After teasing us with a cryptic video via social media, “MGMT” have returned with a brand new single titled “In the Afternoon.” The band have announced that this track along with another titled “As You Move Through The World” will appear on a limited edition 12″ single set to arrive in late March 2020. “In the Afternoon” finds the band diving further into the impeccable style of Ariel Pink-esque Synth-Pop/Psychedelic Pop they crafted so well on their last album Little Dark Age. You can watch the music video for “In the Afternoon” below:
On this day in 1979 Public Image Ltd. (PiL) released their second album Second Edition. The album was originally released as Metal Box, taking it’s name from the metal canister that contained pressings of the record. A standard version was later released as Second Edition which featured the same tracklist. On this album lead singer John Lydon pushed his ambition to shed the restrictions of Punk Rock, which became too commercialized and one-dimensional even further by incorporating elements of Dub, Post-Punk, and Krautrock, all of which were no-go territory for Punk Rock purists. This was the last album to feature original bassist Jah Wobble, and though the band still thrived following his departure, Wobble’s input is irreplaceable on this album with his Dub/Funk inspired bass grooves which complimented Keith Levene’s wall of disjointed guitar sounds and John Lydon’s wailing vocals perfectly. Second Edition is an essential album in the Post-Punk world. Happy Anniversary.
The wait will end next Spring. In Spring 2020 we’ll finally get a full-length album from U.K. band “Sorry,” a band that have been making waves in the music world for the past few years with their sharp Rock? Pop? Post-Punk? Honestly they’re their own genre, and many have been itching for a full-length album, well… today we’ve been blessed with great news. The band will release their debut album 925 in Spring 2020. Today the band released the album’s lead single “Right Round the Clock,” and it’s a fun track with an interpolation of a song that will be recognizable for “Tears for Fears” fans. You can watch the video for “Right Round the Clock” below:
On this day in 1979 “Gang of Four” released their iconic debut album Entertainment! This album went on to be one of the most essential releases in “Post-Punk” history, influencing a myriad of artists such as “Red Hot Chili Peppers,” Michael Stipe, and “Nirvana.” On this album the band delivered the anti-establishment ethos of “Punk Rock” with lead singer Jon King’s topical lyrical content of consumerism, feminism, sex, and alienation, and what separated the band from their peers was their heavy incorporation of genres such as “Funk” and “Dub” thanks to bassist Dave Allen and drummer Hugo Burnham. Add Andy Gill’s angular guitars to the mix that added a chaotic but controlled flavor, and you’ve got a sound that’s uniquely their own. You can still hear their Funk-driven influence on “Post-Punk” and “Indie Rock” bands today. Considering how the genre of “Post-Punk” can be obscure to some, it’s impressive how the band’s sound has managed to remain relevant after 40 years. Happy 40th anniversary.
Post-Punk band “Ganser” will release a new E.P. titled You Must Be New Here on November 8th. This will follow their stellar debut album Odd Talk which was released last year. The band previously released a single titled “Bad Form,” and they recently appeared at “Riot Fest” in Chicago, and now it’s looking like the band won’t be slowing down anytime soon. Today the band have shared a new song off the upcoming E.P. titled “Buio” which is accompanied by a music video featuring actress Caitlin Ewald. In the video Ewald sits at a dinner table with cake and wine. She proceeds to mash her fingers in the cake while the others at the table seem to be ignoring her. This could represent the idea of an outsider being overwhelmed having to endure fast-paced social interaction, but Ewald lets her self go by not repressing her impulse to…. well, mash her fingers in cake and chug wine, and she does it without a care in the world. About the song, the band describe it as an “intuitive song about the relationship between author and audience.” You can always rely on “Ganser” to provoke thought with intelligent and introspective content. You can watch the music video for “Buio” below:
“HMLTD” are one of the most exciting bands at the moment. The evolution of the band has been incredibly captivating going from their 2017 Post-Punk/Gothic singles to last year’s Synth-Pop heavy E.P. Hate Music Last Time Delete to their dark Electronic-laden Pop singles released late last year, they’ve been on many people’s “must watch” list and they still don’t even have a full length album! Today the band returned after what felt like an eternity with a brand new single “Loaded.” The song is about material wealth and spiritual poverty, and it’s deliciously catchy. You can watch the video for “Loaded” below:
Following the release of his ambitious new E.P. Skeleton Man, Trip Logic a.k.a Screaming City has shared a new music video for one of the EP’s standout tracks “Dead from the Start,” and it’s a whirlwind of visuals that are as beautiful as they are nightmare and nausea-inducing. Skeleton Man is by far his darkest and heaviest work, moving further away from the “Electronic” heavy elements of his previous material and into “Industrial Metal” territory with glamorous theatrics. You can watch the music video for “Dead from the Start” below: