NANCY – ‘Orange Yellow Orange’

Based in the North East of England, NANCY have demonstrated an enigmatic talent with a propensity for audacious sonic adventures that are anything but conventional.

More accustomed to frenzied blasts of art-rock meets post-punk steeped-in-psychedelia, on this occasion NANCY affords us a glimpse at a softer side with synthy single ‘Orange Yellow Orange’. It is a woozy little jam that will lull you into a trance with its seductive melody and laidback tranquility. Basked in a hazy glow, lush synths and pillowy soft percussives provide the perfect environment for the soothing and transfixing whistle to whisk you away before hushed vocals flutter into view. ‘Orange Yellow Orange’ is hazy, gentle and swoons with a heart melting melody doused with a tinge of beautiful melancholy.

‘Orange Yellow Orange’ offers us a glimpse into forthcoming EP ‘Happy Oddities’, which is out on August 7.

Neurotic Fiction – ‘Happy Goth’

Neurotic Fiction are Bristol-based outfit with a penchant for fast-paced, frantic, jerky and melodic post-punk sounds.

The foursomes latest release, EP Romance, is something of a bittersweet moment. Yes, it is a wonderful blast of jerky, agitated guitar pop but it marks their final bow, as they go their separate ways. Across the four tracks the EP offers us a short but precise insight to the magical allure of Neurotic Fiction’s sound and if there is one track that encapsulates their harmonic balance between frenzied guitar heroics and resplendent, intricate pop craft and ear for melody and the catchiest of hooks, it is EP closer ‘Happy Goth’. Propelled by relentless driving bass and urgent drums, jerky riffs and reverb-drenched surfy guitars collide to provide a twitchy and agitated backdrop. In lesser hands, the juxtaposition of this with the sunnier, lush and dreamy vocals probably wouldn’t work but thankfully Neurotic Fiction nail it.

Listen to ‘Happy Goth’ below, a standout from a superb EP (which is here). It’s a shame to see them ride off into the sunset…..

Mofer – ‘Across the Border’

Mofer are a German post-punk trio with a penchant for rough, raw and immediate sounds rooted in 80s and 90s indie and post punk vein.

The trio’s latest single ‘Across the Border’ is a perfect encapsulation of their sound. A bit indie, a bit post-punk, a bit alt-rock and a bit rough around the edge it – this coarseness is not to be confused with lacking skill. The gritty raw materials of slant-edged rhythms, chugging riffs and distortion provide a perfect vehicle for the sullen yet reflective vocals. It is a compelling jam filled with menace, noise and melancholy, and also ear pleasing melodies.

Listen to ‘Across the Border’ below:

Bee Bee Sea – ‘Gonna Get Me’

Italian garage-psych trio Bee Bee Sea specialize in loud, propulsive and guitar-driven psych infused garage rock stompers – something patently clear from their latest single ‘Gonna Get Me’, taken from their upcoming new album ‘Day Ripper’ which is due on October 9 via Wild Honey Records.

Following along the same lines as previous single ‘Daily Jobs’, new one ‘Gonna Get Me’ is a wildly addictive blast of scuzzy, hyperactive and incredibly catchy garage rock. The Italian trio combine their trademark upbeat, frantic and frenzied tempo with sunny vibes, cheery melodies and huge hooks; all bathed in a haze of warm fuzz and distortion. This is, like ; ‘Daily Jobs’ before it, hugely addictive stuff – but the kind of addiction that leaves you better for it.

Tune in to ‘Gonna Get Me’ below:

Springfield Elementary – ‘Doctor Doctor’

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 introduced their raw, raucous and thrilling sound with singles ‘Machine Fiend’ and ‘Five Second Rule’ – a fierce and fearsome blend of post-punk and garage-rock. With their new single ‘Doctor Doctor’ Springfield Elementary continue to explore the punk and psych realms of their sound with thrilling results. It is beautiful carnage as a huge wall of fuzzed-up guitars, meaty riffs, muscular drums and big bassy sounds combine over what is a very catchy groove while powerful, gritty vocals soar high above.  It is a massive tune, exhilarating and bursting with vitality and will have you headed straight for repeated plays.

‘Doctor Doctor’ is out now on Detention Records, and available from the usual haunts:


Mewn – ‘No Country’

Manchester outfit Mewn have spent the past two years refining and perfecting their sound in a decrepit mill where their studio resides. #

Theirs is a sound reminiscent of the passion from early Arcade Fire, the piercing energy of the Pixies and the ethereal electronics exploits of Brian Eno; and is all captured with gusto and confidence on Mewn’s debut single ‘No Country’. It is a bristling anthem that sprawls out with smoldering emotional grit as guitar lines glisten and shred amid the dark atmospherics and ominous low hum. ‘No Country’ is simultaneously eerie yet beautiful, as elegance and heartwarming charm sit perfectly side by side with a chilling air and murky mist. This is a stirring, powerful and captivating slice of dramatic post punk meets indie-rock that carefully carves its path through a sea of mournful airs.

Listen to ‘No Country’ below now:


SYBS – ‘Cwyr’

Welsh outfit SYBS introduced them and their wares with deliciously catchy debut single ‘Paid Gofyn Pam’ last year, and the Cardiff-based foursome are back with another beauty.

With ‘Cwyr’ (Wax), we find SYBS in a more serious, driven mood. Produced by Stefan Pringle (Adwaith, Estrons, KEYS), this adventure in post-punk and psychedelia is fueled by a relentless rhythmic groove, chugging guitars and flurries of fizzing riffs as it dances along with swagger and explosive energy while deep toned vocals scoot across the top.It is a powerhouse of irresistible rhythms, mighty riffs and hooks you could hang your hat on – a stellar piece of guitar wielding brilliance.

‘Cwyr’ is out now via the every excellent Libertino Records – listen to it below now:

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:

Dumb – ‘My Condolences’

Dumb are a Vancouver foursome who’s output to date has been nothing short of startling. Their intoxicating brand of post-punk noise wields a mighty power and it is a sound enhanced by dalliances with indie, punk, garage, post-punk and even occasional surf elements.

A fact abundantly clear from even a cursory glance at their back catalogue; Dumb have impressed no end from early EPs Friendship and Tulips, and of course albums Beach Church and last year’s Club Nites. While on the road supporting the latter, Dumb recorded a Tapetown Session between shows on the Scandinavian leg of their European tour, and the song the chose to perform is ‘My Condolences’. Lifted from 2019’s Club Nites, it captures the raw energy of the bands live shows caught for posterity in a ‘live in-studio’ setting. It is a frantic, frenzied of barrage of barked vocals backed by scintillating riffs, angular guitars and relentless jerky rhythms; ‘My Condolences’ is an absolute beast but one that is rather easy on the ear at the same time.

Listen / watch ‘My Condolences’ below & check out their back catalog here



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: