Worldcub – ‘Here Comes The Moonshadow’

Formerly known as CaStLeS, Worldcub are Welsh psych-pop outfit piloted by brothers Cynyr and Dion Hamer, in addition to new members Carwyn Ginsberg (Hippies V Ghosts / Fauna Twin) on guitar and Dion Wyn Jones (Alffa) on bass.

Under previous guise of CaStLeS, their swirling sonic brew of psychedelic surf rock kraut-rock grooves never disappointed and 2016 debut Fforesteering is magical. To accompany the new handle, Worldcub have released a new single ‘Here Comes The Moonshadow’. With its layers of beautiful vocal harmonies engulfing stomping percussive loops, it is hypnotic and blissful psych.It is underpinned by hazy, reverb-heavy guitars which gradually become more erratic and off-kilter while cosmic flashes and frazzled effects cascade from above as lilting Welsh vocals float above this sonic brew. Beautiful, blissful and utterly bewitching.

Check out ‘Here Comes The Moonshadow’ below, it is out now alongside equally wonderful Welsh language b-side ‘Hel y Hadau’.

Phileas Fogg – ‘Will Never be Played Again’

Phileas Fogg is the moniker of London-based artist Asi Binyamini, who like his namesake – the protagonist in Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days – Fogg spirits us away on an imaginative intrepid adventure.

Fogg introduced his decidedly catchy brand of reverb and fuzz-laden psych-rock with single ‘Ready or Not’ in 2018 and he’s back with ‘Will Never Be Played Again’. It is an enthralling psych-rocker, tentatively building from a haunting and unsettling opening atmosphere it gradually grows in slowburning fashion, swelling as his vocals ascend rousingly above the dense competing layers of psych noise to add a topping of the anthemic. ‘Will Never Be Played Again’ serves as a timely reminder of Fogg’s knack for the hypnotic and captivating tunes – as evidenced by its predecessor ‘Ready or Not’.

Listen to ‘Will Never Be Played Again’ below now – (it is actually a reworking of a single of the same name, release earlier this year, as the eagle-eyed among you may have noticed).

Silverbacks – ‘Sirens’

Dublin-based post-punk outfit Silverbacks continue their propensity for brilliance with new single ‘Sirens’ – something we’ve become accustomed to with a steady stream of singles over the past few years.

While we still await their debut album (rumoured to be primed for release next year) any new material from Silverbacks is most welcome indeed and with ‘Sirens’, they are signing off 2019 in some style. Silverbacks have once again teamed up with Girl Band’s Daniel Fox who also produced ‘Dunkirk’, ‘Just In The Band’ and ‘Pink Tide’ and is every bit as brilliant as the other tracks, and is probably their most irresistible single yet. Built around a propulsive bass-line, kinetic rhythms and barrage of razor-edged guitars that all coalesce to one united tight interlocked groove; ‘Sirens’ is phenomenal. It unleashes a relentless energy as it hits the sweet spot between melodic repetition, pent up aggression and danceable infectiousness, like an LCD groove hanging out with the jerky art-rock infection of Futureheads, as Daniel O’Kelly’s vocals reflect as such, fluctuating from focused to distraction. A simply stunning single, and one their best yet – hopefully the debut album is with us sooner rather than later.

Listen to ‘Sirens’ below:

Also, people of Derry, Silverbacks are in town to play the Nerve Centre on December 13.

Slow Riot – ‘Heaven’s Daughter’

Irish post-punk outfit Slow Riot have finally released their much anticipated debut album G.A.D but the release is bittersweet.  It is a record that more than delivers on the huge promise of their early singles & EPs but having disbanded in 2018, it is hard to believe this is likely the last we’ll hear from the Limerick band.

The album, like previous releases, channels classic post-punk influences – Gang of Four, Television, Wire – combined with more contemporary bands such as Interpol. Girl Band and Future of the Left; into a bold, peerless and sometimes seething sound that unrepentantly reside on the darker side of post punk. ‘Heaven’s Daughter’ is the lead single and one of many highlights on G.A.D. It is intense, epic and driven as stunning layers of burning guitars keep pace with the unrelenting rhythm as Clancy’s passionate brogue delivers a layer of lyrical darkness which soars above. It is a massive, massive tune that wields a mighty power, and is quintessentially Slow Riot.

It is such a shame that this will likely be the last we’ll hear from them but on a positive note at least we have G.A.D to console ourselves with and just in case it hasn’t been clear enough already; it is a superb record and a hell of way to bow out.

Listen to ‘Heaven’s Daughter’ below and then head over here to listen to the album.

Glitter Party – ‘Glitter Party’

Glitter Party is a Canadian outfit doing a wonderfully addictive line in fuzzy garage pop. I say ‘outfit’ but Glitter Party is the sole creation of a 19-year-old, Toronto-based musician called Sam, who crafted a whole album in house over the course of a month.

The resulting self-titled record is a whirlwind of hyperactive yet beautifully catchy and sweetly melodic garage-pop goodness bathe in swathes of fuzz & distortion – and this prowess is never better demonstrated than by lead single, also called ‘Glitter Party’.It is a two-and-a-half-minute frenzy of fuzzy, fun-filled and sweetly melodic garagey, noise-pop. Amid the exuberant bursts of energy and scuzzy riffs there is an irresistible alchemy at work. What makes this fuzz-filled racket so ear-pleasing is catchy harmonies and sweet pop hooks that woo the heart entirely. In typical fashion, this magnificent fuzz-fest will be bouncing round your head all day long.

Listen to ‘Glitter Party’ below and if that is to your liking, the album is here too.

Seatbelts – ‘Black Spring’

Liverpool outfit Seatbelts introduced their joyful brand of guitar pop with singles ‘Hey, Hey Tiger!’, ‘Content Crush’ and more recently ‘Capitalist Confession’

Comprised from James Madden and Ryan Murphy of Hooton Tennis Club, and Abigail Woods and Alex Quinn, Seatbelts are back with new single ‘Black Spring’. Inspired by the writings of Henry Miller, there is a subtle undercurrent of unease and tension amid the overwhelming charming, mellow and melodic vibe. Familiar yet fresh, ‘Black Spring’ touches on Brexit fears against a melancholic, twangy acoustic strum. There is an almost haunting air to it at times, especially with the mixing of vocals but their is light in the twinkling keys / synth and warm glow from (what I think is) organ hum. The dusky feel is brightened further by the instrumental bridges, coincidentally when that the song is at its most vibrant, colourful and experimental. ‘Black Spring’ is yet another wonderful track in an ever growing an impressive catalog. 

Tune in to ‘Black Spring’ below, and if it is to your liking, there is plenty more of the same over here.

NANCY – ‘Clic Clac’

Based in the North East of England, NANCY have demonstrated a propensity for audacious sonic adventures in art-rock meets post-punk.

This enigmatic talent has already afforded us an insight with furious and colourful whirlwind EP The Mysterious Visions last year and weird and wonderful single ‘When I’m With You’. NANCY has returned with another super single; raucous new foot-stomper ‘Clic Clac’. Clocking in just shy of two-minutes, ‘Clic Clac’ is a spectacular return, a hyperactive frenzied blitz of bone rattling drums, furious, jerky guitars, buzzing riffs and fizzing effects as slightly deranged vocals roar above. A chaotic, wild and arresting jam.

‘Clic Clac’ is out now – tune in below:

Milly – ‘People Are Forever’

Centred around songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Brendan Dyer, Milly is an Los Angeles outfit that blends elements of shoegaze, slowcore, and lo-fi indie into an intense brew of singular musical impression.

Milly have a succinctly titled EP, Our First Four Songs, out on November 6th which promises a feast of the aforementioned attributes and is preceded by lead single,  ‘People Are Forever’. It is slowly enveloping blitz of yearning, slow-burning guitars and smouldering emotion. Dyer’s voice rides along a wave of fuzzed-out guitars, gently uttered forward upon an off-kilter, stumbling but alluring melody, as the fuzz, distortion and raw emotion swells to climactic explosion. It is many things at once; raw yet beautiful, tense yet free and hard-hitting yet dreamy but one thing is for sure, it is phenomenal tune.

Check out  ‘People Are Forever’ below and keep an eye out for the EP coming on November 6th.


Mandalai Lamas – ‘I Don’t Know What To Do With My Life’

Mandalai Lamas are a bustling, buzzing and spirited psych-rock outfit from Halden, Norway.

Currently prepping the release of their debut LP – expected in early 2020 on Big Day Records – they have ramping up expectation levels with a series of singles, the latest of which is the superb, ‘I Don ́t Know What To Do With My Life’. It is a sub-three-minute blast of high energy garage-rock, laced with psych radiance and ragged, raw power. While ‘I Don ́t Know What To Do With My Life’ trashes, screeches and rumbles rumbustiously along, it is supremely catchy,melodic and mashed with hooks you could hang your hat on. It is here the brilliance of their sound lies, as they traverse the space between brash and beautifully catchy they create perfection through imperfection.

Get yourself acquainted with ‘I Don’t Know What To Do With My Life’ below and keep an eye out for their debut LP come the new year:

Sons Of Zöku – ‘Dead Poets’

Sons Of Zöku are psych-rock trio of Ricardo Da Silva, Ica Quintela and Jordan Buck from Adelaide, Australia.

The trio have been making waves in their native Australia (surely the most reliable source of modern psych) with their free-flowing, energetic and colourful explorations. Sons Of Zöku’s latest single ‘Dead Poets’ is a force of nature; not only the finest to date but without doubt, it is one of the standout singles from 2019. It is a colourful kaleidoscopic onslaught of psych-rock; thunderous drums, seductive grooves, colossal riffs, wailing guitars and vocals but tempered by rich and alluring melodies, eastern touches and the beauty of pastoral folk too. With ‘Dead Poets’
Sons Of Zöku have found a perfect balance between thunderous noise and subtle sweetness, and in doing so deliver a masterclass in psych-rock. As a sort of reference point think the meaty marauding stoner rock of Dead Meadow treated with flourishes of Revolver-era Beatles and the radiant euphoria of Screamadelica. 

Listen to ‘Dead Poets’ below – it is a thrilling ride.