Bee Bee Sea – ‘Daily Jobs’

Italian garage-psych trio Bee Bee Sea specialize in loud, propulsive and guitar-driven psych infused garage rock stompers.

New single ‘Daily Jobs’ encapsulates everything you need to know about their scuzzy, frantic and frenzied sound in just over three minutes. It is a furious assault of frenzied riffs, crunchy guitars, sharp tempo shifts, melodic choruses, euphoric singalongs and whopper hooks all bathed in fuzz and distortion; it is both wildly manic and ridiculously catchy. The latter reflective of the burden of life as it swings wildly and the all-consuming thirst for hope, release and escapism; shitty jobs can be suffocating. ‘Daily Jobs’ a frantic, frenzied of barrage of scintillating riffs, hooks and fuzz; an absolute beast but one that is rather easy on the ear at the same time.

Listen to ‘Daily Jobs’ below:

FONDA – ‘No Begonias’

It’s been four years since we’ve heard new material from Irish post-punk outfit FONDA but the intervening period was anything but boring.

Lead singer and frontman Liam O’Connor did a stint with brilliant Limerick post-punk powerhouse Slow Riot through to their conclusion and subsequent posthumous album release, while Patrick Bourke & Laura Kelly left for pastures new in North America.

All that aside, O’Connor and FONDA are back with a new line-up featuring fellow Limerick musicians; John Ahern (Hey Rusty), Paul Cosgrave (Slow Riot) and Sean O’Mahony (Inner City Radio) and the first fruits from this new formation comes in the shape of powerful new single ‘No Begonias’. It is a huge and epic post-punk anthem with dark and dramatic vocal soaring stridently above as urgent guitars burn, riffs surge with intense and searing intensity, and meaty basslines relentless rhythm reverberate amid the distortion below. A gripping, insistent and emotionally charged post-punk fervour – a triumphant return from FONDA.

Listen to ‘No Begonias’ below:

Kidsmoke – ‘The Bluest You’

Welsh indie Kidsmoke – Lance, James, Sophie & Ash – have been charming us with their woozy indie-pop wonders for sometime now.

Following a string of sublime singles, the Wrexham outfit have announced their intention to release their debut album in June via the Libertino Records and are previewing it with another beautiful slice of dream-pop splendour; ‘The Bluest You’. Tender, melodic and hushed vocals drift majestically above the undulating, alluring and dreamy haze of mild fuzz and distortion below. It slowly but steadily grows and swells while guitars shimmer and jangle, riffs burn brightly and divine harmonies melt your heart. This is absolutely flawless indie, executed with a deft touch and heartwarming sentiment; it is hypnotizing, hazy and euphoric – a divine combination.

Listen to ‘The Bluest You’ below and keep an eye out for the debut album coming on June 17th.

LØE – ‘People Have The Power’

LØE are a UK based alternative-rock outfit who’s raison d’etre is weaving speech and music to create a reflection of our times, and to capture and reflect triumph, heroism, anguish and struggle throughout society.

On their debut single ‘People Have The Power’ they marshal all their might to craft an artful and powerfully evocative mix of post-rock, post-punk and krautrock, with a hint of instrumental hip hop and electronica. It is an epic and electrifying powerhouse that opens with a relative whisper as John Lennon speech flutters through a cinematic air, twinkly synth and glistening guitars line before exploding into a riff fueled frenzy – riffs roar, guitars crunch and drums bang as it ebbs and flows with power and a deft touch of elegance. It is a stunning jam that captivates from the first note to the rousing and explosive concluding climax of thundering drums and serrated, buzzsaw riffs. A mighty, riotous and epic debut – an absolute must listen.

Check out ‘People Have The Power’ below:

CIEL – ‘Same Old Times With U’

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

Together, the trio concoct a heady brew of starry-eyed dream pop with shoegaze, psych and indie brushstrokes – demonstrated exquisitely by new single ‘Same Old Times With U’. Lifted from the forthcoming debut Movement EP, it is less uptempo than its predecessor ‘Days’ but chock full of lush guitars, soft vocals and dreamy synths. Drifting gracefully along with an otherworldly charm and marked by an air melancholy and nostalgia, as Hindriks’ stunning voice takes centre stage and carries the song forward while guitars jangle amid a woozy wonderland below.

Another sumptuous single from their debut EP which is out now. Listen to ‘Same Old Times With U’ below:

Junk Drawer – ‘What I’ve Learned / What I’m Learning’

Junk Drawer have been creating unruly blasts of sonic fury since 2016 but the Belfast quartet are releasing their debut album Ready for the House this coming Friday (April 24th) via Art For Blind.

Ahead of the album’s arrival comes new single, and the album’s opening salvo, ‘What I’ve Learned / What I’m Learning’. Mixing it up with brush strokes of psych, post-punk, 90s indie, shoegaze, psych and post-punk Junk Drawer deliver a sprawling 7 minutes of relentless, frenzied delirium. Opening with a meandering array of slowburning guitars and riffs that melt the heart before subtly drifting away as rampaging rhythm, caustic guitar lines and barrage of relentless roar of searing riffs emerge through a swell of distortion, feedback and psychedelic drones. It is a raw and caustic thriller, an unrelenting electrifying juggernaut of a jam that screeches through serrated layers of sonic energy, squealing distortion and spiraling fuzz. As was previously stated, this is the album opener, and oh my, does this get you in the humour for the album. Yes sir. 

Taken from Junk Drawer’s debut LP Ready For The House, out April 24 via Art For Blind Records.

Ex Norwegian – ‘Jove Was At Home’

Miami Beach psych-rockers Ex Norwegian are spending their 2020 releasing new music almost every Friday, mostly obscure covers of favourites, like this one from Irish psych-folk troupe Dr. Strangely Strange’s 1971 track ‘Jove Was At Home’

The original, a gentle, playful and pristine psych-folk jaunt is afforded an electric make-over into a psych stomper. While retaining the sweetness and melody of the original, this re-imagining it saunters along a swaggering groove and stomping beat amid a heady haze of warm fuzz and distortion as guitars buzz, riffs fizz and fuzz with hazy, nonchalant vocals loom large in the background. A superb and very easy on the ear tune, this is one of the more unusual things to cross my path recently but a welcome one at that. I had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Strangely Strange live a few years back (on my Dad’s recommendation who is a big fan) and they were really enjoyable. 

Listen to Ex Norwegian do Dr. Strangely Strange and ‘Jove Was At Home’ below:



ADAMA – ‘Light’

Hailing from Östersund in Northern Sweden, psych-outfit ADAMA come bearing a lavish array of psych sounds, cosmic escapism, and all resplendent with colour and imagination.

Their latest offering is GANGA! – a seven-track kaleidoscopic adventure that is simultaneously spaced-out, intense and ethereal – which is accompanied with the epic cosmic escapism that is ‘Light’. Ushered along a deep propulsive groove as guitars shimmer amid a haze of warm fuzz and distortion as a lush organ hum illuminates a path for the the hushed, hazy vocals stretching for heaven. ‘Light’ is an epic aural adventure, a hypnotic hymn setting spaced-out psych-rock side-by-side with lavish gospel – it is utterly divine.

Get transfixed below, listen to ‘Light’, and if that is to your liking, why not try GANGA! here.


Drens – ‘Saditsfiction’

Dortmund/Cologne fuzz loving garage rock / surf punk foursome Drens are back with their new single ‘Saditsfiction’.

‘Saditsfiction’ is the second single lifted from the German outfit’s forthcoming debut EP‚ Pet Peeves‘, and in case you’re wondering, it is a doozy! Less frenzied and spiky than previous singles – ‘No’ & ‘Yellow Teeth’ – ‘Saditsfiction’ opens with a reverb drenched, new wavey guitar hook and met by dreamy guitar underpinned by a bubbling bassline groove as it shifts through the gears of catchy, power-pop addiction. It is an undeniable earworm; fuzzed up and catchy as hell, it’s got swagger, danceability and hooks you could hang your hat on while vocally, it slides from nonchalant to passionate with an ease and breeze. A more nuanced side of their talents, this might be the best we heard yet from Drens.

Listen to ‘Saditsfiction’ below while we await the new EP, due on May 15th.

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: