Talkie Walkie – ‘Banshee’

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French newcomers Talkie Walkie release their impressive debut single today via Freemount Records. I don’t recommend watching the ‘Banshee’ video with a cup of tea, because you’re likely to spit it at your screen! Side note, the video dancer busting moves at 1:39 made my day. Talkie Walkie will release a self-titled album later this year, no doubt with more noise pop gems like this one.

 
Talkie Walkie – ‘Banshee’

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Westkust – ‘Swirl’ / ‘Weekends’

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Swedish noise poppers Westkust have posted two tracks (‘Swirl’ and ‘Weekends’) from their forthcoming debut album ‘Last Forever’. The Gotheburg quintet have honed their punk meets shoegaze sound since forming in 2010, so far with a 7inch and EP under their belt. Stereogum recently premiered ‘Swirl’, also giving the thumbs up to Makthaverskan (a post punk band that features two members of Westkust). Needless to say, with explosive tunes like this I’m sure the first Swedish vinyl pressing will disappear fast! ‘Last Forever’ will be released via Swedish label Luxury on April 22, Run For Cover Records will distribute it to the USA later in the year (more @ Bandcamp).

 
Westkust – ‘Swirl’ / ‘Weekends’

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Wildhoney – ‘Sleep Through It’

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‘Sleep Through It’, Wildhoney‘s first full length is now available through Deranged/Forward Records. The Baltimore band first impressed with their self-titled 2013 EP featuring ‘Like Me’, followed by the much loved ‘Seventeen Forever’ three tracker last year. I’ll admit, Sounds Better has had a soft spot for Wildhoney since the get go, there’s something very raw, fun and honest about these guys that’s instantly likeable. A mix of garage rock, punk aggression and shoegazey ambiguity. ‘Sleep Through It‘ embodies this, beginning with the title track and previously streamed single ‘Fall In’.

 
Wildhoney – ‘Sleep Through It’

‘Owe You Nothing’ sports a twee edge, with downcast lyrics that hinge on sugary vocals, backed by a jagged wall of sound in the latter half. Truth be told, we’ve heard that sound plenty of times before. But, Wildhoney do add to the mixture, there’s accessible pop-centric melodies combined with lo-fi charm, they’re delivered with a frenetic energy that bowls the listener over. ‘Maybe You’re Crazy’ is a good example of this. It sucks you in with catchy vocals and then hits with a wave of noise.

If a heavy dose of noise pop is your thing, then Wildhoney’s ‘Sleep Through It’ will be right up your street! It’s full throttle most of the way, with a short breath for air during ‘Tea Leaves’ and ‘FSA’, otherwise it doesn’t let up. The standouts ‘Seventeen’, ‘Fall In’, ‘Molly’ and the title track are worth the price of admission alone. Wildhoney aren’t taking themselves too seriously and are producing some really fun noise pop along the way. Download a digital copy here, or head to Deranged/Forward for the vinyl.

Visit Wildhoney @ Deranged Records @ Forward Records @ Facebook.

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Oyama – ‘The Right Amount’

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Oyama‘s debut album ‘Coolboy‘ has been keeping my sound system company lately, take a listen to the album track ‘The Right Amount’. The November release is more subtle than their 2013 EP ‘I Wanna‘, this time round the frenetic noise poppers are replaced by more reflective and melodic songs. Needless to say, the Reykjavík five piece are a marvelous listen. ‘Coolboy’ is out now via 12 Tónar/Imperial Records.

 
Oyama – ‘The Right Amount’

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AstroAttack – ‘Twilight’

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Here’s an energetic slice of noise pop to round off your week! ‘Twilight’ is taken from AstroAttack‘s debut self-titled album, released late last year via Death Tape (iTunes). The Japanese four piece have been crafting overblown sounds since 2008 but re-invented themselves a few years ago before getting to work on the LP. Hyogo locals can catch AstroAttack this Sunday at Kobe Slope.

 
AstroAttack – ‘Twilight’

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Hella Comet – ‘Tinker Boat’

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Super catchy noise pop from Austria’s Hella Comet! ‘Tinker Boat’ pairs vocal hooks with crunchy guitars before descending into a wall of noise. Find this on the foursome’s new LP ‘Wild Honey‘, available now via Noise Appeal Records.

 
Hella Comet – ‘Tinker Boat’

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