We’re delighted to announce that Hooton Tennis Club will release their second album ‘Big Box of Chocolates’ on Friday October 21st.
This records follows last years critically acclaimed debut album ‘Highest Point in Cliff Town.’ This time round the record was produced by Edwyn Collins at his Clashnarrow Studios in Helmsdale, Scotland.
Here’s a cheeky album trailer from the band:
If their debut album, Highest Point In Cliff Town, released in August last year, was the band’s sprightly statement of intent, Big Box of Chocolates may well be their coming-of-age: a record that retains all the colour and invention of their debut, while being elevated by richer instrumentation and lyrics that hint at slightly heavier themes: love and loss, nihilism and the ‘non-spaces’ of Northern England, all delivered in the band’s typically laconic, bittersweet style, like a Mersey Beat Murakami.
The dozen tracks continue the band’s knack of combining catchy off-kilter riffs with droll storytelling; album narrators – vocalists and guitarists Ryan Murphy and James Madden – seem to straddle optimism and uncertainty with their lyrics, whether singing about their internal worlds or commenting on a motley cast of characters (Bootcut Jimmy, BBC 6Music presenter Lauren Laverne, Lazers Linda…) who turn up across the album’s 41 minutes to amuse, tempt or torment them. Whether fictional (the awkward genius Jimmy ‘looking shifty in his new shoes’) or real (Ryan’s ex-housemate immortalised in first single ‘Katy-Anne Bellis’), each character shares an equal platform, all revered in Hooton’s own low-key way.
The band are also going to be playing the record live with a headline European tour this Autumn:
The latest video for King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard’s ‘Nonagon Infinity’ edition from Jason Galea is the video for ‘Robot Stop.’
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE:
‘Precision freak-beat brilliance, delivered at maximum velocity’
“After recent diversions into cool jazz and acoustica, the eighth album finally trowels on their speciality — the pulsating, Super Furry Animals-style psychedelia of 2014’s ‘Head On/Pill’, extended over a whole album…It’s seemless, silly, but seriously good.”
Q Magazine ★★★★
“The rusty screech of Robot Stop kickstarts the record, before Gamma Knife careens down a midnight motorway on a flame-streaked motorbike”
The Guardian ★★★★
“Quite possibly the heaviest they’ve ever trod, last year’s dream-pop stopgap ‘Paper Mache Dream Balloon’ feels like exactly that — a hazy, subconscious memory. ‘Nonagon Infinity,’ by contrast, relishes the darkness. Whenever the rhythmic repetition threatens déjà vu, they take a left turn, ‘Gamma Knife’ in particular a probing, exploratory box of bells , whistles and harmonics solos.”
DIY Magazine ★★★★
After selling out the Electric Brixton and a matinée performance at the Moth Club, the band have announced an additional evening performance at the Moth Club on Monday 29th of August. That’s bank holiday Monday!
Produced by David Wrench, It’s the bands most coherent and confident album to date; lushly cinematic, shot through with their most expressive melodies thus far and coated with a ‘sheen’ courtesy of Chris Coady (Beach House, Smith Westerns, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), who mixed the album in LA with some of the reverbs and vocal processors used on Purple Rain, across the 10-tracks strands of ideas appear, sink and re-emerge in an almost modal jazz manner. Clear Shot sees TOY working both in bigger colours and more minutely crafted detail, achieving an altogether higher level of artistry than before.
The new record follows the bands self titled debut in 2012 and their second release ‘Join The Dots’ in 2013. ‘Clear Shot’ is released on Friday October 28th.
Ahead of the release, Stereogum have premiered a new track ‘Fast Silver’:
“Their new album, Clear Shot — the group’s third studio LP — is out later this fall and is led by “Fast Silver,” a playful mid-tempo trip that balances brooding overcast with punchy keyboard motifs. Vocalist Tom Dougall’s moan pushes through the band’s hazy atmospherics, punctuated by meandering guitar and flickering percussion. It’s deliriously delicious grunge-tinted acid-pop, loosely performed, yet impeccably assembled.”
“First single “Fast Silver” is a little different for band, eschewing their usual pummeling motoroiks for something more atmospheric and moody.”
“It’s a spiky return, with those early psychedelic influences wrapped around a post-punk chassis.”
This Autumn the band are playing a series of headline European shows, including their biggest London show to date at the Electric Brixton.
Ahead of the release of the bands second album ‘All Your Happy Life,’ The Wytches have released their new single ‘C-side.’
“‘C-Side’ emerges as a natural consequence of their raw, despair-filled Annabel Dream Reader sound, adding an extra brouillage to its macabre quality.“
The track is as demonic as the band have become famous for, with a bewitching guitar line set over Kristian Bell’s howling vocal.
Aside from drawing upon their own lives for inspiration, the trio also turned to Tolstoy, Elliot Smith, and underground metal bands as well. The unique intersection between Smith and metal is best heard on lead single “C-Side,” which the band shared today. The track was recorded at Toe Rag by Luke Oldfield, and it clanks and clamors on with heavy reverb while vocalist Kristian Bell monotonously speaks of “endless love.”
Consequence of Sound
The band have also announced their biggest headline shows to date this Autumn:
Ahead of the release of their debut album ‘Los Niños Sin Miedo,’ The Parrots have released two new videos for the singles ‘No Me Gustas, Te Quiero’ & ‘Let’s Do It Again.’
What Youth premiered the video for ‘No Me Gustas, Te Quiero’:
“The Parrots, Madrid’s trio of garage-punk bandits, have been buzzing at the top of our radar for a while now. And today, in an exclusive for What Youth , we’re premiering their new video for “No Me Gustas, Te Quiero”, off their upcoming debut Los Niños Sin Miedo.
Directed and edited by Hache, the video features the band (Diego García, Alex de Lucas and Larry Balboa) wandering through the mesmerizing Chefchaouen region of Morocco, playing futbol, and basically living out our fantasy.”
Nerdist premiered the video for ‘Let’s Do It Again’:
“Their music isn’t simply derivative of a bygone age, though. It’s filled with that modern exuberance that’s given garage rock new life this past decade, as well as the clarion production value that didn’t exist during the first go-round. Plus, they pull off a certain youthful irreverence that’s fresh regardless of era.”
The Parrots debut album ‘Los Niños Sin Miedo’ is due out on Friday August 26th. Album pre-orders and track listing can be found here.
“Los Niños Sin Miedo’ is the sort of record that bursts through the door, noisily hurls its component parts around and then exits almost as abruptly as it enters…a racket in the best possible way.“
★★★★ Q Magazine
“Madrid’s The Parrots invoke a woozy, enthralling chaos that’s imbued with a golden, sun-blushed charm.”
★★★★ Mojo Magazine
“The album was recorded in a week, and sounds alive and vital for it – you feel like the band is a proper gang, naughtiness drips from every last note, and there’s the feeling something unsavoury-yet-fun might be going on yards from the microphone.”
★★★★ Shindig Magazine
“It may have been made by Madrilenos in the southwestern city of Cadiz, but ‘Los Ninos Sin Miedo’ can transport you far further than Spain, whisked away to the rock ‘n’ roll tropics.”
★★★★ DIY Magazine
“On this debut, The Parrots make a claim to be the scene’s slacker kings.”
The split 7″ of ‘No Me Gustas, Te Quiero’ & ‘Let’s Do It Again’ can be purchased here.
The band celebrate the release of the record with a run of shows over the bank holiday weekend:
The band then head out on a full European headline tour.
“The song is about time, continuity and the magic in that; about being the protagonist in your own story while simultaneously being a supporting player in the lives of everyone around you and about how those roles and lines intertwine. The video captures these sentiments in a continuing movement (a.k.a. the most basic dance I could think of – and probably the only one I am capable of tbf) that continues uninterrupted throughout the video, while locations and perspectives change and boundaries between moments fade, being projected over one another.”
Amber Arcades are playing a Greenman festival and End Of The Road this month. They are also joining us at On Blackheath Festival on Sunday 11th Sepetember, where they are playing on our stage with Saint Etienne, Night Beats, Edwyn Collins and The Parrots.
The band are also playing a series of headline shows this Autumn, including their biggest London show to date at the Moth Club.
★★★★ Q Magazine — ★★★★ Record Collector — ★★★★★ The Skinny — 8/10 Clash Magazine — 8/10 Uncut Magazine
The new Wytches album is set to be released on September 30th and it’s titled ‘All Your Happy Life.’ The album was recorded by Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds / Grinderman) in Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire and then Toe Rag in East London, and mixed by Sclavunos and Mikey Young (Total Control Eddy Current Suppression.)
Album artwork by Samuel Gull
The Wytches second album ‘All Your Happy Life’ draws on a lifetime’s worth of new experiences shoehorned into two whirlwind years since their acclaimed debut album Annabel Dream Reader. There’s no difficult second album syndrome here. This black-hearted set is a combination of heavy comedown psychedelia and bilious and brilliant baroque ‘n’ roll. It’s portentous and scathing. Scabrous and bold. Utterly nihilistic.
Influences and inspiration is drawn from unexpected places – reading Tolstoy’s stories of dysfunctional relationships on the tour bus, digging the warm Hammond-and-acoustic tones of Elliot Smith, loads of underground metal band – but mainly it is informed by observing small town English life with new eyes, having traversed the planet on that first wave of success that followed their 2014 debut. It’s not so much the sound of the calm after the storm, but the howling vortex that follows in its wake.
This summer The Wytches are playing a series of headline shows & festivals:
29th July Kendall Calling, Lake District
5th August The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
6th August Skeleton Coast Festival, Liverpool
3rd September 1–2-3–4 Festival, London
9th September The Ritz, Manchester
11th September Bestival, Isle Of Wight
24th September Psych Fest, Liverpool
We’re happy to announce that Nots have a new album coming out this Autumn. Titled ‘Cosmetic’ the record follows last years debut album ‘We Are Nots.’ Due out on September 9th, Stereogum are premiering a new track ‘Entertain Me:’
“Entertain me/ Tell me what you see,” Hoffman bursts out snarling after a minute and a half of knotty, incendiary build-up. The abrasive front is nothing new for the band, but it’s never sounded this vital. Hoffman plays guitar like her strings just caught fire and she’s maneuvering around the flames; her tone is so blistering it sounds like she’s plugged into a tube amp made out of a refashioned airplane turbine.
Yet it’s Alexandra Eastburn’s synthesizer work that truly steals the show. She was the secret weapon of the band’s debut, elevating We Are Nots with her squirming, hostile textures, and here manages to somehow be an even more prominent force despite taking a more subtle approach. At seven minutes, “Entertain Me” is the almost thrice the length of most of Nots’ previous output, but every moment of it is essential.”
Nots t-shirts are available to purchase in our emporium as well as copies of their debut LP which is are available here.
‘Blood Moon,’ the new album from M Craft is out on Friday via Heavenly Recordings. Ahead of the release, Beyond The Wizard Sleeve ‘The sonic brotherhood of Erol Alkan and Richard Norris’ have done a remix of the lead single ‘Chemical Trails.’
Brooklyn Vegan are premiering the remix:
“When I first lived in London I would occasionally find myself at Trash, Erol Alkan’s legendary club. I loved that it was on Monday nights– it was always a blast. I remember seeing Suicide play there, among other shows. I got to know Erol, but we somewhat lost touch when I moved to California. I was thrilled that our paths crossed again and that he was up for doing a remix of Chemical Trails with the fantastic Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve. Enjoy!”
Watch the video for ‘Chemical Trails’ here, directed by George Bryne.
‘Blood Moon’ is released on Friday 17th June. We have a limited number of signed LP’s & CD’s available on pre-order.
PRE-ORDER SIGNED COPIES OF ‘BLOOD MOON’ HERE.
“Like a baroque suite set adrift from its moorings… One of the most exquisite soul-searching odysseys of this or any other year.”
★★★★ Mojo Magazine
“A ten point meditation constructed in isolation and centred around gorgeous midnight piano pieces, this is the classical pop album that Villagers’ Conor O’Brian would fawn over.”
– London In Stereo.
“A wonderful album that exists in its own little world.”
★★★★ Q Magazine
“A meditative mood-piece, wrought from echoing piano, minimalist orchestrations and sudden, cascading waves of vocal harmonies. This is atmospheric ghost music, recalling Mercury Rev, Sufjan Stevens and Simon & Garfunkel at their most ethereal, while the lovely ‘Chemical Trails’ sounds like CSN in space.”
Following the recent European shows & the release of ‘Dry Food’ earlier this year, Palehound have a new video for the album track ‘Cushioned Caging.’
“In similar spirit, the Boston band’s new video for ‘Cushioned Caging’ leaves you unsure whether you’re being cuddled in endless duvets, or battered over the head by a sledgehammer. It’s really, really ace, basically.
The video — a collaboration between Palehound’s frontwoman Ellen Kempner, and film-loving school kids at Boston’s Real to Reel Filmschool — takes place in a surreal waiting room with a difference. Instead of taking tickets for tooth extractions, or Argos microwave ovens, visitors to Palehound’s surgery of choice get rewarded with an empty room in which to smash shit up.
“The idea started with wanting to destroy things, so we worked our way backwards from there to come up with a story and reason to sledgehammer stuff,” summarises director Badger Antoniou. “It was pretty funny. We all had safety goggles and were hiding behind pieces of plexi-glass for the destruction scenes. Amazingly none of us lost an eye or limb, and even our camera came out okay!” Fair enough, really.”
“As deliberately unpolished as these songs are, Kempner and band ensure that her songwriting talents aren’t obscured by it. Rather, they add to its realness, making these songs all the more powerful.” — Record Collector — ★★★★
“‘Dry Food’ is a soundtrack to that tide of self-doubt. With a stark lyrical dexterity and deliciously noodling guitar riffs, the album is torn between crippling sentiment and stark detachment. Distraught and distracted, with her first full-length album Ellen Kempner brings a wealth of emotion into a searing lease of life.” — DIY ★★★
“A post-punk pop explosion is not the usual way to deal with the ache of relationship blues, and although lines like “It hurts in my bones” hint at a deeper pain, the opening salvo of the album is defined by its relentless drive and inventiveness.” — Music OMH 4/5