Life – ‘North East Coastal Town’ album review


Described by the band as ‘Our love letter to the city of Hull’, Life’s third album, appropriately titled ‘North East Coastal Town’, finds Merrick (Mez) Sanders-Green and his bandmates examining how much of an impact and influence – both positive and negative – your surroundings have on you as an individual: ‘Originally, you want to…

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Spielbergs – ‘Vestli’ album review


Spielbergs’ debut album ‘This Is Not the End’ was praised by artists ranging from Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil to Jimmy Eat World’s Jimmy Adkins and press outlets including NME, Pitchfork and Kerrang! Now, the Norwegian trio have signed to Big Scary Monsters and are getting set to release new album ‘Vestli’ – an album that…

Kiwi Jr. Chopper album review Sub Pop Records 2022

Kiwi Jr. – ‘Chopper’ album review


Sub Pop signings Kiwi Jr. follow up ‘Cooler Returns’ with ‘Chopper’, a new album that again finds the Toronto quartet exploring a more sonic sound – with more synths than ever before – as Jeremy Gaudt discusses everything from living in the digital age to the constant spector of death and the joy, hilarity and…

Disq – ‘Cujo Kiddies’


Wisconsin indie rockers Disq have shared new single ‘Cujo Kiddies’ ahead of the release of album ‘Desperately Imagining Someplace Quiet’. The follow-up to 2020’s should-have-been-massive ‘Collector’, the new album finds the band expanding their sound and heading in new directions. For this single, bassist/songwriter/vocalist Raina Bock claims: ‘I wanted to make a song that sounded…

Poster Paints – ‘Falling Hard’


Poster Paints (a Glasgow duo made up of Carla J Easton and Frightened Rabbit’s Simon Liddell) have shared new single ‘Falling Hard’ ahead of the release of their self-titled debut album on 14 October via Ernest Jenning Record Co./Olive Grove Records. The single found Simon sending Carla three minutes of melodic and jangly indie-pop in…

Art Moore self titled album review

Art Moore – ‘Art Moore’ album review


Art Moore – a trio made up of Taylor Vick (also known as Boy Scouts) and Ezra Furman collaborators Sam Durkes and Trevor Brooks – release their self-titled album full of bittersweet tales of love, loss and human connection. Their songs focus on various characters, including jilted friends and restless widows, as they examine emotional…

Why Bonnie – ‘Nowhere, LA’


Keeled Scales signings Why Bonnie have shared ‘Nowhere, LA’ ahead of the release of their debut album ’90 in November’ on 19August. The song – with the LA in the title referring to Louisiana – finds Blair Howerton comparing a broken-down car to the stalling of a relationship: ‘This song is about looking at a…

Good Good Blood – ‘Wrap My Arms Around You’


James Smith returns with his Good Good Blood project to share ‘Wrap My Arms Around You’ – an evocative and emotional piece that will appear on his upcoming album ‘Celebrate’ (released 16th September). Opening with a sound that falls somewhere between early Radiohead and DIY Americana, James laments the fact ‘I don’t know what I’m…

China Bears – ‘Someone Kill This Party’


A burst of feedback signals the opening of the new China Bears single, ‘Someone Kill This Party’ – an anthemic yet melancholic piece the band claim is about wanting to go home moments after you’ve made the decision to go out: ‘When the DJ asked us to scream, I just stayed quiet’. The band go…