Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Violent Femmes
Hotel Last Resort

10th album from the Violent Femmes, a band I'm almost certain everyone reading this has heard at least one song by. Hotel Last Resort features Television's Tom Verlaine on the title track for some free form noodling. Lyrically they've moved to something that feels quite stream of consciousness and surreal. I like it.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Parsnip
When The Tree Bears Fruit

You know Giggs? Yes, as in the rapper. Nowadays he’s all about drinking cinnamon tea with Drake, but back at the start of the career he was a proper hard-nosed MC who made tough, nasty street-rap. However, because he came from England rather than the United States, his bars were also full of the humorous everyday tit-for-tat one found in grime. One of his early singles, 2008’s ‘Uummm!’, is notable for two reasons. The first is that it cemented one of Giggs’ catchphrases, which is basically him just grunting loudly on-beat ('uhhngh!'). The second is that features an all-time great lyric; ‘Hollow Meets Blade and that Ard sh*t/Came up from the dirt like a parsnip’. ‘Came up from the dirt like a parsnip’ is the sort of thing that lodges in your brain for life and influences all of your subsequent interactions with the word ‘parsnip’. As such, it’s hard for this Norman Records™ chum-swiller to listen to 'When The Tree Bears Fruit', the debut LP from Australian band Parsnip, with fresh ears. Sure, this is an album of charming twee-punk in the vein of Girlpool or The Courtneys. Yeah, songs like ‘Lift Off!’ render positivity in melody in a manner that Jonathan Richman would be proud of. Of course, it’s a winning opening gambit from a group that we’re rooting for. But you know what? On every single one of these indie-pop ditties I’m just waiting for someone to barge up to the mic, shout out the SN1 crew and then launch into a verse of Dracula-voiced gutter-rap. And until we get Giggs to reprise his verse from ‘Uummm!’ over one of Parsnip’s summery jangles, this Norman Records™ text-chump won’t be able to sleep easy in his bed. Parsnip, Hollowman, you know what to do. Uhhngh!

Meatraffle
Bastard Music

Bastard Music is the bullshit-free title to the new full-length by Meatraffle. The band write songs with both a socialist and a cosmic space perspective (hence Meatraffle On The Moon and ‘Ndrangheta Allotment), and they deliver them with wit, mood and personality, as well as guitars. Bastard Music is released by Delayed Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Last Shadow Puppets
Dream Synopsis

Comprised of Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys), Miles Kane, Zach Dawes and James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco), The Last Shadow Puppets are a modern day supergroup. In December 2016 the quartet bring us a six-track golden nugget in The Dream Synopsis (recorded in just one day) - which offers fresh twists on album favourites, covers and unreleased cuts.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mikey Young
You Feelin' Me?

Previously only available on cassette upon its original release back in August 2017, You Feelin’ Me? by Australian engineer and instrumentalist Mikey Young won tons of praise for the intimacy and beauty of its pastoral soundscapes. Now, John Dwyer's Castle Face Records re-issues the album on CD and vinyl. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Black Belt Eagle Scout
At The Party With My Brown Friends

Having secured so many end-of-year accolades in 2018 with her Black Belt Eagle Scout debut album Mother of My Children, Katherine Paul wastes no time in following it up. In contrast to the guitars of that debut, At The Party With My Brown Friends is characterised by soft pianos and understated vocals. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Gender Roles
PRANG

Gender Roles are a group from Brighton with colourful hair who blend pop-punk and post-hardcore. This is a set of traits that sets them squarely in the middle of ‘Bands That Big Scary Monsters Should Sign’ venn-diagram. BSM have done just that, snapping up the trio for the release of their debut LP PRANG. Some of it’s quiet, some of it’s loud. Some of it sounds like Blakfish, some of it sounds like early Biffy Clyro.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Sleater-Kinney
The Center Won't Hold

They came back and they stayed back. After their 10 years hiatus ended with 2015's brilliant No Cities to Love, Sleater-Kinney kept writing together to create The Center Won't Hold. The album was produced with great care by St. Vincent, and sees the band exploring personal themes the only way they know how. By being a very good rock band.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Whitney
Forever Turned Around

Whitney return with their new album, Forever Turned Around. It is the follow-up to their 2016 debut Light Upon The Lake. The Chicago duo play a brand of indie-fied soulful country. Forever Turned Around was produced by Bradley Cook and Jonathan Rado, who, with credits between them such as Hand Habits, Father John Misty, Weyes Blood and Hiss Golden Messenger, were able to add the perfect colours and textures.

Snail Mail
Habit

Following the success, both critically and commercially, of their fabulous debut album, Hush, Snail Mail have decided it’s time to guide you in the direction of one of their early EPs with the reissue of 2016’s Habit. Here, they’re a three piece, led as always by Lyndsey Jordan. Unfortunately, Alex Bass isn’t playing bass on this one. 6-track EP on Sister Polygon Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Snail Mail
Habit

Matador are the ones who stump up for a re-press of Snail Mail’s 2016 debut EP Habit. Anyone who’s heard the thing (or subsequent Snail Mail releases) can already attest to its charm. For newcomers - this is thoughtful, friendly punk of the Frankie Cosmos school. This new pressing of Habit features Snail Mail’s cover of ‘The 2nd Most Beautiful Girl In The World’ by Courtney Love (the K Records band, not the Hole singer).
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Alastair Galbraith
Morse

Alasdair Galbraith started his career in Flying Nun band the Rip before embarking on a solo career. His 1992 album, 'Morse', has seen him be likened to a Dunedin version of Syd Barrett whilst also drawing influences from John Cale and fellow kiwis the Clean. Resolutely lo-fi and most definitely underrated, 'Morse' is a ‘90s underground classic. 

Blue Orchids
The Magical Record Of Blue Orchids

The Fall alumni the Blue Orchids have always been fond of an obscure garage classic and so set about recording an album which covers six rare rackets amongst its tracklist. Also present are covers from ore recent aficionados the Growlers and Crystal Stilts and we are promised a new song with lyrics scrawled in a notebook by Mark E Smith. Obviously during his lifetime Smith would have murdered Martin Bramah had he used them so perhaps post death Bramah is sort of safe.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Lunch Lady
Angel

Angel is the debut album by LA four-piece, Lunch Lady. Their sound is influenced by early ‘80s UK post punk and new wave. The two girls and two guys that make up the band add a dreamy, Californian sun-drenched quality to their otherwise Brit-influenced indie noodling, making for an original meeting of sounds.

The Night Café
0151

Named after the telephone area code of their native Liverpool, indie quartet The Night Café present their debut album 0151, aiming to capitalise on the hype following a clutch of highly-rated EPs over the last couple of years. Packing in a whopping 18 tracks over four sides of vinyl, they’re not scared of being ambitious! 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Cultdreams
Things That Hurt

Supporting the likes of Enter Shikari and Foxing in an exhaustive touring schedule in the aftermath of their impressive debut album Seafoam a couple of years back, Cultdreams deliver their sophomore effort Things That Hurt. Recorded in the context of a line-up now scattered around the world, it continues in the bold vein of their previous efforts. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Jay Som
Anak Ko

Jay Som is solely responsible for Anak Ko. She was songwriter and musician, producer and engineer. The result is a record that is indisputably hers. Though she proudly wears her influences on her sleeve (Cocteau Twins, the Cure etc...) there is no denying that she makes the realm of dream pop entirely her own. 
  • Vinyl LP (LUCKY131LP)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Working Men's Club
Teeth

Yorkshire teen four-piece Working Men’s Club produced a post-punk stomper with their first single Bad Blood. It sounded like The Fall covering Gang Of Four, or vice-versa. On their second 45, their love of electronics has been taken a step or two further, with Teeth, a song guaranteed to get people up on the dancefloor. 

Ride
This Is Not A Safe Place

Probably one of the best reformations yet, Ride have been better than ever in recent years and this is the follow up to the much loved Weather Diaries. Lead single Future Love is a sparkling slice of upbeat shoegaze with bodes well for the rest of the album. They have proved once again their worth and the only question left is....hat or no hat? 

Joyero
Release the Dogs

Wye Oak’s Andy Stack comes through with a record of thoughtful, widescreen rock as Joyero. Release The Dogs (Release The Hounds, surely?) harks back to that period in the late-2000’s when the likes of The Antlers, The National and Grizzly Bear were turning out LPs full of tender and emotional indie tuneage. It’s a welcome return to a sound we wish we heard more of these days. ‘Dogs’ is the hit.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Gaffa Tape Sandy
Family Mammal

Always happy to see a record with a dog on the cover. Gaffa Tape Sandy fresh from featuring in NME's 100 Artists to Watch in 2019 unleash their debut following a string of summer festival appearances at the likes of Glastonbury and Truck. Their garage rock style is probably some of the best ever to come out of Bury St Edmonds and you can get a first taste of it by purchasing this eight song extended player. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Lina Tullgren
Free Cell

A significant expansion on the aesthetics of her ambitious 2017 debut album Won, Lina Tullgren could win a much bigger fanbase with her sophomore effort Free Cell. Dynamic and tense, while retaining the elements of introversion and reflection that made her debut so acclaimed, Captured Tracks have got themselves another real diamond. 

USSELMAN
All Fun And Games Until Everyone Goes Blind

Southend-based musician and producer Chris USSELMAN presents his debut studio album All Fun And Games Until Everyone Goes Blind. Mining the same rich seam of artful, colourful and sophisticated pop that’s given us everyone from Sparks to Metronomy, it will hopefully propel him to widespread acclaim. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Brian Crook w/ The Renderers
This World Just Eats Me Up Alive

Brian Crook returns, The Renderers in tow, with another set of ramshackle and fired-up ballads. There’s a lot going on across This World Just Eats Me Up Alive - particularly in the arrangements, where Crook and band appear to have taken an everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach. It works, though, and the way that the band pile up guitars, theremins, synths, drums and whatever else is reminiscent of Funeral-era Arcade Fire. Ezra Furman and The Brian Jonestown Massacre also come to mind when listening to This World Just Eats Me Up Alive.

Omni
Multi-task

Omni's debut 'Deluxe' was one of those records which seeped rather than marched into your consciousness. The fact that we sell a copy seemingly on a daily basis exemplifies it's popularity. The band have the nimble fleet fingered sound of fellow Athens group Pylon and in guitarist Frankie Broyles they have an ex Deerhunter nimble on the fretwork.  This second LP expands their musical palette whilst keeping their minimalist agit-pop sound intact.   

Marika Hackman
Any Human Friend

Marika Hackman's new album looks to combine the synthesizer stylings of OMD with the aggression of PJ Harvey, as well as dealing with big lyrical subjects such as sexuality, the patriarchy, and social excess. New single 'i'm not where you are' is a banger and the rest of the album should be as well. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Liam Gallagher
One of Us

Please please please pleeeeeeeeeease let this new Liam Gallagher single be a cover of ABBA’s heartbreak anthem ‘One Of Us’. Can you imagine - the man with a fork, in his world of soup, belting out one of Agnetha, Björn, Benny and Anni-Frid’s most achingly beautiful compositions. I mean, it’s not going to be - the writing credits alone tell us that 'One Of Us' is an LG original - but that’s not going to stop us dreaming. England expects.
  • Vinyl 7" (0190295397920)
  • £9.99 £8.99 (saving: £1.00)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Lightning Seeds
Jolification

The band that brought us 'Three Lions', the Lightning Seeds, are reissuing their smash-hit album 'Jollification'. It's a gently psychedelic synth-pop romp that's full of Ian Broudie's winsome vocals, big choruses, and the odd hands-aloft moment. It's easy to write the Lightning Seeds off as a novelty act, but 'Jollification' goes a long way in showing how they deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as bands like Pet Shops Boys, Orange Juice, and the La's.

The Stroppies
It's A Hit!

Aussie band, The Stroppies, recorded the four songs on It’s A Hit in 2017. They were committed to tape in true lo-fi fashion using a Tascam four-track recorder. Whilst the lyrics offer a glance into a dystopian future, the music takes its cues from Swell Maps, Alex Chilton’s less accessible solo output and Loaded-era Velvet Underground.

Pixies
Wave of Mutilation: Best of Pixies

Which is the best Pixies album? I'd say The Best of Pixies. Actually the Alan Partridge joke doesn't really apply to a band who made two brilliant works in Surfer Rosa and Doolittle, albums which cast a rather large shadow over their later work. Wave of Mutilation is a good place to start though for the uninitiated containing all the early classics alongside some obscurities and album tracks off their less-good-but-still-good 90s era albums Bossanova and Trompe le Monde. I just pity the future compiler that has to find something from their post-comeback work that will get anywhere close to living up to this.  
  • Label(s):
  • 4AD
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Primal Scream
Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles Volume 1

Primal Scream. They’re a band. Sometimes, most of Screamadelica aside they’re a rock ‘n’ roll band. Here we have Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Singles Vol. 1, a collection of singles with seventeen tracks that go all the way back to 1986’s Velocity Girl up to 1998’s Kill All Hippies. Double 180g vinyl LP on Columbia.

A.A.Williams
A.A.Williams

A.A. Williams is an intriguing sounding songwriter who straddles both the metal and folk genres in her dark and evocative sound. Indeed she has been compared to Moonpix era Cat Power yet is shortly off on tour with Sisters of Mercy. What gives? I'm not sure but this is a re-press of her long sold out debut EP with several new songs added including a slow moving take on Dolly Parton's Jolene.  

Ed The Dog
Shame

Nice set of outsider rock from High Wycombe’s Ed The Dog here. Debut LP Shame finds the singer-songwriter bringing his unusual vocals - think Graham Coxon having a go at fronting Los Campesinos! - to a wide-ranging set of instrumentals. While cuts such as ‘Television Era’ come off a bit like Little Creatures-era Talking Heads, other tracks nod to Mac Demarco (‘Little Brother’), Yuck (‘A Good Thing’) and Joey Fourr (‘Weirdo Years’).
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Frank Turner
No Man's Land

Featuring a rotating cast of female musicians and a suite of songs about the stories of women across history, culture and music - and including his own mother - Frank Turner returns with an ambitious eighth studio album in No Man’s Land. Anyone accustomed to his recent podcast series ‘Tales From No Man’s Land’ will be familiar with the subject matters at hand. 

180db Ft. Meredith Graves & Nick Zinner
Road Trip

Savages offshoot 180dB (Ayşe Hassan and Faye Milton) take their tinnitus-dispensing project on the road. Meredith Graves (Perfect Pussy) and Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) tag along in the VW microbus for vocals and guitar. The single is a “raging punk” version of Penderecki-samplin’ ‘Upstart - Road Trip’ by Goldie and Skepta. Yes it is. And it rocks.

Hot Water Music
Shake Up The Shadows

One might think that Floridian punks Hot Water Music are just be wanting to churn out their greatest hits on tour in their 25th anniversary year, y’know, make a bit of easy cash, they’ve been doing the hard work since 1994, after all. But no! They have recorded a brand new 5-track EP and it’s called Shake Up The Shadows. It’s the band’s first new music since the  Light It Up LP in 2017.

The Murder Capital
When I Have Fears

The Murder Capital are a punk/post-punk/art punk band from Dublin. Their lives shows are becoming the talk of the town for their dark, brutal, edge-of-the-seat thrill ride. Their sound will draw comparisons to classic bands such as Joy Division as well as newer bands like Shame and Savages. When I Have Fears is their debut album and was produced by Flood, who is just the person you’d want to produce an album like this.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Press Club
Wasted Energy

Wasting no time in following up last year’s angsty Late Teens debut album, Australian act Press Club announce their next effort Wasted Energy. Spearheaded by the recent ‘Get Better’ single, and including a terrifying account of singer Natalie Foster being stalked on ‘Thinking About You’, it promises to double down on what made their debut so compelling. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Coughy
Ocean Hug

A seemingly innocuous side-project from Speedy Ortiz’s Andy Molholt and Ava Luna’s Julian Fader which began at a performing arts summer camp, Coughy is one of the most wildly creative and fluid bands in recent memory. Ocean Hug is their ridiculously fertile debut album released a few months back, and it gets a limited edition white vinyl issue. 
  • Vinyl LP (JNR294LPC1)
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Teenage Fanclub
Thirteen

Thirteen, Teenage Fanclub’s third album was unfairly treated by critics upon release. This may be as it followed up a bona fide classic in Bandwagonesque. Whatever the reason, it was unfair and with this reissue, it’s time to listen and enjoy with fresh ears. The album saw the band referencing their heroes Big Star with the album’s title and The Byrds with closing track Gene Clark. Initial pressings come with a bonus 7” single.
  • Vinyl LP (19075837061)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Teardrop Factory
Thrash In The Heart

Fuzz rock layabouts Teardrop Factory's debut record, 'Thrash in the Heart', isn't quite as metal as it sounds, especially when you consider their last release was called 'Topshop EP' (named one of Norman Records' singles of the year). Instead, the band offer a great deal of affection for the loose and careless indie rawk of the 90s, as well as the noisier ventures that came with it - My Bloody Valentine name-drops are imminent. 'Thrash in the Heart' was recorded in the band's bathroom, and it shows. It's being released on Faux Discx.    Tracks: 3AM Coke Dream Bleed Peel Slowly A Way Away Taste Like Medicine Deeper + Deeper Ex-Friends Now We Shatter Colour of Bones Circles Spider Baby Superimposed Fake Tan
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Stroppies
Maddest Moments / Architectural Charades

We very much enjoyed the economical song junk of The Stroppies when we last heard it, lovingly comparing it to all things Girlpool, GbV and New Zealand indie. They're back with two new songs for the most indie rock of things: a 7". These songs are thematically united under the theme of anxiety, extending hum-along empathy to those of us who live with it.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Press Club
Late Teens

Hailing from Brunswick, Australia, it’s indie pop-punk quartet Press Club with new album Late Teens. Those dratted teens - they never show up on time. Interesting sound this lot have: tempos, percussion and guitar style that oft hint at punk; jangly indie melodies and, not least, female vocals that draw as well from soulful pop as indie.

Hey Colossus
Carcass / Medal

A bite-sized portion of psych / psychotic rock music from the Hey Colossus stable. 'Carcass' is as near to pop as you might expect this crew to get, whereas 'Medal' on the flip-side is a fast and furious blast-crunch. A well-selected single really, showing off different modes of the Colossus. 7” on Alter.

Six By Seven
Das Ist England

Das Ist England by Six By Seven is an English/German komische album that the Nottingham band insist has nothing to do with Brexit. It’s an album of friendship. An album of motorik beats a la Neu with the visceral drive of Sonic Youth. This album was funded via Kickstarter, so it really is one for the fans.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mikal Cronin
Undertow / Breathe

Mikal Cronin just goes about his business on this new 7”, a fact that will please fans of an artist we've heard precious little from since 2015’s MCIII LP. Both ‘Undertow’ and ‘Breathe’ are ultra-fuzzed psych-garage for the discerning connoisseur. This single also sees Cronin back on Famous Class, the label he released a split single with Wand through back in 2014.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Russian Circles
Blood Year

Chicago post-rock three-piece Russian Circles have all the brooding, dramatic tension associated with the genre. They also add elements of metal and krautrock which gives their music addition textures and power. Blood Year is their latest album. It was recorded at Steve Albini’s Electric Audio studio by Kurt Ballou of metal band, Converge.

Man & The Echo
Men Of The Moment

Produced by The 2 Bears’ Raf Rundell, Men of the Moment is the second studio album from Warrington-based indie-pop act Man & The Echo. Examining populism and the state of the country in 2019 but avoiding the pitfalls of cliche, it juxtaposes upbeat textures with tales of struggle and desperation. The press release mentions Brexit and Trump.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Dude York
Falling

Dude York’s second LP for Hardly Art - third if you count a Christmas album they made back in 2017 - finds the Seattle trio rockin’ harder than ever before. Falling is an album full of great grungy chugs and pretty, melodic and very pop-punk vocals. The press release says Falling would do well ‘sandwiched between Jimmy Eat World and Third Eye Blind’ on alternative radio - wouldn’t we all eh?
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Von Sudenfed
Tromatic Reflexxions

Amazing that this ever happened but now that (presumably) there'll be no more music to come from the Fall then it's well worth revisiting this collaboration between ace ranter Mark E Smith and Mouse on Mars. Full of dancefloor-ready bloops and Smith's free associating lyrics, this is a unique and vital collaboration.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Robert Pollard with Doug Gillard
Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Department

A 20th anniversary re-issue of the fourth in Guided By Voices’ Fading Captain series of side-projects, Speak Kindly of Your Volunteer Fire Department saw the band’s inimitable frontman Robert Pollard buddy up with his long-term guitarist and lieutenant Doug Gillard for 15 tracks of idiosyncratic indie-rock. Includes ‘Do Something Real’, which soundtracked the finale of Steven Soderbergh’s Full Frontal movie. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Robert Pollard
Kid Marine

Kid Marine was the third album (in a discography which now contains approximately two billion albums) by Guided By Voices indefatigable leader, Robert Pollard. It was originally released in 1999, so this is a spiffing 20th anniversary reissue. Apparently it’s Pollard’s favourite amongst his solo albums. A good enough reason to hit ‘add to cart’. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Death Cab For Cutie
Blue EP

2018's Thank You For Today suggested that it wasn't quite all over for Death Cab For Cutie as they rediscovered at least some of the things that made them special in the first place. Like Interpol before them, they've chosen to follow up an album with a 5 track EP length release. Is this a new thing to do? We'll see if it catches on. Meanwhile the least you can do is enjoy some more emotional guitar pop from Ben Gibbard and the boys.  
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Kaiser Chiefs
Duck

Duck is the new album by Kaiser Chiefs. What I’m going to focus on here is the eleventh track, titled Kurt vs Frasier (The Battle For Seattle). What are we to take from this, as a song, from Kaiser Chiefs? Where do Nirvana or Dr Frasier Crane, or indeed Seattle, fit into the universe of Kaiser Chiefs? Why have they done this? I wish I knew. On Polydor.

Galaxy Fingers
The Last Bastion Of Fox Quality

Generating lush, textured soundscapes reminiscent of Beach House and Cocteau Twins, the debut album from Connecticut-California duo Galaxy Fingers is a thing of beauty. Presented on a special 10” vinyl, The Last Bastion of Fox Quality puts a melodic spin on influences as diverse as folk and shoegaze. 

Kill It Kid
Feet Fall Heavy

Not a new record by the late '90s noiseniks but a re-issue of their second album, 2001's Feet Fall Heavy. The band were known initially for a bluesy delivery with folky instrumentation but by the time this album rolled around they'd begun the move to a more rock based sound with heavy duty nods to the likes of the White Stripes. First time on vinyl. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Another Sky
Life Was Coming In Through The Blinds

London-based epic indie rockers, Another Sky, are finally releasing their two previously digitally released EPs as one LP under the title Life Was Coming In Through The Blinds, which was also the name of their second EP. This is their first physical release, with a debut album proper expected in 2020. Exciting times, people. 

Disco Inferno
Technicolour

This was the final missive from Disco Inferno before they split in 1995 and emerged after a tumultuous time for the band after they had their gear stolen which basically contained all the material they were working on. Still, the band regrouped and made an album that was a lot more straightforward than the previous wildly inventive DI Go Pop yet contained a series of stellar songs including worldwide-hit-that-never-was 'It's A Kids World'.   
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Pearl Jam
Lightning Bolt

Pearl Jam’s album Lightning Bolt, unfortunately not named for the avant-metal band, is a comfortable listen for fans of the old rock 'n' roll sound of the band, without being too precious or uptight about it. Recommended for anyone who is a big fan of Vedder’s talent of singing through the nostrils. On limited vinyl LP.

Martin Frawley
Undone at 31

Martin Frawley (previously of The Twerps) has suffered a break up and needs someone to talk to about it. It turns out that person is you lucky listener! Undone at 31 is a chronological journey along with Frawley as he adjusts to the next stage of his life told through the medium of incredibly catchy indie rock and pop.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Siouxsie and The Banshees
The Rapture

The Rapture was the 11th and final studio album from Siouxsie and the Banshees and was part produced by John Cale. The album continued the band's legacy of producing innovative and fresh work at a time when many of their contemporaries had either split up or were treading water. Though not sporting any notable singles the record continued the Banshees obsession with the darker side of pop with disquieting lyrics to match.  
  • Vinyl Double LP (SATBLP14)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Possible Humans
Everybody Split

It’s been an achingly long six-year wait for Melbourne’s Possible Humans to deliver their debut album Everybody Split. Indeed, when it was announced on April Fool’s Day 2019, many assumed it was a joke. But the quintet delivered a brilliant record, encompassing all the best reference points in DIY/underground history.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Grey Hairs
Health & Social Care

Building up their reputation in touring with the likes of Sleaford Mods prior to the album's release, Nottingham punk act Grey Hairs deliver a scathing third album in Health & Social Care. Their first record in three years, it’s an intelligent, vitriolic yet human experience designed to weed out the part-time punks. 

Soundgarden
Live From The Artists Den

Hear Soundgarden live in concert in 2013, on the ecstatic final date of their King Animal tour. Over two and a half hours, they twenty-nine songs, including (almost certainly) all your favourites. This concert, well regarded by fans for some years, is now getting a really serious release, ranging from a double CD to a big old boxset. On Polydor.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Love Language
Baby Grand

Extremely big rock music from Stuart McLamb’s The Love Language. Baby Grand (more grand than baby) is a product of McLamb picking up sticks and moving from Virginia to California, where he found the light to be particularly inspirational. Soaring choruses and huge production makes this built for the stadium. On Merge. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

B Boys
Dudu

Rhythmically clever New York punkers B Boys bring you Dudu. The last album was called Dada, so perhaps Didi, Dede and Dodo are forthcoming as well. Anyway, the band continue along the trajectory of their punk and post-punk predecessors (The Clash, Wire) to comment, often humorously, on everyday life in this absurd civilisation of ours.

Mini Mansions
Guy Walks Into A Bar…

Five years after their self-titled album surprised many a critic, sounding completely unlike what you’d expect a QOTSA side-project to sound like, Mini Mansions deliver a follow-up. Guy Walks Into A Bar… sees the Queens’ bassist Michael Shuman lead his bandmates through a history of pop and rock ‘n’ roll, interpreting it in their unique way. 

David Nance Group
Peaced and Slightly Pulverized

Of all the things I’ve heard in recent times, Peaced and Slightly Pulverized may be the most American. David Nance (from David Nance Band-fame) is a guy from Omaha who makes rock songs with mildly-country harmonics, whaling guitar solos and titles like Ham Sandwich. Recommended if you like America or have trouble choosing from lunch menus.

School of Language
45

A concept album about Donald Trump that’s funky as hell, you say? Weird request, but okay, here it is. 45 is the new album by School of Language, aka David Brewis, one half of Field Music. It takes aim at the 45th president of the United States and his hangers-on. Inspired by the writings of Watergate journalist, Bob Woodward, Moneyball guy, Nate Silver, and the music of James Brown, The Meters, Sly and the Family Stone and Free.  

Spoon
Everything Hits At Once: The Best Of Spoon

Everything Hits At Once: The Best Of Spoon gathers together 12 tracks spanning the Austin, Texas band’s 26 year career. To bring things right up to date, Britt Daniel and the gang have included a brand new track called 'No Bullets Spent', which punches with a weight equal to their other most-loved songs.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Fugazi
Instrument

Many Fugazi fans know and love the Instrument documentary. Filmed in the run-up to the band’s 1995 LP Red Medicine, the movie busts a few myths about the band and features some cracking footage to boot. It goes without saying that Instrument has got some great songs in it too. Those tunes are collected here on this new eighteen-track release.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

J. Robbins
Un-Becoming

J. Robbins had his fingers in a lot of pies in the ‘90s. The most notable pie was Washington DC band, Jawbox. He also worked as a producer and engineer in his own Baltimore studio with bands such as Clutch, The Dismemberment Plan and The Promise Ring. He has been working as a solo artist since 2010. His latest album, on Dischord, is Un-Becoming.

