Jack Hardy – ‘We Should Have Never Come Back Here’ [Premiere]

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‘We Should Have Never Come Back Here’ is the lead single from Jack Hardy’s forthcoming debut album, a lo-fi garage rocker with the raw edges left intact. It comes courtesy of Custom Made Music, the label that’s been home to Ceremony, Ringo Deathstarr, and most recently Rev Rev Rev. Jack hails from New Orleans and conjures a no-nonsense sound that should sit well with fans of noisy rock n’ roll (a la Guided by Voices, Jay Reatard or The Pixies). Keep an ear out for his full length ‘For The Sake Of Finding Your Clothes’ (available through CMM from April 15).

 
Jack Hardy – ‘We Should Have Never Come Back Here’ [Premiere]

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Miniatures – ‘What You Want’ [Premiere]

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I’m super excited to share this exclusive with you, ‘What You Want’ is the lead single/video from Miniatures forthcoming debut album ‘Jessamines’ (expected by this May)! The Melbourne-based quartet recorded the full length at Los Bomberos Studios with producer Matthew Hosking (VHS Dream, Hideous Towns), and then mixed by the band themselves (particularly making use of Annemarie’s production skills behind the desk)! Miniatures self-titled 2012 EP, and 2013’s ‘DIS‘ were both solid releases but ‘Jessamines’ marks their first foray into a fully-fledged studio. Now we have the complete vision of their sound; dense and cinematic. More from Miniatures soon!

Miniatures – ‘What You Want’ [Premiere]

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No Body Died – ‘The Nihilist and The Pretender’ [Premiere]

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We recently indulged in ‘Dschungel’, an impressive electronic shoegazer from No Body Died. This week we’re celebrating the release of their debut full lengthThe Nihilist and The Pretender’ (out February 19) with the first public album stream! The Aussie duo (Jay Westfold and Declan Humphreys) combine ‘gazey textures, wall of sound sonics, and stormy vocal melodies. After six years working together, No Body Died carved out a sound that crosses genres and delves into deep and dark lyrics. The Nihilist and The Pretender’ is a bit of an enigma, well suited to those of diverse tastes. It’s a solid and unpredictable debut, my faves being the shoegazey numbers like ‘Dschungel’, ‘Loss’ and ‘The Haunting’. Australian fans can catch them live at the album launch this Friday at The Armidale Club (with visuals from Giv). Pick up The Nihilist and The Pretender’ via all online stores (iTunes preorder here), streaming services and CD Baby.

 
No Body Died – ‘The Nihilist and The Pretender’ [Premiere Album Stream]

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Crescendo Feat. Frankie Soto Of Surf Club – ‘Pressure’ [Premiere]

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To celebrate the impending release of Crescendo‘s sophomore album ‘Unless’ (out February 19) we’re sharing the first public stream of the album cut ‘Pressure’! It’s an exciting collaboration with Frankie Soto (of Surf Club / formerly Craft Spells) that crosses genre lines with dream pop, jangle and shoegaze. The Los Angles trio knows how to marry noisy edges and accessible melodies, giving their gritty sound just the right amount of sugar! Case in point, the lead single ‘Repulsor’ that was featured on our 2015 “best of” comp. No doubt the dreamgazers will reach a much bigger audience this time round with support from The Line Of Best Fit, Consequence Of Sound and The Deli Mag. It’s only been a few years since Crescendo’s debut ‘Lost Thoughts’ but they’ve grown creatively and stretch their sound on ‘Unless’.

Crescendo Feat. Frankie Soto Of Surf Club – ‘Pressure’ [Premiere]

Gregory (guitarist / singer) explains, “Pressure was one of the last songs on the album to be tracked and produced. It was apparent that we all felt it (Olive, Jess, John Kunkel; Producer / The New Division), and I were feeling the universe tugging to complete the record. At that point we decided to take the energy from the pressure… and transform it into creative power. As an artist your mind will play tricks on you and say, “everyone is counting on you to write the record of the year for your genre, so you better deliver.” … we knew better, and we settled on being ourselves. You can witness our attempt in the songwriting, mix, instrumentation, and the lyrics… It was an absolute pleasure working with Frankie of Surf Club, as he is not only our friend but also has an incredible live set and releases…” Preorder Crescendo‘s ‘Unless’ on vinyl, CD or digital via We Were Never Being Boring!

Crescendo – ‘Repulsor’

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Dear Tracks – ‘Soft Dreams’ [Premiere]

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Dear Tracks return with the second single from their forthcoming EP ‘Soft Dreams’, available from February 26 (pre-order via Track And Field Records / Furious Hooves: mint vinyl / violet vinyl / or cassette here)! The Michigan-based quartet impressed with their debut single ‘Wildflower’ in early 2015, and assert their sound with the forthcoming EP. The title track is a little more sunny and upbeat than the lead single ‘All The Outs Are Free’. It blends lo-fi jangle pop, surf and dream pop into a loveable, swooning creation (for fans of Beach Fossils, DIIV, or Day Wave). You can catch Dear Tracks live at Savannah Stopover on March 12 (at the Graveface Records / Furious Hooves showcase). A full tour update is coming soon, so hit up deartracksband.com for more details.

 
Dear Tracks – ‘Soft Dreams’ [Premiere]

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Maria False – ‘Spades’ [Premiere]

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It’s no secret that we’re big Maria False fans, so today I’m super excited to share a new single called ‘Spades’ from their forthcoming EP (out later this year via Beko)! ‘Spades’ is a textured mass of provocative shoegaze with loads of atmosphere and a drugged-out swagger. By the noisy mid-section I was stuck in a ‘Spades’ trance… too many decibels! The song follows last year’s ‘When’ album, which packed eight tracks of ear bleeding rock, including my personal fave ‘Blossom’. French fans can catch the four piece at Espace B on March 26 with the mighty Spectres! More from Maria False soon.

 
Maria False – ‘Spades’ [Premiere]

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