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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. LP and CD on Big Scary Monsters.

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.
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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. 
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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.
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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. 
  • Vinyl LP (BSM260V1)
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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.
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Delta Sleep
Ghost City Rarities

Although they formed in 2008 Delta Sleep only managed one album and one EP in the subsequent 10 years. Their second collection of rarities follows up on 2018s Ghost City LP, and features two tracks with re-recorded Japanese vocals courtesy of fellow mathrock bands Tricot, plus two acoustic demo versions of other songs.
  • Vinyl LP (BSM251)
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Beach Slang
Broken Thrills

Beach Slang have never released anything in Europe until now. Broken Thrills brings together their first two EPs, which were released stateside last year, as one album. This will appeal to fans of The Gaslight Anthem as Beach Slang bring a similar level of streetwise rock to the party. Broken Thrills is pressed on coloured vinyl, limited to 500 copies.
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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. 
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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.
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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. 
  • Vinyl Double LP (BSM242V)
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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
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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.
  • Vinyl LP (BSM239V)
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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.
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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.

Orchards
Losers/Lovers

I see what they are doing here. Looks like Orchards are one of those clever, clever pop bands like Everything Everything, Foals or Dutch Uncles injecting complexity and math rock into stadium leaning indie tunes.  The Brighton quartet are aiming for the stars here and this could be the latest thing the kids sing along to in mosh pits. 

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.
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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. 

Caspian
Dust and Disquiet

Caspian have always been all about the texture, and their new record Dust And Disquiet is no exception. Swooping post-rock structures are filled in by rich (and crucially, non standard-issue post-rock) sounds. Produced by former Isis (the band) member Matt Bayles, this is released by Big Scary Monsters.

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.

Lemuria
Recreational Hate

Nearly 15 years in the game for Lemuria now, and on fourth LP Recreational Hate the band wed the maturity of their years to the spunky charm that has long been their biggest asset. The grunge-pop stylings of Get Better are still intact, as demonstrated by songs like ‘Sliver of Change’, though the production is bolder and the playing tighter. There are also excursions into piano balladry (‘Lake Below’) and campfire twee-pop (‘Wanted To Be Yours’).
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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.

Tricot
3

Japanese band Tricot set up their own record label, Bakuretsu, alongside the band and after 12 releases have signed with Big Scary Monsters. Mixing the complex time signature changes and layering of bands such as Battles and Don Caballero with the catchy harmonies of J-pop and beyond. Think of a world where Deerhoof are your average pop band.

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.
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Quiet Slang
We Were Babies & We Were Dirtbags

Overwrought pop-punk noise-warning achievers Beach Slang here retool themselves as "Quiet Slang" for a record of solo versions from frontman Jame Alex. Sorta like a garage rock band but with instruments for chamber music, these renditions have cello and piano and none of that pesky distortion that usually marks their sound.
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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.
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Kamikaze Girls
Seafoam

Straight outta the Leeds DIY scene burst the duo of Kamikaze Girls. Their debut album, Seafoam concerns itself with mental health issues and is full of personal and candid anecdotes. They explore a gamut of influences spanning shoegaze, punk / Riot Grrl and fuzz pop along the way. A couragous, positive and important new record. LP on Big Scary Monsters.
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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.   
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.  
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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.

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? 
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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.
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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.
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Shoes Off And Socks Off
Miles Of Mad Water


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Mimas
The Worries


  • CD (BSM064)
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Secondsmile
Years


  • CD (BSM060)
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Reuben
In Nothing We Trust

The final LP from Reuben gets a reissue courtesy of Big Scary Monsters. In Nothing We Trust is for-par stuff from the Surrey band. Screamo, post-hardcore, Brit-grunge - whatever you want to call it, it’s still getting heavy rotation on Kerrang! Radio. A pre-dreadfulness Frank Turner is one of the guest vocalists on In Nothing We Trust.
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