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Everett True
The Electrical Storm (Grunge: My Part in its Downfall)

Everett True is an alternative music lifer, publishing magazines, books and articles about sounds for decades now. The Electrical Storm, subtitled Grunge: My Part In Its Downfall is a collection of stories that trace True’s path through the music scenes with which he’s been involved. Expect a lot of entertainment, humour, and self-deprecating insights about music criticism. Book published by Rejected Unknown Press.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Roddy Woomble
The Deluder

Saddled with a name only one letter away from 'Womble' the Idlewild frontman has had to work hard for his credibility. Here he unleashes his fourth solo album which carries on the sometimes REM-ish sound of his former band with a new batch of atmospheric slightly off kilter independent guitar rock.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Foo Fighters
Concrete and Gold

Dave Grohl and Co. return for the ninth Foo Fighters album. Concrete and Gold sees new member Rami Jaffee (The Wallflowers) join the fold on keys and delivers 11 tracks of their inimitable mix of hard rock (there’s some serious riffage in here) and sing-along-ability. Double LP and CD on Grohl’s own Roswell label and RCA.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Intergalactic Lovers
Exhale

Third LP from Belgian indie-rockers Intergalactic Lovers. Frontwoman Lara Chedraoui’s vocals recall Cat Power or Karen O, delivering delicate lyrics over substantial guitar riffs and staunch Interpol-style basslines. The sound of a well-travelled band returning slicker than ever. From Unday Records, available on limited gatefold vinyl.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Palm Honey
Starving Hysterical Naked

The title is of course an ode to Ginsberg but the music here is more in thrall to that poet of the guitar Sir Thurston Moore. This is Palm Honey's heaviest offering yet and shows the band at their rawest and most visceral coming across like a cacophonous garage band. Faint hearted - please look away now. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Peter Perrett
How The West Was Won

Peter Perrett was of course singer in the Only Ones who were most famous for the monumental 'Another Girl, Another Planet'. Here he returns with his sons in tow for his first music in over twenty years. The gentle Lou Reed ish compositions are overlaid with his distinctive drawled vocals. The sort of music that couldn't be made by anyone without an addiction to heroin and sunglasses.   

Madeline Kenney
Night Night At The First Landing

Madeline Kenney presents her debut full-length album, which she wrote, arranged and recorded entirely herself and mostly at home. Night Night At The First Landing might initially come across as a straightforward indie songwriter album, but that would be before Kenney’s wild guitar starts properly flaring up. Night Night At The First Landing is out on Company Records.

Deerhoof
Mountain Moves

Jittery art rockers Deerhoof normally make their splintered music in isolation but here on their new album they have opened the door to the outside world and collaborated with the likes of Matana Roberts,Lætitia Sadier and Juana Molina. They also have a go at a Bob Marley song. Human contact = good. 
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The Just Joans
No Longer Young Enough

The Just Joans are another winsome indie-pop band who are doing pretty well for themselves now that people like twee-pop again. For ten years they have been making the kind of heartfelt music that will appeal to fans of Magnetic Fields and the Pastels and here discuss the realisation that you'd prefer a quiet night in than going clubbing...a conclusion I came to about 20 years ago.  

Happy Abandon
Facepaint

Debut full length from North Carolina based three piece Happy Abandon, and it’s a powerful starting statement. Mixing the likes of Conor Oberst, Bon Iver, Alt-J, and Sigur Ros Facepaint presents soaring vocal harmonies with catchy, driving indie and enchanting earnestness. Whilst they insist it isn’t a break up album, I think it would suit. LP and CD on Schoolkids.

The National
Sleep Well Beast

The National have slowly seeped into our consciousness over the past few years simply by selling truckloads of records and becoming a thing we regularly compare other bands to when at a loss to describe moody rock music. Their success really is quite remarkable. Anyway here’s another album which contains more of their dramatic dark rock with some electronic bits bolted on. If you like The National you are going to love it. 
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Milburn
Time

It's unbelievable but true. Milburn are back. The Sheffield band who sounded 'a bit like the Arctic Monkeys' have put ten years of differences behind them and reunited to the excitement of their adoring fan base. Not only have they reformed to play sell out shows but there's a new album too. Who next? The Beatles? 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Chills / Martin Phillipps
The Curse Of The Chills / Martin Phillipps Live At The Moth Club

This is a must-buy for any self respecting fan of New Zealand legends the Chills, a major new documentary on the band and in particular their leader Martin Phillipps. The film contains never been seen footage as well as interviews with Phillipps and close family. The DVD is coupled with CD of Phillips live at the Moth Club in London on his 2015 comeback tour. There also appears to be a book but we're not sure what is in that. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Spearmint
Man and The Moon

Indie pop veterans Spearmint never give up do they? And despite being around since the mid '90s they continue to produce their neat Pulp meets Lightning Seeds pop on this their first new recordings in quite a few years now. With plenty of trumpets parping away Shirley this will appeal to their legions of fans.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Luke Haines
Smash The System

Former Auteurs and Black Box Recorder man Luke Haines, who hates everyone and everything, returns with a new solo album. Smash The System is a classic sounding rock songwriter record that alludes to such figures as Bruce Lee, Ulrike Meinhof, Marc Bolan and The Incredible String Band. Out on Cherry Red.

Spearmint
It's Time To Vanish

Spearmint are the sort of '90s survivors that could have had Pulp - like success if the planets had arranged themselves a tad differently. Instead they soldier on into 2016 with a new album which re-unites them with producer John Etkin-Bell for an album of sunny side up pop tunes that are reminiscent of the more intelligent end of Brit pop. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mark Lanegan
Field Songs

First vinyl edition of Mark Lanegan’s Field Songs here, arrived courtesy of Sub Pop. The artist’s fifth LP was originally issued in 2001 and saw him both doubling-down on his sound and broadening his palette. This is still music steeped in American roots styles - country, folk, ballads - but we now find him tastefully incorporating influences from beyond the borders of the U.S.A. Lanegan’s gritty burr of a voice remains enthralling. Tom Waits is the obvious touchstone for Field Songs.

Giant Sand
The Sun Set Vol. 1

Howe Gelb’s highly-regarded Giant Sand project is wrapping up after 3 decades of loyal service to Americana and alternative country. Consequently, the whole album catalogue is being reissued over 3 big box-sets, divided alphabetically rather than chronologically. So The Sun Set Vol. 1 gives you 6 albums from all across the Giant Sand career, split over 8 vinyl records with elaborate liner notes. On Fire.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Jutland Songs
Charm on the Chain / Spark Out

Jutland Songs are a bunch of people who have also played in other bands (Eska, Danananakroyd etc) and here write songs that hark back to that golden period of indie rock that we knew as the 1990s. You know the kind of thing: Sebadoh, Superchunk, Polvo, Guided By Voices etc. They are also influenced by both dogs and cats. Hmmm.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Lovely Bad Things
Teenage Grown Ups

Lovely Bad Things blast straight out of LA with their latest adorable album / racket: Teenage Grown Ups. The quintet swiftly follow in the wake of their contagious EP ‘Homebodied’, combining boy-girl vocals, catchy tunes and noisy guitars with a slacker charm and pop-fixated optimism. Bless. LP and CD arriving via Burger Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Various
Butterfly Effect Compilation

A compilation from the Darlington based label Butterfly Effect, showcasing the varied wealth of talent from the north of England. Including tracks from acts The Black Sheep Frederick Dickens, Veil, Avalanche Party, Twist Helix, Kobadelta, James Robson, The Lovely Burn and many more. Limited white vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

His Clancyness
Isolation Culture

Isolation Culture could signify the moment that Jonathan Clancy and his merry troupe peek over from the underground. Their brand of charming yet dark guitar pop has here been produced by a mixture of MJ (Hookworms) and Stu Matthews (Beak) giving it that all important mid-fi sheen that brings to mind Deerhunter.     
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Sisters of Mercy
Some Girls Wander By Mistake

Big box set showcasing the early years of preposterous Leeds goth rockers Sisters of Mercy as their brand of dark and swirling rock got increasingly popular culminating enormous sounding rock hit 'Temple of Love'. Lots of rare and early goth fun and includes the 'Temple of Love' and 'Under the Gun' 12"s.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

INHEAVEN
INHEAVEN

INHEAVEN will release their self-titled debut album on September 1st. Not straying away from their indie rock identity, the album expresses the energy and electricity of which makes the band so easily recognisable. The 12 track debut album is available on both CD and Vinyl, available on Play It Again Sam.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Oh Sees
Orc

Rebranded garage rock professors Oh Sees have become a little more informal with this one -- "please, call me Oh Sees", they ask as you step into their office for a chat. Cool dads. They follow up duelling records A Weird Exits and An Odd Entrances (one a hard-hitting, twice-drummed psych rock record, the other a soft experimental curveball) with Orc, which is loud and turgid a la its title. Some of the gnarliest work here, it would appear -- "ew" is the watchword.

Gold Class
Drum

A record built on heartbreak, on the feelings left behind and on the sofa in the house of a friend of a friend. Drum is the ten-track record from Gold Class. The release highlights the struggle that we go through in the time of relationship breakups with hints of Morrissey-esque vocals throughout. Available on limited edition white vinyl LP and CD.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Six By Seven
EXII

Six By Seven have been a long running psych/kraut/alt rock band who are now pretty much run by leader Chris Olley. This albums sees him further explore his roots in the now very fashionable German kraut rock and kosmische scene and has only used instruments and equipment that were available in the era. 

Liars
TFCF

Liars are back. After a three year absence the off-kilter group return with a new footprint in their skewed journey in dark experimental lands. This time, with eleven-track TFCF, the band couple their line up upheaval with a revolutionised sound - one which smears the line between acoustic and electronic.

The Fresh & Onlys
Wolf Lie Down

The latest chapter in the ongoing sound world of the Fresh and Only's took them three years to complete but continues the anything goes art punk/ technicolour garage pop of their previous five full length releases. The band is nothing if not multi faceted and here take you on a journey through jangle pop, desert rock and primitive rock and roll. 

Arcade Fire
Get Right

I guess this is time for Arcade Fire fans to get very excited. Their new single, Get Right was an outtake from the James Murphy produced Reflektor album. The band had previewed the song live as early as April 2014, but it has not been released until now. The 7” vinyl single is backed with Crucified Again.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Brand New
Science Fiction

Formidably emo stalwarts Brand New used to write immature pop-punk about their ex-girlfriends but turned it around on The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me; they've supposedly been maturing ever since, taking the brooding Daisy as an opportunity to churn noise rock around in the mud. Now they return with the much anticipated Science Fiction, a more ruminative and considered effort with elements of the pop-punk of old alongside twanging, almost country additives.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Baby In Vain
More Nothing

This Danish trio have a razor sharp and slightly off kilter take on noise rock taking influence from shoegaze, Sonic Youth and Sleater-Kinney in songs that manage to be both hard rocking and dreamy. Not for the faint hearted, they make a right old racket which has earned them live slots with Jesus and Mary Chain and the Kills. 
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
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A Giant Dog
Toy

The fourth full length record from A Giant Dog entitled Toy. A solid mix of indie-rock and percussion pop that combines nicely with joint male and female lead vocals. The band continuously refuses to lose any of its charm and spontaneity that has kept the fire burning oh so bright. Available on vinyl LP and CD.  
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Helium
Dirt Of Luck

Nineties alternative-rockers Helium have had their catalogue out of print for longer than is really decent, but this wrong is now being righted with a run of vinyl reissues on Matador. 1995’s The Dirt Of Luck was the band’s debut full-length album, and many reckon it their finest. It certainly has the sweet grungey chunky noisy pop guitar quality we all love about the mid-nineties. On Matador.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Widowspeak
Expect The Best

As if Widowspeak have been around for seven years? Life, it would seem, really does come at you fast, and this band of hybrid folk rock and dream pop continue to make strides in their sound, now coming a long way from their Fleetwood Mac inspired debut. A record of patient deliberation and the usual watery arrangement, it sees songwriter Molly Hamilton examine and revisit her hometown.

Superchunk
Superchunk

Merge bring us this reissue of North Carolina based Superchunk’s self-titled debut full length. Available on vinyl for the first time since 1990. It’s their first album, so it is suitably raw, messy, fun filled and damn pleasing. What more do you want from punky indie-rock? Includes download code for an 11 track live recording called Clambakes Vol 9.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Helium
Ends With And

Nineties alternative-rockers Helium have had their catalogue out of print for longer than is really decent, but this wrong is now being righted with a run of vinyl reissues and this new compilation of rare material! Ends With And is stuffed to the gills with demos, B-sides and  unreleased tracks, sourced from various old tapes in the archives. Double LP on Matador, with an extra five tracks available through bundled download.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

EMA
Exile In The Outer Ring

Following two broken indie big-hitters in Past Life Martyred Saints and the more polished Future's Void, EMA offers up a twilit record about the bubbling anger of the American Midwest. The themes on Exile In the Outer Ring  are prescient and the music continues EMA's threadbare approach to aesthetics, offering up both skeletal and fully-fledged versions of folk, noise and the grey areas inbetween.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Howie Reeve
smaller, now

The new record from Howie Reeve is smaller, now. Sitting on his own for quite a few years now after playing with many indie-pop and indie-rock bands has enabled him to gather a great deal of experience and musical wisdom. This record is available on vinyl LP on The Audacious Art Experiment / Red Wig. 

Taiwan Housing Project
Veblen Death Mask

Taiwan Housing Project contains Mark Feehan who used to play with Harry Pussy, which should be reason enough for you to pay attention. The other member is Kilynn Lunsford, formerly of Little Claw, and their debut album Veblen Death Mask is a glorious mess of wild experimental rock music. Released by Kill Rock Stars.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Kamikaze Girls
Seafoam

Straight outta the Leeds DIY scene burst the duo of Kamikaze Girls. Their debut album, Seafoam concerns itself with mental health issues and is full of personal and candid anecdotes. They explore a gamut of influences spanning shoegaze, punk / Riot Grrl and fuzz pop along the way. A couragous, positive and important new record. LP on Big Scary Monsters.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Interpol
Our Love To Admire

Although we can mock (and the Guardian already did) about literally every album getting the re-issue treatment, 'Our Love To Admire' was one of Interpol's strongest albums. Dark brooding post punk that showed there was life in the band after the so-so 'Antics'. If their self titled fourth album gets re-issued though with the same treatment then a line will have been crossed.  
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Death From Above
Outrage! Is Now

Third full length album from disco rockers Death From Above. Joining forces with Queens Of The Stone Age/All-American Rejects producer Eric Valentine they focus their chrome bright dance music with punk fever creating the soundtrack to dance to at the end of the world. Death grooves. LP and CD on Caroline.

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band
Dreaming In The Non-Dream

The press release for this is almost as long as Chris Forsyth's last album. I see the words Pere Ubu, Neu and Roxy Music in there so I'm assuming this next opus contains moments of '70s art rock amongst the blistering solo's and heat hazed Americana that he produced on earlier work. Prolific though isn't he?  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Hamell On Trial
Tackle Box

Described as the anxiety-induced, claustrophobic spirit that the USA now inhabits, Tackle Box is the heavily politically involved, sometimes quite humorous, release from Hamell On Trial. Pretty much recorded by himself in his own home studio, this record is a great mix of fast paced, drilling vocals and acoustic guitar that is available on vinyl LP and CD.

