Introducing: Heck Nugget

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Heck Nugget is an indie/garage/punk rock trio – Michael Bartkowiak (Bass), Henry Merschat (Drums) and Connor McBride (Guitar/Vocals) – from Houston, TX who’ve got a flair for a tune, and a DIY ethos.

Heck Nugget’s debut album, Sleeping With The Forcefield On, was recorded in 2016 as a total DIY effort with the trio looking after all recording and mixing duties themselves.

Their latest – equally great in the DIY stakes – singles ‘Never Feel Bad’ and ‘Rookie, Judgement’ demonstrate the dexterity of their sound. The latter is a deeply lo-fi, winding Pavement inspired mix of sullen, vexed vocals, slanted, meaty guitars and percussion. Amid the gloom, melancholy and mournfulness of ‘Never Feel Bad’ there is beauty, defiance and chinks of light shining through. ‘Rookie, Judgement’ is just as anger-filled and takes equally meaty guitars and percussion but throws them through a short, sharp blast of fast paced punk-rock energy. Two rather tasty introductory pieces proving that Heck Nugget are more than skilled in the crunchy indie-rock or scintillating punk-rock stakes.

Both ‘Never Feel Bad’ and ‘Rookie, Judgement’ will be released as part of a 7″ split with an Austin outfit The Red Heroes. Listen to them below, now:

Hey Baby! – ‘1-800 WEED’

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Aussie indie surf-punks Hey Baby! like to play fast, jangly and energetic tunes and put on live shows that never take themselves too seriously.

Born from the bedroom demos of a Blue Mountains teenager, the Brisbane foursome’s debut single ‘1-800 WEED’ delivers all that and more across a two-and-a-half minutes of infectiously catchy and lively garage-rock. Inspired by frontman Kacper Majchrowski’s experience of an Uber-esque delivery service while travelling in San Diego, it’s delivered as a tongue-in-cheek call to legalise marijuana in Australia. Musically, it’s a whirlwind of fast-paced, energetic and punk-tinged garage rock sound, bursting with rhythm, catchy Strokes-esque guitars, frenetic drums & the snottiness of Fidlar.

Listen to ‘1-800 WEED’ below:

Johnny Kills – ‘End Game’

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Brighton/London-based garage-surf trio Johnny Kills have been delighting our ears with a series of infectious and scuzzed-up singles; ‘Let’s Talk About Me’ & ‘My Shirt Guy Is High’.

The trio have returned with a scintillating, razor-sharp single ‘End Game’. A fizzy sub-three-minute blast of fuzzed-up and scuzzy alchemy. Vocals flicker in and out between meaty bass, crunchy riffs and searing percussion, all the while maintaining a sweetly melodic core. Clocking in at just under three minutes, it does not mess about and it will certainly brighten your day.

Everything from Johnny Kills thus far has been sensational, here’s to that trend continuing into the future.

For now though, you can take a listen to the superb ‘End Game’ below.

Sophisticated Dingo – ‘Head Talk’

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Sophisticated Dingo – easily one of the most memorable names you’re likely to hear – are a pair of garage-rock lovers from Melbourne.

The duo of drummer James ‘Jimmy’ Medley and singer-guitarist Lewis ‘Lew’ Matte, have released a brand new video for latest and fiercely infectious single ‘Head Talk’. This four-minute blast of anthemic grunge-tinged garage-rock is propelled forward by the one-two punch of energetic overdriven guitar chords, crunchy riffs and pounding drums. The song’s verses are filled with charming backing vocals which explodes into thumping and catchy sing-a-long choruses, before ‘Head Talk’s’ anthemic breakdown leads into an epic, noisy and exhilarating finale. Great name, great band & great single!

Check out ‘Head Talk’ and previous single, ‘Witch Love’ below. They are both ace!

Introducing: The Psychic Alliance

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The Psychic Alliance are a Canadian band, based out of Vancouver, who excite and enthral with their fuzzy west coast psych.

The Vancouver outfit recently released their third LP, Evil Against Evil – blending psych with stomping sixties garage, b-movie horror tones and touches of The Stooges, MC5, Black Sabbath, Ray Davies & Bowie. Offering a favour of their heady brew is ‘No Fixed Address'; a blistering ’60s garage stormer filled with swinging guitars, scintillating riffs, frenetic organ and percussion; and all delivered with a ‘we-mean-business’ attitude. ‘Yesteryear’ is also full of psychedelic endeavour but offers a more melodic take on their West Coast psych. The organ work is still the driving force, and joined by jazzy drums, spooky feedback and guitar licks a plenty. ‘Yesteryear’ like ‘No Fixed Address’ – something of a feature on their new LP – is prone to full-on psych freak-out at any moment, with a healthy dose of the macabre but with an underlying playfulness or wry humour.

To get a flavour of what The Psychic Alliance are all about, you can listen to ‘Yesteryear’ & ‘No Fixed Address’ below.

Their new record Evil Against Evil is available here.