Peaness – ‘Kaizen’

Longstanding favourites Peaness are back, and they are back with a bang!

The Chester-based trio have been charming our ears for years with their irresistible  brand of melodic, indie-pop goodness, and latest single ‘Kaizen’ is no different. ‘Kaizen’ (a Japanese for the phrase “change for the good”) sees them introduce an added muscularity to insanely catchy and addictive indie-pop. Vocals soar powerful above a seductive meaty bassline while catchy riffs burst into life while bouncing along an instantly addictive groove and jaunty rhythm. It is insanely catchy, littered with gloriously sweet harmonies and hooks you could hang your hat on, dusted with a light coat of warm fuzz. It is yet another gem from Peaness who have a propensity for such magic you know.

Listen to ‘Kaizen’ below:

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):

TV People – ‘Kitchen Sinking’

TV People are post-punk foursome – Paul Donohoe, Brendan Clarke, Len Rochford & Rob Kavanagh – from Dublin.

Since their formation in early 2019, the band spent the year honing and refining their sound, and they are kicking off 2020 in style with new single ‘Kitchen Sinking’. While channelling classic post-punk influences, their musings also owe a debt to garage, indie and punk. The single is a bold and peerless bout of slowburning aggression that thrives on the darker side of post punk. Amid burning intensity, ‘Kitchen Sinking’ trundles along driving, meaty basslines with burning guitars and glistening riffs over a rumbling rhythm and skittish groove as raw yet semi-hushed vocals stride above. ‘Kitchen Sinking’ is a massive tune, packed with power and emotion, and one that is utterly superb.

Check ‘Kitchen Sinking’ out below:


Pave The Jungle – ‘Jelly’

‘Jelly’ is the debut single from Newcastle indie-rock foursome, Pave The Jungle, and it is a scintillating introduction by any estimation.

‘Jelly’ is an epic and colossal indie-rock juggernaut. Propelled forward by the oscillating forces of muscular bassline and thunderous drums, it is bursting with unrelenting energy as all manner of guitar heroics are unleashed with abandon. Riffs soar as scintillating vocals fly above, rendering all else secondary. A rousing, defiant and heavy-hitting indie-rock anthem with a dark pop heart which shifts from menacing, threatening riffy rock to the rousing, epic and heart-filled variety. A thrilling and enthralling jam executed with style and exuberance; the soaring guitar lines, thundering rhythms and scintillating vocals are a match made in indie-rock heaven.

Listen to ‘Jelly’ below:


Sons Of Zöku – ‘Luz / Paralysed’

Adelaide psych-rock trio Sons Of Zöku – Ricardo Da Silva, Ica Quintela and Jordan Buck – have been making a name for themselves, and their free-flowing, energetic and colourful explorations of psych, in their native Australia.

Previous single ‘Dead Poets’ – a 2019 standout and absolute a force of nature – is pretty typical of their wares and they kicked off 2020 in similarly sensational form with double a-side ‘Luz / Paralysed’. The former is a hypnotic haze of colourful kaleidoscopic sounds, propelled by a swirling groove and propulsive rhythm and adorned with dazzling guitars, sitar lush effects as dreamy, hushed vocals glide above, dripping with melody, it is utterly consuming and transfixing. It’s companion ‘Paralysed’ meanwhile, is less melodic and dreamy and more frantic, propulsive and energetic. Guitars twang and sitars sing again but they play second fiddle to the more feverish vocals that breathlessly aim to keep pace with the winding rhythmic grooves as it teems through a sea of feedback, distortion and riffs. Sons Of Zöku have once again struck a balance between thunderous noise and subtle sweetness, and in doing so delivered yet another masterclass in psych-rock.

Tune in to ‘Luz / Paralysed’ below:

The Orielles – ‘Space Samba (Disco Volador Theme)’

The Orielles announced their second album Disco Volador back in October with the release of lead single ‘Come Down On Jupiter’.

Given that their debut Silver Dollar Moment was one of 2018’s finest records, there is quite a bit of excitement around its follow-up and thankfully with Disco Volador due next month, the psych-pop foursome have shared a second single ‘Space Samba (Disco Volador Theme)’.

It is five minutes of sleek, neon bright and danceable indie-disco drawing its seductive allure from an irresistible blend of disco, tropicalia, indie, psych, and of course, samba. Fuelled by a insatiable pop danceablility, ‘Space Samba (Disco Volador Theme)’ is a  terrifically catchy and infectious jam oozing with colourful spirit and buoyant energy. It grooves along with a confident strut through funk-fuelled hooks, cowbells aplenty pulsating electrified cheeps and chirps, with Esmé’s syrupy-sweet and relaxed vocals juxtaposed with the relentless groove, dancey beats and swirling, psychedelic haze. This is pure indie-pop heaven, so addictive is it, it should come with a health warning.

Disco Volador is out 2/28 on Heavenly. Get in on it below.

Lauran Hibberd – ‘Bang Bang Bang’

Lauran Hibberd has been charming us with irresistible blasts of fuzz-filled indie pop for a while now and the Isle Of Wight native has kicked off 2020 with style with new single ‘Bang Bang Bang’.

Following on from 2019 debut EP Everything is Dogs, ‘Bang Bang Bang’ is of similar pedigree; fizzy with guitar-pop brilliance. With driving guitars, hooks you could hang a hat on and sing-along chorus set against layers of endearing fuzz and distortion, ‘Bang Bang Bang’ is Hibberd’s catchiest and most anthemic song yet. Hibberd has carved out a rep for super catchy and fuzz-filled guitar-pop heroics and even taking a cursory glance at her output over the past 12 months, it is easy to see why. It has been one solid gold tune after another, and ‘Bang Bang Bang’ is as good as any of them.

Check out ‘Bang Bang Bang’ below and if you like what you hear, there is plenty more where that came from here.

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.

Elsa Lester – ‘Sweet Ghost Inc.’

Elsa Lester, aka Lisa van Kampen, is a Dutch singer/songwriter with a penchant for no-frills guitar-pop.

2017 debut Stress Relief – written, recorded and produced in her bedroom – and 2018 Dinner Party EP established her as a real talent for catchy-as-can-be fuzzed-up guitar-pop. Good news folks; Elsa Lester is back with a new single, with an EP to follow. ‘Sweet Ghost Inc.’ is a bright, upbeat and breezy bout of divine indie-pop as it skips by with a jaunty vibe amid layers of lush fuzz and mild distortion. It is melodic and filled with hooks you could hang your hat on while hushed, honeyed vocals deliver a juxtaposed tale of struggle with insecurity and self-doubt. It is, as we’ve become accustomed to with Elsa Lester, an irresistibly infectious fuzz-filled wee earmworm that’ll be fizzing around your head for days and days.

The forthcoming EP Back From Vacation is expected soon – for now, there is plenty to enjoy below: