Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

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.
  • Genre(s):
  • 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.  

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

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.
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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

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

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

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

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

The Last Shadow Puppets
Everything You've Come To Expect

The Last Shadow Puppets was what we thought a one off collaboration between Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) and Miles Kane but now they are back all grown up with a second album. While their debut was excellent piece of cinematic pop, lead single here "Bad Habits' is a growling piece of rawk. Early indications say 'expansive' - we'll see about that but in any case this will be much sought after, particularly the indies-only edition with a bonus 7".  

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

Mudhoney
Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge

Debut Superfuzz Bigmuff  was perhaps the Mudhoney album we all remember but its follow up Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge was no slouch. Again the band used a musical reference for its title and again the record was packed with high octane grunge and alternative rock. It was to be their last before signing to a major label and cemented the band as one of the original protagonists of the grunge scene. 
  • 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

Manchester Orchestra
A Black Mile To The Surface

Emo gruff Manchester Orchestra, known also as Andy Hull, has roared his way through records about being friendless and loveless, combining indie rawk crunch with the kinda pop-punk self-pity afforded to the Brand News of this world. His new record, A Black Mile to the Surface, sees him try to make a blockbuster iteration of this sound, going for the biggest and boldest sound. Will he be invited to merge with the Arcade Fire? The world waits with baited breath.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Killers
Sam's Town

Sam’s Town is the second album by The Killers. It was originally released in 2006. It’s named after a casino in their hometown of Las Vegas. The album saw the band’s popularity rise even further with songs such as When You Were Young, Read My Mind, Bones and For Reasons Unknown being released as singles. It was produced by legendary producers Alan Moulder and Flood along with the band.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

My Sad Captains
Sun Bridge

Lustrous dream pop is the name of the game for My Sad Captains who after a line up reshuffle continue to make their vast and expansive music. Though there are elements of kraut rock and psych wibbling in place this promises to be an album for fans of beautifully realised intricate shoegaze and guitar pop. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Pete Fij / Terry Bickers
We Are Millionaires

In which the former Adorable and House of Love/Levitation men continue their bromance project about love and loss. They are heavily indebted to such luminaries as Simon and Garfunkel, the Velvet Underground and Johnny Cash. Expect bruised, broken songs with just that ray of light to keep things hopeful.    
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Lød
Folder

Danish five piece Lød grab the post-punk pot, chuck in bits of NEU!, Veit Cong, This Heat, and sense of a need to dance. Their debut release, Folder holds a krautrock groove and constant forward momentum, with a nod to no-wave sound experimentations and Battles esque polyrhythms. The songs are long, but not long enough when they get you bouncing like this.

Jad Fair & Kramer
The History Of Crying

Jad Fair, half of Half Japanese and a regular collaborator with plenty of other acts (Daniel Johnston! The Pastels) here teams up with Kramer, the mysterious and legendary producer / label-runner who worked with Galaxie 500 to name but one band. The History Of Crying is an album of surprising songs, with special guest guitar solo appearances from Paul Leary of Butthole Surfers! LP on Shimmy 500.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Surfer Blood
Snowdonia

Snowdonia is the fourth album by Floridian indie band Surfer Blood. It’s the band’s first album since the tragic death of guitarist Thomas Feteke. Bassist Kevin Williams also left the band, prompting high school friends Michael McCleary and Lindsay Mills to be recruited on guitar and bass respectively. As with previous Surfer Blood albums the hooks are in place, however, Snowdonia boasts bigger and more complex songs. Frontman John Paul Pitts returned to a formula that he used on the band’s debut album Astro Coast by writing and mixing the album alone. Overcoming the tragedy has strengthened the band. This could be their best yet….
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Martha
Courting Strong

Martha are surely Pity Me's most potent pop-punk band who through a lot of touring have built themselves a rather large and rabid fanbase. Courting Strong was their debut album and comes across as if Weezer were a bunch of excitable northern vegans who liked nothing better than to write energetic tunes about love gone askew and their dislike for right-leaning politics. 

Explode Into Colors
Quilts


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

The Hayman Kupa Band
The Hayman Kupa Band

When dreams come true  - part 435. Darren Hayman was watching Emma Kupa's band Standard Fare one night and thought to himself "I'd like to be in a band with her". So he made it happen at here it is. The two songwriters shared ideas, wrote songs together then asked a couple of musician pals to help flesh out the sound. Hey presto a new collaboration that plays to the songwriters strengths. Lovely.  

The Stevens
Good

The Stevens might have the sort of name that is easy to forget but we think you might like their music. You certainly will if you like brash and melodic power pop. The Melbourne band make the kind of fuzzy lo-fi pop that isn’t as straightforward as it initially seems. It’s twists and turns recall Bob Mould or early Teenage Fanclub.  

Dasher
Sodium

That sleeve art says it all really. Dasher have all the fuzzed up grunge of early '90s underground rock in place so much so that you can almost taste the dry ice when listening to them. Early impressions are somewhere between early Pixies, Jesus Lizard and My Bloody Valentine at their rawest. This is going to be loud. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Twinsmith
Stay Cool

Taking a step back from the in your face poppier productions from their last album, Twinsmith have stripped back and gone for a more personal touch. Stay Cool brings softened and hazy pop-rock that lands smack in the centre of a venn diagram consisting of Phoenix, Fleetwood Mac, and Currents era Tame Impala.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dan Croll
Emerging Adulthood

Liverpool-based songwriter Dan Croll is showing no signs of slowing down, his folk-infused electronica is pushing boundaries and raising eyebrows. On this occasion, with Emerging Adulthood, Croll has formed a gorgeous follow-up to his 2014 debut Sweet Disarray. EA also features the fantastic Stealing Sheep's Rebecca Hawley.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Wedding Present
Live 2007

Imagine the scene. You’ve waited a lifetime for the Wedding Present to play ‘George Best’ in its entirety and it’s finally happening. You and thousands of others are baying for the band to take the stage and then you hear…..”Oh why do you catch my eye, then turn away?”. It’s the greatest moment of your life and you can now relive it with this marvellous CD which captured the sounds the smells of the Wedding Present live in 2007.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Charlatans
Different Days

It's hard to fathom but as well as tweeting on a secondly basis Tim Burgess also manages to help make regular bursts of music both solo and with his beloved the Charlatans. It was hard to be anything but nice about their last album as a) it was genuinely good to have them back and b) if you did so the entire Twitter community would gang up on you. Anyway this is a brand new album from the band and the first since the sad passing of drummer Jon Brookes. Features guest spots from Anton Newcombe (the Brian Jonestown Massacre/Twitter), Johnny Marr (the Smiths/Twitter) and Paul Weller (not on Twitter). 
  • Label(s):
  • BMG

Bressa Creeting Cake
Bressa Creeting Cake

Bressa Creeting Cake’s self-titled debut album arrived on New Zealand’s crucial Flying Nun label in 1997, ready to amaze and surprise people with their unusual stylistic mixture. Prog rock, psychedelic and underground indie pop all play a role, with the band using stacks of ideas on each song. Double LP on Flying Nun.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Damn Vandals
This Amazing


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

Trailblazer
Gut Reaction/ Mallard


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

Garageland
More Exits To Garageland

I remember Garageland, They were one of those ‘90s New Zealand bands who came to the UK and threatened to make it big but didn’t because no New Zealand band ever does (except Crowded House). They made a skewed type of Flying Nun style garage (natch) rock with some Sonic Youth and the Clean stylings. We think this is a ‘best of’ and certainly will be worth picking up.  

The Last Of The Lovely Days
Just A Chance / There Are No Words

The Last Of The Lovely Days are a new post-punk group built around the songs of Annie O’Rourke and also featuring musicians from The Others and Smile Down Upon Us. They make their debut with this double A-side 7” single of big melodic action. Just A Chance / There Are No Words is released by Just Lust Records.

The War On Drugs
Future Weather

Sandwiched between the more conventional Springsteen stomp-rock of Wagonwheel Blues and the meandering, soundscaped slab of Americana that was Slave Ambient, the War on Drugs offered us Future Weather. If you liked the transience and guitar-abstracted haze of the band's second record, this might hit even harder: some of these songs were drab, less climactic sketches of what was to come (a softer and more obscured version of "Brothers" features) while others are eight minute standalone ballads in the War on Drugs style of old.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Percolator
Sestra

“Menacing” and “Punishing” are common words when you search for this Dublin based trio. And.. well, they aren’t wrong. Think of Swans with a leaning towards Neu! krautrock driving rhythms. Swirls of loops and feedback clash and gather, falling in and out of harmony with a solid bass and drum to follow.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Lush Purr
Cuckoo Waltz

If you, like me, were devastated when the Yawns split up then the related Lush Purr offer some hope for a better future. They make dreamy lo-fi pop that has an off kilter feel about it with nods to Cowtown, Bis and Urusei Yatsura. Why does so much good music come out of Scotland? I don't know. It just does.  

Various
The Test Of Time

Funny how things come back round. German indie imprint A Turntable Friend were all but forgotten despite releasing a plethora of cool indie 7"s in the early '90s. They returned last year with an excellent single by Wakefield's Drahla and look to again become a force of good in indie circles. Here is a compilation of the best bits of their early releases and includes great bands such as Hellfire Sermons, Lorelei, Boyracer and most importantly Bomb Pops 'Girl Daredevil' which I'm here going to declare as the best indie pop song ever written. All proceeds to charity. 

Whitney
You've Got A Woman / Gonna Hurry (As Slow As I Can)

Signed to Secretly Canadian, Whitney are Chicago's modern day answer to indie-rock. Their latest single is a glut of material is promising, You've Got A Woman / Gonna Hurry (As Slow As I Can) is an intriguing duo that fail to bore at any moment. The release is direct, candid and rooted deeply in groove.

Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes eponymous debut album was released to great critical acclaim in 2008. Big things were expected after the release of the Sun Giant EP and the band duly delivered. By the end of 2008, they were the band on everyone’s lips and the album was appearing on critics Albums of the Year lists on both sides of the Atlantic, more often than not at number 1.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Fleet Foxes
Helplessness Blues

CD and double-vinyl re-issue of Helplessness Blues, the sprawling second album from indie/folk sensations Fleet Foxes and which had the unenviable task of following one of the most beloved debuts of the Noughties and whose recording triggered a lengthy hiatus. Also the last Fleet Foxes album to include a certain Mr Josh Tillman... 

The Telescopes
As Light Return

For the Telescopes Stephen Lawrie the familiar nostalgia circuit. He could, if wanted, get out on the road and play the shoegaze classics from the first couple of albums but no, this singular artist continues to stretch out into unknown waters. This new album features oscillating noise, feedback and out there detachment straddling the line between noise based songcraft and freeform impressionism 

Passion Pusher
Aquarium

Yay! Full on Beat Happening distorted lo-fi pop fun from this Edinburgh based sludge purveyor. What a bloody racket. He hollers through a distorted mic above the sort of two chord thrash made acceptable by Jonathan Richman and later fashioned into indie-pop by Scotland's own the Pastels. A filthy twee-pop racket. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Breakfast Muff
Eurgh!

Leading with their Baby Boomers/R U A Feminist single Glaswegian DIY punks Breakfast Muff return to the Amour Foo label with their third album, and first one on vinyl. Made up of members from Hairband, Rapid Tan, and Spinning Coin, on Eurgh! They fight back at the mean spirited who masquerade as feminists.

Broken Social Scene
Hug of Thunder

Big Canadian enormous band Broken Social Scene reconfigure for their most sparkling album yet. With 15 members to try to coincide diaries then it must be quite the undertaking but they’ve made a bold and panoramic album that should shift them to the next level and make all that admin worthwhile.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Melvins
A Walk With Love & Death

A Walk With Love & Death is a brand new album by Melvins in trio mode, and its a double! Split into a Death disc and a Love disc, and featuring guest appearances from the likes of The Pixies’ Joey Santiago and Teri Gender Bender, these hefty slabs of Melvins show off different angles of what this amazing band can do. Double CD and double LP editions, each housed in a sturdy box. On Ipecac.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Danimal Kingdom
Vinyl Skipping Ever Backwards / Through The Ice


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Various
C88 - Deluxe 3CD Box Set

C88 continues a fruitful series of compilations in the wake of the seminal NME C86 tape, summing up the bustling underground indie scene of the late 80’s. C88 contains three discs and seventy-one tracks worth of fine material from artists as varied as The Stone Roses, Choo Choo Train, and Apple Boutique, along with a thick and informative booklet. On Cherry Red.

Melvins
Stoner Witch

1994's 'Stoner Witch' was the Melvins second release on major label Atlantic, who dropped the band in 1997 and banned the group from releasing their follow-up 'Prick' under their own name when they took it to Amphetamine Reptile Records due to it being a bit experimental. 'Stoner Witch' remains a firm fan favourite - a Melvins classic from the Mark Deutrom on bass period.

Ghost Outfit
I Want You To Destroy Me


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

Pumarosa
Honey

Even though very much in their infancy, London based Pumarosa show that a butt load of effort pays off when developing a sound of your own. Their third short play release plays out post-indie rock with worldly wisdom, casting off the shackles of childish wonder with fond reflection. Vinyl released on Fiction.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Grace Sings Sludge
Life With Dick

Grace Sings Sludge is the solo outing of Grace Cooper of The Sandwitches and The Fresh and Onlys, recorded at home where the full intensity of Grace’s yearning and unsettled lyrics can be properly expressed. Life With Dick, which is adorned with some of Grace’s watercolour artwork, is released by Empty Cellar.

