Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

ULTRAS
ULTRAS

ULTRAS is not an album of field recordings of football gangs (although that would be good), but it does carry a certain violence to it. ULTRAS is Gav Prentice (he of Over The Wall fame) plus a number of Scottish producers, making up a racket of distorted guitar-driven pseudo-hip-hop with a distinctive Scots touch. Potent LP released by Instinctive Racoon and Hello Thor Records.

Day Wave
The Days We Had

Day Wave is the indie outlet for Californian man Jackson Phillips, who seems to be responsible for every aspect of this recording. The Days We Had has the lush sunny haze of the best summer indie-pop, with both shoegaze and synth-pop aesthetics hiding in the mix. The album is released by Fiction on CD and gatefold LP.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Rocket Ship TV
Better Days

Better Days is the ten-track release from the boys in Rocket Ship TV. A cracking combination of experimental guitars and soothing vocal melodies are what makes this release so appealing to any fans of indie-rock and probably of psychedelic-rock, too. Ten nicely created tracks that are available on Vinyl LP.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Loom
Loom

As a band on the tip of the tongues of BBC Radio 1 and the NME, Loom have a surging blast of wings against their sails. Their self-titled ten-track is a grungy stab from a group who have personality in abundance. Comparisons will be made (it's hard not to point towards Nirvana), but this rock-solid debut bleeds originality.

Phoenix
Ti Amo

It's always a good thing when Phoenix announce a new album, especially as we’ve waited four years since the last one (Bankrupt!). On Ti Amo the French popsters have Italy on their mind, summoning up a glorious summer euro-fantasy of bright synths and gorgeously catchy tunes. What’s not to like? Ti Amo is out on Atlantic.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Post War Glamour Girls
Swan Songs

It's hard to make a good album with your phone going off every five minutes so it's good to see Leeds noiseniks Post War Glamour Girls going where there's no wi-fi or phone signal to make their new record. This isolation has produced an intense work tackling all the gritty themes we all worry about with musical nods to Pixies and Wild Beasts along the way. 

Sheepy
Alarm Bells

Based in Liverpool and made up of school friends Luke, Ollie and Irishman Villy, Alarm Bells is the latest release from Sheepy. Having started to gain some high profile national recognition the indie-rock trio decided to give us a twelve-track record that combines experimental-pop with modern alternative rock. Available on Vinyl LP and CD.

BNQT
Volume 1

How to sell records in 2017. Form a supergroup that contains literally everyone who has recorded music. Here is a supergroup containing members of Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses, Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Fran Healy of Travis, Jason Lytle of Grandaddy. Really this is the brainchild of Eric Pulido of Midlake with the others guesting on the odd track but it's going to look really good on the sticker. Lead track 'Restart' begs the question 'How many members of Championship indie rock does it take to sound like Gary Glitter'? 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Breakfast Muff
Babyboomers / R U A Feminist

Breakfast Muff are a premium gnarly punkish pop group from Glasgow’s scene, drawing personnel from Joanna Gruesome, Hairband and Spinning Coin. Of course that means that they are a high-energy force to be reckoned with, and new release Babyboomers / R U A Feminist is a double A-side single of tightly-coiled power. 7” on Amour Foo.
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Sweet Williams
Please Let Me Sleep On Your Tonight

Sweet Williams are one of Brighton’s finer guitar-based bands, and they’ve now clocked up a second full-length LP. Please Let Me Sleep On Your Tonight has Thomas House leading his crew into a full array of tightly-coiled songs, with plenty of blasted heft and sharp howl to go around. This is the good stuff. Edition of 500 180g LPs from Gringo Records and Faux Discx.

Slothrust
Everyone Else

Slothrust offer up their third album of powerful indie pop. Leah Wellbaum, Kyle Bann and Will Gorin’s classic power-trio line-up and obviously tight musical connection makes them able to unleash sings that are just as grunge-rock heavy as they are art-pop melodic. Everyone Else is released by Dangerbird.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Her's
Songs of Her's

Her’s are a duo made up of Norwegian native Audun Laading and Stephen Fitzpatrick who hails from the bustling Cumbrian metropolis of Barrow-in-Furness. The pair now reside in Liverpool and create catchy oddball pop that could take the world by storm. Their debut single Dorothy and its B-side What Once Was were streamed over one million times. Both songs, along with current single Speed Racer appear on their debut album, Songs of Her’s.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dead Naked Hippies / Fling / Lamia / The Tiny Minds
4x 12" Volume 5

An important release for Leeds music: Dance To The Radio present four exciting new acts on one 12” for Volume 5 of their 4x series. We’ve got Lamia, The Tiny Minds, Fling and Dead Naked Hippies, doing their things in their chosen rock, punk, pop and other milieus. Great new stuff from Yorkshire, watch out for these.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

On Fillmore
Happiness Of Living

On Fillmore is the duo of Glenn Kotche and Darin Gray, who between them have played with amazing artists from Chris Corsano and Jim O’Rourke to Wilco. Happiness Of Living includes yet more musical collaborators, all adding up to an impressive suite of spontaneously-composed and texturally-varied music. Nourishing stuff, on Northern Spy.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mark Mulcahy
The Possum In The Driveway

I may have laughed when I saw him performing in shorts with the Miracle Legion last summer but it turns out I was wearing the exact same ones. Mark Mulcahy is a suitably eccentric presence and here he is with his first solo album in four years. He has a voiced described by Thom Yorke as 'very good' (or words to that effect) so please enjoy.    
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Pin Group
Ambivalence

The Pin Group are an early classic example of New Zealand’s legendary Flying Nun label sound: underground DIY indie with bright pop melodies pushing through the guitar fuzz. Ambivalence was the first Pin Group record and one of the first Flying Nun releases, and the two track single is now being reissued by Superior Viaduct! Edition of 1000 7”s.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Pin Group
Coat

The Pin Group are an early classic example of New Zealand’s legendary Flying Nun label sound: underground DIY indie with pop melodies pushing through the guitar fuzz. The Coat 7”, released in 1981, is total post-punk power, and is now reissued by Superior Viaduct in a limited edition of 1000.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Nirvana
Incesticide

Universal are doing a sterling job keeping Nirvana’s back catalogue pressed up and available on vinyl. Here we have a reissue of 1992’s collection of rarities, Incesticide, which contains a load of tracks that never appeared on a ‘proper’ Nirvana album, including the ever-winning single ‘Silver’. Double LP reissue on 180g vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Maximo Park
Risk To Exist

Hat-wearing Newcastle indie types Maximo Park are back with a sixth album of tightly-wound bookish songs, titled Risk To Exist. As ever, they combine a lively and catchy guitar-led sound with lyrics about society and the like: it is indeed a Risk To Exist in these times eh? Released by the Daylighting label
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Noise Addict
10,000 Kids With Guitars

Noise Addict is what happened when some Australian teenagers saw a Nirvana gig and decided to try and do it themselves. Wahey! They actually ended up making a decent impact with their noisy punk-pop, and Numero Group now present two LPs worth of their best cuts. 10,000 Kids With Guitars comes with a chalkboard cover, so they tell us.

Blaenavon
That's Your Lot

People have been waiting for this one to drop. After a slew of incredibly successful singles on Transgressive they now bring a debut album from the three lads from Hampsire - Blaenavon. A self professed reflective record of their youth, and you can bet there’s gonna be some summer smashers in there.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Terminals
Antiseptic

New album from New Zealand alternative rock veterans The Terminals! It’s been a straight decade since their previous album Last Days Of The Sun, during which time there has been a small personnel change. But Antiseptic is still pure Terminals, dark and gritty and special. Out on Ba Da Bing!, the American label that loves to represent the New Zealanders.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Vex
The Vex EP

Stuck in the void between London and Kent, The Vex boys are on their third EP of ska infused, The Clash influenced rock and roll. Their self titled outing is self released and underpins their driving force of standing on their own two feet. Boot-stomping and groove filled. Get that jacket on, and get them drinks in.

Splashh
Waiting A Lifetime

Splashh (their extra 'h') recorded their slacker rock debut in their London bedroom (oh think of those neighbours) but this time they've relocated over to the good old USA to get shiny pop production from Nicolas Vernhes (Animal Collective etc). The result is this their second album that veers into a more raucous territory still with their pop nous attached.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Happyness
Write In

Happyness return with a second album of fresh-faced alternative rock, titled Write In. They still recall the high years of the US college rock scene, with just the right amount of slacker-swagger to make them charming. That, plus an increasingly bold and melodic songwriting sensibility, makes Write In a winner. LP and CD editions on Moshi Moshi.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Boss Hog
Brood X

16 years down from the last Boss Hog release and the formula remains unchanged. Christina Martinez sneers effusively in a manner pitched somewhere between Kathleen Hanna and Debbie Harry; Jon Spencer’s licks haven’t lost any fuzz even if he may have acquired some grey hairs over the years; and the ten tracks here are tight and punchy slabs of good old-fashioned down-home punk rock. Oh, and it was recorded on Sly Stone's desk you know.

Part Chimp
IV

IV is the fourth full length release from much loved noise people Part Chimp. This killer album brings together a much more mature approach than their previous releases. A great blend of impending doom-like guitars and slurring vocals allow for Part Chimp to blossom into a machine of the noise-rock genre. Available on Vinyl LP and CD.

The New Pornographers
Whiteout Conditions

The New Pornographers are true Canadian stalwarts of indie rock, and they’ve now worked their way up to their seventh full-length album. Whiteout Conditions was borne out of a desire to be a bit more Krautrocky, but that impulse, translated by the Pornographers, ended up sounding like something somewhat different. CD / LP release on Caroline / Collected Works.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Deep State
Thought Garden

A simple idea that is done far too little. With a self professed amateur heading up some pro players, this little four-piece from Georgia take scuzzy, aggressive, single gear punk rock and pump it full of catchy as hell melodies and playful pop happiness. “Joy rock” they call it. Bob on, I say. Debut album on Friendship Fever.

The Rifles
The Rifles Unplugged Album: Recorded at Abbey Road Studios

The time had come for London indie band The Rifles to step through the doors of Abbey Road Studios. Joined by a string quartet and choir they played stripped down, unplugged versions of tracks from each of their five albums, covering all corners of their songwriting. Available on double vinyl or CD from Cooking Vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Chills
Silver Bullets

Silver Bullets is The Chills first new record since Sunburnt in 1996. Their distinctive, complicated and smart guitar pop mixes lyrics of desolation with memorable, bright melodies. The Chills, along with bands such as The Clean and The Verlaines were part of The Dunedin Sound - a style of indie-pop from New Zealand with a jangly guitar sound.

British Sea Power
Let The Dancers Inherit The Party

Although their unique way with live performance and semi-bonkers ideas might suggest otherwise, British Sea Power's music is often very standard stadium leaning rock and they continue this trend on this their first new material in four years. Full of intelligent songs the clunkily titled Let the Dance's Inherit the Party features the usual wide range of subject manner pinned on to blustery '80s inspired pop/rock. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Buffalo Tom
Let Me Come Over - 25th Anniversary Edition

Flannel shirted Boston rockers Buffalo Tom get their 'Let Me Come Over' classic re-issued to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Full of grungy heartfelt songwriting and quiet loud dynamics the band's music is perfect angst ridden college rock to nurse you through the bad times. Comes with bonus album of the band blastin' through the album in London back in '92. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

TV On The Radio
Return To Cookie Mountain

TV On The Radio were such a breath of fresh air when they emerged from their Brooklyn hideaway. The band melted dub, post-rock, electronica and soul with a singer who sounded unnervingly liken Peter Gabriel. Return to Cookie Mountain was their second full length album and the moment where their art rock started to cross over to more commercial territories. The fact that it contains a guest appearance from Dame David Bowie tells you the high regard the band were held in by rock royalty.  

TV On The Radio
Dear Science

Just when we worried that TV On The Radio were going to get worse they actually got better. Dear Science was the Brooklyn band's third LP but carried on where earlier work left off introducing a real distinctive edge into their sound which married pop and soul and electronica making their sound more user-friendly without selling out completely. Stellar stuff that refuses to age. 

