Category Archives: New Music

video: Claw The Thin Ice – Ice Skates

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Manchester four-piece Claw The Thin Ice have sliced together some trippy footage of themselves hanging out in the wilderness for Ice Skates, a new song taken from new full-length Exercise out on Barely Regal Records and Get Into it Recs next month.

For those interested in past resumes, guitarist and main-guy-up-front Ian Breen used to play in the Spy Versus Spy worshiping Well Wisher and post-rock band Day For Airstrikes and by no surprise elements of both underpin the sound of Claw The Thin Ice, albeit with a level of refinement that pulls up the likes of Superchunk and earlier Seam along with it.

album tease: Elk – Herd Songs

Elk are made up of Glenn and Ritch from Andy, Glenn & Ritch and super-nice-talented guy on the side, Thomas Conolly. I put them once on in my 5ft basement in 2011, which happens to be the last time they released some music. Since then, the trio have been hard at work compiling 10-songs for the appropriately titled Herd Songs which will be out on that Sheffield label, The Audacious Art Experiment in time for chomping on your Easter eggs.

Title track Guernica is a continuation from the early days, building on the intricacies of bands like Smart Went Crazy and Karate while tying in some flavorful indie-pop parts. You’ll find similar things in the video for Remedy below, another track from the forthcoming album that looks like the band are playing out of a disused television set. Hurrah, good stuff moose men.

7″: Sievehead – s/t

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Here’s some jolting spacey post-punk from Sheffield (for a more down-to-earth equivalent check out southerners, Bad Breeding.)

Sievehead are involved in spectacular, central DIY space The Lughole which is spawning/helping create similar bands as these. As with their previous demo (check out that luring artwork) this 7″ was recorded by Luke from The Audacious Art Experiment (oh yes, another recording label-cum-space to check out in steel city).

ep: Carriages – s/t

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Bristol is pretty neat these days, credit due to its promoters: Cheap Words on Handbills, NT Yrs, Deadpunk & Reeks of Effort, faciliated by its venues such as bike repair shop Roll For The Soul whose evolution as a gig space in 2013 was never “part of the plan” but is now regarded as a staple for DIY touring bands.

Adding to the hilly crop of local bands are Carriages – a three-piece who feature members of Sleeping States (remember this gorgeous one) and yes you heard it, Bob Tilton. In parts the wobbly topsy-turvy vocals recall the likes of Sue Tompkins from Life Without Buildings possessing very much a mind of their own. The guitars on the other side keep the whole charade apace, gearing towards indie-rock sentimentals but not dipping their toes too much in the pool. Start off at Canaveral and you’ll get the gist of just how nifty this trio are.

7″: Charlotte Light and Dark

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Charlotte Light and Dark describe themselves as ‘cubist hardcore’ on their facebook page. As injokes go it hits the spot – the UK/French bands weird ‘avant-garde’ style (ahem) on this latest 7″ finds itself wedged between Justin Pearson styled insanity and chuggy tech metal. You won’t know where to look, but this might be just what you’re searching for.

Limited to 100 on wax from those lovely folk at Wolf Town DIY.

ep: Love Among The Mannequins – My Uncle’s Ball of Lightning Will Put an End to Your Warped Psychology

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Members of Brighton based four-piece Love Among the Mannequins have been swamped in their other music capacities: Alex Petersen does Vincent Vocoder Voice, Steven Stride strums in Chalk while Tobias Hayes new project Eugene Quell saw him proposing onstage to his girlfriend at a recent gig in London. It’s fab to see new projects forming (and relationships blossoming) but all the pleasing to see LATM still doing the rounds.

The lengthy titled My Uncle’s Ball.. takes a lunge towards the darker elements of your favourite Q And Not U or The pAper chAse record. Inspired by Milton Rokeach book “The Three Christs of Ypsilanti“, a work the band refer to as “an absolutely fascinating insight into the human condition, and our extreme talents for performing phenomenal acts of creative self-deception to stay “sane”, even if the price is – in the eyes of society-at-large – “insanity””, this EP is a gutsy appetiser for the next full-length, which for everyone’s sake shouldn’t be too far away now.

split: My Heart In Your Hand 10″

Slow-churning and sparingly bleak emo from 5 bands across the globe. Check out their individual pages: Human Hands (UK), Nebraska (Australia), Asthenia (Japan), Manku Kapak & Duct Hearts (Germany).

Each copy has been painted and printed by German label time as a colour with copies divvied out between strictly no capital letters, Blue. September. Blue., Mum Says; Be Polite, Stereo Dasein, Caleiah, Desertion Records & Red Panda Records. Now that’s what I called good distribution.

album: Crows-An-Wra – Kalopsia

Kalopsia, the debut LP from Cornwall ‘space punks’ Crows-An-Wra sees the band experiment with 9 tracks of dizzying post-hardcore. Peeling away at their old screamo sticker, the four-piece find new comforts with increasingly weirdo hooks, extra reverb and accompanying guest vocals (tracks 6 & 7). Go fetch this on pre-order via UK’s labels Barely Regal Records, Wolftown DIY & Boslevan Records, Adagio 830 (EU) or Middleman Records (US).

ep: Vincent Vocoder Voice – Full Heart, Deaf Ears

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Vincent Vocoder Voice is the brainchild of Brighton musician Alex Petersen, formally/currently of Love Among The Mannequins. His highbrow influences include the books of Sartre, Ballard and John Gray, the music of Swans, Cursive and the 20th century polystylistic composer Alfred Schnittke (wow). Haunting and quirky, hear VVV’s new EP Full Heart, Deaf Ears on virtual release via Sonic Anhedonic Recording Company (Eugene Quell, Chalk.)

single: Grubs – Dec 15 / Gym Shame

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Snappy three-piece Grubs are becoming so popular that Shazam is now taking note (as I unashamedly detected at the Los Campesinos! show in London last night). In a matter of minutes do the trio (who star members of Trust Fund, Joanna Gruesome and King Of Cats) whiz through infectious pop that veers unintentionally to Rose Melberg’s back catalogue of bands. Available on funky double A-side transparent flexidisc single on Cool Your Jets (UK) and Aloe Music (US).