Night School – ‘Birthday’

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‘Birthday’ is the latest single by California’s Night School! The trio is fronted by Lexy Morte (formerly of Whirr) so there’s a mild shoegaze influence to their sound. However Night School swing closer to twee/surf pop (think Veronica Falls or Best Coast but with an extra layer of noise)! Side note, it feels like there’s a new band with ex-Whirr members every month – how many can there possibly be!? ‘Birthday’ will be available on the ‘Heart Beat’ EP from October 7. It’s out via Graceface Records, the Georgia-based indie label are having a bumper year so far!

 
Night School – ‘Birthday’

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Eternal Summers – ‘Window’

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New Eternal Summers!? Well, not quite. But unless you bought the ‘Gouge’ single you’ve probably not heard this amazing b-side! It’s an indication of how many great songs did make the cut for their third album ‘The Drop Beneath’ (out now via Kanine Records). The Roanoke trio are in the middle of an extensive tour of the USA and Canada (see dates).

 
Eternal Summers – ‘Window’

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The Spirit Of The Beehive – ‘Roll Over’

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The Spirit Of The Beehive have delivered their debut self-titled album featuring ‘Roll Over’ (download). The Philly trio serve up a diverse collection of songs that touch on alt rock, punk, psych and shoegaze – take your pick! In any case, there’s some stand outs on offer, take a listen to ‘Fever Dream’, ‘I Smell Bud’ and ‘Tulsa, Ok’. Spirit Of The Beehive hit the road next month, check Facebook for updates.

 
The Spirit Of The Beehive – ‘Roll Over’

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Tennis System – ‘Memories And Broken Dreams’

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On October 21 Tennis System will release their second album ‘Technicolour Blind’ via PaperCup Music! Our first listen is ‘Memories And Broken Dreams’ which shifts into pop/punk mode, a step away from their shoegaze origins. To be fair, that step was made some time ago – cemented by the impressive ‘Part Time Punks Session’ EP last November. The Los Angeles trio have perfected their high energy anthems on tour with Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, The Fresh And Onlys and Ringo Deathstarr.

 
Tennis System – ‘Memories And Broken Dreams’

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Waveless – ‘Nausea (Song For Proski)’

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Introducing the raw rock of Waveless, it sits somewhere between post punk, garage rock and shoegaze. One thing’s for sure they’re not interested in, (and I quote) “following the current post punk trend of playing some Joy Division knock-off jangly horseshit”! The Minneapolis trio (Hannah Kathleen, Jared Sather and Dustin Mcchesney) feature former members of Total Trash. The Waveless one sheet (as above) was entertaining enough to include (a rarity). Next month they’re heading on tour to support the release of their debut EP, stream the rest here.

 
Waveless – ‘Nausea (Song For Proski)’

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Dragon Turtle – ‘Beard’ [Premiere]

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To celebrate the release of Dragon Turtle‘s second album ‘Distances‘, we’re premiering the new single ‘Beard’! If you’re a fan of brooding atmospherics, slow moving soundscapes and loads of reverb then you’re in for a treat. The band is a collaboration between New York’s Brian Lightbody and Pennsylvania’s Tom Asselin (formerly of Strand of Oaks, Lewis & Clarke). ‘Beard’ is a full meal in just one song, a brilliant slow burner. The opening lament winds into an instrumental wash over seven plus minutes. It was inspired by Walt Whitman’s presence in Ric Burns’ New York documentary. Despite the mournful tone, it’s all about the highs of city life.

 
Dragon Turtle – ‘Beard’ [Premiere]

On another note, last week the ‘Summer Drive’ video dropped over at Pure Volume, it’s a ghostly beauty – check it out below. As the PR states, “it fits somewhere in a scene from a spookier John Hughes film about a teenage drive around town, an aimless escape to the sounds of a Nebraska-era Springsteen guitar meeting a baroque pop version of The Jesus and Mary Chain.” It also reminds me a little of The National, only darker (didn’t think that was possible). ‘Distances’ is available via Oscillating Color from August 12, get in quick for the limited clear vinyl (shop).

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