Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Pom Poko
Birthday

Norwegian group Pom Poko drop their debut LP on Bella Union. The group cite a pretty mixed bag of influences - Death Grips and Ali Farka Toure are both name-checked in the press release for Birthday, but unfortunately so are Vulfpeck, so this could really go either way. As it is they don’t really sound like any of that lot - groups like Deerhoof and The Mae Shi spring to mind as Pom Poko power through a collection of zany power-pop-punk numbers.

Major Murphy
Lafayette EP

A selection of bedroom recordings made by Major Murphy while they were still figuring what exactly Major Murphy was going to be. The Lafayette EP, named for the house which contained said bedroom, shows a more gentle and less assured side of the band. A fascinating document for anyone who enjoyed their debut No. 1. 
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Half Japanese
Invincible

....And they are invincible aren't they? Jad and David Fair have long been proponents of outsider music but now in 2019 they sound rather steady and listenable if it weren't for Jad's screechy freeform vocals which continue to give the band an air of unpredictability in the best traditions of Daniel Johnston and Jonathan Richman.    
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Telekinesis
Effluxion

For his fifth album, Michael Benjamin Lerner wanted to do it alone. Though previous Telekinesis albums have seen Lerner playing everything, Effluxion is the first where he has handled everything up to the production. A power-pop record with a spectacular sense of intent, and is filled with the catchy hooks and uplifting choruses we expect.

Threatmantics
Shadow On Your Heart

Threatmantics hail from Cardiff, Wales. Essentially an indie band, they mix everything from folk to pop to metal into a big pot labelled ‘rock ‘n’ roll’. Shadow On Your Heart is their first album in 7 years and is self-released. They previously released their debut album Upbeat Love (2008) through Domino imprint Double Six. Limited to 300 copies in hand printed sleeve.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Savage Mansion
Revision Ballads

There’s this great bit in Peep Show where Super Hans explains away the unfairness of a situation to Jez by simply saying ‘it’s a Savage Garden, my friend’. We can’t say for certain what Glaswegian DIY-punk Craig Angus is getting at by naming his project Savage Mansion, but one spin of Revision Ballads implies that things may be a bit brighter for Angus than they were for Jez in that moment. Revision Ballads is an LP of breezy, grungy pop tunes ala The Lemonheads, Pavement and all that other good stuff from the ‘90s.

Homeshake
Helium

Homeshake is the project from Peter Sagar  - an escapee from the Mac De Marco touring band who has already issued several dollops of R&B influenced lo-fi pop. Helium is the product of both a much clearer mental state for the artist and of a new home recording set up which allowed him to tinker further with his tracks following increased interest in ambient and electronic compositions.

Methyl Ethel
Triage

Australian art-rock combo Methyl Ethel enjoyed some success with their second album, Everything Is Forgotten. They matched dark lyrics with sparkling melodies and songs such as ‘No.28’ and ‘Ubu’ were among some of 2017’s best moments. Now they’re back with a follow-up, Triage. It finds the band in a more contemplative mood than usual.
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

Mineral
The Power Of Failing

Mineral were one of the finer bands to come out of the 90’s US indie emo scene, and their power is all the greater for the fact that they only released two albums and then called it a day. The Power of Failing is the debut full-length, and it simultaneously anticipates and betters many emo bands yet to come. Reissued by Arena Rock Recording Company.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Wedding Present
Marc Riley Sessions Volume 3

The Wedding Present certainly get on with Marc Riley: he has brought them in for sessions on numerous occasions over the years, and this release collects tracks from some 2015 and 2016 sessions. Some Present classics, plus a fetching cover of the Nancy Sinatra Bond theme ‘You Only Live Twice’. Marc Riley Sessions Volume 3 is released by Hatch Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

William The Conqueror
Bleeding On The Soundtrack

William The Conqueror is a project led by Scottish singer/songwriter Ruarri Joseph. Bleeding On The Soundtrack is the second of three albums they intend to make linked by a themes of childhood, fatherhood and motherhood. Joseph wrote the songs and based them on his own experiences. Produced by Ethan Johns. LP and CD on Loose.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Vintage Crop
Company Man

Vintage Crop hail from south-eastern Australia, and as their urgent and energetic punk sound may suggest, they don’t hang around. Following hot on the heels of their last LP, New Age, comes Company Man, an EP dealing with the mundane life of suit wearers and discrediting the corporate world. 7” EP on Drunken Sailor.