Whitehorse
Panther In The Dollhouse

This is the sort of glam tinged cinematic rock you might expect from the '90s  - you know post Pulp and Beck all that but Whitehorse (must stop calling them Whitehouse) are from now and are from Canada. They mix up sleaze rock, lo-fi, surf rock and lethal riffs which has already earned them a Juno award on which they performed on telly in front of millions.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sorry Escalator
Generation Winter / Street Corner Absurdity

Dark and mysterious, Sorry Escalator are not one bit apologetic for their no-compromise approach in creating danceable-yet-twisted indie melodies. This pulsating release, Generation Winter/Street Corner Absurdity, signals the bands changing direction in tandem with joining a new label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Channel Cairo
Elephant Room


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Fool's Gold
Leave No Trace


Kane Strang
Two Hearts and No Brain

The first properly distributed LP by lo-fi pop hopeful Kane Strang who writes catchy and radio ready themes that would appeal to fans of Car Seat Headrest and Alex G. These are slick and polished vignettes which could see Strang become your new favourite 90’s slacker revivalist. Out on the increasingly powerful Dead Oceans. 

J. Bernardt
Wicked Streets / On Fire

Big belter from Belgian songwriter Jinte Deprez who helps steer the big indie rock ship that is Balthzar. He's made a brass-booming, piano-slamming anthem in "Wicked Streets", where his soft and reliable voice slots in amidst a furious and keening band arrangement. It's cataclysmic pop music with a steady hand at its centre. 
  • 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.   

Fir Cone Children
No Gravity Girls

Fir Cone Children are the kind of band whose attention span is so short that they whip through 13 songs in just 28 minutes. They play catchy punked up twee-pop that is full of exuberant optimism with the sort of melodies that should really be written by grown ups. File alongside the Lovely Eggs as the sort of kidults it's ok to take to meet the kids.  

Milk Maid
Dead Wrong


  • Vinyl 7" (7FAT103)
  • £4.49 £2.25 (saving: £2.24)
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

JAWS
Stress Test


  • Vinyl LP (013)
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  • Limited edition

Lo Tom
Lo Tom

Nice story. This is the document of when Dave Bazar (Pedro the Lion) and some pals who had all known each other since they were teenagers got together to make some indie rock. Bet they had lots of fun like they did back in the early '90s. Certainly sounds like it. Emotional tight knit indie that would have helped you get through college.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Bent Knee
Land Animal

Boston based Bent Knee blend jazz, post rock, epic and chamber pop. Think Chrome Hoof, The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble with a London Grammar huge pop punch. Moving to Inside Out Music for their fourth full length Land Animal boasts this grandeur more than ever, switching between huge jazzed up Muse-like chorus chords and delicate indie pop. Hair-raising.

The Lee Harvey Oswald Band
Blastronaut

The Lee Harvey Oswald Band, hailing from 1990’s Texas, have their final (and arguably finest) record reissued by Touch And Go. Blastronaut is proper old rock’n’roll, with lots of shiny glam fittings installed. Its 11 songs fly past in 36 speedy minutes, no room for timewasters here.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Rips
Rips

NYC's proud lineage of jangle nods in approval as Rips make a chiming rock record full of watery guitar hooks and ramshackle virtuosity. Recorded at a scruffy fidelity with a half-snarly, half-sad vocal clamouring its way through the riffs, they make the kinda summer sentimentality you'll like as fans of Horsebeach, Hoops and Beach Fossils.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Spoon
Hot Thoughts

Ladies and gentlemen - Spoon are back! After months of speculation, they return in 2017 with Hot Thoughts - a colourful and sonically inventive episode from the weathered Texans, but written in its entirety by Britt Daniel himself. After 24 years of indie rock innovation, these Austin-based veterans still know how to sound completely fresh and relevant.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Animal Youth
Animal

Animal Youth are a Belgian shoegaze post-punk group with previous experience as members of the band Siamese Queens. Debut album Animal has the underslung and interlocked bass-guitar-and-drum team holding down the low-end while shiny and distorted guitars do their thing in the upper atmosphere. They’ve got the mood and they've got the sound. LP on Weyrd Son.

Family Portrait
Dark Roast EP


Frankie Rose
Cage Tropical

Frankie Rose has been around a bit having been a member of Dum Dum Girls, Crystal Stilts and Vivian Girls. This is her third solo album and initial clues to it's sound would suggest the sort of tightly knit kraut-pop similar to that recently made successful by the likes of Jane Weaver with synths and Neu -ike drums in abundance.