I love the optimism of a fresh new year and there are already some great releases to look forward to in the first quarter of 2015.
Octaves /Caravels – Split EP
Not long to wait for this first one, a split from Octaves and Caravels which has an expected release date of 20/01/15 through Bridge 9/Topshelf; one for the post-hardcore mob. Check out the Octaves track Tom Petty Cash, taken from the EP below.
Drug Church – Swell EP
An expected release of 10/02/15 for this excellent new five track record from one of my favourite bands of 2013. The EP continues on where the album finished – husky vocals, playful lyrics, great melodies, heavy hit drums and rich well-rounded guitars. Opener But Does It Work? is a corker, closely followed by Ghost Dad, but again, the whole record is a great package of memorable and addictive tunes with no duds.
Pelican – The Cliff EP
Released on 23rd February, this is essentially a remix EP, reimagining The Cliff, a track from their 2013 release Forever Becoming. I’m not normally a fan of remixes but this one has piqued my interest with the addition of vocals and names like Justin Broadrick and Aaron Harris attached. The EP includes one new track too.
Also upcoming are new releases from MINE who have a new EP to be released but no date for this one yet and the debut full-length from Svalbard, both of which already have me salivating.
I’ve been looking at what’s coming up in the new year just prior to my rundown of 2013, which will hopefully be going live towards the end of this week.
First up is Nai Harvest, the Sheffield Indie Punks have a new EP coming next March through Dog Knights Productions and Hold Open My Head is the title track from it which I’m liking very much at the moment.
Also of note and being released on 31st January is Harbourer’s debut self-titled 7″ single, the Australian melodic-punks have a grunge edge which adds an edge to their sound I really like.
You can take a listen over at their label’s Bandcamp
Finally, I’m loving Acid Fast, who also have a new release in January, which you can hear a track of over at Punknews.org. The East Bay four piece bring to mind Swearin’ and Jawbreaker amongst others. ADAGIO830 will apparently be handling the Euro release of this one but so far no info has surfaced on their website so I’m keeping my fingers crossed I don’t have to import from America again.
A little late in the day his month due to continuing internet problems which I won’t bore you with again here but I’m finally online and posting again.
I’ve really been enjoying the Purple 7 12″ which arrived a couple of weeks ago from Let’s Pretend Records, the tunes have a fuzzy 90s charm which is utterly charming and makes me feel all nostalgic for my teens – especially the opener Poison Ivy – a top tune. The new David Lynch album The Big Dream is really decent too – it has that Twin Peaks/Badalamenti feel to it and will be getting a few more listens I’m sure while I write up my Roomthirteen review.
I got hold of Limited Readership zine issue 4 a couple of weeks ago too, brit publication with a laid back, personal writing style (lots of musing) and mixed interests.
Punk and metal (mainly old school) are both covered along with some interviews, plenty of nostalgia, a couple of articles on movies and a small review section. This zine is always a breezy read with articles generally quite broadly covered but with that personal perspective nudging its way in here and there – as I mentioned there’s quite a bit of musing going on, Rob Tyers likes to think things through and chat to us about it which is one of the things I like about this zine, you feel like you’re getting an insight into the person behind the paper.
As always, it has a great design and layout too!
Off to see MINE tonight in Newport hopefully, which, if I manage to get there, will no doubt see a review on these pages. More soon.
So, we’re only a short way into the new year but I’m already enjoying some new music.
Springtime have a new 7″ coming soon but in the meantime I’ve been listening to this cracking demo. The band has an assured hardcore punk sound, sporting an old school edge likened to Dag Nasty and they recently signed to excellent independent label Tiny Engines. I’ll definitely be seeking out that new release!
Listen and download (for free) their demo from Bandcamp
I’m also liking this demo very much from Cayetana, a great all female trio from Philadelphia (another great Philly band??). The demo has crunchy, scuzzy but sweetly melodic punk tunes.Here’s hoping they have more tunes like this on the way.
Check out the demo on their Bandcamp.