Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sophia
De Nachten

Though great on record, it is perhaps best to catch Sophia live to get a full dose of their emotional slow moving compositions. They rarely play shows so this blue coloured vinyl re-issue of their 2001 era live album is most welcome. It was recorded at various festivals across Europe and includes a bleak cover of John Lennon's Jealous Guy. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Trash Kit
Horizon

Trash Kit are a three-piece comprising of Rachel Aggs (Shopping, Scared Paws), Rachel Horwood (Bas Jan, Shopping, Bamboo) and Gill Partington. Horizon is their third album and first in five years. With the members being active in many other musical projects, lots of influences feed into the Trash Kit sound, but it’s fair to say that The Raincoats and Sleater Kinney have been fairly influential here.

Hurt Valley
Glacial Pace

Inspired by a trip to the wilderness of California’s Death Valley almost ten years ago, and one that inspired the formation of the band after they came across essentially a dumping ground for old vehicles despoiling a beautiful landscape, Brian Collins’ Hurt Valley project delivers a striking album in Glacial Pace. 

Big Stick
Sauced Up Santa

Despite their long, storied and beloved cult discography, it’s incredible to think that Big Stick had never released any Christmas / seasonal music until now. This 12” EP, Sauced Up Santa, corrects this - inspired by an encounter that singer John Gill actually had with a tipsy mall Santa when he was five. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Fu Manchu
King Of The Road

Available on double vinyl LP on At the Dojo. Reissue of Fu Manchu’s sixth studio album that was originally released in 1999. If unfamiliar with the manchu, imagine Kyuss leaving their desert dwellings, taking a shot of whiskey. It’s stoner rock with them readdressing the sex and rock ‘n’ roll ratio.

The Kiwi Animal
Music Media

Music Media was the first album, originally released in 1984, by The Kiwi Animal, a New Zealand duo made up from Brent Hayward formerly of This High and Smelly Feet, and Julie Cooper. Their DIY acoustic sound was self-proclaimed as 'New Acoustic Music'. They expanded to a trio with the addition of Patrick Waller for further releases.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Russian Circles
Memorial

Russian Circles give us album number five of their sombre, drenched compositions. Indeed, this is a very layered thing - post-rock in the contemporary style of massive of guitar soundscapes suitable only for equally massive speakers, or headphones at least. Memorial is on CD and vinyl from Sargent House.

Hefner
The Fidelity Wars

Here at Norman Records in the late '90s you'd be taking your life into your hands if you tried to play a Hefner record in the office. Yet away from our rarified air the band was making waves with their idiosyncratic form of nasal indie pop and folk. The Fidelity Wars was their 2009 album which gained plaudits almost everywhere else and includes tracks which reached 2 and 3 in John Peel's Festive 50.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Pip Blom
Boat

Pip Blom are an indie band from Amsterdam. They are fronted by 20-year old Pip Blom.  Boat is their debut album following a successful year of EPs and singles that have enjoyed airtime on BBC 6 Music. Their influences seem to come from bands such as The Breeders, which is no bad thing. It looks like Pip’s star is on the rise.

Sunflower Bean
Show Me Your Seven Secrets

Sunflower Bean are a New York band with a sound somewhere between shoegaze and certain strands of post-punk. The Show Me Your Seven Secrets EP is their debut release, and it makes for a very strong introduction. Six tracks of thickly-produced, tight-yet-loose jams, pressed to clear vinyl on Fat Possum.
  • Vinyl 12" (FP15151)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Soap&Skin
Lovetune For Vacuum

Soap&Skin’s Lovetune For Vacuum came out in 2009, but this particular Norman Records™ writer is typing up its description a decade later. As such, listening to Soap&Skin’s debut LP has been as much of a chance to muse on the changing musical winds of the past ten years as it has been an exercise in music journalism. You really don’t hear much stuff like it anymore, but I can distinctly recall a time when this Regina Spektor/Dresden Dolls/PJ Harvey-type thing was very much the order of the day. The only things here that aren’t quite as time-stamped are glitching techno cuts like ‘DDMMYYYY’. While the style is a bit dated now, you really can’t fault the songwriting. Indeed, the piano balladry here is a few notches above the Adeles and Olafur Arnaldses we’re having to deal with at the moment. More power to Soap&Skin!
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Liars
TFCF (420 Estuary Angler Edition)

Unbelievable special edition 2LP in custom spray painted sandpaper sleeve this contains unreleased tracks and outtakes not included on the 'TFCF' album. As ever with Liars the band are unafraid to step into unfamiliar sonic territories and this latest album is no different. This highly collectible release will be an essential addition to the standard release.  

The Wrens
Silver

Will the Wrens ever make a new record? That is the question many people are still asking. While you wait you could do worse than check out again their debut Silver originally released in 2005. Its blend of shoegaze and indie-rock slowly but surely gave the band a large cult audience who lap up the slithers of music the band have unleashed since. Comes on coke bottle clear vinyl. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (CR00246)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures
Tequila Island

Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures don’t seem to be able to stay out of their respective recording studios, so why shouldn’t they collaborate, eh? In fact, Tequila Island is their fifth album together. Working alone, the two acts are incredibly prolific, releasing 12 albums between them since they last collaborated in 2015. If you’re a fan of both you’ll either be delighted that there’s some new stuff or annoyed they’re making you spend more money. New records are always nice, though, aren’t they?

L7
Hungry For Stink

Now that they’re back touring and with a first new record in 19 years, it’s timely that one of L7’s prime-time albums is getting a re-issue. Hitting the sweet spot between grunge and power-pop, 1994’s Hungry For Stink was the punk quartet’s finest hour, according to many fans. Contains ‘Fuel My Fire’, which was made famous by The Prodigy on their Fat of the Land album. 
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP2544C)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Artist(s):
  • L7

The Cure
Seventeen Seconds

Seventeen Seconds was the second album by the Cure originally released in 1980. It was too bleak for bassist Michael Dempsey who left after hearing Robert Smith's demos. Smith went his own merry/miserable way in the end and the album is a fine example of their spindly proto-goth. It contains one of their finest moments in menacing single A Forest which exemplifies the dark nature of the material on the album.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Claim
The New Industrial Ballads

It's always driven me a bit crackers when modern folk artists sing about dingly dells and wenches on horseback rather than continue the folk tradition by singing about issues of the day. The Claim couldn't claim (ha!) to be a folk band but the returning Medway Scene band here sing about such 2019 issues as economic migration and the changing industrial landscape. True folk music then but expect more thoughtful and literate English guitar pop from this long running concern.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Gloo
A Pathetic Youth

British punk rock outfit Gloo’s backstory seems ideal for making their kind of music - a childhood spent in the dull, faded Sussex seaside town of Littlehampton, lack of opportunities and drudge jobs. Their debut album Pathetic Youth channels all of that frustration into loud yet melodic punk nuggets. 

Future Islands
Feathers & Hallways

Feathers and Hallways was another pre-success 7" on Upset the Rhythm by Baltimore synth poppers Future Islands. The London imprint were heavily involved in the band's early work and hereby issue a mint coloured re-press limited to just 300 copies saving you literally a dollar on getting a used copy on Discogs. Their romantic, soul-driven 80s synthesizer pop always has a timeless if not Christmassy quality. See what I'm saying?    
  • Vinyl 7" (UTR027)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Future Islands
Tomorrow / The Fountain

Way before their Letterman-induced mainstream success, Future Islands were a neat little synth pop band with a singer one part Sam Cooke, one part an excitable braying walrus. This standalone single was released on the Upset the Rhythm label and contains two more of their soulful sighs Tomorrow and the Fountain. Now because they are all dead famous and that we get a limited clear vinyl pressing of just 300.   
  • Vinyl 7" (UTR055)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Fat White Family
Tastes Good With The Money

'It Tastes Good With The Money' is one of the best songs from the Fat White Family's third LP, 'Serfs Up', and probably one of the best things they've ever released. It's a glam-infused romp that takes in Gregorian chants (well... kinda...) and a killer spoken word piece from Baxter Dury, Domino are releasing it as a 10" with some exclusive non-album tracks, 'Waterfall' and 'Blue Hands'. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Hot Shorts
I Understand And I Wish To Continue

Hot Shorts hail from rainy Manchester. They love all 90s alt rock so much so that they’re trying their best to replicate the sound of the ‘90s through their hooky, guitar laden songs. I Understand And I Wish To Continue is their debut album. If you like Weezer, Cherry Twister or ‘90s bands of their ilk then this is for you.
  • Vinyl LP
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Deerhoof
Halfbird

Halfbird was the third album by San Francisco indie rock absurdists Deerhoof. The band formed in 1994, so 2019 marks their 25th anniversary. Halfbird is being reissued by Joyful Noise along with debut The Man, The King, The Girl and sophomore album, Holdypaws. This is the first time the album has been issued on vinyl, and it’s on pink/yellow split colour vinyl n’all! 
  • Vinyl LP (JNR319LPC1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Kaputt
Carnage Hall

'Carnage Hall' (geddit?) is the debut album from Kaputt the latest DIY act to come out of Glasgow, Scotland. They employ a saxophone but don't let that put you off as they create a sonic maelstrom of post-punk riffs, unusual staccato beats and energetic rhythms. Like a lot of albums in 2019 it tries to make sense of the shambles that is Brexit but is also the sort of body shaker that will allow you to forget the world's troubles for a minute and enjoy the party.  

The Afghan Whigs
Black Love - 20th Anniversary Edition

Reissued and remastered for its 20th birthday, comes Black Love - 20th Anniversary Edition by Ohio-based The Afghan Whigs. Initially released in the spring of 1996, this two-disc offering amounted to the band's fifth studio album - one that propelled the garage-rock stars forward. Includes a whopping 9 previously unreleased recordings - essentials for fans. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Hoops
Tapes #1-3

Hoops, or in everyday life Drew Auscherman, has released three EPs of lo-fi guitar + electronics pop on cassette over the last few years. Now, the opportunity has arisen to acquire all that tasty material on the vinyl format! The warm warble of the original tape production is still there, but the convenience and prestige suits the quality of the material. Double LP from Fat Possum.
  • Vinyl Double LP (FP16441)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy

Livingmore
Show Me Light and Love / Winter Wonderland

It's that time of year again. The beginning of the influx of indie Christmas 7"s. The Snowflakes label is one of the biggest manufacturer of these and here we have L.A rockers Livingmore doing a double A Side. One one side is an original, heartwarmingly dedicated to the singer's grandmother who like a lot of ladies her age likes to keep the Christmas traditions alive. On the flip is a romp through Winter Wonderland. The band sound like Blondie crossed with the Everly Brothers it says here so that's kinda Christmassy, right?  
  • Vinyl 7" (SNOWFLAKE23)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Fischer-Z
Swimming In Thunderstorms

Fischer-Z have been around for forty-odd years now. Their sound fits in with early contemporaries such as XTC, Talking Heads, Mission Of Burma and Wire. They are probably best remembered for their 1979 debut album Word Salad and 1980 single So Long.The band have been kept alive by frontman John Watts and now have a new album, Swimming In Thunderstorms.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Elbow
Build A Rocket Boys!

'Build A Rocket Boys!' is the extremely charmingly named sequel to Elbow's Mercury Prize winning album with that song everyone knows on it. Don't let that give you the wrong impression though, there's still an adventurous rock band under everything. Miraculously, despite all the time he spends on the radio, Guy Garvey's can still belt 'em out with the best of 'em.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage
Bad Wiring

Prolific songwriter Jeffrey Lewis presents his new band The Voltage (same line-up as before though!) for what’s sure to be another thrilling entry in his vast discography. Bad Wiring is produced by veteran Roger Moutenot, and is released by Moshi Moshi as a regular vinyl, indies-only poppy red vinyl, or Dinked Edition pale blue vinyl. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Teenage Fanclub
Songs From Northern Britain

Songs From Northern Britain was the 6th album by Teenage Fanclub, originally released in 1997. It was their most polished album but still found the band in fine melodic form. Ain’t That Enough and Your Love Is A Place Where I Come From are worth the admission price alone. Nick Hornby is a fan of the album and included the latter track in his book 31 Songs. Initial pressings come with a bonus 7”.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Elastica
Elastica

In 1994 you would have thought that Elastica would have gone on to become something quite special but instead they dribbled to a halt. Still they released one classic album that although was dangerously derivative at times had the type of killer tunes that filled those indie discos. Vinyl reissue includes a bonus fanzine and flexi disc. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Enter Shikari
Common Dreads

Enter Shikari were massively hyped when they emerged in the mid-2000s under the ‘Screamo’ banner. Their concerts were chaotic and the kids seemed to love ‘em. The politically charged Common Dreads was the band’s second album, originally released in 2009. Ten years on, with a lot of pressure from fans, they have decided to repress the album in vinyl, and why not, as the band seem to go from strength to strength. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Willie J Healey
Hello Good Morning

“The prettiest people would do the ugliest things,” writes Willie J Healey himself by way of explaining his new single ‘Songs For Joanna’. It’s a terrific summation of that feeling of not quite being able to connect with mainstream society, and it’s a theme that occupies the rest of Healey’s latest four-track EP, Hello Good Morning. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Unwound
The Future Of What

Unwound were a post-hardcore trio from Olympia, Washington. The band released 8 albums in 10 years between 1991 and 2001. The Future of What was their fourth album was released in 1995 and came during their most productive period that saw them release 4 albums in two years. Excellent classic ‘90s shouty guitar stuff. 
  • Vinyl LP (NUM1293LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Tindersticks
No Treasure But Hope

Nottingham stalwarts Tindersticks return with a twelfth full-length release - 'No Treasure But Hope'. Made in just five days, the record is an intentional change of direction for the five-piece. In a strive to create instinctual material, not overthinking and sanitising every element, the band yet again present a previously unseen side to themselves.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Liam Gallagher
I've All I Need

Liam Gallagher has a brother. Technically, he has two. He now also has a 7" called "I've All I Need" which I am probably not going to listen to, but I do think about Oasis once a fortnight and I'm okay with having that much of LG in my head. I've said it before and I'll say it again: Liam has a brother.
  • Vinyl 7" (0190295643485)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Limited edition
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

American Football
American Football (LP3)

20 years ago American Football, formed by Mike Kinsella of Cap’n Jazz, made their eponymously titled post rock-meets-emo debut and split up. The album is highly regarded in many quarters, including here at Norman Records. A follow-up surprised us in 2016, with Mike’s brother Nate expanding the line-up, and now we have the third installment. Features guest performances from Hayley Williams of Paramore and Elizabeth Powell of Land Of Talk.

Josef K
The Scottish Affair (Part 2)

Scottish post punk band Josef K started life on Postcard Records along with the likes of Orange Juice. 'The Scottish Affair (Part 2)' was recorded in Brussels in April 1981 when the band were in their pomp. Recorded directly from the mixing desk and newly remastered for this release. On Les Disques Du Crepuscule.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Emily Jane White
Immanent Fire

It seems Emily Jane White has gone big on her new album, Imminent Fire, bringing in strings, choirs and heavy guitars. The big sounds on offer are tempered by her voice in this truly widescreen affair. Lyrically she concerns herself with the urgent issues facing the future of the environment and feminism. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Stabbing Westward
Darkest Days

Darkest Days was the third album by American Industrial rock band, Stabbing Westward. It was released in 1998, so this 20th anniversary reissue, see it pressed on vinyl for the first time. Despite its lack of commercial success compared to other albums in the band’s catalogue, it is generally regarded as their best by fans. 180g smoke green vinyl, limited to 700 copies on Wargod.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Patrick Jones and John Robb
Renegade Psalms

Poet Patrick Jones - the older brother of Manic Street Preachers’ Nicky Wire - and esteemed music journalist John Robb (owner of the Louder Than War site) collaborate on Renegade Psalms, a special record that collides the political with the personal. Jones provides words of hope as well as rage, as Robb scores the perfect backdrop. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Ninth Wave
Infancy

The Ninth Wave claim they are doing something unique and by the looks of their influences it is hard to argue. The band cite JJ Cale, Stevie Nicks and AC/DC as inspirations  - basically their parents record collection. However, what they emerge with is sure-footed power-pop and post-punk with a few things to say about the world young people live in today.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Cloth
Cloth

Cloth are a three-piece from Glasgow who play an angular brand of indie-rock with additional electronics, two guitarists, a drummer and no bass player. They have been endorsed by BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway, Huw Stephens from Radio 1 and Tom Robinson from 6 music. Their eponymous debut album was recorded at Chem19 in Glasgow.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

RVG
A Quality of Mercy

This item has the same name as RVG’s debut full-length album, but please take note! This is the single, featuring the first track from that record along with a B-side you shan’t find elsewhere. A Quality Of Mercy was recorded live in a pub, and bristles with the appropriate energy of the context. 12” single on Fat Possum.
  • Artist(s):
  • RVG
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

R.E.M.
Out Of Time - 25th Anniversary Edition

Ah 'Out of Time'. The one with the hits on it. But also one of REM's bleaker albums. Like the preceding 'Green' it is a mix and match between upbeat pop '(err 'Shiny Happy People') and slower dirge-like composition that paved the way for their mid-career near masterpiece 'Automatic For the People'. Despite the odd stinker (what was 'Radio Song' all about?) 'Out Of Time' is a lovely shimmering album full of poetic grace. This re-issue comes complete with bonus 'demo' version of the album and B sides/outtakes etc.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Lankum
The Livelong Day

Dublin's Lankum have been gaining quite a following blend traditional Irish folk music with more modern day drone, post rock and psychedelia. So much so that big hitters Rough Trade have stepped in to release their new album the Lifelong Day. They use harmoniums and Uilleann pipes to create beautifully heavy soundscapes with an emotional heart at the core. Very affecting music that could help soothe us in these troubled times. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dead Can Dance
Spiritchaser

Spiritchaser was the final album Dead Can Dance recorded for 4AD before their 16 year hiatus. It was recorded in a church in Ireland and is mainly the work of founding members Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard. The album showcased a percussive sound that included elements of afrobeat and world music topped off as always by Gerrard's stunning octave leaping vocals. 
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

Beach Slang
The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City

Those who have listened to Beach Slang before will know that their music is influenced by The Replacements. New album The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City features former Replacements bass player Tommy Stinson which front man James Alex regards as a bit of a coup. The perfect player for his punk-cum-power-pop sound. The album was produced by Brad Wood who has worked with just about everyone at one time or another.

Amber Run
Philophobia

Nottingham trio Amber Run return with their third LP of plush stadium-indie. Philophobia tows the line between the widescreen rock sound of mid-period Bon Iver and those all-hands-in-the-air, tears-in-the-eyes, sunset-selfie anthems that acts like Rag & Bone Man and George Ezra dominate the airwaves with all summer long. Speaking of all summer long, what’s Kid Rock up to these days?
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Triffids
Born Sandy Devotional

The Triffids were one of 1980’s Australia’s greatest alternative rock groups. Grand, sweeping songs, driven by the basslines of Martyn Casey, later of The Bad Seeds and Grinderman. Born Sandy Devotional hasn’t been in print on vinyl since the original release in 1986, and is now handsomely remastered. Limited edition, on heavyweight vinyl.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Ghosteen

Ghosteen is the new album from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, the first since the heart-breaking Skeleton Tree in 2016. Recorded in Brighton, Los Angeles and Berlin, Cave says of the album that the songs on the first record are children and the songs on the second record are the parents. It seems he’s thought about it, anyway. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Brix & The Extricated
Super Blood Wolf Moon

Brix and the Extricated are led by former the Fall member and ex-spouse of Mark E. Smith himself, Brix Smith Start. The band also included ex-the Fall members Steve and Paul Hanley and Steve Trafford. They are also named after the Fall’s 12th album. 'Super Blood Wolf Moon' is the band's third album in three years following on from last year’s 'Breaking State'. I wonder if they'll rack up as many albums as the Fall? A long way to go, but they're doing well.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Snow Patrol
Reworked

Snow Patrol Reworked features 16 of the band’s songs that they have reworked in some way. It’s not clear yet how they have been reworked, so could you could be hearing Run in an rib-cracking techno style, Chasing Cars in the style of Napalm Death, Chocolate à la Daniel O'Donnell. We’ll see, but my suggestions are likely to be wide of the mark to be honest.

Sumatraban
Interloper

Back in the day, i.e. 1991, Glen Galloway replied to an ad for a ‘lead singer, brain optional’ he got the gig. That band was John Peel favourites, Trumans Water. He’s now moved on to a new band, Sumatraban. Like Trumans Water, they call San Diego, California home and play a ‘reconfigured’ form of rock n roll. Interloper is their second album.
  • Vinyl LP (LUAU032LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Some Bodies
Sunscreen

Sunscreen by Some Bodies is an album of melancholic pop, honed from a history of listening to classic records. Into this cauldron, the band put The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Beach House, Sparklehorse, Tame Impala, Pixies and a splash of krautrock and mixed it all up to create a familiar, yet new sound. The track Higher Self has a certain Mansun-covering-Radiohead’s-Just about it. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die
Assorted Works

I could fill up my word quotient just by repeating the band name. This is a twenty track resume of the long-windedly titled outfit's rarities collected from their ten years of existence. Compilation tracks, split singles, outtakes that type of thing. Um... An interim retrospective album then from The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

False Advertising
Brainfreeze

Judging by their single, Influenza, False Advertising are digging that classic grunge dynamic of heavy guitar intro followed by bass-led verse. There's definitely a Nirvana influence going on here. They have been getting support from Radio 1 DJs Annie Mac and Huw Stephens and have recently toured with Jamie Lenman. Brianfreeze, their new album, shows their arena-filling potential.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Federale
No Justice

No Justice is the fifth album by Portland, Oregon band, Federale. The band are led by Collin Hegna who plays bass in Brian Jonestown Massacre. No Justice has a vibe that lands somewhere between Scott Walker’s first four solo albums and the soundtracks of Ennio Morricone. Widescreen western sounds.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Peter Astor and the Holy Road
Paradise

Here is a re-issue of Pete Astor's third solo album following on from his stints in indie-pop legends the Loft and the Weather Prophets. It sees Astor gather around him some of the finest UK musicians for some classic English guitar pop that was predictably ignored in his home country but did very well indeed in France.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Cult
Sonic Temple (30th Anniversary Edition)

Released in the spring of 1989 and housing some of the group’s most popular songs, The Cult’s Sonic Temple represented the apex of their commercial success. Having been out of print for 20 years, it gets a deluxe 30th anniversary re-issue, on double vinyl, 5xCD box set and a special 7xLP limited edition collection. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Giant Sand
Glum (25th Anniversary Edition)

Glum was the 11th album by Giant Sand and was originally released in 1994, hence this 25th anniversary reissue. The band, helmed as ever by Howe Gelb, also featured Joey Burns and John Convertino who went on to form Calexico, singer / songwriter Victoria Williams, Pete Holsapple of the dB’s, Chris Cacavas, Pappy Allen and singer / songwriter Lisa Germano. Their dusty Americana was, on this occasion, described by comedian Stewart Lee as ‘infant free jazz’.

Xylouris White
The Sisypheans

Australian drummer Jim White and and Cretan laouto player George Xylouris have known each other since the early ‘90s when Jim White played in Dirty Three with the Bad Seeds Warren Ellis. They have collaborated several times before. The Sisypheans is the duo’s fourth album, the concept of which came from conversations the pair have had over the past 5 years.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete
De Facto

This is the fifth album from Mexican duo Lorelle Meets The Obsolete which they claim will make your head go POW! I'm looking forward to that happening and maybe it will as they suggest that it's a cross between Low's recent experimentation and Tender Buttons era Broadcast. Hopefully that has sold a few copies in anticipation.  

Superchunk
Acoustic Foolish

Superchunk have been mulling over how to approach an acoustic project, wanting to revisit old classics in a stripped-back fashion. Then they realised that their 1994 album, Foolish, was approaching it’s 25th anniversary and decided to re-record it acoustically. It features guest performances from Alison Crutchfiled (Swearin’), Peter Holsapple (The dB’s), Jenn Wasner (Wye Oak) and Matt Douglas (Mountain Goats).
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Gary Davenport
Scattered Thoughts

Scattered Thoughts is an exhumation of early work from Gary Davenport, the founder of San Antonio underground label Closet Records. Also featuring a book chronicling his experiences with the label, the 13 songs on this compilation include Davenport’s work in the band Mannequin, collaborative work with Mark Champion and Charles Athanas, plus his solo work while living in Texas. 
  • Vinyl LP (NUM197LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Omni
Networker

Hang on. I was thinking that Omni only released a new album earlier this year when in reality Multi-Task came out in 2017. How time flies when you are enjoying yourself.  Networker is their third album and their first since signing for Sub Pop. Theirs is a taut and wiry sound with nods back to Gang of Four and fellow Georgians Pylon and they have an ex Deerhunter in guitar ace Frankie Broyles. Networker turns up the 'fi' on their twisty turny sound but retaining the catchiness and freshness of their earlier work. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Beige Palace
Leg

Brilliant Leeds band Beige Palace have finally got round to releasing their debut LP, Leg. Odds are if you've been to enough gigs in Leeds, you've caught their stark post-punk meets folk sound. Live they're completely effervescent, the three-piece (guitar, drums, violin, everyone on vocals) have a chemistry that never fails to catch me off guard. Leg somehow captures all that on record. 

Warmduscher
Tainted Lunch

London-based post-punk band, Warmduscher, return with their third LP, 'Tainted Lunch'. It is the follow-up to their 2018 album, 'Whale City'. Their mix of punk, funk, lounge and hip-hop is likely to appeal to fans of Fat White Family, who they just happen to be mates with. It was recorded in just 4 days with South London producer of note, Dan Carey.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

William Doyle
Your Wilderness Revisited

A former Mercury Prize nominee back when he used to record as East India Youth over five years ago, Bournemouth-based musician William Doyle returns with an album under his own name. Featuring a collaboration with none other than Brian Eno (‘Design Guide’), Your Wilderness Revisited is the formal return of a fine composer and songwriter. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Guided By Voices
Sweating The Plague

Robert Pollard slams his hand down hard on the top of his guitar amplifier. Sweat pours from his brow; his eyes, heavily-bagged from the sleepless nights, glower with deranged intensity; his clothes are now but rags, ripped and filthy. ‘Again! Dammit, again! We’ll play … the songs … again.’ ‘B… but Robert’, pipes up one of his fellow Guided By Voices members - it’s hard to tell which seeing as all of the band are now a huddled mass, cowering in the darkest corner of the rehearsal room - ‘Robert, we’re exhausted. We’ve been in this room for three days, playing melodious indie-rock in the Hüsker Dü/Pavement mould non-stop, and we simply can’t go on any further. We need rest. We need food. We need to see our families. We’ve already released two LPs in 2019 anyway - isn’t that enough?’ ‘No!’ shouts Robert, punching a hole in the wall to emphasise his point. ‘No. We go again. We’ll be in here rehearsing our new record Sweating The Plague until it’s done, and it’s done why I say it’s done. Kapeesh?’ ‘Y… yes Robert.’
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Fitted
Firts Fits

A supergroup for post-punk and avant-garde legends, Fitted consists of Wire’s Graham Lewis and Matthew Simms, The Freeks’ Bob Lee and Minutemen’s iconoclastic leader Mike Watt. They made their live debut after little to no rehearsal at Wire’s own DRILL festival in L.A. a couple of years ago, something that congealed into this debut album First Fits. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Ty Segall
Pig Man Lives, Volume 1: Demos 2007-2017

If Ty Segall hasn't released enough music already then it's now time for the 4LP demos retrospective. This collection contains 47 sketches that became albums such as Manipulator and Freedom Goblin and is sequenced randomly so you fly back and forth in time. Seriously he's going to bankrupt his loyal fanbase at this rate.  

Half Moon Run
A Blemish In The Great Light

A Blemish In The Great Light is the third album by Canadian band, Half Moon Run. They hit the bullseye when two tracks from their first album, Dark Eyes, were playlisted on BBC Radio 1. Constant touring and hard work has seen the Montreal band, who’ve been described as indie-rock, alt-folk and alt-pop, grow in stature.

The Joy Formidable
A Balloon Called Moaning (10th Anniversary Edition)

To mark the 10th anniversary of its release at the end of 2008, Welsh indie-rock outfit The Joy Formidable - one of the most overlooked bands of their era, in our opinion - give us a double-album edition of their EP A Balloon Called Moaning. The original eight-track record is complemented by another disc, on which the band re-recorded all the songs acoustically and in Welsh. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Spielbergs
Running All The Way Home

Running All The Way home by Norwegian indie band, Spielbergs, follows on from their debut album, This Is Not The End, and a UK tour which was rounded off with support slots with Foxing and a bunch of successful festival appearances. Their new EP shows no sign of their urgent, adrenaline-fuelled sound letting up. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Skint & Demoralised
We Are Humans

Wakefield’s Skint & Demoralised - a vehicle for the spoken-word art of frontman Matt Abbott - gears up for its first album release in six years, and the current febrile state of Brexit-paralysed Britain has been needing it! We Are Humans works because it focusses on humanity, not anger, seeking to unite rather than divide further. Presented on white vinyl via Fierce Panda. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sunset Sons
Blood Rush Déjà Vu

Blood Rush Déjà Vu is the second studio album from French-based Anglo-Australian indie trio Sunset Suns, released off the back of an impressive three years of continuous building. Their 2016 debut Very Rarely Say Die saw them tour in support of Imagine Dragons and Nothing But Thieves, a learning curve that saw them nominated for AIM’s Best Live Act. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Kevin Krauter
Changes

The excellently named Kevin Krauter gets a UK edition of his 2016 EP Changes courtesy of Winspear (The Lemon Twigs, Barrie). The HOOPS fellow’s sophomore solo release is a beautifully wistful blend of folk, hypnagogic pop, country rock and bossa nova. There are strong notes of Ariel Pink and Haruomi Hosono.

Andrew Jackson Jihad
Can't Maintain

Can’t Maintain is the third album by Andrew Jackson Jihad. It was originally released in 2009 so this new picture disc pressing serves as a 10th anniversary celebration. The folk-punk band were formed in Phoenix, Arizona and will go down well with fans of Neutral Milk Hotel, Mountain Goats and Xiu Xiu.

David J
Missive To An Angel From The Halls Of Infamy And Allure

Missive To An Angel From The Halls Of Infamy And Allure is the eleventh solo album by David J, formerly of Bauhaus and Love & Rockets. The new LP takes the form of a song cycle and sees the the multi-instrumentalist putting himself down in a  confessional and personal work. The album features guest appearances from Anton Newcombe along with members of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds and Luna.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Viet Cong
Viet Cong

Some men from the band Women get together and put out a full length record. Viet Cong have previously released one tape and a single. They sound like Women in some parts, but Women after quite a few more drinks inside them. Lovely off kilter guitar parts wrap around tight drums (think fried out Nuggets punk), while the vocals bleed over the top. Out on limited colour LP, LP and CD.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Nirvana
From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah

From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishkah is the lesser-known Nirvana album: rather than the stripped-back acoustics of MTV Unplugged, it features full-bore amplified rock action. With material representing 1989 through to 1994, it makes for a potent intro into Kurt and co’s powers as a loud live band. Double LP reissue.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Hurtling
Future From Here

Hurtling is the solo project from My Bloody Valentine touring member, Jen Macro. 'Future From Here' is her debut album. Her music is influenced by some of the greats - the Breeders, Elliott Smith and Sonic Youth, as well as My Bloody Valentine themselves. Let’s face it, it would be pretty difficult to tour with them and not take in a little of their infectious noise.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Little Scream
Speed Queen

'Speed Queen' is the third album by Little Queen AKA Montreal-based Laurel Sprengelmeyer. It sees her reflecting on the social divisions in America, with many of the lyrics written whilst touring through the country. Coming from a low-income background herself, she has observed how the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer and she's not happy about it.

Blaenavon
Everything That Makes You Happy

Hampshire-based indie rock outfit Blaenavon rightly won praise for their 2017 debut album That’s Your Lot, putting together indie and folk in an original way that was far better than the vastly overused term ‘indie-folk’ might suggest. They’ve announced their sophomore effort, Everything That Makes You Happy, in pretty short order. Announced just this week, it’s out on Friday via Transgressive, and is framed by lead singer Ben Gregory as “an optimistic response to a difficult time”. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Levitation Room
Headspace

Los Angeles band Levitation Room were formed by friends Julian Porte and Gabriel Fernandez. They mix contemporary garage rock with classic psychedelia. The band have moved to Greenway Records for their second album, Headpace, which is the follow up to their 2106 debut outing, Ethos, which was released on Burger Records. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Slow Readers Club
Live At O2 Apollo Manchester

Slow Readers Club were formed when Aaron Starkie and James Ryan stuck together despite the demise of previous band, Omerta. The Manchester indie-electro band have grown since their 2011 inception. This has resulted in a 32 date UK tour and their first European tour. 'Live At The O2 Apollo Manchester', catches them sparkling mid tour. RIYL the Killers, Interpol and the National.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Beths
Warm Blood

New Zealand four piece the Beths sprung to prominence with their debut album Future Me Hates Me but who knew they had already made a five track EP? Well here it is in all it's glory showcasing the catchy, buzzy sound that led Future Me Hates Me to be such a killer. Expect ear-friendly indie with nods to the Lemonheads, Flying Nun and Best Coast.  

Big Thief
Two Hands

"I have two hands" - the words of synth wizard Viv Savage. Big Thief are the latest band to do that 'record two albums at the same time' thing  - see also Beach House. So if you bought this years U.F.O.F and are still enjoying it then you can move seemlessly into its sister album. Basically it seems where U.F.O.F was wet then Two Hands is dry both in the weather conditions at recording time and in the sound produced. Here the songs were recorded live with few overdubs as the band showcased their latest batch of songs with a no frills, bone dry approach.  
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD

Stereophonics
Kind

Wayne Rooney will be pleased - Stereophonics are back! The band are just one away from a dozen studio LPs now, though despite laying down all that material over the years they really haven’t changed their sound much (obviously - it’s Stereophonics we’re dealing with here). Kind features songs called things like ‘Hungover For You’ and ‘Bust This Town’ so we’re going to assume it’s business as usual for everyone’s favourite Welsh stadium-rockers.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

White Lies
To Lose My Life (10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

We all remember when we were when White Lies released To Lose My Life don't we. Don't we?? Well September 2009 should be indelibly stamped on your brain as the month their debut was unleashed and incredibly went straight to the very top of the UK album chart. Well blow me down with a feather. It managed to score 58 on Metacritic and was described by the Guardian as "promising, if unremarkable" so it's high time we got a tenth anniversary re-issue which thrillingly contains demo and live tracks discovered in bassist Charles Cave's personal cupboard.  

Skunk Anansie
Post Orgasmic Chill

Seems strange to think it now, but there was a time when Skunk Anansie were legitimately one of the UK’s biggest rock bands. Their stock was never higher than in 1999, the year they headlined Glastonbury and released their third studio LP Post-Orgasmic Chill (sounds like fun, eh). The alt-rock and metal-tinged songs of this record give it a bit of a Placebo flavour. Still sounds good all these years on - probably why Post-Orgasmic Chill is being reissued by 100%.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Slow Crush
Ease (Deluxe Edition)

With their debut album Aurora doing splendid business and with the band touring the US and Europe this year, the Holy Roar imprint re-issues Ease, the four-track 2017 EP from punk newcomers Slow Crush, bundled up with the Part Time Punks live session the group recorded in Los Angeles in April this year. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Iguana Death Cult
Nude Casino

Since the chaos of their 2017 debut album The First Stirrings of Hideous Insect Life, Dutch garage punks Iguana Death Cult have earned themselves a reputation as a must-see live act. Nude Casino seeks to underline that reputation, infusing their glorious racket with elements of psychedelia and post-punk. 

Big Star
In Space

Excitement alert perhaps for Big Star fans as their 2005 comeback album gets re-issued to save you paying outrageous prices on discogs. Previously to this Alex Chilton had little or nothing good to say about his increasingly influential work with Big Star so it was a surprise when he reconvened the band with the help of members of the Posies. It would have been amazing had it been anything of the quality of their earlier records - it isn't- but it's still a Big Star record. It sort of sounds like them and following his passing in 2010 it's one of the last times we heard Alex Chilton's still intact voice and jangly power-pop moves.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Editors
Black Gold: Best of Editors

Editors need no introduction. They have sold several million albums and play big shows all over the place. It should be no surprise then, that a band such as this release a greatest hits album. Black Gold: Best of Editors contains 13 singles and 3 brand new tracks, one of which is called Black Gold and I’m pretty sure it’s NOT a cover of the Soul Asylum song of the same name. Deluxe CD version includes 8 stripped down versions of some of their most loved songs.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Pinback
Summer In Abaddon (15th Anniversary Edition)

Now I feel old. It's been 15 years since Pinback released 'Summer In Abaddon'-  an album which came after the two albums I really liked by them which are now presumably even older. 'Summer In Abaddon' hardened their lovely guitar pop a little, bringing in more obviously emo-influences to the duos rhetoric. For the uninitiated, these former members of 3 Mile Pilot and Heavy Vegetable are somewhat in the literate style of Death Cab for Cutie. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Tropical Fuck Storm
Braindrops

The Drones were on hiatus but are now officially over. Founding member, Gareth Liddiard and his musical and life partner Fiona Kitschin are carrying on though. They’re rocking out with a new-found purpose in Tropical Fuck Storm. Braindrops is the band’s second album in 18 months, following on from A Laughing Death In Meatspace. Doc At The Radar Station by Captain Beefheart was a big influence on this album, so expect some weird, wonky and wonderful noise.

The Twang
If Confronted Just Go Mad

If Confronted Just Go Mad is the fifth album from Birmingham indie band The Twang. The album is the first to feature female vocals - from two singers they nicked from singer / songwriter Tom Grennan, although I’m sure it was amicable. The album was produced by Neil Claxton of Mint Royale fame and it features a guest appearance by spoken word artist, Polarbear.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock