The Chats announce huge UK tour for December

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From forming in their mate’s bong shed in Coolum, Queensland 2016 when all three members were seventeen, to scoring a 24-carot bona fide viral hit on YouTube with ‘Smoko’ (currently up to 7.2m views) and headlining the Electric Ballroom in London in two short years, The Chats ascent has been rapid to say the least.

Following their forthcoming first appearance at the Reading and Leeds Festival in August, the Australian pub rock trio (they prefer ‘shed rock’) have also announced that they will be closing 2019 with a full UK tour in December, culminating in a headline show at The Forum, London on December 14th.

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The Chats join Division ahead of UK shows

This week we welcome Australian punks, The Chats to the roster whose Smoko video kicked them off in fine viral style with over 7m people now tuning in. Their latest Pub Feed video (below) has almost reached a million already.

Look out for their cheeky mullets playing live in the UK soon…

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Bad Breeding’s powerful new album, Exiled

Bad Breeding joined us ahead of their new album, Exiled that will drop via One Little Indian Records on June 21st. Right now there is not another band even close to matching their mesmeric hardcore-noise fuelled with political subject matter. The album is a stunning piece of work.

Love so far has come from Mojo ★★★★, The 405‘s Track of the Day, Clash, The Quietus, Louder Than War, DIY and more to follow. Find them out on the road annihilating venues this July.

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Nice Biscuit release Goodbye Luya single

Australia’s newest psychedelic buzz came in the cute form of Nice Biscuit, whose live shows at TGE and London were nothing other than exceptional.

Picked as one of 10 bands not too miss at TGE by NME, their luscious new chiller, Goodbye Luya picked up love from the NME playlist, Clash, London in Stereo and many more. Expect big things from this sextet as they form their new sound.

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Surfbort pick up a lot of love from the UK

Surfbort‘s unique blend of garage and punk arrived back in the UK last month for more shows that were once again, packed to the gills.

Armed with an amazing new animated video feat’ Gibby Haynes from the Butthole Surfers, Dani who fronts the band spoke to Guardian and NME ahead of TGE where they picked up a lead review from DIY and a feature in their June 2019 issue.

Look out for features coming from Dork, Huck, Crack, Autre and more this month….

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Ane Brun and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra announce live album

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Award winning song-writer Ane Brun is back with a new live album recorded with The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Hans Ek during a run of three sold out shows between 16–18 March.

LIVE AT BERWALDHALLEN features sixteen tracks drawn from work across the singer and songwriter’s fifteen years of studio recordings, and is released digitally today from https://balloon-ranger.lnk.to/LAB by Brun’s own Balloon Ranger Recordings, and available on vinyl and CD on October 5th.

ZZ Top guitarist and vocalist Billy F Gibbons announces solo album

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BILLY F GIBBONS PRESENTS ‘THE BIG BAD BLUES’

A “DOWN AN’ DIRTY” COLLECTION OF BFG ORIGINALS &
CLASSIC BLUES COVERS RELEASED SEPTEMBER 21ST VIA SNAKEFARM RECORDS

With his signature beard and African headgear, Billy F Gibbons is instantly recognisable. He’s best known as the centrepiece and one third of ZZ Top, the band that came together in 1969 and has stayed part of the American musical landscape ever since – the longest running major rock band still composed of its original members.

In 2015, Concord Records released Billy’s debut solo album, the Afro-Cuban flavoured ‘Perfectamundo’, which was followed by performances at the Havana Jazz Festival. Now, its follow-up comes in the shape of ‘The Big Bad Blues’, released September 21st via Snakefarm Records.

Co-produced by Billy and Joe Hardy, and put to tape at Foam Box Recordings in the former’s hometown of Houston, it is just as the title suggests – a lovingly crafted collection fuelled by Billys’ lifelong love of the blues and rock ‘n’ roll, showcasing the unique vocals and guitar licks that have together informed his numerous hits over the past five decades.

The record features 11 tracks balancing classic covers, like Muddy Waters’ ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin’’ and ‘Standing Around Crying’, with some of Billy’s signature new blues originals, all recorded by a stellar line-up of musicians including Hardy on bass, Matt Sorum (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver/The Cult) and Nashville session great Greg Morrow on drums, and Austin stalwart Mike ‘The Drifter’ Flanigin on keyboards; blues harp (harmonica) duties are handled by James Harmon as well as Billy who, of course, is the album’s vocalist and guitar slinger nonpareil.

