Vaniish – ‘Search And Replace’

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Earlier this month we heard ‘Kaleidoscoped‘, the first song from San Francisco’s Vaniish. Now the quartet have followed it up with another reverb soaked post punk track called ‘Search And Replace’. Frontman Keven Tecon gets dark n’ twisted, an art mastered during his time with The Soft Moon and Wax Idols. Vaniish deliver their debut LP ‘Memory Work’ via Metropolis on June 10. Limited edition vinyl is up for pre-order here.

Vaniish – ‘Search And Replace’

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Maria False – ‘Ribbon’

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French art collective Nøthing (not to be confused with the Philly band) are soon to release their second compilation ‘Songs from Nøthing #2′. In fact, the download was online for a day and then disappeared! The compilation covers the who’s who of French shoegaze, coldwave and post punk with exclusive songs from Venera 4, Avgvst, Future, Dead Horse One and heaps more! Rennes foursome Maria False open the proceedings with ‘Ribbon’, the first we’ve heard from them since their 2013 EP ‘Spots And Lines In A Frame‘. If this flicks your switch, there’s a similar compilation series called ‘Frenchedelia’ for free download here.

Maria False – ‘Ribbon’

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Desktop Error – ‘Nam Khang’

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Desktop Error may not be a big name in your town but the rock act are doing very well for themselves in their homeland of Bangkok, Thailand. The five piece recently released their new album ‘Keep Looking At The Window’ through SO::ON Dry Flower (available @ iTunes). Since releasing their debut EP in 2006, Desktop Error have delivered a charting album and hit the festival circuit in Macau and Hong Kong. Here’s their latest video for the shoegazing album cut ‘Nam Khang’.

Desktop Error – ‘Nam Khang’

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Eastern Hollows – ‘Eastern Hollows’

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Club AC30 delivered Eastern Hollows debut LP this month and it’s time to take it for a test drive! The five piece impressed with the singles ‘Summers Dead’ and ‘The Way That You’ve Gone‘ earlier in the year, so expectations are high going in. Gigwise premiered the album, stating “In the same way Australian duo Jagwar Ma out-Manchestered Manchester bands in 2013, Brooklyn-based collective Eastern Hollows have done the same for 2014. Their debut album is a glorious collection of modern shoegaze anthems, all brimming with influence from the Madchester scene of the early nineties.” Indeed, there’s a British sheen to these songs, but the band do cite Oxford legends Ride as an influence. Along with The Stone Roses and The Jesus And Mary Chain, so it makes sense.

Eastern Hollows don’t rely on the shoegaze  hallmarks though, the album only lightly nods its head that way. There’s very little pitch bending or destructive distortion, instead they rely on classic rock n’ roll with plenty of reverb and singable melodies. It’s an accessible record with a 90s frame of mind. Apart from the aforementioned singles, ‘Mickey Galaxy’ is a stand out. A dreamy slow burner that escalates over five plus minutes. Overall, Eastern Hollows is solid debut offering that ticks the boxes you’d expect but also has enough diversity to keep you listening. They’ve come a long way since releasing their ‘Days Ahead’ EP in 2012 and deserve all the praise coming to them. Catch the album launch on June 6 at Brooklyn’s Radio Bushwick, limited vinyl pressing available here.

Visit Eastern Hollows @ Club AC30 @ Soundcloud @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.

Eastern Hollows - 'Eastern Hollows'
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  • The singles are great
  • Lots of reverb!
  • 'Baggy' rock fans may find it too derivative
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