HAVVK – ’52’


Formidable Irish outfit HAVVK will release their debut album Cause & Effect on November 22 and the alt-rock trio have been upping anticipation with a slew of scintillating singles – ‘Always The Same’, ‘Birds On A Wire’ and ‘Shifting Shape’ – and HAVVK have added another to the fold.

Written while living in London, new single ‘52’ exudes an ominous and tense atmosphere, reflecting the divisive nature of the Brexit campaign, as HAVVK attempt to make sense of the darkness and find a way through.
Front woman Julie Hawk’s distinctively impassioned vocal take centre stage, soaring majestically over the ethereal alt-rock backdrop before packing a punch as the chorus sets in, mirroring the anger for the situation at hand. It is raw and filled with anger, it is a song laced with ethereal beauty and finds a space where harsh and gentle can coexist. ’52’ is yet another majestic reason to look forward to the HAVVK’s forthcoming debut LP.

Listen to ’52’ below & HAVVK will be launching Cause and Effect on 6 December 2019 at the Bello Bar in Dublin.

BDRMM – ‘Shame’

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

Having teamed up with them for their Singles Club, bdrmm have signed to Sonic Cathedral, for debut EP If Not, When? which arrives on October 11. Ahead of the forthcoming release they have shared ‘Shame’, the first track to be lifted from their new EP and arrives via a similar sonic playground as its predecessors. Anchored by a winding, meaty bassline and glistening guitar-line it hurtles off along a metronomic beat as a white hot scorching riff rises to welcome locked, icy monotony of the vocal delivery. Combine the aforementioned qualities with the transfixing rhythms and you have ‘Shame’; this is bdrmm at their most assured and most potent to date.

Listen to ‘Shame’ below:

NANCY – ‘When I’m With You’

NANCY is mysterious, reclusive post-punk outfit hailing from the North East of England.

Self-described as “Sgt. Peppers for degenerates”, NANCY demonstrated a propensity for furious, jerky and brilliantly mind blowing art-rock meets post-punk sounds with colourful EP The Mysterious Visions last year. 

Following on from that, NANCY is back with yet another weird and wonderful tune in the shape of ‘When I’m With You’. It’s a spectacular return, one comprised from a glittering confection of colours and shimmering synths and whisked together with otherworldly magic as melodic vocals rush over a seductive, Northern Soul-esque groove. It is supremely catchy and it’s off-kilter, playful allure is one that is hard to resist – it is an arresting fusion of sound. 

Listen to ‘When I’m With You’ below – The Mysterious Visions EP is well worth checking out – tune in here.

Memes – ‘Happy Shopper’

Glasgow lo-fi post punk noise-makers, Memes, introduced their fiery, furious and feisty wares this summer with double A-side debut single, ‘Blah Blah Blah‘ / ‘Funny Man‘.

A thrilling, raw and exhilarating opening salvo, Scottish duo Memes – comprised of cousins John and Paul McLinden – have returned with new single ‘Happy Shopper’, and they have nailed it again. Opening with a steady tambourine beat and meaty bass riff, ‘Happy Shopper’ is as prickly and barbed as its predecessors with sneering, sardonic vocals are spat out over it. Joined by sharp, rising riffs, steady beat and a melodic sensibility, it is a short, sharp and swaggering blast of thrilling (and utterly infectious) post-punk. As with the double A-side, Memes have delivered a thrilling, sardonic and rockin’ jam (with flashes Sluts of Trust, The Fall & HMHB) that will have you hooked.

At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, Memes are one of the most exciting new discoveries of 2019 – listen to ‘Happy Shopper’ and tell me otherwise.
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Japanese Television – ‘Slime’

British four-piece Japanese Television captured our imagination when they introduced their furious fusion of post-punk, psychedelia and krautrock with exhilarating single ‘Bloodworm’ earlier this year.

The foursome have returned with new single ‘Slime’ and while those three aforementioned components remain front and centre, it is more foreboding than furious. The mood is glowering and sinister and the drone is very much in evidence. ‘Slime’ is propelled along a relentless, chugging groove, meaty bassline, burning guitars and kraut rhythms over minor keys,eerie tones and spooky feedback. Gripping and tense, there’s no let up in intensity – this is imaginative, dark and hard edged psych-rock of the very finest order.

Tune into ‘Slime’ below and if you like what you hear, their latest EP is here too.

Adwaith – ‘Hey!’

Welsh trio Adwaith – Hollie Singer, Gwenllian Anthony & Heledd Owen – released one of 2018’s finest albums in Melyn; intense, compelling and unique; it is a colossus of experimental post punk.

Not wishing to wait around, the Carmarthenshire trio are looking forward with a brand new single, ‘Hey!’; a song that firmly sets the foundations for the next exciting chapter. ‘Hey!’ is wake up call, a call to arms of sorts, or as they put it themselves, it “is a song about people ignoring obvious facts that are right in front of them. Global leaders are not acting upon climate change and they can’t ignore it for much longer!!“. The lyrical message is matched by the musical urgency in ‘Hey!’, a buzzing riff and spiky guitars lead the charge along a bubbling bassline forging a formidable backdrop for the fuzzy, reverb-laden vocals to reign supreme. Powerful, passionate and fearless but most importantly it is a belter of a tune.

Listen to ’Hey!’ below now, it will be part of a double A side single released later this month.

Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullet Band – ‘Planetary Dawn’

Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullet Band are the wonderfully named duo of Thor Rasmussen and Thomas Frederiksen. Hailing from Denmark, the pair have a preference for the 60s / 70s leaning psychedelic sounds, as evidenced by their new single ‘Planetary Dawn’.

It is an intoxicating and eclectic cocktail of strange, exotic and vital instrumental psychedelia. From the opening furious blast of organ, ‘Planetary Dawn’ demands your attention as we barrel off headlong through a frantic organ-led explosion, that swerves and cavorts on its way though an exotic world of kaleidoscopic colour. Aided and abetted by glorious blasts of organ and relentless drum beats, it grooves along at neck-breaking speed, reaching explosive colourful highs before surging toward spectacular climactic eruption. A ferocious, exhilarating and imaginative four-minute trip; ‘Planetary Dawn’ is a phenomenon that will leave you breathless but invigorated to say the least.

Listen to ‘Planetary Dawn’ below – it doesn’t disappoint:

Springfield Elementary – ‘Machine Fiend’

Springfield Elementary are Manchester-based post-punk powerhouse comprised of Billy Goodwin (Vocals/Guitar), Brad Lewis (Lead Guitar), Liam Moffat (Bass) and Chris Tomkinson (Drums).

The foursome introduce their raw, raucous and thrilling post-punk (with an underlying garage-rock and punk element) sound with new single ‘Machine Fiend’. A frantic and exhilarating opening offering, it explodes into life with a meaty guitar, chugging bassline and furious crashing drum combo, like releasing a coiled up spring. Searing riffs, fuzz, distortion and furious fast-paced insure it becoming even more brash, jagged and caustic as it shoots off with volatility as vocals spat out with venom. It is a short, sharp and muscular intro that is exhilarating and bursting with vitality and will have you headed straight for repeated plays.

Tune into ‘Machine Fiend’ below:

Introducing: Memes

Memes are Glasgow lo-fi post punk noise-making duo of cousins John and Paul McLinden.

The pair introduce their fast, furious and feisty post-punk with double A-side debut single, ‘Blah Blah Blah‘ and ‘Funny Man‘ – a thrilling, raw and exhilarating opening salvo. ‘Blah Blah Blah‘ is dismissive and prickly as crunchy guitar, winding riffs, mesmerising meaty bass and furious fast-paced beat provide the backdrop for the barbed tones of the frantic, volatile and sardonic vocals. ‘Funny Man‘ meanwhile, is even more brash, jagged and caustic as it shoots off with a jerky and hyperactive fervour while vocally it is even more agitated and spat out with an increased bite and bark – while tempered with a wee bit more of a melodic sensibility. Two short, sharp and thrilling blasts of attitude filled post-punk vigour (with flashes of parts Sluts of Trust, The Fall & HMHB) that will have you stretching for the repeat button.

Listen to ‘Blah Blah Blah’ & ‘Funny Man’ below:

Silverbacks – ‘Pink Tide’

Over the past few years, a few things have become certainties; my hair is not going to get any less greyer, Wrexham will break my heart come the season’s end and Silverbacks releases don’t disappoint.

The most recent Dublin-based outfit have been been nothing short of phenomenal; the unrelenting, unshakeable and sometimes post-punk spectacles of ‘Just In The Band’, ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Just For A Better View’. Firmly in the here and now, Silverbacks are back with whispers of an album in 2019 and new single ‘Pink Tide’.

Like their other recent releases, ‘Pink Tide’ is once again recorded with Girl Band’s Daniel Fox, and raucous and buzzing with a jagged edged exuberance. Interlocking guitars provide precise freneticism, and pivots ‘Pink Tide’ off-kilter as Dan O’Kelly delivers his low-toned and world weary vocals. It is effortlessly gritty with scintillating riffs and guitar work, and when the solo kicks in at the 2:30 mark, provides a cathartic jolt towards the finish. It is barbed, searing and raucous without ever being messy, in fact incredibly tight, kept in check by the metronomic drums and those frenetic guitars. Electrifying, explosive and exhilarating as per usual – in my humble opinion, Silverbacks are Ireland’s finest emerging band.

Tune in to ‘Pink Tide’ below: