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Laura Jane Grace
Stay Alive

Laura Jane Grace has long been the singer in Against Me! and according to the press release she thinks 'Stay Alive' may be her solo debut though isn't totally sure. It was recorded at Electrical Audio in Chicago with Steve Albini in socially distanced circumstances and was done in an all-analogue fashion. The album features songs about staying alive and battling through set to impassioned acoustic-punk. Laura's important message is basically to stay alive, which I have to agree is good advice. 
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Modern Baseball / Thin Lips / The Superweaks
Split

Now this is pretty damn sweet isn’t it. All three bands finished and released a full length in 2016 - so, fair enough, they jump on a bus together and tour support each other. Now for the final farewell they put together this little love gem. A spanking new and unreleased track from each band. Those indie pop-punk lovelies.

The Winter Passing
New Ways of Living

Yet another great new band thrown up by the burgeoning indie/DIY scene in Dublin, three-piece The Winter Passing release their second studio album. Unadorned punk energy mix with the idiosyncrasy of classic American indie, New Ways of Living deals with working-class identity and the anxieties of young adulthood. 

Owen
The Avalanche

We all know Mike Kinsella from such bands as Cap'n Jazz and American Football. Lesser known perhaps is his long running Owen project which focusses on his brand of lo-fi bedroom pop and balladry bringing to the fore his unique turn of phrase. Here he picks through a failed marriage making the album one of his darkest but also perhaps his most well crafted solo release to date. 

Orchards
Lovecore

You would have thought Orchards was already used up as a band name but seemingly not as this Brighton quartet have utilised it as their moniker. The band - who feature at least one moustache - play a vibrant form of festival-friendly indie-rock fronted by pastel-suited frontwoman Lucy Evers. Seems they have enough big hooks to have gained support from 6 Music Radio 1 and NME. 

Cursive
Vitriola

Emo punks Cursive have passed the time since their inception writing about the difficulties of settling down and keeping the love you've found. Tim Kasher has effectively made it his life's work to expose, via shouting, the stresses of domestic living, and has also made some great, weird concept albums about relationships like The Ugly Organ. After a pithy dud in I Am Gemini, their 2012 rock 'n' roll monodrama, they return with Vitriola. An absolute classic Cursive album name, the record promises a return from founding drummer Clint Schnase, and considers (what else) the dystopia hellscape we're living in. It will no doubt be melodic, brash and all at once.

Cursive
Get Fixed

Following their triumphant return back in 2017, reformed post-hardcore veterans Cursive deliver another new studio album, arriving in early 2020. Growing out from the same sessions that produced Vitriola, the 11 songs that make up Get Fixed address America’s continued slide into nativist ignorance. 

Martha
Love Keeps Kicking

County Durham’s DIY punks and melodic racket-makers, Martha, are back with their third album, Love Keeps Kicking. On this album, they want to fight back against the increased visibility of fascism whilst our world spirals down the plughole. The album also deals with heartbreak and the bit afterwards where you get over it. A big dose of noisy positivity. 

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.

Great Grandpa
Four of Arrows

Representing the concept of rest in the Wildwood tarot deck, Four of Arrows is the keenly anticipated sophomore effort from Seattle indie act Great Grandpa. Compared to their debut record Plastic Cough a couple of years back, this record is a reflection of the introspection and maturity that geographical relocation has afforded the band. 

Nervus
Tough Crowd

Nervus are an indie punk band from Watford. Tough Crowd is an album that gives out anger and joy in equal measure, The themes are of a political nature, like many bands they are dismayed and angry about the state of the world. They also hope to transmit joy and positivity, empowering their fans' ability to affect change. 
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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.

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. 

Jamie Lenman
Shuffle

Shuffle is the third album by multi-instrumentalist, illustrator and former member of Rueben, Jamie Lenman. It is an album of covers, and judging by his very metal version of the Popeye theme, he hasn’t just added his own twist to the songs, but smashed them to smithereens and rebuilt them in his own vision. Also includes a song by The Beatles and the Taxi Driver theme.

The Get Up Kids
Problems

It’s been eight whole years since Kansas emo types The Get-Up Kids graced us with an album. Problems is their new long-player, and they’ve had problems. From loss to loneliness their catharsis comes from massive, anthemic, sing-a-long choruses. You’ll aid their recovery more by joining in with them when you go and see ‘em live. On Big Scary Monsters.

Pedro The Lion
Phoenix

Phoenix is the first Pedro The Lion album in 15 years. Head Pedro, David Bazan, took himself on a journey round his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona whilst not enjoying a solo tour in 2016. This led him to thinking about how things used to be before the band dynamic changed and the band broke up - the way he wrote, the way he worked. This led him to get the band back together. The whole experience of going back inhabits the album's lyrical themes. CD and LP on Big Scary Monsters.

Jamie Lenman
Live at St Pancras

Here's a recording of interestingly coiffured troubadour Jamie Lenman performing at an intimate show around the release of his previous album Devolver. As well as playing songs old and new and well as some well chosen covers, he takes part in a question and answer session which helps connect him to the audience. A live album with a difference then. 

Quiet Slang
Everything Matters But No One Is Listening

If you used slang on the beach would it be loud? Beach Slang certainly think so because their new album, Everything Matters But No One Is Listening, comes courtesy of Quiet Slang. This is the Beach Slang you know and love, but a little more stripped down, opting for cellos and pianos rather than anything electric. 

Doe
Grow Into It

The London trio Doe turned some heads with 2016’s Some Things Last Longer Than You, and now they’re back with another set of grunge-ified indie-pop in the form of Grow Into It. They have, indeed, grown into it here. Their songwriting is more mature and considered than in the past, and their lyrical ambitions both more mature and better-realised. This one was produced by Matthew Johnson of Hookworms/Suburban Home fame.

We Were Promised Jetpacks
The More I Sleep The Less I Dream

Fifteen years after they formed, these Scottish rockers are still grumbling about The Lack Of Jetpackery. The More I Sleep The Less I Dream, their fourth LP but first for Big Scary Monsters (Blakfish, Minus The Bear), finds We Were Promised Jetpacks turning in another collection of emoish, post-rockish, post-hardcoreish indie anthems. Very much of the Idlewild/Biffy Clyro/The Twilight Sad school.

Delta Sleep
Ghost City

If a math-rock band comes from the UK they should be maths-rock, right? Brighton’s Delta Sleep cram their indie, punk and electronic leanings into the math-rock sub-genre. They have been wowing fans with their intense and proficient live shows over the last ten years. Ghost City is their first long-player for three years. LP and CD on Big Scary Monsters.

Jamie Lenman
Devolver

Jamie Lenman has gone for a more focused approach on his second long-player, Devolver. His debut, Muscle Memory, was a sprawling double which mixed thrash metal with country. Here, with the help of Prodigy and Idles producer, Space, he has created an album that explores digital sounds and dance floor rhythms. Lenman took risks making this, purposefully avoiding his usual ways to force himself to be more creative. LP and CD on Big Scary Monster

yndi halda
A Sun Coloured Shaker

Lower case post-rockers yndi halda were one of the original scene-brokers back in its heyday, but they made a surprise return with Under Summer a couple years back. Their new EP promises more serenity, and a patch update to their instrumental sound -- vocal harmonies filter in this time, the songs taking more immediately communication in their stride.

Tiny Moving Parts
Swell

Tiny Moving Parts specialise in a sort of post-hardcore pop-punk, with tight instrumentation, barked vocals and slamming choruses. It’s eerily like listening to Blink 182, Sum 41 and all those other early 2000s bands - only in 2017! Even the song titles - ‘Applause’, ‘Smooth It Out’, ‘Feel Alive’ etc. - pull off a decent pastiche of the golden years of Kerrang! Magazine.

Slaughter Beach, Dog
Birdie

Slaughter Beach, Dog (yep, that comma is integral to the band’s name) is Jake Ewald’s band, formed as an alternative outlet to his other group Modern Baseball. The new venture inspired Jake by letting him write in the context of a few different characters, and the accomplished results can be heard on Birdie. Out on Big Scary Monsters.

Cassels
Epithet

Cassels are here, and they are doing that life in a small English town antagonism thing via the medium of chunky-chuggy fast rock-metal. The lyrics are verbose and sarcastic but very firmly down to earth, which I guess earns them their crucially valued authenticity. Epithet is their debut album, out on Big Scary Monsters.

Single Mothers
Our Pleasure

These are shouty. They make incendiary punk rock with snarly vocals spat out over the top. The singer sounds like Craig Finn's snottier nephew as the barrage of words cascades over some quite tuneful guitar rock. Bet they are a blast live but until they come to your town it could be a good idea to shout along to the vinyl.   

Gnarwolves
Outsiders

Gnarwolves make a triumphant return after three years of touring their debut album. Outsiders keeps Gnarwolves at the forefront of British alternative punk music, with as much effort put into melodic choruses as the heavy guitar crunch. Outsiders is released by Big Scary Monsters in CD and vinyl editions.

PWR BTTM
Pageant

Self professed queer punk duo PWR BTTM are nothing if not empowering. Just be your damn self is basically tattooed across the front of this. Their second full length release, and Pageant is filled to the brim of self love and righteous joy. Real self celebratory party punk. It’s bloody great. And so are you.

Meat Wave
The Incessant

Meat Wave are a Chicago punk crew, and this third album of theirs is partly the result of the end of a serious long-term relationship. The Incessant is a means of processing difficult times into something creative and valuable: hard-edged and shouty but with a complexly human emotional core. The Incessant is out on Big Scary Monsters.

Beach Slang
A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings

The latest in a long line of 'beach' bands, Beach Slang are doing for today's teenagers perhaps what the Beach Boys did for those coming of age in the 1960s. They are altogether a brasher proposition however with buzzsaw guitars, shouty emo-influenced vocals and thumping drums. In fact, the title A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings sums up the record perfectly.  

yndi halda
Under Summer

It’s been eight years since yndi halda released Enjoy Eternal Bliss. The Brighton-based post rock, neo-classical five piece have a new album, Under Summer, which has the exuberant highs, the beautifully serene passages, craft and heartache that will be familiar to fans but this time they’ve added towering harmonies to the mix.

Beach Slang
The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us

First full-length album from Beach Slang, building off the success of a bunch of singles. Summer-tinged punk-pop indie-rock is the name of the game, the overlaid and oversaturated photography on the sleeve maybe giving a clue to the bright blastedness of the music. The Things We Do To Find People Like Us is on Big Scary Monsters.

Axes
Glory

Math punk. Is that a thing? Apparently so, it's just like math rock but punkier. This lightning-paced riff-loaded offering from London-based Axes (a four-piece hailing from Scotland, Denmark, Iran and... Essex) is fast, frantic and very fun. The sleeve features the band members on horse back. I hope the noisy music didn't scare the poor things too badly. Why the long face? 

Minus The Bear
Lost Loves

'Lost Love' follows up Minus The Bear's fifth record, 'Infinity Overhead', celebrating the band with a collection of recordings culled from the last decade or so. The math, prog and all things complex outfit consider these songs more than merely rarities or b-sides, though, having carried them in their heart for years but never found the proper place for them. They're now shared on this compilation.

Gnarwolves
Gnarwolves

One of punk music's finest orgcore and melodic hardcore acts, Gnarwolves come straight out of Brighton, making ferociously paced music that's as emotive as it is pummelling. The self-titled 'Gnarwolves' is their first full record after a flurry of EPs, and was produced by long-time collaborator Lewis John. It's a thrilling and immediate record of guitar wielding, as always, but Thom Weeks also considers it a little meta, taking on the myths around punks and making them a positive force. Gnarwolves are recommended for fans of literary punk rock acts like Titus Andronicus, Title Fight, Martha and RVIVR.

Shoes Off And Socks Off
Miles Of Mad Water


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Blakfish
Champions

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Mimas
The Worries


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The Gloria Record
A Lull In Traffic

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Delta Sleep
Ghost City Rarities

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Broken Thrills

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Jamie Lenman
Long Gone / Irrelevant

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Orchards
Losers/Lovers

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Lemuria
Recreational Hate

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Tricot
3

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Quiet Slang
We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags

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Kamikaze Girls
Seafoam

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Walter Schreifels
An Open Letter To The Scene

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Algernon Cadwallader
Parrot Flies

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La Dispute
Tiny Dots

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mewithoutYou
Ten Stories

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Sleep Kit
II

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Caspian
Dust and Disquiet

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Lifejackets

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The New 1920
Torpedo Libido

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Sideways

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Joyce Manor
Of All Things I Will Soon Grow

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This Town Needs Guns
Animals

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Woahnows
The Joy Disorder

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Funemployed

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Gnarwolves
Cru

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Everything Touching

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Toe
The Future Is Now

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Everyone Everywhere
Everyone Everywhere

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Matt Pryor
May Day

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Holy Bermuda

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Hollow Realm

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Collarbone

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There Is Nothing But Chemistry Here

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Shoes And Socks Off
Robin Hood Waiter Champion Have-Not

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More Songs

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Talons
The Pearl

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Brother's Blood

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The Pasture, The Oil

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Robot Works

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Pulled Apart By Horses
Meat Balloon

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Tubelord
I Am Azerrad

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Blakfish
See You in Another City

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Various Artists (Blakfish, Caesura, My First Tooth, Colour, The Defeat, Minotaur Explode)
The Six Machine

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Secondsmile
Years

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Tubelord
Feed Me A Box of Words

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Meet Me In St Louis
Variations On Swing

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This Town Needs Guns/ Cats And Cats And Cats
Split

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Split

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Reuben
In Nothing We Trust

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Richard Walters
Pilotlights EP

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This Town Needs Guns
Hippy Jam Fest

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