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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.

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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 MP3.com 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. Soundsbetterwithreverb.com’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.”

TRACKLIST

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
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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. 

Adam
July 16th 2020 

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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

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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)

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Finnish Dreampop band Mumrunner Announces Debut Album

Mumrunner

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.

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Do Nothing

Do Nothing playing at Rescue Rooms (photo: emmaswannphoto)

Do Nothing, a new band out of Nottingham, UK.

Recommended if you like: The Fall, Arctic Monkeys, Ought

“Pop culture is cyclical, and every now and then a generation of bands coagulates around a particular strain of influences, whether it was Blur and Oasis channeling The Kinks, Wire and The Beatles to create Britpop, or The Strokes and co dusting down Television, Modern Lovers and Velvet Underground” [NME]

Do Nothing is playing SXSW 2020.

They have released 4 tracks and, so far, only a single 7″. Here is their latest, ‘Lebron James’.

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Is The Catherine Wheel Reuniting?

The Catherine Wheel

As many of you who followed the 90s British alternative rock scene know, many of the great bands from that era have reunited and released fantastic new music. (Ride, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine) Some have simply reunited for a weekend in order to, “rewrite their ending.” (Adorable)

There is one band, The Catherine Wheel, that many have been waiting for and a reunion has seemed less and less likely. They were unofficially ‘parked’ back in 2000.

Well, it seems like something might be fermenting.

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Adorable’s Hebden Bridge Soundcheck, ‘Kangaroo Court’

Adorable soundcheck
Adorable at the Hebden Bridge soundcheck, Oct. 31, 2019.

I attended 4 of the 5 Adorable reunion shows last week, only missing the first one on Wednesday night in Hebden Bridge. I instead spent that Wednesday night in Manchester and saw the Leeds’ band Mush, which are quite good. (Recommended if you like Television, Velvet Underground, Pavement)

I arrived into Hebden Bridge early afternoon on Thursday and was fortunate to be able to watch the soundcheck which lasted over an hour.

Here is part of it, Kangaroo Court.

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Slow Glows

Slow Glows is a shoegaze/psych 3-piece out of Cincinnati, Ohio.

They have an EP and full length, Stargaze Rock ‘N’ Roll, out on Rose Hill Records. The LP is available on vinyl (many color options) as is a 2-track 7-inch.

It’s a bit lo-fi and reminds me of some Blake Babies releases, both in production and vocals. Imagine Juliana Hatfield singing over shoegazey guitars like Panda Riot.

The tunes are quite catchy and I find myself returning to them again and again.

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The Catherine Wheel’s Adam & Eve To Be Reissued Next Month

Music On Vinyl is reissuing The Catherine Wheel’s 4th album, Adam & Eve, on vinyl. English alternative rock band Catherine Wheel was evolving quite fast to a band which made an impression in both the shoegaze as Britpop scene. Their fourth album Adam & Eve didn’t sound like any of the band’s previous albums. It was a new beginning, both musically as artistically. This unique record strikes a balance between the alternative rock, guitar pop and the dreamy world they created. They’re constantly shifting in volume, keys, and guitars, but every song is connected with the next. It is one of the most underrated albums of all time, as this can compete with ’90s records by Radiohead and Spiritualized. Just take your first spin and you won’t be disappointed.

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Flyying Colours To Release 2nd Album

Australian shoegazers Flyying Colours played a few songs live on Australian radio this week on PBS 106.7 FM. They played a few new tracks which can be heard here. (Hit ‘play’ and skip to 10:22:15)

Unfortunately, the radio station’s studio audio quality isn’t as professional sounding as some you’re likely used to (KEXP, etc) but it’s a good listen if you’re anxious for new tunes.

They’ve finished recording their 2nd album and are in the last stage of mixing. No date was given for when we can expect the release though.

They’ve been playing live in Australia, with major acts like The Jesus & Mary Chain and The Black Angels, with new tunes in their sets. So if you’re in Australia then you’ve been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to see them and hear new tunes.

Hopefully they will make their way to the west coast of the US after the new album is released.

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Secrecies Self-Titled Debut Released Today

From the longing of synthetic fulfillment comes the self-titled debut album from American synth duo – out today, June 7th, 2019 on Idol Records. Find warmth in sweet bouncy melodies, as they frame a revolt from the digital dots that connect modern society. Stacked layers of brilliant vocals descend into a gritty bed of rock sentiment, leaving you wanting more. Their sound has drawn comparisons to St Etienne, Sylvan Esso, Purity Ring, STRFKR, Glass Candy, Ladytron, Beach House, XX and even Blondie’s more disco-leaning material.

Secrecies - So Quickly

Available today on digital or vinyl from Idol Records.

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Versing Releases New Noise-Rock Album, ‘10000’

“Like many important bands, Seattle quartet Versing got their start in college radio—Tacoma’s KUPS. The group’s main songwriter/guitarist/vocalist Daniel Salas served as alternative music director there, where he met guitarist Graham Baker, drummer Max Keyes, and bassist Kirby Lochner. Now Versing are poised to spread their coolly combustible brand of rock on those said airwaves…and beyond if the world knows what’s good for it.

Baker, Keyes, Lochner, and Salas have risen through Seattle’s competitive rock ecosphere with nonchalant élan. They cheekily titled a previous album Nirvana, but never mind the bleach: Versing isn’t emulating Sub Pop’s most famous artist. Rather, these four twentysomething aesthetes are forging an exciting sound that finds a golden mean between lustrous noise and ebullient melody.

Emerging from a stint as a drummer in a stoner-metal band, Salas formed Versing as a vehicle to vent obliquely about his political and social views with irony and humor. Populated with strange characters, his songs often double as “critiques of centrism and conservatism, from a leftist perspective. That’s a theme: committing to something or doing something that may be hard but is the better option. However, when I write politically, it’s more allegorical and can be interpreted beyond the political realm. I find that more interesting to write about than my personal life.”

That being said, the pell-mell, ostinato-laced “Renew,” which Salas says is his most hopeful song, has a personal message. “It’s about taking time to care for yourself—even when things are all weird and fucked up.” Meanwhile, the immersive, pummeling “Offering” evokes those twin pillars of 1988 rock: My Bloody Valentine’s Isn’t Anythingand Pixies’ Surfer Rosa. “I just really enjoy that droning line of guitar feedback,” Salas says. “We use a lot of feedback on our songs, but I think that’s one of the more deliberately musical uses we’ve found for it. It’s sort of a fantastical song about traveling through a mystical portal to stop an encroaching force of evil, and the feedback is like the whirring sound the portal makes.”

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