Ireland's Girl Band Sign To Rough Trade Records Announce The Early Years 12” EP out April 21, 2015
“The Early Years” collects (on very limited 12” vinyl and digital, exclusive in U.S./Canada) tracks Girl Band has released via various hand-crafted formats over the past year-and-change: hand-stamped singles, flexi-discs in wooden boxes, screen-printed 7” sleeves tied with twine – all previously only available through mail-order and their merch table.
The young Dublin foursome are creating vital, propulsive, and almost terrifyingly energetic noise-rock that pulls as much influence from classic techno as from their more obvious post-punk, noise and industrial predecessors. The band’s music and stunning frenzy of their live show already has critics pulling out their satchels of underused adjectives. But ultimately, anyone who’s paying attention can only conclude, like Noisey did: “The one blindingly obvious thing about Girl Band is that this is fucking great.”
GIRL BAND ARE:
Dara Kiely (vox)
Adam Faulkner (drums)
Alan Duggan (guitar)
Daniel Fox (bass)
Girl Band – The Early Years
(April 21, 2015 – Rough Trade)
2) De Bom Bom
3) I Love You (Beat Happening cover)
4) Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage? (Blawan cover)
5) The Cha Cha Cha
East India Youth REVEALS BRAND NEW SINGLE ‘TURN AWAY’ + ANNOUNCES Canadian DATES
Over the last year, London-based East India Youth has combined strikingly original music with euphoric live performances and has quickly become recognised as one of the most experimental and captivating artists around. His recently announced second album titled CULTURE OF VOLUME is his first since signing to XL Recordings and follows his critically acclaimed debut album TOTAL STRIFE FOREVER (released in January 2014 on Stolen Records) that went on to be nominated for the Mercury Prize.
Further to this, East India Youth announces his largest tour to date, taking in venues and festivals through the UK, Europe and North America, including three shows in Canada. Full list below.
04.03.15 LONDON Sebright Arms
05.03.15 OSLO by:Larm
06.03.15 OSLO by:Larm
17.03.15 AUSTIN SxSW
19.03.15 AUSTIN SxSW
20.03.15 AUSTIN SxSW
11.04.15 CARDIFF Din Swn Festival
15.04.15 LINZ Posthof Linz
16.04.15 VIENNA Fluc
24.04.15 LONDON Brixton Academy (w/ Jon Hopkins)
30.04.15 SAN DIEGO Casbah
01.05.15 LOS ANGELES The Roxy
02.05.15 SAN FRANCISCO The Independent
04.05.15 PORTLAND Mississippi Studios
05.05.15 SEATTLE Barboza
06.05.15 VANCOUVER Fox Cabaret
08.05.15 TORONTO Canadian Music Week
09.05.15 MONTREAL Case del Popolo
11.05.15 ALLSTON The Great Scott
12.05.15 NEW YORK Bowery Ballroom
14.05.15 WASHINGTON DC DC9
15.05.15 PHILADELPHIA Boot & Saddle
23.05.15 HAY ON WYE How The Light Gets In Festival
27.05.15 MANCHESTER Deaf Institute
28.05.15 GLASGOW King Tuts
30.05.15 SHEFFIELD Plug
31.05.15 NORWICH Arts Centre
02.06.15 BRISTOL Exchange
03.06.15 BRIGHTON The Haunt
04.06.15 LONDON Village Underground
05.06.15 RAMSGATE Ramsgate Music Hall
PALMA VIOLETS TO RELEASE SECOND ALBUM ‘DANGER IN THE CLUB'
Two year’s on from the release of their debut, top 10 UK charting album 180, which NME declared to be ‘the new soundtrack to your life,’ Q Magazine ‘one of the best debut albums of the decade’ and The Quietus ‘fucking brrrilliant,’ Palma Violets have announced the full details of their highly anticipated follow-up Danger In The Club. The album was produced by John Leckie (Stone Roses, Radiohead, The Fall), recorded at Rockfield Studio in Wales and is set for release on 4th May 2015 on Rough Trade Records.
