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Preoccupations – ‘Anxiety’

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I’ll admit I’m not fond of the video, that’s just me. The song however, is a jaw-dropper. ‘Anxiety’ is immediate, compelling and loaded with feels. It’s the first taste of the Preoccupations forthcoming LP, out September 16 through Jagjaguwar/Inertia. The Calgary band (formerly known as Viet Cong), are all over the interwebs this week, and rightly so. I really, really, hope the rest of the album is this brilliant. The video depicts a series of childhood fears, as shot in Ymir British Columbia. You may find it on repeat.

 
Preoccupations – ‘Anxiety’ [VIDEO]

Visit Preoccupations @ Jagjaguwar @ Facebook.

No Joy – ‘Drool Sucker’

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In case you missed it; Canadian reverb rockers No Joy dished up ‘A Thorn In Garland’s Side’. It’s lifted from the forthcoming three-track EP (out July 15 through Topshelf). It’s matched with fairy tale themed artwork, presumably in ode to the troubled Wizard Of Oz actress. No Joy are sounding as impulsive and awesome as ever. Side note, the press shot is brilliantly dysfunctional; it’s model poses versus simmering pits of despair!

 
No Joy – ‘Drool Sucker’

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Follow The Sea – ‘Blue Joy’ [Premiere]

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Häxrummet Records (home to the wonderful Star Horse and Indoor Voices), are releasing the debut full length from Follow The Sea this week. We’re celebrating with the first public stream of ‘Blue Joy’! Follow The Sea formed in 2013, and have so far released two well-received EPs. The Stockholm duo’s latest is a fuzz rock feast, mixing post-punk, lo-fi and drone. It’s a diverse listen, as evident by the ambient lead single ‘Virhe’. However, it all leads to the epic closer ‘Breeze’, a progressive rocker that runs at almost twenty minutes. Follow The Sea are brave enough to explore their Scandinavian melancholy by all means necessary! Pick up ‘Blue Joy’ from May 25 on digital and vinyl.

 
Follow The Sea – ‘Blue Joy’ [Premiere]

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Mumrunner – ‘Shawshank’ [Premiere]

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Mumrunner are back with ‘Shawshank’! It’s a pleasure to present the first public stream of the single, lifted from their forthcoming EP (coming soon from Soliti). The Finnish reverb rockers impressed with last year’s ‘Full Blossom’ EP. It featured ‘Bond’ which was praised by radio and the blogosphere, it lead to the German and Japanese release of the EP and an extensive European tour last fall.

 
Mumrunner – ‘Shawshank’ [Premiere]

Mumrunner explain the new single; “The soundscape of Shawshank is scaled down slightly and distortion is used more sparingly than before. The song is strongly melodic and there’s a lot of interaction between guitars. Shawshank tells a tragic tale of the way people squander their lives. Everything there is to say has been said and sung at quite an early stage, and after an oppressive standstill, the song increases instrumentally bit by bit towards its massive ending.”

‘Shawshank’ is available from May 9 from all digital outlets.

Visit Mumrunner @ Soliti @ Bandcamp @ Facebook.

Contrast – ‘Livewire’

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‘Livewire’ is the first taste of Contrast’s forthcoming album. The post punk outfit have been recording in Melbourne with Stu Mackenzie (of King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard) following the release of their 2014 debut EP. ‘Livewire’ is a reverb soaked rocker that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The video was inspired by JMC classics and was shot on super 8 and 16mm film.

 
Contrast – ‘Livewire’

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Pity Sex – ‘Pin A Star’

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Pity Sex release their new record ‘White Hot Moon’ via Run For Cover this week (April 29)! Today the Ann Arbor quartet premiered a full album stream with commentary over at Bandcamp. There’s plenty of twee rockers and catchy noise pop on this album. ‘Pin A Star’ is a little taste…

Pity Sex – ‘Pin A Star’

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