Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

fuck
Pretty...slow

fuck, a difficult band to google, were a premium example of slowcorey slackery American indie rock when they recorded Pretty… Slow in 1996. The songs sound like they needed some real encouragement to get out of bed this morning, but it’s a wonderful thing that they did: plenty of low-key majesty and minimal beauty here. This is the first time Pretty… Slow has been released on vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Soviet Soviet
Endless

Soviet Soviet, who are Italy (as opposed to any post-Soviet country), release their second full-length album Endless. They plough a slickly energetic furrow, with several songs showing off that windswept epic-indie-swoop sound that people used to call ‘anthemic’. Released by the Felte label.

New Fries
More

New Fries are such a lively-sounding band that you feel like you must be missing something by not getting the visual aspect: these songs are so bursting at the seams with *stuff*, they must be sprouting out colours or something. Anyway, for now we must settle for the kaleidoscopic sound of New Fries: 10 inches worth on their new Telephone Explosion release.

Summer Moon
With You Tonight / Walk Out Music

Headed up by The Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture and features members from Jane’s Addiction, Au Revoir Simone, Uh Huh Her, and The Like. With You Tonight is upbeat and refreshingly groovy. Delayed and effected guitar licks with a solid disco beat that flash to Roosevelt’s sense of an endless summer.

Meatbodies
Alice

Meatbodies describe themselves as ‘Heavy Pop’, a concept that they actually pretty much live up to: louder and more metally than most indie pop, but a lot more melodic and actively ‘fun’ than most metal and hardcore. Alice, which is released by the In The Red label, is a good time ride through a concept story of some sorts. CD and LP editions.

Stereophonics
Just Enough Education To Perform

Here was the awful moment where we all realised that Stereophonics were for real and not an elaborate joke that proved that the worst music is the most successful. It contains Mr Writer their whinge about people forced to listen to this to make a living and Have a Nice Day - the sort of tune with all the musical development of a gnat. Like me though, I'm sure you'd kill for even a portion of Kelly Jones' PRS earnings.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Stereophonics
You Gotta Go There to Come Back

You Gotta Go There To Come Back was the fourth album by Welsh indie-rockers Stereophonics. It was released in 2003 and like the three albums that preceded it, it hit number one in the album charts. It contains one of their biggest hits Maybe Tomorrow which was used on the Oscar winning film Crash. The album is also notable for being the last one they recorded with original drummer Stuart Cable.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

She Keeps Bees
Nests

“Nests”, the latest offering from Brooklyn twosome Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant, otherwise known as She Keeps Bees, is in equal parts ethereal and organic. The LP, complete with innersleeve and download, is the first time that this material from the bedroom-rock connoisseurs, written and recorded in 2008, will come on vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

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. 

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Lock All The Doors

It’s the not so shouty one from that band and here he is with his not that band but other band, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. This is the 7” single Lock All The Doors taken from the album, Chasing Yesterday. It’s a driving, swirling piece of catchy rock which feels quite anthemic and just fun. It’s backed with Here’s A Candle (For Your Birthday Cake), a non-album track.     
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Walkabouts
Feel Like Going Home: Cover Albums

Here are the two much-admired Cover Albums that The Walkabouts released, pressed to double vinyl for the first time ever. As well as those seminal works of alt-country, the Feel Like Going Home set adds two live concert recordings. Everything has been remastered, and everything is included on CD (four of them) as well as vinyl (three double LPs). Wonderful! On Glitterhouse.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Deerhoof
I Thought We Were Friends

Deerhoof aren’t ones for resting after releasing an album, no. less than four months after their recent LP The Magic they hit straight away with this two track 7” EP. All recorded on the the road and produced by themselves, It’s their usual joyous selves, catchy, nay, infectious and uplifting indie pop rock.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Gurr
In My Head

When you blend garage rock and punk-rock you get what the girls in this band call ‘First Wave Gurrlcore’- apparently. Gurr have taken influences from the music scenes in both Berlin and the West Coast of the US to give us a debut album entitled In My Head, and it's full of kaleidoscopic rock. Available on CD and vinyl LP.

Real Numbers
Wordless Wonder

Real Numbers are a good old dreamed-up indie pop act, formed from members of acts like Cozy, Private Interests and France Camp. Wordless Wonder is their debut full-length album, and it breezes along beautifully. Hovering harmonies and all sorts of interesting tales told in the lyrics. Out on the Slumberland label.

