Monday, 30 November 2015


Spiders, from Gothenburg, Sweden, are a 4-piece rock outfit who have been together since 2010. They have two albums Flash Point and Shake Electric which were released on Crusher Records, and this year released the 3-track EP 'Why Don't You'. We were recently invited to catch the band live as they supported the wonderful Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats at London's Scala venue.

Firstly we have to start with the bands attire, which quite frankly we thought was great. Each member dressed in sequins, in purple the two guitarists John Hoyles and Olle Griphammar, and in gold drummer Ricard Harryson and front-woman Ann-Sofie Hoyles. Now to the music, Spiders set is made up of a mixture of new and old material, showcasing their brand of 70's inspired rock with plenty of solos, riffs, and a general altogether appreciation of rock and roll history.

Ann-Sofie Hoyles has a strong voice and good stage presence, and this is what ultimately helps set the band apart from their piers. Whilst some of their songs do lack some originality this is made up by the enthusiasm and passion that is in abundance, and there's also a sense that they are very thankful for the responsive crowd that warmed up to them as their set went on. Spiders will grow their fanbase with their live shows and I'm sure London will welcome them back as soon as they like!

Sunday, 22 November 2015


Following their 2014 debut album 'Be Slowly', Birmingham 3-peice Jaws are set to return in 2016 with new material, kicking things off early with a new single 'What We Haven't Got Yet'. The new track is a continuation of the bands 80's influenced indie pop, albeit with a maturer, more fuller sound.

The band have recently released a video in support of the new track, which was filmed in their practise room and directed by Jack Hudson, who is brother of Guitarist Alex. Look out for them on tour throughout November/December, along with Chartreuse and Nai Harvest.

Monday, 16 November 2015



Warm Brains, aka Rory Attwell, has been on our radar since 2004 when he started a band with Dev Hynes (Lightspeed Champion) called Test Icicles, who were a shortlived neo-dance-punk group that released one album 'For Screening Purposes Only' which we absolutely loved and so did many others gathering them a cult following. Since then Attwell has been appeared in various bands and taken on numerous producer roles which have all been reasonably successful but it is his current work under the moniker of Warm Brains that has peaked our interest the most.

'Big Wow' is the second Warm Brains album, following the debut record 'Old Volcanoes' in 2011, and it's available through the Milk Milk Lemonade label. It is a wide ranging album that spans 14 tracks and touches the 45 minute mark. There are clear reference points along the way, most notably 90's brit pop or indie, with the vocals in particular giving off that sort of vague, uninterested style that many of those bands of that time were adept at.

That however is just a smokescreen on this album, with Attwell almost using the vocals to slide his clear song-writing talents under the radar, as his songs offer great melodies, adept anecdotes on life in 2015, and some quite experimental song structures. There's a lot going on and it's fair to say that Big Wow is an album that may require a little work from the listener to unlock its secrets, with multiple listens a probable requirement, but trust us it really is worth it!

Monday, 9 November 2015


'No Pleasure' is the name of the second album from London's noise rock 4-piece USA Nails. We first discovered the band with the release of their debut record 'Sonic Moist', which came out last year and we liked it so much that we placed it number 5 in our top 10 albums of the year poll. The band are once again working with Smalltown America on this new release, and they are also joined this time by the French label Bigoƻt Records.

The 11-track album picks up exactly where their last album finished, with USA Nails being totally ferocious, coming at you from all directions, not giving you a moment to relax. The year since their last album has seen the band mature and hone their musicianship, with each track sounding as if there's real intent and focus behind it. With the majority of the tracks being between two and three minutes long there's a great urgency to the album, which only helps in heightening the slightly uncomfortable experience that we're now becoming accustomed to with a USA Nails release.

Our favourite track would be 'You Sing For Yourself' - we're big fans of tracks that are fully formed after 1 second, but also the longest track on the album (near 6-minutes) 'They'd Name An Age' helps to show another dimension to the band which could be an interesting direction on records to come. For now though we're content with the short snappy ones like 'Laugh It Up', 'Make Me Art', 'I Am In A Van', and 'I Cannot Drink Enough', all excellently named songs which keep on punishing.

For an album as intense and sonically bruising as 'No Pleasure', I think it says it all when after its 32 minutes in length we're keen to press the play button again, without a pause or consideration of our ears. Keep em coming lads!

