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Sorry are a bunch of snotty brats from north London who nick ideas from better bands (everyone from Tears For Fears to Oasis – they’re not picky), act like they’re too cool for the interviews they’ve agreed to do – as one poor NME writer recently found to his peril – and whose stage presence is best described as: mild. So it’s quietly devastating to report that the five of them have turned in one of the most incredible debut albums of the year so far.

After competing to see who could release the better songs on SoundCloud, they realised they were, in fact, better together. Sorry create an unusual, sexy take on modern indie rock – the febrile sound of city-dwelling, broke 22-year-olds, whose nights are dominated by hook-up culture and casual drug-taking – as evidenced on their debut album for Domino Records, “925”. Co-produced by James Dring (Gorillaz, Jamie T), it sees them finally wriggle free of being called a guitar band. Lorenz and O’Bryen describe their sound as pop music, but in early press Sorry saw themselves lumped in with bands in the south London music scene – sludgy art-school outfits such as Shame, Goat Girl and HMLTD. “We’re both from north London and live with our mums but play at [Brixton pub] the Windmill a lot,” says Lorenz. “I don’t feel a strong identity to where I’m from.”

According to O’Bryen, journalists and those within the music industry “just want to give people a reason to listen to something by calling it guitar music”. So what are Sorry? They’re a very 2020 band, in that they build their songs round the mood of whatever they’re singing about. A typical Sorry track is just as likely to be inflected with 90s grunge as with jazz or trip-hop.

It’s a weird moment to release this but we hope during this crazy & scary time you can find solace and peace in the musics. Big Thank you to James Dring, Louise, Bertie, Callum, Flo, Laurence, Jack, Will & Everyone at Domino.. and more thanks to our much adored fans, friends and family who have come to shows, listened to the tunes and fuel us with compassion, love and rich experiences. We hope you enjoy

A playful mix of indie, electro, jazz, pop and experimental music, ‘925’ has fun with the old maxim that there are no new ideas. Take lead single and signature song ‘Right Round The Clock’, which gleefully rips off aforementioned 1980s band Tears For Fears’ ‘Mad World’: “I’m feeling kinda crazy/I’m feeling kinda mad/The dreams in which we’re famous are the best I’ve ever had”,sighs Asha Lorenz with an almost audible eye roll. It’s so brazen that it’s actually exciting, the band helping themselves to boomer culture as though they’re slipping £20 notes from their parents’ purses.

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Sorry“Right Round The Clock”, taken from the debut album ‘925’, out now on Domino Recordings.

After five years out of the spotlight, Sophie Jamieson has returned with brand new track ‘Hammer’. Our first glimpse into a bigger body of work, this beautiful new song sees Sophie back doing what she does best, delivering the goods with her gorgeous ethereal style and raw lyricism.

“This is the first in a wider group of songs that explore self-destruction, self-medication, and trying to understand how to cope,” she explains. “This song is a window into the less positive or constructive ways of dealing with overwhelming feelings. But most of all it’s about accepting them.

I’ve changed a vast amount since the songs I wrote 5, 6, 7 years ago…but I’ve kept a fascination for the ugliest of human emotions. The ones you keep to yourself. Because those eat you up from the inside…and the ones that bring comfort when you hear them from someone else’s mouth. They’re the emotions I strain to hear in other people’s music, and which ultimately, are evidence of our humanity. To accept them, to see their complexity and ultimately their beauty is one of the most peaceful things I think you can do.”

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released March 19th, 2020

The collected works of Peter and David Brewis

Field Music’s live performance at Tapestry Club, St Aloysius Church, Camden, February 2006. Recorded by Tom Goldsmith. Thanks to Barry Stilwell.
Released March 23rd, 2020

The London five-piece Tom Dougall, Dominic O’Dair, Maxim Barron, Charlie Salvidge and Max Oscarnold release their first album on Tough Love and their fourth for the world. It’s recorded in home studios, mixed at Studio B in South London and completely self-produced. This extra material recorded and commisioned around the same time the original album was made. The deluxe version of Toy’s fourth album, “Happy In the Hollow”, is now available online. It includes the original album alongside new artwork and four rare or previously unavailable songs, as below.

Happy in the Hollow
The Willo (Sonic Boom remix)
Strangulation Day (Cosey Fanni Tutti remix)
Move Through the Dark (Daniel Melero & Yuliano Acri remix)

Grooving looping guitar psych-out dream-state vocals bring you trippy melodies. Originally released February 14th, 2020

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It’s a pleasure to announce our debut album ‘Working Men’s Club’ will be released on the 5th of June via Heavenly Recordings. It’s been a long road with a lot of sweat put into this album and at points we weren’t sure it would actually get made. However, it did and we’re incredibly proud of it. Produced by our dear friend Ross Orton and Recorded in Sheffield.

A rumble on the horizon. Gritted teeth, nuclear fizz and fissured rock. A dab of pill dust from a linty pocket before it hits: the atom split, pool table overturned, pint glass smashed — valley fever breaking with the clouds as the inertia of small town life is well and truly disrupted. Here to bust out of Doledrum, clad in a t-shirt that screams Socialism and armed with drum machine, synth, pedal and icy stare are Working Men’s Club, and their self-titled debut album.

Their eponymous collection of songs is equal parts Calder Valley restlessness and raw Sheffield steel; guitars locking horns with floor-filling beats, synths masquerading as drums and Minsky-Sargeant’s scratchy, electrifying bedroom demos brought to their full potential by Orton’s blade-sharp yet sensitive production.

Standouts include the nonchalant existential groove John Cooper Clarke — centred around the realisation that yes, even the luckiest guy alive, the Bard of Salford himself, will someday die. The washily-vocalled, Orange Juicily-guitared White Rooms and People, Cook A Coffee which is like a lost Joy Division number from an alternate universe and the frenetic, pew-pewing A.A.A.A.

Working Men’s Club are: Sydney Minsky-Sargeant – Vocals/Guitar/Drum Machine/Synth Liam Ogburn – Bass Rob Graham – Guitar/Synth Mairead O’Connor – Guitar/Keyboards/Vocals

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London’s Tugboat Captain, who named themselves after a Galaxie 500 song, are more than a little twee, making the kind of cute, shiny, horn-inflected indiepop that politely yells “striped tees and cardigans.” (They describe themselves as a “folk orchestra of ruffians.”) It’s pretty charming stuff and the band independently crowdfunded their trip to the USA only to have SXSW canceled, The impressive rise of Tugboat Captain has already taken them from home recording in their front room to Abbey Road, and is showing no signs of slowing down. The London-based quartet recently decamped to the iconic studios to work on their upcoming third album. With that release in mind the band will soon be heading to the other side of the Atlantic to play at both SXSW and the New York-based New Colossus Festival.

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released March 15th, 2019

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The new album from the Close Lobsters has been 6 years in the making. Including the brand new single “All Compasses Go Wild” The album will be released on Transparent Orange Vinyl and Grey Vinyl, it will also be available on CD.

The Scottish indie band Close Lobsters, who originally appeared on NME’s famed C-86 cassette, have just released their first album in 32 years. Post Neo Anti picks right up where they left off,
full of jangly guitars and big melodies.

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Jangling guitars the Paisley-based Scots Close Lobsters return to the fray with enough fervor and dash to make one wonder if even a single one of the last thirty-four years of calendar pages has in fact been torn from its place on the great rock wall. Rising from a growing feedback drone, the chiming dual strum of two electric guitars timed to the gallop of a rhythm section surely fueled by a transfusion of pure teenage energy, what’s perhaps most surprising given all that is that the true triumph in “Johnnie” (released ahead of new album Post Neo Anti…) is how utterly moving and elegiac it is.

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At once full of kinship, yearning, and the joy inherent in this mysterious arc of existence we all share, it is truly inconceivable to imagine a finer tribute. It’s a claim made all the more viscerally true by the fact that, by song’s end, soaked in one of ‘those’ melodies redolent of that mid-80’s golden age of which Close Lobsters were such an integral part (think the Minks the Junies the Mighty Lemon Drops et al, The power of song, it’s real and by the evidence submitted here, no one knows that better than Close Lobsters.

Officially released on February 28th, 2020.

GHUM gloss over dark pop with ghostly grunge” – The Line of Best Fit
“Immediately astonish with their electrifying brand of post-punk, but with a bitter and biting edge. The best goth pop that never was but could still be. Band of the night for me” – The Vapour Trail
“Morphing atmospheric pop through a smokey veil of haunting new wave guitar” – Hard of Hearing Music
“Playing Indietracks this summer, the band’s poised, intense set caught the imagination of everyone on site…A taut, wiry performance, ‘I’m The Storm’ matches their post-punk squall to a gothic sheen” – Clash Magazine
Ghum’s sweeping dark-pop proves they’re a band who deserve to be heard” – Get in her Ears
“This super slice of moody noise pop encapsulates all of the phases of love from obsession and infatuation to giddiness to a fevered masochism”- God is in the TV

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released January 22nd, 2020
Band Members
Laura Guerrero Lora – Vocals
Marina MJ – Bass
Vicki Butler – Drums
Jojo Khor – Guitar and Vocals

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.

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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”
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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.

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

Released July 12th, 2019