Compiled by Jason Ritchie January-March 2021 April-June 2021 July 2nd AT THE GATES ‘The Nightmare Of Being’ Century Media JIMMY BARNES ‘Flesh & Blood’ Bloodline Records RICHARD MARX ‘Stories To Tell: Greatest Hits And More’ (2CD inc. demos & rarities) … Continue reading →
Envy Of None features Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and Coney Hatch bassist Andy Curran. The pair have recorded an album with a release date to be announced shortly. Chris Farren ‘In So Many Words’, a double CD of unreleased songs, … Continue reading →
The Third Sound have announced details of their forthcoming fifth album, First Light, released on Fuzz Club Records on the 27th of August. Check out the video for the song Your Love Is Evol here.
Led by Brian Jonestown Massacre guitarist Hákon Aðalsteinsson, the Berlin-based band return with another song that combines their love of neo-psych and shoegaze to great effect. The bass rumbles beneath a swirling organ, the song rising into a dense cacophony to showcase a development in their sound that adds more light to their usual shade, a dynamic that they say defines their new album, First Light. It shifts through a shuffling noir-psych, Aðalsteinsson’s voice equally yearning and menacing. In the breaks, the guitars crash in to craft an almost impenetrable sound that suddenly breaks to allow the light to crack through, until the end, when the band build and build a wall of sound.
The album is already available on pre-order from Fuzz Club and, on the evidence of Your Love Is Evol, it promises to be another psych-dripped class album from the label.
On the album, Aðalsteinsson states: “This album is definitely less gloomy than the previous one, although some ghosts from the past are lurking in the background. We always try to make something new on each album and never make the same album over again, but this feels like an even bigger change than usual, especially regarding the mood. Something new is beginning although the past is not forgotten. I think the title, First Light, describes the overall feel of the record pretty well.”
XTC’s Andy Partridge next month will release the debut installment of his new My Failed Songwriting Career series, collections of songs he wrote for other artists in the wake of the band’s dissolution following the Apple Venus albums more than 20 years ago. Full details right here.
House of Love frontman Guy Chadwick this past week unveiled a brand-new lineup of the band, announcing he’d parted ways with original members Terry Bickers and Pete Evans, as well as Matt Jury, who’d been on board since the group reunited in 2003. Full details right here.
The Shadracks are set to return with a new album on Damaged Goods in August. Check out the first taste, the single You Can’t Lose, right here.
Led by Huddie Shadrack (son of Billy Childish, who has also produced their new album), with The Horrors’ Rhys Webb on bass and drummer Elisa Abednego, the trio deal in exactly the type of stripped-back brash garage rock that you’d expect from their lineage. It cuts straight to the bone, no mess, no chaff. Pure crunching rattle rock ‘n’ roll. Fired up and brash, Huddie’s voice naturally sounding like his father’s, they bash out more of that great Medway garage sound. “It’s about wanting something you can’t get,” explains Huddie. “Chasing the unobtainable and finding yourself at the mercy of your pursuits.”
The band released their debut self-titled album in 2018 and are set to release their second, From Human Like Forms, this August on Damaged Goods. They have also confirmed their album release show at The Cave Club night (Moth Club, London) for Friday the 13th August. Tickets are on sale here.
Caravan (pictured above) have announced they will release a 37-disc deluxe box set, ‘Who Do We Think We Are?’, on August 20 through Madfish Records. District 97 vocalist Leslie Hunt will release a brand new EP, ‘Ascend’, through Spirit Of Unicorn Records … Continue reading →
The Reflectors return with the first single from their forthcoming second album. We have the premiere of the video right here.
The Long Beach band burst onto our radar last September with the release of their debut album, First Impression. Full of blistering hooks and harmonies, the album became an instant hit among powerpop fans, and beyond. Now, they are ready to give us a dose of their second album, Faster Action, with the first single to be taken from it, All Made Up. Check out the video below.
The album is set for release later in the year with fingers crossed for September. On the strength of All Made Up, the new album will definitely be one that will fly off the shelves. The new single is released on the 10th of June on Time For Action Records and is available here. Too bad for all you vinyl junkies who love your coloured slabs of wax as the limited edition blue and orange copies have already sold out, but you can still grab a regular 7″ before it’s too late. All Made Up, backed by Every Time I, is also available to download from The Reflectors’ Bandcamp page.
Chrissie Hynde on Friday digitally released Standing in the Doorway, a new album of nine Bob Dylan covers that she recorded while on COVID-19 lockdown last year, exchanging musical files with Pretenders bandmate James Walbourne via text message. Stream the full album right here.
Bob Mould will return to the road later this year for a 23-date tour that’ll find him performing the first run of shows with his eponymous trio with the remainder being solo-electric performances, all under the banner of “Distortion and Blue Hearts!” Full details, including tour dates, right here.