Monday, 1 April 2013

Out This Week - 1st April 2013

Bleached - Dead In Your Head


We've had our eye on LA's Bleached since the first rumblings appeared online in 2011, and it's always exciting seeing a band develop. These girls (who were former members of Mika Miko) impressed earlier in the year with single 'Never Stop'. Now their album 'Ride Your Heart' is here and is classy garage-punk that lives up to expectations, particularly new single 'Dead In Your Head'.

Bleached's website

Stream the album in full

Buy the album

Catch them live:

05/17/13 @ Area 51 - Eindhoven, Netherlands
05/18/13 @ Le Guess Who Festival - Utrecht, Netherlands
05/20/13 @ Brudenell Social Club - Leeds,UK
05/21/13 @ Art School - Glasgow, UK
05/22/13 @ Corsica Studios - London, UK
05/23/13 @ Fleche D'Or - Paris, FR
05/25/13 @ Magasin 4 - Belgium, Brussels
05/26/13 @ Molotow - Hamburg, Germany
05/28/13 @ Debaser Slussen - Stockholm, Sweden
05/29/13 @ Pustervisksbaren - Gothenburg, Sweden
05/30/13 @ Landmark - Bergen, Norway
05/31/13 @ Revolver - Oslo, Norway
06/01/13 @ Stengade 30 - Copenhagen, Denmark
06/02/13 @ Festaal Kreuzberg - Berlin, Germany





Merchandise - Anxiety's Door


This new EP from Florida's Merchandise has already come in for some high praise and we can get our hands on it from today. Their psychedelic guitar-pop sounds do show some invention, and this is no doubt helped by having Sonic Boom on mastering duties. This is maybe most evident on the upbeat, seven-minute voyage that is 'Anxiety's Door'.



Merchandise's website

Stream the EP in full

Buy the EP

Catch them live:

04-02 Boise, ID – Neurolux (w/ Wet Hair)
04-03 Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby (w/ Wet Hair)
04-04 Denver, CO – The Marquis Theater (w/ Iceage, Wet Hair)
04-06 Norman, OK – Opolis (w/ Mr. Lies)
04-07 Houston, TX – Mango’s
04-08 New Orleans, LA – Siberia
04-09 Gainesville, FL – The Atlantic (w/ White Lung)
04-10 Tallahassee, FL – Club Downunder at Florida State University





Russel Swallow and the Wolf - Every Time She Comes


Russell Swallow and the Wolf released their first EP 'Sunrise Mountain' last summer and are currently working on new material. In the meantime they're putting three unreleased songs up as a free EP download via their Bandcamp page. 'Every Time She Comes' is the opener and is short but very sweet, comprising of piano and lovelorn lyrics that might be best avoided if you're feeling a bit weepy.


Russell Swallow and the Wolf's website

Stream or download the EP

Catch them live:
THU 04 APR Russell Swallow and the Wolf, Dan Shears, Kokopelli, Stark, Brighton Latest MusicBar, Brighton, UK
FRI 12 APR Russell Swallow and the Wolf, Madame Claude, Berlin, Germany
FRI 19 APR Russell Swallow and the Wolf, The Regal Room, London, UK
WED 24 APR Russell Swallow and the Wolf, Gilmore and Roberts, Old Cinema Launderette, Durham, UK THU 02 MAY Russell Swallow and the Wolf, Fragile Creatures, Stark, Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, Brighton, UK
THU 09 MAY Russell Swallow and the Wolf, Hasenschaukel, Hamburg, Germany
FRI 24 MAY Russell Swallow and the Wolf, Elderflower Fields Festival 2013, Lewes, UK





Matt Mays - Take It On Faith


Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Matt Mays creates the kind of anthemic alt-rock that seems to pour from that particular coast of the Atlantic, as his touring partners from a bit further south, The Gaslight Anthem, know all too well. His new album 'Coyote' is released to coincide with the tour and you can pick up the first single 'Take It On The Faith' for free.



Matt Mays' website

Stream the album in full

Buy the album

Catch him live:

All dates supporting The Gaslight Anthem
TU 4/16    Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
WE 4/17   Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre
FR 4/19    San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theatre
SA 4/20   Ventura, CA - Majestic Ventura Theatre
MO 4/22  Solana Beach, CA - Belly Up Tavern
TU 4/23   Tempe, AZ - The Marquee
TH 4/25   Houston, TX - House of Blues
FR 4/26    Austin, TX - Stubb's Waller Creek
MO 4/29  Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre





OBLIGATORY RECORD OF THE WEEK

Splashh - Sun Kissed Bliss


It's easy to forget that this very week last year, yours truly went swimming, in the actual sea, in England. A country which is now half-covered in snow and pretty bloody Baltic. Good old Splashh are doing a neat job of ignoring the massive annual climate difference by releasing this free track, inappropriately-titled 'Sun Kissed Bliss'. It's about as warm and summery as guitar-pop can get and we're using it to try and at least give the illusion that we don't need to put an extra pair of socks on. Just to make this wonderful song even less fitting to the current circumstances, it was a find from our Scottish correspondent who's probably out fighting polar bears in his back garden as we speak. Put this tune on though, and summer will be with you.



Splashh's website

Catch them live:

Apr 08 Exit/In, Nashville, TN
Apr 09 529 Atlanta, GA
Apr 10 Underbelly Jacksonville, FL
Apr 12 The Bottletree w/ Generationals, Birmingham, AL
Apr 13 Pilot Light w/ Generationals, Knoxville, TN  
Apr 14 Local 506 w/ Generationals, Chapel Hill, NC  
Apr 16 Strange Matter w/ Generationals, Richmond, VA
Apr 17 Rock and Roll Hotel w/ Generationals, Washington, DC
Apr 18 FED LIVE w/ Generationals, Harrisburg, PA
Apr 19 Club Cafe w/ Generationals, Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 21 Johnny Brenda's w/ Generationals, Philadelphia, PA
Apr 22 Bowery Ballroom w/ Generationals, New York, NY
Apr 25 Great Scott w/ Generationals, Allston, MA
Apr 27 The Echoplex Los Angeles, CA
Apr 28 Soda Bar San Diego, CA
Apr 30 Brick and Mortar Music Hall, San Francisco, CA  
May 03 Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool, UK
May 04 Live At Leeds, Leeds, UK
May 06 Deaf Institute SOLD OUT. Manchester, UK
May 07 Thekla, Bristol, UK
May 08 Institute - Temple Room, Birmingham, UK
May 16 Village Underground SOLD OUT, London, UK
May 25 FIELD DAY, London, UK
Jun 21 Best Kept Secret Festival, Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands
Jul 21 FIB Festival, Benicàssim, Spain





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