South East London duo “Normal Average People” have released their second single “Lemo // Memo.” This follows their debut “Baggy Ankles.” Proving the band have immense versatility, “Lemo // Memo” is more melodic than its raucously confrontational predecessor, and features a hint of 60’s Psychedelia all while maintaining their Alternative/Post-Punk style. “Lemo // Memo” will appear on the band’s upcoming E.P. The Moon Salon which will be released on August 26th via “Blitzcat Records.” The E.P. is named after the rehearsal space of the bar members Sam and Emil used to work at where they would sneak back in after the bar would close and bring out amps they had hidden during the week. This is going to be a wild E.P. to say the least. You can listen to “Lemo // Memo” below:
Chicago Post-Punk/Noise Rock band “Ganser” are set to release their new album Just Look at That Sky this Friday via “Felte Records,” and today the band have shared another new track off the upcoming album titled “Projector.” About the track, vocalist/keyboardist Nadia Garofalo states that “It’s what happens when someone becomes so far removed from general society that their thoughts become a Dunning-Kruger Effect echo chamber of pseudo-wisdom and self-affirmations. Connection and perspective gets lost, but that echo becomes louder and often public. We shot this the day after “SXSW” was cancelled. We didn’t know what was coming, but we knew it wasn’t going to be good.” You can watch the music video for “Projector” below:
After three years Canadian trio “METZ” have returned with a brand new single titled “A Boat to Drown In,” which will appear on their upcoming album Atlas Vending which is slated to be released on October 9th via “Sub Pop.” Their new single “A Boat to Drown In” isn’t exactly a full-on departure from their previous work, but it shows a more melodic side of the band while maintaining their raucously grungy style we’ve come to know them for. About the track, the band have stated that it’s about “leaving a bad situation behind. About overcoming obstacles that once held you back, rising above, and looking to a better future. The title refers to immersing yourself fully into what you love and using it as a sanctuary from negativity and a catalyst for change.” You can watch the music video for “A Boat to Drown In” below:
“IDLES” are set to release their upcoming album Ultra Mono on September 25th via “Partisan Records,” and today the band have shared a a new track off the album titled “A Hymn,” which is a noticeable departure from their previous singles “Mr. Motivator” and “Grounds.” “A Hymn” is a slower track that features a steady and moody tone with reverbed guitars reminiscent of their early EPs and semi-Industrial atmospherics. Lead singer Joe Talbot sounds subdued but no less impactful as he sings words of self-reflection with a refrain of “I want to be loved. Everybody does.” You can watch the music video for “A Hymn” below:
South London trio “PLAY DEAD” are just two singles in and they already show much promise. It’s safe to say we can add the band to the list of Post-Punk scholars who bring innovation to the beloved genre along with “IDLES,” “Shame,” “Hotel Lux,” etc. The band’s second single “Shaun” was released today, and it’s even more infectious than it’s predecessor “Whitstable,” raucously delivering a “Garage Rock” grunginess while the band sings about member Ollie Clarke’s nan’s boyfriend who is described by the band as “a gentle giant with a short fuse who got arrested for punching a man off his bike in Brixton. He enjoys pies, pints, and Coldplay.” Very few of us are lucky enough to get our own theme song, and Shaun now has the perfect one. You can listen to “Shaun” below:
Artist: Furrowed Brow
EP: Dead Dead Dead Still Digging
Genre: Post-Punk/Art Rock/Indie Rock
Label: Notes From Underground
With an infinite supply of wit and a deliciously sardonic sense of humor, Manchester band “Furrowed Brow” have given us their debut E.P. Dead Dead Dead Still Digging. Is this a gift, or a curse? Well, are you fluent in sarcasm? Can you handle lyrical content expressed from the point of view of someone who is being both cynical and ironically hopeful while they lay the absurdity of us humans flat out on the table? Can you handle the idea that the listener, myself included might completely misinterpret their music while the meaning goes over our witless heads? Can you handle the idea that you might delve too far into the lyrical content to decipher meanings that might not even be there? If this is confusing to you, then I can assume you’re not interested. Carry on. If an unclassifiable combination of Punk with glamour, a brazen humor, colorful synths that evoke the spirit of bands such as Magazine or Live at the Witch Trials era The Fall, strong Manchester lingo, and a vocal delivery glamorously rambled like Mark E. Smith with glitter, then this is an album for you. This music has no boundaries, and yet, it’s not shock for shock’s sake. There is a method to their madness. There is a reason why they made a track like “Killed Myself and the Kids” so damn catchy to the point where it’ll have you walking around singing along to the chorus for days while people raise their eyebrows at you, (I wouldn’t recommend doing that) and it’s up to you to find the reasons why. As for me, I see them as a fearless and refreshing band that brings a relentless bite back to Rock & Roll. A band as intelligent as they are appreciative in comedy while they analyze the human condition in a cleverly satirical way instead of waving their fingers at us. They’re classy, but not afraid to rough us up a bit, and that’s a juxtaposition you don’t usually see in contemporary music. I’m excited, but I also feel a little insulted, and I love it.
Written By: Steven Sandoval
We still have to wait a couple of months before we’ll finally be able to hear the new “Ganser” album Just Look At That Sky, but today the band have released another taste of their upcoming album and it’s the closing track titled “Bags For Life.” About the song, the band have stated “It’s about how strange the end of the world would be on the internet.” Name a theme more fitting right now. Ganser’s new album Just Look At That Sky will be released on July 31st via “Felte.” You can listen to “Bags For Life” below:
Artist: The Joyful Sadness
Song: Perfect Alibi
Genre: New Wave/Post-Punk/Electronic
Hailing from Preston, UK, “The Joyful Sadness” is a musical project created out of a subconscious desire to deal with repressed memories. Formed in April 2020, no time has been wasted as one single titled “Memories of You” was released last month, and now a follow-up single titled “Perfect Alibi” will be released this Friday on the 22nd. Much like “Memories of You,” “Perfect Alibi” is a sentimental track that explores vulnerability to reach a point of catharsis. Anyone who has been in a toxic relationship where you give and invest much time in your partner only to not have those feelings reciprocated will find solace in this track. Sometimes we don’t notice when our significant other is being toxic. It’s easy to develop codependency out of a fear of being alone or being lost in someone, and when it’s unrequited it does some serious damage. “The Joyful Sadness” delves into this subject with a style that draws heavily from genres such as “Dark Wave” and “Post-Punk.” With moody atmospheric synths, this subject is explored in a darker fashion because he knows relationships aren’t all sunshine. That sincerity is immensely admirable. You can pre-save “Perfect Alibi” below:
Genre: Indie Rock/Post-Punk/Noise Rock
It’s hard speaking about mental illness sometimes. The fear of alienation from others is something that plagues your mind when dealing with a mental illness. That along with overwhelming feelings of self-doubt, self-hatred, nihilism, depression, and existentialism are all things that can prevent someone from letting people in, but one creative outlet to exorcise your demons is music, and Bristol UK based band “Mazmere” most definitely face the cycles of mental illness head-on with no compromise on their new E.P. MBJDEBNRBM. This music is pure raw energy with manically noisy instrumentation that perfectly reflects lead singer Jake Sinetos’ deep dive into the darker parts of the human mind. You know, the parts you try to ignore and distract yourself from with whatever form of escapism you fancy. This music can be ugly, but I mean that in the kindest way possible, because ugly music isn’t always a bad thing, in fact there is much beauty to find in macabre art. The beauty in this E.P. is found in its fearless lyrical content that instead of coming off sounding like a motivational speech, tackles the complexities of your inner-voice that isn’t always so optimistic. That in itself is uplifting, because once you embrace your demons and continue to fight them, you can seriously take on anything, and the representation of that through this music is exhausting yet liberating. This is most prominently expressed on the track “Skeletons.” “This house is full of medicine that gives you no cure. You’re bouncing off the walls again. You’re twisted with fear. Fear of yourself is worse than what is real, so find your demon, and cut him a deal” sings Sinetos. This is the albums biggest tearjerker as our protagonist gives us a tour of this cycle in his mind, a cycle that isn’t for the faint of heart, but is necessary to understand those less mentally fortunate. Once this track erupts with its musical climax, it’s hard not to feel like you’re floating as your demons either begin to decay, or ride with you. It all depends on your interpretation. Without sounding too inaccessible, this E.P. is brutally honest, and that’s something we should all strive to explore in music.
Written By: Steven Sandoval
On this day in 2010 “LCD Soundsystem” released their third album This Is Happening. Remember when this was supposed to be their final album? Remember when they released another album seven years later? Yeah, like any of us bought that the band were calling it quits for good, but if This Is Happening had really been the band’s final album, they would have gone out in a blaze of glory, because this was without a doubt some of the band’s best material. James Murphy and Co. delved even deeper into the realm of dance ready “Electronic” music on this album. Of course this was by no means new territory for the band, but it’s almost as if the band had the most fun making this record, and James Murphy not once loses his signature wit on this record. Perfecting a myriad of genres such as “Synth-Pop,” “Post-Punk,” and “House,” this album surprisingly never comes off as scatterbrained and each track flows into the other quite cohesively. This album showed us all that James Murphy is serious about what he’s doing, even though he might not take himself too seriously. Happy Anniversary!