Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

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

Frameworks
Smother

Emotional hardcore band Frameworks return with a second full-length, sounding both more emotional and more hardcore than ever before. The heartfelt anguish of the frontman can’t be disputed as he howls his throat raw over the actually-quite-pretty instrumental tracks, and the whole thing has the epic widescreen scope of a lot of post-rock. Smother is out on Deathwish Inc.

Biffy Clyro
Only Revolutions

Only Revolutions was something of a turning point for Biffy Clyro when it was released in 2009, pushing them up into the big headline-grade rock leagues. Named after a Mark Z. Danielewski novel, it’s full of big storming anthems and heavy melodic crunch. 180g vinyl reissue on the 14th Floor imprint.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Garbage & The Flowers
The Deep Niche

The Garbage & The Flowers came and went so fast in the middle of the 1990’s that if you blinked, you missed it: you almost certainly don’t have one of the original 300 hand-printed copies of The Deep Niche. But, collectability aside, this is beautiful, delicate music, special enough to be kept firmly in print. This new reissue encompasses CD and vinyl, courtesy of the Grapefruit label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sauna Youth
Distractions

Originating from Brighton, Sauna Youth are everything a post punk band should be: impossible to categorise, totally wild live performers with a sound that is contradictorily harmonious and brutal at the same time. ‘Distractions’ consists of 14 instinctive songs about desire, carried by a sound that is both superhuman and super weird. It’s also really fun to dance to.

Earring
Tunn Star

Earring are a very fine guitar / drums duo from Chicago, presenting their debut full-length on Brooklyn’s Fire Talk label. Tracks like ‘Dark Heart’ almost recall Codeine in their slow speed and thick heft, but the pair are nimble on their feet elsewhere. Top end noisy-fuzzed guitar action here from a band to keep an eye on!

Prose
Home Of The Brave

Prose are three lads from Manchester whose anthems of growing up, life and love are imbued with a working class narrative. The band’s popularity has risen exponentially since signing with British producer Naughty Boy and yet bigger things are expected following their debut album Home Of The Brave.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Bear's Den
Red Earth & Pouring Rain

Bear’s Den’s latest album Red Earth & Pouring Rain was recorded in Wales, and yet the Drive-like sleeve art and the sleek sheen of the music had me convinced that this was an L.A. affair. These are big heart-pumping ballads, still in-keeping with the group’s alternative folk background but with a big load of synthesisers too. Released by Communion.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Yeesh
Confirmation Bias

Yeesh isn’t the name of Kanye’s next LP, it’s a Chicago based indie band and Confirmation Bias is their second LP to bring stomping riffs and wailing vocals with plenty of feedback. It’s heavy, raw indie rock and grunge with a lo-fi feel. You really get a feeling that they would be awesome live from the recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Thalia Zedek Band
Eve

Thalia Zedek has worked in plenty of bands, from Come to Uzi to new group E. But her Thalia Zedek band is the purest Zedek outlet. New record Eve has plenty of driving alt-rock power and emotionally heavy lyrics, although the presence of viola and piano in the group open things out nicely. Out on Thrill Jockey.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Harm Wülf
Hijrah

Harm Wülf is the solo outing of G. Hirsch, the main man in Blacklisted. He doesn’t sound happy on Hijrah, although it may just be the roughness of his voice giving that impression. This album is 8 tracks of dark americana with a definite literary bent to the lyrics. The whole thing sounds old, of some dusty previous American age. On Deathwish Inc.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Terry
Terry HQ

With the sad demise of Wogan there's room for another Terry in town. This Terry contain members of Total Control and make music which owes a lot to those scratchy post-punk types. They often sing all together in a kind of communal depressed football team style. For fans of early the Chills, Swell Maps, the Clean and the Go-Betweens I think.   

The Posies
Solid States

Solid States is the first record from The Posies since the death of their drummer last year, and as you’d expect, a clear melancholy is audible here. It isn’t a morose record (indeed, it’s a lovely set of pop songs), but there is a depth of emotion even stronger than on their previous seven albums. Released by the Lojinx label.