The National
High Violet

The National just keep going from strength to strength. High Violet was their 2010 album and as with all their other releases it received both critical and commercial acclaim. Their warm heart-on-sleeve form of heartland rock seems to appeal to everyone  - older music listeners, hipsters, babies. They could probably teach a course in how to write mature and poetic indie-rock and they certainly already have the hip lecturer look down pat.  
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Lemon Twigs
Do Hollywood

Setting the bar at terrifying new levels for annoying-ness, LA rich kid duo the Lemon Twigs manage to invoke '70s Paul McCartney to such a face slapping degree that the album should come with a bonus aloft thumb. They also recall preposterous '90s power pop revivalists Jellyfish in their love of dressing up like extras from Blackadder while worshipping at the leg of Emitt Rhodes.  
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

Pixies
Bossanova

This is the third proper full length attempt by Pixies, a legendary band from Boston who actually made some fucking great records back when I were a lad. Bossanova is not one of their great records. To try and follow up the triple whammy of Come On Pilgrim, Surfer Rosa and Doolittle is quite a daunting and challenging task, evident in the relatively lacklustre and plodding songs contained herein. Even 'Velouria' sounds like a pastiche of past glories. Some folks thought Trompe Le Monde was even worse! They're totally wrong. This is the only slight duffer in the original Pixies ouevre but having said all that, a lousy Pixies album is still better than most rock albums ever released so I'd still recommend you give this a shot if you're mopping up after all these years. A worthy comparison would be QOTSA's relatively feeble Lullabies To Paralyse in the quality ratio stakes. 
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The National
Boxer

The National's slow but steady rise to popularity is a well timed heart warm for anyone frustrated with the here today, gone tomorrow nature of modern music. Like R.E.M before them it took a good few albums before they got stadium sized. 'Boxer' was their fourth album and could be said to be the one where the band truly broke through. It catches the band honing their brand of emotional, poetic rock music ready for the big league and features a nice cameo from neighbourhood pal Sufjan Stevens.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

EL VY
Return To The Moon

Menomena and the National are clearly good friends: earlier this year Pfarmers formed from members of each, and now another band has come to us with the former's Brent Knopf and the latter's Matt Berninger. I guess you could call it an indie rock supergroup, though as EL VY ("hell pie", we're told as way of pronunciation), the typical modesty of Berninger should temper that; it'll take the surreal, humorist songwriting of Knopf to lift them both up.
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

Bill Botting & The Two Drink Minimums
Better Friends

Bill Botting was the bass player of Allo Darlin’ until their recent dissolution, but he’s now back in action fronting The Two Drink Minimums, which also contains Darren Hayman and Jonny from The Wave Pictures, among others. Better Friends is some sweetly melodic indie-pop with country leanings, sounding very comforting. Out on Fika / Where It's At Is Where You Are.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Big Moon
Love In The 4th Dimension

The Big Moon present their debut album to the world, after more than a year of high interest. Love In The 4th Dimension was recorded nice and swiftly under the supervision of Catherine Marks, and it's come out as a fine set of anthemic indie pop that’ll surely rule the airwaves come summer. Out on Fiction.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Rat Columns
Candle Power

David West continues work on his baby, the ever versatile Rat Columns, through a series of punk rock and pop plot twists that don't quite hook up but never really intend to. His EP for Blackest Ever Black under this moniker was tinged with a light psychedelia and had an earnestly classic feel to it, though that makes no guarantees on this record's sound. 

The Younger Lovers
Young Brothers

The Younger Lovers present the latest step in their gradual evolution from hissy lo-fi bedroom project to sharp actual band: fourth album Young Brothers. The band, who feature past alumni of acts like Gravy Train!!! and Panty Raid, are in energetic and poppy spirits here, and Young Brothers is bound to delight fans of the more joyful end of DIY punk music. On Southpaw.

Emma Ruth Rundle / Jaye Jayle
Time Between Us

Three new tracks apiece from both Emma Ruth Rundle and Jaye Jayle here on this split album. Both play a form of brooding alternative rock, although rather different forms: Emma’s sound is lush and emotional and lends itself to an acoustic track, whereas Jaye are heavy and tense and motorik-driven. Time Between Us is released by the Sargent House label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Aye Nako
Silver Haze

Based in New York City, Aye Nako has released a twelve-track full length entitled ‘Silver Haze’. This is their second full length record and contains a clever mix of rock and indie throughout the spine of the tracks, but with elements of grunge and even punk in some parts. Available on Vinyl LP and CD.

Wild Pink
Wild Pink

Wild Pink are a new name to add to the kind of loquacious, literate band who take their cue from 90's slacker indie but add something magical to the brew. Recorded by Justin Pizzoferrato (Dinosaur Jr., Pixies) this self titled debut promises to follow in the footpaths of the likes of Grandaddy and Spoon in creating a well thought out but laid back brand of slacker pop. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Willie J Healey
Greys

Greys is the first ‘physical’ release from Willie J Healey. This release sounds like a mix of space-rock inspired indie-rock that has been dipped in a Muse-esque alternative rock coating. A little bit daft and a little bit playful, this single is released on Columbia and available on Vinyl 7”.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

feedtime
Gas

Australian noise rock trio feedtime formed in 1979, disbanded in 1989, came back for a brief time for their last album in 1996 and now return once again with a brand new fukl length through In The Red. 38 years on and they are still rough around the edges, dirty, gritty and above all...noisy. Drunken noise rock, offset with Laibach esque vocal grunts.

Peter Buck
Warzone Earth

Former REM man Peter Buck has always kept busy with side-projects, and this solo LP is his third under his own name. Warzone Earth is a straight-up rock record, on which Buck brings in a stack of famous friends: Kris Novoselic and Jeff Tweedy (of Nirvana and Wilco respectively) to name just two. LP on Mississippi Records.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
One More Time With Feeling

Director Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James…) documents the making of and the fallout that created The Skeleton Tree, the latest album by Nick Cave And The Badseeds. Filmed in Black and White, Colour and 3D, Once More… is deeply personal piece that reflects the anguish of the incomprehensible happening. Includes 3 short films by the director.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Melvins
Hold It In

Their first full-length as a quartet since 2010’s 'The Bride Screams Murder', ‘Hold It In’ marks yet another return for Washington’s ever-prolific Melvins, this time with the addition of guitar-proficient Paul Leary and JD Pinkus (Butthole Surfers), joining originals and sole constants Buzz Osbourne and Dale Crover. Recorded between Washington and Austin earlier this year, ‘Hold It In’ promises to be a “refreshing piece of fiction in a boring world of fact and bullshit” according to Osborne. Sounds about right! 
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The Jesus & Mary Chain
Damage and Joy

Scottish masters of fuzzing up guitars while looking at their shoes The Jesus & Mary Chain are back with a new album after 19 years. Featuring the first single Amputation, which has an easygoing Dandy Warhols-like sound, Damage & Joy is the latest development in a series of late 80s and early 90s bands finding out with some surprise that they’re still alive and maybe they still like making music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Brooch
Blood Spitting / Broken Glass

Brooch is the meeting point between the bands Yung and Ought, with one member of each outfit teaming up in Denmark for a sterling session of smart songwriting. Blood Spitting / Broken Glass is an excellent pair of atmospheric indie-pop tunes, released in an edition of 300 7” singles on the Tough Love label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Slowcoaches
Nothing Gives

Slowcoaches are outright liars: they move much too quickly to inhabit that name. Debut record Nothing Gives is in fact a torrential set of songs, throwing bad-time lyrics at you with good-time energy. Basically this is DIY punk made just the way you like it, with noisy production and no nonsense. Vinyl release on Leisure & District.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Me and the Bees
Menos Mal

Me and the Bees are a Spanish indie pop band with the enviable power to summon up sheer joyous vibes with every one of its quick little two minute tracks. Menos Mal is happy hedonist summer music, built out of sweet vocal harmonies and cool chords. Ooh it's lovely stuff this is. CD / LP on La Castanya.

The King Blues
The Gospel Truth

After disbanding in 2012 and reforming in 2016, ska-punk Londoners the King Blues hit the ground running and are now releasing their second full length since being back. As wever they delve deeply into personal and social commentary, shining light on some dark points and presenting them in raucous party ready ska anthems.  

Barry Adamson
Love Sick Dick

Barry Adamson, a man with experience in Magazine and Nick Caves’s Bad Seeds, has a new solo EP of ‘unrequited love and lust’ music. Love Sick Dick is six tracks of dramatic synth-blues, tracing the woes of a character suffering from affairs of the heart. Vinyl and CD EP editions available via Central Control.

Snakehole
Interludes Of Insanity

Miami based angry girls Snakehole had been self releasing their material for zonks before teaming up with Wharf Cat Records. After their debut full length in 2015 they are back and still so very angry. And Noisy. Sounding like a messy punk mulch of OvO, Lightning Bolt and three chord wonders, and front rooms being smashed in the process.