JON SPENCER ANNOUNCES DEBUT SOLO ALBUM ‘SPENCER SINGS THE HITS!’

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JON SPENCER ANNOUNCES DEBUT SOLO ALBUM

‘SPENCER SINGS THE HITS!’ RELEASED NOVEMBER 2nd VIA IN THE RED RECORDS

UK DATES ANNOUNCED SUPPORTING THE MELVINS IN OCTOBER

Check out ‘Do The Trash Can’ – the album’s explosive opening track here:

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JON SPENCER, THE BLUES EXPLOSION MAN who put the BELLBOTTOMS on BABY DRIVER! The Top Cat who spread the Secret Sauce in BOSS HOG! The Rockabilly Right-Hook from Heavyweight Outlaws HEAVY TRASH! The Swank-Fucking Master of PUSSY GALORE!

Jon Spencer is back! Often imitated, never duplicated, the original NYC underground-rock legend returns from the wilderness with twelve red-hot hits, each more powerful than the last!

This is Garage Punk for Now People! A wizard’s brew of rhythm & blues and subversive dance grooves, weaponized with sci-fi skronk and industrial attitude, calibrated for the Revolution, a ball-peen hammer of sound guaranteed to destroy any post-modern hangover!

Pulsing with energy, clanging with excitement, and dripping with radioactive soul and raw emotion, Jon Spencer opens up his heart like never before, exploring man’s modern condition with caustic guitars and outerworld crooning, asking and answering the musical question, “Is it possible to torch the cut-throat world of fake news and pre-fab, plastic-coated teen ennui with the cold hard facts of rock’n’roll?”

THE ANSWER IS YES! SPENCER SINGS THE HITS!

This is the truth serum the World has been craving, the beginning of a rock’n’roll special counsel that takes no prisoners and puts the squares on ice.

For the recording, Jon travelled to the wilds of Benton Harbor, MI, to work with Bill Skibbe at the fabled Key Club Recording Company (where he had previously recorded the 2012 Blues Explosion album ‘Meat and Bone’) and enlisted the help and talents of friends Sam Coomes (Quasi, Heatmeiser) and M. Sord (M. Sord) to help track the songs.

“Sam is someone with whom I have crossed paths many times over the years, explains Spencer. “I have always been a fan of his wild keyboard style and twisted tunesmith-ery. (In fact we kicked around the idea of a collaboration way back in the early aughts.) I got to know Sord from previous visits to and projects done at the Key Club (Andre Williams, JSBX, & Boss Hog), he was the handyman and assistant engineer that turned out to be a great drummer.”

They set to work in the fall of 2017 where the songs were roughed out and brought to life on the studio floor, before the session was cut short due to the sudden death of Jon’s father-in-law.

“I had to rush back East to be with family, he explains. “But we accomplished enough – got basics down for all songs. I went back to Michigan (solo) in January to overdub and mix. In general, throughout the project, I tried not to overthink anything and instead just kept pushing forward, trusting in my instincts. I figured that I had already spent months and years thinking about this record and these songs”

‘Spencer Sings The Hits!’ comes strutting and swaggering out of your speakers, opening track ‘Do The Trash Can’, revving into life with a stripped-down floor tom-snare groove, before Spencer detonates the song into life with a howl of distortion and noise. It’s perfect Jon Spencer rock n’ roll in every way and with a sly nod to the past, features the clanking metal percussion associated with former band Pussy Galore (* former Pussy Galore cohort Bob Bert will be banging metal on live dates!)

“Nothing like digging the gas tank from an old Chevy out of a Michigan junkyard snow bank in January,” laughs Spencer. “The junkyard owner kept asking me if the metal was for a school project, but as a bluegrass player he could understand the possible use for a recording session.”

Eleven prime slices of righteous rock n’roll follow. Smouldering and smoking and exploding out of the valves. Jon Spencer IS rock n’roll.

TRACKLIST:
01 “Do The Trash Can”
02 “Fake”
03 “Overload”
04 “Time 2 Be Bad”
05 “Ghost”
06 “Beetle Boots”
07 “Hornet
08 “Wilderness”
09 “Love Handle”
10 “I Got the Hits”
11 “Alien Humidity”
12 “Cape”

Joyce Manor announce new album Million Dollars To Kill Me

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On September 21st, Joyce Manor will release their fifth full-length effort, Million Dollars to Kill Me. The album follows 2016’s critically lauded release, Cody.

Today, Joyce Manor have shared a lyric video for the title track from Million Dollars to Kill Me. With its Britpop-esque hooks and driving guitar riffs, “Million Dollars to Kill Me” centers on Joyce Manor’s understated-yet-poignant lyrics (e.g., “Nobody tells you it hurts to be loved”).

Produced by Converge’s Kurt Ballou, Million Dollars to Kill Me came to life at Ballou’s own GodCity Studio in Salem, Massachusetts. During the recording process, Joyce Manor guitarist/vocalist Barry Johnson, guitarist Chase Knobbe, bassist Matt Ebert, and new drummer Pat Ware slept right upstairs in bunk beds. “Kinda felt like camp,” Johnson notes. Additionally, Million Dollars to Kill Me was mixed by Andrew Scheps (Weezer, AFI, Green Day).

While Cody focused on growing up, Million Dollars to Kill Me looks at what happens next: reckonings with love, money, doubt, confusion, and the hope that persists despite it all. Throughout the album, Joyce Manor augment that tension with their layered guitar work: Knobbe’s uncommon ability to make songs sound sadder and tougher at the same time, Johnson’s flair for mixing minor and major chords to invoke a precise kind of overpowering melancholy.

Co-founded by Johnson and Knobbe in L.A.’s South Bay, Joyce Manor released their self-titled first album in 2011. The band made their Epitaph Records debut with Never Hungover Again, a 2014 effort that Pitchfork hailed as “their most ambitious and diverse album, as weird as it is instantly enjoyable.”

MILLION DOLLARS TO KILL ME TRACKLIST:

1. Fighting Kangaroo
2. Think I’m Still In Love With You
3. Big Lie
4. I’m Not The One
5. Million Dollars To Kill Me
6. Silly Games
7. Friends We Met Online
8. Up the Punx
9. Gone Tomorrow
10. Wildflowers

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NOTHING announce new album Dance on the Blacktop

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NOTHING return with their third installment, Dance On The Blacktop, scheduled for release on Relapse Records on August 24th.

NOTHING’s story pulls from all corners of life in its contents. Stories of self-loathing, self-destruction, and a general disdain for humanity and its, “insignificant” role in Domenic Palermo’s vision of the universe are met with his poised amusement and tranquil hysteria being one himself. All of this told through the eyes of a recently diagnosed Palermo suggesting he is dealing with the early stages of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy), a neurodegenerative disease found in people with serious head injuries. And as they packed themselves in a coffin-sized NYC apartment for 23 days to demo songs it became clear that the ripple effect left upon his psyche from dealing with these newfound symptoms would leave its mark on the material.

NOTHING sought out celebrated producer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr, Breeders, Sonic Youth, Kurt Vile) to help accentuate the band’s love for all sounds 90s, from rock to shoegaze to pop realms and on both sides of the pond. The next month was spent tracking at the historical Dreamland Studios in Woodstock, NY with newly appointed bassist Aaron Heard. As days moved by, Palermo spewed songs of heightened confusion, anxiety, paranoia, depression, and chronic battles with physical pain- a result of his unstable past and more recent illness. These themes, spoken in a lush angelic language are juxtaposed against the band’s now signature apocalyptic, reverberating wall of shimmering sound, all captured beautifully by Agnello and the open room.

Palermo on “Zero Day”: “The amount of difficulty a person faces when attempting to close the door on all sense, meaning, or value when thinking on our existence is hard to put in words, but to me it has always been the latter. I’ve laid awake countless nights contemplating human life, its hostile uselessness, and why I’m one of the few who choose to see it that way yet manage to move onward. So I suppose in that sense Zero Day is a song of paradoxical enlightenment”

Palermo first discovered Dance On The Blacktop’s title, taken from ancient prison slang meaning a fight or hit during outside recreation, in the works of urban fiction writers Donald Goines and Iceberg Slim. Known for their popularity throughout the prison system, Palermo became acquainted while he was incarcerated, later finding it to be a symbolic interpretation of the album’s philosophy. “I’ve learned to bask in the absurdity of it all- in the chaos,” preaches Palermo. “There’s beauty in the confusion if you can learn to hold its hand.”

There will be a limited run of a 2xLP, deluxe version. The core album will be on LP1, pressed on tri-coloured vinyl with an exclusive second 12″ picture disc featuring 4 bonus tracks. The album includes artwork directed by Mark Mccoy (Youth Attack Records, Charles Bronson), Domenic Palermo and shot by Ryan Lowry. For more info and to reserve a copy, visit here. For all digital retailers visit here.

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