NEW MUSIC: The Attractor Beams – Only

Man, what a killer song. The Replacements meets Slint and Television seems to be the through-line when referencing The Attractor Beams‘ music. You can hear that for sure – in the the ragged vocal that walks a tightrope between desperation and enthusiasm and the Television styled push-and-pull bass lines. The guitar run the gamut of sonic scree to low-slung Westerberg chords. ‘Only’ is a glorious … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: The Attractor Beams – Only

NEW VIDEO: The Datsuns – Dehumanise

Directed by Sam Kristofski, here’s the third single from The Datsuns‘ recently released album Eye To Eye. I’ve been really impressed with the new album. It’s defiantly still the same essential sound for the New Zealand band – that mix of classic, stoner and psychedelic rock music. They certainly haven’t mellowed with age though, this track kicks like a drunken mule! As the press release … Continue reading NEW VIDEO: The Datsuns – Dehumanise

NEW SINGLE: Dinosaur Jr – Garden

For single #2 from the forthcoming new Dino Jr album, Lou Barlow takes centrestage with his song ‘Garden’. The video clip for the song was directed by Lou and Adelle Barlow, with illustrations by John Moloney and animation by Chloe Hemingway. Of the song and video Lou says: “Everyone seemed to want a disruption in the order of American life, it seemed necessary. Then it happened. It began as … Continue reading NEW SINGLE: Dinosaur Jr – Garden

NEW MUSIC: The Holy Soul – 747

Sydney band The Holy Soul are back with ‘747’, the new single from their forthcoming Robyn Hitchcock-produced LP Get Old! Coming six years after their superb album Fortean Times, the track has a heavy psych garage feel with a bassline that lurches and rumbles with melody and menace in the verses before the song blossoms out of the shadows into a damn sweet descending, jangly … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: The Holy Soul – 747

NEW MUSIC: The Lonesomes – Dog Days

‘Dog Days’, the brilliant new track from The Lonesomes starts off as post-punk by numbers with it’s straight drums, bass pulse and doom-laden shadowy vocal but then, after the straight-line/tension-build it all goes snaky riffs and a lull in proceedings before a dark 80s video game synth takes over proceedings and ratchets up the intensity, kicking the song into sonic pulverising overdrive. Intense and manic … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: The Lonesomes – Dog Days

NEW MUSIC: Pansy – Woman of Ur Dreams

Wonky, wobbly guitar lines tumble and cascade out of the speakers with a li-fi charm on this new track from Pansy. It’s got that ramshackle vibe that reminds me of Australia’s RVG and Blank Realm. A 60’s backbeat and garage/surf-pop chime and jangle makes this a real gem. More than three years ago, Vivian McCall, of the band Jungle Green, began transitioning, a process which … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Pansy – Woman of Ur Dreams

NEW MUSIC: Public Body – Table Manners

This new track from Brighton UK-based Public Body jerks and twists, shudders and pivots in all the right places. Conjuring up a fractured collection of frantic post-punk rhythms that somehow all come together in a head-nodding, nerve twitching song that digs in deep, both sonically and in its subject matter – capitalism and government hierarchy. ‘Table Manners’ is the fifth in a run of singles … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Public Body – Table Manners

NEW MUSIC: Leizure – Nightmare

The first thing that struck me about Danish band Leizure is how much they remind me of some Australian bands, in particular the much-missed The Scare as well as Melbourne group Witch Hats who have been pretty quiet for a few years now. Given the sound and influences those bands no doubt share, a line can be drawn through Iceage, Ought, Viagra Boys, Birthday Party, … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Leizure – Nightmare

NEW MUSIC: Abby Jeanne – Stop and Listen

Rama-lama girl-group garage rock sounds are the order of the day on this choppy slab of primitive rock n roll from Abby Jeanne. The song is one of those tunes that rattles and rolls, gets under you skin and shimmies and shakes its way through your subconscious. Abby, a New York City borough of Queens resident, is an advocate for psychedelics (LSD, Magic Mushrooms) and … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Abby Jeanne – Stop and Listen

NEW MUSIC: Total Rubbish – Honey Ryder

Straight out of the gate this one hits you with its widescreens wall of guitars that phaser and shimmer like a slow motion glitter explosion. Total Rubbish is an all-female trio from Philadelphia who claim they’re inspired by disappointing relationships, new beginnings, odd-end jobs, and their Chicago & California garage rock roots. You can hear everyone from L7 to The Primitives, Veruca Salt to The … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Total Rubbish – Honey Ryder

ALBUM REVIEW: Protomartyr – Ultimate Success Today

Protomartyr Ultimate Success Today Domino Once more Protomartyr take the four elements of rock ’n’ roll – guitar bass drums and vocals, and twist, caress and mangle them into a new version of the band’s ever-evolving sound. On their fifth album that sound is more urgent, disillusioned and anxious amid the record’s dystopian assessment of modern America. There’s a desperate, pleading quality to singer Joe … Continue reading ALBUM REVIEW: Protomartyr – Ultimate Success Today

NEW MUSIC: Drens – All My Friends Got Time

Super catchy summer vibes on this recently released track from Drens, who hail from Dortmund, Germany – apparently Europe’s capital of moustache style! ‘All My Friends Got Time’ is a bouncy, slacker surf track which comes from their new Pet Peeves EP. I can hear bands like Girls and Black Lips in their sound and they pull it off well, never forgetting the simple joy … Continue reading NEW MUSIC: Drens – All My Friends Got Time