Posts Tagged ‘Rachel Aggs’

Released this week was Trash Kit’s monumental third album “Horizon!” Available now on LP (yellow and black vinyl pressings), CD and digitally, Horizon is essential listening for these sun-soaked times, both exhilaratingly bold and rapturous in equal measure! Trash Kit are Rachel Aggs (guitar, vocals), Rachel Horwood (drums, vocals) and Gill Partington (bass). Three deeply creative individuals who play in a multitude of other groups including Bas Jan, Sacred Paws, Shopping and Bamboo, united by a shared decade of spry musicality with Trash Kit.

Their songs once succinct, patchwork post-punk numbers of an honest diary-like nature now tussle more with long-form songwriting, expeditious polyphony and cascades of sung-spoke vocals. Aggs’ guitar playing for this album was informed by her love of guitar music from Zimbabwe, her cyclical motifs billow with lean Mbira rhythms. Horwood has similarly approached her drumkit with an untamable freedom, allowing it to breathe as a vivid lead instrument. Trash Kit’s music is woven with silence and punctuation, and this is where the resonant, driving bass of Partington fits in. The bass has become now central to shaping the melody of this new collection of songs.

Horizon finds itself abrim with themes, especially the notion of looking to the future, “personally as well as to the future of the band, the future of marginalised people making music, political futures, trying to imagine and re-imagine our world, thinking about what possibility and change sound like” attests Aggs .
Pivotal to this new album, ‘Horizon’ is sleeping giant of a title track, forever reaching out and intensifying throughout its lively five-minute lesson in reinforcement. Trash Kit’s approach to life as with music is one of openness, inclusion and potential and Horizon is an album with that in dutiful abundance. It’s an album that forever listens for the next moment and will meet you once more beyond the vanishing point.
‘Horizon’ by Trash Kit, taken from their forthcoming album ‘Horizon’.
Released through Upset The Rhythm on LP. CD and digitally on July 5th.

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Trash Kit are Rachel Aggs (guitar, vocals), Rachel Horwood (drums, vocals) and Gill Partington (bass). Three deeply creative individuals who play in a multitude of other groups including Bas Jan, Sacred Paws, Shopping and Bamboo, united by a shared decade of spry musicality that surges through their bodies, hearts and heads with Trash Kit. Their songs once succinct, patchwork post-punk numbers of an honest diary-like nature now tussle more with long-form songwriting, expeditious polyphony and cascades of sung-spoke vocals. This new focus began with their last album ‘Confidence’ (2014) and has now grown into something exhilarating and rapturous.

New songs like ‘Disco’ have had their very fabric stretched into smart new shapes, allowing the band to run away with refrains and unlock the dancefloor. Although Trash Kit have their forebears in bands like Sleater Kinney, The Ex and The Raincoats, their sound is still very much their own take on facing forwards and relies as much on the naturalism of an internalised folk music as on their sincerity of vision.

They make their most majestic move yet with their resoundingly huge “Horizon” album. For this album, carefully crafted through years of playing out live, the band have chased down the distance between what they wanted the record to sound like and its realisation. They’ve augmented these songs with choral arrangements, piano, saxophone, harp, viola and cello. Pulling ideas from everywhere between the earth and sky, to push themselves further, to go beyond. Aggs‘ guitar playing for this album was informed by her love of guitar music from Zimbabwe, her cyclical motifs billow with lean Mbira rhythms. Horwood has similarly approached her drumkit with an untamable freedom, allowing it to breathe as a vivid lead instrument. Trash Kit’s music is woven with silence and punctuation, and this is where the resonant, driving bass of Partington fits in. The bass has become now central to shaping the melody of this new collection of songs.

‘Horizon’ by Trash Kit, taken from their forthcoming album ‘Horizon’. Released through Upset The Rhythm on LP. CD and digitally on July 5th.

Glasgow based indie-pop duo release their vibrant new album Run Around The Sun. The follow-up to Strike A Match their SAY Award winning debut, is released via Rock Action. The album is joyous, charming and effortless with bounce and pop elements that hark back to the glory days of late 70’s DIY singles from the likes of the Chefs, Dolly Mixture and Girls at Our Best mixed with an African edge.

Sacred Paws have a natural inclination not to take things too seriously. You can hear it all the way through a conversation with its two members, guitarist Rachel Aggs and drummer Eilidh Rodgers, punctuated by rolls of giggles and thoughtful pauses, and you can hear it in the light touch they bring to their music, a jangly blend of indie-pop full of fizzing world rhythms and bright horns.”

Run Around The Sun Out 31st May on Rock Action Records (Merge in North America)

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Shady Cow is proud to present this very special band on their ‘Run Around The Sun’ album tour. The band are super proud to announce that their second record “Run Around The Sun” will be out May 31st on Rock Action Recordsand Merge Records. Even more excited to release the new song ‘The Conversation’ into the world! Watch the video here.

The band are to play Rough Trade Records on Saturday 8TH June, promoted by Fan Club Records. Pre-order an Album/ Ticket and collect your copy on the day of this live show for FREE ENTRY.

Sacred Paws have a natural inclination not to take things too seriously. You can hear it all the way through a conversation with its two members, guitarist Rachel Aggs and drummer Eilidh Rodgers, punctuated by rolls of giggles and thoughtful pauses, and you can hear it in the light touch they bring to their music, a jangly blend of indie-pop full of fizzing world rhythms and bright horns.”

Taken from the new album Run Around The Sun out 31st May 2019 via Rock Action Records and Merge Records.

Fan Club’s focus is to promote women-identifying and non-binary artists, designers, musicians and creatives, whilst hanging out and making friends in a safe space, whilst dancing and drinking to a genre-clashing soundtrack of women and non-binary musicians.

They will be selling their ‘zines and other fabulous wares on the night!

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Patience AKA Roxanne Clifford, formerly of Veronica Falls. found time to direct this lo-fi new video from Sacred Paws. Sacred Paws are the duo of Rachel Aggs (also a member of Shopping/Trash Kit) and Eilidh Rodgers, who are based in London and Glasgow, although some 400 miles apart from one another. The pair are releasing a new single next week via Mogwai’s Rock Action Records, and have celebrated it by sharing their new video for their new single release “Everyday”.

Everyday is the first new material from Sacred Paws since last year’s excellent and accurately titled EP, Six Songs. Everyday is built around an infectious afro-beat guitar riff with complex rhythms and clever vocal harmonies . It would have made an excellent soundtrack to long summer evenings, I hope to hear a lot more from this talented twosome in the coming months.

The lo-fi video for ‘Everyday’ where you can often see the duo having a great time laughing – is an infectious addendum to an already catchy song.

Everyday/Rest is out October 21st via Rock Action Records.

Rachel Aggs and Eilidh Rodgers formed Sacred Paws while they were playing together in the indie pop band Golden Grrrls, then kept going after that band split. Despite living in London and Glasgow, respectively, the thrill they felt playing together was enough to make the distance traveled to play and record worth every boring minute on a train or bus. That thrill comes through loud and clear on their first album, the Afro-pop-inspired Strike a Match. Aggs’ jangling, spiraling guitar playing, her pulsing bass, and Rodgers‘ athletic drumming form the core of their sound, with the duo’s vocals floating over the top in unison, trading lines or in rich harmony.

They are clearly in deep debt to masters like Fela and off-kilter dance punks like Delta 5, and there’s plenty of indie pop sweetness in their vocal interplay, but none of that matters unless the listener is the grumpiest kind of stickler. The bubbling rhythms, sharp-as-a-punch hooks, and ace guitar playing and drumming help push the record past nostalgia to a very happy place; the absolute joy in the singing and playing makes musical trainspotting feel like a crime; and the songs are bright enough to fill even the gloomiest bedsit with an overpowering warmth. The occasional fuzzy synths and shimmering horns add even more sunshine to their already blazing core, making songs like “Nothing” and “Everyday” sound like the most peacefully happy music on earth. Even when Sacred Paws dial it back some and bring in a little melancholy, like on “Wet Graffiti,” they do it with gentle care and bouncy energy that fit perfectly with the uptempo, dancefloor-friendly tracks making up the bulk of the album. Aggs and Rodgers went through a lot of hard work to make Strike a Match, but the end result sounds effortless and feels as breezy and light as any pop music around. Strike a Match is a brilliant debut album with a solid emotional core that gives the instantly memorable songs gravity and keeps them from lifting off and floating away, instead anchoring them deep in listeners’ hearts and minds.

The title track of the debut album, out now on Rock Action Records.

Taken from forthcoming 7″ inch single “In Other Words” b/w “You Are A Sort (Don’t Call Me)” out June 10th on MÏLK Records

I don’t often utter the word “shopping” in our house, Shopping is this great little, post-punk band from London who in 2013 released an awesome album,”Consumer Complaints”,

Shopping‘s debut album is fantastic, and it’s receiving a special re-issuing by FatCat Records in advance of the trio’s latest new album .”Consumer Complaints is a quick compilation of 13 songs (runs a little over 30 minutes). It’s not the blaring post-punk you would hear in bands like Metz or maybe Death From Above, but instead the songs have a midtempo pace and some of them are melodic even a tad funky and groovy.

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The combination of the latter two bands can be heard on the droning “Hard As Nails” and the infectious “Moyet’s Voice”.  Meanwhile, the playful “We Say You Pay”, “Get Going”, and “Right Now” echo of the punk-industrial sounds of 1970s Manchester. There’s also a touch of Sleater-Kinney’s grrrl riot movement in “Long Way Home”, where even frontwoman Rachel Aggs’ voice channels Carrie Brownstein.

Lyrically, there is repetition in some of the tracks, such as the catchy closer “Theme”, but that’s part of the appeal of Shopping. The repetitiveness doesn’t sound redundant but instead acts like another part of the band’s arrangements, especially when all three members of the band get in on the act. It’s a clever device concocted by the DIYers from East London. Shopping are upbeat, rhythmic, and queer-positive. Protest, particularly against capitalism, runs through their music, as “For Your Money” on their 2013 LP Customer Complaints attests (I had a job/ Yeah it nearly killed me). Queer pride is, and should always be, tied up with critique of social hegemony, so it’s exciting to see a band like this one whose queerness is linked with other forms of dissent. At live shows, Shopping is boundlessly energetic.

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Shopping are Billy Easter (bass), Andrew Milk (drums), and Rachel Aggs (lead vocals, guitar). The album can be purchased now .