Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Guided By Voices
Please Be Honest

The endless productivity of Robert Pollard continues apace with Please Be Honest, designated a Guided By Voices album even though Pollard played every last sound on it. The 15 speedy songs on here give us the latest insights into this remarkably creativity, via a variety of nicely textured tunes. Out on Guided By Voices Inc.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Heavy Times
Black Sunglasses

Heavy Times are a garage-rock band who are always worth your attention: for this new single on the HoZac label they add raw synth to the mix, where it sits comfortably with the frantic rhythm and Nick Cave-esque vocals on the title cut. The Black Sunglasses single is limited to 500 7” vinyl copies only.

Wire
Nocturnal Koreans

After finishing their self-titled 2015 album, post-punk unit Wire discovered they had material that didn’t fit that album’s themes. So, we get Nocturnal Koreans, a compilation of album offcuts that are as jagged and powerful as anything the band have recorded. The freedom of releasing music outside an album structure lets the band properly experiment with composition and sound.

Palehound
Dry Food

The kids are coming up from behind… Ellen Kempner is a very skilled 21-year old, which means she combines the ability to sound just as you want your punkish-indie singer-songwriters to sound with the electric energy of youth. Dry Food is her debut full-length under the Palehound moniker, out on Heavenly.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Dandy Warhols
Distortland

So who won? The Dandy Warhols or Brian Jonestown Massacre? I think it's quite obvious on musical terms even if the Warhols may have more bulging pockets. There's not quite as much excitement about this album as there was for BJM's 'Revelation' and whereas that album was a tour de force of psychedelic musics rich history, this sounds like a band on autopilot. Still, if it gives them an excuse to tour and reel out all those old hits everyone will be happy.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Man Made
TV Broke My Brain

Man Made are a new Mancunian indie rock band! This particular group have focused their thinking on the other side of the Atlantic, with an American alt-rock tinge to the vocals and to the production, handled by Ray Man. I’m probably also obliged to mention that the band’s Nile Marr is in fact related to *that* Marr… Out on Soul Kitchen.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Blaney (featuring Mark E. Smith)
Urban Nature

Ed Blaney was formerly a member of The Fall, which is probably what made it possible for him to enlist Mark E. Smith himself to provide vocals on his album He’s lucky Smith didn’t claim it for himself as a Fall album under the “me and yr granny on bongos” doctrine… Smith drawls superbly over the rock instrumentals of Urban Nature. On Yerrrr Productions.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

East Of Venus
Memory Box

East Of Venus is a new band formed out of members of Luna, The Feelies, Winter Hours and plenty more besides. The resultant alt-rock super-brew is sure to satisfy fans of all of the above as well as newcomers, with bold originals mixed together with covers of The Rolling Stones, Tim Hardin and Red Buckets. Memory Box is out on Omnivore.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Street Chant
Hauora

The influential New Zealand label Flying Nun release Hauora, by Street Chant, on vinyl LP. The band make witty pop-punk full of yearning melodies and rich Pavement-inspired guitars. Despite the sophisticated songwriting there’s still plenty of gnarly, distorted guitar solos and bad attitudes to enjoy.

Nada Surf
Let Go

Let Go is the third record that Nada Surf have to their name, first released in 2002 but now back out in the world once more. Their sweeping, breezy alt-rock sound is in full effect here, with plenty of the songs having party-grade pop immediacy. This LP reissue courtesy of Mardev is the first time the album has been available on vinyl in Europe.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Future of The Left
The Peace & Truce of Future of The Left

Future of The Left return with their fifth album, another set of grinding, noisy, shouty rock music. From Wales. The Peace & Truce of Future of The Left finds Andy Falkous using his sardonic lyrics and throaty howl to lead his troops into 13 fairly hardy songs. CD and LP release on the Prescriptions label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Wolf Solent
EP//3

Wolf Solent’s EP//3 is the final installment in a trilogy of EPs by Danny Trew Barton on Sea records. Barton’s unique mix of psych and cheeky upbeat drum rhythms makes for shoegaze you can dance to... Many tracks start with you expecting it to go one way, but then happily break away to something completely different.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

SWANS
The Glowing Man

The gargantuan behemoth that is 21st Century Swans comes to a close with The Glowing Man, another large double. A very wide array of instrumentation is in play here, all feeding into the need for these songs to expand and explode. Presented on 2 CDs or 3 LPs, all in varnished and embossed card packaging. On Mute.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Primal Scream
Live In Japan

Live In Japan was recorded in 2002, which Primal Scream fans will know puts the band at the peak of their powers, following the releases of XTRMNTR and Evil Heat. Lots of that material appears here, played with aggressive vigour by a line-up that included Kevin Shields. Premium Scream. Double LP reissue with poster, on Sony.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Frightened Rabbit
Painting Of A Panic Attack

Frightened Rabbit return with their fifth album, Painting of a Panic Attack. The Scottish indie band have gone through some line-up changes, added some electronic elements to their guitar-based sound and have Aaron Dessner of The National in the producer’s chair. Frontman Scott Hutchinson’s dark and intensely sincere lyrics - here influenced by his move from Scotland to L.A. - tie the album together into a package that will delight fans old and new.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

New Madrid
magnetkingmagnetqueen

New Madrid’s new album magnetkingmagnetking spreads all the way over 2 LPs and 15 songs, painting their psych songcraft over a large canvas. It means they get to show off all their styles, though all are linked through a strong dedication to the groove and a hazy feel. Released by Normaltown Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Prism Tats
Prism Tats

Prism Tats release their debut full-length album, a groovy rock thing. Garett van der Spek‘s vocals are bold and soft at once, mixing up the vocal traditions of rock and R&B to compelling effect. Behind him, the band follow suit with a sound that struts and pulses. This self-titled record is out on the Anti label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

A Giant Dog
Pile

A Giant Dog are a Texas outfit who boldly bring back the glory days of glam rock, splashing sequins and sparkles all over the place with their riff-centric boogies. Plus, lyrics that can be favourably compared to Sparks! Pile is their third full-length, and you know what? It sounds like they are on a roll. Released by Merge.

The Foetals
Meet The Foetals

The Foetals is what happens when Jolan Lewis, veteran of bands like The Pink Teens and Temple Songs, strikes out on his own to let his deepest sonic loves run wild. Proper 60’s-esque pop is put through the lens of obscure American lo-fi bands. Meet The Foetals is consequently quite a lot of fun! LP release on PNK SLM.

Bleached
Welcome The Worms

Bleached return with a follow-up to their sun-kissed debut Ride Your Heart. The rough, and gratifyingly old fashioned, garage of their debut is much the same, but when you have a great melodic and abrasive sound why change it? But Welcome To The Worms is also more ambitious, with great songwriting and vocals.

White Denim
Stiff

White Denim’s high-energy garage/indie hybrid has always been built on loops developed in extensive jams. Stiff pushes this even further, in fact, making the songs looser than ever before. There’s bluesy riffing, weird little rockabilly breakdowns and a general experimental motivation to include whatever sounds good.

Mike & The Melvins
Three Men and a Baby

The Melvins are as dense and crushing as ever on this new record they’ve made with Mike Kunka of godheadSilo. Three Men And A Baby chugs along at speed, a sludge-noise-rock juggernaut that isn’t going to slow down for you, or for anybody else. The album is available from Sub Pop, on a broad array of formats: tape, CD and vinyl in gatefold sleeve.

Black Mountain
IV

JagJaguwar release Black Mountain’s newest slab of ferocious and psychedelic hard rock. Available on CD, black double vinyl LP and very limited white double vinyl LP, IV borrows the tough template of 1970s hard rock, but also blends a jam-band mentality and some analogue synth worship. Here, burnt out organ riffs and choral vocals meet extended improv.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Surf Friends
Dreams Are Real

Auckland’s shoegaze, two piece Surf Friends aka Brad Coley and Peter Westmoreland, are actual surf friends when they aren’t recording music together. Using just guitar, bass and drum machine, they create an impressively full sound, building poppy, burnt out, fuzzy melodies over driving psych/kraut rhythms. ‘Dreams Are Real’ reminds me of bands like Real Estate, Eddie Current Suppression Ring and Kraftwerk.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Juniper Moon
El Resto De Mi Vida + Singles Y Rarezas 1999-2003

Juniper Moon are lesser-known cult favourites, beloved of certain in-depth pop-punk fans. Their only album, El Resto De Mi Vida, is reissued here along with a disc of Singles Y Rarezas, which means their entire recorded output is here (some of it on vinyl for the first time). Energetic, sunny and gorgeous, lots of fun. 500 2LP copies on Elefant.

Kiran Leonard
Grapefruit

Kiran Leonard is an indecently good musician, bearing in mind his tender age of 20. This isn’t even his debut… Grapefruit has lots to show off, from fully rock-action passages to chamber orchestra sections and even some radio hiss ambience, all cemented by Leonard’s remarkable voice. Released by the Moshi Moshi label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Cullen Omori
New Misery

New Misery is the solo debut from Smith Western frontman Cullen Omori. These eleven songs borrow the charm of his old band, along with melancholic indie-rock songwriting and ghostly lo-fi vocals. You can choose between authentic cassette, CD, standard vinyl or limited independent-only coloured vinyl, all from Sub Pop.

Bob Mould
Patch The Sky

Now that Husker Du aren't reforming (good), Bob can get on with making his solo albums. This latest one is a result of him spending six months in solitude (a long time to not see a human) and promises to be his darkest record in some time. I'd be interested to see a return to the 'Workbook' sound but who knows with Bob. His latter day albums always have moments of great so this will be well worth keeping an eye on.     
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Thermals
We Disappear

The Thermals are an old-school punk-rock band, their tracks bursting with a sense of abandon. The Portland trio have been doing this for years, so all the elements (howled vocals, guitars to put a smile on your face) are perfectly in place; time hasn’t dulled their thrill though. Available on CD, or in a clear vinyl edition that is limited to just 400 copies. Out on Saddle Creek
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Joy Formidable
Hitch

The third album from welsh indie-rockers The Joy Formidable is an ambitious and wide-ranging collection of feisty rock 'n roll. The band’s stripped back sound stops the songs from ever feeling overdone and the melodies are as lovely and as memorable as ever. Hitch is available on CD from Membran/Sony.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Coathangers
Nosebleed Weekend

Ten years into their activities as a band, The Coathangers release their fifth album, which maintains the best possible balance between experienced polish and the reckless sense of abandon that makes this garagey pop-punk work so well. Nosebleed Weekend is released on CD and LP by the Suicide Squeeze label: vinyl comes with a download code.

Black Peaks
Statues

Here we have the debut album from a Brighton band, Black Peaks. It’s rock all the way for these fellows, with the possible exception of a track called ‘Drone’, which is kind of drone. But mostly Statues is a tightly-knotted slice of arena-friendly epic rock action. Released by the Easy Life label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Death Cab For Cutie
Tractor Rape Chain

The classic 'Bee Thousand' era Guided By Voices track has been reworked by Mark Kozelek pal Ben Gibbard and his Death Cab For Cuties for a indie-rock geek guy pleasing 7". There's another song on the B side but I'm not sure what that is. It will set you back £10.99. I got a nice Mexican Wrap, fries and half a beer for that amount last night. Who's the winner?  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band
The Rarity of Experience Pts. I & II

Chris Forsyth is a guitar virtuoso, but one who decides to use his powers for good, not evil. Which is to say that he avoids tedious technical showcases in favour of expansive, classic-feeling jams with his excellent Solar Motel Band. The Rarity of Experience Pts. I & II is released as a double CD and double LP on the No Quarter label.

La Sera
Music For Listening To Music

La Sera (the band of former Vivian Girls member Katy Goodman) release their fourth album, on which they’ve lost none of their flair or energy: indeed, Music For Listening To Music exists on that lovely access of dream pop and noise pop. The album was produced by none other than Ryan Adams, and is released by Polyvinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Tancred
Out Of The Garden

The garden in the title of Tancred’s new album Out Of The Garden must surely be the Garden of Eden: these songs are lyrically centred around the transgression of Judeo-Christian norms, with an emphasis on "feminine expectations". The group’s pop-punk power is as strong as ever, driving the message squarely home. On Polyvinyl.

Big Star
Complete Columbia: Live at University of Missouri

In one of the more surprising moves of the '90's former Box Top and professional grump since 1976 Alex Chilton was persuaded to reform his classic early '70s power pop band Big Star. The two surviving/interested members were joined by crazy haired Seattle two-some the Posies. This collection is the complete recording of their set at University of Missouri and includes run throughs of many of their ignored at the time but now popular numbers as well as nicely a take on fallen Big Star comrade Chris Bell's 'I Am the Cosmos'.  This is the first time the complete set has been released.  

Sunset Sons
Very Rarely Say Die

This record was recorded with the production assistance of an Arctic Monkey and a King Of Leon, which serves as pretty decent shorthand for the mainstream contemporary rock sound of Sunset Sounds, a band of Australians and Englishmen who met whilst surfing. Very Rarely Say Die is released by the French Exit label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
That's It Baby Right Now We Got To Do It Let's Dance! (Live in Tokyo 2015)

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - That’s It Baby Now We Got To Do It Let’s Dance (Live In Tokyo 2015) Captures the world’s wildest rock ‘n’ roll three-piece on top form. Armed with only two guitars, a drum kit and a theremin, JSBX burn through songs from their Freedom Tower album, throwing in a few fan favourites and covers along the way.

METZ / Mission of Burma
Good, Not Great / Get Off

Once a RSD item, now just a simple item, this 7" sees post-hxc tinged noise folk Metz go toe to toe with post-punk legends Mission of Burma. They do a punk swap by covering each other's tunes, with the former going in on "Good, Not Great" and the latter having a crack at "Get Off". A classic fairplay split in celebration of loud music sportsmanship. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Ukrainians
Vorony

Now  - like once parent band the Wedding Present - only releasing records on Record Store Day, the Ukrainians have this year chosen to re-issue their 1993 second album adding four bonus tracks. The Ukrainians mix post punk guitars with more traditional mountain music to create a high intensity blast of genre straddling fun. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Treetop Flyers
Palomino

Second full-length album from indie-poppers Treetop Flyers. Palomino was produced and recorded in-house, at the group’s own Soup Studios. Death and lost love are strong themes throughout the record, but the production and the songwriting doesn’t get bogged down into excessive melancholy. CD or double LP on Loose Music.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Nirvana
Live On KAOS-FM, Seattle - 1987

Here is a slab of rock history. The first ever recording session of Nirvana (then known as the marginally less appealing Skid Row). This was a live session for the KAOS FM radio station and was the first time the band had ever been recorded. Hear the lads trying stuff out that would lead to them being rather popular indeed.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Washer
Here Comes Washer

New York duo Washer make their debut full-length with Here Comes Washer. With only two of them, they are focused on going a long way with a little, meaning that each element of each track is tightly in place and used for as long as it has value. Sharp garage-ish punk that slips from quiet-and-creepy to loud-and-poppy. LP release on Exploding In Sound.

Half Japanese
Volume 4: 1997-2001

Volume 4: 1997-2001 is the final installment of the Half Japanese reissue series on Fire Records. It contains the albums Bone Head, Heaven Sent and Hello. Heaven Sent is pressed on vinyl for the first time. Half Japanese, led by Jad Fair, were an influence on many great bands including Beat Happening and Daniel Johnston.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Miracle Legion
Portrait of a Damaged Family

Ah now this is more like it Record Store Day. 'Portrait of a Damaged Family' was Miracle Legion's fourth and to date final record but they'd got themselves in a right old muddle with their record company at the time so it was only given a small release. In fact as a Miracle Legion obsessive I only found out about it's existence years later. For the uninitiated, Miracle Legion were a popular mid '80s band that followed closely in the footsteps of REM's early dream like pastoral pop. After they split, singer Mark Mulcahy released a series of acclaimed solo albums of which Thom Yorke is a fan. The band is re-uniting for some shows this summer. Come to England, please.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Self Defense Family
The Power Does Not Work In the Presence Of Nonbelievers

Extremely limited vinyl 12” produced by Self Defense Family for Record Store Day 2016. The Power Does Not Work In the Presence Of Nonbelievers is bleak and dysfunctional blues rock, with some post-punk drones added for good measure. Overdriven guitars mix with motorik drums and melancholic melodies.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Audacity
Hyper Vessels

Hyper Vessels perfectly captures Audacity’s gnarly punk and its sense of being both tight and loose at the same time. Anything goes for this band, as long as it’s heavy and fast; sometimes they’re catchy, sometimes they’re abrasive, and there’s always a decent overdriven guitar solo.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

John Congleton and The Nighty Nite
Until The Horror Goes

John Congleton has made a name for himself producing for eccentric indie artists such as St. Vincent and David Byrne. With Until The Horror Goes he and his band The Nighty Nite show that they can be just as playful and witty. Congleton’s strained and deadpan vocals hold together a dense pop rock collage with everything from theremin to rap breakdowns.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Blood Sausage
The Short and Painful Life of…

I'm trying to remember anything about Blood Sausage. I remember them being around at the same time as Cornershop and Huggy Bear (members of the latter appear here). They were a punk and poetry ensemble led by Dale Shaw who went around upsetting people and causing general mayhem. This is the first time their collected works have appeared on vinyl.   
  • Vinyl Double LP (DYI014LP)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Fall
Bingo Masters at The Witch Trials