Mothers
When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired

Mothers are an indie-folk-rock four piece from Athens,GA who have been making waves in the online and printed music press as well as on mainstream radio stations. Their debut long-player When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired explores the big questions: what is our value, what is our place in the universe, mortality and how these questions affect our relationships. The music is, in places, gorgeous, elegant and spacious, whilst in others elements of post rock and math rock are introduced. Vinyl LP and CD on Wichita.

Jad and David Fair
Shake, Cackle and Squall

Jad and David Fair will be more familiar as the brothers behind Half Japanese, but this session sees them casting off other members and the moniker for stripped-back fun. Shake, Cackle and Squall is a drums-guitar-voice set of wonderfully-titled weirdo rock songs, as uninterested in doing anything properly as ever before. Fun and games on Joyful Noise.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Spring King
The Summer

Spring King have been working hard the old fashioned way by doing actual gigs supporting the likes of everyone before recording their debut album. Therefore they will have garnered a fanbase slavering in anticipation.  This their new single sits somewhere in between Interpol and the England football team circa the '82 world cup. A weird dark rock singalong. C'mon everybody sing with me...'the summer....' etc.  
  • Vinyl 7" (4793300)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Elysian Fields
Ghosts Of No

New York dreamy sleepwalkers Elysian Fields are back once more with their eighth album in over twenty years. Jennifer Charles’ airy vocals drift over deep and melodic soundscapes that will take you outside your body if you’re not careful. Ghost of No features mastering by Mark Plati, creating just that extra space to launch you into a waking dream.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Verve
Urban Hymns

20 years since this much loved album which spawned a handful of classic hits such as 'Bittersweet Symphony', 'The Drugs Don't Work' and 'Lucky Man' was issued and...you guessed it...it's time for the lavish remastered version in a series of formats including a super 6LP or 5CD box set with acres of live tracks and B sides. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Nots
Cosmetic

Nots are almost a straight-forward noisy indie-punk band: indeed, they play that role with tremendous success. But they also have prominent daubs of synthesiser all over their sound, sometimes supporting the tune, sometimes adding fizzing texture-blasts. Plus a little riot grrrrl bite: all very good. Cosmetic is out on Heavenly.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Lucy Dacus
No Burden

Debut full-length from the inquisitive voice of Lucy Dacus. Young Dacus (currently 21) writes and sings of self-identity, difficult friendships and other tricky matters, over some classic indie-guitar. This is mature-grade music-making, an impressive and confident start. No Burden is released by Matador.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Big Deal
Say Yes

Big Deal consider this new record to complete an informal concept trilogy with their first 2 albums, Lights Out and June Gloom. But Say Yes doesn’t feel like an ending: as might be expected from an album that follows a tour supporting Depeche Mode(!), the duo are in full-bore energetic mode. Out on FatCat.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Hallelujah! / Holiday Inn
Split

Two Italian groups share some 7” wax on the latest split from Maple Death Records. Holiday Inn play stripped-back synth-punk and Hallelujah! play full-band noise punk, but what we can’t stress enough is how lo-fi, overdriven and just generally blasted both acts sound. Messy and nasty and ever so much fun. Hand-stamped 7”s.
  • Vinyl 7" (MDR008)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

VHS
Gift of Life

VHS are a bleak-stare post-punk outfit with a fierce outlook and a blasted aesthetic. Main songwriter Josh Hageman uses his day job to provide heavy tales of medical sufferings, which are capably accompanied by the wiry-harsh guitars and relentless rhythm section pummel. Gift of Life is out on Suicide Squeeze (CD, vinyl and clear vinyl editions).
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  • VHS

The Cobra Lamps
The Cobra Lamps EP

Barrie Cadogan leads Little Barrie, and has also played guitar sideman to acts like Morrissey, Primal Scream and Edwyn Collins. The man knows his rock music, and now he’s doing it on his own for the first time, as The Cobra Lamps. This debut EP finds Barrie trying on some new styles on a slightly different axis to most of his other work. Out on Anton Newcombe’s ‘A’ Recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Gone Is Gone
Gone Is Gone

Gone Is Gone is super-group assemblage of heavy rockers: members of Mastodon, At The Drive-In and Queens Of The Stone Age are all present and correct. Needless to say, the sound is heavy, well-polished, capital-R rock music with a thick, sludgy tone: exciting times for fans of any of the affiliated bands. This debut EP is available on CD or coloured vinyl, from Rise.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Deap Vally
Femejism

Deap Vally are a punk-poppish LA duo. Like most punk-poppish LA duos, they have stackloads of swagger and a tasty fuzz on their guitars. Femejism rattles through 13 tracks, some of which veer away from noisy pop songs into more experimental / proggy zones. Good time music with kick-ass attitude! On Cooking Vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

PAWS
No Grace

Pop punkers Paws have reached the sort of crossroads where they had to give up or go shiny. So they've enlisted the Blink 182 producer and made the sort of big pop thing that will make or break them. It's angsty skateboard-friendly pop rock with plenty of tunes to thrash your head around to enthusiastically. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mitski
Puberty 2

New Yorker Mitski makes weird-indie music with a defiant angle: as a Japanese-American woman in a scene dominated by white males, she has plenty of fun mocking and undermining traditions with songs like ‘Your Best American Girl’. Puberty 2 is a sharp and confident songs, released by Dead Oceans.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Gotobeds
Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic

The Gotobeds are a fired-up rock band with a jagged-edged, noisy sound: all gnarled and twisted and shouting. Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic, which doesn’t appear to contain any Red Hot Chilli Peppers covers, is released by Sub Pop in CD and cassette tape editions, plus two differently-presented vinyl editions.

Parquet Courts
Human Performance

Brand new music from Parquet Courts, New York’s much-loved indie-punks. Human Performance is a smooth evolution of their sound, as accessible as anything they’ve yet produced, but without losing any of the edge. CD and LP editions available, with the vinyl coming in a gatefold LP with an art booklet. On Rough Trade.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Grant Hart
Oeuvrevue

Ouevrevue is a compilation album by Husker Du founder, drummer and songwriter Grant Hart. It gathers together odds and sods from 7” singles, EPs and compilation albums and is available on vinyl for the first time. The album includes cover versions of Love’s Signed DC and Bob Dylan’s Master’s Of War.
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  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Weird Dreams
Luxury Alone

Weird Dreams is the solo work of Doran Edwards. This album is particularly solo, as no other hands touched it until after it was mixed. That means we can guarantee that Luxury Alone sounds exactly as it was meant to. The making of the album spanned some tough times for Edwards, and there is an emotional catharsis in Luxury Alone’s synth-based songcraft. On Tough Love.

Yung
A Youthful Dream

Though he is only young (A Youthful Dream is a fair title), it is nevertheless surprising that Mikkel Holm Silkjaer, main Yung man, has taken this long to produce a full-length album after the trail of DIY cassettes he’s left in his wake. It’s a well formed record, sounding properly produced but without losing the wild energy of the Yung. On Fat Possum.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Quasi
R&B Transmogrification

Very welcome re-press of Quasi’s 1997 debut studio album. Quasi’s approach to indie rock always sounded interesting, with rockin’ tunes jammed out on fuzzy guitars and fuzzy harpsichords and low-key vocals. Only the 2 of them, but they knew each other’s musical personalities inside out. R&B Transmogrification is reissued by Domino.

Moonface with Siinai
My Best Human Face

Wolf Parade were Vancouver's banner indie rock band, crafting a melodrama in three parts through 'Apologies to the Queen Mary', 'At Mount Zoomer' and 'Expo 86'. After their dissolution, guitarist Dan Boeckner stormed through creative projects such as Operators and Handsome Furs, while synth-yelper Spencer Krug formed solo act Moonface, a place to hedge his experimental bets. The band are back together, but Krug's got another record up his sleeve: 'My Best Human Face' is the second time he's employed Krautrock band Siinai as his backing band, and you can expect them to fan the fire on Krug's usually melancholy songs.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Spring King
Who Are You?

Spring King are a band who cite a wide variety of influences, but the ones that they show in their music seem to be Arcade Fire, Ty Segall and Black Lips making a more polished garage sound. Who Are You is their new single which was produced and mixed by their very own singing drummer, Tarek Musa. This 7” features an exclusive b-side, Lanterns.

