Charmless i – ‘Rabbit Hole’

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Charmless i are energetic indie-rock foursome, formed by Dutch singer-songwriter Alex Pasveer, and ably assisted by Rutger van Mourik, Bart Klomp and Auke Haaksma to complete the line-up.

The band have been drip feeding singles over the past few months with a view to releasing a debut EP before the close of 2018, and ‘Rabbit Hole’ is the third in that series. It is a scintillating indie-rock tune, navigating a perfect path between riotous noise, rampaging riffs and catchy-as-they-come sing-a-long moments. It’s got the lot; attitude, aggression, a whirl of scorching riffs, pounding percussion, bubbling bassline and a sliver of synth. Not to mention the concentrated, succulent verses and a chorus that would yield a singalong from the shyest of festival crowd. While there is more than a mild debt to mid ’90s British guitar bands, it doesn’t sound drab, rehashed or outdated. This is just a tune, and one bursting with vitality.

Check ‘Rabbit Hole’ out below now:

The Gooch Palms – ‘Marfa Lights’

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Australian Los Angeles-based garage-pop duo The Gooch Palms – aka Kat Friend and Leroy Macqueen – do a wonderful line in ebullient, fuzzed-up and irresistibly catchy cuts of guitar-pop.

All these attributes are displayed in their finest form on their latest single ‘Marfa Lights’. Inspired by the pairs’ time spent driving through the Texan town of Marfa – a hotspot for UFO enthusiasts and renowned for its mysterious ‘Marfa Lights’ – it is a catchy, radiant and fuzz-filled delight. Ably assisted by a trusty drum machine beat, a fuzz-heavy riff rips through the track making space for a beautiful swooning melody, ear-pleasing vocals and irresistible chorus to melt your heart. An absolutely astonishing three minutes of fuzzed-up-feel-good pop goodness.

Listen to the incredibly catchy ‘Marfa Lights’ below:

Eoin Dolan – ‘Superior Fiction’

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Anytime Galway musician and singer-songwriter Eoin Dolan, one of Ireland’s finest talents as it goes, releases new material, it is a good time.

Dolan recently released a new 4-track EP, Superior Fiction via Citog Records and the EP follows Dolan’s excellent 2016 self-titled debut and second album Ubique, and unsurprisingly, it is all kinds of wonderful.

The EP finds Dolan at the peak of his powers once again. It is a distillation of Dolan’s knack for crafting sci-fi-tinged surf pop, marrying heartbreaking melodies and gentle instrumentation, sadness with beauty and interstellar psych-pop exploration with the imagery and atmosphere of a vintage seaside town. The EP’s lead single and title track – a self-proclaimed “ode to truth” – is equal parts breezy, melodic and catchy. ‘Superior Fiction’ is blends a jolly, jaunty surf-pop sway with woozy keyboard lines, twinkling effects with a harmonic and soft, lilting lyrical sensibility. This marriage of surf and mild psych sounds with the allure and awe of space and sci-fi, not only binds the record together but makes his craft a joy to behold. From the organ led celestial drift of the yearing opener ‘Roman Voice’, to the ‘Brose’ more unsettling and slightly sinister stylised sci-fi pop tones of ‘Brose’ to the delightful closer ‘Lunar Drift’, and its dreamy pastoral, tranquil undulating balladry; it is just magnificent.

Along with Eoin, Superior Fiction features Conor Deasy on guitar/backing vocals, James Casserly on drums and Adam Sheeran on bass, and is out now via Citog Records.

Have a first listen to the title track and EP closer below. The full EP is here.

Strange Cages – ‘False Prophet Death Waltz’

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Madcap Brighton trio Strange Cages introduced themselves and their frantic psych/garage rock sound with a series of stellar singles and EP last year.

The trio are at it again, returning with another six-track EP, entitled Silver Queen, and is expected on September 28th, 2018 on Vallance Records. The EP’s concept centres around the story of a fictional cult leader of the same name, and is previewed by the completely off-the-wall, ‘False Prophet Death Waltz’. It is a scintillating psych-rock odyssey that opens with a frenzied barrage of garage noise and continues on its merry madcap way at breakneck speed, unleashing an outlandish energy and wiry, psychedelic wig out. A multi-faceted three and a half minutes of melodic mayhem and psychedelic rock explosion, it will truly take your breathe away.

Listen to ‘False Prophet Death Waltz’ below now and check out the equally memorable and wild video, and of course, keep your eyes peeled for the new EP later this month.

Johnny Kills – ‘Who’s Counting?’

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We’ve been keeping tabs on garage-surf outfit Johnny Kills for quite a while now.

In that time the Brighton/London-based trio never failed to deliver, unleashing a series of infectious and fuzzed up anthems including ‘Let’s Talk About Me’, ‘My Shirt Guy Is High’ and ‘End Game’. Johnny Kills’ early output has been very impressive – and that’s not just my opinion – with it being the catalyst for their recent signing to cult record label Killing Moon. It is the first fruits from this new partnership that draws our attention today, namely new single ‘Who’s Counting?’. Packing plenty of power-pop punch, ‘Who’s Counting’ sees Johnny Kills channelling their inner most FIDLAR and Wavves. Jaunty riffs mingle with an anthemic chorus full of festival-ready bounce, while the surf-rock guitars and propulsive bassline complete this fuzz and fun-filled scuzzy-pop tour-de-force. Another swaggering garage-surf rock inspired sensation; top marks!

Listen to ‘Who’s Counting?’ below and while you’re at it, if you have not done so already, why not get acquainted with Johnny Kills’ excellent back catalogue.