The Altered Hours – ‘Over The Void’

The Altered Hours share their intense ‘Over The Void’ video, a furious rocker that edges post-punk and noise rock. The Irish band will release a new EP ‘On My Tongue’ on March 9 through Art for Blind/Penske Recordings. ‘Over The Void’ follows last year’s single ‘Open Wide’. The new recording is tipped to be darker/grittier than their debut record ‘In Heat Not Sorry’. The Altered Hours have also announced fresh UK and European tour dates this march. One to keep an ear on.

The Altered Hours – ‘Over The Void’ [from ‘On My Tongue’ EP]

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Tapeworms – ‘Medicine’

Enjoy over-the-top noise pop? Tapeworms have you covered! The French three-piece have loads of fun with their latest EP ‘Everything Will Be Fine‘ (out now). It’s refreshing to hear a band take risks and get a little crazy. ‘Medicine’ is decidedly colourful, with angular sounds and nonchalant vocals. The left field group chorus is an interesting touch! It’s an entertaining listen throughout, interludes and all. Jump in…

Tapeworms – ‘Medicine’ (from ‘Everything Will Be Fine’ EP)

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A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘Never Coming Back’

On April 13 A Place To Bury Strangers will return with a new album called ‘Pinned’ (pre-order via Dead Oceans). The noise rock legends have shared the video for the first single ‘Never Coming Back’. Frontman Oliver Ackerman described it as “a big concept” saying in the presser that, “you make these decisions in your life…you’re contemplating whether or not this will be the end. You think of your mortality, those moments you could die and what that means. You’re thinking about that edge of the end, deciding whether or not it’s over. When you’re close to that edge, you could teeter over.” Thankfully after a decade of music making A Place To Bury Strangers didn’t call it quits. Instead the trio added a fresh member, drummer Lia Simone Braswell (who also sings on ‘Never Coming Back’).

A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘Never Coming Back’

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Jaguwar – ‘Ringthing’

J A G U W A R unleash their surprising new record ‘Ringthing‘ this week via Tapete / Norman Records (UK) / Forced Exposure (USA). The German shoegazers are known for their abrasive noise rock and crushing approach. However, this time round the trio switches up their sound with a noise-pop approach. Right from the opener (‘Lunatic’) it’s clear that Jaguwar are taking a new direction with ‘Ringthing’. It’s a more accessible offering than previous efforts; with hooky vocal lines and upbeat, positive melodies. If you’re after a shot of fresh noise pop for the new year then ‘Ringthing’ is here for you! Stream select cuts and take a look at the lead tune ‘Crystal’ below…

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Joensuu 1685 – ‘Joensuu 1685’


Joensuu 1685 (pronounced Yo-Anne-Sioux Sixteen-Eighty-Five) have been spinning in my house over the past few weeks. You may remember their 2008 self-titled debut; an elaborate mix of noise rock, psych and experimental feedback. The band is three Finnish twenty somethings; Mikko Joensuu, Markus Joensuu and Risto Joensuu. Together they teamed up with Medicine’s Brad Laner to release a 10 inch split but are currently on hiatus. Hit up BB Island for the vinyl.

Joensuu 1685 – ‘Joensuu 1685’

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