Sublime
Robbin' The Hood

Ska-punks Sublime went almost experimental with their second album Robbin’ The Hood, which was recorded to a 4-track machine at home, lending it a lo-fi feel. The band also quote, reference and sample a panoply of other artists from the reggae and rock worlds. Double LP, freshly remastered, on Universal.

Sublime
Second-Hand Smoke

Vintage ska-punk from American group Sublime. Second-Hand Smoke is a fairly suitable title: this 1997 release is a compilation with a real mixed-up tracklist, including remixes and recycling of older material, unheard stuff, and covers of the likes of Bob Marley. All remastered and re-released as a double LP on Universal.

Sublime
Sublime

Vintage ska-punk from American group Sublime. This 1996 self-titled album was their third and final, recorded in a heroin haze and cutting in hip-hop and bluesy influences to augment the ska. The tracklist includes cover versions of Bob Marley and Gershwin as well as a pile of Sublime originals. Remastered double LP on Universal.

Sublime
Stand By Your Van

Seminal Californian Ska band Sublime release remastered versions of seven of their albums on vinyl. This one, the amusingly named live recording 'Stand by your Van' was originally released following the untimely death of singer / guitarist Bradley Nowell. Sadly, the band didn't enjoy massive mainstream success until he was no longer around to enjoy it. But we still can enjoy Sublime. 

Sleeping Beauties
Sleeping Beauties

If you’re expecting a babble of beautiful girls then the slouching, hairy blokes which make up Sleeping Beauties may leave you disappointed. The music on their eponymous LP however, is sure to please with its full on rock, primal guitar and slight psychedelia, think 13th Floor Elevators meets a bit of punk.   

Thee Oh Sees
Live In San Francisco

Thee banner garage rawk band played the Chapel out in San Francisco, launching their happy-go-lucky psychedelia into a crowd of possibly stoned hopefuls. This extensive set is presented not only as audio but in DVD format with photos to boot. Musically, it scales more towards their propulsive, loud, noisy side -- but the Oh Sees have so many songs I'd expect you'll feel a little bit of everything.

Savages
Adore Life

Savages return! Second album Adore Life is just as ferocious as their debut, but the intervening touring has allowed them to be even better at it. Jenny Beth’s lyrics and vocal performance are scouringly energetic, especially in the particularly relentless single and leading track ‘The Answer’. Out on Matador.

Royal Headache
Royal Headache

Royal Headache are an Australian garage band, known for their very raucus live shows (a few years ago the police stopped one of their shows at Sydney Opera House after a load of their fans crashed the stage). This is their 2012 debut album, prior to the better-known 'High' (2015). It's fast, noisy, fuzzy indie punk and you should get it.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Drowners
On Desire

Despite having a reasonable level of success with their first album, New York based (with a hint of Welsh) outfit Drowners second LP is filled with uncertainty and darkness. This time round the band write the songs collaboratively rather than coming from the pen of singer Matt Hitt. Still, their brand of dark post punk will appeal to fans of Interpol, Echo and the Bunnymen etc.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Prix
Historix

Prix are a lesser-known band that came about when members of later-period Big Star shot off on their own. Historix is a set of ferocious mid-70’s rock music, packed with riffs and flaring vocals. Barely any of this material has been widely heard: 2 singles released at the time and a Japanese CD release 15 years ago is all the attention it has received. So praise due to the efforts of HoZac Archival.

The Blood Tub Orchestra
The End of My Old Cigar

The Blood Tub Orchestra is a project designed to invoke the old of the British Music Hall, with versions of old-time London tunes given a bawdy new electrified spin. Featuring members of London Dirthole Co, Transglobal Underground and Echobelly, The End of My Old Ciga is released on 7” by Phono Erotic.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Richard Ashcroft
These People

Former Verve man Richard Ashcroft has more to say in 2016, in the form of his fourth solo album! His songcraft and production styles are comfortably reminiscent of 90’s / 2000’s indie-rock, with Ashcroft’s sentimental loverman vibes emerging in some of the more ballady numbers. Released by Righteous Phonographic Association.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Beverly
The Blue Swell

Beverly return with a new line-up, refreshed energy and a second album. Joined by members of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart and Crystal Stilts, the band are more shoegaze-pop than ever, with Drew Citron’s vocals sitting at just the right place in the shimmery mix. The Blue Swell is released by Kanine.

