Viscous Liquid is a silent achiever, slowly drip feeding Soundcloud with new tracks every few months. Perhaps you remember ‘Never Fun‘ from back in March? Either way, the Reading-based solo artist is a real talent. Some find the vocals a little too sunken in the mix, I can understand that. However, the overall composition and extreme layering of sounds is where the gold is at. No word on an official release as yet but my guess is it’ll appeal to fans of all kinds – drone, psych, shoegaze, lo-fi etc.
Viscous Liquid – ‘It’s Sort Of Like Being A Long Way From Home, All The Time’
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Yeeeeeesss! New single from Cheatahs ‘Cut The Grass’ and it lives up to high expectations! Regular SBWR readers will know I’ve been hanging for this record all year. Zane Lowe at BBC Radio 1 premiered the track along with the b-side called ‘Kenworth’. It’s a straight ahead melodic rocker with moments of tremolo-riding (shoegazey) guitars and a synth backing it up from the bridge. I believe the single will be available through Wichita Recordings on October 13 (but this is yet to be confirmed).
Cheatahs – ‘Cut The Grass’
Visit Cheatahs online @ Wichita Recordings @ Facebook.
Melbourne-based rock act Contrast introduce themselves with the debut single ‘Dull’ and the newly put together video (as below). Contrast enlisted the help of Thom De Vries and Lindsay Gravina to produce and engineer the single – it’s paid off, sounds big! The four piece are influenced by the likes of Slowdive, JMC and The Cure. For local tour dates click here.
Contrast – ‘Dull’
Sunken Seas follow up their debut album ‘Null Hour’ with their new EP ‘Cataclysm’, available from September 6 via Bandcamp. The New Zealanders create a mix of industrial space rock, with a touch of goth to spice it up. It’s certainly no casual stroll in the park! The politically charged lyrics of their debut testified to that. Sunken Seas will appeal to fans of fellow Kiwi’s Bailter Space (who also have fresh tunes).
Sunken Seas – ‘Seesaw’
‘Wonder Years‘ the new EP from Mayen is out now featuring ‘Carpark’. The solo artist from Prague (Luke Mayen) crafts jangly, lo-fi, dream pop a la Hibou, Swiss Alps and Brothers In Law. Listen to more over at Soundcloud. Meanwhile, I’m sitting here jealously thinking of all the cheap, top shelf Czech beer I’m missing out on… ahh, I digress.
Mayen – ‘Carpark’
Joyful Noise deliver Sebadoh‘s new record ‘Defend Yourself’ on September 17. The latest tune ‘State Of Mind’ is a light hearted romp with a swingin’ rock feel in classic Sebadoh fashion (even without co-founder Eric Gaffney in the line-up). It’s been fourteen years since the Massachusetts trio released their last full length and Lou Barlow hasn’t lost any pep! Hardly surprising given the strength and frequency of his work with Dinosaur Jr (pre-order).
Sebadoh – ‘State of Mine’
Visit Sebadoh online @ Joyful Noise @ Facebook.
Holograms return with their second album ‘Forever’, out September 3 via Captured Tracks (pre-order vinyl / itunes). The Swedish post punks are now streaming the record in full over at Noisey. Opening track ‘A Sacred State’ is raw, unrelenting and dark. Thankfully the four piece haven’t opted to add any gloss following their brilliant 2012 debut. The steamrolling live sound of their studio recordings is exciting enough.
Holograms – ‘A Sacred State’
Visit Holograms @ Captured Tracks @ Facebook.
On September 30 Italian shoegazers Be Forest will release a limited 7inch through We Were Never Being Boring (pre-order here). The clear vinyl (with green splatter) includes ‘Hanged Man’ with the b-side ‘I Quit Girls’, a cover of Japandroids from their 2009 album ‘Post-Nothing’ (listen). The added reverb goes nicely, as do the female vocals. The Pesaro-based trio are currently mixing their new album – this release should ease the wait!
Be Forest – ‘I Quit Girls’
Noise poppers Cochlear Kill are relaunching their self-titled 2011 debut album at Yah Yah’s (Fitzroy, Melbourne) on October 4. Album cut ‘Scarlet Sometimes’ shows off the quartet’s poppy appeal and their sonic dreaminess. Listen to the rest of the LP here – cassettes available soon (for lovers of tape).
Cochlear Kill – ‘Scarlet Sometimes’
Heaven’s Gate (formerly Sweet Bulbs) are back with an alt rocking track (a little bit post punk, a little bit shoegaze)! ‘Screams’ comes from their forthcoming debut album ‘Transmuting’ out through Inflated Records on September 24.
Heaven’s Gate – ‘Screams’