Arcade Fire
Creature Comfort

Creature Comfort is taken from Arcade Fire’s 5th album Everything Now, which divided fans. However, this limited edition white vinyl 12” might win a few back. It features the track in two forms - a 12 vinyl version and - WAKE UP PORTISHEAD FANS - a Geoff Barrow remix, which he has also re-titled Comfort My Sleng Teng.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Who Killed Sgt Pepper?

At last! A re-issue of The Brian Jonestown Massacre LP which prompted the spat between our very own Phil Leigh and Brian Jonestown Massacre leader Anton Newcombe which culminated in the latter very accurately labelling the former a 'grumpy little tit'. Re-live that moment whilst listening to the album Phil described rather inaccurately "a bit like every period of Primal Scream on one album".   

Mac McCaughan
Non-Believers

Superchunk fans rejoice because Mac’s back! This time with a solo album under his own name, Mac McCaughan delves into the soft-focus nostalgia of ‘80s introspection. Non-Believers is a sweet collection of personal songs about the ambiguity of transition. Out on CD and vinyl LP from Merge.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Guided By Voices
Cool Planet

Nice price on this post-reformation album from  the ever-busy Guided By Voices. Most of their 'classic line up' stuff between 2010-2014 was pretty decent but by Cool Planet they were perhaps scraping that particular barrel clean. Still, there's plenty of lo-fi sludge to wade through here in search of the odd sparkling gem and it's probably going to be the last Pollard/Sprout collaboration for some time. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Hives
I'm Alive

It’s been five years since Swedish rockers, The Hives, released any new material. For some of us, the guy writing this for example, it’s seems even longer. So for those of us who have forgotten about them or were just wondering what had happened to them, their new single, 'I’m Alive', makes a statement suggesting that they are, indeed, still very much around. 'I’m Alive' is backed with 'Good Samaritan', on Third Man Records.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Haze
St. John

Bored of life in the home counties, Buckinghamshire band Haze moved to Bristol for a taste of that big city life. On St. John they tackle our propensity to put certain historical figures (presumably including JFK and Trotsky) with their rambling and shambolic punk rock. I'm assuming they're committed anarcho-syndicalists then.

Low
Ones and Sixes

A bloke called Alan who’s a member of Low says of One and Sixes; “I'm not going to tell you what this record is about because I have too much respect for that moment when you come to know it for yourself”. He goes on to talk about “the moment” and all that. All I know is that they continue with their slow sleuthing indie rock, which also has hints of traditional folk. They're singing well known tunes and just giving you a generally good time. Don't let up on the harmonies, y'all. Available on 2LP or CD.  
  • Artist(s):
  • Low
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Swimming Girls
Existential Fears

Swimming Girls were put together as a project to write a song whilst they were students in Bath. They bonded over a love of The Cure, Culture Club, Cyndi Lauper, David Lynch and the Winona Ryder/Christian Slater film, Heathers. They liked being a band, so became a band. Existential Fears is their new EP, with four songs spread across two 7” singles.

Dean Wareham Vs. Cheval Sombre
Dean Wareham Vs. Cheval Sombre

A nice little project this: Dean Wareham, the voice of Galaxie 500, joins Cheval Sombre to record a selection of ten covers, all themed around Westerns. The material ranges from traditional numbers through Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt, all the way up to The Magnetic Fields, and the performances are very nicely balanced.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Mac DeMarco
2 Demos

Yes, 2 Demos. Not 2 Demos in the sense that there are only 2 Demos to listen to, but 2 Demos in the sense that the record provides demos for the Mac DeMarco release that was called 2. And hence: 2 Demos. Breezy-boy soft rocker Mac serves up the heyday versions of the tunes that comprised his beloved sophomore album. The real thing was dreamy and crystal-clear, but here's your chance to hear them a little more daydreamed, with a little less confidence, with a little more excitement. It's 2 Demos.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

She Keeps Bees
Kinship

Hamburg’s BB*ISLAND presents the first She Keeps Bees album in four years. Kinship finds Jessica Larrabee and Andy LaPlant joined by Eric Maltz and Last Good Tooth’s Kevin Sullivan and Penn Sultan. Larrabee’s brooding songs reflect family loss, political woes and the disenchantment currently facing anyone paying attention to our betrayal of the planet.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Jaco
You Know

Spotlight-shy rock drummer, Jake Waltzman, plied his trade in a number of Magic City - that’s Birmingham, Alabama - bands such as Vulture Whale, Ham Bagby and The Wes McDonald Plan. He’s now rebranded himself as Jaco and become less shy, getting front and centre to blast out some indie rock and power pop grooves on his new album, You Know.
  • Vinyl LP (CCR34LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

METZ
Automat

Those of you clamouring for the fourth METZ LP will have to wait a little longer, but Automat should be more than enough to tide you over. This rarities compilation spans the band’s career to date. Taking in demos, B-sides, hard-to-find singles and releases previously only available on YouTube, Automat is a testament to the consistency of one of our hardest-working noise-rock bands.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Goon
Heaven is Humming

Finally arriving a frustrating three years after their immensely promising debut EP Dusk of Punk, it’s time for the first full-length album from Los Angeles’ experimental rockers Goon. Heaven Is Humming takes very familiar sounds from the annals of punk and indie but makes them into something elemental. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Frightened Rabbit
Tiny Changes: A Celebration Of The Midnight Organ Fight

Before the tragic death of Scott Hutchison, Frightened Rabbit had planned to release this Tiny Changes: A Celebration Of The Midnight Organ Fight, to celebrate that album's tenth anniversary by asking their friends to play songs from the album. Now, the likes of Biffy Clyro and the Twilight Sad enact an even more profound act of remembrance. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Bloc Party
Silent Alarm Live

One of the most well-received, influential and fondly-remembered British indie debuts of the Noughties, Silent Alarm by Bloc Party gets the official live album treatment. Recorded from various performances throughout 2018’s European tour, including the memorable Ally Pally homecoming, the songs still sound crystalline and inventive today. 

Swervedriver
Ejector Seat Reservation

Though Oxford's second best shoegaze band Swervedriver reached big audiences with their first couple of records, their third fell somewhat under the radar in 1995. Never mind though as now it has been re-issued for you to rediscover. It's a mixture of tough shoegaze, dreamy rock music and a hint of blues that serves to prove that shoegaze wasn't just for wimps.     

The Wannadies
Yeah

You may not know this but the Wannadies did another album other than Be A Girl and another song other than 'You and Me'. For proof, here it is. It's called Yeah and it was released in 1999. It sees them leaning towards a more electronic sound with some danceable grooves. It contains some of the songs the band plays live whilst everyone waits for 'You and Me'.   
  • Vinyl LP (MOVLP2304C)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Coloured vinyl
  • Limited edition

Protomartyr
The Agent Intellect

‘The Agent Intellect’ is the third release from Detroit post-punk band Protomartyr (featuring Joe Casey on vocals, Greg Ahee on guitar, Alex Leonard on drums and Scott Davidson on bass guitar). Frontman Joe Casey describes the sample track ‘Why Does It Shake?’ as a "back-handed ode to humanity's resilient self regard in the face of inevitable oblivion. Then the trap door opens.” It’s a dark, seething industrial track with an aggressive undercurrent that sounds a bit like Joy Division.

Cagework
Cagework

Cagework hail from South-West England. They look to US ‘80s and ‘90s alternative music for their inspiration. Post-hardcore, lo-fi, emo and weird folk all feature in their work. A stand alone single, 'Simmer', was released in 2018 and received airplay from the likes of Huw Stephens and Gideon Coe. Their eponymous debut album is short, but perfectly formed. On Physical Education Recordings.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Gomez
Liquid Skin (20th Anniversary Edition)

After Gomez recorded most of their debut, Bring It On, in a garage on a four track, its success meant that follow-up Liquid Skin enjoyed a very different birth. The album was recorded in top-notch studios, allowing them more sonic scope with the music being informed by their experiences of touring America. 

Palace
Life After

Life After is the second album by London-based alt-rock trio, Palace. It is the follow-up to their 2016 debut Long Forever. Like many albums that have been made over the years, this one deals with loss. It also, as the title may suggest, deals with picking up the pieces and moving on. A hopeful record. On Fiction.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

The Soft Cavalry
The Soft Cavalry

The Soft Cavalry are a brand new duo featuring Steve Clarke and his wife who just happens to be the rather talented Rachel Goswell from Slowdive. Their self-titled debut is filled with dreamy and dramatic songs that takes its cues from Pink Floyd, Talk Talk and Mansun. Double LP and CD on Bella Union.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Eels
Daisies Of The Galaxy

Eels! That’s how the brief Superbowl advert that bandleader E put together goes, and it is also how we responded when we saw the crate-load of reissued Eels albums that Universal have sent through to us. Daisies Of The Galaxy, the third of the band’s records, is filled with high-quality leftfield indie-pop, including semi-hit single ‘Mr E’s Beautiful Blues’.
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock

Joy Division
Still

Funny when you reach the stage in a band’s life (or afterlife in this case I suppose) when even the compilations are being reissued. That said, the material remains crucial, always good to have the stuff available on vinyl. Still, first out in 1981, brings together Joy Division material that was unreleased at that time, including live recordings.

Spiral Stairs
We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized

Third solo album from Pavement co-founder and guitarist Scott Kannberg, known professionally as Spiral Stairs. Recorded with a number of previous collaborators, including members of the short-lived Preston School of Industry, We Wanna Be Hyp-No-Tized promises some of the most immediately accessible music of Kannberg’s career. 
  • Genre(s):
  • Indie Rock / Alternative Rock