My Bloody Valentine Reissuing Some Albums On Vinyl

UK Shoegaze pioneers My Bloody Valentine have announced that they are reissuing some of their past releases on vinyl.

The catch is they signed with Domino and the agreement only includes Isn’t Anything, Loveless, and MBV in the UK and only MBV in the US. “EP’s 1988-1991 & Rare Tracks” is available on CD only.

Warner Music Group retains the rights to all the back catalog except for MBV.

This is why you’re unable to find a US distributor for anything except MBV.

The reissues are available as standard vinyl (digitally sourced), deluxe vinyl (analogue sourced and more expensive), and all albums in a bundle deal. All 4 are available on CD.

Pre-orders for many have sold out but more are expected to be available. Subscribe to the My Bloody Valentine mailing list for updates.


Flyying Colours Announces Sophomore Album, Fantasy Country

Australian four-piece Flyying Colours are set to release their sophomore album ‘Fantasy Country’ on the 26th February via London-based independent label, Club AC30. Taking inspiration from the early 90s UK psych/shoegaze scene, ‘Fantasy Country’ is rich in sonic texture and shimmering atmospherics with a heavy dose of melody.

Formed in 2011 by school friends Brodie J Brümmer and Gemma O’Connor, Flyying Colours released their debut single ‘Wavygravy’ in 2013 with a self-titled EP following later that year. Honing their explosive sound on the Melbourne live scene and picking up numerous accolades along the way, the ‘ROYGBIV’ EP followed which received heavy rotation across worldwide radio including BBC Radio 6 Music and KEXP.

Having released their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Mindfullness’ in 2016, Flyying Colours have spent much of their time on the road with headline shows across the UK and Europe. “While it’s been a long time seemingly between records it doesn’t feel like that so much for us. We have previously been able to throw ourselves into recording over a period of time, however with this record was about creating that time in between touring and life. We are real people who work to pay our rent and to be able to go on tour,” says Brümmer.

From the swooning, sludgy ‘Goodtimes’ and urgent noise-fest of ‘Big Mess’, to the gorgeous melodic pop of ‘OK’, Flyying Colours look to redefine noise within the context of pop music. Elsewhere, ‘It’s Real’ is perfect, summery dreampop while the crushingly loud ‘White Knuckles’ and chugging ‘Boarding Pass’ is a hazy, echo-laden spaced-out affair.

“This album was supposed to now be 6-12 months old. We take touring and supporting our music live pretty seriously so it would have been very difficult for us to put out this album during the early stages of the pandemic. We are very lucky to be in Australia right now where shows are starting up again, and we of course hope to be touring internationally again soon,” says Brümmer.

Flyying Colours have toured with Johnny Marr, Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Jesus & Mary Chain, The Black Angels and A Place to Bury Strangers and are set to return to the UK in 2021 with a 7-date April tour.

Flyying Colours is Brodie J Brümmer, Gemma O’Connor, Melanie Barbaro and Andy Lloyd-Russell.

Track Listing

  1. Goodtimes
  2. Big Mess
  3. Ok
  4. Its Real
  5. White Knuckles
  6. Eyes Open
  7. This One
  8. Boarding Pass

Pressing Information

200 x yellow & pink spinner effect 180g vinyl LP in full colour inner and thick reverse board outer sleeve
200 x transparent green & solid blue moon phase effect 180g vinyl LP in full colour inner and thick reverse board outer sleeve

Order from Club AC30

Order from Poison City Records (exclusives)


Sweam Releases Debut Album

Norwegian indie pop, dream pop, shoegaze outfit Sweam have released their debut album,  Lounge Music For Cat People.

It was recorded/mixed by Morten Øby, at Taakeheimen Lydrike, Oslo. It was engineered by Espen Høydalsvik who worked with fellow shoegazers Serena-Maneesh.

It was released on Bandcamp in 2020 and they printed up a very limited run of 25 numbered vinyl records.

Recommended if you like: DIIV, Mumrunner, Foals


Seattle Band Spirit Award Announces 3rd Album, Lunatic House

Seatle based Spirit Award have announced their 3rd LP, Lunatic House, and it’s up Bandcamp for pre-order now.

Available on Limited Edition gold vinyl (100 copies), black vinyl, cd, or digital.

The cover art was done by artist Joe Rudko. (

Lunatic House was in part a collaboration between Daniel and Producer Trevor Spencer (Fleet Foxes, Valley Maker) and Drummer/Engineer James Barone (Beach House, Tennis, Nathaniel Rateliff). The idea was to create a vibe through the record; aggressive, noisy, and pulsating.

“And while Lunatic House does resemble a haunted house of everyday horrors, there is a hope and light at the end of the hallway – a call to others to get active and motivated to make positive changes in themselves and in communities around them. While the band’s purpose is to make music, Daniel is very vocal and committed to helping social, racial and economic injustices. For this record, they have chosen to support the ACLU – an organization helping to fight for individual rights and liberties.”

In case you missed it, their debut, Neverending was one of my favorites of the year in 2017.


Sciflyer – The Illusion of Unlimited Choice

Shoegazers Sciflyer, from the San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda), have released their next full-length The Illusion of Unlimited Choice.

“There had been a few reunion gigs since 2014 featuring original members from various mid-2000s lineups including Roger Chandler (2001-2004) and Scott Eberhardt (2006-2008) but different times and priorities demanded a different configuration. That new lineup finally solidified when Sciflyer’s head space cadet Steven Kennedy’s longtime friends Sophia Campbell on bass joined in 2016 and Sonya Trejo on drums (2018) …both former members of LSD & The Search for God.

Now with a new female rhythm section and new album The Illusion of Unlimited Choice, Sciflyer is stronger than ever. Sonically, still very pretty. Prettier in fact, and with depth and resonance not previously expressed. Definitely heavier and harder too. We’re in new territory here: A Spacemen 3 / Loop-doing-Telescopes-style pop reimagined by The Meat Puppets place, with Jim Reid singing in a lower register. The trademark hazy vocals are more present than ever and are still haunting. I like this record more each time I listen to it. I’m very grateful to Dan Sostrom, Clairecords for sending Steven to Darla. 

Steven Kennedy jokes that Sciflyer couldn’t get arrested in the SF Bay Area back in their mid-2000’s heyday, but with a decade plus in the rear view, the recent shoegaze revival no one saw coming and the exponential growth of social media, that has changed. Apparently some had actually been listening to their two Clairecords releases (2003 and 2005) and liking them… a lot. And so their reputation and legend grew while they were out of commission.

Their official return began with Clairerecords’ 2014 posthumous release They Only Believe In The Moon, an album completed in 2007 but never released due to the band’s demise in 2008. This was followed in 2015 by an EP of other previously unreleased tracks that stuck in the ears of KEXP djs and listeners. In 2016 an expanded reissue of their critically acclaimed Age of Lovely Intimate Things (Clairecords, 2005) was released on Ben Vendetta’s Elephant Stone label.

Sciflyer has managed to avoid Swervedriver comparisons even though they borrowed a Swervie song title for their name, because as Kennedy explains, “We’re not a fraction as talented”, though some might disagree. They’ve created a sound uniquely their own while still paying homage to their heroes Swervedriver, Loop, Ride, Telescopes, Husker Du, Dinosaur Jr., Meat Puppets and very, very early REM.

A not very friendly critic once wrote, “We get it…they like Verve and Swervedriver… they should’ve called themselves Vervedriver”.  A too narrow interpretation perhaps, but the band says thank you nonetheless…

The title of the new album comes from a concept that Kennedy learned early on (8th grade) from the Swami in The Monkees’ only feature film, Head, “Where there is clarity, there is no choice and where there is choice, there is misery.” How appropriate for today’s on-demand everything, where just choosing what to watch on Netflix can be a longer exercise than the actual watching. “


Good Morning TV To Release Debut Full Length

Via Géographie Records:

After a debut EP that got noticed in France and rippled overseas in 2016, Indie Pop band Good Morning TV finally unveils a new single “Insomniac”, taken from their first album Small Talk to be released early 2021 on Géographie (Marble Arch, Paper Tapes, Born Idiot).

If the sonic imprints seem familiar, it’s with its introspective and sensible approach that the track catches us off guard. Guided by the almost lullaby-like piano ritournelle, “Insomniac” evokes those thoughts that come troubling the mind when trying to fall asleep. Delicate at first, the song pulls us crescendo towards an intense release, teasing an album of maximalist production.

Directed by Antoine Magnien and freely inspired by artist Martin Creed’s “work n°2811”, the video clip accurately depicts the song’s duplicity.

“Insomniac” carefully reveals more and more of its countless reflections with every listen, a gentle reminder of the beauty of losing oneself for a moment.


Highspire To Press Debut Your Everything On Vinyl For The First Time

Philadelphia Shoegazers Highspire are pressing their debut Your Everything on vinyl for the first time and it’s up for pre-order now.

“This release will mark the first time Highspire’s Your Everything has been put on wax. Your Everything is Highspire’s debut album and was originally released via Clairecords and Alison Records (Europe) nearly 20 years ago.

Highspire was one of the key active shoegaze bands during the “dark days” or now known as the shoegaze revivalist period that helped drag the genre into the 21st century. Along with label and/or tour mates such as Skywave, Malory, Airiel, Pia Fraus, Resplandor, the Emerald Down, Air Formation, Astrobrite, etc, the international shoegaze scene at the time was rather small and relied heavily on sites such as and Myspace to connect with each other and audiences. When Your Everything was released it spent months atop the best-selling list of places such as tonevendor, which was THE go-to store for shoegaze releases at the time (even now).

Since its release, Your Everything has garnered a lot of praise, perhaps even having flown under the radar of the newer generation of fans of the scene in which it played a part in reviving.’s popular list of the “100 Greatest Shoegaze Albums” includes Your Everything as well as many essential guides on the internet, to even being featured in one of the few books (Japan) on shoegaze.

The album clocks in at over an hour and the preferred time of a side of wax is a max of 22 minutes making it clear that it needed to be on double vinyl to work. That left some time to fill. So included on this pressing are the tracks Believe and See the Lines from both editions of the CD pressings and added are the songs As the Crow Flies as well as a very new, old stock track (finished just for this release) titled Take Me Apart. This takes this 2x wax release to 16 songs, 4 tracks per side.

Also, a track reordering has been made to better keep the synergy of the music and keeping the release to 4 tracks per side. As such the 4 tracks with a slight trip-hop influence are consolidated to side 3 with the more guitar-heavy material making up the other sides.

And of course, a splatter wax that shares the aesthetic of the cover was chosen that befits a first pressing. In the event there is a repress, it would be black vinyl only.

So there you have it. After many years of inquiries on vinyl, it is now happening. Limited to 200 copies it is sure to become collectible quickly as some of Highspire’s CDs now go for some jaw-dropping prices on discogs and auction sites. There may not be stock left for wholesale, and we need the help of everyone who wants this album on wax to get to its presale goal so production can begin. Our friends at Digger’s Factory will be taking care of orders, production, and fulfillment, all information confidential with them. We are happy to share this with everyone interested as we want copies ourselves.

XO until the lights go down if not forever.”


Record 1

  1. until the lights go down
  2. believe
  3. skies you climb
  4. shattered
  1. .fade in a day
  2. glass in my mouth
  3. vesperbell
  4. see the lines

Record 2

  1. love me or leave me
  2. portsmouth
  3. sub-par life, a brilliant death
  4. no day like today
  1. flight / as the crow flies
  2. slowbeat
  3. take me apart
  4. turn for the worse

Swervedriver Releases Previously Unreleased Recording

Swervedriver has released on Bandcamp the previously unreleased, original recording of their debut Son of Mustang Ford EP. Also, pressed on vinyl!

The versions/recordings of these four songs on this EP have never been released before except for one. It’s a must for any fan of SWD or late 80s / early 90s guitar heavy alternative rock.

Adam also wrote up a great essay explaining what happened and how they got here:

In 1989 there was much change in the air – the Polish “Solidarność” Solidarity movement won that country’s first free election which triggered transformation all across Europe and the world but it occurred on the very same day that Chinese combat troops crushed the pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square. Within months Czechoslovakia had its Velvet Revolution, the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu had been overthrown and of course the Berlin Wall fell – remarkably the future Swervedriver bass player Steve George had been in Berlin on that day playing a show with his band Eight Storey Window and they had walked to the Wall where someone handed him a hammer and he got to take his very own chunk out of it.

Meanwhile back in Oxford – ‘England’s Dreaming’ personified, where the future Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his cronies in the ‘Bullingdon Club’ would occasionally be spotted “rah-rahing” it up in pubs in town before being driven to restaurants in the Oxfordshire countryside where they would swill champagne and taunt “the plebs” before smashing the place up and pulling out their chequebooks to ask what the damage was – the band Swervedriver had barely formed.

We had grown bored of our musical style as Shake Appeal and had decided to split up after a forgettable opening slot for World Domination Enterprises at the Poly followed by a special guest-strewn farewell shindig at the Zodiac playing a set of our favourite covers, only to then get back together when Adi Vines heard a couple of songs coming through my bedroom wall and enquired as to what they were. I told him these were new songs I’d written and he announced “we’re getting the band back together to play these songs and you’re the singer now.”

It was an open secret in Oxford that local young whippersnappers Ride had been signed to Creation Records but that the label was going to wait until January 1990 to release their debut record: the first month of the last decade of the 20th century. We decided we needed to get our skates on and get a record deal and the clock was already counting down.

Creation was actually the last label to whom we had handed a tape of our demo – Blast First being the first because they had released Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr records; Glass Records second because they had put out Spacemen 3 – but we had one tape left over and thought ‘what the hell?’ and so Mark Gardener took it and he gave it to Alan McGee.

McGee was in Los Angeles in the back of a car with Guy Chadwick from the House of Love when he finally got round to listening to it and putting the tape into the vehicle’s tape machine and blasting it loud, he decided there and then to sign us and on the 21st March 1990 we found ourselves playing our first show with new drummer Graham Bonnar, surrounded by crib sheets, opening for the House of Love at Liverpool Royal Court – Liverpool Football Club were about to be crowned English Champions for a record 18th time.

At the beginning of April we were in the House in the Woods studio in deepest, darkest Surrey recording our debut EP for Creation Records with recording engineer and good mate Tim Turan who had not only recorded the demo that got us signed but had also recorded Shake Appeal. Taking a dinner break on the Thursday night we received a call from our manager “check out Top of the Pops tonight – Ride have made the Top 40!” This was insane.

We finished the recording and I took a copy with me to Seville in Spain where I was having a week’s holiday with my girlfriend. There was strong weed and oranges everywhere and I remember sitting by the ocean listening to these songs while looking across the water at the haze in the distance that was Morocco – I was looking at Africa while listening to our first record!

I wasn’t sure about the recording. Certain passages were sublime, other parts I wasn’t totally convinced by but perhaps I was just a bit blown away by ..the oranges and everything? When I arrived back in London a week later there were messages flashing on my Ansaphone to say that McGee wasn’t knocked out by it either and we were to re-record it, this time in London – to keep us lean and mean – which we did and on July 15th 1990 the debut Swervedriver EP would be unleashed upon the world.

However, that original House of the Woods recording still resonated with us and we decided to put it away to one side and vowed to ‘probably’ release it one of these days. Ten thousand, nine hundred and fifty days later – a full 30 years to the day – and here it is.

In truth those bits that were good were really good – the guitars on Volcano Trash; the slower, more thoughtful Juggernaut Rides with Graham’s hypnotic closing drum pattern; the weightless denouément to Kill the Superheroes is still as good as Swervedriver has ever sounded.  And then Son of Mustang Ford itself, with the guitars of Adi, Jim and myself crunching gears all over the shop. This was the only song of the four that has seen the light of day before now, appearing on a circa 1991 NME/Creation cassette. 

What I realise now listening back to this is that it’s almost like Shake Appeal playing Swervedriver songs.The sound is dry and clear but tentative, particularly with the vocals where I hadn’t yet found a singing style of my own and was caught between my natural singing style and the more rock’n’roll stylings that had come so naturally to my brother Graham Franklin as singer of Shake Appeal. Furthermore Graham had appeared on the recording of the original Son of Mustang Ford demo, singing the “petroleum spirit daze” call-and-response lines which were inexplicably left off of this version but reinstated for the eventual Creation release. We were actually never that enamoured with the sound of the final re-recorded EP that came out on Creation but McGee had made the correct call and the record that came out did have the required ‘X Factor’ that led us towards the first recording we were truly happy with – the Rave Down EP that followed in November of 1991 – and everything that followed after.

But the spirit of Swervedriver was in there. We weren’t overly angry young men – we’re arguably angrier old men – and we didn’t write so much about the things that riled us up, preferring to conjure up a sense of magic, excitement and escape – to other places, other planes, even other planets – and we mixed up guitar experimentalism with our own peculiar brand of power pop and songs about cars, love and UFOs.

So thirty years later, what has changed? A populist government has this week been installed in Poland which is looking to curb freedoms and particularly LGBT rights while China and Russia are both eyed suspiciously by the West as spies and colluders against western democracy. The reunited Germany is now leading the way in Europe, its government easily outstripping all the other European countries in its response to the Coronavirus pandemic while the floundering British government – led by that same privileged, prostitute procuring, pathological liar Boris Johnson from the Oxford days – deceives its citizens into jumping off a Brexit cliff and the USA is run by a racist, many times bankrupted former Reality TV star and narcissist who can’t spell or read and certainly not lead, abdicating its role as world leader in the process. And Liverpool FC have finally just won their 19th English Championship. 

It’s been the longest and shortest thirty years ever and it flew by in a heartbeat.

So here is the original Son of Mustang Ford EP, rechristened ‘Petroleum Spirit Daze’ and lovingly remastered in 2020 by Tim Turan who originally recorded it. 

July 16th 2020 


Deeper Releases Sophomore Album, Auto-Pain

Chicago Post-Punk outfit Deeper has released their sophomore full length called, Auto-Pain.

Deeper – Auto-Pain

It continues on their path of early Post-Punk inspired Indie Rock in which I hear similarities to artists like The Cure, Wire, and The Chameleons.

It was written mostly after guitarist Mike Clawson had left the band but before his suicide months later, though the lyrics still reflect on topics like anxiety and depression.

Recommended if you like: Preoccupations, Fews, Fontaines DC, Idles, Mush, Omni, Parquet Courts, Protomartyr, Shame, Silverbacks, Ought, Corridor



Tame Impala Releases The Slow Rush (Review)

Tame Impala has released their (really his) 4th full length, The Slow Rush. Out on 2/14.

The closest something gets to average it offends fewer and fewer people. Budweiser is a good example of this. It appeals to the most while offending the fewest.

While this may come across as nonsense it’s what I think of after giving this album a week.

I can’t help but listen to this album and think how safe it sounds. Musically I find it a bit too bland and it doesn’t have any real interesting music hooks. Most of it is quite forgettable really. Danceable, electronic-like drums washed over with vocals and mostly repetitive filler keyboards.

Lyrically nothing really stands out as that special, though Tame Impala has never really been known for ground breaking lyrics.

In its defense though I don’t find it as cheesy and poppy as much of Currents, which I also didn’t care for except for Let It Happen which is a banger of a tune.

It’s like a completely different band from Innerspeaker and Lonerism even though it’s the same singular guy, as odd as that is. It’s not like they lost the main song writer, or a key guitarist. Tame Impala went from hypnotic, psychedelic rock with warmth and personality to bland and safe, even boring, pop. It’s missing the eccentricity that Innerspeaker and Lonerism had.

It’s not all lost as there are some good moments. Tomorrow’s Dust is not far from something you might hear from Radiohead. (Weird Fishes or Reckoner)

Tomorrow’s Dust

We’re in a world where Post Malone and The Chainsmokers sell out large venues so I’m not surprised that this will be popular. Budweiser sells a lot of beer too.

Time to put to bed the idea that Tame Impala will release any new music that appeals to me like Innerspeaker and Lonerism did.

If you’re looking for music that is of the same flavor as early Tame Impala releases then check out this playlist on Spotify. (spotify psychedelic rock)


Finnish Dreampop band Mumrunner Announces Debut Album


Finnish dreampop band Mumrunner has put their debut full length, Valeriana, up for pre-sale on Bandcamp.

It’s being released by Shelflife Records (along with Through Love Rec) which has put out releases by Airiel, Flyying Colours, Pia Fraus, and Pinkshinyultrablast as well as many others.

The album cover has a slight resemblance to DIIV’s latest release and musically Mumrunner doesn’t fall far from the same tree. If you missed it you should check out Mumrunner’s 2 EPs as well.

There are 3 vinyl options and a CD.