VANT
Peace & Love

It feels like VANT have roots in harsher, less polished punk music, however the way their stuff comes out it sounds like they're inspired by the pop punk of Jimmy Eat World, the indie rock stylings of Palma Violets, and in terms of this single, the hippie-ish style and lyrics of Peace. Whatever you make of it, the London-based band's new single Peace & Love is a huge track - catchy, hard-hitting and full of passion. Released as Vinyl 7" on the Parlophone label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dolomite Minor
Talk Like An Aztec / Let Me Go

Sweaty rock 'n' roll from this hairy two-piece from Southampton. Already causing a bit of a stir, the band appeared at a lot of the big festivals this year, including The Great Escape, T in the Park and Glastonbury. For fans of other noisy two-pieces like Royal Blood and Drenge. Who needs bassists these days anyway...
  • Vinyl 7" (5052946503072)
  • £5.49 £2.75 (saving: £2.74)
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  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dolomite Minor
Girl Of Gold EP

Sheffield residents Dolomite Minor make heavy blues-rock, the kind that has made a detour through the desert before pushing into your personal space. Distorted guitars, drawling vocals and thundering drums, you know the score. Girl Of Gold is an EP that provides four tracks of their sound: plenty rock. On Ignition.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Various
oscarsongs

A quality compilation of new and exclusive material put together by David Allred. The tracklisting of oscarsongs includes Peter Broderick, Brigid Mae Power and Joanna Sternberg, and the overall suite is rather gorgeous. Both the CD and the vinyl editions are subtle, handsome things, and they each come with a booklet also.
  • Vinyl LP (oscarson no. 10)
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  • CD (oscarson no. 10)
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American Football
American Football

A smattering of twinkling guitar teardrops and that overwrought Kinsella coo... American Football are surely back. Long after worrying he'd accidentally made the emo revival happen, our fearless leader steps back in, releasing the third record the band have titled American Football in their career. Tough one, this. Just as beautiful as ever, the music sounds emotive and mathy, feeling but showy, and of course, the lyrics are teenage as hell. "Doctor: it hurts when I exist". Same.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sonic Youth
Daydream Nation

Is there a finer stamp of approval than your album appearing in a pre-millennium episode of the Simpsons? Sonic Youth’s Daydream Nation, is one of the American indie underground’s epics, and was their last before signing to a major label (take from that what you will). LP box set comes with live versions, covers, and a booklet with previously unpublished photos.

Soundgarden
Badmotorfinger

Badmotorfinger was the third album by Seattle grunge-metal band Soundgarden. Released at the height of the grunge phenomenon, It was their major label debut and the album that introduced the band to a load of new fans. Contains the singles Rusty Cage (which was covered by Johnny Cash!), Outshined and Jesus Christ Pose.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Fangclub
Coma Happy

Fangclub's blend of sweet, catchy pop tunes and in-your-face distortion seems to place their style about halfway between pop-punk and grunge, although at times it can be difficult to decide where exactly they lie on the spectrum. Coma Happy is the second EP from the Dublin-based trio, featuring the addictive single Dreamcatcher. Released as Vinyl 10" on the Virgin EMI label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

ESP Ohio
Starting Point Of The Royal Cyclopean

ESP Ohio is yet another band by Robert Pollard, working once again with his fellow Guided By Voices member Doug Gillard. Starting Point Of The Royal Cyclopean is a proper nice rock album, with guitar chug, bonus brass parts, and catchy tunes. The good ship Pollard sails on… Released by the Guided By Voices Inc. record label

Spoilers
Anti Vibe

Energetic debut LP self-released by the London-based quartet. Musically the record draws from Spoilers' driving rhythms, Fugazi-inspired riffs and (melodic) noise recorded by Rory Attwell. Lyrically it cites honesty, being in love, anxiety and misplaced optimism. The band's post-hardcore roots from their earlier DIY cassette tape releases remain at the fore but with more time to experiment, Spoilers produce a well-rounded debut LP capable of being the hot knife that slices through the indie butter.
  • Vinyl LP (VIBELP/01)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Lou Barlow
Apocalypse Fetish

Solo work from Lou Barlow, who is most notably known for his work in Dinosaur Jr., The Folk Implosion, Noise Addict and Sebadoh. Thick gauge strings put on a ukulele is the backbone for these bare and direct acoustic songs. Just one man and his small four-stringed guitar, singing alone in empty rooms between gigs.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Wave Pictures
Bamboo Diner In The Rain

UK indie-blues outfit The Wave Pictures have a new album in the form of Bamboo Diner In The Rain. Once again, the group’s kitchen-sink songs are full of wit, though this album makes a change from the last acoustic one by being fully electrified: the rich tone of classic electric blues runs throughout the record. Released by Moshi Moshi.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Lazy Day
Disappear / All The Time

In 2014 Tilly Scantlebury started recording songs in her bedroom. Since then, she has recruited a rhythm section and guitarist to form Lazy Day and help realise her dream pop/alt rock vision. The band had a RSD ‘15 split 7” with Tuff Love which completely sold out. Now the London-based quartet are going out on their own with a double A sided single - Disappear / All The Time.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Thought Forms
Songs About Drowning

Thought Forms, one of Bristol’s finest experimental song outfits for many years now, release their third full-length album. Songs About Drowning, which features bonus bass player Jim Barr (of Portishead), is as much about sublime noisy textures as it is about the dramatic songs (and vice versa). The album is pressed to purple vinyl, with a download code, on Geoff Barrow’s Invada label.

Forth Wanderers
Slop

Forth Wanderers are a New Jersey band who bring back the pleasingly laid-back and lo-fi vibes of slackerish 90’s indie rock. Fuzzy guitars and dryly-plaintive vocals fit together like coffee and a warm sweater on the Slop EP, which looks to be a promising beginning for these young guns. 12” EP pressed to lilac-coloured vinyl. Released by Marathon Artists.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Trouble With Templeton
Someday, Buddy

The Trouble With Templeton are an Australian band with the strong flavour of old-time Southern USA: those regions' folk traditions seem to have seeped into the band. Someday, Buddy is a very direct record, as though Thomas Calder is staring right at you as he sings his tender songs. CD and white vinyl release on Bella Union.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

John Hassall & The April Rainers
Wheels to Idyll

John Hassall is one of the two Libertines who have kept a low profile: not for Hassall the busy drug-fuelled solo careers of Barat or Doherty. But he has now produced an album with his group The April Rainers, and what a lovely thing it is. Wheels To Idyll is imbued with the rich melody-pop sunshine of the 1960’s, and Hassall and co. get the sound just right. On VAM Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Lambchop
Flotus

The Nashville collective celebrate their 30th anniversary if only to make me feel very old indeed. I think it's high time for a really great Lambchop album and with the unveiling of lead track the 18 minute 'The Hustle' we might just get it. This is an excellent electronic/kraut jam with Kurt Wagner's soft brown voice and the usual delightful horns giving it that Lambchop class.  

Teenage Fanclub
Here

Caledonian indie veterans Teenage Fanclub are back with their tenth album, Here. It is their first album in 6 years following 2010’s Shadows. Norman Blake, Raymond McGinley and Gerard Love have contributed four songs each to the album which shows the band as masters of their craft. Here is released on the band's own label, PeMa.

16 Horsepower
Hoarse

Denver's alt-country bellyachers, head-scratchers and hand-prayers: 16 Horsepower wrote religious songs and filtered them through a modern and often urgent version of the musical traditions they were in love with. Live, their music became more ferocious and strong-willed, and 'Hoarse' is an example of the band breaking into a sweat and letting it rain. 16 Horsepower could be punks, too, and cover the Gun Club and Joy Division on this recording -- as well as the slightly less punk Creedence Clearwater Revival, but you know.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

A Grave With No Name
Wooden Mask

A Grave With No Name is, obviously, not a cheerful project, but there is a stark beauty to Alexander Shields’ music under the name. Wooden Mask is a set of desolate experimental post-folk, “a meditation on renewal”. Vinyl and cassette editions are available, via the well-named Forged Artifacts label.

Broker
Quixota

Brighton boys Broker drop their second full-length album of tightly-wound mathed-up hardcore. Main geezer Duncan Harrison has a fierce howl on him, and the band clearly know their way around each other: plenty of Quixota’s tracks feature unpredictable breakdowns and prog-complex inversions. Well skilled. Vinyl release on Smalltown America.

St. Francis Hotel
Mondello

St Francis Hotel are an Irish duo with a delicate touch, making crafty little songs. Mondello and its B-side ‘Beyond Mondello’ are the first two pieces of music that the group have released, and they have promise: a swooning falsetto rides above wide guitars and groovy-smooth rhythms. Released as a limited edition of 500 7” records on Meltdown Music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Autolux
Live at Third Man Records

One of the first live performances of Eugene Goreshter, Greg Edwards, and Carla Azar performing as Autolux since their 2010 album and recorded straight to acetate at Third Man Records just before releasing this year’s Pussy’s Dead. Rich, energetic, and dynamic indie rock with a rough bluesy tinge.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Wand
Ganglion Reef

Pyschedelic fuzzmongers Wand release their debut album 'Ganglion Reef' on GOD? records ahead of a US tour with Ty Segall. Sun drenched '60s garage pop with a heavy fuzz haze, this LA 4-piece provide a shimmering laid-back soundtrack to a chilled out summer driving along Route 66 in a soft top Chevrolet. Or even just a trip to B&Q. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Tigercub
Abstract Figures In The Dark

Tigercub is a hard-hitting grunge outfit from Brighton. After teasing with three 2016 single releases, Abstract Figures In The Dark is the trio's promising debut LP, which is packed full of fuzzy riffs, relentless drums and poppy hits. Much of the record's impact lies in the well-executed recording and production, which gives a raw, powerful, and animalistic feel to the music. Released as Vinyl LP and CD on the Alcopop label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Paul Draper
EP Two

Remember the band Mansun? They blessed the late 90s with an ambitious and unique style of alt-rock which rejected the Britpop formula that preceded it. Now their frontman Paul Draper is building up to a solo release with two EPs. EP Two is the second one... obviously. Expect hard-hitting alt-rock maximalism with poetic storytelling and a formidable voice that generates a decent amount of 90s nostalgia. Released as Vinyl 12" and CD on Kscope.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

JAWS
Simplicity

JAWS are a Birmingham outfit who sing indie pop from the middle of a reverb haze that is part shoegaze, part 80’s mood-rock. Certainly some Cure lurking in some of those guitar tones and in the sweep of certain choruses. Simplicity is a fair title: it doesn’t mess about, but gets right to the core of what these guys do. Released by the band’s own Jaws label.

Sublime
40oz. To Freedom

Vintage ska-punk from American group Sublime. 40z. To Freedom is their 1992 debut album, almost entirely filling a compact disc with 23 tracks, which include covers of Toots & The Maytals and The Grateful Dead as well as references to reggae / ska luminaries Bob Marley and The Specials. Remastered double LP on Universal.

TOY
Clear Shot

They are a strange lot Toy, they never completely blow you away but they are very pleasant to listen to. This is their third album and they recorded it themselves then sent it over to the states for a bit of gloss. It carries on the moody krauty template from previous albums and lead track 'Fast Silver' has some rather moody atmospheres which certainly bode well.   
  • Artist(s):
  • TOY

Rafter
XYZ

XYZ is the brainchild of San Diego-born experimentalist Rafter which is influenced by a sprawling range artists, from Talking Heads to The Beatles. Its spearhead single, You Are The Last Of Your Kind, particularly showcases creativity as bombastic drums and searing squelch synths set the track alight.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Bon Iver
22, A Million

That isolated cabin in the woods feels a long way away now: Justin Vernon’s Bon Iver seem to have made new album 22, A Million in a cabin in the internet instead. Lots of auto-tune, lo-fi crunch next to high-fi shimmer, and track titles to trump any vaporwave you could throw at it. Take your pick of CD, cassette tape or vinyl editions: there is even a deluxe LP edition with a bonus 12” of extended versions. On Jagjaguwar

The Bohicas
The Making Of

Essex boys The Bohicas hit upon a mix of Led Zepplin, Queens of the Stone Age and The Arctic Monkeys, bringing catchy and fuzzy riffs, vocal hooks that will earwurm their way in and ruin your day for the considerable future. Their debut album, and it’s avaiable on 12” with bonus 7”, just the 12” and CD from Domino.

This Becomes Us
This Becomes Us

Structured around wiry, raw bass riffs is ex-Future of the Left member Julia Ruzicka's latest project - This Becomes Us. The self-titled offering is a realisation of Ruzicka's ideas, collected from years of stockpiling and light bulb moments. Including a host of featuring vocalists, this alt-rock offering is not to be missed.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Bright Eyes
Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil

A reissue of Bright Eyes' 2002 full length release, Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil. With equal parts folk and indie, frontman Conor Oberst's authentic and well-crafted songwriting is accompanied by his shaky Nebraska voice and diverse instrumentation including orchestral elements, a rock line-up and often just simple acoustic guitar. Released on Vinyl LP and CD on the Saddle Creek label.

MONO
Requiem For Hell

An album by Japanese post-rock heavyweights MONO, titled Requiem For Hell, was always going to be a crashingly epic experience, and the band don’t disappoint. Strings are prominent within the sound here, coaxing the band’s grand crescendos into yet-more-ecstatic territory. CD / double LP editions on the Pelagic label.

Holy Sons
In The Garden

Holy Sons is the recording moniker of Emil Amos. In The Garden is his 13th album released under the name and it’s full of dreamy, melodic alt. guitar tunes. It was produced by John Agnello who deserves legendary status for his work with Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth, Phosphorescent and Kurt Vile. Amos has been a member of Om, Lilacs and Champagne and Grails and been central to the creation of some trailblazing experimental music over the last decade.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Busman’s Holiday
Popular Cycles

Popular Cycles is the rich, bold, authentic folk album from songwriting duo Busman's Holiday. Recreating folk with their own brand of kooky orchestral instrumentation and adventurous composition, the duo's third studio album brings a fun, charming and uplifting spirit to the genre. Available on Black Vinyl LP via the Joyful Noise label.
  • Vinyl LP (JNR201LPC1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Biffy Clyro
Ellipsis

Only recently recovered from the indignity of being filed under Clyro in our increasingly eccentric filing system, here is a new record from enormously popular and enormously tattooed Scottish power rock trio Biffy Clyro. The band describe the record as more of a punch in the nose than a cuddle and it continues their breed of massive complex poppy hi-end rock music. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Arab Strap
Arab Strap

Look at them there on the sleeve. They look a lot older than that now and to the delight of their fans have reformed for a few shows this October. To tie in with this comes this compilation of some of their best bits as well as rarities and B sides etc.  Arab Strap were always a lot more than their pished up image suggested with lots of gorgeous music backing Aidan Moffatt's slurred tales.  

MX-80 Sound
So Funny

MX-80 hone their avant-rock craft on So Funny, getting it just right, even if “it” sounds a little weird and wrong. So Funny is full of dead-pan smart-ass wit and snarky guitar lines, and you could easily forget that, until now, MX-80 haven’t released an album since 1981… Edition of 500 LPs on Feeding Tube Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Ash
Live On Mars: London Astoria 1997

To celebrate 20 years since their debut album 1977 was released Ash are doing a run of shows performing the album in it’s entirety and releasing this little doozy. A live album from when they played 5 nights in a row at the London Astoria. Features all their hits Goldfinger, Girl from Mars as well as covers of ABBA and Dusty Springfield. Available on limited numbered vinyl and CD.  
  • Artist(s):
  • Ash

Pavo Pavo
Young Narrator In The Breakers

As otherworldy and retrofuturist as its utopian record sleeve, Young Narrator In The Breakers is the 2016-born brainchild of Pavo Pavo. The Brooklyn-based five-piece flex their weightless off-kilter pop into a multitude of spaces in what amounts to a thoroughly inquisitive yet enjoyable offering.

E
E

E might reasonably be described as an alt-rock supergroup, being comprised of Thalia Zedek, Gavin McCarthy and Jason Sanford, who have experience in Come, Karate and Neptune respectively. Collaborative debut E manages to reach new grounds of sharp rock that were not quite glimpsed in any of their separate work: mission accomplished! Out on Thrill Jockey.

Dead Can Dance
Garden of Arcane Delights / The John Peel Sessions

The one and only EP ever produced by Dead Can Dance, Garden Of Arcane Delights, gets a repressing on 4AD. The hard-to-define Australians sound plenty dark and ethereal on this 1984 release, one of their earliest. And to give you more Dead Can bang for your buck, this reissue also includes two Peel Sessions recorded around the same time.
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Hold Steady
Almost Killed Me

Almost Killed Me is the debut album of The Hold Steady, the band who managed to ascend bar-band rock’n’roll to a high art form. Craig Finn writes about the minutiae of young American life with a poet’s eye for detail, and this debut begins the saga of his character Charlemagne. Almost Killed Me has been remastered and bolstered with a handful of bonus tracks for this reissue on CD and (blue) vinyl.

The Hold Steady
Separation Sunday

Separation Sunday is the second album by The Hold Steady, the band who ascended bar-band rock’n’roll to a high art form. Craig Finn writes about the minutiae of young American life with a poet’s eye for detail, and Separation Sunday continues the stories of characters introduced in their debut album. Remastered and bolstered with a handful of bonus tracks for this reissue on CD and (white) vinyl.

Various
Typical Girls

Typical Girls takes its title from a lyrics of song by The Slits, and it showcases an array of modern female-fronted bands who’ve taken up their might fem-rock mantle. Awesome punks from around the world are here, including Rakta, The Splits, Slum Of Legs and Shopping. Released on Emotional Response.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mouses
The Mouses Album

Billingham duo Mouses mix a hybrid of Jesus And Mary Chain distortion with Weezer-esque melodies. Now known for their frenetic live performances, they've since grown a following out of a reputation for their strange lyricism and playful melodies. This originally titled debut LP is for fans of fuzzed-up punk and lo-fi garage rock. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Silkworm
Lifestyle

Silkworm’s year 2000 seventh album makes a welcome return to circulation on vinyl with this Touch And Go reissue. Lifestyle is totally into both old-school classic rock and shambling indie-rock, meeting in the middle for an honest set of guitar-led American indie. Black vinyl or, while stocks last, pink vinyl, on Touch And Go.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Pop Threat
Scum - Redux / Remix

Pop Threat were a noisy fuzzy indie band from the early 2000's so split up after a 'drunken mess' of a gig. Therefore their one album slipped out unnoticed a few months later. Still thinking about all this, the band have gone back into the studio and remixed the tracks so that they can make peace with the past. The results have been paired with two live gigs (including the notorious one that split them up)- first 100 copies only- and re-unleashed to what is hopefully a more forgiving world. 

Emma Ruth Rundle
Marked For Death

There is plenty of drama in Emma Ruth Rundle’s music, as there probably should be on an album named Marked For Death. I mean drama in the classical sense: these songs trace out the movements of human emotion with remarkable clarity. Rundle’s voice and her ear for smoothly dark rock composition make this a strong solo effort. On Sargent House.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Coldharbourstores
Wilderness

Coldharbourstores hail from London. Formed in 1998, they signed to Rocket Girl the following year and received critical acclaim and airplay from the legendary John Peel. Wilderness is their first album in eight years and second with their current line-up. It was produced by Graham Sutton of Bark Psychosis, a long-term collaborator with the band.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Petrol Girls
Talk Of Violence

Petrol Girls are an entirely fierce ball of feminist rage, kicking out gloriously at all enemies with howled bile-filled lyrics and tight snarls of hardcore punk. Talk Of Violence (yeah there’s a good deal of that) is their first full-length album release, following on from a pair of 7”s. Released by Bomber Music.

Mark Lanegan
The Winding Sheet

Mark Lanegan’s first solo album is back on the streets again. The Winding Sheet dates back to 1990, when Lanegan was still immersed in the murky heart of grunge with Screaming Trees. His solo work mixes the dark weight of that music with a true songwriter’s dramatic touch. The Winding Sheet features a guest appearance from Kurt Cobain, and this Sub Pop reissue includes an extra track.

This Kind Of Punishment
Radio Silence

This Kind Of Punishment were a dusty gem of a band from the 1980’s New Zealand underground, and the title track of Radio Silence has just been dug up from the archives for its first ever release. Fuzzy-feeling, highly melodic but covered in lovely murk. Limited edition of 1000 translucent orange vinyl copies, on Superior Viaduct.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Growlers
City Club

Foals and the Arctic Monkeys go on a road trip right, to a Californian desert strip club… no no, wait, wrong story, but it’s close. Intricate guitar plunking turns to sweet indie pop choruses with a snarled vocal, all tinged with a drop of whiskey. Plus it’s the first album produced by Julian Casablancas.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Whistlejacket
Oh Brother / What I Ate On Sunday

Fierce Panda is one of the few labels to still be around from the mad days of the mid '90s but here they are still plugging away. Their latest hope is this quite listenable fuzz rock band who like their wah wah pedals and even inject some electro kraut into their filthy psychedelic sound. It's all low slung riffage for a Friday night down at the Dublin Castle. Dead sweaty.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Joy Division
Substance 1977-1980

Funny when you reach the stage in a band’s life (or afterlife in this case I suppose) when even the compilations are being reissued. That said, the material remains crucial, always good to have the stuff available on wax. Substance 1977-1980 contains most of your Joy Division favourites, and has been expanded by two tracks.

Joyce Manor
Cody

Sad about not being in high school anymore, Joyce Manor write wilfully pop-punk tunes in as few minutes as humanely possible (usually one to two), jangling betwix thrash to make infectious, heartfelt torch songs. This one is called Cody and follows up the lyrically silly but riff-sad Never Hungover Again. Expect a similar outing of short 'n' sweet punx nuggets about nothing in particular.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

alt-J
Live At Red Rocks

The full package coming from everyone’s favourite band with the strange vocals, alt-J. Live at Red Rocks is their first live album coming from their concert in Colorado in 2015. This 75 minute double LP or CD has all the hits that you’d expect and even a DVD and Blu-ray of it all. The box set comes in a handmade box with a 32-page book and a necklace. A nice package this one, no matter the format you get it on.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Frank Iero and The Patience
Parachutes

Frank Iero was in My Chemical Romance for more or less their entire existence, giving him heavyweight pop-punk and emo credentials. Parachutes is his second solo album (recorded with backing band The Patience) and it has all the best-loved tropes from his career to date: howling anguish vocals and catchy guitar riffage. Released by Hassle.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Legal Matters
Conrad

Conrad is the latest power-pop missive from The Legal Matters: so much melody and such big choruses that you can hardly handle it! And if you really really like the voices of The Legal Matters, boy are you in luck: the vinyl version includes a download code for a vocal-only mix of the whole album! Perfect for mash-ups. Released on the Omnivore label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Tall Ships
Impressions

Indie-math outfit Tall Ships reveal their second full-length album after a four year incubation period. Impressions show that they’ve really grown into their sound, with some properly big-sounding production buoying up energetic songs that could almost be considered anthemic. Released by FatCat on CD and LP, with an additional deluxe 2LP version also available for the really curious.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

VENN
RUNE002LP

Second 12” from London / Berlin band VENN. RUNE002LP is a little less utilitarian in sound than it is in title, with catchy tunes sung over slinky tracks that were apparently built out of both brand new bespoke parts and older sounds of uncertain provenance. Released by the the group’s own Rune label.

The Wytches
All Your Happy Life

Second album from The Wytches, the darkly psychedelic English rock and roll band. All Your Happy Life manages to sound groovy and guitar-gnarly even while the band seem lashed with despair. All Your Happy Life was recorded and mixed by a Grinderman (in the form of Jim Sclavunos, also a Bad Seed), so it has that dark rock power nailed down. Out on Heavenly.

Will Butler
Friday Night

Will Butler really is in a no Win situation both literally and figuratively. The lesser known Arcade Fire Butler struck out on his own last year away from his enormo-band with the 'Policy' album and this brief follow up showcases him attempting to play the songs live. Aptly he is introduced by a comedian and there are new songs here too some of which he wrote for the Guardian.                                     
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Menace Beach
Lemon Memory

Leeds’ very own Menace Beach return with Lemon Memory, which was apparently produced with the self-conscious intention of making something a little more restrained than Ratworld. They’ve pulled it off too, with tightly focused songwriting and production that lingers on the brink of fuzz overload without diving off it. CD or limited yellow scratch’n’sniff lemon vinyl (!!!) editions on Memphis Industries.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mauno
Rough Master

Halifaxians Mauno take an unconventional approach to pop music, almost deconstructive. Pulling elements apart and focusing on them with fresh eyes. Resulting in strangely familiar but also completely alien experiments in pop structure and tones. Lot’s of “what the hell was that? Put that on again” going on here.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Courteeners
Mapping The Rendezvous

The Courteeners are one of those bands while not famous nationally, have gathered an enormous following which allows them to play gigs in front of 30,000 people. Their previous album 'Concrete Love' did very well for them and there's no reason why the perky well crafted indie rock of this, their fifth album won't follow suit.     

Terry Malts
Lost At The Party

Overdriven indie pop that keeps the grit and drive of their favourite punk albums. Think The Buzzcocks or The Undertones waking up and getting into joyous pop. Keeping the riffs, the energy and the trashy back line sound, but a sprinkle of catchy oohs and ahhhs and cleanly sung vocal choruses. Positive energy.

Ultimate Painting
Dusk

Ultimate Painting are a laid back duo of Jack Cooper and James Hoare who sound like if they have a plan it is to make a distinctly English version of the kind of fresh as a breeze guitar tunes the Velvet Underground blueprinted on their third album. Indeed this is the third record from our heroic duo and once again it has been recorded onto tape in one of their flats.  Expect alluringly lush guitar pop and stellar songwriting chops. 

Game Theory
The Big Shot Chronicles

This isn't even the greatest Game Theory album but is still one of the finest most energetic bursts of oddball future thinking power pop seen in the '80s.  Scott Miller and pals had the route to my heart back then and this record contains some of his most direct pop bursts such as 'Erica's Word' and blitzkrieg opener 'Here It Is Tomorrow'. If you like early R.E.M, Sparks and Let's Active then this is for you. Contains loads of bonus tracks too. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Modern Ruin

Frank Carter, formerly of mighty howlers Gallows, releases his second album with current band The Rattlesnakes. As the title Modern Ruins might suggest, Carter hasn’t finished being angry with the state of the world, though his songs aren’t quite so snarled up into themselves as they used to be. Released by International Death Cult on CD, clear vinyl, and extra-limited red / clear split vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Ian Sweet
Shapeshifter

Ian Sweet (which is a band by the way, not an individual man) release their full-length debut in the form of Shapeshifter. Brooklyn-based Jilian Medford drives the group with her self-inquisitive lyrics and unusual singing style, with the rest of the Sweet outfit weaving strange instrumental structures around her. Curious stuff! Out on Hardly Art.

Peter Doherty
Hamburg Demonstrations

Erstwhile Babyshambler and Libertine Mr Peter Doherty comes back with a solo record, put together in Hamburg. Hamburg Demonstrations skims across an array of pop culture and political references (Graham Greene, the Paris attacks, Amy Winehouse), offering the listener the opportunity to witness the world from Doherty’s particular perspective. Out on BMG.
  • Label(s):
  • BMG
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses

The Stones Roses eponymous debut is widely regarded as essential by many fans. it was originally released in 1989 and was central to the Madchester movement of the late 80s and early 90s. The vinyl reissue is an exact replica of the original, released for its 25th anniversary. It is also available on CD in a slimline digipak.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Blonde Redhead
Masculin Feminin

Here’s an excellently in-depth archival release for Blonde Redhead, one of 90’s New York’s finest outfits. Masculin Feminin contains the band’s first two albums in full, plus all the surrounding extra material from the time (singles, radio sessions, demos etc.). Also, for a little perspective, two in-depth essays and lots of exclusive photographs. 2CD / 4LP sets on Numero Group.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Kings Of Leon
Walls

The Kings Of Leon return in order to sell several hundreds of thousands more records: Walls ought to do the job perfectly. These fellas know how to make well polished rock music in their sleep by now (this is their seventh album), and this won’t disappoint the fans they’ve picked up. The cover art is a bit disconcerting though. On Columbia.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Joan As Police Woman & Benjamin Lazar Davis
Let It Be You

The next step for the eclectic career of Joan As Policewoman is this collaboration with the similarly busy Benjamin Lazar Davis. Let It Be You pulls in a little Central African influence (the pair met through some international projects), but mostly works it into smart Brooklynite pop music. This debut collaboration is out on the Reveal label: the LP comes with a poster.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Red Fang
Only Ghosts

Grab your favourite 24 pack of brewskis and get this thunder on. Hard rocking riff-tacular that reminds you to not take yourself too seriously. Catchy as Queens Of The Stone Age, riffs of The Sword, and sometimes as hard hitting as Baroness. But mainly head nodding goodness. And beards, and beers, and trucker caps.

Jack White
Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016

Here’s the opportunity for a different angle on the busy career of Jack White. While White is usually electrified, these are Jack White Acoustic Recordings, and they span his whole career to date, from 1998 White Stripes material to 2016 solo material. Includes some real deep cuts to delight the serious White fan. All audio has been remastered.