NZ synth-pop duo, Dunes, announce debut album


Announce self-titled debut album

Share acoustic cover of ‘Hard

Dunes have announced the official release of their new self-titled debut album, scheduled to surface on February 9th 2018 via DRM NZ. To commemorate the occasion, the magnetic pair have also shared a delicate acoustic cover of their latest single ‘Hard’, filmed by Christian Tjandrawinata (watch here).

The songs on their debut offering were born out of a musical collaboration between New Zealand-born sisters Jamie & Tessa McDell, through fusing together their contrasting music influences to tell raw and honest stories of their lives.

Produced and engineered by Thomas Healy (Tiny Ruins, Clap Clap Riot, Paquin), it is a melting pot of Jamie’s penchant for strong, structured pop tunes, and experimentation with new and unique synth and instrumental laters inspired by Tessa’s diverse listening leans.

The sisters started writing collaboratively when they realized how little involvement they had in each other’s lives growing up. With music being their common ground, writing and recording in close, creative proximity over the past year became their way of opening up to each other about some of their most difficult experiences. While Tessa, like Jamie, has also grown up listening to country music, her influences expand further into Hip Hop and R&B, which pulled them further down the rabbit hole in finding and developing a sound that is Dunes’ own. The result is refreshingly honest and relatable, as much as it is autobiographical.

Jamie is no stranger to the New Zealand music industry, having two Gold singles and a Gold-selling, NZ Music Award-winning album under her belt, while sister Tessa has, up until the past year, spent most of her spare time studying animal behaviour and releasing her own solo material.

Earlier this year, the pair’s debut single ‘Horses’ took on the world, gathering attention towards the sisters’ synthpop side project after being uploaded to Soundcloud and shared around by fans. It was picked up by NOISEY, who said of the track: “on first listen justifies their early comparisons to the big pop of Grimes and Purity Rings.”). Since then, Dunes have released a new single (‘Hard’) with an accompanying Benjamin Brooking directed music video, which followed on in the footsteps of its sleek predecessor – presenting the family disposition for strong melody crafting and songwriting.

Dunes – out February 9th 2018 via DRM NZ
Available to pre-order here

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Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker announce ‘Birds EP’

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Rough Trade Records are excited to announce the release of ‘The Birds’ EP by Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker. The six track EP will be released both digitally and as a very limited edition 12” – 650 copies worldwide, to co-incide with them supporting Richard Thompson on his sold out UK Tour this October. A very limited quantity of the EP on CD will also be for sale via the Rough Trade Records Webstore, otherwise only available on the band’s merch table! Continue reading

METZ share new video for Cellophane – album out now!

Today the Toronto noise-rock-punk trio METZ release their ferocious (Steve Albini-produced) third album Strange Peace! 

“The songs on Strange Peace are about uncertainty,” Edkins explains. “They’re about recognizing that we’re not always in control of our own fate, and about admitting our mistakes and fears. They’re about finding some semblance of peace within the chaos.”

To celebrate they have released a video for “Cellophane”, Watch the discombobulating black-and-white clip for “Cellophane” below.

METZ is Alex Edkins (guitar, vocals), Hayden Menzies (drums), and Chris Slorach (bass). 

One of the UK’s most talked about young bands (and new Dead Oceans signing) Shame shares their new single and video, Concrete.



Today, one of the UK’s most talked about young bands (and new Dead Oceans signing) Shame shares their new single and video, Concrete. A bracing jolt of a song, Concrete races forward on a tightly wound post-punk riff, its call-and-response vocals capturing the turmoil and schizophrenic internal dialogue of the song’s subject matter.

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club announce their new forthcoming album Wrong Creatures, and release the first single the  “Little Thing Gone Wild”.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club announce their new forthcoming album Wrong Creatures – out January 12th, and release the first single the  “Little Thing Gone Wild”…

A return to their trademark sound of scuzzy bass, slurry, heavy vocals and shrieking guitars Wrong Creatures was Produced by Nick Launay (Nick Cave, Arcade Fire) and recorded at Sunset Sound.

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TORRES: Watch the video for new single ‘Helen in the Woods’

OUT FRIDAY 29 SEPTEMBER: TORRES ‘Three Futures’ (4AD/Rhythmethod)
Watch the video for new single ‘Helen in the Woods’


Mechanized grooves are placed at the forefront, providing a framework for perforated electro-pop static, gothic textures, and insistent Krautrock motifs. She employs a more animated, frantic delivery to convey the dark obsessive desires described in ‘Helen in the Woods,’ while elsewhere she exhibits a throaty, hollow timbre or takes a solemn, reverential approach.


“Rock’s Not Dead: It’s Ruled by Women” Introducing… Snail Mail (Matador Records)

Snail Mail is Jordan’s first band. Though she took up the guitar at age 5 and has been playing ever since, it wasn’t until the spring of 2015—moved by the complementary forces of a devastating Grouper drone set and an insurrectionary Downtown Boys rock baptism—that she endeavoured to form a group of her own. Two weeks after their first practice, Snail Mail played their debut gig at a Maryland festival alongside punk bands Sheer Mag, Priests, and Screaming Females.”
The Brooklyn dwelling Baltimore native Lindsey Jordan piqued Matador’s curiosity with her artful approach to guitar playing, anchored firmly in the heritage of the female-led rock canon of the 90’s and beyond.
Off the back of earning enviable praise and column inches that bely her years, Lindsey & Matador have inked a deal which will see them working towards the release of a new full length record in 2018, the first material since last year’s ‘Habit’ EP. Snail Mail will be seeing out the year playing shows in the U.S.A with Beach Fossils.
Plus a video for the track ‘Thinning’ can be viewed here: 

And immerse yourself in the recent NY Times article ‘Rock’s Not Dead: It’s Ruled by Women’ where Lindsey is featured prominently. 

BULLY release new single for RUNNING – new album LOSING out October 20th on Sub Pop

Bully are back with a new album, more powerful and hard hitting than ever. Now on Sup Pop worldwide, Losing will be released October 20th. Off the back of the first single “Feel The Same” which had critics and fans alike raving about its intensity, the band are offering another glimpse into the new album releasing the new song “Running.” Alicia Bognano explains the meaning behind the song telling us, “Overall, Running is about shamelessly keeping yourself distracted or making up excuses to avoid processing certain emotions.”

Losing has all the hallmarks of an iconic album and on the band’s sophomore release, they’ve landed harshly in the adult world, and are facing the brutality of life. New York Magazine tipped the album in the Fall Music Preview writing “Alicia Bognanno has the loveliest snarl this side of Nirvana’s Live at Reading. That it’s in a pop-punk setting, with lyrics reckoning with adulthood, only strengthens its power.”
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“”Feel The Same”….also plumbs an uncomfortably static state of mind. But this time Bognanno doesn’t try to lighten that feeling-instead, she intensifies it.” – Pitchfork 
“Though a relatively quick 2:22, it perfectly catches the feeling of having your mind overtaken by barrage of useless thoughts as backing vocals pan left and right.” – Consequence of Sound 
“The track is Riff Central (population: Bully), and features Bognanno’s rasping, urgent vocal spitting out lyrics about boredom and stasis over a raging blow of an instrumental that’s all frustration and released repression.” – Noisey 
“‘Feel The Same’ is a two-and-a-half minute jolt of energy, layered with catchy hooks and the singer’s penetrating howls.” – Paste
“A quick blast of fuzz that recalls Sonic Youth at their most compact and Live Through This-era Hole.” – Spin
“A ragged and propulsive rocker that serves as a great introduction to a great band.” – Stereogum 
“The new track is a tightly compact punk rock eager that carries some major, vintage Sonic Youth vibes.” – Uproxx

Destroyer announce new album ‘ken’

On October 20, Destroyer returns with ken.

Of his 12th studio album and its enigmatic title, Destroyer’s Dan Bejar offers the following:

Sometime last year, I discovered that the original name for “The Wild Ones” (one of the great English-language ballads of the last 100 years or so) was “Ken.” I had an epiphany, I was physically struck by this information. In an attempt to hold on to this feeling, I decided to lift the original title of that song and use it for my own purposes. It’s unclear to me what that purpose is, or what the connection is. I was not thinking about Suede when making this record. I was thinking about the last few years of the Thatcher era. Those were the years when music first really came at me like a sickness, I had it bad. Maybe “The Wild Ones” speaks to that feeling, probably why Suede made no sense in America. I think “ken” also means “to know.” Continue reading

Wolf Parade to release Cry, Cry, Cry, the group’s thunderous fourth album, worldwide on October 6

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Wolf Parade will release the thunderous Cry Cry Cry, the band’s first new album in seven years (and fourth full-length overall), on CD / 2xLP / DL / CS worldwide from Sub Pop on Friday, October 6th, 2017.

The soaring choruses, rousing anthems, sprawling guitars and chaotic keys that make up Wolf Parade are proudly on display over the course of Cry Cry Cry. These elements are captured on the album’s anthemic lead single “Valley Boy” [listen here] and additional standouts “You’re Dreaming,” “Artificial Life” and “King of Piss and Paper. ” Cry Cry Cry was produced by John Goodmanson at Robert Lang Studios in Seattle and mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound in New York. Continue reading