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.

Web Maintenance – The Internets Are Broke!


The problem with running websites is, if you don’t consistently maintain, update and otherwise prune your technical back end, things go southward fast! I’m a little guilty of that, SBWR has had the same functionality and feel for several years now. That’s kinda like the rock n’ roll equivalent of Elliott Smith wearing the same t-shirt in consequent album covers. But just not as cool. So… over the coming weeks there will be some downtime on SBWR for tech fixes. And most likely, a complete site re-build. If you’re confronted with a landing page and can’t get through – apologies and thanks for your patience. Rest assured, I’m sure that three keyboards will be shattered in frustration before the build is done! If there’s anything you’d like added or changed to the site, please shout. Otherwise it’ll turn into such a complicated mess of style over substance that you may shatter a keyboard too! Would love to know your thoughts. Cheers.


Fear Of Men – ‘Outrun Me’


Fear Of Men have posted their latest track ‘Outrun Me’, taken from their forthcoming debut LP ‘Loom’ (as premiered @ The Guardian). The Brighton-based trio will deliver the impressive single ‘Luna‘ with this track as the b-side (available on Flexi 5inch through Art Is Hard on April 7). Fear Of Men pack as much “crippling disconnection, boredom and sexual dread” into ‘Outrun Me’ as possible! If only all our shitty feelings could sound this good. Pre-order ‘Loom’ via Kanine Records.

Fear Of Men – ‘Outrun Me’

Visit Fear Of Men @ Kanine Records @ Facebook.

The Mary Onettes – ‘Silence Is A Gun’


The Mary Onettes have announced a new mini-album called ‘Portico’, due March 4 via Labrador. The Swedish foursome have posted the lead single ‘Silence Is A Gun‘ in the lead up to their stateside tour (see dates).

The Mary Onettes – ‘Silence Is A Gun’

Visit The Mary Onettes @ Labrador @ Facebook.

Gum – ‘Growin’ Up’


Jay Watson (of Tame Impala / Pond) unveiled another single late last year called ‘Growin’ Up’ (free download). Working under the moniker Gum, Jay has teamed up with Spinning Top Music for his debut solo album ‘Delorean Highway’. A release date is yet to be announced but I’m hoping there’s more psych pop adventures like ‘Grownin’ Up’ just around the corner.

Gum – ‘Growin’ Up’

Visit Gum @ Spinning Top Music @ Facebook.

Dum Dum Girls – ‘Rimbaud Eyes’


‘Too True’, the new record from Dum Dum Girls hits us on January 28 via Sub Pop (Europe on January 27). The latest single ‘Rimbaud Eyes’ could sit comfortably on an 80s soundtrack. The ambient pop rock tune is predictably seductive and up to mischief! Not that it’s a bad thing. If you missed the lead single ‘Lost Boys & Girls Club’ take a peek at the video here.

Dum Dum Girls – ‘Rimbaud Eyes’

Visit Dum Dum Girls @ Sub Pop @ Facebook.

A Sunny Day In Glasgow – ‘In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry In The Tradition Of Passing)’


Last week A Sunny Day In Glasgow returned with a new single called ‘In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry In The Tradition Of Passing)’. The six piece will finally deliver their third record this year following a successful Kickstarter campaign.

A Sunny Day In Glasgow – ‘In Love With Useless (The Timeless Geometry In The Tradition Of Passing)’

Visit A Sunny Day In Glasgow online @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.

Vulpix – ‘Hazy’


On January 10 Melbourne’s Vulpix will release the four track EP ‘Swarms’ featuring ‘Hazy‘. This lo-fi bedroom pop tune is a little less bright n’ sunny than the furry Pokemon character Vulpix takes his name from (thanks Google). The solo project promises “over-fuzzed guitars and distance verby drum-tracks, reminiscent of 80’s romantic new-wave with glimpses of unpolished indie shoegaze”. For fans of early Wild Nothing or Beach Fossils.

Vulpix – ‘Hazy’

Visit Vulpix @ Bandcamp.

Hibou – ‘Hide Away’


Hibou is giving away his new single ‘Hide Away’ (download) as a precursor to a full length due in 2014. The Seattle-based artist (and former Craft Spells drummer) delivered his debut EP ‘Dunes‘ earlier this year and has kept busy touring since (see upcoming shows). Hibou (aka Peter Michel) embraces his pop side on ‘Hide Away’ with some added reverb that harkens back to his jangle pop origins.

Hibou – ‘Hide Away’

Visit Hibou @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.

Mode Moderne – ‘Strangle The Shadows’


Stellar single ‘Strangle The Shadows’ from Mode Moderne‘s forthcoming record ‘Occult Delight’ (out via Light Organ Records on January 21). Their latest is a melodic gem that crosses jangle pop and 80s new wave (pre-order).

Mode Moderne – ‘Strangle The Shadows’

Visit Mode Moderne @ Light Organ Records @ Facebook.