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Independent Label Market celebrates 10th anniversary with summer edition

The Independent Label Market is celebrating its 10th anniversary and 30th edition in London. 

ILM started at Soho’s Berwick Street market in the summer of 2011. Since then, it has hosted 68 events across the globe and partnered with 600+ independent record labels from all over the UK, as well as Paris, Berlin, Bari, Barcelona, Rome, LA, Hamburg, Toronto, New York and LA. 

Joe Daniel their founder said: “When we came up with the idea for an indie label market, we never imagined doing a second one, let alone another 10 years of events. The idea back in 2011 was to bring together our favourite labels to celebrate a particular kind of creativity and passion that you only find in the independent sector. The fact that we are here 10 years later is a huge credit to the community of labels who consistently find new and exciting ways to grow and adapt in a fast changing industry. We love the camaraderie and their tireless commitment to presenting the most envelope-pushing music around.” 

The 2021 ILM Summer Market takes place on Saturday, July 10th at Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross with an all star crew of labels, including 4ADRecords, Bella Union, Brownswood, Caught by the River, Cherry Red Records, Erased Tapes, Fierce Panda, Fire/Earth, Full Time Hobby, Gare du Nord, Heavenly Recordings, Hyperdub, Late Night Tales, LEX, Matador, Memphis Industries, Moshi, Mukatsuku, One Little Independent Records, Partisan, Rough Trade ,Sonic Cathedral, Sunday Best, Upset The Rhythm, Whities/ad93 & many more.

Market stalls will offer limited editions, vinyl rarities and test pressings as well as exclusive label and band merchandise. The summer event will be sound tracked by ILM-curated DJ sets from artists and labels taking part on the day.  

In 2021, the ILM Mentoring Scheme continues to work with Clue Records, and welcomes Sad Club Records to help support an artists experimenting with new techniques and blurring the boundaries between art, performance and music. The scheme promotes emerging artists from different genres to new audiences, by giving them and small independent labels a focused platform at ILM UK events.

Goat Girl’s “The Crack” video is a surreal embrace of nature

British indie band Goat Girl will kick off 2021 with a brand new album, “On All Fours”. We have already heard lead single “Sad Cowboy” and today brings the arrival of its follow-up, “The Crack.”

Produced by Dan Carey, “The Crack” is written from the perspective of someone starting a new life on a planet free from the problems and injustices facing the one we currently share. The whirl of synths and buzzing guitars remain a constant from the band’s 2018 debut but there’s a new found space and authority to Goat Girl on “The Crack” as they look increasingly outwards in their songwriting. Naturally, for a song about our close relationship with our climate, the band headed to the shore to film “The Crack” video. All four members of the group, plus a selection of dancers, donned the wild outfits you can see below in an effort to portray a journey through a land lost to time.

Speaking about the new song, lead vocalist L.E.D. told us “‘The Crack’ emerged from an imagined post-apocalyptic world whereby people flee into space for a new life on an unruined planet, as the result of the pillaging of Earth. This song transformed from a simple electronic demo with synth bass and electronic drums, to the embellished version that it is now. For recording, we kept it in the family, enlisting Lottie’s Dad Nic Pendlebury to play viola and our good friend Charlie Loane to play trumpet on the chorus, further expanding the collaborative feel of the track. The music video made by Lottie’s sister, Molly Pendlebury, was filmed over two days at Botany Bay, where we shuffled barefoot across the beautifully rugged landscape. The masks and costumes made by Molly really add a surreal edge and a comical undertone to the video.”

On All Fours is out on January 29th via Rough Trade Records.

Starcrawler’s remarkable sophomore album “Devour You” is a record that dynamically captures the essence and aggression of their gloriously unhinged live shows. Produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, L7) at Sunset Studios, “Devour You” takes the feral intensity of their 2018 self-titled debut and twists it into something grander and more gracefully composed. With its more elaborate and nuanced yet harder-hitting sonic palette, the result is a selection of songs radiating both raw sensitivity and untamable power, and a record that the band’s Arrow de Wilde says, “encapsulates all the blood, sweat, bruised knees, and broken fingers of a Starcrawler show.”

Born on the streets of Los Angeles, Starcrawler is a band possessed by the spirit of its own hometown, every movement charged with a manic electricity. Since forming in 2015, vocalist Arrow de Wilde, guitarist/vocalist Henri Cash, bassist Tim Franco, and drummer Austin Smith have gone from bashing out classic-punk covers in the garage to winning the love of such legendary artists as Shirley Manson and Elton John. They’ve also opened for the likes of Beck, Foo Fighters, Spoon, The Distillers, and MC5, bringing their unhinged energy to an already-fabled live show—a spectacle that’s simultaneously lurid and glorious and elegant as ballet. On their sophomore full-length Devour You, Starcrawler captures that dynamic with a whole new precision, revealing their rare ability to find a fragile beauty in even the greatest chaos.

Produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, L7), Devour You takes the feral intensity of their 2018 self-titled debut and twists it into something grander and more gracefully composed. With its more elaborate and nuanced yet harder-hitting sonic palette, the album came to life at the famed Sunset Sound, where the band spent their downtime playing H-O-R-S-E at the basketball hoop and drinking lots of Mexican Cokes. Adorned with so many unexpected flourishes—choir-like backing vocals from a local Girl Scouts troop, tuba and trombone riffs courtesy of Cash (the band’s 18-year-old musical polymath)—the result is a selection of songs radiating both raw sensitivity and untamable power.

Heavy and swinging and brutally catchy, “Bet My Brains” shows the psychic kinship at the heart of Starcrawler’s songwriting. “That song came from thinking about the mole people in New York and Vegas and the Catacombs in France, and the underground village of people who live in the sewers of the L.A. River,” says de Wilde. “I was fascinated with the fact that there’s whole other world happening right under our feet.” Cash adds: “Arrow and I hadn’t even talked about it yet, but I’d already written something about the same thing—about how these people’s eyes adapt to pitch-blackness, and they end up going crazy from never seeing the sunlight.”

Elsewhere on Devour You, Starcrawler drifts from the dreamy piano lilt of “No More Pennies” to the rock-and-roll disco of “You Dig Yours” to the pure punk vitriol of “Toy Teenager” (a song about de Wilde’s refusal to be abused the fashion industry, and about how “people look at my body and just want to put me on a platter”). And on “Born Asleep” the band lets their love for country music shine, slipping into a modern-day murder ballad spiked with pieces of hazy poetry (sample lyric: “I remember when you cut your lip, sippin’ on a soda can/And the time when you fell and tripped, screaming at the ice cream man”).

All throughout the album, Starcrawler taps into the kinetic chemistry they discovered soon after forming—a process Smith describes as a “slow-burning candle of finding the right people to play with.” In assembling the band, de Wilde first contacted Smith after seeing a Facebook photo of him playing drums (“I hit him up and he came to my birthday party, and then he turned out to be a really good drummer,” she recalls. “Right away it was like, ‘Jackpot!’”) In searching for a guitarist, de Wilde next approached Cash, a fellow student at her performing-arts high school in downtown L.A. “I saw him one day and thought, ‘That guy looks cool,’” she says. “‘He’s carrying a tuba, he’s got long hair, I’ve seen him wearing Cramps T-shirts: he’s gotta know at least something on guitar.’” But while Cash has since emerged as a monster guitarist, her instincts were only partly right. “When I was younger I didn’t want to play guitar, I wanted to play the drums because my dad played guitar—although sometimes I’d take a broomstick and jam along to AC/DC live footage,” says Cash. “It wasn’t until Arrow hit me up that I realized it was meant to be.”

Starcrawler then finalized their lineup with the addition of Franco—an old friend whom de Wilde reached out to after a moment of strange serendipity (“I was in the car with my mom and stressing out about finding the right bass player, and then Tim and his brother turned out to be on their bikes right in front of us,” she says). With their early band practices mostly consisting of Runaways covers, the band quickly bonded over a shared love for L.A.’s most unglamorous spaces. “I’ve been obsessed with Hollywood Boulevard ever since I was little,” notes de Wilde. “People travel so far and spend so much money to see it ’cause it makes them think of Marilyn Monroe—when in reality it’s so disgusting, which is why I love it. But really a lot of the L.A. that I grew up with and reminisce about is kind of fading now.”

As an antidote to the toxic mildness overtaking so much of the city, Starcrawler’s live show has only become more outrageous over the years, an element strengthened by their increasingly telepathic connection. “We all know each other in a much deeper way now,” says Smith. “Like, Arrow knows exactly when I’m going to hit the crash cymbals, so she moves to match up with that. It’s completely changed how we play together.” Prone to spitting fake blood and slapping phones from the hands of crowd members, de Wilde has proven to be a once-in-a-lifetime performer, captivating enough to command a room with just the widening of her eyes. “We want to put on a real show and give people some kind of escape from all the shit going on in the world,” she says. “And with the album, I want people to put it on and feel excited, and hopefully get goosebumps. I always want there to be a dramatic response.”

‘Bet My Brains’ is taken from Starcrawler’s second album “Devour You”, out now on Rough Trade.

As long ago as couple years ago, the idiosyncratic UK four-piece Goat Girl released their promising self-titled debut album, and today they’re announcing its follow-up, which will be released next year. They once again teamed up with producer Dan Carey for the album, which is being introduced with lead single “Sad Cowboy,” which starts out as synthy and gliding and builds to something more rickety and off-kilter. “Sad Cowboy centres around the idea of losing a grip on reality and how often this can happen,” the band’s Clottie Cream” said in a statement. “When you’re within a world that constantly makes you feel as though your living out a really bad dream, disillusionment is inevitable.”

The South London outfit return with a brand new single, About the album as a whole, Rough Trade notes that it sees the group “veer away from the confrontational lyricism of their debut and indicates Goat Girl’s maturing perspectives in discussing the world’s injustices and social prejudices, using the music to explore global, humanitarian, environmental and mindful wellbeing.”

Official video by Goat Girl performing ‘Sad Cowboy’ – taken from forthcoming album ‘On All Fours’ the album (out 29th Jan 2021) via Rough Trade Records.

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Kate Stables announced earlier this summer that her next album under the This Is The Kit alias is called “Off Off On”, and it’s set to arrive October 23rd on Rough Trade Records. The news arrived with the lead single “This Is What You Did,” which features Stables’ signature upbeat banjo, top-knotch vocals and restless, stream-of-consciousness lyrics. Stables describes it as “A bit of a panic attack song,” adding, “The negative voices of other people that are your own voice. Or are they? Hard to say when you’re in this kind of a place. How to get out of this place? Needing to get outside more.”

Greetings friends.
hoping this update finds you as well as can be in these ever changing times.
i have come here to bring you the news that we have made a new album called ‘Off Off On’ and that it will be released on October the 23rd by Rough Trade records
our friend Josh Kaufman produced it, Rozi Plain, Jamie Whitby-Coles, Neil Smith, Jesse Vernon and many more played on it, and we are very much looking forward to being able to play it to you. the artwork for the record is by our hero Joff Winterhart.
there is a thisisthekit webshop exclusive green vinyl LP edition and the first hundred of these come signed – just make sure you pick the signed edtion from the menu. but that’s not all: you can pick up bundles with limited edition t-shirts and this is the kit playing cards, plus cd and download.
i had the great honour and pleasure of working with the mighty James Slater for the video that accompanies ‘this is what you did’.
he has done a beautiful job of capturing the energy of the song with a kind of zoetrope based animation video collage.
wishing you all well and hoping to see you soon
Kate
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This Is The Kit is the musical project of Kate Stables and whoever joins her. You thought you didn’t like the banjo but you were wrong pal. Listen as Kate rips forward with her hypnotic twang pattern and a voice of rare, unaffected beauty. Since 2008’s debut album Krülle Bol, This Is The Kit (lead by Kate Stables) have unpicked emotional knots and woven remarkable stories, but even by their high standards, “Off Off On” is a beautifully clear distillation of Stables’ song-writing gifts.

