Grave Pool – ‘You Should All Be Murdered’

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Another Sunny Day‘s classic ‘You Should All Be Murdered’ (originally released in ’89 on Sarah Records) has been beautifully covered by Nashville’s Grave Pool. Pick it up on the EP ‘Dinosaur Hell‘ (available now). It’s a mix of jangle meets dream pop with super pretty vocal harmonies. The original (see here) was more in the vein of the new wave/new romantic movement.

Grave Pool – ‘You Should All Be Murdered’

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Esben And The Witch – ‘Butoh’

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Epic new rocker ‘Butoh’ should get Esben And The Witch fans drooling for their forthcoming split with Thought Forms, out April 7 via Invada (pre-order). Plus it’s on silver vinyl! The Brighton trio have two tunes on the six track release, check out ‘No Dog‘ if you missed it.

Esben And The Witch – ‘Butoh’

Visit Esben And The Witch online @ Invada Records @ Facebook.

Donovan Blanc – ‘Minha Menina’

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Introducing Captured Tracks latest signing, Donovan Blanc. The New Jersey duo (Joseph Black and Raymond Schwab) have spent the past few years releasing EPs under the moniker Honeydrum. Their new manifestation is more paired back with a singer/songwriter feel that doesn’t put you to sleep. Look out for Donovan Blanc’s self-titled debut album on June 24.

Donovan Blanc – ‘Minha Menina’

Visit Donovan Blanc @ Captured Tracks @ Facebook.

Gazar Strips – ‘Bee Mantis’

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Sonic Masala Records gear up for their next release (following Roku Music) with Brisbane’s Gazar Strips. This one’s nightmarishly dark, it’s best listened to while gripping your teddy bear. Having said that, it’s also rather impressive! Grab it from April 26 on Gazar Strips’ second EP ‘Sparkling’.

Gazar Strips – ‘Bee Mantis’

Visit Gazar Strips @ Sonic Masala Records @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.

New Website Is Live


After a week in the wilderness, the new Sounds Better site is finally live… *breaks into the funky chicken*! There’s still work to be done but most of the changes are completed. Here’s a quick rundown on what’s changed…

* It’s now stable and secure (boring yes, but true)

* Responsive (so it morphs like Optimus Prime when viewing on your mobile or tablet for easy reading)

* Integrated Review System (which is yet to be fully fleshed out but readers can vote on review scores)

* Infinite Scrolling (so you can self-load more posts without excessive pagination)

* Mega-menu’s (you can preview some pages by hovering the mouse over them before opening, plus it sounds cool)

* Navigation (it’s easier to navigate between posts with left and right arrows – for example)

* The audio player is a little short statured! This is so the player fits across all formats and browsers. However,  a new audio player is being tested with more functionality

* Older posts may look sketchy with duplicated images – the perils of progress

If you have any feedback or notice something’s broken – please give me holla! Otherwise, happy clicking.

Nothing – ‘Bent Nail’ [Feat. Kurt Vile Video]


Nothing get unceremoniously battered by food stuffs in their latest video for ‘Bent Nail’. The hard-to-please crowd are given their ammunition by cameo guest Kurt Vile. My first thought was, “Nooooo – those poor instruments!” In case you missed it, the Philadelphia shoegaze foursome delivered their debut LP ‘Guilty Of Everything’ earlier this month via Relapse Recordsmore on that here. The stateside tour continues throughout May / June (see dates).

Nothing – ‘Bent Nail’ [Feat. Kurt Vile Video]

Visit Nothing @ Relapse Records @ Facebook.

Ummagma – ‘Lama Remixes’


Alexander Kretov and Shauna McLarnon return as Ummagma to preview their forthcoming LP ‘Lama’ on Emerald & Doreen Recordings (due May 16). It follows the ‘Rotation‘ single from last December, a prelude to the several releases slated for the year. The Canadian-Ukrainian dream pop duo have enlisted the remixing talents of Mind Movies and Moscow’s Sounds Of Sputnik, with further collaborations planned with Graham Bonnar (Swervedriver/ Brian Jonestown Massacre), Mal Holmes (Orchestral Maneouvres In the Dark) and Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins).

Ummagma – ‘Lama Remixes’ [Preview]

Visit Ummagma online @ Bandcamp @ Emerald & Doreen Recordings @ Facebook.

Cheatahs – ‘Leave To Remain’


You might be sick of hearing about them but nonetheless there’s more news from the Cheatahs camp! The London-based rock act recently released the new single ‘Leave To Remain’, taken from their debut long player (available through Wichita). Plus there’s tour updates across Europe and the USA with Eagulls (see dates). In the meantime, wrap your eyeballs around Cheatahs recent performance for KEXP Seattle…

Cheatahs – ‘Leave To Remain’

Visit Cheatahs online @ Wichita Recordings @ Facebook.

Colours – ‘You Can’t See Me’


Aussie ex-pat Tom Crandles has shared his music through a number of guises, namely Sun Machine and the dream pop duo Au.Ra. But most know his work as Colours, a moniker he returns to for the new digital single ‘You Can’t See Me‘. Described as “industrial shoegaze”, Tom’s latest is one of his strongest songs to date. Pick it up via Father/Daughter Records on April 8. Meanwhile the London-based solo act has hit the studio to record a debut full length – more on that soon.

Colours – ‘You Can’t See Me’

Visit Colours @ Father/Daughter Records @ Facebook.