The Travelling Band
Sails

A ten track release from The Travelling Band entitled Sails. This can be described as a grunge inspired rock album that has musical content very similar to a lot of the bands in the top 40, but without being as annoying as the bands in the top 40. This record is available on coloured Vinyl LP and CD and is released on Sideways Saloon. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Pinact
The Part That No One Knows

A twelve-part release from melancholic punk-rock outfit Pinact. This record follows on from the debut that was raw, bedroom rock, where as this is a much more well produced sound - good or bad thing? Down to personal taste. The Part That No One Knows is available on vinyl LP and is released on Kanine. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Alex Chilton
A Man Called Destruction

Following on from his wildly successful stints in the Box Tops and Big Star, Alex Chilton spent his remaining years as a kind of musical troll, constantly switching styles and annoying his audience. A Man Called Destruction was his 1995 comeback and featured an eclectic mix of garage rock, jazz and r&b.  

Cage The Elephant
Unpeeled

Cage The Elephant have risen up and got quite a big following for themselves. The group, who were originally from the US but now live in London, have released a massive twenty-one track double vinyl LP on RCA called Unpeeled that contains a fair few tracks from many different live shows all over the USA. 
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  • RCA
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Viet Cong
Viet Cong

Some men from the band Women get together and put out a full length record. Viet Cong have previously released one tape and a single. They sound like Women in some parts, but Women after quite a few more drinks inside them. Lovely off kilter guitar parts wrap around tight drums (think fried out Nuggets punk), while the vocals bleed over the top. Out on limited colour LP, LP and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Everything Everything
A Fever Dream

Manchester-based jittery popsters Everything Everything return with their fourth album and the follow up to 2015's ‘Get to Heaven’. Expect more polished but whip-smart electronic pop that somehow manages to be structurally interesting and playlist and dancefloor ready. Teaser track 'Can't Do' certainly bodes well. 
  • Label(s):
  • RCA

Willie J Healey
People and Their Dogs

Described as 'quirky but cool' in the press release and that isn't too far from the truth. Saying that, I didn't understand that apparently 'cool' and 'quirky' were oxymoronic. A great release from the Oxford based singer-songwriter Wille J Healey under the title People and Their Dogs. This record is available on Vinyl LP and CD and is released on Columbia.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Twilight Singers
She Loves You


  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Amy O
Elastic

Amy O has many years of lo-fi bedroom recording behind her, meaning that she arrives at her second ‘proper’ label-released album with serious instrumental and songwriting powers. Elastic is a highly personal blast of a record: guitar pop music with a real kick to it. Released in CD and vinyl editions by the Winspear label.

Faith No More
Cone Of Shame

Following a whopping seventeen year hiatus, San-Francisco rockers Faith No More returned in 2015 with the overwhelmingly successful and chart-ruffling Sol Invictus. Now in 2016, over a year since that release, the five-piece build upon their glory with raucous and sinister Cone Of Shame. 

The Duke Spirit
Sky Is Mine

It was only May last year that we were listening to the progressive 'big music' of the Duke Spirit's 'KIN' but here already is a new one in which they once again get upset by all sorts of subject matter. They are one of the UK's most distinctive rock based acts and here plough further loud furrows accompanied by guests Josh T Pearson and Duke Garwood.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Districts
Popular Manipulations

The Districts are a real indie rock band, writing about their lives and loves and singing it out above sharp and sweeping anthemic guitars. Popular Manipulations is an emotionally engaged set of rock music that is grown-up, but not so much so that it loses its vulnerability. Released on CD and LP by Fat Possum.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Dears
Times Infinity Volume Two

The second half of a two album project from Canadian indie rock band The Dears, three years after the first instalment. Their seventh album is uplifting baroque pop with a Ben Folds or Penguin Cafe Orchestra warmth and sense of playful freeness, reflective of good times. LP and CD through Dangerbird.

The Last Dinosaur
The Nothing

An eleven piece record from London’s very own The Last Dinosaur. A collection of songs written about lead singer, Jamie Cameron’s, youth and the struggles he faced as he powered through in his teenage years. The Nothing is possibly the right title for this record as it captures melancholy and sadness at its very peak. A heartbreaking collection of tracks available on Vinyl LP and CD.  

The Sherlocks
Live For The Moment

Double-brother-pair four-piece and self-proclaimed ‘real band’ The Sherlocks are getting pretty big these days, with their big guitar anthems growing bigger by the day. Live For The Moment is their debut album, released after a good-sized gestation period. Punchy rock for the lads, out on Infectious Music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Superfood
Bambino

They may be almost impossible to google but Birmingham two piece Superfood produce lad-friendly indie tunes with sample-led dub leading to the sort of technicolour sound we once heard in the days of Brit pop. Generally tunes to bounce around to, they have their more reflective moments too and aren't afraid to feck with the formula. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead
Source Tags & Codes

Post-hardcore weirdos ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead make a constant splurge of their structures and melodies, spilling their guts the way old prog rockers did. Their agreed-upon opus, Source Tags & Codes is an explosive record of bellowing dynamics and reverse-engineered hooks. Reissued through Interscope with bonus tracks and a nice etching.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Starsailor
All This Life

Great news for fans of music as Starsailor release their first album since 2009. We may mock but these lads from Wigan have sold an incredible amount of records over the years  - over three million of the buggers shifted. So how will they fare in 2017? We're not sure. This is out on Cooking Vinyl  - the label bands go to die - so get it before they call it a day.  

Joanna Gruesome / Trust Fund
Split EP

Fuzz is love: this split EP sees noise punx Joanna Gruesome continue their persistent assault on our indie rock ears with their pissed off shoegaze and gleefully screamed vocals. On the other side, though, there's also the one-man-band Trust Fund, which belongs to Ellis Jones, who makes a sound that lands between grainy indie rock and unhinged folk punk, and who has definitely listened to Neutral Milk Hotel in his time on this good planet.

Guided By Voices
How Do You Spell Heaven

Rather like Mark E Smith, Robert Pollard has a habit of pulling out a plum just when you are thinking it's all over. Re-grouped and re-invigorated with an (almost) all new line up, last years August By Cake was more like the band we remembered and hot on it's heels we get another. Fifteen new tunes from the fab (insert this week's line up number).    
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Amazons
Nightdriving / Stay With Me

Careful with that name lads or you'll have a litigious online retailer on your back. The Amazons create the kind of spiky indie gear that will probably guarantee a place on the Steve Lamacq show. Standard stadium leaning indie rock that you could see doing a purposeful job supporting the Manic Street Preachers.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Seize The Chair
Knew You'd Never Been There

Sheffield based Seize The Chair have their single Knew You'd Never Been There snatched up by the Too Pure Singles Club and put out on 7”. Warm and melodic with a soft grooving bassline, there’s a great 90s nostalgia to it. For fans of Ride and The Charlatans. Backed with brand new track Secret Sister.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Pat Dam Smyth
Goodbye Berlin

Northern Irishman Pat Dam Smyth has, like so many artists before him, felt the creative pull of Berlin and written music about it. Goodbye Berlin is a 10” EP of song-focused rock music, with a cleaner, brighter, fuller sound than Pat’s previous lo-fi work and a particularly welcome bit of brass in the band. Goodbye Berlin is released on Ex Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Third World Pyramid

Their previous album 'Revelation' was to my mind one of the finest of their career so we are all hoping that the Brian Jonestown Massacre's late renaissance continues with this their 15th studio album. Anton hasn't exactly been sat around in the meantime, there's been tours, albums with Tess Parks, the 'Mini Album Thingy Wingy' and lots more besides. When the dust settles Brian Jonestown should be rights be voted one of the best bands of this generation.  

Chomper
Medicine Mountain

Chomper is a new band made up of hardy veterans of other bands, including such notables as The Men, Junk Boys and Guided By Voices. Debut album Medicine Mountain is deliberately immediate in feel, having been recorded to tape in a single day and with minimal pre-planning. The resulting sound is an excitable blast of noisy rock, transferring a wild good-time feeling directly from the band to you. Released by Iron Pier.

