S.C.U.M – ‘Amber Hands’

London shoegazers’ S.C.U.M have announced their first single from the forthcoming album, Again Into Eyes (due in September via Mute).

 ‘Amber Hands’ comes hot on the heals of ‘Summon The Sound’ (released earlier in ’11) and treads a very similar path; mammoth shoegazey rock with slightly darkened arrangements and wistful sentiment adding to Thomas Cohen’s epic crooning drawl.

‘Amber Hands’ is out on July 18th and comes backed with mixes by Sonic Boom and Silver Apples and exclusive track ‘Fountains’. Their debut album follows in September. It’s looking very promising.

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 S.C.U.M – Amber Hands

Free Music: Strummerville – ‘Songs For The Summer’

The Joe Strummer New Music Foundation, Strummerville, has teamed up with Brothers Cider to release a one-off free compilation, Songs For The Summer.

Strummerville is a not for profit organization was set up in memory of the late great Joe Strummer. It plays an important role in supporting and endorsing musical projects and upcoming bands in the UK and elsewhere. Latest project, Songs For The Summer is an eclectic mix of new music from some of the bands that Strummerville is supporting – 11 tracks by 11 different bands, all unique and diverse. There really is something for everyone here .

There are some rather stunning inclusions, long time favourites The Vagabonds don’t disappoint with highly charged rip-roaring punk rock goodness of ‘John Mellor’. Meanwhile The Welcome Committee drop the breezy and uplifting ‘Rich Kids’, La Rebla Fam the skank fuelled and grimey ‘A British Morning’ and Dark Moon, the dark and wistful ‘Blackbird’.

You can sample my personal picks below and Songs For The Summer is available to download for FREE from here.

 Download: Dark Moon – Blackbird

Download: The Welcome Committee – Rich Kids

Download: The Vagabonds – John Mellor

Download: La Rebla Fam – A British Morning

Arctic Monkeys – Colour Of The Trap (Miles Kane Cover)

Arctic Monkeys were on French radio station OuiFM recently to record a live session as they continue to promote their latest album, Suck It And See.

While at the station the band played a number of tracks before Alex Turner decided to cover his good friend and fellow Last Shadow Puppet Miles Kane’s ‘Colour Of The Trap’. It’s a mellow acoustic cover and Turner’s distinctive croon takes centre stage a la ‘Piledriver Waltz’ and ‘Love Is a Laserquest’.

Don’t forget both Arctic Monkeys and Miles Kane play Oxegen (Saturday) in less than two weeks.

Mp3: Arctic Monkeys – Colour of the Trap (Miles Kane Cover)

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Free Music: Steel Horse – On A Steel Horse We Ride EP

Steel Horse is a solo side-project from Dublin troubadour Stefan Murphy (AKA The Mighty Stef).

Stef has just unveiled a brand new EP, On A Steel Horse We Ride which sees him embracing his punk Id and influences like The Things, Devo, Moldy Peaches, Jeff Lewis and Magazine. We are introduced to new side of Stef, trading his renowned penchant for gothic folk-rock in favour of DIY punk rock; stripped back, fuzzed up and feisty with an added dose of swagger.

It’s 4 tracks of brilliantly riotous rock n’ roll including a cover of Yeah Yeah Yeah’s’ Zero’ and was lovingly created using:

1 x Human Male
1 x Acoustic Guitar
1 x Fuzz Pedal
1 x Toy Keyboard
1 x Nasty-Ass programmed Beat

On A Steel Horse We Ride is FREE to download from Bandcamp.

Download: Steel Horse – Burning Motorcycles

Download: Steel Horse – Somebody To Fuck

Video: King Kong Company – Uncle Trouble

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Waterford based dance outfit King Kong Company recently reformed after a legnthy absense, following a split back in 2000.

Their return has been nothing short of prolific, releasing a new track and video every month since February. KKC intend on releasing an album by the end of 2011 too.

The stomping ‘Uncle Trouble’ is the track for the month of June, the most impressive track to date. Keep your eyes peeled for more tracks in the future.