Gustaf – ‘Audio Drag for Ego Slobs’ album review


Ahead of tours with both Idles and Pillow Queens, Gustaf release their debut album ‘Audio Drag for Ego Slobs’ via Royal Mountain Records. Having already gained acclaim from the likes of NME, NPR, Beck and James Chance, the album finds the fuzz-filled art rockers examining the contrast of existential dread with sheer optimism. Angular post-punk…

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Islands Islomanic album review

Islands – ‘Islomania’ album review


Nick Thorburn makes a welcome return with ‘Islomania’ – the first album released under his Islands moniker in five years. During his break from the music industry, Nick produced a pilot television script, created a graphic novel with Fantagraphic and scored a few films and radio shows. Released via Royal Mountain Records (Mac DeMarco, Alvvays),…

A review of the take the cake album by musical artist Packs Toronto Canada

Packs – ‘take the cake’ album review


Initially Madeline Link’s solo project, PACKS have added three members (Shane Hooper on drums, Noah O’Neil on bass and Dexter Nash on lead guitar) to their line-up and are all set to release debut record ‘take the cake’ via Fire Talk and Royal Mountain Records. The Toronto-based band shared stages with the likes of Squirrel…

Packs band stream Silvertongue song

Packs – ‘Silvertongue’


Packs have shared the video for new single ‘Silvertongue’, the second to be taken from new record ‘Take the Cake’ (out on 14 May through Fire Talk and Royal Mountain). Following shows with acts including Squirrel Flower and Odetta Hartman, this scatty and scuzzy piece of grunge-meets-slacker pop will introduce Maddie Link to a wider…

Bad Waitress – ‘Pre Post-Period Blues’


After sharing stages with acts including Fucked Up, L7 and The Bronx, Toronto punks Bad Waitress (Royal Mountain Records) have shared their powerful and vital new single ‘Pre Post-Period Blues’. Guitarist Katelyn Molgard says: ‘It’s like this: you got yer friggin hormones, your cramps, you forgot to eat, but you need to take Advil, then…

Wild Pink – ‘You Can Have It Back’


Wild Pink have shared ‘You Can Have It Back’, the second single to be taken from forthcoming album ‘A Billion Little Lights’ (out on 9 February, 2021 via Royal Mountain Records). Inspired by Fleetwood Mac and Townes Van Zandt and featuring guest vocals from Ratboys’ Julia Steiner, the blissed-out and melodic indie-pop sound wraps around…

Gulfer – ‘Heat Wave’


Gulfer have shared ‘Heat Wave’ ahead of their new self-titled record’s release on 16 October via Topshelf Records and Royal Mountain Records. Over the past decade, the band has played shows with the likes of PUP, Foxing and Into It. Over It. – and you can hear elements of all of those fantastic bands in…

Mav Karlo – ‘Elevator’


Menno Versteeg, the founder of Canadian label Royal Mountain Records (Mac DeMarco, Pottery, Orville Peck) has shared ‘Elevator’, the new single from his Mav Karlo project. Produced by Chris Coady, the song offers a candid exploration of Menno’s experiences with mental health and features Katy Goodman of Vivian Girls on backing vocals: ‘Whether it’s a…