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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.

Played entirely on thrift store instruments with the kind of enthusiasm and naiveté severely lacking in a lot of today’s music this is not some clever re-imagining or ironic take on lo-fi, this is the real deal! Technique and skill be damned, the message comes through strong and that message is “Don’t think about it, just cross the line and enjoy it.” All rolled together with gum, glitter and stickytape in the studio by fellow Birmingham noisemakers Black Mekon, the result is slightly wrong-sounding but infectious one-minute-garage-pop with gusto. One guitar, 2 drums, the basement band you always wanted to start.


Cherry Pickles’ debut LP Cherry Pickles Will Harden Your Nipples will be released on April 5th 2019 via PNKSLM Recordings following the band’s US debut at SXSW.

released April 5, 2019

The music they produce ranges from the most beautiful and melancholy soundtrack to the loudest of feedback driven post rock. They have certainly mastered the soft/loud dynamic, of bands such as Swans, Mogwai and low”

Southampton’s Burning House have created a sepia-tinted sound that is both pastoral and psychedelic.
Since their formation in 2011, Burning House have been slowly picking up a storm. The glacial arpeggios, the guttural feedback that owe’s much to the cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky, as it does to the likes of Red House Painters and My Bloody Valentine. The music truly takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions which evolves a certain sadness, elation, but also black humour. The sound is also dreamlike recalling moments of our youth lost to time’s unforgiving fire.


Band Members
Aaron – Vocals/Guitar
Ruby – Guitar/ Vocals
Dominic – Drums
Patrick – Bass

Released July 12th, 2019

Holiday Ghosts are back with their second LP “West Bay Playroom”, the follow-up to their acclaimed self-titled debut album from 2017. Originally starting out as a solo project from Sam Stacpoole the band evolved into a partnership with Katja Rackin, before turning into a full band with the debut album – showcasing a primitive rock ’n’ roll sound that’s been compared to The Modern Lovers and The Velvet Underground alongside current garage rock acts, and praised by the likes of The FADER, Stereogum, BrooklynVegan and KEXP. For West Bay Playroom the band’s refined their sound, with Stacpoole and Rackin being joined by Ryan Cleave on bass and Charlie Fairbairnon on guitar, offering a cleaner and more focused set of songs while breaking new ground and experimenting with influences from country, blues, spaghetti western soundtracks and more.
released February 15th, 2019

Originally the solo project of Elise Cook, Soot Sprite have evolved into a three piece shoegaze/ dream pop outfit for their sophomore EP ‘Sharp Tongue’ with drummer Matt Tiller and bass player Ross Becker (now joined live with bass player Sean Mariner). for this new EP, which released last month on 12” vinyl and digital platforms.

Sharp Tongue is the second release by Soot Sprite but the first by this lineup and it offers a chill but personal blend of bedroom pop and shoegaze that fits the mood whether you’re feeling reflective or relaxed.

Sharp Tongue 12″ EP out 11th October on Specialist Subject Records


The Band

Elise Cook – Guitar / vocals
Sean Mariner – Bass / backing
Matt Tiller – Drums

Released October 11th, 2019

LEMONDAZE – ” Neon Ballroom “

Posted: December 21, 2019 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Formed in 2016, Lemondaze started as a project inspired by the bands of the 90s shoegazing era. Developing their sound over the next few years, Lemondaze have cemented their shoegaze sound with nods to trip hop, post-punk and break beat. Originally from Cambridge, Lemondaze translate a dark and intense eruption of swirling guitars underpinned by thundering bass lines and hypnotic drums.

The band are now beginning to settle to life in london’s dingy music hotbeds. the band, after two years of stop and start gigging have finally master-crafted their debut single ‘Neon Ballroom’. this band echoes similarities with staple indie bands such as wolf alice, whose influence is so engrained in the track’s opening sections, similar to much of wolf alice’s early ep’s.

Lemondaze’s shoegaze anthem feels like you’re intrinsically stuck in an ethereal lucid dream loop consisting only of fuzz pedals & 90’s indie movies – the track is simply cosmic from start to finish with looping guitar lines, calmed fuzz interference and hypnotic harmonies. elements of noise and shoegaze are entwined to present a fresh take on a trend that has been tried and tested so many times before, and by all means, polished by the east anglian 3-piece.

having shared stages with the likes of gengahr, hinds, bloody knees and piroshka, including recommendations from wolf alice, lemondaze are set to be a band to look out for over the next year,


released November 15th, 2019
Written and performed by Lemondaze

Foundlings are a London / Brighton based band who play melodic, guitar-driven, indie-rock. In support of their debut release – double a-side single, ‘Misery’ / ‘Your Sister’ – the band embarked on their successful first U.K. tour, with performances in London, Brighton, Glasgow, Manchester and Sheffield. ‘Misery’ was selected by Steve Lamacq for his 6Music Recommends playlist and by Tom Robinson for the BBC Introducing Mixtape. The track received nationwide airplay on BBC 6Music, Amazing Radio and various other stations; Lamacq described the band’s sound as, “breathless indie pop.” The tracks have an insistent, guitar-driven energy across which the vocals are lifted, setting the tone somewhere between urban style and sweet nostalgia.

Foundlings’ eponymous debut EP is the band’s first release on Scottish label Last Night From Glasgow.


Band Members
Amber, Bryan, Matthew and Oliver

released March 1, 2019

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Rising from the ashes of the C86-influenced shoegazers The Tamborines, they are a three piece featuring Henrique Laurindo (guitar & vox), Chokis Costa (bass) and Jules Favaro (drums) and they marry vital and swoomsome melodies with frenetic jangle and warm noise. Henrique’s vocals are often gorgeous and the hooks never leave you, at times bringing to mind early Teenage Fanclub, Sugar and Dinosaur Jr, with an infinitely warmer soul. With shows with Echo Ladies and most recently at Rough Trade under their belts, it is recommended you see them as soon as you can.


The debut single by Buffalo Postcard.

Limited edition 7” vinyl version available as part of the Sonic Cathedral Singles Club: released February 6th, 2019

‘Morning Chimes’ and ‘Such A Drag’ written by Henrique Laurindo.
‘Stephanie Says’ written by Lou Reed.
Sung and played by Henrique Laurindo.

Expanded 40th anniversary edition, featuring newly discovered live tracks and notes from Pentangle bandmate (and Avocet collaborator) Danny Thompson. Bert Jansch was often quoted as saying “I’m not playing for anyone, just myself” and this feels no more apparent than on 1979’s ‘Avocet’, his beautifully meditative paean to British birds. This isn’t to say that Jansch was throwing commercial success to the wind, or was unaware of his audience, more that this album feels like a uniquely personal reflection of him. (The subject of British birds is one that Jansch held close to his heart. Indeed, just preceding this album was his 1978 split 7” single with Shirley Collins – with proceeds in aid of the RSPB.)
For fans of Jansch this is often the album that is singled out as his best work. The freedoms of a post-Pentangle career are much in evidence; folk rock and even trad folk give way to an album that is not only without lyrical accompaniment but really quite orchestral, classical even, in its composition. There are surprises in particular in ‘Lapwing’ (a dirge-like waltz that wouldn’t be out of place on a Nils Frahm album) and ‘Bittern’ (which speaks of Arthur Russell’s more experimental pieces).
Featuring ex-bandmate Danny Thompson, alongside Martin Jenkins (Dando Shaft, amongst others) with sleeve notes by Jansch aficionado Colin Harper (author of ‘Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British Folk and Blues revival’). This new edition also comprises three never-before heard tracks, recorded live in Italy in 1977 with Martin Jenkins (‘Bittern’; ‘Kingfisher’; ‘Avocet’), as well as Danny Thompson’s recollections of the making of ‘Avocet’, recorded by Dave Thompson (Mojo Magazine) in typical style. Remastered by Brian Pyle from original tapes.
released November 15th, 2019

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A frenetic London trio made up of Oli Burslem & Andy Jones (who were born in the black country in the West Midlands& raised in the suburbs) joined by kiwi drummer Elliot Rawson who bangs the drums.

They then moved to London and started selling curiosities in markets, which led to them meeting other musicians (a family table to Spiritualized’s John Coxon, an antique german map to Bill Drummond, a chair to a caribou member, a model ship to a scottish band – not that one – and an antique dildo to a peace associate). they also put on an artwork exhibition with Thurston Moore. in the meantime, songs were written in a basement of a furniture store in east London. it was dark and Yak were born.


Derby based Pet Crow formed in 2016 and set their stall out from the get go. Groove-laden, surf tinged garage rock to which you can dance.
2017 saw the release of their first LP ‘A Simple Guide to Small and Medium Pondlife’. Followed later that year by a 7” single ‘How Are you Wired?’, which found itself in the UK physical charts.
Since the last release Pet Crow have been very busy writing and touring. The resulting record ‘Take The Edge Off’ will be released in February 2020. With debut single ‘What We Doin’?’ released in November 2019.


Pet Crow are Danielle Ross, Dan Barradell, Sean Kenny, Conor Wallis and Sophie Prosay.
“Off kilter vocals grind against spidery guitar lines whilst a big bastard rhythm section pummel your ear drums in the most glorious way imaginable.