By the end of 2018, the band had finished touring their last album, the talismanic Moonshine Freeze – leading to Kate’s Ivor Novello nomination, but when it came to Stables’ natural impulse to start the next record, her efforts were diverted by an invitation to join The National on the road for multiple tours and TV appearances – a continuation of the role she took on their album I Am Easy To Find. “It was so brilliant when I was writing to be away from my songs and the responsibility of being in charge of a band or a project – I think it really helped my writing and my getting through whatever I needed to get through.”

Richly illuminating and acutely sensitive to the pulses and currents of life, Off Off On shows This Is The Kit overflowing with ideas. In difficult times, it’s a record that feels like a lifeline, moving against the tide, standing against the storm.

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From the forthcoming album ‘Off Off On’ which will be released by Rough Trade Records on October 23rd.10.2020. This is the fifth album by the band and is the follow up to 2017 critically acclaimed album ‘Moonshine Freeze’. The album will be available on LP / CD / MP3.
Released September 10th, 2020
Rough Trade Records Ltd

 

Hello Forever: Whatever It Is: Limited Edition Pacific Blue + White Ink Spot Vinyl + 7

Just announced! New recruits to the Rough Trade label come in the shape of Californian group Hello Forever, with a remarkable debut that fuses elements of the 60s West Coast sound with a steadfast DIY approach, recorded over the hill from After the Gold Rush, where Captain Beefheart laid down the tracks for Trout Mask Replica .

Limited Edition Pacific Blue & White Ink Spot LP w/ Bonus 7” featuring new single ‘Everything Is So Hard’. CD edition includes new singles via download code. Both LP and CD packages include lyrics and behind the scenes photos. Rough Trade Records are excited to release the debut album by Californian group Hello Forever.

Based in Topanga, California, the band live together in a pastoral setting high above the Pacific Ocean – not far from where Neil Young recorded After the Gold Rush or Captain Beefheart laid down the tracks for Trout Mask Replica, the group forever expanding and contracting, with members coming and going as they please. They fuse elements of the 60s West Coast sound with a DIY approach to music and creativity which has spawned their remarkable debut album, the aptly titled Whatever It Is. Samuel Joseph and company have created a contemporary throwback to a vibrant era with a set of songs that establish the collective’s exquisite harmonies and colourful instrumentation.

Band Members
Sam Joseph,
Andy Jimenez.
Joey Briggs,
Molly Pease,
Anand Darsie,
Jaron Crespi,
Lina Kay,

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This Is The Kit is the musical project of Kate Stables and whoever joins her. You thought you didn’t like the banjo but you were wrong pal. Listen as Kate rips forward with her hypnotic twang pattern and a voice of rare, unaffected beauty.  I have come here to bring you the news that we have made a new album called ‘off off on’ and that it will be released on october the 23rd by Rough Trade records. Since 2008’s debut album Krülle Bol, This Is The Kit (lead by Kate Stables) have unpicked emotional knots and woven remarkable stories, but even by their high standards, “Off Off On” is a beautifully clear distillation of Stables’ song-writing gifts.

By the end of 2018, the band had finished touring their last album, the talismanic Moonshine Freeze – leading to Kate’s Ivor Novello nomination, but when it came to Stables’ natural impulse to start the next record, her efforts were diverted by an invitation to join The National on the road for multiple tours and TV appearances – a continuation of the role she took on their album “I Am Easy To Find“ It was so brilliant when I was writing to be away from my songs and the responsibility of being in charge of a band or a project – I think it really helped my writing and my getting through whatever I needed to get through.”
Richly illuminating and acutely sensitive to the pulses and currents of life, “Off Off On” shows This Is The Kit overflowing with ideas. In difficult times, it’s a record that feels like a lifeline, moving against the tide, standing against the storm. Keep going.

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From the forthcoming album ‘Off Off On’ which will be released by Rough Trade Records on October 23rd 2020. This is the fifth album by the band and is the follow up to 2017 critically acclaimed album ‘Moonshine Freeze’.
released June 30th, 2020
Rough Trade Records Ltd

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Pinegrove’s new album begins with a breath and ends with a shimmering exhalation. In between is “Marigold”, an urgent, multivalent meditation—and an expanded take on the blend of alt-country, indie rock and cerebral humanism that’s inspired the band’s ardent fan community. Marigold marks their Rough Trade Records debut, offering what songwriter Evan Stephens Hall calls a “heart-first” perspective. Those familiar with Pinegrove will recognize signature elements of the band’s sound: literary yet conversational lyrics, geometrically interlocking guitars, the dynamic shifting shadows of rhythm and structure. Marigold is the first true collection of Pinegrove songs that addresses (or doesn’t) the events that have unfolded since lead singer Evan Stephens Hall’s admission of sexual coercion in late 2017 via a Facebook post. Marigold also follows Skylight’s tendencies to aim for a softer, more delicate, more intimate sound than anything on Cardinal.  

But this effort marks the most spacious, bold, and well defined iteration of the project yet Formed in 2010 by childhood friends Evan and drummer Zack Levine, Pinegrove have released three previous albums —Everything So Far (2015), Cardinal (2016), and Skylight (2018) —to massive critical acclaim, garnering them a widespread and devoted listenership. They’ve described their sound as variously as introspective party music, or energetic music in the folk tradition; in any case they have combined catharsis and inventive structures with irrepressible melodies, resonant lyrics and emotive twang. Gone are the cathartic, fist-pumping moments from “Cadmium,” the louder, capital-R Rock aesthetics from “Then Again” or the bruising solos à la “Aphasia.” Hall & co. respond with a more refined batch of songs on Marigold. It seems Hall realized yelps and screams don’t necessarily attract the most attention; he now recognizes that by being even more vulnerable than ever before, he’s capable of producing his finest song writing yet. 

That’s particularly obvious on “The Alarmist,” as Hall nearly whispers the final line of the first verse: “I whisper to myself / Then I’m spinning it half around / Like an echo / A faraway sound / Saying, ‘be good to me.’” Though the first stanza makes it seem like this is a song about the breakdown of a relationship and Hall’s inability to communicate effectively, that raw “be good to me” refrain feels wholly personal, directed towards himself and no one else. For the public to forgive him for his past misdeeds (if it ever will), he needs to forgive himself first to find a way forward.

Marigold finds the band expanding into the latter, spreading out over varying tempos and swelling pedal steel. But in surprising moments, the album can suddenly unfold into the band’s heaviest, most unbound offerings yet—a cavalier disregard of genre in favour of something honest and unique.

what’s up everyone! today we’re excited to announce some shows – a handful of dates in the UK, two hands full of dates in june in the US! later this year.

Pinegrove’s new album ‘Marigold’, Released January 17th, 2020 on Rough Trade Records.

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In November 2019, Girl Band played back to back sold out shows at Dublin’s iconic Vicar Street, this was following the release of long awaited second album ‘The Talkies’ hailed as ‘more abstract and more focused than their debut’ and a sold out East coast U.S & European tour. Recognised for their ferocious live shows which have been described as chaotic, electrifying and ‘genuinely dangerous, like one last rave before the apocalypse’, these shows were highly intimate and intensely sought after creating an air of ‘you had to be there’. This is their first ever Live vinyl and features tracks from their whole repertoire, some of which have only been performed a handful of times.

“As perfect an expression of rock n roll essentials auto – destructive impulse as this writers ever heard” The Guardian 5/5

Girl Band play ugly noise with a charisma and energy to drag them from the no wave ghetto to somewhere bigger” Mojo 4/5

“It’s a hellish noisy odyssey in vicious rock n roll” Crack 8/10

GIRL BAND are: Dara Kiely (vocals) Daniel Fox (bass) Adam Faulkner (drums) Alan Duggan (guitar)

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Tracklist:

1.Pears for Lunch – 3.35 2.Fucking Butter – 7.49 3.Lawman – 6.14 4.Heckle The Frames – 1.31 5.The Last Riddler – 1.21 6.Laggard – 5.56 7.Salmon of Knowledge – 6.21 8.Amygdala – 1.43 9.The Cha Cha Cha – 0.29 10.Shoulderblades – 6.07 11.Prefab Castle – 7.39 12.Why they hide their bodies under my garage? 13.Going Norway – 4.13 14.Paul – 6.54Girl BandGirl BandGirl Band

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