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The Altered Hours – ‘Over The Void’

The Altered Hours share their intense ‘Over The Void’ video, a furious rocker that edges post-punk and noise rock. The Irish band will release a new EP ‘On My Tongue’ on March 9 through Art for Blind/Penske Recordings. ‘Over The Void’ follows last year’s single ‘Open Wide’. The new recording is tipped to be darker/grittier than their debut record ‘In Heat Not Sorry’. The Altered Hours have also announced fresh UK and European tour dates this march. One to keep an ear on.

The Altered Hours – ‘Over The Void’ [from ‘On My Tongue’ EP]

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A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘Never Coming Back’

On April 13 A Place To Bury Strangers will return with a new album called ‘Pinned’ (pre-order via Dead Oceans). The noise rock legends have shared the video for the first single ‘Never Coming Back’. Frontman Oliver Ackerman described it as “a big concept” saying in the presser that, “you make these decisions in your life…you’re contemplating whether or not this will be the end. You think of your mortality, those moments you could die and what that means. You’re thinking about that edge of the end, deciding whether or not it’s over. When you’re close to that edge, you could teeter over.” Thankfully after a decade of music making A Place To Bury Strangers didn’t call it quits. Instead the trio added a fresh member, drummer Lia Simone Braswell (who also sings on ‘Never Coming Back’).

A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘Never Coming Back’

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Blaire – ‘Youth’

Gold Coast trio Blaire have delivered their new single ‘Youth’ (via GD FRNDS). The single is a pairing of punk rock vocals and shoegazey guitars (hence the punk-gaze genre tag). Guitarist and singer Ben Stagg explains, “The song came about very organically—we’ve never aimed to write anything in particular. ‘Youth’ is about natural repetition—sometimes certain feelings or emotions can feel like Groundhog Day (or year) especially in your youth. This is the sonic translation of that idea.” The trio have posted a selection of garage rockers recently, which have been full of energy and rough edges. Blaire are set to release two more singles later in the year.

Blaire – ‘Youth’

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Notme – ‘Mask’

Notme‘s second EP ‘Mask‘ is worth a listen. The project started from the lo-fi creations of Winnipeg’s Isiah Schellenberg before growing into a fully fledged four piece. Their 90s influences shine through on the five track collection, which covers a range of sonic territory. The Sonic Youth-sounding ‘Moth’ is one of my faves. As Isiah puts it, the band “is flipping the downside up and putting the sparkle in your tears. Equally washed out and jangled – will you weep or will you sway?”

Notme – ‘Mask’ [EP Stream]

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The Voices – ‘Dark Waters’

Welsh veterans The Voices released a new album on new year’s eve that was eight years in the making. ‘Dark Waters’ has already been supported by the BBC, Kool Strings and DKFM. Lovers of space/alt rock should find something to enjoy here, with plenty of moody rockers on offer. Stream below or pick up the physical release at Bandcamp.

The Voices – ‘Dark Waters’ [album stream]

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Plant Cell – ‘Cyan’ EP

Asian noise pop collective Plant Cell have posted their latest EP ‘Cyan‘. The Japanese and Chinese six piece have several releases to their credit, despite only forming in 2015. Plant Cell blend sugary twee rockers with guy/girl vocals and a wall of guitars. Check out the video for the title track below…

Plant Cell – ‘Cyan’ [EP Stream]

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