Melvins
Basses Loaded

This Melvins album is named Basses Loaded because it is packed to the gills with notable bass players, up to a total of 6! As well as the regulars, we have Steve McDonald of Red Kross and OFF!, Jeff Pinkus of Butthole Surfers, and Krist Novoselic of goddamn Nirvana. All contributing to the Melvins maelstrom of low-end heavy. Pow.

Spain
Carolina

Spain is the long-running band project of Josh Haden. Josh’s father was in fact Charlie Haden, the big-deal free jazz bassist who played in Ornette Coleman’s classic quartet, and his recent death appears to have been an influence on the americana-tinged Carolina, the first new music from the group in a while. On Glitterhouse.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Big Business
Command Your Weather

Good old-fashioned shouty guitar rock from LA's Big Business, aka Coady Willis and Jared Warren (The Melvins). Apparently it has a concept, something to do with nature and its power over mankind, but aside from that it's a good record to destroy your brain cells to on the dance floor. Available on vinyl or CD. Rock on. Yeah.

Palace Winter
Waiting For The World To Turn

Palace Winter follow up on their single EP with their debut full-length album. The duo are keen that their alternative rock songs should always carry plenty of atmosphere, and the 9 tracks of Waiting For The World To Turn are thus dripping with fine production details: especially good work, given that they produced it themselves. CD and LP editions on the Tambourhinosouros label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Minor Victories
Minor Victories

Minor Victories is a new group, perhaps even a supergroup: it comprises members of Editors, Slowdive and Mogwai. Although the original intention was all-out noise, what seems to have arisen is an album of dramatic, vocal-led songcraft. This self-titled debut album is out on Play It Again Sam: white vinyl only available from indie stores!

The Kills
Ash & Ice

The Kills return after significant (surgery-recovery-related) time away with their fifth album, Ash & Ice. The duo have found a way to squeeze their tense vibe into a tightly restrained sound, though the old sharp blues-rock pokes out of the edges here and there. Released by Domino on CD or as a double LP.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Hater
Hater

Reissue (and first-time vinyl release) of 1993's eponymous album from Seattle-based supergroup Hater. For anyone new to Hater - if we told you it was a collaboration between two guys from Soundgarden and members of Mother Love Bone, Devil Head and the mighty Monster Magnet, you could probably make a pretty informed guess as to how this is going to sound. Lovely swirly noisiness.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

True Widow
I.N.O.

Heavy tings here on True Widow’s I.N.O. EP, first released in 2011. The band have the emotional weight of slowcore as well as the distorted-riff weight of stoner rock, although this release also sees them pushing into some weirder territory, with 2 10-minute-plus tracks that drone and dirge. Reissued on vinyl by Mexican Summer.

Psychic Ills
Inner Journey Out

Psychic Ills’ new record is another ecstatic piece of psychedelic quality, working on an especially large scale. A broad cast of friends helped out with the recording, including Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star. Inner Journey Out is released by Sacred Bones, with sleeve art that imitates a battered old thrift-store record.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Netherlands
Audubon

Timo Ellis, famous for his work with Cibo Matto, founded Netherlands (not the country) to satisfy some of his grungier needs. And that’s exactly what the band does on their new album. Their guitars, drained in fuzz, play heavy and catchy riffs, making Audubon an album that's packed with heavy metal pop songs.

My Morning Jacket
It Still Moves (Deluxe Edition)

My Morning Jacket’s southern indie rock classic It Still Moves was first released in 2003, and is here reissued in truly deluxe style. The original record (some say the band’s finest) has been remastered, and is accompanied by 10 of Jim James’ demoes and another 3 tracks, previously unreleased, from the album sessions. 2 CDs or 4 LPs, on ATO Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Various
A Tribute To Pet Sounds

Can’t go wrong with The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds now can you? This is one of those timeless classics deep enough to withstand endless interpretations, and so the organisers of the Levitation festival have invited a star-studded, psych-streaked cast to cover the whole record. The Shivas, Cosmonauts and The UFO Club are among the many providing their own superb spin. From Reverberation Appreciation Society.