Filmed in one continuous take in the Lambeth group’s local pub The Pineapple and directed by Roger Sargent, watch the official video for Danger In The Club’s thrilling title track here
Anyone lucky enough to catch Palma Violets road testing the new album at intimate UK venues recently (including Scunthorpe where the local rugby team had to be called in when the venue’s bouncers couldn’t handle the over-excited crowd) can testify that the new material is a giant step up from the band’s debut. ‘Girl, You Couldn’t Do Much Better On The Beach’ and ‘Hollywood (I Got It)’ build on 180’s exhilarating, primal rock and roll, whilst the hook-heavy choruses and imaginative lyrics of ‘English Tongue’ and ‘Coming Over To My Place’ demonstrate how much Palma Violets – still all in their early twenties – have developed into first class songwriters and honed their own unique sound.
Speaking about the new album, bassist and singer Chilli Jesson explains:
“We wanted to make a young-sounding record. We listened to a lot of pre-punk while we were making the album. We like its rawness and simplicity. A lot of bands want to over-complicate their second album, we know that we didn’t.”
Danger In The Club Tracklisting:
1. Sweet Violets
2. Hollywood (I Got It)
3. Girl, You Couldn’t Do Much Better On The Beach
4. Danger in the Club
5. Coming Over to My Place
6. Secrets of America
7. The Jacket Song
9. Gout! Gang! Go!
10. Walking Home
11. Peter and the Gun
12. No Money Honey
13. English Tongue
Shlohmo Releases Video for “Buried” Dark Red Out April 7th, 2015 on True Panther/WeDidIt
Shlohmo has said that his forthcoming full-length album, Dark Red, is intended to be “devastating and violent” that “forces you to feel something even if that something isn’t good.” Today, he makes good on his promise with the video for new single “Buried,” depicting a surreal, complicated and bloody nightmare that takes place on the gritty, blacker than black, abandoned and desperate streets of Los Angeles, the artist’s hometown. Directed by Lance Drake, the clip casts a sinister shadow over the circle of life and death, giving a new symbolism to the album’s title, Dark Red.
The second full-length album from Shlohmo (aka Henry Laufer,) Dark Red is an uncanny marriage of his ever-evolving, richly textured sound with shades of ’90s IDM, R&B, cassette-tape Jungle, and, in an unexpected turn, sludge metal. “It sounds like if Electric Wizard tried to make an R&B record,” he says, “or Boards of Canada meets Burzum by the River Styx.”
Side-stepping current trends that lean towards pristine, computer-generated production, Dark Red explores natural distortion, fuzz and noise as compositional tools, intentionally distressing sounds to echo the feeling of the icy menace and emotional charge found on early black metal tapes. The result is a deeply personal listen, Shlohmo’s boldest statement yet.
Dark Red will be released April 7th, 2015 on True Panther/WeDidIt
SOAK premieres video for ‘Sea Creatures’ Debut album – ‘Before We Forgot How to Dream’ – announced for June 2nd
SOAK (Bridie Monds-Watson) has unveiled the video to new single ‘Sea Creatures’, alongside plans for her debut album and further live dates. The new video – premiering today – draws together the narratives of various characters via one life-changing event, and was filmed (often with just Bridie and her skateboard) at the crack of dawn around London’s Olympic Park.
Named a One To Watch for 2015 via the likes of iTunes, Spotify and the BBC Sound Poll, SOAK has also today announced details of her forthcoming debut album. Before We Forgot How to Dream which will be released on June 2nd (June 1st in Europe) and is available for pre-order now ‘Sea Creatures’, ‘B a noBody’ and ‘SHUVELS’ available to download immediately as instant-grats).
Before We Forgot How to Dream is a stunning snapshot of SOAK’s formative years growing up in Northern Ireland, touching variously on the themes of isolation, family and what to do with your future. Already compared with the likes of Laura Marling and Beach House, Bridie has been a rising star in her hometown of Derry since the age of 14, when a chance uploading of the ‘Sea Creatures’ demo to the BBC Introducing playlist saw A&R board the next flight over and park up outside the Monds-Watson’s household. Yet SOAK rushed into nothing, instead splitting her time between studies, the local skate-park and daunting early shows (such as opening Derry’s tenure as City of Culture hours before a GCSE exam). Things moved forward last year, when Bridie teamed up with CHVRCHES for their launch of a singles label, toured with George Ezra and Tegan & Sara, before signing a deal with Rough Trade the same summer most of her friends got their A-Level results. Produced alongside Tommy from Villagers, her debut album traces SOAK’s extraordinary journey to this point, and marks Bridie’s graduation from raw talent to a significant songwriter for the years ahead. It seems also to speak of those more universal joys and fears of adolescence, before we, too, forgot how to dream.