NEW MUSIC: FortEver – Hwy 62

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Shoegaze guitars that recall Smashing Pumpkins’ Gish, dubbed out hypnotic drums, psych-folk acoustic guitar, MBV trippy effects. There’s a whole bunch of stuff going on in this instrumental track from a Californian act that we know very little about other than it is the project of Scott Fairbrother who has had music placed in a few TV shows and games such as Grand Theft Auto. It’s entrancing stuff – melodic and meditative at the same time.

NEW MUSIC: Baroness – Borderlines

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Baroness have announced their new album Gold & Grey will be released on on June 14 via Abraxan Hymns/Cooking Vinyl Australia.

“Our goal is, was, and will always be to write increasingly superior, more honest and compelling songs, and to develop a more unique and challenging sound,” offered Baroness founder, guitar player and vocalist John Baizley. “I’m sure we have just finished our best, most adventurous album to date. We dug incredibly deep, challenged ourselves and recorded a record I’m positive we could never again replicate. I consider myself incredibly fortunate to know Sebastian, Nick and Gina as both my bandmates and my friends. They have pushed me to become a better songwriter, musician and vocalist. We’re all extremely excited for this release, which includes quite a few ‘firsts’ for the band, and we’re thrilled to be back on tour to play these psychotic songs for our fans. Expect some surprises.”

Baroness is John Baizley (vocals/guitar), Gina Gleason (guitar), Nick Jost (bass) and Sebastian Thomson (drums).

1. Front Toward Enemy
2. I’m Already Gone
3. Seasons
4. Sevens
5. Tourniquet
6. Anchor’s Lament
7. Throw Me An Anchor
8. I’d Do Anything
9. Blankets of Ash
10. Emmett-Radiating Light
11. Cold Blooded Angels
12. Crooked Mile
13. Broken Halo
14. Can Oscura
15. Borderlines
16. Assault on East Falls
17. Pale Sun

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NEWS: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard announce new LP ‘Fishing For Fishies’

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After their massive five album onslaught of 2017, the band played some massive shows and tours through last year before consolidating and recording their new LP Fishing For Fishies which is set for release on April 26th via their label Flightless Records.

They’re calling this 14th album a blues-infused blast of sonic boogie. “We tried to make a blues record,” says frontman Stu Mackenzie. “A blues-boogie-shuffle-kinda-thing, but the songs kept fighting it – or maybe it was us fighting them. Ultimately though we let the songs guide us this time; we let them have their own personalities and forge their own path. Paths of light, paths of darkness. This is a collection of songs that went on wild journeys of transformation.”

We’ve already heard the synth epic Cyboogie, here’s the title track from the record…

NEW MUSIC: Raave Tapes – Stabs

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The Newcastle group Raave Tapes are back with a new track that hits a bristling post-punk streak of frenetic drums and some fine yelping from bassist Lindsay O’Connell. The guitar sweeps over the songs in washes of hazy distortion, punctuated by interjecting dotted notes. Great energy and a dynamic arrangement on this song that deals with the often crippling onset of anxiety.

“We’re aiming to convey the emotions that cloud your judgement in that anxiety-inducing moment. It centres on the feeling of being exposed and how it’s possible to internalise and misinterpret the glances and proverbial ‘daggers’ that get thrown your way,” says vocalist/guitarist Joab Eastley of the track. 

NEW MUSIC: Wild Wild Wets – Now Wow

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We’ve been coming across a few new psych acts of late and this track by San Diego group Wild Wild Wets is one that caught our ears. ‘Now Wow’ rides a laidback rhythm with rolling bass and some widescreen guitar that bends and distorts through melodic squalls. Singer Mike Turi has one of those dark voices that recalls Brian Jonestown Massacre and The Verve with his chanting incantations. A really nice track.

The track comes from their 2018 LP Prisom, available on Bandcamp.

NEW MUSIC: Black Camaro – Out In The Rain

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This track from Las Vegas quintet Black Camaro kicks off with a mean streak of post-punk, tumbling and angular rhythms courtesy of a great bass-line. Things straighten up after that – more melodies, ringing guitars and atmosphere enters the fray. It’s knotty, dynamic and burns a hole in your synapses with its blend of dark vibes and the lighter elements courtesy of the guitar and electronic sounds they utilise.

‘Out In The Rain’ comes from their brand new LP Protocol Of Dreams. Out now on streaming platforms and Bandcamp.

NEW MUSIC: Mark Moldre – Fever Dreams I

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Mark Moldre returns with the first taste and title track of his forthcoming new album Fever Dreams. This album has been a long time coming and it follows the fine An Ear To The Earth from 2013.

‘Fever Dreams I’ is a jaunty, noisey and unsettling journey into the psychology of virally-induced broken sleep. Moldre’s previous releases have been more melodic and often folkier in nature where this track points to a wider embrace of noisier textures and a wider palette of sounds, Distorted guitar sprays hard panned from the right speaker while a competing and complementary banjo adds a manic, fevered quality to the song and the rhythm section marches on with ominous insistency.

Hit up Moldre’s Bandcamp page for a free (name your price) download of the track.

Fever Dreams I

I’ve got these Fever Dreams they keep me up at night
I’ve got these Fever Dreams they keep me up at night
And as my mind fills up with darkness
Well all that I can wish for is the light

They say a storms a’comin – lightning divides the night sky
And the trees they are a howlin’ – lightning splits up the night sky
And the electric impulses in my brain
Mean I don’t even hear when it starts to rain

And from my bedroom I hear the opening of a door
There’s a tappin’ at the window and the opening of a door
Slow footsteps moving closer
Creeping slowly ‘cross my kitchen floor

Am I sleeping?
Out in the back yard someone’s weeping
Misconception
These dreams have altered my perception
Fears intersected
Even my sleep is now infected

And old man Bellfield is sharpening his axe
Yeah old man Bellfield by the woodshed is sharpening his axe
And as the woods grow ever darker
Mr Bellfield is covering his tracks

I’ve got these Fever Dreams they keep me up at night

 

NEW MUSIC: Manorlady – Ready Go Fade Away

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Guitars that rock and guitars that caress at the same time are often hard things to come by. Shoegaze made an art form of it and so many bands still mine that vein of beautiful noise. Some mix it with psych rock, others with dream pop or post-punk.

Manorlady were raised in the Mojave desert of Eastern California but now they’re based in Santa Cruz.  They’re a three-piece and based on this track they’ve got a really nice balance of noise and melody happening and they don’t stretch it into overindulgence. There’s some 90’s alt-rock (on the same astral plane as Smashing Pumpkins), My Bloody Valentine and Cocteau Twins in the mix and it works well.

They’ve got a new album called No Bitter Ends on the way, due for release at the end of March. Hit their Bandcamp page to preorder a copy if you like what you hear.