Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The Crispies - Ring My Doorstep (feat. Superfertig)

1. Who are The Crispies? 

The Crispies are a garage/punk band from Vienna, Austria. They have been raising Valhalla since 2014 and Ring My Doorstep (March'17) is the fourth single from their debut album Death Row Kids (Oct'16). 

2. What kind of tune are they kicking it with?

Ring My Doorstep is a primal re-invention of Queen's Will We Will Rock You; stripped down to the bone and with grit not glam. Hip hop and punk rock come together into a song that swaggers into the party, oozing intensity and as cool as fuck. Slam-poet Anna adds some twist to the vodka.

3. Who do The Crispies sound like? 

The Orwells, PARTYBABY and The White Stripes. 

4. What is the good word from the press in regards to Ring My Doorstep

“Loud and raw” – Spill Magazine. 

“We call it strut-rock” – Super World Indie Tunes. 

“A punk manifesto” – FYH.

5. Which bands have inspired The Crispies? 

They have some love for Ezra Furman and Bass Drum Of Death.

6. Why should I listen to Ring My Doorstep

Because you love We Will Rock You. Because you want to listen to young wolves tearing it up. Because you want to listen to a band that matters.

7. What are The Crispies best songs?

Bad Blood is visceral. Noose'N'Go is a lackadaisical rattler. Outta The Sun races out of the blocks, primitive and dangerous. 

8. Any last words? 

The band all graduated music college together and are all left-handed. 

“Said I’m lookin’ for a girl, need a woman”

St. Tropez are a garage punk band from Amsterdam, Holland. They have been tearing it up (in their recent reincarnation) since 2014 and have one long player in the vault. St. Tropez’s favorite music varies from Dinosaur Jr. and Wilco to Bach. They sound like Beck crossed with The Stooges. Democracy (Feb’17) is the lead single from their E.P. Debate (Feb’17) and is a greedy garage riff backing a hip hop influenced vocal delivery with a harsh word to say about the current political climate. 

“Are you scared to fight? Are you scared to choose?”

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Rubblebucket - If U C My Enemies

1. Who are Rubblebucket?

Rubblebucket are an indie dance band, with brass, from Brooklyn, New York. They have been lighting it up since 2007 and have four albums on their roll of honor. If U C My Enemies (Nov’16) is the lead single from the E.P. of the same name If U C My Enemies (Jan’17).

2.What is If U C My Enemies like? 

If U C My Enemies has a mellow brass intro but the tune doesn't take long to hit peak party. The chorus is an ass-shaker and the sentiment is make love not war. 

3. Who do Rubblebucket sound like? 

Ra Ra Riot, Bishop Allen, and MisterWives.

4. What have the press said about If U C My Enemies

“Fun, flamboyant sound” – The Wild Honey Pie.

“Boisterous, feel-good music” – The Revue.

“Fun, bubbly, funky, horn-filled” – Surviving The Golden Age.

5. Which bands inspired Rubblebucket?

Their main influences are Talking Heads, The Flaming Lips, Bjork, The Beatles and Michael Jackson. 

6. Why should I give If U C My Enemies a listen?

Because you love the rhythm. 

7. What are Rubblebucket's best songs? 

My Life and Carousel Ride

8. Any more words? 

Jog on.

“If you see my enemies, tell them I stand corrected”

Bishop Allen are an indie rock band from Brooklyn, New York. They started playing in 2003 and have recorded four albums. Bishop Allen are influenced by Tom Waits and The Kinks. Start Again was the lead single from their fourth album Lights Out (2014). Start Again is a bubbling, sunshine with wind blowing through your hair as you run down the sand dunes toward the inviting sky-blue sea, song that encapsulates optimism and a longing for adventure.

“If you wanna burn it down, if you wanna start again,
If you wanna turn around, then go ahead”

Saturday, 25 March 2017

The Hubbards - Just Touch

1.    Who are The Hubbards?

The Hubbards are an English indie rock band from Hull, England. They started making noise in 2012 and have one E.P. and a handful of singles to their name. Just Touch (March’17)  is a stand alone single. 

2. What's Just Touch like? 

Just Touch mixes a darker, northern indie rock sound with ethereal vocals and light touches from the backing vocals.

3. Who do The Hubbards sound like? 

D.I.D. (Dog Is Dead), The Courteeners and Placebo. 

4. What have the press said about Just Touch?

“Infectious, fizzing, indie” – Indie Buddie.

“Dark and hazy take on indie rock” – Frequency 21.

“A frenzy of musical goodness” – Indie Blog Fest.

5. Which bands inspired The Hubbards? 

Their main influences are The Strokes, Jeff Buckley and Radiohead. They have also mentioned some love for The Libertines. 

6. Why should I listen to Just Touch

Because of the amazing vocals. 

7. What are The Hubbards' best songs? 

Just Touch and Cold Cut

8. Any more words? 


“I don’t like your boyfriend”

Fred Nicolaus is Golden Suits an indie folk/pop/Americana musician. Golden Suits have been compared to The National, Elliot Smith and Arcade Fire. He is influenced by Tom Petty, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen. Is It Wrong was the lead single for Golden Suits' second album, Kubla Khan (2016), and a song that Stereogum called “absolutely sublime” and “anthemic.” Is It Wrong is an impassioned, leap don't look, heart on your sleeve, indie-folk song.

“I don’t know how to tell you how strange it is to be getting older,
Kiss by kiss”

Monday, 20 March 2017

WAVVES - You're Welcome

1. Who are WAVVES? 

WAVVES are a surf-punk band from San Diego, California. Making noise since 2008 they have six albums in the vault. You’re Welcome (March’17) is one of two lead singles from their sixth album You’re Welcome (May’17). 

2. What's the skinny on You're Welcome

You're Welcome is slacker punk with Beck-esque verses that suck you in but ultimately have fuck all to say. Theirs a Pro Tools simplicity to it, a lovely, grimey, under-stated riff and a catchy Peter Pan chorus. It'll do.

3. Which bands do WAVVES sound like? 

SWMRS, FIDLAR and Best Coast. 

4. What have the press said about You're Welcome

“Ebullient slices of basement punk” – Noisey Vice.

“Decidedly more psychedelic and offbeat” – Clrvynt

“A heavier, brooding track until the chorus comes around” – The Line Of Best Fit. 

5. Which bands inspired WAVVES?

Some of their main influences are Nirvana, The Ramones, The Beach Boys, Smashing Pumpkins and Weezer. 

6. Why should I listen to You're Welcome

Because you like indulgent West Coast punk rock. 

7. What are WAVVES best songs? 

Demon To Lean On, Flamezesz and Way Too Much are the ones you want.

8. Any more words? 

WAVVES  and Cloud Nothings put out a collaborative album in 2016 (No Life For Me).

WAAVES and Weezer put out a split 7" Fake Smiles and Nervous Laughter (2016) with a WAVVES cover of You Gave Your Love To Me Softly

“Low life, your life”

Radkey are a garage punk band from St. Joseph, Missouri. They are three brothers.Radkey sound similar to The Bots, Drenge and Bass Drum Of Death. They are influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Misfits and Wolfmother.  Dark Black Makeup is off their debut album Dark Black Makeup (2015) (re-released in 2016 as Delicious Rock Noise). NME thought the album was “one of the strongest punk debuts of 2015.” Dark Black Makeup features nun cunt tight playing under an exquisite glam vocal. 

“Kids these days, they want it all,
They just trip, trip and fall”

Sunday, 19 March 2017

The Jesus and Mary Chain - Amputation

1. Who are The Jesus and Mary Chain? 

The Jesus and Mary Chain are one of the finest bands to ever walk God's green earth. An iconic alternative rock/indie noise-pop band from East Kilbride, Scotland. The Jesus and Mary Chain are a fucking line in the sand; if you don't like 'em you can fuck right off. The brothers Reid started making music in 1983 and are still going strong. Amputation (Dec’16) is the first single from their seventh album Damage and Joy (March’17). 

2. What kind of tune is Amputation

Amputation is typical of the Mary Chain's later period when they were all swagger, menace and razor sharp riffs. Balanced against the reverb, caste-iron riffing and swirling noise are the usual coos and harmonies while they sing about “Fucked-up girls” loving “drugged up guys.” Not a love song then. But the legends are in great form.

3. What bands sound like The Jesus and Mary Chain? 

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, My Bloody Valentine and Dinosaur Jr. 

4. What have the righteous press said about Amputation

“The music still feels raw” – Paste.  

“It’s got the Mary Chain stamped all over it… cloaked in reverb” – Fact.

“Like something off an indie soundtrack from 1996” – Consequence Of Sound.

5. Which bands inspired the almighty Jesus and Mary Chain? 

Some of their influences are The Velvet Underground, The Sex Pistols, The Beatles, The Shangri La’s and The Stooges. 

6. Why should I give Amputation a listen? 

Because it's the fucking Jesus and Mary Chain and they've lost nothing over the years. Because they are the alternative of rock'n'roll. 

7. What are The Jesus and Mary Chain's best songs? 

Sidewalking. The song you play as she gets in the car, you put on your shades and floor a V8 down the highway with a half drunk bottle of whiskey between your legs. The song is rock'n'roll. Here Comes Alice and April Skies are just a few more of the brightest gems in JAMC's crown. 

8. Any more words? 

Damage and Joy is produced by Killing Joke bassist Martin Glover (The Verve, Marilyn Manson, James).

The brothers Reid are joined by the Lush bassist, Phil King< and Fountains Of Wayne drummer, Brian Young, on the new album and on tour.

 “It’s just like a grape in a bottle,
It’s wine today but piss tomorrow”

The Shins are an iconic indie pop band from Albuquerque, New Mexico. They started playing together in 1996, have recorded five albums together, and have been both commercially and critically successful. TheShins are similar to Belle & Sebastian, The Decemberists and Neutral Milk Hotel.  They are influenced by The Beta Band, The Jesus & Mary Chain, and country and western. Mildenhall (Feb’17) is the third single from their fifth album Heartworms (March’17). Paste called Mildenhall “a slice of warm and fistful folk-pop.” It also has strong elements of Americana, lashes of honesty, and a lyric to make all JAMC fans sit up.

“A kid in class passed me a tape,
A band called The Jesus and the Mary Chain”

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Keston Cobblers Club - Almost Home

1.    Who are Keston Cobblers Club?

Keston Cobblers Club are an indie folk-pop band from Bromley, England. They started playing together in 2009 and Almost Home (Feb’17) is from their third album of the same name, Almost Home (March’17). 

2. What's the vibe on Almost Home

Almost Home is a knee-slapping, singalong folk song chock full of chest-bursting joy and nostalgia. Whoops abound, drums pound, acoustic guitars are plucked and tambourines rattle rambunctiously. 

3. Who do Keyston Cobbler's Club sound like? 

Van Susans, The Strumbellas and The Lumineers. 

4. What have the rags said about Almost Home

“Intricate melody and a nostalgic sweetness that proves inescapable” – The AU Review.

“Catchy, folk-infused” – Graffiti Punctuated. 

“Poignant optimism” – Folking.       

5. Which bands influenced Keston Cobblers Club?

Some of the band’s influences are Mates Of State, The Shins, Beirut, Bon Iver and Paul Simon.

6. Why should I press play on Almost Home

Because you like indie-poptism. Because you like boozy, infectious, late night singalongs. 

7. What are Keston Cobblers Club's best songs? 

Almost Home, You Go and Won't Look Back.    

8. Any more words? 

Keston Cobblers Club are a band formed by brother, sister and best friend. They are festival favorites and big Fleetwood Mac fans. 

“And I’ve never tried to hide where I belong”

Beirut are from Santa Fe, New Mexico but fight out of Brooklyn, New York. They play world, electronic, indie folk/pop music. Grooving since 2006 they have four albums on their roll of honor. Beirut is similar to Neutral Milk Hotel, Fleet Foxes and Noah and The Whale. Their influences are The Beach Boys, music form the Balkans and Mexican music. Gibraltar was the second single from his fourth album No, No, No (2015). Gibraltar is an infectious indie pop tune with bongos, jaunty keys and whimsical vocals.

“Who laid a line?
Say you’re like my kind”