bdrmm – ‘Happy’

Hull-based outfit bdrmm have been blurring the lines between ‘90s indie, shoegaze, psych and dream pop since 2018, and dazzling us in the process.

Following on from their debut EP in 2019, bdrmm are now focused on their debut album. Recorded and mixed by Alex Greaves (Working Mens Club, Bo Ningen) and mastered by Heba Kadry (Slowdive, Beach House) the record is led by new single ‘Happy’. Simultaneously taut and dreamy, ‘Happy’ hares off along a propulsive rhythmic groove with clipped guitar lines and while reverb-drenched vocals float above the shimmering haze of atmospheric splendor. It is whizzes and fizzes by as those guitars glisten amid the glorious cloud of mild fuzz and distortion. An utterly dazzling tune, and one that harnesses its core strength from embracing the combination of seemingly opposites as the lead guitar spirals into the hushed, dreamy vocals and emphatic rhythmic energy.

Listen to ‘Happy’ below – there is no concrete date for the album but expect it sometime later in the year.


CIEL – ‘Days’

CIEL are Brighton-based, Dutch dream-pop trio fronted by Michelle Hindriks (also of Sväva).

Together, Hidrinks and company concoct a heady brew of starry-eyed dream pop with shoegaze, psych and indie brushstrokes – beautifully demonstrated by new single ‘Days’. Lifted from the forthcoming debut Movement EP, ‘Days’ is a swirling cloud of hazy and magical charm as bright guitars soar to heavenly heights while cymbal-heavy percussion plunge in the opposite direction in something of a psych see-saw action. Amid this shimmering haze melodies come flying out at all angles over and lush dreamy vocals fly above while way beneath a bubbling propulsive groove rumbles with motorik precision. It is absolutely stunning – power, procession and beauty in all the right quantities.

Listen to ‘Days’ below:

The Wants – ‘Container’

The Wants are a NYC trio whose gloomy, propulsive post-punk resides on the darker side of life as post-punk, new-wave, techno/dance and industrial collide.

The Wants began life when drummer Jason Gates and Velding-VanDam met in New York in 2014, but became fully formed while VanDam and Elle were working together under the Bodega moniker years later. Finding a common passion for electronic music, the trio began writing together, and debut album Container is the result of this collaboration. Released earlier in March, it is fronted by lead single and title track which perfectly captures the essence of their sound. ‘Container’ is gritty, thrashy and dark post-punk fare, loaded with a menacing air and anxious noise, and gripped by the dead-pan delivery from VanDam. This gripping sense of foreboding chimes perfectly with the insistent, nagging bassline,  increasingly manic, winding guitar and metronomic drumbeat which underpins this dark and gloomy but utterly captivating post-punk monster.

Listen to ‘Container’ below and if that is to your liking, why not try the album here.

Adwaith – ‘Lan y Môr’

With a string of brilliant singles and Welsh music prize winning debut album Melyn, in the past few years, Welsh outfit Adwaith – Hollie Singer, Gwenllian Anthony & Heledd Owen – never cease to amaze with their intense, compelling and unique experimental post punk sounds.

The Carmarthenshire trio are back with new single ‘Lan y Môr’, marking Welsh Music Day, and adding to their ever growing catalogue of brilliance. Bursting with potent energy ‘Lan y Môr’ is built around bright grooving melodies, buzzing bass, surfy guitar and interlocking riffs as it takes off, fizzing like a rocket underpinned by frenetic and transfixing motorik beats. As always, Adwaith are fearless in their creative endeavor as trio deliver yet another potent blast of post-punk – and it goes without saying, Adwaith are unique and one of the most exciting bands on the planet.

Listen to ‘Lan y Môr’ below and if you haven’t done so already, check out their Welsh music prize winning debut album Melyn here.

PRIG – ‘PLANTS’

Berlin-based duo PRIG released their debut EP toward the end of 2019; a vividly weird, ragged and off-kilter strain of post-punk.

A couple of months on from its release and PRIG have shared the video for title track and EP opener ‘PLANTS’. Opening with a playful twinkling synth / guitar, a mash of crunchy guitars, jerky angular riffs and  howling synths flash by like a tidal wave as low-toned vocals strain to be heard above the clamour. ‘PLANTS’ is quite bananas but done so with a enviable creative blend of post-punk, psych and art-rock as a mesmeric hypnotic pattern emerges. It thrives in a space where playfulness mingles with jarring guitars, rumbling rhythm it a powerhouse of energy.

Check out PLANTS (single & EP), the video is colourful and bizarre too –  watch / listen below.

