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Pure X – ‘Rain’


It comes as little surprise that Pure X‘s latest record ‘Angel’ is another stunner. On their third record they make another change of direction. Albeit less of a switch than it was from the hazy 2011 debut ‘Pleasure’ and last year’s ‘Crawling Up The Stairs’. But the Austin four piece further their lethargy this time round. It’s very chilled, so you’ve got to be in the right mood for it. But with album cuts like ‘Rain’, it’s hard to resist. The album is available now via Fat Possum (but the UK and EU have to wait til May 5).

Pure X – ‘Rain’

Visit Pure X online @ Fat Possum @ 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.

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.