5 Billion In Diamonds
5 Billion In Diamonds

Garbage drummer Butch Vig has teamed up with a huge gang of players from acts such as Goldfrapp, Spiritualized, Alpha, The Ocean Blue, and The Soundtrack Of Our Lives to create 5 Billion In Diamonds. This supergroup’s debut album is a sun-filled 70’s soundtrack of psychedelia and folk rock brought up to date.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

SQÜRL
EP #260

Originally called Bad Rabbit and forming especially to create the soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch’s Limits Of Control, the three piece (that includes Jarmusch) renamed themselves SQÜRL and carried on after. With a number of releases on ATP and now on Sacred bones their strain of noisy, bluesy, instrumental avant-rock follows stoner rock’s slow pace with a crushed psychedelic edge. Limited single pressing.

Jen Cloher
Jen Cloher

As a leading pioneer within Melbourne's rich DIY scene, Jen Cloher offers a self-titled ten-track which easily justifies her burgeoning reputation. Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Courtney Barnett and Fraser A on Milk! label, it's onwards and upwards for this bold, witty and punk-tinged songwriter.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Bo Ningen & Savages
Words To The Blind

If we may quote Bart Simpson, "I don't think any of us were expecting that". 'Words To The Blind' is the result of a bunch of punks making one thirty-seven minute track comprised of what they refer to as a "sonic poem" that has its roots in Dadaism and surrealist art. I'd say it's recommended for fans of both bands, but that'd be promising a lot -- maybe if you like Kevin Drumm, though.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Cribs
24-7 Rock Star Shit

Feather-haired brothers the Jarmans reconvene following their successful 10 year anniversary tour of 'Mens Needs, Womens Needs, Whatever'. This brand new album has been recorded by none other than Steve Albini and marks a return to the bands roots with some raw and sharp as a tack punk rock stylings.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Paul Draper
Spooky Action

The press release states that Paul Draper was frontman of one "one of the most iconic bands of the late '90s". The band they are talking about is - unbelievably  - Mansun. They did though have a large cult following who have followed Draper into his solo work ensuring that his latest shows were regularly sold out. This will be much anticipated not least that the special super duper vinyl contains a mix by one idea post rock mainstays Public Service Broadcasting.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Black Grape
Pop Voodoo

The first new material in over twenty years sees Black Grape release, what might be, another classic on the Brit-rock scene. Shaun Ryder sees himself delve into the world of politics once again, specifically taking a dig at a certain US president. Pop Voodoo is the long awaited record that is available on vinyl LP and CD.

Soccer Mommy
Collection

Sophie Allison - Soccer Mommy to you lot - describes her music as ‘chill but kinda sad’. She’s right you know. Having upped several albums to Bandcamp throughout her teenage years, the 19-year-old’s persistence and knack for a good tune has been rewarded with a compilation-plus-some-new-bits on Fat Possum. Frankie Cosmos, Trust Fund and Girlpool are the obvious touchstones.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Chivalrous Amoekons
Fanatic Voyage

Chivalrous Amoekons is a tribute to classic British punks The Mekons, put together by Bonnie Prince Billy and his merry men. Fanatic Voyage is authentically loaded with oi-energy, performed live in front of an unsuspecting Zurich crowd (although with all traces of the audience edited out). LP or cassette tape on Sea Note.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Joanna Gruesome
Peanut Butter 

‘Peanut Butter’ is twenty five minutes of hyperactive, violently melodic, aggressive, economic pop that’s packed full of tasty hooks and screams from highly acclaimed Cardiff based pop punk ensemble Joanna Gruesome. Recorded in Leeds at Hookworms frontman M.J’s Suburban Homes Studios, the album comes with the following warning: "a marriage of radical politics with peanut butter spread".
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mermaidens
Perfect Body

A three-piece band from New Zealand, Mermaidens have released a ten-track record entitled Perfect Body. A quality blend of garage style psych-rock combined with the youthful but reluctant vocals of Gussie and Lily. The release gives you a warm and dream-like feel as you listen to one of the genres up and coming new kids on the block. Available on vinyl LP.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Epic Soundtracks
Film Soundtracks

Epic Soundtracks is Kevin Godfrey, who in turn was one of two brothers at the core of post-punkers Swell Maps. Film Soundtracks is some of his solo material, which tends to be more intimate than his punky drumming work. Spend some time with it thanks to Troubadour, who are releasing Film Soundtracks in CD and LP editions.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Naomi Punk
Yellow

Really oddball sounding lo-fi sound collage rock from this three piece who have toured extensively with Parquet Courts to the point where their Andrew Savage writes the press release here. He's smitten for sure. I'll take his word. It's really wobbly off kilter stuff but there's pop hooks 'neath the sludge. 

Arcade Fire
Everything Now

Kings of the grandiose Arcade Fire return with their fifth studio album, four years after Reflektor. Produced by Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter, Steve Mackey from Pulp and Markus Dravs (Björk, Brian Eno and more) Everything Now sees the band take an excessive trip down Abba-esque walls of strings and piano chords, massive pop walls.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Glass Animals
How To Be A Human Being

Oxford's Glass Animals have been all around the world and have directed all the inspiration that they found in travel into this their second LP. They have also considered their audience and seen that they react to big grooves and drums and have therefore stepped things up this time round. Certainly lead single 'Life Itself' melts afro beat rhythms with big pop choruses. One for Wild Beasts fans perhaps?  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Arcane Roots
Left Fire

Left Fire is the first EP from UK based math-rock trio Arcane Roots. A cracking dive into the complex, and sometimes crowded, progressive metal and maths rock scene. Released on ‘Play It Again Sam’, who are known for producing high quality records, the boys from Kingston will only get bigger. Available on CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Juliana Hatfield
Pussycat

Juliana Hatfield, whose career stretches back to the early 90’s, thought she was finished with songwriting until a certain presidential election happened. Like (we predict) quite a few artists, this jolted her into creativity, speedily writing and recording fourteen songs of vivid music. The results are here on Pussycat. Out on American Laundromat.

Guantanamo Baywatch
Desert Center

These punningly named rock and rollers offer up their second LP which contains more examples of their unique take on '50s inspired rock and roll. They land somewhere between Violent Femmes, Rocket From the Crypt and Eddie Cochran offering grungy bar room brawls to crank up the jukebox to. 

The Smiths
The Smiths

The Smiths must have sounded like nothing else in 1983. The band were a live tour de force but also poetic and lyrical. The Smiths was their murky debut and contains several future classics. Match the Byrds like guitar playing and a particular kind of Manchester melancholy with a vocalist who sounds like a demented seal and there you have it. Total brilliance. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Faith No More
King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime

King For A Day Fool, For A Lifetime was the fifth album by Faith No More and was originally released in 1995. It was the follow-up to their classic Angel Dust. The album was the band’s first without influential guitarist Jim Martin which meant a change in direction for them. This reissue comes with a second disc of B-sides and rarities, including their Bee Gees cover, I Started A Joke.

fuck
Baby Loves a Funny Bunny

They totally panicked on their name and went for the word that best described their conundrum, but fuck's music is far more intuitive, delving into indie rock both melancholy and winking with sweet, Americana inspired melodies and embellishing arrangements. Baby Loves a Funny Bunny, also a weird name, is their second record and embraces the convoluted world it's been spawned from.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Jad Fair, Tenniscoats and Norman Blake
Raindrops

What a team-up: Jad Fair of Half Japanese plus the wonderful Tenniscoats, as well as Norman Blake of Teenage Fanclub. With this personnel, Raindrops could hardly fail to be one the most playful and odd records of the year, and it does not disappoint! Lovely pop music from way outside, served up as a double LP on the Joyful Noise label.
  • Vinyl Double LP (JNR226LPC1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Beech Creeps
Beech Creeps

Beach Creeps' debut record is a chunky slice of emotive alt-rock, with guitars muted and then squeezed until all the strings have lost their life and are all tucked out. With a vocal obscured in the mix that recalls Superchunk but less clear, they use a base approach to shoegaze as a way of distorting the view and making the sunny weather seem less than perfect.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

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