Talk Show – ‘Stress’

South London post punk foursome Talk Show are preparing to usher their latest creation and debut EP, These People into the world on March 27. 

Lifted from the aforementioned EP comes ‘Stress’; a riveting piece of post-punk. It is a song that thrives on juxtaposition as a terse, tense and somewhat caustic energy runs wild as tetchy vocals and muscular are pitched with glistening guitar lines and nuanced elegance and grandeur one would associate with Echo & The Bunnymen in their heyday. ‘Stress’ is a stunning track. It is compelling, defiant and emphatic while also melodic and delivered with finesse. Blossoming through repeated hooks, this bustling tune will get inside your head and never leave, take a bow.

Listen to ‘Stress’ below and keep those eyes peeled for the debut EP These People coming in March.


MEMES – ‘J.O.B.S.’

Glasgow lo-fi post punk noise-makers, MEMES, introduced their fiery, furious and feisty sounds with a series of scintillating singles last year with ‘Blah Blah Blah‘, ‘Funny Man‘ & ‘Happy Shopper’ making them one of the finest new discoveries of 2019.

However, amid the silly season towards the close of 2019, another MEMES single slipped into the world without me noticing, until just recently. ‘J.O.B.S.’ is of a similar ilk to what we’ve quickly come to recognise as MEMES’ sound; fast, feverish and exhilarating post-punk fury – and cousins John and Paul McLinden have nailed it again. Hurtling off at breakneck speed along a frenzied rhythmic surge as meaty, bubbling bass riffs duel with fevered drums and short, sharp, jerky guitars as sneering vocals are spat out above. A thrilling, raw and exhilarating jam that will leave you breathless and have you hooked from the get go.

Check out ‘J.O.B.S.’ below (one especially FFO Sluts of Trust, The Fall & HMHB):

Death Hags – ‘Be Who You Are (Skyforest edit)’

Death Hags is the multifaceted project of Los Angeles-based, French electronica artist, Lola Jean. Working mostly from the secluded hideaway hills of East LA, Jean crafts hypnotic, futuristic and minimal electronica inspired by the likes of Brian Eno, Björk and Twin Peaks.

An enigmatic creative force for sure, Jean’s singles to date have been nothing short of sublime, and new one ‘Be Who You Are (Skyforest edit)’ is no different. It is lifted from Big Grey Sun #1, the first instalment of an ongoing seven-volume multi-media project, one “centered around the idea of a post-human utopia.” Hushed, dreamy vocals hover above deep, burrowing bassline groove that meanders slow while distorted guitars burn slowly amid a haze of warm fuzz – ‘Be Who You Are’ is lush, lavish and dripping with rich melody. Hypnotic and transfixing, residing in a moody atmospheric world of rich textures and dreamy allure, ‘Be Who You Are’ offers a much less tense and terse take on Death Hags’ brand of dream/synth-pop.

Tune in below:

Yammerer – ‘Seasons 13-31’

Liverpool-based outfit Yammerer are a band with a preference for sharp, angular, high-energy, unhinged and raucous psych-punk fury.

Their audacious, boisterous and snarling sonic adventures are there for all to see (and hear) on their debut EP Reality Escape Resort, released toward the close of 2019. Forged from a swell of free-flowing psychedelia and hammered out in an incandescent rage, the EP is a whirlwind of off-kilter, frenzied psych-punk and none more so than ‘Seasons 13-31’. It is a nine-minute spectacular; a highly charged cacophony of pent up post-punk fury. A hyperactive frenzied blitz of bone rattling drums, furious, jerky guitars, buzzing riffs and spiralling effects, with frenzied vocals uncoiling above. A stunning intro to the Liverpool-based five-piece, it is a chaotic, wild and arresting jam.

You can listen to ‘Seasons 13-31’ below and the debut EP is here too

Happy Out – ‘Deadhead 2’

Happy Out are a post-punk trio from Letterkenny, Co Donegal, and are noise-makers supreme.

The trio have just released their debut EP Is, Was, Wasn’t, and oh my, it is a serious statement of intent. It is a powerful, potent and buzzing blast of scuzzy indie-rock/post-punk alchemy. A proverbial kick in the bollocks if you like, taking in post-rock, indie, post-punk and pure unadulterated noise, single ‘Deadhead 2’ leads the fuzzed-up charge. Vocals roar to heard above a thunderous concoction of fuzzed-up, rampaging guitars, soaring riffs and barrelling barrage of loud, pounding drums – and all drenched in fuzz and distortion. ‘Deadhead 2’ is a phenomenon; a rampaging riff-fuelled monster – hold on to your hats.

Listen to ‘Deadhead 2’ below and the EP here.