Hannah Lou Clark
The Heart And All Its Sin

Hannah Lou Clark writes and performs with a smart verve that recalls some of St. Vincent’s early work. Her songs speed ahead energetically, but not so fast that you can’t pick up Clark’s intimate lyrics. The Heart And All Its Sin is a five track 12” vinyl EP released by Quatre Femmes Records in a limited edition of 300.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Spiral Stairs
Doris and The Daggers

Whilst is been a whopping eight years since Scott Kannberg, aka Spiral Stairs, last released any music, spanking new album Doris and The Daggers proves the now-LA-based pioneer still has that magic touch. Spearhead single Dance (Cry Wolf) is candid and bare, with a hint of head-bopping swag and a dose of realism.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Tobin Sprout
Carnival Boy

Tobin Sprout is part of the huge indie ecosystem surrounding Guided By Voices. He spent ten years majorly contributing to the band, but also made music all of his own. 1996 solo debut Carnival Boy is a beautiful set of lo-fi indie songwriting, and it hasn’t really been available since its initial release two decades ago! Now reissued on Burger Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Tobin Sprout
Moonflower Plastic (Welcome To My Wigwam)

Tobin Sprout is part of the huge indie ecosystem surrounding Guided By Voices. He spent ten years majorly contributing to the band, and after their initial split in 1997 he put out some music of his own. Moonflower Plastic (Welcome To My Wigwam) is a beautiful set of lo-fi indie songwriting, and it hasn’t really been available since its initial release twenty years ago! Now reissued on Burger Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Year Of Birds
White Death To Power Alan

Year Of The Birds are a no-fucks-given Teeside post-punk band with a busy recent history behind them. White Death To Power Alan is their most properly-recorded slab so far, but it still comes without any airs or graces. These guys are much too direct for that. Vinyl release on Odd Box, released in an edition of 250.

Cold War Kids
LA Divine

Cold War Kids are using their sixth full-length LP to pay homage to their beloved hometown of Los Angeles: the City Of Angels. L.A. Divine is another set of full-throated soulful indie, with a more muscular thrust to it than many of Cold War Kids’ lighter indie contemporaries. CD / double LP release on Virgin EMI.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Tonstartssbandht
Sorcerer

Sorcerer is the first full-length studio album from New York based duo Tonstartssbandht. The three-part record contains a brilliantly crafted mix of indie-rock and ambitious noise-rock paired with cleverly written vocals that are like poetry. Described as ‘a heavenly course above the storm and stress’ and available on Vinyl LP and CD.

Tear
Vinyl01

London buzz-band Tear have signed to Tim Burgess’ label O Genesis for their first ‘mini album’ (that’ll be an EP, then). It’s exactly the sort of music one would expect Tim Burgess’ record label to release - moody, kinda shoegazey rock that sometimes snaps into a very smart ‘Blitzkrieg Bop’ impression. You won’t be able to tear yourself away.

Tomorrows Tulips / Savants
Split

Split single action from Florida band Tomorrows Tulips and New York crew Savants. Both of these up-and-comers throw a vigourous example of their guitar-led sound at the listener, who is bound to lap it up gratefully. Split is a 7” vinyl release with a tasty old-school pop-arty sleeve design, released by Narnack.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Real Estate
In Mind

Here they come again those nice jangling lads. But there's been a change in the comfy world of Real Estate as guitar twiner no 2 Matt Mondanile has quit to concentrate on his own Ducktails. Though this destroys my Monkees-esque view of the band it will be interesting to see how this affects their sound. Lead track 'Darling' shows that besides getting a horse in on the act not much has changed their summery jangle-rock.   

Kasabian
For Crying Out Loud

For Crying Out Loud is the latest release from the popular rock band, Kasabian. A much more mature approach to songwriting than their previous albums, this latest twelve-piece record gives genuine depth and a creative blend of psychedelic rock and indie plus a nod to Jeremy Clarkson. Available on Vinyl LP, deluxe edition CD and regular CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Shannon Wright
Division

Getting regular comparisons to PJ Harvey and Björk kept fire in American song writer Shannon Wright’s belly for a load of albums up til 2013, wilfully throwing her sound between Book of Knots territory heaviness and delicate pop melodies. Division is a revision of this template, blending it into one, mix Harvey with contemporary Portishead oddness.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Wear Your Wounds
WYW

Wear Your Wounds is the ongoing solo project from Jacob Bannon of Converge based around lo-fi recordings. Gathering players such as Kurt Ballou and members of The Red Chord, Sleigh Bells, and Hatebreed to contribute. Heavily influenced by Sparklehorse and Songs: Ohia WYW is a very different direction to Converge and pushes into post-rock and multi-layered instrumentation.

Neaux
Fell Off The Deep End

Rich in atmosphere and youthful anger, Fell Off The Deep End in the latest release from Neaux. A supergroup made up of musicians from some of alt-rock’s most promising bands, this record promises a different and modern spin on shoegaze and alternative rock. Released by Iron Pier and available on Vinyl LP.

Silver Shadows
Cold Plastic

Silver Shadows play an 80’s-imbued form of post-punk, richly awash with synths as well as with indie-pop guitars. They are also notable for having three vocalists taking a lead role, leading to some fairly wonderful harmonies. Cold Plastic is the band’s debut full-length album, and it is released on vinyl by Volar.

Blue Orchids
Skull Jam

Blue Orchids are a vintage Mancunian post-punk band (formed by Martin Bramah after he’d played on The Fall’s debut(!)) who’ve come back for more in recent years. New EP Skull Jam features a mixture of brand new songs, new versions of old songs, and a cover, and it bristles with energy and interest. 10” on Tiny Global Productions.

Matt Lamkin
Where I'm At

Matt Lamkin, formerly of The Muslims / The Soft Pack, presents a solo album of the songs he’s written since he moved to Mexico. Where I’m At presents multiple different sides of Lamkin’s songwriting, leaning towards yacht-rock here and thrashy garage-pop there. Where I’m At is released on vinyl by the Volar label.

Pinback
Some Offcell Voices

Before they were the touring behemoth they later became, Pinback was simply a project for members of Three Mile Pilot and Heavy Vegetable to hone their songwriting craft. Early on they produced two distinctive EPs which have now been collected together onto one slab of vinyl. Pinback have always made super soft super literate guitar pop and here their beginnings have been remastered and presented in a way that stands up as a full album and not the collection of outtakes EPs can sometimes become. 

Watcher
Live at Third Man Records

Watcher are a Tennessee tangle of fury and energy and distortion, spitting their songs out at breakneck pace towards unsuspecting audiences. They are pretty new to the game, having self-released just a handful of cassettes so far, and this short-but-sweet 7” document of their set Live At Third Man Records is their most high-profile release so far. Cheers Jack White.
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Laura Marling
Semper Femina

The new album from Laura Marling is landing! Semper Femina, her sixth full-length, shows off a mature talent and a confident creativity: these songs are intimate and complex and full of sharp details that will make you look twice. Released as a CD, single LP or as a deluxe double LP edition (now sold out!), which bolsters Semper Femina with bonus live material. On More Alarming Records.

Coldharbourstores
More Than The Other

More Than The Other is the 2002 debut album of Coldharbourstores, put back into print again to accompany their new record. It's a sweet-sounding indie record, with luscious vocals and a general sense of shimmer. This CD reissue has an especially low price, so you’ve really no excuse. Out on Rocket Girl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Midlake
Live In Denton

Midlake love their hometown don't you know, and with their now rather famous brand of indie pop, they come in for a victory lap in the place they once blossomed from. Live In Denton is the band doing the delicate thing they do on stage, so chances are it is recommended if you like Midlake. 

Daniel Romano
Modern Pressure

Ontario-based musician Daniel Romano has released a twelve-piece full length record entitled Modern Pressure. A great mix of alternative-rock and folk and country music, this release seems like it could have fit in 1980’s bible-belt America. Unrestrained and undeviated, this record is available on Vinyl LP and CD.

Dirty Projectors
Dirty Projectors

Oh the classic mid-career self titled album. What will it yield? Well early track 'Little Bubbles' is rather soft, sounding a lot like Scritti Politti and their most wispy but this band are known for unpredictable twists and turns so we're sure there's plenty look forward to getting our head around here. 'Up in Hudson' is certainly a horn filled 'Trapped in the Closet' soundalike but the fact that this isn't Green Gartside is the biggest surprise of all.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

LIFE
Popular Music

Hull-based band LIFE present their first album-length-statement of accurate and focused anger. The cannily titled Popular Music is a little like Sleaford Mods if they were also a Fall-ish band with guitars and all. This debut album is bristling with all the brutality of 2017, and it makes for a righteous listen. Released on the Afghan Moon label.

