Blaire – ‘Youth’

Gold Coast trio Blaire have delivered their new single ‘Youth’ (via GD FRNDS). The single is a pairing of punk rock vocals and shoegazey guitars (hence the punk-gaze genre tag). Guitarist and singer Ben Stagg explains, “The song came about very organically—we’ve never aimed to write anything in particular. ‘Youth’ is about natural repetition—sometimes certain feelings or emotions can feel like Groundhog Day (or year) especially in your youth. This is the sonic translation of that idea.” The trio have posted a selection of garage rockers recently, which have been full of energy and rough edges. Blaire are set to release two more singles later in the year.

Blaire – ‘Youth’

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Relay Tapes – ‘By Now’

Relay Tapes have delivered five singles since December, including their latest ‘By Now’. There’s some impressive tunes in the crop, check ’em out. The Brisbane-based shoegaze act have already earned praise from Unearthed listeners. However, little else is known about the newcomers. Who knows, maybe they’ll conquer the globe in 2018?

Relay Tapes – ‘By Now’

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Notme – ‘Mask’

Notme‘s second EP ‘Mask‘ is worth a listen. The project started from the lo-fi creations of Winnipeg’s Isiah Schellenberg before growing into a fully fledged four piece. Their 90s influences shine through on the five track collection, which covers a range of sonic territory. The Sonic Youth-sounding ‘Moth’ is one of my faves. As Isiah puts it, the band “is flipping the downside up and putting the sparkle in your tears. Equally washed out and jangled – will you weep or will you sway?”

Notme – ‘Mask’ [EP Stream]

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Ride – ‘Catch You Dreaming’

Ride will release a fresh EP next month! You read correctly. ‘Catch You Dreaming’ has just been posted, the new song and the November single ‘Pulsar’ will both be on the ‘Tomorrow’s Shore’ EP (available February 16). A release show in London will take place on the same night to launch the release. The EP was recorded during the ‘Weather Diaries’ sessions with producers Erol Alkan and Alan Moulder.

As posted on SPIN, Ride’s Andy Bell explains, “Catch You Dreaming is written from the perspective of being one of the last two people alive, watching as the Universe is ending. The protagonist looks back over the time when humanity existed, realising that we as humans brought about our own inevitable demise. Then the couple look back over their own lives of shared memories and as they are sharing this moment, everything vaporises. It’s a love song about fate, nostalgia, and having no regrets.”

Launch tickets & vinyl preorders are available here!

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Swirlpool – ‘Camomile’

New year, new bands! Meet Swirlpool, who released their first tune/video for ‘Camomile’ this week. It’s a confident rocker for fans of Newmoon, Flyying Colours or Cheatahs. The German shoegazers plan to release their debut EP this Spring.

Swirlpool – ‘Camomile’

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The Voices – ‘Dark Waters’

Welsh veterans The Voices released a new album on new year’s eve that was eight years in the making. ‘Dark Waters’ has already been supported by the BBC, Kool Strings and DKFM. Lovers of space/alt rock should find something to enjoy here, with plenty of moody rockers on offer. Stream below or pick up the physical release at Bandcamp.

The Voices – ‘Dark Waters’ [album stream]

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