Esben And The Witch – ‘Butoh’

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Epic new rocker ‘Butoh’ should get Esben And The Witch fans drooling for their forthcoming split with Thought Forms, out April 7 via Invada (pre-order). Plus it’s on silver vinyl! The Brighton trio have two tunes on the six track release, check out ‘No Dog‘ if you missed it.

Esben And The Witch – ‘Butoh’

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Gazar Strips – ‘Bee Mantis’

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Sonic Masala Records gear up for their next release (following Roku Music) with Brisbane’s Gazar Strips. This one’s nightmarishly dark, it’s best listened to while gripping your teddy bear. Having said that, it’s also rather impressive! Grab it from April 26 on Gazar Strips’ second EP ‘Sparkling’.

Gazar Strips – ‘Bee Mantis’

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Creepoid – ‘Wet Bread’


Here’s your nostalgia rock fix for the day! Graveface are preparing for the release of Creepoid‘s new EP ‘Wet’, out on Record Store Day (April 19) on 12inch vinyl exclusively. There’s four songs on the record, with an etching on the b-side. And wow, that artwork is creepy! ‘Wet Bread’ is a not-so-subtle head nod to Nirvana, complete with slacker vocals and overdriven guitars. But full credit to the Philly foursome, they do it well.

Creepoid – ‘Wet Bread’

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Serfs – ‘Marijuana Mom’


It doesn’t get much more colourful and fun than this! That’s if the song title didn’t catch your eye. The North Carolina garage-gazers are releasing ‘Marijuana Mom’ on forthcoming split 7inch. For the video Serfs “constructed a giant, plastic American flag and filled it with hot dogs and beer cans, and invited all of their friends to go wild in front of a green screen. The result is a five-minute visual cluster-cuss with skeletons, Fender guitars, a death scene, a breath-holding competition, crying, glamour poses, TV smashing, crowd surfing and a unicorn.”

Serfs – ‘Marijuana Mom’

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Greta Mob Feat. Spencer P Jones – ‘Gypsy Town’ (Revisited)


Music legend Spencer P Jones (known for his work with Beasts Of Bourbon, The Johnnys and Paul Kelly among others) has teamed up with Greta Mob for a reworking of their track ‘Gypsy Town’. The Sydney-based rock act had a chat with SBWR last November before unveiling their debut LP ‘Let The Sunburnt Country Burn‘. The original version appeared on the record but this amped-up incarnation offers even more ass kickin’ rock n’ roll! Grab it on the new EP ‘Gypsy Town Revisited‘ (available from March 28 via Greta Mob Music). Side note, ten points for the artwork!

Greta Mob Feat. Spencer P Jones – ‘Gypsy Town’ (Revisited)

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Ceremony – ‘Until Forever’


Just in – the latest single from Ceremony titled ‘Until Forever‘, taken from the forthcoming five track EP ‘Birds’ (out this May through Emerald & Doreen Records)! Ceremony is the solo act of Fredericksburg’s John Fedowitz who released his last album ‘Distance’ in December, regular readers may remember our chat. Once again John has teamed up with his former Skywave bandmate Oliver Ackermann (of A Place To Bury Strangers) to help out with mastering duties. ‘Until Forever’ is an uncompromising reverb rocker with a 60s pop melody, one of Ceremony’s more catchy creations!

Ceremony – ‘Until Forever’

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The War On Drugs – ‘Lost In The Dream’


After more than two years of writing and recording, The War On Drugs third album ‘Lost In The Dream’ is released this week via Secretly Canadian. The Philadelphia-based band have already been accused of turning ‘soft rock’ after the brilliant lead single ‘Red Eyes‘ was noted for its similarities to The Boss. If you’re in that camp, the rest of ‘Lost In The Dream’ isn’t going to change your mind, best give it a miss. This is a top shelf collection of songs but it’s likely to divide fans. Primary songwriter Adam Granduciel has evolved since 2011′s ‘Slave Ambient’, and why shouldn’t he? It’s a more settled record, which is surprising given that a relationship breakdown occurred at the outset. That said, there’s still exploratory moments, take the ambient final minutes of ‘Under The Pressure’ or the closing song ‘In Reverse’ (both running at over seven minutes). After repeated listens, ‘Lost In The Dream’ really takes hold, it’s a logical progression after almost a decade of music making. I recommend grabbing a pair of headphones and settling in for a superb late night listening session.

The War On Drugs – ‘Under The Pressure’

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Sundaze – ‘Green’


Off the wall British noise rock from newcomers Sundaze! ‘Green’ is the first single taken from their debut EP  ’Ok//Then‘ (out now). It’s a fuzz overload that sits somewhere between A Place To Bury Strangers and The Jesus & Mary Chain. The band began as a solo recording project before growing into a duo for live shows. Since appearing out of the never in January, Sundaze have enjoyed airplay on Part Time Punks and Simon Raymonde’s (Cocteau Twins) Amazing Radio show.

Sundaze – ‘Green’

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Eternal Summers – ‘The Drop Beneath’


Eternal Summers are lapping up the Texas sunset at SXSW on the back of their third LP ‘The Drop Beneath’ (available now through Kanine Records). This time round the Roanoke trio teamed up with producer Doug Gillard (Doug’s really been about town – having played guitar with Guided By Voices, Nada Surf, Cobra Verde, Richard Buckner and many, many more). The collaboration resulted in Eternal Summers most focused (and perhaps best) album to date. It’s a little less raw but in all the right places. Lead single ‘Gouge‘ demonstrates how 90s twee rock nostalgia can still sound fresh, fun and most of all, relevant. Our second listen (the track ‘Never Enough‘) confirmed this again. How? Because there’s a real emotional undercurrent to these songs, it connects. Fans of the previous albums ‘Silver’ and ‘Correct Behavior’ should love this record and ‘The Drop Beneath’ is likely to win Eternal Summers more fans. Granted, it’s not the most creative album of the year, but it is a solid one. Thumbs up.

Eternal Summers – ’100′

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