Invaderband
Invaderband

New Northern-Irish alternative guitar music from the mind of Adam Leonard (of The Owl Service). Invaderband play choppy, post-punky songs, flavoured with old-school space alien action as on the lead single ‘Attack Of The Pod People’. This self-titled debut full-length is released on vinyl by the Tectona Grandis label.

The Wolfhounds
Untied Kingdom (…or how to come to terms with your culture)

Debuting in 1986, disbanding in 1990 and now back with their first full length standalone LP 26 years later, The Wolfhounds are as furious and energetic as they ever were. There is a dystopian reflectiveness to their disjointed and modern-twisted punk, with sample manipulation, dub freak outs and detuned jangly and raw rock and roll chords.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Meat Wave
The Incessant

Meat Wave are a Chicago punk crew, and this third album of theirs is partly the result of the end of a serious long-term relationship. The Incessant is a means of processing difficult times into something creative and valuable: hard-edged and shouty but with a complexly human emotional core. The Incessant is out on Big Scary Monsters.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Whitney
Light Upon The Lake

Light Upon The Lake is the soulful debut from Whitney, who make a rich and bluesy pop music. The sweet vocals are the heart of the band's gorgeous and distinctively American, West Coast troubadour sound. The laidback guitar and harmonies hide the complex arrangements and stunning instrumentation.

The Coral
The Curse Of Love

The Coral are... back!? That's far out. It's been four years since their last record, the neo-psych tinged 'Butterfly House', but 'The Curse Of Love' sees the band in a confident and strikingly ominous mood, making sharp and macabre tunes with marching drums, resounding strings and James Skelly's vocal, which sounds disembodied from his person. Widows and death and loneliness... it's, uh, the Coral?
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

SWANS
White Light from the Mouth of Infinity / Love of Life

Swans are an American experimental rock who had their origins in the New York No Wave scene of the early ‘80s. They are fronted by multi-instrumentalist Michael Gira. White Light From The Mouth of Infinity and Love of Life are two of their classic albums from their early ‘90s period. Both complete albums are presented here as a box set available on CD and Vinyl, both versions come with an 18 track CD of bonus material.

Mark & The Clouds
Cumulus

Mark & The Clouds are a modern band who pull of a remarkably strong impersonation of a 1960’s British jangle-pop group. Cumulus is their second album of vintage sounds, on which every detail sits in just the right place. Released by Megadodo on CD and vinyl, with the CD version containing an extra three bonus tracks.

Strand of Oaks
Hard Love

Soaring heartland rock here that The Boss himself would happily put his name to. Just one look at the Springsteen-esque track titles here - ‘Hard Love’, ‘Radio Kids’, ‘Salt Brothers’ and so on. The middle of those three is a great first single, expensive-sounding and stirring. Could be one of those ones to cop a first pressing of now and watch it accrue value.

M O S E S
Moses EP

Amounting to an urgent swirl of ruthless guitar riffs, London based newbies M O S E S release their 4 track-long self-titled EP. Lead-single Leave Leave Leave is a statement of intent, as the diverse trio (Bucharest, South Korea and London origins) meld their concoction of influences into a boisterous brand of alt-rock.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Minus The Bear
VOIDS

Half a decade down from their first album to crack the U.S. top 40 and it’s no surprise that Minus the Bear up the pop on their sixth record. ‘Invisible’ is a full-chested emo banger (don’t worry, there’s some tapping in the breakdown), and opener ‘Last Kiss’ is well hooky too. That said, those craving the classic MtB schtick will find plenty to love here - try math-athon ‘What About the Boat?’
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Screen Wives
Husbandry

Screenwives exist in a particular group of Dischord-influenced, DIY rooted bands that have made up vibrant scenes dotted around the UK for years now. Often confined to criminally short-run CDr releases and playing shows to 20 people, some bands do indeed creep out of obscurity, and this London outfit are deservedly making those waves now.