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A band from Belfast inspired by sea glass, bleached grass and ghost guitars. Belfast’s finest purveyors of sun-kissed jangle-pop Sea Pinks will mark 10 years in existence with a new EP. Arriving exactly a decade on from the Neil Brogan-fronted band’s debut single, ‘Japanese Knotwood’, it doubles up as an ending – an inexorable line drawn under the sand – for one of the country’s most prolific and consistently on-form bands.

On the heels of its title track, we’re pleased to present a first listen to the release’s new single ‘Running Down The Clock’. Sure enough, even at the eleventh hour, Sea Pinks are a band that sound like no other. Centering on the onward march of time, and our place within it, it’s a stellar six-minute effort from a band who are now officially on an indefinite hiatus.

Have a first listen to the track – and delve into a wonderfully insightful statement from Neil Brogan regarding the past, present and future of Sea Pinks. Ten years ago this week I uploaded the debut Sea Pinks single ‘Japanese Knotweed’ to Bandcamp. It was home-recorded using Garageband, a Vox Valvetronix amp, a Tascam 4 track of dubious origin, a badly detuned snare drum, and a newly acquired and heavily modified 1966 Fender Mustang, stripped of its original sonic blue by a previous owner to a crudely lacquered slab of alder. Something about the patina of that guitar made me want to write songs that recalled the era it came from and evoked the places it might have been to before it came to me. In short order, a clutch of songs sprang forth with very little summoning on my part, and I recorded as I went along, playing everything myself. That first album Youth is Wasted was made in the living room and box room of the house I was then renting off Woodstock road, east Belfast, between April and June 2010.

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This EP was recorded mostly live in a single one-day session in January this year, and I finished it during lockdown. I’ve now arrived at the point I always arrive at sooner or later, where I hit up against the familiar limitations of money and ability and CPU on my 2008 Macbook (maxed out to 8GB RAM) and finally admit defeat. The moment of release is always an exercise in damage limitation at some level.

I should acknowledge how totally lucky I’ve been to have this band in my life. I’ve played great shows with rooms full of people singing along, played with a ton of great bands, been to places I never would have been, and been lucky to be supported by amazing people, within the band and outside of it, throughout. There are too many of them to name here, but I hope the principals know who they are.

Maybe, when it’s ok to do so, we’ll play these songs for an audience. The recording date in January was actually the last time we were all in the same room together. All things considered it feels like the right time to put the band on indefinite hiatus. We’ve had a good run and ten years feels like a nice round number to draw a line under. But then again, I’ve tried to draw a line under this band before.

To those who have attended a gig, bought a record, put up wth us on social media etc – thank you all for your support and enjoyment of our music over the past decade. Neil Brogan.

releases July 3rd, 2020

Sea Pinks:
Neil Brogan – Guitar, Vocals, Keyboard
Davey Agnew – Drums
Gary Cummins – Bass

Recorded at Start Together, Belfast, January 2020

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One night in Paris, a perfect moment preserved and documented for posterity. If you have been lucky enough to see The KVB on their 2019 North American tour, then this live album captures that same energy, that same space perfectly. I very much look forward to being able to see them perform again, but for now “Live at La Cigale” offers a reminder of what we all have to look forward to. The visionary film-maker Christopher Brown delivers a love letter to Berlin in a new short film ‘Sehnsucht’, the city where the London based brits lived for a year in 2016 and collaborated with the likes of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Underground Youth and Neu!, under the Moniker ‘Browzan’. The film scored by The KVB gives us an insight into the dark, creative and the freak show that is Berlin. In this film-poem Brown illustrates his experience living in Berlin between 2016-17. Brown uses collage, still photography, video and boomerangs to re-imagine this dirty paradise as a throbbing visual mosaic. The evocative imagery is harmonised by a dark music score composed by the illustrious duo: The KVB (Invada Records)

In 2020, feeling nostalgic in UK lockdown, Brown reminisced over his time in Berlin and wanted to make a piece that captured his experience living there. His concept was to make a film-poem using still photography, boomerangs and collage techniques.

A long time admirer of British audio-visual duo The KVB (Nicholas Wood & Kat Day), Brown reached out to the band to make an original score – they had been wanting to collaborate for a while and finally the opportunity came to being. Having lived in Berlin also, Brown thought the UK duo were the prefect act to generate the atmosphere that Brown’s imagery evoked.

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‘Live at La Cigale’ LTD Edition silver vinyl available now exclusively via Invada Records UK. Each vinyl purchase guarantees access to our upcoming ‘Dreamspace’ live stream concert.

Recorded on the 29th January 2020 live at La Cigale in Paris.

All songs written and performed by The KVB

It seems an age since we saw or heard anything from the duo Fear Of Men playing at SxSW in Austin, and that was before they took a four year hiatus after the release of their sophomore album Fall Forever. With a new track ‘Into Strangeness’, our first song and video in 4 years We made the video ourselves during lockdown, co directed by Mikael Johansson. It’s inspired by 16th Century British witchcraft, uncanny dreamscapes and feminine power.

They are back with a new song, Into Strangeness, a sub-3 minute salvo tightly wound with a post-punk energy that recalls the likes of Section 25 and AR Kane. The song opens up with disorientating atonal saxophone, inspired by the opening credits of 70’s neorealist film Fear Eats the Soul, before Jessica Weiss’ vocals paint an ominous picture of tension, possession and affliction.

The band are donating their first week of sales via Bandcamp to The Audre Lorde Project, supporting LGBTQ+ People of Colour in the New York area.

Released July 1st, 2020
Words and music by Jessica Weiss and Daniel Falvey.
Drums by James Davies.

Lucy And The Rats return with their second album and produce another fine record of summer-infused power-pop garage full of hooks and harmonies.

Two years have passed since their debut album, and, as the summer slowly starts to kick in, London-based four-piece Lucy And The Rats release another record to soundtrack the hazy days and warm nights.

Lucy, originally from Australian group The Spazzys, has a sugary sweet voice, crystal clear and yet, although the melodies float softy over the stripped-back punk-pop choppy chords, she possesses a strength of personality within the lyrics that belies the first impression. Her songs sing of independence, feelings of settling into a happiness within one’s own skin, but always with a bittersweet touch. At times it’s like hearing a young, and perhaps more timid, Debbie Harry and the overall combination, along with her band, comes closest to that of Nikki And The Corvettes.

Those already familiar with the band will find no surprise in songs like the single September, or in the infectious Time To Time. Simple and catchy, the songs are earworms that quickly work their way into your consciousness and are hard to shake loose. However, the songs that jump out more are those where the band leave the sweetness to one side in favour of a more urgent rhythm and drive. Pinch Myself comes close to a Ramones-style attack and, given that the band that back Lucy up also form the backbone of Johnny Throttle, and have also played in the likes of Thee Tumbitas and The Gaggers, it’s logical that, once let off the leash, the band run with greater verve and energy. It’s in those moments that they call to mind some of Lookout! Records highlights in bands like Pansy Division and The Smugglers.

That said, what also marks the album as a step up from their debut is their ability to balance that sound with altogether much gentler songs such as On Fire and TV on which their fragile delicacy shines through. It’s that equilibrium between the pop and punk that results in a record to keep going back to.

Lucy and the Rats‘September’ from the album ‘Got Lucky’, out July 3rd on Stardumb Records & Surfin’ Ki (LP) and Dirty Water Records

Thurston Moore continues to put out previously-unreleased songs from his vault during quarantine.These previously unreleased songs appear on his Bandcamp page, and he also recently put out a new instrumental and now he announced a proper new album, “By the Fire” its first single, “Hashish” .He made the album with his former Sonic Youth bandmate Steve Shelley on drums, My Bloody Valentine’s Deb Googe on bass and backing vocals, and James Sedwards on guitar (all of whom are also in the Thurston Moore Group), and it also features contributions from Wobbly (aka Jon Leidecker of Negativland) on electronics and Jem Doulton on drums. Thurston calls “Hasish” an ode to the narcotic of love in our shared responsibility to each other during isolation,” and it’s a relaxed yet hypnotic song that sounds like classic Thurston Moore, and is a very promising first taste of this LP.

Thurston also said:
“By The Fire” is music in flames. 2020 is our time for radical change and collective awareness and Thurston Moore has written nine songs of enlightenment, released to a world on fire. Taking a cue from Albert Ayler’s “music is the healing force of the universe”, this recording offers songs as flames of rainbow energy, where the power of love becomes our call.

These are love songs in a time where creativity is our dignity, our demonstration against the forces of oppression. By The Fire is a gathering, a party of peace — songs in the heat of the moment.

Strawberry Moon (for three guitars)
Recorded At Daydream Library 3rd June 2020 London

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a celebration of the strawberry ( full ) moon vibrations – free energy for change.
released June 3rd, 2020

This next one’s a lovely acoustic instrumental called “The Lords and the Ladies” that Thurston debuted on his 2013 UK tour with legendary folk singer Michael Chapman and recorded in London in 2015.

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A midweek offering to greet the summer – this song was written a year or so prior to its recording and was played on the acoustic duo tour I shared with maestro Michael Chapman throughout England. released May 20th, 2020
written and performed by Thurston Moore for eva.

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A soundtrack for our usa sisters + brothers to register as voters today, if you still need to – we can change the world – free all political prisoners – insurrection for common decency – rock n roll consciousness – more to come. “By the Fire” comes out September 25th.Thurston’s Daydream Library Series label

released May 1st, 2020
thurston moore group
bass – Deb Googe
drums – Steve Shelley
guitar – James Sedwards
guitar + vocal – Thurston Moore
recorded by paul epworth at the church London
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Thurston Moore born 25th July 1958 Coral Gables Florida , teenage years spent in Bethel Connecticut then moved to NYC 1977, joins The Coachmen plays CBGB’s, Max’s and downtown art-rock dwellings, Joins Sonic Youth 1980-2014, then Chelsea Light Moving, immigrates to great smoke London, foreva love, solo group action, further free scenes, ecstatic peace library, daydream library, animal liberation

Sonic Youth have also been in the process of putting archival material on Bandcamp (their latest, Perspectives Musicales – Live At Cat’s Cradle 2000, came out on Friday timed with Bandcamp’s as has Lee Ranaldo.

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As made clear already by widely-spread preview track “Kill It In The Morning” and first single “Sick,” The Twilight Sad’s third full-length, No One Can Ever Know, marks a sonic shift for the band. Freshly inspired by a listening diet of Cabaret Voltaire, Can, Liars, Magazine, Autechre, and Public Image Limited, the band turn to a dark, synth-heavy sound for No One Can Ever Know; the resulting LP shares thematic and sonic space with the most innovative offerings from Depeche Mode, The Cure, or even Nine Inch Nails. “We wanted to be a lot more spontaneous, get outside our comfort zone – not to fall back into repeating what we’ve done previously,” explains guitarist Andy MacFarlane. “So we moved to London for a month to record at The Pool and got Andrew Weatherall involved to bounce ideas off and to generally reassure us of the direction we were already progressing in – toward a sparser sound, with a colder, slightly militant feel.”

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Under the guidance of Weatherall the band experimented with vintage analogue synths – borrowed from producer Ben Hillier – to work on the core sounds they wanted, finding further inspiration in the distinctive production style of innovators like Factory Records’ Martin Hannett and Cluster‘s Conny Plank.

Originally Released February 6th, 2012

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DUTCH UNCLES Live at Old Granada Studios was recorded in 2017 at Low Four Studio, also Our label Memphis Industries has made all our releases available digitally for pay what you like across this weekend. If there are any gaps missing in your Dutch Uncles collection Now Is Your Chance!

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A live set, recorded at Old Granada Studios for Low Four, in front of a live studio audience in February 2017. It includes our cover of Stay by our faves The Blue Nile
released April 30th, 2020

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Previously released on vinyl in 1997 British space rock band Spectrum is a project led by Peter Kember under the pseudonym Sonic Boom; an English singer and record producer.He was a founding member, bassist, vocalist and guitarist of alternative rock band Spacemen 3, lasting from 1982 until the band’s dissolution in 1991.

He provided the production on MGMT’s sophomore album Congratulations, Panda Bear’s albums Tomboy and Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper, and Beach House’s seventh album, eponymously titled ‘7’. As a solo artist, Kember has recorded as Spectrum and E.A.R.(Experimental Audio Research), parallel musical projects with recordings under both names occasionally only featuring Kember.

He has occasionally performed live under both monikers, most recently as Spectrum, touring as a band in America and Europe. Kember has also played and collaborated with a number of artists, including Stereolab and Yo La Tengo.

‘Forever Alien’ is the third studio album by Spectrum.It was originally released in August 1997 by Space Age Recordings and has long been out of print on vinyl. After the band’s preceding EP ‘Songs for Owsley’ moved away from guitar-oriented music and towards electronic music, ‘Forever Alien’ furthered this approach considerably, as Kember aimed to create a predominately electronic album that sounded organic and analogue in style. The record is dominated by vintage analogue synthesizers, including the EMS VCS 3 and EMS Synthi AKS. Kember had become fascinated by the synths as he felt they presented him with more musical possibilities than guitars. The resulting album fuses psychedelic music with influences from the 1960s electronic music of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

The track ‘Feels Like I’m Slipping Away’ from the album was released as a single and ‘Forever Alien’ had modest radio success in the US and also received acclaim from critics. Musicians such as Helena Hauff and Ekoplekz have since cited it among their favourite albums. Will Carruthers (ex-Spacemen 3) joined Spectrum on their 1997 tour in support of the album. Now re-mastered by John Rivers at Woodbine Street Studio especially for vinyl release for Record Store Day 2020.

Orange coloured heavyweight 180 gram audiophile double vinyl LP

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We present – “Mixtape One” – a collection of reworkings and covers of some of our favourite songs – available now on Bandcamp for free. If you fancy downloading, we would ask that you make a donation to Refuge (or your favourite charity) directly through their website(s).

Friends; we now present – “Mixtape Two” – our second collection of reworkings and covers. It’s available now on Bandcamp for free. If you fancy downloading, we would again ask that you make a donation to Refuge (or your favourite charity) directly through their website(s).

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This mix contains a selection of cover versions performed by USA Nails:

1. Paranoid – Originally performed by Black Sabbath
2. New Life – Originally performed by Depeche Mode
3. Digital – Originally performed by Joy Division
4. Pretty Baby – Originally performed by Sister Sledge
5. I Am The Fly – Originally performed by Wire
6. Goodbye Horses – Originally performed by Q Lazzarus

released April 25th, 2020

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This mix contains a selection of cover versions performed by USA Nails:

1. Over And Over – Originally performed by Hot Chip
2. Don’t You Forget About Me – Originally performed by Simple Minds
3. Arabian Knights – Originally performed by Siouxsie And The Banshees
4. White Lines – Originally performed by Melle Mel
5. My Sharona – Originally performed by The Knack
6. Essex Dogs – Originally performed by Blur

Released May 18th, 2020

Thurston Moore has released a new song titled ‘May Daze’, recorded with his Thurston Moore Group bandmates Steve Shelly, Deb Googe and James Sedwards. The new track was recorded at the Church in London with producer Paul Epworth, who also produced the group’s 2017 album ‘Rock n Roll Consciousness’.

‘May Daze’ is one of several rarities Moore has uploaded to Bandcamp over the past couple of months. Prior to its release, the former Sonic Youth guitarist had shared a trio of archival tracks from his now-defunct Chelsea Light Moving project, along with a Thurston Moore Group outtake from 2016 titled ‘Instant Transcendent Conjecture’.

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Released May 1st, 2020
thurston moore group
bass – deb googe
drums – steve shelley
guitar – james sedwards
guitar + vocal – thurston moore
recorded by paul epworth at the church London