Bob Mould
Sunshine Rock

Just look at that sleeve. Bob Mould is obviously in a better place than where he was around the time of his 1990 album Black Sheets of Rain. But there's a point to the all the happiness. Bob is content in Berlin and instead of a raging anti- US administration album as you might expect, he's celebrating the good things in life as a means to stay alive during these dark years. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

HEALTH
VOL4::SLAVES OF FEAR

HEALTH are back on Loma Vista (Denzel Curry, St. Vincent) with new LP VOL4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR. Much like 2015’s Death Magic, this set finds the LA group streamlining the noise-barrages of their early work into sleeker, poppier song structures. There are flavours of cyberpunk, industrial rock and even a little nu-metal to many of the cuts here. The manner in which Jacob Duszik’s vocals glide serenely over the frenzy gives VOL4 :: SLAVES OF FEAR a strong Placebo vibe.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Yak
Pursuit Of Momentary Happiness

Yak is pretty much the epitome of the indie power-rock trio. From riffs that approach The Black Keys levels of addictiveness to noisy genre-defying jams that reminisce a higher paced Spiritualized, their second album Pursuit of Momentary Happiness has exactly what you’d expect of a band living in their car with nothing but their Big Muff pedals to keep them warm.
  • Artist(s):
  • Yak
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Cure
Greatest Hits

Reissue of The Cure’s greatest hits compilation from 2001 on Polydor. The heaviest hitters from the gothic post-punk band, with their biggest tracks from across their back catalogue from 1979 - 1999, including classics Boys Don’t Cry, Lullaby, Just Like Heaven, Close To Me, Friday I’m In Love up to the later Just Say Yes.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Entracte Twist
Entracte Twist

Self-titled album on Requiem Pour Un Twister from Parisian band Entracte Twist. Post-punk in the 70s style which means: jangly guitars, driving drums and a tasteful amount of synthesiser. This is the sort of music that is described as being effortlessly cool, which certainly isn't helped by the band singing in the language of effortlessly cool, French. 

Ian Brown
Ripples

With the big paydays from those Stone Roses reunion gigs apparently wrapped up for now, Ian Brown has got back into solo music-making: Ripples is his first solo material to land in nine years. The wider Brown family are all over this record, with Ian’s sons contributing to both songwriting and musical performances. That’s pretty sweet really. Ripples is out from Virgin EMI.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mike Krol
Power Chords

Garage-punk upstart Mike Krol returns to Merge with his fourth LP Power Chords. This one is very much a record that does what it says on the tin. Cuts like ‘An Ambulance’ and ‘Little Drama’ are blown-out rockers that recall Wavves and Colleen Green. Swearin’’s Allison Crutchfield, Sleeping In The Aviary’s Elliott Kozel and Enon’s John Schmersal all guest.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Cherry Glazerr
Stuffed & Ready

Cherry Glazerr’s debut album, Apocalipstick, was a success and consequently the band have spent most of the time since its release touring. They have found themselves sharing bills with Pixies, Flaming Lips, The Breeders and Slowdive, to name but a few. Whilst their music has at some point clearly been influenced by these bands, we can hope their second album. Stuffed & Ready, which was recorded mid-tour, is strengthened even more by seeing these bands at close quarters.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Moth & The Flame
Ruthless

The Moth & The Flame’s latest LP Ruthless was conceived in the shadow of singer Corey Fox donating one of his kidneys to a friend in need. A noble act indeed, and also definitely a life experience that you can spin an album’s-worth of songs out of. Said album continues the trend of The Moth & The Flame’s previous records, which is to say that it’s festival-ready U.S. indie-pop of the Naked & Famous/M83 school.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Honey Lung
Memory

Glorious alternative rock from Honey Lung. You already love their singles Sophomore and Export the Family, now you can buy their debut album as well. Memory continues in the band’s vein of self-recorded rock songs with distorted guitars, catchy riffs, and generational-anthem choruses. Already dubbed the new British Car Seat Headrest by, well, me. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Le Butcherettes
bi/MENTAL

Le Butcherettes new album bi/MENTAL is here, and it is once again packed full with lively attitude and vivid instrumental action. This one was produced by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads, so it has a very fine sparkle and glimmer to it. All the fun of good punk-rock music with extra gnarly vigour. Released by Rise Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Girlpool
What Chaos Is Imaginary

The excellent Girlpool return to the fray with their third LP. What Chaos Is Imaginary finds the band building on the good work of 2017’s Powerplant. That means they have emboldened their post-grunge/indie-punk sound with a newly classic songwriting sensibility that nods to Girls. Tracks such as ‘Where You Sink’ have a cool My Bloody Valentine thing going on.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

White Lies
Five

Five is the er….fifth album by London three-piece White Lies. The facts Normanites might like to know is that it was produced by Ed Buller (Suede, Boo Radleys, Pulp etc) and mixed by Alan Moulder (JAMC, Ride, NIN etc) and renowned producer, Flood, plays synth on it a bit too. LP and CD on PIAS.

Deer Tick
Mayonnaise

In 2017, Rhode Island rock/folk/rock/country/rock band Deer Tick released two compilation albums, Vol.1 and Vol.2. Now they’re giving us Mayonnaise, which is a close relative, containing alternative versions of songs first released on the two volumes. What I want to know, however, is why did they call this Mayonnaise when the first two had such prosaic names? Surely Mayonnaise should be called Vol.1 & 2 v2.0, shouldn’t it? LP on Partisan Records incl. Bonus 7”.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Twang
Either Way, It's The Best Of The Twang

Ten years into their career, indie boys The Twang now feel that they are in a position to compile and release a best-of album, featuring sixteen tracks grabbed from across their four albums to date. Hmmmm. Well, they’ve done it all the same, so you can get the excitedly-titled Either Way, It’s The Best Of The Twang from here if you want to. Released by Jump The Cut.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sleep
The Sciences

Weed obsessed stoner rock legends Sleep release their first album since Dopesmoker on 4/20 as a nod to the code-term in cannabis culture and day of celebratory toking. 'The Sciences' feature six tracks of relentless, stoned and heavy psychedelic metal from chess master Al Cisneros also of Om, High on Fire axe wielder Matt Pike and Neurosis stickman Jason Roeder.

The Dandy Warhols
Why You So Crazy

Are they still at it? Do they still fight with the Brian Jonestown Massacre? Does the keyboard player still {snip - Norman lawyers}....well here we are then those the Dandy Warhols with their 10th studio album on their 25th anniversary of being a band a bit like Brian Jonestown Massacre. They wrote some pretty good tunes back in the day so we'll find out soon whether they still have it.   

Barry Adamson
Memento Mori (Anthology 1978 - 2018)

He's been around a long time. From playing bass in Magazine to collaborating with Nick Cave and Jarvis Cocker to his nine solo albums to surely his greatest achievement  - finding and wearing the world's biggest pair of glasses. Now it's all been rolled up in an anthology which depicts an idiosyncratic life in music.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Danko Jones
A Rock Supreme

Now, A Rock Supreme is a pretty bold title to choose for your album, and whether the new one from Canadians Danko Jones achieves enough greatness to warrant the presence of Coltrane’s ghost or not is up to you. What you can be sure of though is lots of high-rock, high-energy rock action, delivered at speed and without too much self-seriousness. On Rise Above.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Twilight Sad
IT WON/T BE LIKE THIS ALL THE TIME

A few years ago it seemed like the Twilight Sad had had their day. Despite releasing a string of brilliant records they hadn't really crossed over to the success they deserved. Yet all of a sudden here they are with what could be the biggest album of their career. They've used the opportunity to make some pretty wild punctuation experiments and are very fond of the forward slash. Hopefully this will help their mopey Scottish noise pop get an audience amongst the hoards of people who have seen them support the likes of the Cure and Editors.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Swervedriver
Future Ruins

Actual new album alert from, shoegaze legends Swervedriver....and they've signed to Mogwai's Rock Action imprint for that extra coolness factor. We are told it has all the hallmark hard edged shoegaze with new flicks and tricks for 2018 listeners. Their re-issues have been flying out so time is nigh for their first material since 2015. 

Pearl Jam
Yield

High time for some Pearl Jam reissues to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the No Code-heralded next phase of their career. Yield, their fifth album, was originally released in 1998, and finds the band in proper alt-rock mode. This reissue, the first time Yield has been on vinyl since back-in-the-day, is out on Legacy in a die-cut jacket.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The White Stripes
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself / Who's To Say

Two covers here, actually: while this 7" project offers one White Stripes single plus one White Stripes cover, "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself" was originally written by Burt Bacharach and familiarized by a soft, serenely romantic adaptation by way of Dusty Springfield. There's the Stripes' pretty raw, half-punx version on here, plus "Who's To Say", originally Blanche's. 

FIDLAR
Almost Free

LA noiseniks, FIDLAR, take on the frustrations and anxieties in life - the false, the tragedies, and being woke (yes, I said it). They turn the bad and wrong into pure unadulterated visceral joy, exploring new territory whilst staying true to their core sound, with their third album, Almost Free. LP and CD on Mom & Pop Records.

