Cloak – ‘Understand’ [Premiere]


It’s a pleasure to present ‘Understand’, the first official single from Cloak! The New Yorkers blend the mania of noise rock with a razor sharp, industrial sound and shoegaze textures. The concoction makes for a dense, immediate, hard hitting anthem. The four piece features guitarist Adam De Rosa, percussionist Brian Mulvaney, synth wiz (and novelist) Oliver Edsforth, together with sonic mastermind Sam Tyndall. Not to forget collaborators Shannon Funchess (of Light Asylum) and Dave Ogilvie (Skinny Puppy / Nine Inch Nails). The noisemakers first formed in 2014 before posting an ear melting demo of a song called ‘Pushed’. There’s no firm plans for an EP/LP as yet, but stay tuned! Brooklyn locals can catch Cloak live on August 16 at Palisades (details here).

Cloak – ‘Understand’ [Premiere]

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Static Daydream – ‘Until You’re Mine’


On August 28 Static Daydream serve up their debut, self-titled album via Moon Sounds Records / Saint Marie Records (pre-order). Take a listen to the album cut ‘Until You’re Mine’, a dense squall of noise rockin’ chaos! For the uninitiated, Static Daydream is the work of Paul Baker (formerly of Skywave / Ceremony) together with his partner Jamie Casey, and collaborator Jake Reid (of Screen Vinyl Image).

Static Daydream – ‘Until You’re Mine’

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‘Got That Feeling, A Tribute To Skywave’


Noise rock legends Skywave have been given a fitting tribute by The Blog That Celebrates Itself. The influential trio have been honoured with a collection of covers by the likes of The Vera Violets, Screen Vinyl Image and Stellarscope. Original members also feature on the record via their current bands; Paul Baker (Static Daydream), Oliver Ackermann (A Place To Bury Strangers) and John Fedowitz (Ceremony). Speaking of, Static Daydream have announced a debut LP, (out this August via Saint Marie / Moon Sounds)! Lovely work by Brazil’s Renato Malizia for conceiving the compilation, available for download now.

Various Artists – ‘Got That Feeling, A Tribute To Skywave’ [Stream]

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Future – ‘Horizons’


Requiem pour un Twister presents ‘Horizons’, the debut full length from Future. The French trio (Brice Delourmel, Pauline La Chaceray and Venera 4’s Yann Canévet) craft dark and brutal songs that blur the line between noise rock, coldwave, post punk and shoegaze. The title track ‘Horizons’ plays out like a combination of Soft Moon and A Place To Bury Strangers – this is not for the feint hearted! Since forming in 2012 Future have released a number of singles and the ‘Abyss’ EP, and have played shows alongside Crocodiles, AVGVST and KVB. ‘Horizons’ is a chaotic collection that just doesn’t let up, it’s bound to please existing fans and should win them some new ones. ‘Horizons’ is available now on digital or vinyl.

Future – ‘Horizons’

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Leave Them All Behind – ‘A Tribute To Ride’


Brazil’s Renato Malizia (of ‘The Blog That Celebrates Itself‘) continually works his butt off interviewing all manner of fantastic noise makers for his site (most recently Dråpe). But today, he’s also posted a fun filled tribute to Ride featuring 24 bands covering the classics! ‘Leave Them All Behind’ kicks off with a collaboration between Oliver Ackermann (of A Place To Bury Strangers) and Ceremony! Plus tunes from Rev Rev Rev, Jaguwar, The Sorry Shop, Stella Diana, Lunaire and more. Stream it in full below or download via Bandcamp.

Leave Them All Behind – ‘A Tribute To Ride’

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A Place To Bury Strangers – ‘Transfixiation’


A Place To Bury Strangers delivered their fourth album ‘Transfixiation’ this week via Dead Oceans. It was conceived following several years of non-stop touring, with the mindset that it would be less controlled, and more unpredictable than their previous material. After a month of recording at (the now closed) Death By Audio, singer/guitarist Oliver Ackermann acknowledged that, “It got to be too much, where we – or at least I – almost had a meltdown or something. I felt like we had to stop, and I wasn’t even sure if the album was going to get finished or if we were going to be friends again.”

Several months later the New York trio reconvened with new material, and a fresh perspective on previous sessions. From an outsiders view, it seemed like A Place To Bury Strangers needed to recharge and get back to the fun of rock n’ roll (without worrying about the details), ‘Transfixiation’ is the result. It’s tinnitus-inducing, noise rock mayhem that’s best suited for the stage but here it is, captured on hard disc (or wax). I’m not sure this medium has ever done APTBS any favors because their delivery is just as vital as the songs themselves. Perhaps more so. This works against ‘Transfixiation’ from the start because it’s loaded with attitude, not hits.

It’s a rhythmic, textured affair with drummer Robi Gonzalez locking in with bassist Dion Lunadon. The pair complement Oliver’s trademark monotone vocals and stomp box wizardry. Often the bass line is the most melodic instrument, ‘Straight’ is one example. The single ‘We’ve Come So Far’ is another obvious highlight, the inclusion of a backing female vocalist in the chorus provides contrast. A contrast that is lacking on some of the album cuts. ‘Transfixiation’ is a feat of sonic exploration, style and spectacle but it doesn’t have the song writing weight to throw a knockout punch. In lieu of their stage presence, the album just needs a few more “songs”. In truth, I don’t think their core fan base will be bothered, it’s an exciting listen and I expect APTBS will be back, baying for blood and pissing off parents in no time!

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A Place To Bury Strangers - 'Transfixiation'
  • Huge sounds and production
  • APTBS take risks on experimentation
  • Lacks songwriting punch / hooks
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