Twelve piece Aussie rock incoming! Yup, twelve. Spawning from DZ Deathrays (Shane Parsons and Simon Ridley) comes the new mega group Velociraptor! The Brisbane band will have a three track EP out on May 20 through Heart Throb Records. Our first listen is the fun garage rocker ‘Walk On By’.
Velociraptor – ‘Walk On By’
Rockers Splashh return with a new single called ‘All I Wanna Do’ from their forthcoming LP ‘Comfort’ out June 3 via Luvluvluv (insound pre-order). Pick up the single on 7inch from May 27.
Splashh – ‘All I Wanna Do’
Boston psych/shoegazers 28 Degrees Taurus posted their fourth record ‘Mirrors & Gates’ this week after a release show on the weekend. The duo (Jinsen Liu and Karina Dacosta) have been at it for the better part of a decade, working with more drummers than Spinal Tap! It’s a raw and uninhibited record that mixes it up with each track. Take a listen to the lead single ‘Vast Majestic’ below or steam the album here. Side note, Karina’s vocals remind me of Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) – just me?
28 Degrees Taurus – ‘Vast Majestic’
Earlier this month Iamsound released Io Echo’s debut album ‘Ministry Of Love’, earning a spot on Pitchfork’s Advance list. The record has received moderate reviews, sitting somewhere beyond rock, electronic and industrial with some Asian influences thrown in. The L.A. duo (Ioanna Gika and Leopold Ross) stepped out this week, releasing an interactive video for the title track via Noisey. It’ll have you spinning, clicking and dragging your way through it before long – here.
Io Echo – ‘Ministry Of Love’
Jack Tatum’s Wild Nothing will release their new seven track EP ‘Empty Estate’ via Captured Tracks on May 14. Their dreamy past is becoming increasingly distant, the single ‘A Dancing Shell’ takes its cues from 80s pop and so does the video that accompanies it. Gotta admit, I miss the ‘Gemini’ days.
Wild Nothing – ‘A Dancing Shell’
Visit Wild Nothing @ Captured Tracks @ Facebook.
Neil Halstead (of Slowdive / Mojave 3 fame) delivered his third solo record ‘Palindrome Hunches’ last September and on May 13 the second single ‘Spin The Bottle’ will be available through Sonic Cathedral. Point being, there’s a few extra goodies to be had, including a remix of the album cut ‘Full Moon Rising’. Electronic music veteran (and former Seefeel member) Mark Van Hoen has stepped up to the challenge. Mark has turned the acoustic number into a delightfully more dreamy creation while maintaining the organic feel of the original – see below.
Neil Halstead – ‘Full Moon Rising (Mark Van Hoen Remix)’
Visit Neil Halstead @ Sonic Cathedral @ Facebook.
Polish newcomers Judy’s Funeral have released their debut EP ‘Four Track Extended Play’ with the opener – ‘The Machine’. Taking a leaf out of A Place To Bury Strangers book of noise rock, Judy’s Funeral are relentless – pulsing with brick wall guitars, dark tones and vocals sung from the depths!
Judy’s Funeral – ‘The Machine’
Any fears No Joy were veering away from their noisy, abrasive roots on their new LP ‘Wait To Pleasure’ are dispelled right from the opener ‘E’. The “in your face” attitude of 2010’s ‘Ghost Blonde’ is still evident. I must admit, this is a much stronger record than I expected it to be. The Montreal band have grown into themselves and have produced a diverse offering; from 90s rockers a la Lush in ‘Prodigy’, to the dreamy ‘Lunar Phobia’ and the shogazey ‘Slug Night’. It’s inaccurate to lump No Joy in the shoegaze bag but nonetheless those influences are clear. No Joy’s ‘Wait To Pleasure’ is out today via Mexican Summer – shop here.
No Joy – ‘Slug Night’
No Joy online @ Bandcamp @ Facebook / Shop @ Mexican Summer.
Supercharged psych rock from Nashville’s Penicillin Baby! Over the past year the quartet have been releasing EPs in their ‘Jam’ series, culminating in the final instalment, ‘Jams: Volume III’ (available now through Favorite Face Records).
Penicillin Baby – ‘The World’s Not Waiting’
Visit Penicillin Baby online @ Bandcamp @ Favorite Face @ Facebook.
This summer Surfing will release a 7inch with the single ‘Hollow Sparrow’. The Virginia-based four piece have made a promising debut after paying their dues playing stages across the East Coast.
Surfing – ‘Hollow Sparrow’