Medicine – ‘Something Goes Wrong’ (Live)

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Clash have premiered a cut from Medicine‘s forthcoming ‘Part Time Punks Live‘ album, a special Record Store Day release (April 19) thanks to Captured Tracks. On tri-colour vinyl no less! Here’s a new/live version of ‘Something Goes Wrong’ from the San Fernando rock vets. Recorded for radio shortly after the release of ‘To The Happy Few’ in late 2013. You’ll find the original version on 1993′s ‘The Buried Life’.

 
Medicine – ‘Something Goes Wrong’ (Live)

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The Vacant Lots – ‘Mad Mary Jones’

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Psych duo The Vacant Lots have delivered the rollicking single ‘Mad Mary Jones’ and there’s a seizure inducing video to match! Well, not literally – check out the video below! Their rocking ways first got our attention last year with their spot on the ‘Psych For Sore Eyes‘ compilation. The Vacant Lots will release their debut album ‘Departure’ through Sonic Cathedral (June 30 – UK/EU & July 1 USA). The record was mixed and mastered by Sonic Boom (of Spacemen 3 fame).

 
The Vacant Lots – ‘Mad Mary Jones’

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Odonis Odonis – ‘Highnote’

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The two faced ‘Hard Boiled Soft Boiled’ album from Odonis Odonis hits us on April 15 through Buzz Records! The concept being, one side is industrial noise rock and the other is nice n’ dreamy. Personally, I’m liking the dreamy side. I must be a softy. Case in point, the reverb drenched album cut ‘Highnote’. Even when the Toronto trio are being “laid back” it’s still full of life, perhaps even more interesting than the frantic lead tracks like ‘Order In The Court’. To check out the full album stream, head over to Soundcloud.

 
Odonis Odonis – ‘Highnote’

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The Fresh And Onlys – ‘Animal Of One’

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The Fresh And Onlys reveal the second single ‘Animal Of One’ from their forthcoming LP ‘House Of Spirits’. The Bay Area rock foursome worked on their fifth album in “an isolated horse ranch in Arizona with only a guitar, Korg keyboard and drum machine.” The result is touted as their most adventurous yet, pick up the album from June 10 through Mexican Summer.

 
The Fresh And Onlys – ‘Animal Of One’

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Thee Oh Sees – ‘Drop’

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This time last year fans of Thee Oh Sees were salivating over the release of their dark n’ fuzzy LP ‘Floating Coffin’. John Dwyer’s psych rockers were critically praised, with instant love for the lead songs ‘Minotaur’ and ‘Toe Cutter-Thumb Buster’. Less than twelve months on, we have another nine tracks to pour over and review. Dwyer’s own label Castle Face will deliver the new album ‘Drop’ on April 19 (Record Store Day). The initial announcement was a surprise to many given that the band announced a hiatus last December after relocating from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Plus Dwyer’s solo project (Damaged Bug) released a new record in February. After more than fifteen years in the game, Thee Oh Sees aren’t afraid of hard work.

Album opener ‘Penetrating Eye’ is a raucous party starter with over the top rock riffage and a playful vocal delivery of doomsayer lyrics. That sets the tone for ‘Drop’, it’s maniac rock and it’s so much fun. ‘Encrypted Bounce’ kicks off with a danceable bassline, that’s interrupted by disjointed guitars and a crescendo that leads to, more disjointed guitars. Song writing like this doesn’t usually work but the Thee Oh Sees pull it off. The odd song structures are generally punctuated by instrumental breaks with some really trippy guitar work (‘Savage Victory’). While ‘Put Some Reverb On My Brother’ delves deep into the psychedelic 60s, like a lost hippy commune theme song.

The title track ‘Drop’ is not only a stand out but works as a summary, squashing all of the ideas and mixed up rock madness of the album into less than three minutes. Take a look at the recent video below (as premiered by Spin).  The tail end of the album is a little less vivid, ‘Kings Noise’ almost pushes the quirkiness too far with its off timed, stops and starts. But the bold and progressive ‘Transparent World’ quickly lures you back with its minimal vocals and free flowing fuzz! Closing track ‘The Lens’ is the most subdued song and rounds out a memorable record. Guitarists are going to love it, so are existing fans. ‘Drop’ is colourful, inventive and lots of fun. Is it worth picking up on Record Store Day? Yup.
 

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White Caves – ‘Dig’

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More superb music out of Melbourne – I’m not sure what drugs they’re taking down south but I want in! ‘Dig’ is taken from White Caves forthcoming 7inch (order here for a May 7 release), or download a digital copy now, as mixed by Scott Horscroft (Silverchair, The Presets). White Caves is the work of Darren Cordeux, who began writing songs for the project in 2012 “as a way of coping with his recurring insomnia”. Inspired by Spiritualized, Ride and My Bloody Valentine, Darren has crafted rock anthems with BIG choruses and a classic flavour. Sydney locals can catch the launch at Brighton Up Bar on April 16 (details). If you’re hungry for more, take a listen to the self-titled EP from last October. Highly recommended.

 
White Caves – ‘Dig’

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HYLA – ‘Sides’

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Introducing Perth rockers Hyla, founded by friends Alex Board (Vocals/ Guitar) and Rob Stephens (Bass) with the addition of Drummer Ethan Darnell and Michael Antonas (Guitar). Together they draw from a pool of garage rock and shoegaze influences including The Jesus And Mary Chain, MBV and Thee Oh Sees. The debut double a-side ‘Sides/Remedy’ is available now and two EP’s are just around the corner. Fellow Western Australian Fait has also enlisted Hyla members for live shows following the release of her EP ‘Atmosphere’ next month.

 
HYLA – ‘Sides’

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Curelight Wounds – ‘Ride’

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Brooklyn noise maker Steve Schwadron (otherwise known as Curelight Wounds) returns with his third EP ‘Silver Sand’ on April 22. Late last week the title track was posted on Soundcloud and today we have a sneak peek at the song ‘Ride’. The four song collection is an onslaught, with wall of sound noise rock, shoegaze whammy chaos and post punk vocals to clean out your eardrums! Check out more here.

 
Curelight Wounds – ‘Ride’

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Dead Horse One – ‘Without Love We Perish’

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Electrophone have previewed Dead Horse One‘s debut album ‘Without Love We Perish’ (out April 14 via A Quick One Records). The French quintet formed in 2011 and released their first EP ‘Heavenly Choir Of Jet Engines‘ the following year. Inspired by Ride, The Telescopes and Swervedriver, it’s fitting that Ride‘s Mark Gardener jumped on board to produce the record. Lead single ‘I Love My Man’ is an example of the rock n’ roll swagger you should expect. It’s predominantly a psych rock experience, combined with loveable slacker rock balladry. I had a chance to preview early cuts of the album many months ago, it’s clear that a lot of work has gone into putting this record together and it’s paid off. For fans of The Black Angels, Sleepy Sun and Brian Jonestown Massacre.

 
Dead Horse One – ‘Without Love We Perish’ [Stream]

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Luna Ghost – ‘Future End’

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The psych, noise rock and shoegaze melting pot of Melbourne has spat forth another high voltage contender – Luna Ghost! The four piece have released their self titled EP (download here) featuring lead track ‘The Sea’. Since unveiling the single in November, Luna Ghost have gigged with The Citradels, Flyying Colours, The Grand Rapids, Hideous Towns, Lunaire and Miniatures. Plus Happy have given them a big wrap! If you need some more convincing, get your head around the apocalyptic guitar tones of ‘Future End’.

 
Luna Ghost – ‘Future End’

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