The Hobbes Fanclub – ‘Stay Gold’

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The Hobbes Fanclub deliver their debut album ‘Up At Lagrange’ next week! Grab it from August 19 via Shelflife Records featuring the reverb rocker ‘Stay Gold’. Singer and guitarist Leon Carroll founded the group back in 2008 before expanding to a trio for the 7inch release of ‘Your Doubting Heart’. The British band capitalize on catchy guy/girl vocals with a dreamy indie pop feel – perfect for fans of Teenage Fanclub and Veronica Falls.

The Hobbes Fanclub – ‘Stay Gold’

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Vehicle Blues – ‘Koz Park’


Bridgetown Records has announced the ‘Fall Batch’, with three new tapes and a special re-issue of ‘Koz Park’ by Vehicle Blues (shop). The beautiful artwork is a bonus! This raw slice of bedroom shoegaze was originally released a few years back but has since sold out. It’s the solo project of Chicago’s Gabe Holcombe, check out more of his tunes here.

Vehicle Blues – ‘Koz Park’

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Reighnbeau – ‘Milk of Amnesia’


Reighnbeau‘s amazing record ‘Hands‘ was released just a few months ago but the producer has already delivered music from his next full length. ‘Milk of Amnesia’ (as premiered by The 405) is his latest creation, with a video directed by Seth Fuller. Once again Reighnbeau experiments with his sound, which is always eclectic and always impressive. For the uninitiated, Reighnbeau is the moniker of Albuquerque’s Bryce Hample, there’s many gems to be discovered here!

Reighnbeau – ‘Milk of Amnesia’

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The Vacant Lots – ‘Paint This City’


American psych rockers The Vacant Lots have posted their new single ‘Paint This City’. It’s a shift from the sound of ‘Mad Mary Jones’, this time round the duo (Jared Artaud & Brian MacFadyen) delve deep with a country drawl. As the presser states, “it actually started out as a misinterpretation of the chords to Galaxie 500’s classic ‘Tugboat’ but has ended up somewhere in between Mink DeVille’s ‘Spanish Stroll’ and New Order circa ‘Power, Corruption & Lies’.” Pick it up on The Vacant Lots debut LP ‘Departure’ (out now via Sonic Cathedral). Stay tuned, an interview is just around the corner!

The Vacant Lots – ‘Paint This City’


September 24 – London, Shacklewell Arms
September 25 – Rugby, Grand Central Studios
September 26 – Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia
September 28 – Southend, The Railway Hotel
September 29 – Bristol, Start The Bus

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Dragon Turtle – ‘Beard’ [Premiere]

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To celebrate the release of Dragon Turtle‘s second album ‘Distances‘, we’re premiering the new single ‘Beard’! If you’re a fan of brooding atmospherics, slow moving soundscapes and loads of reverb then you’re in for a treat. The band is a collaboration between New York’s Brian Lightbody and Pennsylvania’s Tom Asselin (formerly of Strand of Oaks, Lewis & Clarke). ‘Beard’ is a full meal in just one song, a brilliant slow burner. The opening lament winds into an instrumental wash over seven plus minutes. It was inspired by Walt Whitman’s presence in Ric Burns’ New York documentary. Despite the mournful tone, it’s all about the highs of city life.

Dragon Turtle – ‘Beard’ [Premiere]

On another note, last week the ‘Summer Drive’ video dropped over at Pure Volume, it’s a ghostly beauty – check it out below. As the PR states, “it fits somewhere in a scene from a spookier John Hughes film about a teenage drive around town, an aimless escape to the sounds of a Nebraska-era Springsteen guitar meeting a baroque pop version of The Jesus and Mary Chain.” It also reminds me a little of The National, only darker (didn’t think that was possible). ‘Distances’ is available via Oscillating Color from August 12, get in quick for the limited clear vinyl (shop).

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We Need Secrets – ‘Melancholy And The Archive’


We Need Secrets‘ debut album ‘Melancholy And The Archive’ has officially landed (available through Saint Marie Records / Noyes Records / Digital here). It’s time to take a closer look at the record following the album stream last month. We Need Secrets is the solo project of Canada’s Chad Peck, who is also the singer/guitarist for fuzz pop trio Kestrels. Plus, he founded Noyes “noise” Records almost a decade ago. In other words, Chad’s no newcomer and it shows!

There’s a heap of guest talent on the album, including Ringo Deathstarr’s Elliott Frazier on the mixing board and guitar (‘The Archive’). Plus Kestrel’s Paul Brown on drums (along with Aim Low‘s Omar Husain) and Ango on programming. Mastering was completed by Shellac’s Bob Weston. Despite the many hands and recording locations, it’s a cohesive sounding record with grit! All of the shoegaze hallmarks are on offer, with dense fuzzy textures, tremolo overloads and sunken vocals. It’s a head nod to classic acts like the Swirlies, Lilys, Chapterhouse and Drop Nineteens. It’s dripping with 80s/90s nostalgia but there’s enough fresh twists to keep the listener invested. After all, these songs are loads of fun.

Album opener ‘How You Remember’ combines ‘gazey guitars with strong vocal hooks. It plays out like a lost college rock song. Fans of Built To Spill or Pavement will be right at home! ‘Months Like Years’ and ‘Melancholy’ ring out like Ringo Deathstarr, with a playful mix of punk and bendy guitars. There’s a familiarity to the whole album that makes it easy to fall for. So much so that the obvious influences become irrelevant, like discovering a classic album you missed the first time round. That feeling will be strongest with a certain audience, for those who grew up with the same albums that influenced this one.

Lyrically there’s a theme of reflection too, these ideas are wound into tight pop formation (mostly around the three minute mark). Which means the album doesn’t lose pace, it’s a sonic rush til you hit the closing track ‘Cycles’. ‘Melancholy And The Archive’ doesn’t overindulge or strike at great depths but it’s a brilliant pairing of indie rock and shoegaze that’s hard not to love. It’s an album you’ll return to – recommended listening!
We Need Secrets – ‘Melancholy And The Archive’ [Album Stream]

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We Need Secrets - 'Melancholy And The Archive'
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  • Well crafted noise pop!
  • Loads of fun
  • Impressive guest talent
  • Is nostalgia a bad thing? Perhaps for some.
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