Monday, 2 November 2015


Based out of Brooklyn, NYC, come three-piece Pigs. The band are comprised of bass guitarist Andrew Schneider, who is joined by Jim Paradise on drums, with vocals and lead guitar coming from Unsane bassist Dave Curran. 'Wronger' is the band's second album following their 2012 debut album 'You Ruin Everything' and is available through the French label Solar Flare Records.

The 11 tracks that make up Wronger are an uncompromising collection of noise rock - drawing upon hardcore and punk, as well as moments of psychedelia, instrumental, and math rock. Pigs sound pissed off, and although that anger and aggression clearly comes out through their music, there's also a certain groove to their songs and a feeling that this isn't just noise for noise sake. Each track has an identity and a meaning, with the dynamics the group are able to create leading to a comprehensive and powerful listening experience, none more so than on the album's final track, the near 8-minute long 'Donnybrook'.

For a personal perspective as I approach my 30th birthday it's both refreshing and somewhat poignant to hear an 'older' band that have created an album that is aggressive, challenging, and thoughtful, and yet still has the same effect upon me that my 16 year old self would have thought was only confined to another Roadrunner Records release. Pigs are the type of band who may not be fashionable (and wouldn't care about such things anyway), but are an essential listen for those who need to hear boundaries being pushed and broken, and for their music to reach out on levels which aren't going to be mass-appeal but nevertheless are vitally important.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015


The Garden - twins Wyatt and Fletcher Shears, recently released their second record 'Haha' through Burger Records and Epitaph Records. Their music falls under the punk bracket, certainly from an audio perspective but it can also be said that The Garden are a punk band for the way in which they go about their business and creative flairs.

Wyatt remarks that the band are in the 'Vada Vada' genre - which he explains is an idea that represents pure creative expression, and disregards all previously made genres and ideals.

The album's 17 tracks clock in at under 35 minutes, meaning to listen leads to a blistering assault on the ears, with lots of ideas thrown in and boundaries broken. It's challenging, frustrating, but ultimately rewarding for a band who clearly aren't playing things safe. There are nods to electronica and hip hop, alongside the more conventional 'punk rock' vibes, with the past, present, and future all related to.

Haha is an album of experimentation, some things work and some don't, but it's forward thinking and brave, and it's vital that music like this gets made today and people engage with it, negatively or positively.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015


Not Of are a secretive duo from Toronto, comprised of John Ex (Guitar) and Jason Seance (Drums) - which we're told are not their real names. Obviously, we knew that. The band prefer to remain anonymous, if only for a short time, so that their previous musical history can be put aside for their current and future endeavours.

Despite being just the two members, Not Of make a considerably hefty noise which they themselves describe as 'Loud Music. Auxiliary Chaos'. They recently put up a video 'The Mark', a track that comes from their debut record 'Pique' which they put out earlier this year. They put the video together themselves with the help of Divorce, Karl DiPelino, and David Dunham.

According to the band the video "captures the claustrophobia of us compacting ourselves into our cramped rehearsal space — as well as the financial claustrophobia of having no budget. All of which is sorta loosely what “The Mark” is about, but let’s not get carried away here. It makes visual racket, and that’s what really matters.". And that's what matters to us too, as you'll see from the video below the band do indeed make a right old racket, but it does feel like a lot of fun went into putting it all together and that certainly comes out! Not Of are ones to watch for sure.

Monday, 19 October 2015



Lilies On Mars are a duo (Lisa Masia and Marina Cristofalo) that come from the Mediterranean island of Sardina, but for the last 13 years have based themselves in London. '∆GO' is the name of their latest album which is available now through Lady Sometimes Records via Cargo Records.

The nine-track record follows up their previous album 'Dot To Dot', which came out through Saint Marie Records. This new album features the single 'Dancing Star', a track that was co-produced with Tom Furse from The Horrors, and it is a perfect snapshot of what we love about '∆GO'.

Lilies On Mars have always been electronic at their core, the band stretching that spectrum to utilize pop, dance, and psychedelia, alongside shoegaze. Whilst there are nods towards the past, present, and future worlds of electronica on this new album, the band are able to combine their experimentation with more accessible material which ultimately leaves us with an altogether enchanting body of work which is their most accomplished to date.

As a side note it's worth checking out the video for 'Dancing Star', as it's directed by the legendary Francesco Poli who was inspired by 1970's analogue synth videos to create images of Lisa and Marina as abstract wave silhouettes.