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Girl Ray makes self-proclaimed “estrogen pop” that seems to exist outside of time. Though heavily indebted to harmonious crooners and jangly indie acts of the 60’s and 70’s, Girl Ray creates a sound that’s fresh, ambitious and all their own. Poppy Hankin’s vocal delivery is calm and collected, forming a spirited juxtaposition to her biting lyrical wit.


Band Members:
Poppy Hankin – Vocals and Guitar
Sophie Moss – Bass and Vocals
Iris O’Connell – Drums and Vocals
Mike O’Malley – Guitar and Keys
Released March 15, 2018

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Snapped Ankles take on The Fugs’ counterculture anthem, updated for the Edward Snowden generation.
From the forest floor:”Having unearthed The Fugs CIA man some years before, we were shocked to discover a newer more sinister agency had taken over from the diatribe’s protagonist so we updated Tuli Kupferberg’s list of ills…

“Of course every time the song is now mentioned online, a blip of data triggers a filter that enters a file that rings a bell in a bunker deep under a mountain in Pennsylvania. So now the forest is full of agents looking for us, and we are taping up our microphones and cameras and walking backwards through our own footprints to shake them off…

Released March 2nd, 2018


CIA Man originally performed by The Fugs. Written by Kupferberg (Warner Chappell)

Fri 23 March Tremor Festival, Azores, PORTUGAL
Wed 4 April Ghost Notes, London, UK
Fri 6 April Le Vecteur, Charleroi, BELGIUM
Sat 7 April This Is Psychedelia, Folkestone, UK
Tue 10 April Night & Day, Manchester, UK
Fri 4 May Desertfest, London, UK
Sun 27 May Raw Power Festival, London, UK
Sat 26 May London Calling Festival, Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
Sun 22 July Bluedot Festival, Cheshire, UK
Sat 18 August Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons, UK
Sat 25 August Sea Change Festival, Devon, UK
Sat 1 September End Of The Road Festival, Dorset, UK

OUR GIRL – ” Our Girl “

Posted: February 25, 2018 in MUSIC
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Our Girl have shared their self-titled single, which you guessed it is titled ‘Our Girl’, which carries on the theme of self-titled releases and is the Brighton trio’s first release since their self-titled debut EP dropped last November.

The new single is produced by former The Coral member Bill Ryder-Jones  who brings over the fuzzy hooks which were plentiful on the Merseyside man’s last record West Kirby County Primary which shine through on ‘Our Girl’.

Soph Nathan guitarist vocalist from the band said more about the song, she said: “Our Girl was the first song I ever wrote, the first song we played together, and the first demo we ever recorded and shared with people. We ended up naming the band after it! So this song feels like the perfect re-introduction to everything we’ve got coming.”

It’s a busy old time for the Brighton band at the minute, as they are currently touring the UK as part of Class Of tour alongside Pale Waves and Bloxx then they will be heading stateside to perform at SXSW. Following this, they will then be supporting The Magic Gang on their upcoming tour and have their own headline show at London’s Moth Club on 22nd May.

Our Girl Tour Dates

Feb 20 Boileroom Guildford, UK
Feb 22 Storey’s Field Centre Cambridge, UK
Feb 23 Westgarth Social Club Middlesbrough, UK
Feb 24 Studio 2 Parr Street Liverpool, UK
Feb 26 The Cellar Oxford, UK
Feb 27 The Cookie Leicester, UK
Feb 28 Chapel Leeds, UK
Mar 01 The Sugarmill Stoke On Trent, UK
Mar 02 O2 Academy 3 Birmingham Birmingham, UK
Mar 04 King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut Glasgow, UK
Mar 05 The Leadmill Sheffield, UK
Mar 06 Manchester Gorilla Manchester, UK
Mar 07 The Garage London, UK
Mar 08 Thekla Bristol, UK
Mar 12 The British Music Embassy Austin, TX
Mar 19 St Pancras Old Church London, UK
Mar 22 O2 Institute2 Birmingham Digbeth, UK
Mar 23 Manchester Academy 2 Manchester, UK
Mar 24 The Church Leeds, UK
Mar 27 Thekla Bristol, UK
Mar 28 Electric Ballroom London, UK
May 05 Leeds City Centre Leeds, UK
May 22 Moth Club London, UK


The Spook School is a queer and trans indie pop punk band from Glasgow who seek to inform and uplift others in their community. The quartet’s outspoken music and identities are deeply intertwined, so they use the platform to converse about non-binary sexual identity, harassment, and discrimination with an upbeat, plucky style. The Spook School is a welcome change in the sea of indie rock sameness; the kind of band that challenges convention by blending new lyrical topics with a nostalgic sonic palette.

Band Members
Nye Todd – Guitar and Vocals
Adam Todd – Guitar and Vocals
Anna Cory – Bass and Vocals
Niall McCamley – Drums and Vocals

Released February 20, 2018

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Ahead of their European tour this month, Autobahn have released a new single, ‘The World Around You Is Fractured Somehow’. 
Recorded just after sessions for the band’s second album were finished, the astute among you will notice that the track title first appeared on the poster that came with limited edition pressing of the last record. As such, there’s a degree a consistency in sound, and ‘The World Around You…’ might be considered a cousin to ‘Future’, the synth-punk highlight of The Moral Crossing. Once again recorded in the band’s own self-built studio in Leeds, it’s a beautifully bold statement from a band who appear to relish navigating that space between the melancholic and the euphoric.


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Volume 3 in God Unknown Records Singles Club series. Ten split 7″ records delivered straight to your door individually or two at a time over the space of 12 months.



For a band which started out as a bit of a joke, Dream Wife aren’t doing too badly. Originally formed as an arty project at Brighton University, it was an idea which backfired in the best possible way when the trio discovered that, actually, they were quite good at this music thing.

Extensive gigging, tours supporting Sleigh Bells and The Kills, and a raucous performance at SXSW later, they now release their debut album, eleven songs and just over half-an-hour of brash, punky, shoutiness, underpinned by strong lyrics and a determined sense of identity.

There’s a certain relentlessness about their creation. Singer Rakel Mjoll’s voice is at times urgent, at times strident, and at other times light as a feather. Nowhere is this more evident than on ‘Somebody’, as she sternly lectures that “I am not my body, I’m somebody” over Alice Go’s trademark chopping riff. Current single ‘Hey, Heartbreaker’ is perhaps the poppiest song on here, with shouty backing vocals and even handclaps thrown into the mix. Indeed, Dream Wife are far from afraid of the odd musical cliché, chucking some ‘woo-woo’s into ‘Kids’ and a whole lot of punk attitude into the bratty ‘F.U.U.’


Dream Wife are at their very best, though, when they harness that aggression. Opener ‘Let’s Make Out’ is a combination of angsty and angry, Bella Popadec’s bouncy bassline underpinning a song taught with uncertainty. ‘Fire’, meanwhile, is The Breeders sanding the raw edges off of Kenickie, a promising sign of musical development yet to come.

If you wanted to be really picky, you could argue that this record is a bit too relentless, a bit too lacking in darkness and light. On the other hand, that’s pretty much the point of Dream Wife – full on, demonstrative and pretty much unstoppable.

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Led by the imperious Natalie Sharp, Lone Taxidermist’s 2017 album “Trifle” was a cult hit for its blend of post-punk and Peaches-style electro, along with the complete withholding of any fucks – and 2018 should see them build their reputation as the best live band you have yet to see. Imagine a fetish party in a bubble-wrap factory overseen by a pushy lollipop lady and you’re kind of getting near.

Along with Serafina Steer, Natalie Sharp aka Lone Taxidermist and Medea, created a visual spectacle taking in opera, theatrics, minimalist sounds and stage production.  In her vocal gymnastics and theatrics, Natalie’s performance could only be compared to Kate Bush. Unbelievable.

I just can’t stop listening to this album. As far as genres go it’s pretty much unclassifiable but has a glistening pop sensibility throughout. It will take you on a slippery journey


As witnessed as Medua and the subsequent irreverent world of Lone Taxidermist, Sharp’s art and expression is firmly based in the ‘performance art’ side of things and her ‘performances’ so far can be equally compared to the afore mentioned Kate Bush, as easily as they could to Gilbert and George or Sarah Lucas. However, what Sharp has done with Trifle, is manage the precarious transition into accessible ‘popular’ music, but without losing any of the ‘high art’ performance or theatrics with it.

DREAM WIFE – ” Dream Wife “

Posted: January 4, 2018 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Marvellous indie trio Dream Wife, who delivered one of our favourite live sets of the year at Truck Festival have announced details of their much anticipated self-titled debut album. There are plenty of options to buy the record including a very special limited edition transparent vinyl with blood red splatter, a gatefold vinyl edition and CD and various bundles with signed novellas – check the pre-order options here.

They have also shared a new track, Let’s Make Out, which is another top notch track of catchy, feminist post punk swirl… with teeth!