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]

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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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Wood Lake – ‘Hollow’

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Wood Lake has dished up the first single from their new album, the relentless reverb rocker ‘Hollow’. The anthem leads an eclectic selection of tunes from the Ontario trio. Punk, shoegaze and metal collide on their forthcoming full length ‘Hell’ (out April 22).

 
Wood Lake – ‘Hollow’

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Memoryhouse – ‘Soft Hate’

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Toronto dream popper’s Memoryhouse independently released their new album ‘Soft Hate’ this month, and posted a full album stream on Youtube this week (as below). The duo (Evan Abeele & Denise Nouvion) haven’t completely reinvented themselves since 2012’s ‘The Slideshow Effect’ but there’s a distinct shift towards more upbeat, new wave and synth pop sounds. This keeps momentum going (even at their most dreamy)! Pick it up here.

 
Memoryhouse – ‘Soft Hate’

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