Cousin Kula – ‘MIMO’

Bristol six-piece Cousin Kula specialise in explorations of dreamy, jazz-influenced psych-tinged pop, and with latest single ‘MIMO’ they do that with aplomb.

MIMO is the final single lifted from second EP STROODLES, follow up to 2017’s OODLES, and it is a smooth, smouldering and seductive slice of proggy psych-pop. Taking in an eclectic blend of music from pop and jazz through to psych and prog, it slinks languidly through a cosmic world of colourful synths, frazzled electronics, bubbling bass and free form rhythms. It is simultaneously laid back and bursting with passion as empowering lyrics flow over this exploration in sound collage. It is an amazing track with layers upon layers of intricately pieced together components revealing more and more with each listen – and by the same virtue, rewarding more with each and every listen. 

Check out ‘MIMO’ below – and the entire EP is here too.

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.

Eilis Frawley – ‘illusions’

Eilis Frawley is a name familiar to some eagle eyed regular patrons as the drummer from I Drew Blank / Party Fears.

Working under her own name, Frawley plans to release debut EP ‘Never Too Emotional’ via Reckless Yes early in the new year, and heralding this news comes super single ‘illusions’. Unsurprisingly Anchored in its rhythmic power, Frawley creates an intriguing canvas for thought-provoking and transfixing spoken word narratives. A Krautrock-inspired groove emerges from the atmospheric haze as a cosmic combo of frazzled electronics, laser beam like sounds and fizzing synth create futurist sound collage for Frawley’s vocal. It is a transfixing and beautiful yet jarring musical vision of off-kilter brilliance. 

Listen to  ‘illusions’ below and keep an eye out for the forthcoming debut EP Never Too Emotional out via Reckless Yes early next year.

The JUNGLES!!! – ‘Roller Coaster’

The JUNGLES!!! are Japanese noisemaking outfit comprised from members of Red Bacteria Vacuum.

Together this trio make one hell of a noise as evidenced by furious new single ‘Roller Coaster’. Released as part of a new Japanese compilation called Tokyo Chikatetsu Vol 2, ‘Roller Coaster’ is wild! It is just under four minutes of furious, unrelenting energy and thunderous noise as pounding drums fearlessly keep a frantic tempo as scintillating riffs, meaty guitars and screeching vocals wield a furious and powerful spell. The potency and pace never lets up, it is an absolute riot, and all cloaked in layers of fuzz and distortion. 

Listen to ‘Roller Coaster’ below – and turn it up loud!

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:

HAVVK – ’52’


Formidable Irish outfit HAVVK will release their debut album Cause & Effect on November 22 and the alt-rock trio have been upping anticipation with a slew of scintillating singles – ‘Always The Same’, ‘Birds On A Wire’ and ‘Shifting Shape’ – and HAVVK have added another to the fold.

Written while living in London, new single ‘52’ exudes an ominous and tense atmosphere, reflecting the divisive nature of the Brexit campaign, as HAVVK attempt to make sense of the darkness and find a way through.
Front woman Julie Hawk’s distinctively impassioned vocal take centre stage, soaring majestically over the ethereal alt-rock backdrop before packing a punch as the chorus sets in, mirroring the anger for the situation at hand. It is raw and filled with anger, it is a song laced with ethereal beauty and finds a space where harsh and gentle can coexist. ’52’ is yet another majestic reason to look forward to the HAVVK’s forthcoming debut LP.

Listen to ’52’ below & HAVVK will be launching Cause and Effect on 6 December 2019 at the Bello Bar in Dublin.

BDRMM – ‘Shame’

Hull based outfit bdrmm have been blurring the lines between ‘90s indie-rock, shoegaze, psych and slacker dream pop since 2018, and wooing us in the process.

Having teamed up with them for their Singles Club, bdrmm have signed to Sonic Cathedral, for debut EP If Not, When? which arrives on October 11. Ahead of the forthcoming release they have shared ‘Shame’, the first track to be lifted from their new EP and arrives via a similar sonic playground as its predecessors. Anchored by a winding, meaty bassline and glistening guitar-line it hurtles off along a metronomic beat as a white hot scorching riff rises to welcome locked, icy monotony of the vocal delivery. Combine the aforementioned qualities with the transfixing rhythms and you have ‘Shame’; this is bdrmm at their most assured and most potent to date.

Listen to ‘Shame’ below:

NANCY – ‘When I’m With You’

NANCY is mysterious, reclusive post-punk outfit hailing from the North East of England.

Self-described as “Sgt. Peppers for degenerates”, NANCY demonstrated a propensity for furious, jerky and brilliantly mind blowing art-rock meets post-punk sounds with colourful EP The Mysterious Visions last year. 

Following on from that, NANCY is back with yet another weird and wonderful tune in the shape of ‘When I’m With You’. It’s a spectacular return, one comprised from a glittering confection of colours and shimmering synths and whisked together with otherworldly magic as melodic vocals rush over a seductive, Northern Soul-esque groove. It is supremely catchy and it’s off-kilter, playful allure is one that is hard to resist – it is an arresting fusion of sound. 

Listen to ‘When I’m With You’ below – The Mysterious Visions EP is well worth checking out – tune in here.

Memes – ‘Happy Shopper’

Glasgow lo-fi post punk noise-makers, Memes, introduced their fiery, furious and feisty wares this summer with double A-side debut single, ‘Blah Blah Blah‘ / ‘Funny Man‘.

A thrilling, raw and exhilarating opening salvo, Scottish duo Memes – comprised of cousins John and Paul McLinden – have returned with new single ‘Happy Shopper’, and they have nailed it again. Opening with a steady tambourine beat and meaty bass riff, ‘Happy Shopper’ is as prickly and barbed as its predecessors with sneering, sardonic vocals are spat out over it. Joined by sharp, rising riffs, steady beat and a melodic sensibility, it is a short, sharp and swaggering blast of thrilling (and utterly infectious) post-punk. As with the double A-side, Memes have delivered a thrilling, sardonic and rockin’ jam (with flashes Sluts of Trust, The Fall & HMHB) that will have you hooked.

At the risk of sounding hyperbolic, Memes are one of the most exciting new discoveries of 2019 – listen to ‘Happy Shopper’ and tell me otherwise.
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Japanese Television – ‘Slime’

British four-piece Japanese Television captured our imagination when they introduced their furious fusion of post-punk, psychedelia and krautrock with exhilarating single ‘Bloodworm’ earlier this year.

The foursome have returned with new single ‘Slime’ and while those three aforementioned components remain front and centre, it is more foreboding than furious. The mood is glowering and sinister and the drone is very much in evidence. ‘Slime’ is propelled along a relentless, chugging groove, meaty bassline, burning guitars and kraut rhythms over minor keys,eerie tones and spooky feedback. Gripping and tense, there’s no let up in intensity – this is imaginative, dark and hard edged psych-rock of the very finest order.

Tune into ‘Slime’ below and if you like what you hear, their latest EP is here too.