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September Girls
Talking / Some For Me

More garagey action coming at you with a new single from September Girls (and I won’t spend half the review bleating on about the song of the similar name this time though this does present me with an opportunity to mention our Big Star 2LP record store day thingy, one of many items you can buy...view item »


The Altered Hours
On My Tongue

Cork-based quintet The Altered Hours follow up 2016’s debut album In Heat, Not Sorry with this four track EP, a joint release of Penske Recording and Art For Blind Records. Their punchy, melodic style is somewhere between the Pixies and Echo and the Bunnymen, with splashes of surf guitar, ...view item »


Alien She
Feeler

The trio of Katie O'Neill, Aoife Nic Dhonncha and Darragh McCabe has been a noted presence on the Dublin punk scene for a couple of years, but the accomplishment of this debut full-length is a pleasant surprise. There’s the brash energy you’d expect from a band named after a ...view item »


Wild Rocket
Dissociation Mechanics

For the past 5 years, Wild Rocket have been rocking audiences all over Ireland, and all around the world. Dissociation Mechanics is their second official album, since the release of Geometric Hallucinations in 2014. Wild Rocket's crazy use of psych, kraut, and spac...view item »


Various
Put Ears on Yourself

Put Ears On Yourself is the first instalment in what is projected to be a series of 7” showcases for exciting new bands. It includes tracks by Trust Fund, Lower Slaughter, Sissy and the excellent Milk Crimes. Seven inches of lively band action, housed in a screen-...view item »


Ellll
Romance

EIIII is an enigmatic producer, seemingly hailing from Ireland, who sort of makes techno but also sort of makes noise and drone music. Pleasingly, she is very good at whirling these worlds together into intoxicatingly thick blends that will draw you deep into the sound. Romance, her debut, is a four track EP released by...view item »


The Hipshakes
Snake

Bakewell buddies and long-running band The Hipshakes are a close-up and sweaty-sounding garage punk proposition, pitched about halfway between those modern American types and original 70’s British stuff. Snake is their 3rd album in 12 months, but is no less energetic for that. Pressed to 180g vinyl and released by...view item »


No Ditching
Inseparable

No Ditching are a new DIY pop punk group from the rich Durham scene, where this sort of thing rules the roost. No Ditching are in fact made up in part of members of Martha, a big Durham deal. But No Ditching are their own band, and Inseparable is their own 7”, wit...view item »


The Altered Hours
In Heat Not Sorry

Debut album from Irish group The Altered Hours, working in that fruitful mould of post-punk with a touch of shoegaze. At its best moments, In Heat Not Sorry is a jumble of shrieking guitars, drawled vocals and thick organ, dragged along by a low-slung rhythm sect...view item »
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Gross Net
Gross Net

Some jagged noises from Gross Net. This self-titled release is a tasty three tracker from Belfast's favourite weirdos. Full of reverby guitars, woozy synthesiser and dubbed out vocals. It's like Glen Branca invited Suicide and Throbbing Gristle over for a party and they tried to write a pop song but ended up takin...view item »


Twisted
Utopia

Garage punk from a band once populated by members of Hookworms. From Wales, to Leeds and, then back to Wales comes Twisted, drawing heavily on punk influences from the 70s and 80s including the Buzzcocks and Rites of Spring with an unmistakable raw, young edge, rightfully angry at what the world is coming to in ...view item »


Plaids
Plaids

If you thought emotional hardcore was a thing of the past, for bands who release sixteen-track retrospectives after two albums, then Plaids are here to cheer you up. Hailing from Nottingham, the band play post-hardcore, transitioning seamlessly between rough-edged guitars and gorgeous melodies. They are, of course, well loved by Brooklyn Vegan.&...view item »
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Hands Up Who Wants to Die
Vega in The Lyre

Discordant not dissonant, Hands Up Who Wants To Die make a horrible mess with noise rock, leaving some fragments of melody the way McLusky, The Birthday Party and Shotmaker do. Tinges of post-hardcore remain in the guitars of 'Vega In The Lyre', while its best asset is its rambling vocals, which occasionally punctuate th...view item »


Perfect Pussy
I

I've been hearing a lot about the world's least Googlable band Perfect Pussy but I've only just now got to finally hearing them on this 7" from our friends at Art Is Blind. (I) (wouldn't want a title that made them easier to google now would we?) is good stuff, noisy indie rock pretending to be punk music, sort of like the first ...view item »
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Altered Hours
Dig Early

Nice looking 7" from Cork, Ireland psych band who previously released a 10" on the label of Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre). Its really good stuff. Starting off with some eastern sounding discordant guitar it lurches into a sweetly strummy build up featuring some guitar mangling of the h...view item »
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The #1s
The #1s

Got a new 7” here from those fine purveyors of the UK DIY indie-rock underground at Art For Blind. This one’s from Dublin power-popsters The #1s, who feature among their ranks members of The Pacifics, Cr...view item »
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Little Ease
The Converted

Got another Leeds special here. Actually I’m not familiar with this band so they might not be from Leeds (or I might be at the wrong shows) but it’s recorded by ultra-’Worm MJ (and weirdly enough the singer actually has quite a s...view item »


Wooderson
Let The Man Speak

I’ve got a real soft spot in my hard mechanical heart for Sheffield scamps Wooderson, who here have dropped their debut long-player after knocking about on the live scene around Yorkshire and beyond for seemingly an age. They peddle a blend...view item »


Facel Vega
The Body

I’ve been looking forward to getting this one in the office. Facel Vega are a Leeds-based DIY garagemo combo who belt through their songs with an unironic vigour, and this 15-song opus also comes complete with a really cool sleeve and...view item »


Twisted
Stockholm

Twisted are a band from round these parts and they offer a rather Northern take on emo. I'm not saying that they yelp on about pie n' peas but they are from round here so there you go. All songs on this single are quite good. The song structures are taut and the musicianship's competent. I hope they don't think I'm being too harsh and start self ha...view item »


Silent Front
Dead Lake

Silent Front roar out of your speakers like the bastard offspring of Tad and Shellac. Their stuff is choc full of repetitive grooves, gut wrenching bass and shouty almost bluesy vocals. It shifts from understated verses to full-on wigouts with a kind of Heads-style ferocity. It reminds me of loads of great early to mid 90s bands. Mebbe Jesus Liz...view item »
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