David Vassalotti
Guitar Dream

David Vassalotti is probably best known as being the guitarist with Floridian 4AD indie band, Merchandise. Guitar Dream is his third solo album and was produced by his band mate, Merchandise vocalist, Carson Cox. It is sort of a break-up album featuring a revolving cast of crestfallen characters. The songs are more akin to the work of his band than his previous more experimental albums. LP and CD on Wharf Cat Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Green River
Rehab Doll

Mark Arm? Stone Gossard? Jeff Ament? Mudhoney? Pearl Jam? You love those bands, right? Well this is where it all started, Rehab Doll, the first and only full length LP by Seattle’s Green River. (It actually started with an EP and a mini LP shortly before this, but y’know what I mean.) The band featured all the above people and some other guys.You know what happened in Seattle and the music world after this, but check out what was the nascent Seattle music scene by buying this LP, or CD on Sub Pop.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Tim Presley's White Fence
I Have To Feed Larry's Hawk

The germination of Tim Presley’s first LP as White Fence in four years came when he was crashing at the house of fellow DRINKS member Cate Le Bon. Unsurprisingly there is a bit of the Le Bons to the oddball pop of I Have To Feed Larry’s Hawk. We reckon he's probably been listening to some Spiritualized too. Lead single ‘Lorelei’ has nothing to do with the Tom Tom Club song of the same name.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sister John
Sister John

You can more-or-less guess what this Sister John album will sound like from the cover, although the general advice is that you should never do such a thing. Their music draws comparisons to The Velvet Underground, Cowboy Junkies and Marianne Faithful with slow, sparse and fragile arrangements. This eponymous effort is their second album and follows on from 2017’s Returned From The Sea. 140g LP on Last Night From Glasgow.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dylan Rodrigue
Cat's Game

Dylan Rodrigue was raised within a Californian peaceful, yoga-based community. The peace was shattered when he got his hands on a copy of The Who’s classic, Who’s Next. This led him on a musical journey of discovery with The Beatles, Fugazi, Pixies, Elliott Smith, Vic Chesnutt, Neil Young and The Stooges all playing their part in creating his sound. Cats’ Game is his debut album and follows up from a four-song EP that was released last summer. LP on CD on Bad Paintings / Palamino.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Bikini Kill
Revolution Girl Style Now!

Sweet! This is the absolute earliest material of furious Riot Grrrl legends Bikini Kill, consisting of their first demo tape. This is also the first ever vinyl appearance of Revolution Girl Style Now! on the vinyl medium, and includes three extra tracks not on the original release. So DIY that the tape runs out before one of the tracks is done.

Bryan's Magic Tears
4 AM

Bryan’s Magic Tears revel in the sounds made by bands such as Pavement and Sebadoh in their lo-fi beginnings - beautiful ‘90s melodic sludge. They are led by Benjamin Dupont previously of Dame Blanche and feature members of La Secte Du Futur and Marietta. 4AM is their new album and is available on LP and CD on Born Bad.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Callas with Lee Ranaldo
Trouble and Desire

The Callas are a post-punk band from Greece who are one part of an arty, multi-media factory. Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo felt compelled to work with them after being drawn into their whole thing. Trouble And Desire is their first album together, however they have previously worked on a soundtrack for a film made by the arty collective called The Great Eastern. CD on Dirty Water.

Lost Under Heaven
Love Hates What You Become

Ebony Hoorn and Ellery James Roberts (both of Manchester’s Wu Lyf) return with a second LP from their newer project Lost Under Heaven. The soberingly-titled, Mute-released Love Hates What You Become is solid, emotive alt-rock brimming with unrestrained vocal expression and lovely production. A band really going for it.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Snow Patrol
Final Straw

Snow Patrol’s 2003 album Final Straw was their third album, but their first real biggie. Having signed to a major label may have helped with production values and a marketing push, but they were solely responsible for writing some anthemic songs. Run, for example, went stratospheric and unfortunately became an X-Factor Staple. Also includes Spitting Games. Deluxe reissue LP on Polydor.

Mitski
Be The Cowboy

Mitski’s fifth LP - and second for Dead Oceans (Slowdive, Khruangbin) - finds the singer finding great emotional depth in her mixture of college rock, grunge and twee-punk. Her poised vocals and narratives about personal struggle and inner strength are wed to similarly emotive instrumentals across these fourteen tracks. It makes for a defiant and ultimately uplifting listen on Be The Cowboy.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Papa M
Highway Songs

Suprise! David Pajo (who became known from his time in Slint) releases a new solo album under his Papa M alias, the first for absolutely ages. Nine tracks of American sound that we predict, on the basis of the single ‘Walking On Coronado’, to be excellent. LP / CD / cassette tape editions available on Drag City.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Guided By Voices
100 Dougs

Guided By Voices seem to be rattling out the releases. Space Gun was their most recent acclaimed LP and it's due to be followed by It’s Warp and Woof early next year and a future double album. Before it all, here's 100 Dougs, a 7" EP of Country influenced Rock songs to sink your teeth into.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Pedro The Lion
Phoenix

Phoenix is the first Pedro The Lion album in 15 years. Head Pedro, David Bazan, took himself on a journey round his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona whilst not enjoying a solo tour in 2016. This led him to thinking about how things used to be before the band dynamic changed and the band broke up - the way he wrote, the way he worked. This led him to get the band back together. The whole experience of going back inhabits the album's lyrical themes. CD and LP on Big Scary Monsters.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Young Gods
Data Mirage Tangram

Swiss industrial legends Young Gods return with their first album in nine years. Data Mirage Tangram took shape from the most skeletal beginnings of songs being performed at a festival residency before being given bulk and structure on the road over a three year period. According to head Young God Franz Treichler, it’s the only time an album has arrived from a fully collaborative effort. Double LP and CD on Two Gentlemen.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Night Beats
Myth Of A Man

Night Beats with their fourth studio LP here (and the second they’ve put out via Heavenly). The press release for Myth Of A Man claims that this is a record that can already go toe-to-toe with the classics. It might be a bit early to be making such proclamations, but this is certainly a well-heeled collection of Lee Hazlewood-esque psych-country.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Fightmilk
Not With That Attitude

Ok, I’ll admit that I get annoyed when my loaf of bread gets squashed among other grocery items but I’ve never fought milk. London’s Fightmilk take their name from a sketch about an alcoholic milk drink on the US comedy show It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia. They have previously released one EP via Fierce Panda and now we have their debut long-player, Not With That Attitude. They take their influences from bands such as Sleeper, Long Blondes and Martha, among others.

Chorusgirl
Shimmer and Spin

The 2015 self-titled debut by German/English indie four-piece Chorusgirl was released on Fortuna Pop! and received weighty support from BBC 6 Music. It’s been three years in the making, but they’re back with its follow-up, Shimmer and Spin. Comparisons can be made to Cocteau Twins, The Cure, Dum Dum Girls and La Luz, so if any of those float yer boat, get on board! LP on Reckless Yes.

The Decemberists
Travelling On

The Decemberists like to release B-side EPs. Travelling On, released on Rough Trade, is a 5-track collection of tunes from their previous full-length album, I'll Be Your Girl. It contains 4 tracks from the Exploded Edition and a full band version of Travelling On. The title track's a grand wee foot-stomper. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Girl One And The Grease Guns/ Jen Schande
Suburban Robot / The Russian / 97 Tables

New split from everyone's favourite local record label Squirrel Records. One side features new songs from the mysterious Girl One And The Grease Guns, the B-Side includes Jen Schande, who is best known by fans of Squirrel Records as featuring of one of the early Cribs singles. Expect fuzzy electronic noise. 
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Girl One And The Grease Guns
The Strange Little Lines That Humans Draw In The Dust

Girl One And The Grease Guns are a beautiful indie-pop band who write drop-dead gorgeous pop song gems (and also weird pieces of experimentation). The Strange Little Lines That Humans Draw In The Dust compiles all the material from their seven 7”s to date on one tidy CD package. It’s an amazing collection, and a great primer for their forthcoming debut album. Released by Next Phase: Normal Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mastersystem
Dance Music

Mastersystem are double-brother proposition, featuring the two Hutchinsons from Frightened Rabbit and the Lockeys of Editors and Minor Victories. Dance Music is their debut album, and it, naturally, is not really dance music. What it is is fuzzy, heavy, dark but high-energy music with guitars and such. Its released on Physical Education Recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Brian Jonestown Massacre
Dropping Bombs On The Sun (UFO Paycheck)

Here is the third single to be taken from the new Brian Jonestown Massacre album Don’t Get Lost, to be released in February. Dropping Bombs On The Sun (UFO Paycheck) is a typical Jonestown cut, featuring vocals from Tess Parks. The B-side also features saxophone from Pete Fraser. 10” pink vinyl single, released on Anton Newcombe’s ‘a’ Recordings.

Royal Trux
White Stuff

First new album in 19 years from 'the Worlds Greatest Rock and Roll Band'. When I think of Royal Trux I can only remember the time my brother  - when asked by their record label where the band could stay after a Leeds show - suggested a quaint ivy clad Wetherby guest house complete with trademark poodle yapping about. How Jennifer Herrema and Neil Hagerty would have fitted in in such environs would have been interesting given their rock and roll debauchery image and love for the white stuff they presumably titled this album after.  

For Against
Mason’s California Lunchroom

Mason’s California Lunchroom was For Against’s second album for the Rainbow Quartz label, their fourth album in all. It was originally released in 1995. The band, who hail from Lincoln, Nabraska, moulded their darkwave sound through being influenced by a lot of independent British music that was around in the early ‘80s. Reissue LP and digipak CD on Saint Marie.

The Charlatans
Up At The Lake

Up At The Lake by The Charlatans was originally released in 2004. In comparison to other albums by the North-West indie old-hats, it doesn’t seem to be quite as well remembered. The critics liked it back then though. Anyhow, here’s your chance to relive it with a lovely vinyl reissue. 180g LP on Virgin.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Notwist
Superheroes, Ghostvillains & Stuff

German indie weirdos The Notwist present their first ever live recording. Performing tracks mainly off of their albums Neon Golden, The Devil, You and Me, and Close To The Glass. Sounding somewhere between Efterklang’s off kilter pop, and Radiohead electronic experiments, blending, and swinging between the two. Triple LP and CD on Alien Transistor.

Low
Double Negative

Two years on from the excellent Ones and Sixes Low have headed back down Highway 53 to Eau Claire to resume work with producer B.J. Burton (Bon Iver, James Blake) on an album which is said to be an unflinching eleven track quest to be loud, abrasive and commanding. A Low record that fights against itself....shades of 'Drums & Guns' perhaps? Once again Low move with the times. Truly always different, always the same. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

John Garcia
John Garcia And The Band Of Gold

Providing vocals for legendary stoners Kyuss will probably always be John Garcia’s greatest merit, but that doesn’t mean the man sits still. He’s played with a bunch of bands that were a lot like Kyuss but just not as good, and also makes solo albums. The humbly titled John Garcia and his Band of Gold is his latest effort, and you’d be right to expect tasty licks and high-pitched vocal wails, but with a bit more bluesy twang than classic stoner rock. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Ian Brown
The Greatest

The Best of Ian Brown. Actually not as bad as you might think as Brown has come up with the odd classic during his solo years in particular Corpses In Their Mouths and F.E.A.R. His solo work is a lot more eclectic than that of his main band the Stone Roses with reggae, dub and electronica influences infusing his baggy laid back pop. 

Mac DeMarco
Salad Days Demos

"Salad days are gone" sang Mac DeMarco on his beloved and commercially adored record Salad Days. In fact they are not, because he's now putting out his Salad Days Demos, collection original iterations of songs praised for their sparkly, rich guitar tones, breezy melodies and reassuringly chill themes. AM rock turned stoner bliss, DeMarco's music feels classic and cozy, and now you can hear how the record that got him out in the limelight came to be.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Manchester Orchestra
The Black Mile Demos

Manchester Orchestra are from Atlanta, Georgia, but take their name from the beautiful northern city of rain and trams. The Black Mile Demos compiles recordings of songs that ultimately made up their fifth album, A Black Mile To The Surface. This record shows the songs in their most skeletal form, recorded with one microphone. Special release for Black Friday. LP on Caroline International.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Superette
Tiger

Superette were a short-lived band formed by Dave Mulcahy from Flying Nun band The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience and Ben How and Greta Anderson of Fang. Tiger was their one and only album. Fans of The Jean-Paul Sartre Experience will be pleased to know that Dave Mulcahy brought his ability to write those great guitar lines and melodic hooks with him to this project. This reissue also features the band’s debut EP, Rosepig, along with b-sides and unreleased demos. LP on Flying Nun.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

All Them Witches
ATW

The fifth LP from All Them Witches (God I hate that name) surfaces on New West (Caroline Rose, The Devil Makes Three). ATW - Does it count as a self-titled record if it’s just the initials? - finds the Nashville trio smooshing Southern rock and metal stylings together in trademark fashion. Riffs galore. It’s like Mastodon.

Habibi
Habibi

Classic girl group stuff from Habibi who you'd think from the name and the artwork were a kind of world music thing but they are actually four lasses from New York making music in the style of Vivian Girls, Shangri Las and Frankie Rose.  Post punk lo-fi pop with a Motown edge. What is not to love?   

Levitation
Never Odd Or Even

Here is a nice neat clean-up release from Levitation, who existed for a relatively brief time in the early 90’s, but whose second album Meanwhile Gardens was never released until recently. There wasn’t, however, enough space to include everything, so the three lost tracks are now getting their own vinyl release, as Never Odd Or Even, on Flashback.

J Mascis
Elastic Days

J Mascis writes a new album, a new album writes J Mascis. Elastic Days is his third solo studio LP away from the daily grind of being in Dinosaur Jr. As with previous albums Several Shades Of Why and Tied To A Star, this one finds The World's Slacker Dad focussing on the acoustic side of life. There’s a bit of a Woods vibe to numbers like ‘See You At The Movies’.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Chemtrails
Cuckoo Spit EP

Cutesie and sweeping indie rockers Chemtrails striking the iron while it’s hot. They only just released Calf of the Sacred Cow and now they’re following it up with the Cuckoo Spit EP. You might be interested in this if you like early Arcade Fire, indie rock with that bedroom-recording whiff, or bands formed by couples.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The 1975
A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships

Extremely (and unfathomably to people over 40) popular group the 1975 return with the thankfully shorter titled follow up to the one with the extremely long title. Who knew that when Tim Healey and Denise Welch got together this would be the result but there we are. That last LP reached number one on both sides of the little puddle we call the Atlantic ocean and interest is at fever pitch for this one. 

Pinegrove
Skylight

Sad Americana lot Pinegrove dropping by with their third full-length now. Skylight sounds a bit like Death Cab for Cutie and Wilco got together for an album they didn’t really want to make. The result is a decent bunch of catchy sing-along anthems for when you’re stuck in rainy rush-hour traffic.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Qlowski
Pure As Fear

Maple Death Records (The Wound, His Clancyness) with a dose of short, sharp garage rock here. Qlowski impressed with their eponymous 2016 cassette, even making it onto a Bandcamp article about the best releases of the year ('so far'- it was June at the time). Follow-up EP Pure As Fear sees the Italian group everything that made that the first record so good and run with it. That means influences of Aussie punk, golden-age CBGB’s and Killing Joke are still clearly audible.

For Against
Aperture

US post punk band For Against returned to the fold in 1993 after a five year hiatus with their third album, Aperture. Following in the footsteps of bands signed to Factory and 4AD, it could be argued that their take on darkwave foreshadowed bands such as Interpol. Reissue LP and digipak CD on Saint Marie.

Big’n
Knife of Sin

‘90s noise-rock luminaries Big’N have got the band back together in recent years. Their latest EP, the six-track Knife Of Sin, shows their powers to be undimmed. This is tortured, needling hardcore noise of the Jesus Lizard school. Steve Albini’s had a hand in this one, which seems about right.

Manic Street Preachers
This is My Truth Tell Me Yours - 20 Year Collectors Edition

20 years ago the Manic Street Preachers released This is My Truth Tell Me Yours which you can now buy once again on a 20th anniversary special edition. Get not only the original album but a load of demos, live rehearsals and remixes. Don't miss out on the album NME gave 7/10 back in 1998 and features the hit 'If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next' and other songs.     
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Spinanes
Manos

26/11/18 was the 25th birthday of The Spinanes’ college rock classic Manos. Merge felt something ought to be done to mark the occasion, so they’re re-releasing the LP. Many groups to subsequently emerge from The Spinanes’ home town of Portland, Oregon owe quite a debt to the band’s melodic post-grunge sound.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

State Champion
Send Flowers

State Champion have been around a while now, they play what has been described as ‘college drop-out rock and ‘Beard Rock’’. I’d describe it as American mid-fi indie, tinged at the edges by country rock with an occasional classic rock swagger. Edith Frost guests on the album and  David Berman of Silver Jews rates Ryan Davies as the best lyricist in his field. Send Flowers is their 4th album. LP on Sophomore Lounge.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Richard Swift
The Hex

Richard Swift sadly died on 3rd July, 2018. He was 41 years old. The gifted musician, songwriter, producer and filmmaker had worked with a number of acts in his career including Damien Jurado, The Shins, Foxygen (producing their first and best album) and The Black Keys. The Hex is Swift's final album which he completed shortly before his death. He put everything into this record - from cathartic songs about his late sister and mother to a patchwork of influences such as Doo-Wop, Wall of Sound, Funkadelic, Captain Beefheart, Bo Diddley and Link Wray. It’s a real shame that it will be his last album, but it looks like he has unwittingly saved the best until last. LP and CD on Secretly Canadian.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Half Man Half Biscuit
Let's Not

This is the third single by Birkenhead surrealists Half Man Half Biscuit. Released in 1990, this follow-up to the indie smash hit 'Dickie Davies Eyes' failed impact on the charts despite the band being championed by the late John Peel, who called them a 'national treasure'. It is, nonetheless, a classic. Available on 12" vinyl. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Wombats
Bee-Sting

Liverpool indie-popsters The Wombats released their fourth album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life (and they would know because they’re all gorgeous!) earlier in 2018. Not resting on their laurels, they have some new material already - Bee-Sting b/w Oceans is released on 7” transparent vinyl through their own label, The Wombats.

Gengahr
Where Wilderness Grows

Gengahr, a band probably named after a Pokemon, have their second album ready to go, and it’s a twelve track tour of the group’s current capabilities. Where Wilderness Grows is bright and tuneful indie, recorded with Neil Comber at the production controls. Both the CD and the vinyl editions come with a download code for some live recordings. On Transgressive.

Cloud Nothings
Last Building Burning

Great news! Cloud Nothings have made their loudest record to date! It's also one of their fastest. The Cleveland OH band have drafted in Randall Dunn (Sunn O))), Earth etc.) to help replicate their intense and powerful live sound on this thirty-minute one-sitting-listen slab of racket churn.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Calexico
The Black Light (20th Anniversary Edition)

The Black Light by Calexico was originally released 20 years ago so it seems fitting that we now have a 20th anniversary version to savour. It was the band’s second album, but probably the first to get them noticed. Their mix of mariachi brass, flamenco, indie rock and jazz wrapped up in dusty Americana was seamlessly blended to create a sound that is very much their own. Features a guest appearance from Howe Gelb of Giant Sand. Double LP and CD on City Slang.

Circa Waves
What’s It Like Over There?

What’s It Like Over There? Is the third studio album from Liverpool indie rockers, Circa Waves. The album was produced by the legendary Alan Moulder and melds thrilling rock with sharp pop. The band have toured with the likes of Temples, Royal Blood, The Libertines and Interpol. LP and CD on Prolifica Inc.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mandolin Orange
Tides of a Teardrop

Tides of a Teardrop is about as sad as it sounds, with the songs on this album searching for weights to bear. Country music mister and misses Mandolin Orange try to deal with the death of Andrew Marlin’s mum by writing songs about it. The result is a quiet and introspective album with mournful tunes, wailing violins, and slow-paced vocals. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (LPYEP2638X)
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Richard Ashcroft
Alone With Everybody

Richard Ashcroft, as you probably know, was the lead singer with The Verve. Alone With Everybody was his debut solo album, and moved Ashcroft even further away from The Verve’s early shoegazing sound. It was very popular with people who like this kind of thing upon its release in 2000. Chris Martin of Coldplay has apparently hailed Ashcroft as the greatest singer in the world. 180g vinyl repress on EMI.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Pale Waves
All The Things I Never Said EP

Debut EP All The Things I Never Said from indie pop outfit Pale Waves, a quartet hailing from Manchester. Taking subtle hints from 80s synth-pop acts like The Cure and much heavier ones from the likes of The 1975 (the group are endorsed by Matty Healy himself). Out on clear red 12" vinyl, on Dirty Hit.

R.E.M.
Dead Letter Office

R.E.M. in the early days were a great B sides band. They always ensured that each single came with a gaggle of excellent additional tracks. Dead Letter Office does the decent thing and round these up on one collection. From the sublime (their take on Pylon's 'Crazy') to ridiculous (laugh-a-long versions of Aerosmith's 'Toys in the Attic' and Roger Miller's 'King Of The Road' - it's all here.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Possum Moods
Northern Times

Possum Moods are an Australian/US indie supergroup and purveyors of sweet DIY pop. They feature Mia Schoen from Sleepy Township and a number of other well-loved Australian Bands, with Harriet and Phoebe from Australian no wave group Olsen Twins and Jen and Stew from Boyracer. The latter pair, a married couple, just happen to run the label Emotional Response, too. Northern Times. This is their third full-length LP and they’ve even used a quote from a Norman Records review in the press release. Limited edition LP of 150 copies on Emotional Response.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

DOG Power
DOG Power

Following a couple of singles, New Zealand duo DOG Power release their eponymous debut album. The duo are made up of Sam Perry, a singer songwriter with an indie pop slant, and Henry Nicol, an experimental musician. It’s probably down to the latter that, although the pair make pop music, it is brooding and dark. An obvious reference point would be early Depeche Mode, but there are also guitars slicing through the electronics. There’s something about them that most definitely ties them to the Flying Nun stable, too. LP on Flying Nun.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock