Glintshake – ‘Eyebones’


Glintshake’s first LP ‘Eyebones’ is brand new on Arctic Pacific Records, 40 minutes spilling over with beautiful, high energy noise! From the word go the Moskva (Moscow) natives charge ahead with ‘Wiuwiuwiu’ (check the DIY video below). Its whiplash inducing punk – energetic, noisy, grinding breaks and raw, bopping vocals by guitarist-writer (and front woman) Kate Shilonosova. She’s beautifully, powerfully loud, and, one imagines, her hair is rarely the same color twice (in Kate’s case it’s true, too). She’s the femme fatale who kicks your ass in only the most memorable of dreams. Strong, bright, dangerous.

She and Glintshake also have an incredible ear for making beautiful noise from discordant, distorted harmonics. They might draw on grunge, punk, shoegaze, and noise rock, but their talent for harnessing those sounds and raw energies into “an atmosphere of permanent adolescence and inner freedom”for ‘Eyebones’ is unique and leans into art-rock territory in a way that hasn’t excited my ears in too long. Sonic Youth is not an unfair comparison (‘Face’ and ‘Teenage God’ being perhaps the clearest examples).

The band advertised a recent gig as “huge” and “superdeafening,” and I can attest that their work is best at volumes certain to draw complaints. Tracks are long and dense, but never feel exhausting or over worked. The production is bright, helping the band sound tight and ‘huge’ rather than muddy or unbalanced. The few lighter tracks of the LP (hard to call them breathers), like ‘Crocodile’ reinforce that the band are at their best when they make art out of heft. But the album never lets up for long, ‘Yes II’ returns with the noise and sensible grunge rock chops come with it. Heavy, huge and distorted guitars lay the catchy base for bright vocals before a warbling, whining break. High praises all around. [By Dave Lytton]
Glintshake – ‘Eyebones’ [Stream]

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Ceremony – ‘Birds’


John Fedowitz returns with Ceremony‘s latest EP ‘Birds’ (out May 20 via Emerald & Doreen Recordings). It follows last year’s full length ‘Distance‘ and arrives almost a decade after the band first formed in 2005. ‘Birds’ is a fuzz pop feast, full of sonic mayhem. But this time round the dark edges don’t creep in, it’s the happiest sounding Ceremony release I’ve heard. And it’s full of catchy party starters!

The familiar overdriven Ceremony sound will be welcomed by long standing fans, there’s no end to the lo-fi haze! Once again Oliver Ackermann (of A Place To Bury Strangers) jumped on board to master the release. Which is brave of him because on ‘Distance’ Oliver’s noise mangling wasn’t enough. In our interview John joked, “I had to send it back to him two times saying it’s not crazy enough! I called him saying “make it fucked up!!!”. It’s mission accomplished on ‘Birds’, it sounds well fucked up! Like the loudest band ever being blasted from a broken speaker at the back of a hall.

Lead single ‘Until Forever‘ is unrelenting, with a simple melody and punk rock rawness to it. Which would sound great live, the whole EP would. ‘Let Me In’ has a playful bass line beneath the white noise wash, even when played at low volume this one’s an ear bleeder! ‘Deep Breath’ is the most solemn moment and is more in the vein of last year’s LP. Closing track ‘It’s Not You’ is a pitchy affair, a noise rocking monster that descends into feedback and wraps up the EP. If you’re a punk or noise rock fan, ‘Birds’ will flip your eggs, no question. It’s got loads of personality and sonic madness you’re not likely to find elsewhere. It’s going to be way too abrasive for some, but that’s the point, this is built to make your ears ring!
Ceremony – ‘Birds’ [EP Stream]

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  • The happiest Ceremony release yet!
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Teenage Burritos – ‘Kamikaze’


Apparently the cassette got jammed in the 8-track while Teenage Burritos were recording ‘Kamikaze’ but the warble is still in there (most evident at the tail end). Point being, these guys aren’t about smooth edges and polished mixes! The San Diego four-piece are Kirsten Gundel, Lucy Wehrly (Christmas Island), Brian Carver and Kevin Gist (Plateaus). Plus Andreas Lagerstrom (of Holograms) covers the backing vocals on this garage pop number. Keep an ear out for their debut LP which is due later in the year. In the meantime, pickup this tune on Volar RecordsStrange Mutations‘ 7inch set here! P.s. Souncloud profile pic is priceless.

Teenage Burritos – ‘Kamikaze’

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Joanna Gruesome – ‘Secret Surprise’


Cardiff noise poppers Joanna Gruesome deliver their debut LP ‘Weird Sister‘ on September 10 via Slumberland Records (US) and Fortuna POP! (EU). The five piece showcase their reverby fuzz and garage punk ways on their latest single ‘Secret Surprise’. Reportedly written (the PR states) “during a month long stay in a seedy west Brighton hotel (now closed down) called The Hell House. The residents were pretty strange, kept attempting occult rituals/using Ouija boards etc and many of the songs were written to distract from the weirdness.” Rock n’ roll.

Joanna Gruesome – ‘Secret Surprise’

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Jinko Vilova – ‘Last Beat’


There’s nothing complicated about ‘Last Beat’. In fact, it kinda sounds like its sprung from the 70s but it’s damn good, plain and simple. There’s a mix of straight out rock n’ roll, psych and punk on Jinko Vilova’s latest EP ‘Cru’, take a listen to what this Barcelona-based trio can do here.

Jinko Vilova – ‘Last Beat’

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Unnatural Helpers – 'Hate Your Teachers'

This is dangerous music. Very dangerous. The kind of classic punk rock energy that’ll have me doing something crazy. Like shutting down without emptying the recycle bin…or even the spam folder! Whilst I may be a joke, Seattle’s Unnatural Helpers are definitely not. Pick up ‘Hate Your Teachers’ on Unnatural Helpers new LP ‘Land Grab’ via Hardly Art on September 25 (order here).


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