam-era David Bowie. “A pervasive feeling of alienation feeds into the dynamism of the album.” It sees release on PNKSLM Recordings.

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Miss World is the project of London based artist Natalie Chahal (also half of fellow PNKSLM signees Shit Girlfriend alongside Laura-Mary Carter). After self-releasing the debut single “Buy Me Dinner” earlier this year, Punk Slime Recordings are proud to announce that Miss World has officially joined the PNKSLM family and that her debut EP Waist Management is set to arrive on October 13th. Four tracks of extremely catchy garage pop that will instantly make you fall in love, combining lo-fi charms with Natalie’s ear for a melody it’s an introduction that will leave you wanting more. Stay tuned for more music from Miss World coming soon…

Miss World is set to make its live debut at PNKSLM’s annual Slime Ball weekender at The Old Blue Last in London on September 29th, playing alongside label mates HOLY, Holiday Ghosts, Beachtape and Lucern Raze.

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From Miss World’s debut EP Waist Management, out October 13th via PNKSLM Recordings.

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Here is the the latest single from Liverpool based Beach Skulls taken from their debut LP Slow Grind, which was released back in April . It follows first single Santa Fe, both are great garage pop nuggets that are well worth some of your precious ear-time.

London, based UK garage psychedelic band Chemtrails “Headless Pin Up Girl” from the sophomore EP ‘Headless Pin Up Girl’ available via PNKSLM Recordings

As much as this may act as a landmark for the band it will be felt more personally by band leader Mia Lust who uses this to showcase personal struggles. Lust manages to convey the sense of technically being allowed to fulfil one’s dreams, ambitions and wants but still having to deal with the inevitable backlash for pursuing that. Over some salt-bleached harmonies and fuzzy lo-fi strings Lust takes you on a journey, one which ends with Lust’s eventual decision to come out as transgender and begin transitioning.

Lust further explains: “Headless Pin Up Girl” is a song I actually wrote a few years ago, and the last song I wrote before deciding to come out as transgender and begin transition. The title was inspired by online cross dressing forums I used to visit, which had a lot of pictures of people dressed up all pretty and femme, but with their heads out of shot to hide their identities. The song says as much as I could possibly say at the time without just stating the fact that I’m trans, but it could equally well be about anyone that knows the feeling of not being able to be themselves, or anyone that has kept secrets out of shame and embarrassment.”

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Punk Slime Recordings are proud to present the London quintet Chemtrails, led by the musical and romantic partnership of Mia Lust and Laura Orlova. After their debut live show at Trans Pride festival in Brighton, and sharing a few demos on online early last year (which quickly picked up praise from the likes of Elvis Depressedly frontman Mat Cothran) Chemtrails introduced themselves with the debut single “Aeons” in late September before a hometown gig as part of PNKSLM’s Slime Ball weekender.

Mia (vocals, guitar),
Laura (vocals, guitar),
Another Laura (vocals, bass),
Ian (keyboard),
Sam (drums).

It’s been a quick rise for Swedish indie pop quartet Hater. Formed last year by friends in Malmö, the band released an EP in July with PNKSLM Recordings (the label responsible for keeping Sweden weird, learning them comparisons ranging from The Pretenders to Alvvays. They now return to PNKSLM for their full length debut, proclaimed by many blogs, to be their favorite album of 2017 so far, citing frontwoman Caroline Landahl’s “gorgeous, achingly bittersweet vocals, perpetually swaying between comforting and devastating.” An assured and consistent record, “You Tried” blends jangle with grit.
Hater was formed this spring by Caroline Landahl, Måns Leonartsson, Adam Agace and Lukas Thomasson, all musicians based in Sweden’s third biggest city Malmö, just across the strait from Copenhagen, who’d all had their share of experience in other local acts before deciding to strike out as Hater. They quickly set to recording what would become their debut EP Radius, working with Joakim Lindberg, and soon signed with PNKSLM Recordings who released the EP in early July. Taking their musical cues from the likes of Alvvays, The Pretenders, Neil Young and The Radio Dept, all led by Landahl’s gorgeous vocals, Hater soon drew a lot of attention, including praise from international music publications.

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Among those to declare themselves fans were the band’s heroes in The Radio Dept. who asked them to open for them on their first Scandinavian tour in five years. After spending the summer and early fall recording “You Tried” while touring around Sweden and making their UK debut show in London, Hater will be touring with The Radio Dept. later this year ahead of a full UK and EU tour around the album release this spring. With You Tried Hater easily establishes themselves as Sweden’s most exciting new indie act, offering up a sound that’s both instantly accessible and grows with every listen.

Talk to anyone about Hater and you’ll soon realised how special they are. The Malmö four-piece (Caroline Landahl, Måns Leonartsson, Adam Agace and Lukas Thomasson) only released their debut EP, “Radius”, last summer, but it was clear to anyone who heard those three songs of sharp, crystalline indie that they’d captured something precious in them.

We have already mentioned the band before but its great to premiere another track from the Indie band Sweden’s Hater  , taken from the group’s wonderful forthcoming LP “You Tried”, its due out next monthon the Stockholm label PNKSLM Recordings. Like the previous singles from the new record  “Mental Haven” Had It All and now “Cry Later” is a very good lovelorn indie-pop song that’s elevated to greatness by Caroline Landahl‘s gorgeous, pining vocals, which radiate with a warmth and fragile strength that destroys all of the feels every time. “You Tried” is out 10th March.

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