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Belfast four-piece Girls Names follow-up their critically acclaimed second album, The New Life with this new limited edition EP, entitled "The Next Life." On the A side is an awesome cover version of Brian Eno's "Third Uncle" recorded this past August, the first Girls Names tune to feature new drummer Gib Cassidy. On the B side are two sterling remixes, one from legendary producer/composer David Holmes and the other from Gabe Gurnsey of electronic/post punk iconoclasts Factory Floor.
Black Hearted Brother
Brilliant space-rock/shoegaze/post-everything album from this new group that features Neil Halstead (Slowdive, Mojave 3), Mark Van Hoen (Locust, Seefeel) and Nick Holton (Holton's Opulent Oog). They've all worked together for years on various projects and now team up to give us wide-ranging double-LP that could only come from a band with this much talent and experience. A gorgeously-textured yet experimental album, it’s rich tapestry of sound creates an almost synaesthesic experience, overflowing with enraptured, glowing textures, flaring white light like magnesium, in consort with brilliant red-blue waves of psychedelia.
With their second album "Waiting For Something to Happen," London quartet Veronica Falls progressed remarkably from the ramshackle charm of their critically lauded eponymous debut to create something sleeker, more polished but no less poignant and affecting, packing an emotional punch even as the choruses and hooks were more infectious and addictive. In keeping with our penchant for perfect pop, we’re now releasing one of the album’s highlights, “Broken Toy,” as a limited edition 7” vinyl single. It’s the kind of song that singles were invented for -- driving and catchy, an ideal distillation of what makes Veronica Falls such an exciting young band. It’s timeless and, dare we say, classic. On the b-side we’ve included an exclusive demo version of the moody “If You Still Want Me.”
The Bay Area's Terry Malts are back with a smashing new album, and it's every bit the equal of their debut "Killing Time." On this tough second album, Terry Malts deliver up eleven bone-crunching punk/pop anthems that ably blend smart, disgusted lyrics with breakneck tunes and stick-in-your-head melodies. From ripping opener "Two Faces" through alienated first single "I Was Not There" right down to closer "So Serious," "Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere" is a total blast and one of the records of the year.
We’re excited to announce the release of the debut album by thrilling Cardiff-based noisepop five-piece Joanna Gruesome. Brimming with irresistible pop melodies and spiked with dissonant fuzzy jangle, their songs are shot through with loud discordant feedback and super-fast, hardcore punk drumbeats. Kicking against sexism and homophobia, nothing is off-limits, drawing inspiration from DIY scenes such as Riot Grrrl/noisepop/C86/K Records as well as post-hardcore like Drive Like Jehu/Converge and the art rock of The Velvet Underground, Swirlies and My Bloody Valentine.
Weekend's insanely great second album more than delivers on the promise of their first album and EP, and renders the lengthy wait moot. Blazing, cathartic post-punk that thoroughly transcends its influences, creating something uniquely effecting and powerful. A mile away from their debut "Sports" but instantly recognizable as the same band, Jinx is loud, dark, melodic, brutal, beautiful, danceable and utterly unique.
Second album of sterling classic pop from the pen of Leeds' Louis Jones, with help as always from his brother Will. Produced by Girls' JR White, "Sob Story" displays Louis's wide-ranging influences – from Big Star and The Rolling Stones, through Nick Lowe, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello and Dave Edmunds. Recorded in White's SF studio, they've created a wide-ranging album that traverses many styles while remaining totally cohesive, and never losing Jones' own style and voice. "Sob Story" sees Spectrals back and better than ever, brimming with confidence and the best songs of the Jones brothers' careers so far.
With their second album "Waiting For Something To Happen," London quartet Veronica Falls progressed remarkably from the ramshackle charm of their critically lauded eponymous debut to create something sleeker, more polished but no less poignant and affecting. Following on from instant classic singles "My Heart Beats" and "Teenage," the band's new single is a crisp new mix of the album's brilliant title tune. Based on a ridiculously catchy main guitar riff and blessed with an ear-worm of a chorus, this tune shows Veronica Falls at their poptastic best. On the flip is a brand new b-side, "Perpetual Motion," which was recorded in New York during the band’s recent US tour. A brief but satisfying foray into psychedelia, it shows another side of Veronica Falls and provides further proof that they’re one of the most vital pop groups around.
The Mantles are back with their second great album! Recorded with Kelley Stoltz, this fine album delivers all the classic Mantles 60s-tinged garage-pop thrills of their previous record, but with an even clearer, punchier, dare we say better sound. Sharp ears may spot bits of early Love, New Zealand's Flying Nun label and LA's Paisley Underground, but The Mantles are very far from revivalists and have more song-writing and arranging skill at their disposal than many bands could hope to have.
Second Slumberland single for this great Sacramento DIY band. Featuring members of local legends The Bananas, Nar and Bright Ideas, English Singles mine a rich tradition of DIY pop that stretches from Swell Maps and The Television Personalities through to The McTells and The Sea Lions. Three scratchy and home-made (but NOT lo-fi!) sings that take pop back to the basics of catchy tunes, urgent guitars and sing-along choruses.
Kids On A Crime Spree
Oakland's Kids On A Crime Spree are back with this first new record since their "We Love You So Bad" EP of 2011. The new single "Creep The Creeps" has been a staple of the group's live set for a while now, and we're excited to finally have it on vinyl. It's punchy, handclap-driven power-pop of the very highest order, with a driving dance beat, golden 60s pop chops with Ramones-y fuzz drive. "New Ex-Boyfriend" on the flip adds some minor-key drama and echoed surf guitar leads to the mix. It's a heady combination, and points to new directions for exploration.
Dark, dramatic post-punk from Oakland's awesome Wax Idols. Helmed by Hether Fortune, Wax Idols have improved on their already-great debut album in just about every way. The melodies are stronger, the vocals echoed and haunting, and the playing is at an unflagging level of intensity. While early 80s Siouxsie And The Banshees and 4AD are decent reference points, the song-writing is all Wax Idols and they bring a very modern sensibility, along with sterling production help from Monte Vallier (Weekend, The Soft Moon). It's pop in the largest sense - strongly melodic, confident and impossible to ignore.
Amazing second album from this unique Belfast group. Following up the superb, driving "The New Life" single, this album is the sound of a band on the fringes striving to forge their own path, purposefully out of step - and time - with their surroundings. Dark, almost psychedelic post-punk that brings to mind early Cure and Bunnymen, but with Girls Names' signature melodies and fluid guitar work. Gorgeous, euphoric, bold and totally compelling.
Glasgow's Golden Grrrls have spent the last few years thrilling pop spotters with a series of excellent singles and tapes. What began as bedroom guitar experimentation soon bloomed into a fully-formed pop language inspired by the 80s New Zealand and Australian indie pop scenes, DIY punk and Glasgow's own rich pop history (think The Vaselines, The Pastels). For Golden Grrrls the band has written eleven perfect songs about life's realities dressed in three-part harmonies, heart-tugging changes and a playing style derived from punk and classic crash-pop enthusiasm.
The first single from Veronica Falls' "Waiting For Something To Happen," "Teenage" was was posted on Soundcloud in November 2012 and became an instant indiepop anthem. By popular demand we’re now making “Teenage” available as a limited edition 7” single and digital download. It’s the ideal encapsulation of Veronica Falls; perfectly balancing joyous melodic pop with undercurrents of sadness and adolescent yearning. The vocal harmonies are pure heaven, and the economical playing and arranging showcase a band operating at a level of skill and craft not often found in today’s indiepop scene. Plainly put, “Teenage” is perfect pop and sure to be one of the finest singles of 2013.