Kindling – ‘Sunspots’

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Noise pop fans will want to wrap their ears around Kindling‘s forthcoming 7 inch ‘Spike And Wave’ featuring the raw rockers ‘Sunspots’ and ‘Given‘! It’s out July 17 via Moon Sounds Records (Ceremony, Dead Leaf Echo, The Vandelles). The Easthampton, Massachusetts duo have just expanded their line up to five, with a view to recording their debut LP in the near future. Until then check out ‘Sunspots’, evidence that rock songs are just more fun with tambourines!

Kindling – ‘Sunspots’

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Flyying Colours – ‘Not Today’


Flyying Colours have released their new single ‘Not Today’, grab it at iTunes  (also available through Shelflife Records (USA) and Club AC30 (UK/EU). The Melbourne shoegazers have picked up international airplay on BBC Radio 6 Music, XFM, KEXP and DKFM along with local play on FBi Radio and Triple J. The foursome have also revealed an Australian single tour this July (see details below). Director Brodie J Brummer has produced a trippy new video (as premiered on Home and Hosed). ‘Not Today’ is a positive indication of what to expect from the forthcoming full length, more noise pop goodness! If you missed the recent interview discussing the album, take a peek here.

Flyying Colours – ‘Not Today’


Visit Flyying Colours @ iTunes @ Shelflife Records (USA) @ Club AC30 (UK/EU) @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.

A Sunny Day In Glasgow – ‘Sea When Absent’

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This week A Sunny Day In Glasgow unleashed their fourth full length ‘Sea When Absent’ (through Lefse Records). Lead singles ‘In Love with Useless…‘, ‘Crushin‘ and ‘Bye Bye, Big Ocean (The End)‘ hinted at an ambitious record. Now we have it and the risks have paid off. The six piece could’ve chosen a more subtle path and indulged their ambient leanings but instead they’ve grown into a more visceral, ear grabbing force. ‘Sea When Absent’ takes the dream pop of 2009′s ‘Ashes Grammar’ and ramps it up a notch!

‘MTLOV (Minor Keys)’ is an example of how intricately arranged the song writing is. Instruments pop in and out and completely alter the feel but don’t disrupt the melody. If you quickly scrub through ‘MTLOV (Minor Keys)’ it sounds like you’re skipping across several different songs. Which should be jarring but it’s done so well, it’s a beautiful mess. Album stand out ‘Boys Turn Into Girls (Initiation Rites)’ turns convention on its head again, with guitars overtaking vocals that are wiped out by keyboards. It’s impossible to predict.

There’s a lot to digest here and that’s the album’s biggest strength and weakness, it overwhelming. The multi-layered textures and competing melodies work well for shoegaze acts that avoid obvious pop hooks but ‘Sea When Absent’ tries to do both, at once. For the most part it works and that’s what makes it exciting but it isn’t always a smooth ride. That aside, A Sunny Day In Glasgow inject enough personality and creativity to draw from psych and shoegaze influences without falling into genre trappings. And despite being recorded with band members in different parts of the globe, it’s cohesive. The disembodied process has been beneficial. ‘Sea When Absent’ is a must listen and one of the better albums of 2014 so far.

Visit A Sunny Day In Glasgow @ Lefse Records @ Facebook.

A Sunny Day In Glasgow - 'Sea When Absent'
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Lightfoils – ‘Diastolic’ [Premiere]


Lightfoils have returned with news of their debut album ‘Hierarchy’ (out next month)! Lead single ‘Diastolic’ was unveiled on DKFM radio this week and now we have the online debut. The Chicago-based five piece look to deliver one of the most exciting shoegaze records of the year. It’s easy to believe given the strength of their 2012 debut EP. Lightfoils includes former Airiel members Zeeshan Abbasi (guitar), John Rungger (drums) and Cory Osborne on bass (also of Panda Riot) together with Jane Zabeth (vocals) and Neil Yodnane (guitar). In the producer’s chair is Sanford Parker, known for his work producing Chicago’s heaviest acts. Pick up ‘Hierarchy’ on July 7 (world), July 8 (USA) through Saint Marie Records (pre-order).

Lightfoils – ‘Diastolic’ [Premiere]

Visit Lightfoils @ Saint Marie Records @ Bandcamp @ Soundcloud @ Facebook.

Lord Tarquin – ‘Memoirs Of A Shoegazing Gentleman’


Exciting news from British record label Sonic Cathedral, they’re moving into the highbrow world of publishing with the hilariously titled book ‘Memoirs Of A Shoegazing Gentleman’ by Lord Tarquin (out this July)! As the presser states…

“Memoirs Of A Shoegazing Gentleman was originally published as a spoof column in NME between October 26, 1991 and February 1, 1992, and was written by writer and broadcaster David Quantick in the guise of Lord Tarquin. The new version has been illustrated by designer Marc Jones, and features the 10 original chapters, plus a new epilogue which brings the story of the pupils of Shoey House up to date in a morass of middle class mockery, double entendres and badly translated Latin. It will be available from the Sonic Cathedral stall at the Independent Label Market - held at Spitalfields Market in London on Saturday, July 12 – selected shops and from, priced £5. There will also be a launch party at The Social in London on Monday, July 7. An Evening With Lord Tarquin & Friends will be hosted by Miki Berenyi from Lush and will feature David Quantick reading from the book, a live set by Mark Gardener (Ride) and guest DJs including Stephen Patman (Chapterhouse) and Phil King (Lush). Entry is free.”


Visit Sonic Cathedral online for more details.