Mark E Smith's increasingly loose grip on his back catalogue continues with this vinyl edition of a live gig from 1978. Just look at that sleeve. How in any way does it fit in with the cut and paste collages of the era? It's going to look awful in your collection but at least musically it captures the early Fall at their most intense with a wild 14 track ride through the early bits of their existence. Rare public appearance from Yvonne Pawlett who left, allegedly, to look after her dog.  
  • Vinyl LP (OZITDANLP8027)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Tacocat
Lost Time

Album the third from Tacocat, a group who spit intelligent fire about a few of the bullshit aspects of society: sexism and disrespect for service industry workers for starters. The songs are propelled with a beautiful pop-punk sound, bright melodies and thrashed guitars. Lost Time is out on Hardly Art.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

CFM
Still Life of Citrus & Slime

The initials CFM stand for Charles Francis Moothart, a veteran of bands including The Moonhearts, The Epsilons and The Ty Segall band. But this is the first time his considerable skills (for instance, he played different instruments in all those bands) have been deployed solo. Still Life of Citrus & Slime is a very personal set of garage-rock / indie-pop from someone who knows the sound inside out. On In The Red.
  • Artist(s):
  • CFM

The Coral
Distance Inbetween

Distance Inbetween marks the return of psychedelic indie-rock band The Coral. Six years have passed since 2010’s Butterfly house, which was the first album without guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones. The band are still helmed by James Skelly but now welcome ex-Zutons guitarist Paul Malloy, who also played with drummer Ian Skelly in Serpent Power, into the fold. The album was influenced by the books of Richard Yates, the graphic novels of Alan Moore, classic toys from the 1980s, Krautrock and Muddy Waters.

Henge
Henge

Self-titled debut album from UK stoner doom activists Henge. All the elements are firmly in place, from the lumbering, endlessly propulsive rhythm section to the pummelling down-tuned riffs of the guitars. And lets not forget the howling vocals, or the sense that each member of the band have spent the last week in a narcotic haze in a basement. On God Unknown.

Pinkshinyultrablast
Grandfeathered

Grandfeathered is Pinkshinyultrablast follow up album on Club AC30, a more experimental pop affair than their debut, a more expansive and layered fuzzy pop sound. Warm swathes of fuzz peeling back to playful Foals esq beats and picks. Chuck in some of Braids’ beauty and some of Boris’ power and you’s got some bizarre, and brilliantly coined “Thunderpop”.

Big Ups
Before a Million Universes

Before a Million Universes is the second full-length from this noisy NYC three-piece. Big Ups make a razor-sharp post-punk full of hardcore vocals, low-slung bass and ragged guitar playing. Comparisons to Fugazi and Minutemen are deserved, but the band make their own sound from these influences. Tough Love release this gem, complete with beautiful artwork, on CD, standard vinyl and a very limited purple pressing.

Violent Femmes
We Can Do Anything

We Can Do Anything is the ninth album from The Violent Femmes and the first new material from the dauntless three-piece in 15 years. The album finds the band in an alluring and exuberant mood mixing their own takes on folk, jazz, blues, punk and rock ‘n’ roll which stretch from the minimal to the cosmic. Gordon Gano plundered his stash of unreleased and unfinished songs searching for the perfect blend for this album, unearthing some gems in the process.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Nada Surf
You Know Who You Are

A brand new record from veteran alt-rockers Nada Surf, operating now as a four-piece. You Know Who You Are has been worked on over a number of years, and mixes together all the styles they’ve figured out over the years, with fast n’heavy rockers sitting alongside almost americana-like introspective numbers. Out on City Slang.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

No Ditching
Inseparable

No Ditching are a new DIY pop punk group from the rich Durham scene, where this sort of thing rules the roost. No Ditching are in fact made up in part of members of Martha, a big Durham deal. But No Ditching are their own band, and Inseparable is their own 7”, witty and bouncy and fun, on Art For Blind.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Linton and Stewart / The Aislers Set
Split

A V Linton is a legend of underground indie pop.  The Aislers Set were a much loved band as we all know but even further back there was amazing work in the 90’s with Henry’s Dress, but the last release from The Aislers Set was in 2003, making this an exciting return. On the A-side, Linton is helped out by Stewart (of Boyracer), which means two tracks of melodic underground fun! 500 coloured vinyl copies on Emotional Response.

Rats On Rafts
Some Velvet Morning

Rats On Rafts boldly take on Some Velvet Morning, a classic tune by Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra. Their take is a low-slung noisy-rocky version, with howled vocals that Nancy would never have approved of. The B-side is taken from their last album, the acclaimed Tape Hiss. 7” vinyl on Fire Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Drones
Feelin Kinda Free

Feelin Kinda Free is album number 7 from The Drones, with producer and drummer rejoining the fold after a decade away. The Australian group are highly critical of the socioeconomic consensus, and the lyrics attack it while the band’s music sounds blasted and drained, but with enough energy left to fight back. Out on the TFS Records label.

Purling Hiss
Something EP

As Purling Hiss, Mike Polizze makes indie fuzz-pop which pushes the ratio between fuzz and pop so far that these 4 tracks are as much texture as song. This is a welcome balance. The Something EP was all recorded at home, with every instrument played by Polizze. This 7” vinyl release is issued by the Famous Class label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

DMA'S
Hills End

Hill’s End is the debut full-length from DMA’s, a present day Australian group who nevertheless manage to sound exactly like a band from 1990’s Great Britain. Even the vocals sound totally Mancunian. If you like your guitar-pop edging into Britpop territory though, this’ll work nicely for you. On Infectious Music.

Soundgarden
Ultramega OK (Expanded)

What more needs to be said about Soundgarden’s Ultramega OK? The grunge rockers debut blended elements of psychedelic rock, heavy metal and hardcore, with the raw, rough edges of the first explosion of grunge in Seattle. Sub Pop bring this incredible record back with a heavily expanded edition available on a range of formats.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

That Fucking Tank
China Tour seven-inch

Very limited tour 7” from That Fucking Tank. China Tour captures the brutal, free-form assault that this noise-rock band produce. Their math rock elements have been eased off a little for a more textured sound. But there’s still plenty of distorted tapping and harsh noise if that’s your thing. The vinyl includes a download with Game Program (a Hookworm) remix too.
  • Vinyl 7" (WAAT060/HS006)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition

Gazebos
Die Alone

Debut full-length from Gazebos, a band made up of members of other bands, including Butts, Spurm, and Bread & Butter. As well as their own indie-garage-pop originals, the band also cover a track by Suburban Lawns and a song from the Grease soundtrack (because why not?). Die Alone is released on the Hardly Art label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Pizza Time
Todo

Burger Records bring us the debut of Spanish garage punks Pizza Time and their reassuringly crude and energetic stoner rock. They make a rough-edged Dinosaur Jr. style racket, but never forget to include great hooks. After a handful of killer cassettes and singles you can finally get Todo on vinyl LP, with download code too.

Vita Bergen
Disconnection

Disconnection is the first full-length album from Vita Bergen, a Swedish band who’ve been creating a fair bit of heat since their Curtains EP. Plenty of the chaos of their live shows has been channeled into this record, but so has a fair deal of hushed, chiming intimacy, as in ‘Schoolyard’. Disconnection is released by Glitterhouse.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sonic Youth
Master-Dik

Master-Dik is one an early piece of the Sonic Youth puzzle, an EP released the year before their Daydream Nation. As well as the title track, this collection includes a scrappy series of short tracks that span beatboxing, sound collage, and covers of The Ramones and The Beatles. Peculiar stuff, reissued by the Goofin’ label.

Slobberbone
Bees and Seas: The Best of Slobberbone

Since 1992 Slobberbone have been making a chaotic grunge rock with witty lyrics and catchy hooks. Now New West have decided to release a greatest hits for this Texas institution. Bees and Seas: The Best of Slobberbone on 2 CD or double vinyl LP carefully selects the songs that best represent the group’s hard-rocking alt-country sound.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Bent Shapes
Wolves of Want

Bent Shapes hail from Boston, where they appear to lead the indie-pop scene. Second full-length Wolves of Want has sing-song boy-girl vocals, catchy riffs, and songs about living life and mental illness. This first pressing of the vinyl is strictly limited: probably your only chance to get these tracks on ‘bone+pink colour’ vinyl. On Slumberland.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Wild Nothing
Life of Pause

Album number 3 from ambitious indie musician Jack Tatum, best known as Wild Nothing. Life Of Pause is a bold new collection, bringing in the likes of saxophones and marimbas to the melancholy smooth-indie mix. The result is a superbly textured, well produced record, each song full of layers to peel away. On Bella Union.

So Pitted
neo

Debut full-length from So Pitted, a Seattle trio with heavy chops. neo drips with drawl and distortion, the members of the band readily trading instruments and vocal duties. CD and LP editions, plus a special, white vinyl ‘Loser Edition’, available only via independent record shops. On Sub Pop.

The Fall
Wise Ol' Man

The Fall follow up their most recent album Sub Lingual Tablet with this EP. Wise Ol’ Man (is that supposed to be Mark E. Smith?) mixes all-new tracks with a smattering of remixes, instrumentals and edits, as well as a reversioning of old festive favourite ‘No Xmas For John Quays’. 7 tracks in all. Out on the Cherry Red label.

All Them Witches
Dying Surfer Meets His Maker

Having released much of their previous material themselves, All Them Witches are putting their latest psych-rock epic through the New West label. Locking themselves away in a Tennessee cabin for 5 days, they’ve emerged with Dying Surfer Meets His Maker as a result. Whilst there is a definite groove; switching between soft vocals over picked guitars and Hawkwind esque bass driven peaks, there is a palpable sombreness to this record.
  • Vinyl LP (NW5043LP)
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  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Indies-only
  • Last copy

Kiran Leonard
Pink Fruit

Kiran Leonard is an indecently good musician, bearing in mind his tender age of 20. This isn’t even his debut… Pink Fruit is excerpted from his new full-length album Grapefruit, and the track takes several unexpected (but welcome) left turns over the course of its impressive 16 minutes. Single sided 10” on the Moshi Moshi label.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Eric Bachmann
Eric Bachmann

You know Eric Bachmann from his time in Archers of Loaf and Crooked Fingers, but this solo record finds him breaking away from his typical character-based approach for a series of personal songs written around the piano. ‘Mercy’ even has a damn gospel choir. This self-titled new record is a bold step forwards. Released by Merge.

RNDM
Ghost Riding

RNDM is a project formed by members of Pearl Jam, Three Fish, Fistful of Mercy, and Bombardiers. The title single Ghost Riding is a playful nostalgia trip of pop ballad sing along, while NYC Freaks is led by a thick bassline groove and cheeky guitar licks. This album is fun. Previously on Pearl Jam’s Monkeywrench label, for their follow up album they’ve moved to Dine Alone.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Charge Group
Escaping Mankind

Escaping Mankind is the debut for Australian four piece Charge Group and has been pressed by Hobbledehoy Records to 180 gram vinyl LP. The group make a an emotive indie-rock with added electric violin and some post-rock crescendos too. This album is equal parts catchy melodies and frantic build-ups and breakdowns.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Eleventh He Reaches London
Banhus

Hobbledehoy Records release the third album for post-hardcore enthusiasts Eleventh He Reaches London. Banhus sees the band’s trademark dynamics tied to sharper song structures and an emphasis on melody. The current line-up even incorporate some folk and pop elements alongside their love for progressive sounds.
  • Vinyl LP (HOB 026)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Ceres
I Don't Want To Be Anywhere But Here

Raucous indie pop anyone? Yes, I know it’s not 2004 anymore but Ceres are still rocking with some hard indie rock on I Don’t Want to be Anywhere But Here. Driving drums and thrashing guitars gel with some punchy vocals to make an album for a little hidden-bedroom-headbanging. CD or yellow coloured vinyl LP. Limited to 500 copies.
  • Vinyl LP (HOB 030)
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  • Coloured vinyl

Mitski
Bury Me At Makeout Creek 

Bury Me At Makeout Creek (excellent Simpsons referencing there) is the third album from Mitski, released in the States in 2014 but only now making it across the water for an official European release. Heartfelt indie-pop-punk songwriting from a strong and varied talent: Mitski had previously scored works for orchestra. Released on Dead Oceans.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Drive-By Truckers
This Weekend's The Night

Drive-By Truckers fans of the world rejoice, the band are releasing recordings of their three-night residency at San Fransisco’s Filmore venue. For the shows they reached deep into their Southern rocking back catalogue to present the full span of their music. This Weekend’s The Night takes 13 of the best tracks from the shows.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Nap Eyes
Thought Rock Fish Scale

Nap Eyes’ previous release Whine of the Mystics was quite a brooding melancholic affair, with their follow up Thought Rock Fish Scale they have opened the windows a bit, and there is an air of romanticism to their brand of indie pop. Recorded straight to a 4-track in single takes - no overdubs to be found here, there is a pleasant sense of emergency to it.  For fans of Lou Reed, The Clean, The Go-Betweens, Bedhead. Comes with download code.

Game Theory
Lolita Nation

Game Theory’s Lolita Nation was released in 1987 at the prime of U.S. dream-pop and has been out of print since then. So, Omnivore have got involved and pressed this lost-classic to translucent green double vinyl LP and CD, with new material (it has 48 tracks!). This dense and experimental pop music is full of wit and luscious orchestration.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Holy Esque
At Hope's Ravine

At Hope’s Ravine is the debut album from Glaswegian four-piece, Holy-Esque. The band set out to do things on an epic scale with an anthemic mix of post-punk and electro-pop. They have been likened to bands such as U2, Simple Minds, Echo & The Bunnymen, The National and The Walkmen. The next big thing?
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

DIIV
Is The Is Are

DIIV have produced a whole 17 songs for their hard-to-say-out-loud second album Is The Is Are. Zachary Cole Smith (formerly a Darwin Deez associate) has led his band into the fruitful territory of melodic shoegaze-tinged dream pop, which they perform with aplomb. CD or double LP on the Captured Tracks label.

Sunflower Bean
Human Ceremony

Sunflower Bean release their debut full-length album, Human Ceremony. Apparently the band decided to deal with the question of what sort of music to make by resolving all their different interests (dream-pop, heavier rock forms etc.) into one sound. The results sound pretty damn fully-formed, so good on them. Released by Fat Possum.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Palehound
Molly

Palehound, which is basically just songwriter and guitarist Ellen Kempner, release Molly on vinyl 7” through Heavenly records. Although the stand-out feature is Kempner’s jagged and wired guitar playing, this miniature indie classic is also powered by tight repetitive bass, groovy drumming and distinctive vocals.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Kane Strang
Blue Cheese

Proper DIY, bedroom garage from Kane Strang and Ba Da Bing! records. His guitars may be lo-fi and rough, but on Blue Cheese Strang also perfects weightless vocals that are reminiscent of Bradford Cox and some lovely varied arrangements full of keyboards and guitar melodies. These are charming pop songs with the right amount of scuzz and sophistication.

Mass Gothic
Mass Gothic

The pressure of being the creative force behind New York band Hooray For Earth had gotten to Noel Heroux. Ten years down the line he had found himself being depressed and frustrated, being slap-dash and not giving his all. The only way to halt the decline was to break-up the band and start again. Mass Gothic is his new project for Sub Pop. Working alone, Heroux has found that the creative juices flow resulting in a sweeping and thrilling set of guitar-driven pop songs. Available on indies only banana yellow ‘Loser Edition’ vinyl, standard vinyl, CD and Cassette.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Machismo's
Share One With A Friend

After an eighteen year hiatus The Machismo's return with the self-released vinyl LP Share One With A Friend. Not only is this a furious record of snotty no-wave, but the band have included two copies of the record in each package. If you love their distorted post-punk, then give the second copy to someone you love. If you’re not into the noisy grooves, then give it to an enemy. Limited to 150 copies.

Telegram
Operator

Debut full-length from new Londoners Telegram. Punkish indie with little touches of glam and psych garnishing the edges. The CD and vinyl versions of Operator have slight variations in tracklisting; what’s more, one of the vinyl editions is both coloured and signed! Released on the Gram Gram label.
  • CD (GMGM4CD)
  • £10.49 £5.25 (saving: £5.24)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

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

Barry Adamson
Know Where To Run

After learning his trade through playing bass in Manchester punk band Magazine and 3 years playing with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Barry Adamson embarked on his solo career in 1988 with debut album Moss Side Story. Know Where To Run is his tenth album in a creative career that has seen him nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and work with acclaimed film directors such as Oliver Stone, Derek Jarman, David Lynch and Danny Boyle. Know Where To Run is a melting pot of diverse influences from which his has created his most accessible work to date.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Wolfmother
Victorious

Australian hard-rockers Wolfmother return with another slab of classic-style riff-storms. A perfectly executed exercise in 70’s style sound, complete with high, histrionic vocals. Victorious has been given a shiny coat of polish by big rock producer Brendan O’Brien, so it sounds just right. On Universal.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Fat White Family
Songs For Our Mothers

Album number two from Fat White Family, that gang of nihilistic performance upstarts. Songs For Our Mothers promises to be spitting with hatred and negative energy, and probably lots of loud guitars as well. Includes the single Whitest Boy On The Beach. Released on the somewhat dubiously titled Without Consent label, as CD and as LP.