Moby
Animal Rights

Moby is best known for his electronica, but he’s always also been a massive fan of hardcore, grunge, metal: all the heavy guitar genres. The only time that really surfaced in his recorded material was his 1996 fourth album Animal Rights, which is Moby in proper alt-rock mode. First time reissue, on 180g vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Big Thief
Masterpiece

Big Thief is the next evolution of the music of Adrianne Lenker, drawing in her long-term creative collaborator Buck Meek and, for the first time, a regular rhythm section. Masterpiece (a bold title eh?) has the relaxed, guitar-led swagger of so much 90’s alt-rock, and Lenker’s songs manage to be instantly memorable. Released by Saddle Creek.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

FEWS
The Zoo

Swedish/American combo FEWS came to the attention of most people with their debut single Ill, which was released on Dan Carey’s Speedy Wunderground label. They also wowed the crowds at the Speedy Wunderground festival. Now signed to Play It Again Sam, their new single The Zoo mixes post-punk’s angles with a motorik beat.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Night Beats
Who Sold My Generation

Night Beats are a trio who have apparently been hibernating in some kind of hemp cupboard since 1969, which is to say that they sound precisely like the psychedelic rock overlords of that era. Nothing wrong with that of course, especially when the music is dispatched with such verve. Third album Who Sold My Generation is out on Heavenly Recordings

Spring King
Tell Me If You Like To

Tell Me If You Like To is the debut album from Manchester post-punks Spring King. They're seemingly already on the road to success after being bigged-up by the NME with the music mag calling them the most promising new band of 2016. They also have the accomplishment of being the first band Zane Lowe played on his new Beats 1 show. It's like when Tony Blackburn played 'Flowers in the Rain'. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Band of Horses
Why Are You OK

On the tenth anniversary of the release of their debut album, Everything All The Time, Seattle’s Band Of Horses release their fifth album Why Are You OK. The album contains all the melodic hooks and the stories the band are known for. This time however, the album is informed by top horse Ben Bridwell’s time songwriting at home whilst looking after his daughters. The album was produced by Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle with the help of the legendary Rick Rubin.

PJ Harvey
The Hope Six Demolition Project

The Hope Six Demolition Project is the ninth album by PJ Harvey. It is her first album since 2011’s Mercury Music Prize winning Let England Shake. The songs were created in sessions that were open to the public as part of an art installation at London’s Somerset House in 2015.  From snippets we’ve heard it sounds like she has returned to the punchy and riff-heavy indie-rock of albums such as Dry, Rid of Me and Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea. Should be good then!
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Getaway

One of the biggest bands in the world, Red Hot Chilli Peppers need no introduction. What will be of interest however is that their new album, The Getaway, their first for five years, was co-produced by Danger Mouse, who’s had his fingers in a lot of pies production-wise and Nigel Godrich, most famously connected to Radiohead.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Barbarisms
Browser

Stockholm-based but fronted by US native Nicholas Faraone, Barbarisms have drawn praise of the highest order: musically being likened to Guided By Voices and Built To Spill and lyrically aligned with Destroyer and Silver Jews. Uncut magazine has also mentioned Bill Callahan and Herman Dune when praising their debut long-player, Browser. So....they've got a lot to live up to but they might just do it.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

FEWS
Means

This debut release from FEWS borrows the structures and experiments of post-punk, but replaces any brooding seriousness with a playful melodic sensibility. Means, on the Play It Again Sam label, is ten tracks of bold, exuberant and psychedelic guitar music made for both dancing and headphone appreciation.

Kate Jackson
British Road Movies

After The Long Blondes’ untimely disbansion in 2008 Kate Jackson went on to working on her solo career, forming the Kate Jackson Group, working in The Wrong Moves and The Wilsons, as well working with Bernard Butler of Suede. British Road Movies is the result of the Jackson/Butler collaborations, and it has been a long wait. The result is a collection of cinematic alt-pop songs which would fit perfectly with any road movie.

Various
Sharon Signs To Cherry Red: Independent Women 1979-1985

A big stack of awesome feminine sonic radicals are gathered up on this compilation, from searing post-punk to dub to rockabilly bands. Sharon Signs To Cherry Red: Independent Women 1979-1985 features a whole wonderful subculture, with tracks from Strawberry Switchblade, The Kamikaze Pilots, Dolly Mixture and a great many more over 2 CDs. On RPM.

Piano Magic
Son De Mar

First time on vinyl for Piano Magic's wonderful, evocative soundtrack for the Bigas Luna film 'Son de Mar' (which translates as 'Sound of the Sea'). Mixing Godspeed like string arrangements with beautiful Max Richter like neo-classical compositions and rustic field recordings, Piano Magic made a soundtrack that stands completely alone as an inspiring piece of work and one of the high water marks of their varied career. This re-issue is officially licensed from 4AD and is exclusive to us!     
  • Vinyl LP (Nottingham Arms 12)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Arbor Labor Union
I Hear You

On I Hear You, Arbor Labor Union make a heavy, repetitive rock ‘n roll from droning bass and abrasive guitar. The group were previously known as Pinecones and the name change has also meant a development in their sound, which has become heavier and more experimental, but also just more fun. Released by Sub Pop.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Head Wound City
A New Wave of Violence

Head Wound City (now there’s a strong descriptive name eh?) contains members of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Blood Brothers and The Locust and they are vexed by the world. Debut album A New Wave Of Violence is a fierce, heavy thing, drawing post-hardcore and noise rock sounds into their dank sonic pit. On Vice Music.

Yak
Alas Salvation

With a couple of singles on Fat Possum and an EP on Third Person records, riot inducing noise-rock trio Yak turn to Octopus for their Debut album Alas salvation. With elements of Death from above 1979 and squealing of Lightning Bolt in a noisy garage band package. Catchy and sweaty. Is there anything better?
  • Artist(s):
  • Yak
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Gates
Parallel Lives

Shimmering guitar rock sounds from New Jersey’s Gates here, who filter their radio-friendly indie sound through a production style that nods towards shoegaze and post-rock to achieve some smooth results. Parallel Lives is their second full-length album, and is released via the Pure Noise imprint.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Honey Radar
Blank Cartoon

Honey Radar is Jason Henn’s free-wheeling fuzzy indie project, an intimate outpouring of his much-beloved psychedelic sounds. He’s been operating DIY fashion for a while now, but Blank Cartoon bucks the trend by being a kinda ‘proper’ release, distributed by What’s Your Rupture in a non-tiny edition. Now we can all enjoy the warm songs of Honey Radar!
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Band of Skulls
By Default

New rock action from Band Of Skulls, with their fourth album. By Default is maybe not a super-wise name for a rock band to choose for their album, although actually the group get into some not-so-generic territory at times, switching between big arena rock moments and tight power-trio grooves. Out on BMG.
  • Label(s):
  • BMG
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Yoni & Geti
Testarossa

Yoni & Geti are Yoni Wolf of Why? and Serengeti, and they’ve not been heard together since 2011. But now Testarossa is here, and it just so happens to be a narrative-heavy record, the pair telling the tale of 2 characters in a troubled relationship. This is told through deft flows and inventive beats, just as you’d expect from Mr Why?. On Joyful Noise.

White Lung
Paradise

White Lung’s new album Paradise comes with the approval of Annie Clark aka St. Vincent, so you know it’ll be a well thought-through work. Their indie-punk-rock is full of fierce energy, but the songs are also very lyrically involved. And Paradise wastes no time, firing through its 10 songs in just 28 minutes. On Domino.

Into It. Over It.
Standards

Evan Weiss’ brings back his project Into It. Over It. for a full-length record of new songs. Standards was written alone in a cabin in the woods before being filled out into full-scale band compositions. So the intimacy of the songwriting is balanced by the widescreen scale of the arrangements: perfect! Released by Brace Yourself Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Duke Spirit
KIN

The Duke Spirit return with KIN, their first record in 5 years. As well as the band’s own elegant performances, the album also features some considerable guests, including Mark Lanegan and members of Archie Bronson Outfit and Gallon Drunk. The LP is pressed to 180g translucent green vinyl, packed in a gatefold sleeve and accompanied by a handy download code.

Mountains and Rainbows
Particles

Mountains and Rainbows are a good-time Detroit band led by Matt Z, the drummer in Tyvek. They are one of those bands who become legendary on their local circuit, but aren’t fussed with spreading the word any further (this is their first proper album release, despite the band having been around a decade). Thanks due to John Dwyer then, who now presents Particles on his Castle Face imprint.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

DTHPDL
The Future

DTHPDL is Alastair J. Chivers doing his own thing, indulging his fondness for dark, hazy synth-pop vibes. The Future, which also features assistance from Humdrum Jetset and D. McDonald, is an atmospheric bundle of songcraft and no mistake. It is released as a cassette on the Scottish label Song, By Toad.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Hurry
Guided Meditation

When he isn’t playing with Everyone Everywhere, Matthew Scottoline is squirrelled away making tracks for his alt-rock, mostly-solo project Hurry. Guided Meditation cites Weezer and Dinosaur Jr as influences, and that’s accurate, but I must say the main comparison that I would make would be with the breezy stylings of Travis. Released on Lame-O Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Manic Street Preachers
Everything Must Go: 20

The first album that the Manic Street Preachers made post-Richie, Everything Must Go is one of their major statements. 20 years on, it now gets its reissue dues in the form of a hefty box: the original album on CD and vinyl, a CD of bonus tracks, and 2 DVDs worth of contemporary footage. There is also a 2CD edition with the bonus tracks.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Death Valley Girls
Glow In The Dark

Death Valley Girls are a no-messing-around punk band from Los Angeles. The 10 tracks of Glow In The Dark fly by at a punchy pace, with noisy guitars and howled vocals that imply you should probably fuck off out of the way. Their isn’t much space in this lo-fi DIY sound, but there is enough room for some searing psych-guitar solos. Out on Burger Records.

Zen Mantra
Zen Mantra

Zen Mantra, aka Sam Perry, produces his own songs from his bedroom studio, managing to achieve the perfect level of dreaminess that allows simple indie-pop songs to elevate the listener to some higher plane. Operating out of New Zealand, young Sam has now joined the roster of Flying Nun, ensuring dream-pop fame. LP release.

Country Teasers
Destroy All Human Life

Edinburgh’s Country Teasers released their third album, the ambitiously-titled Destroy All Human Life in 1999. It finds them cutting back on the explosive mess of their earlier sound, allowing the cutting lyrics of Ben Waller and the alt-country musicianship to shine through clearly. Includes a Tammy Wynette cover! First-time vinyl issuing, on Fat Possum.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Saqqara Mastabas
Libras

Close collaborators from their shared time in Fiery Furnaces, Matthew Friedberger and Bob D’Amico (also of Sebadoh) have gone wild and spiritual with this Saqqara Mastabas project of theirs. Libras sounds something roughly like the kind of pagan ritual pictured on the sleeve art: ina good way, obviously. Out on the Joyful Noise label.
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  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Wolf Solent
EP 2

Wolf Solent is solo artist and multi-instrumentalist Danny Barton. Originating from York, Barton learned his trade playing guitar, bass and drums in various garage and psych bands. Recorded and performed entirely by Barton at his home studio in 2014, ‘EP 2’ consists of seven, moody psychedelic garage pop songs with the subtle vocal sitting quietly behind a complicated arrangement of guitars and feedback.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Nothing
Tired Of Tomorrow

Tired Of Tomorrow is the second album by Philadelphia’s nihilistic shoegazers Nothing. It’s the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut album Guilty of Everything. The fuzzy guitars and swirling melodies reference the glorious grungey shoegaziness of the ‘90s. Tired Of Tomorrow is an album that will both soothe and unsettle.

Garbage
Strange Little Birds

Garbage are back with a new full-length album, their sixth! They’ve retained their anthemic 90’s alt-rock sound: in fact, the band have suggested that this album found them going right back to first principles, rather than “fussing over” their sound too much. Strange Little Birds, their first album in 4 years, is released by the band’s very own label, STUNVOLUME.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Robert Pollard
Of Course You Are

Guided By Voices’ leader Robert Pollard is back with another solo outing (his twenty-fourth(!)), a suite of classically rock-based tunes and dextrous songwriting.. One track even has an appearance from that deliciously proggy instrument, the mellotron. Of Course You Are is released on the Fire America label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock