Swervedriver – ‘Autodidact’

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‘Autodidact’ is the latest public song from Swervedriver‘s new album ‘I Wasn’t Born To Lose You’. It follows ‘Setting Sun’ and ‘Deep Wound’, together they point towards a more melodic sound for the British vets. ‘Autodidact’ is a strong sign of the LP to come (their first in seventeen years), which is sure to put a smile on fans faces! Pick it up via Cobraside/Cherry Red from March 3, the USA tour kicks off the day after (dates below).

 
Swervedriver – ‘Autodidact’

Swervedriver 2015 Tour Dates:

03/04 San Diego, CA – Casbah
03/05 Los Angeles, CA – Roxy Theatre
03/06 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
03/08 Seattle, WA – Neumo’s Crystal Ball
03/09 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
03/12 St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
03/13 Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
03/14 Chicago, IL – TBA
03/15 Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme
03/16 Cincinnati, OH – The Woodward Theater
03/17 St. Louis, MO – The Duck Room @ Blueberry
03/19 Dallas, TX – Club Dada
03/20-21 – Austin, TX – SXSW
03/23 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West (updated)
03/24 Durham, NC – Motorco
03/25 Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
03/27 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
03/28 Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
03/29 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

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Moon King – ‘Apocalypse’

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‘Apocalypse’ is a song of two halves (as you may be able to see from the look of the audio file below). The opening minutes build anticipation and then… it’s a mountain of fuzz! Built for the stage, this crowd pleaser follows the Toronto duo’s impressive single ‘Roswell‘. Moon King‘s debut full length is out April 14 via Last Gang.

 
Moon King – ‘Apocalypse’

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Ceremony’s ‘Distance’ Now On Limited Vinyl

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Ceremony‘s much loved album ‘Distance’ (released back in 2013 by Moon Sounds) has been given the vinyl treatment – better late than never! Already at cult status among noise rock fans, the album marked Ceremony’s transition to being the solo project of John Fedowitz. Regular readers know all about it, but for those that don’t, John was a former member of Skywave, A Virginia rock trio with Oliver Ackermann (A Place To Bury Strangers) and Paul Baker (Static Daydream). The lo-fi chaos of ‘Distance’ sounds just as great as you can imagine on wax! Ceremony’s ‘Distance’ is available now on limited blue vinyl through Blue Aurora Audio.

 
Ceremony – ‘Distance’ [Album Stream]

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Nite Fields – ‘Depersonalisation’

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Nite Fields debut full length ‘Depersonalisation’ is officially released today via felte. The Aussie quartet craft their sound from a combination of experimental post punk, shoegaze and art rock. Sounds a little highbrow right? Not quite, it’s an accessible LP for the most part, but it is unflinchingly dark.  The album arrives following the lead tracks ‘You I Never Knew’ and ‘Winter’s Gone’, with support from The Guardian, Clash, Stereogum, Indie Shuffle, FACT and The 405. After four years in the making, it’s fair to say that it’s a much anticipated release.

Originally from Brisbane, Nite Fields are now split between Sydney and their hometown. As a result, ‘Depersonalisation’ was recorded all over the place, including “garages, bedrooms, borrowed studios, stairwells and a restaurant dining room after hours”. Surprisingly, it still sounds like it was recorded in one space, the band have done a great job with the DIY recording. Not to forget the post production talents of mixer Nigel Lee-Yang (HTRK) and mastering engineer Greg Wadley. The lo-fi grit suits the songwriting, and the electronic parts never poke out from the mix to distract you.

‘Depersonalisation’ is desperately bleak, but beautiful. The deep vocals are delivered with a crooner smoothness that draws the listener into the songs. I suppose that’s what strong singers do *tips hat to Leonard Cohen*. There’s also a distinctly Australian sound to it, like Steve Kilbey fronting The Church in the late 80s. Or perhaps The Go-Betweens or The Triffids? In fact, ‘Depersonalisation’ sounds like an album from another era. If it were released in 1988 would it be a cult classic by now? Quite possibly. I hope listeners will appreciate it as much as I do. Other than the singles, the stand outs ‘Prescription’, ‘Come Down’ and ‘Hell/Happy’ (comparable to The Cure during the ‘Faith’ / ‘Pornography’ era) will take you back for repeated listens.

Nite Fields – ‘Depersonalisation’ [Album Stream]

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Soda Fabric – ‘Bitter Moon’

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Following last year’s ‘Tears On The Beach’ EP, Soda Fabric are getting ready to deliver their debut full length ‘Atlantis’ this Spring via Anova Music. The Berlin-based foursome enlisted Yuck’s Max Bloom to mix the LP, take a listen to the fuzz filled lead track ‘Bitter Moon’. Soda Fabric’s latest has already been praised by SPIN, Diffuser and Consequence Of Sound.

 
Soda Fabric – ‘Bitter Moon’

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