Stars – ‘Patterns’ and ‘Build a Fire’


Stars have shared two new songs – ‘Patterns’ and ‘Build A Fire’ – ahead of the release of their upcoming ninth album ‘From Capelton Hill’ on 27 May. These two new songs showcase very different sides to the Montreal band with ‘Patterns’ celebrating the power of friendship and ‘Build a Fire’ (‘Written in a fever…

Craig Finn – ‘Messing With the Settings’


The Hold Steady’s frontman Craig Finn has shared new single ‘Messing With the Settings’ ahead of the release of his fifth solo album, ‘A Legacy of Rentals’ on 20 May via Positive James/Thirty Tigers. The opening song on the new album, Craig says: ‘This song is literally a eulogy. It’s delivered by someone who has…

Spielbergs – ‘Brother of Mine’


Spielbergs have announced they’ve signed to Big Scary Monsters and Scandinavian label Fysisk Format and shared new single ‘Brother of Mine’ to celebrate this news. A song that has been years in the making, it opens with a vibrant burst of Japandroids-style guitar and intense drumming as Mads Baklien looks back on being 25 and…

Calder – ‘Dandelions’


Hailing from Fort Wayne, Indiana, Calder have shared new single ‘Dandelions’ ahead of the release of an as-yet untitled new album. The single has a jaunty and breezy sound that recalls acts like Whitney and My Morning Jacket while the pared-down drums expertly complement short blasts of Buck Meek-style guitar. Meanwhile, the delivery of the…

Salvation Bill – ‘Has Had It’ album review


Storytelling troubadour Salvation Bill (aka Ollie Thomas) returns with ‘Has Had It’ – a collection of seven songs that touch upon everything from financial struggles to the imminent and constant threat of death, although there’s some lightness along the way. The album opens with ‘Well Wishers’ and its slightly menacing and repeated mantra of ‘All…

Placebo – ‘Never Let Me Go’ album review


Placebo’s ‘Never Let Me Go’ – the duo’s eight album and first in almost a decade’ finds them trying to make sense of a world that is full of intolerance, division, over-reliance on technology and imminent environmental disaster… The album opens with ‘Forever Chemicals’ and it’s a distorted yet wonky industrial riff-driven piece with Brian…

Feeder – ‘Torpedo’ album review


Feeder follow up 2019’s ‘Tallulah’ album with ‘Torpedo’ – a collection of songs written and adapted during their extended break during the pandemic. This downtime gave the band more time to enhance demos, experiment with different aural textures and strike that delicate balance between darkness and light… The slow-burning and anthemic ‘The Healing’ opens the…

Mush – ‘Get On Yer Soapbox’


Prolific art rockers Mush have shared ‘Get On Yer Soapbox’ ahead of the release of new album ‘Down Tools’ via Memphis Industries on 8 July. Dan Hyndman says the song ‘is a righteous wig-out number, like (previous single) ‘Alternative Facts’ but with more cowbell. All the solos are improvised and I very much doubt I…