The Last One – Gavin Chappell-Bates album about the end of the world.

It’s the end of the World As We Know It…

The Last One by Gavin Chappell-Bates

23rd March 2018 : Doublethink Recordings


Crowd-funded folk-rock album about the end of the world

“Somehow as he careers around the subsection of the Venn Diagram he has created for himself, this bubble which exists where pop, folk and rock music meet, he seems to know instinctively just what to fashion a song from so that it is lithe and clean-limbed, unburdened by gimmick and glitter.”  Dancing About Architecture

‘The Last One’ is the second album from folk-rock singer-songwriter Gavin Chappell-Bates.

It will be released independently, on CD, vinyl and through digital platforms, on Friday 23rd March 2018. This follows on from Gavin’s successful debut album ‘We Are The Ones’ which was released on R*E*P*E*AT Records in 2016 and gained airplay from the likes of BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music.

The album began life with one single thought: “What would you do if you were the last person alive when the world as we know it ends?”

Gavin took this question and began to weave a musical story which became ‘The Last One’. It tells the tale of the cycle of life and what that means for a person, the human race, our planet and the wider universe.

Just like the cycle of life itself, the album shifts through a variety of themes, moods and sounds. It begins with the innocence of infancy and youth, as highlighted in first single ‘Lovely Day’ which explores a childlike wonder with the world in an acoustically driven, bouncing, folk-pop song.

The album then shifts into its darker and more ominous middle phase, just like those uncertain and questioning teenage years we all live through. This section includes the last single to be released – ‘Bad Faith / Good Faith’, an indie-dance-rock anthem inspired by philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre’s concept of ‘mauvaise foi’ (bad faith). It also features forthcoming single ‘Do What You Like’, a folk-rock stomper inspired by Gavin’s conversion to veganism which questions our relationship with animals and nature.

Before things get too serious, this section comes to a close with an outrageous tongue-in-cheek rock ’n’ roller – ‘The Last One’ – which assumes that the end of the human race will be the result of a zombie apocalypse!

The album comes to a close with its final section which resolves itself in an understanding and acceptance of ourselves and our place in the universe. The gentle and beautiful string-laden ‘The Sanctuary of Stars’ looks at our return home, to the stars, as stardust. The album then finishes with the life-affirming guitar rock of ‘This Is It’ which, after all the reflection of the album, confirms that all we can do is live our lives now, in this moment.

The album came to life thanks to a large number of fans who collectively crowd-funded its production and release. It was recorded by Bugs at Half-ton Studios (Lonely The Brave) and features an array of talented musicians including Booga (Ezio), Paul Richards (Fred’s House) and Neil Bruce (Bouquet of Dead Crows). It also features original art by Gavin’s wife, Ali Chappell-Bates.

Album launch show –  Saturday 24th March 2018: The Blue Moon, Cambridge (UK)

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Track Not Found : Guernsey Teen Grunge / Riot Grrl Band seek Mainland Gigs

Track not Found are three 16 year old girls from Guernsey who are busy making noise. They released their first EP in December and now face the challenge of developing their audience from a small island which costs a fortune to get off and whilst still at school.

Over there they fill every venue they play, won the local BBC introducing best newcomer, and best release 2017 and have pretty much done everything thing they can. A big part of their appeal has been the almost constant introduction of new songs thanks to the prolific writing skills of the band.

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To try and give them a chance to generate some exposure beyond blog reviews, they are coming to the UK on the 26th July for a few weeks. The plan is to play as many shows as we can. This is especially important to them, as all they aspire to do is gig as much as possible. And their live show is where they show what they can really do. (The videos aren’t great, but we have a shoot coming soon to fix this)

If any promoters or others can help, please get in touch


Now here’s a message from the band:

We are an all-girls trio on the heavier side of music, with fuzzy riffs, driving drum rhythms and shouty vocals. Tom Girard of BBC introducing described us as combining ‘elements of grunge, riotgrrl and the kind of power-blues Jack White has made his name with’ (Thanks Tom!)

We are made up of Emma Thomas (drummer and vocalist), Grace Tayler (guitarist and vocalist) and Maisie Bisson (bassist and vocalist) and have been a band since early 2016 and gigging since late June of the same year. Having done almost 20 gigs this year has helped us develop a confident stage presence with a very distinct look of… colourful angst?

Our debut EP (released December 2017) is called ‘The Only Way is Lost’ and was recorded by Apocalypse Studios. We are very happy to announce that it has kazoo! Our set is made up of all originals.






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Ash sign to Infectious Music and announce new album Islands

sign to Infectious Music and announce new album Islands

BBC’S Biggest Weekend Festival in Belfast

brand new single Buzzkill 
ASH announce their return to Infectious Music, unveil new track Buzzkill, details of their forthcoming album Islands on 18th May 2018, and confirm appearance at BBC’s Biggest Weekend festival in Belfast.

ASH today share their new single Buzzkill, taken from forthcoming album Islands –their first since 2015’s Kablammo!  and marking their debut for new label Infectious Music – previously home to the band’s number one albums, 1996’s 1977 and Free All Angels in 2001.  The band are also pleased to confirm their appearance at BBC’s Biggest Music festival on home turf in Belfast on May 26th 2018.

Twenty-five years on from their emergence as teenagers on Belfast’s DIY scene ASH return with another irrepressible track that more than holds its own in what is a seemingly already over-stocked catalogue of hits.

Written by the band’s singer/ guitarist Tim Wheeler, Buzzkill is a dizzying slice of upbeat pop nous coupled with The Undertones’ Damien O’Neill and Mickey Bradley guesting on backing vocals – another wave of typical ASH ebullience that is sure to strike a chord with fans, young and old.

Talking about Buzzkill, Wheeler explains its origins:” The day I wrote Buzzkill, it took me a while to stop laughing cos it’s so fun, dumb and full of unnecessary swearing. We used to know a band called Buzzkill in Belfast in the 90s and I think their name has been in my mind for all that time wanting to get into a song. Having seen The Undertones playing a couple of times recently I was guiltily thinking how much the backing vocals I’d written for Buzzkill were mimicking their style. So I thought it would only be right to ask Damien (O’Neill) and Mickey (Bradley)  to sing on it and we were honoured when  that they said yes, despite all the filthy cussing. It’s a fun song and will hopefully ignite a few mosh-pits for us this year.”

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Pic : Alex John Beck
Produced by Tim Wheeler, Islands is the band’s seventh studio album with additional production from Mark Hamilton, Rick McMurray and Claudius Mittendorfer – who also mixed the album at the band’s studio in New York, the full track-listing is:

True Story
Confessions In The Pool
All That I Have Left
Don’t Need Your Love
Did Your Love Burn Out?
Silver Suit
It’s A Trap
Is It True?
Incoming Waves

Islands is released on May 18th via Infectious Music  on CD, LP, Ltd LP (silver vinyl), cassette and digitally.

Listen to Buzzkill via the band’s website today and available to purchase / stream from here

The band will be confirming a run of lives dates imminently, meanwhile they will be appearing as follows:

05.05.18   LEEDS   Live At Leeds festival purchase tkts here
26. 05.18  BELFAST     BBC Biggest Weekend festival




Wreckless Eric announces new album and UK tour

Wreckless Eric
Announces new album Construction Time & Demolition
Due out on 30 March via Southern Domestic Records
UK Tour in May
It’s all about the sound, always the sound – music without sound is literally nothing, so I concern myself with the sound. And texture.
A bridge was built spanning the Humber Estuary. Britain joined the Common Market and Hull became Hull, Gateway To Europe. None of it made any sense – the bridge connected Hull with Lincolnshire and the docks closed down.
Gateway to Europe – it’s the start of something big
All there is is time, hold that thought and it’s gone
We think we have automobiles and houses and furniture and health and longevity but we don’t – they’re all temporary. All we have is time and I’ve become increasingly aware that time is always running out. Life is a long song as the hairy bloke with the flute once said. The longer it goes on the more exhausted I get trying to figure out how I got to where I’m at now.
Staring at the clock with no idea
How the fucking hell did I get here?
I’ve reached an age when I see buildings being torn down that I remember being built.
In the early seventies when I lived in Hull I saw whole streets demolished, turned into vast expanses of dust and crumbled brick. The residents were relocated to faraway places that I only knew as destinations on the fronts of city buses.
I wanted the music to sound as though it was demolishing itself as it went along, and at times I wanted to actually hear it destroy itself, fuzz in and out until all that was left was the flat tone of a heart that’s stopped beating.
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Wreckless Eric is Eric Goulden. He was given the name to hide behind. After a while he realised he was stuck with it. His recording career began in 1977 when he was little more than an ex-teenage art student with the enduring “Whole Wide World” (recently a Billboard chart hit all over again for the US band Cage The Elephant). He sidestepped the mechanics of fame and became Britain’s premier underground household name, much loved and often underestimated.

Construction Time & Demolition is the culmination of over forty years of touring and recording – a life of hardship, creativity and getting away with it. Loud, dissonant, lyrical, sometimes gently melodic, Construction Time & Demolition is cogent music for desperate times.

Wreckless Eric will be touring in support of the album throughout 2018, including an extensive UK tour in May.
9 May – MANCHESTER – Gullivers
10 May – BARNOLDSWICK – Music & Arts Centre
11 May – HULL – O’Rileys

12 May – DURHAM – Old Cinema Laundrette
13 May – DUNDEE – Clarks
14 May – GLASGOW – Hug & Pint
15 May – EDINBURGH – Henry’s
17 May – WORCESTER – Marr’s Bar
18 May – BRISTOL – Thunderbolt
19 May – LEEDS – Fox & Newt
20 May – CROMER – Community Hall
21 May – CAMBRIDGE – Junction
23 May – BRIGHTON – Prince Albert
24 May – LONDON – 100 Club
25 May – COLCHESTER – Arts Centre
26 May – RAMSGATE – Music Hall
27 May –  LEICESTER – Musician
Wreckless Eric
Construction Time & Demolition
1. Gateway To Europe
2. The World Revolved Around Me
3. Flash
4. Mexican Fenders #1
5. They Don’t Mean No Harm
6. Wow & Flutter
7. Forget Who You Are
8. 40 Years
9. The Two Of Us
10. Unnatural Act
11. Mexican Fenders #2

Slow Riot return with double A-sides single ‘Voyeur’ and ‘Burn In The City’

Slow Riot

‘Voyeur/Burn in the City’ Double A-side Single

Out on February 2nd via Straight Lines Are Fine

“A heady mix of layered atmospherics and fuzzy pop that bodes well for the future”Drowned in Sound

“With this latest release, Slow Riot join the ranks of Eagulls and Savages at the forefront of a new breed of bands fusing danceable beats with dark-pop sentiments.” – The Line Of Best Fit

Ireland’s Slow Riot are releasing their new double A-side single, ‘Voyeur/Burn in the City’, via Straight Lines Are Fine on February 2nd. The tracks are the first new material from the band since last year’s ‘Pink December’. Much has happened in the interim; the band expanding to a four-piece after the addition of second guitarist Liam O’Connor (formerly of Fonda), an intense period of songwriting, honing their live craft via numerous festival appearances (notably Electric Picnic, Other Voices), and the recording of a debut album which will be released later in 2018. ‘Voyeur and Burn in the City’ showcase their new approach and provide a tantalizing glimpse of what is to come with their debut full length release.
‘Voyeur’ and ‘Burn In The City’ demonstrate the breadth and depth of the band’s new found songwriting arsenal. The former a visceral alternative rock track, fusing dense yet well balanced production with catchy melodies and driving rhythms; it’s an unstoppable force.


“Liam came to us with the chord progressions and guitar melody of ‘Voyeur’. I liked the contrast between the spectral, somewhat eerie verse parts and the melodic, hopeful chorus”, says vocalist/bassist Niall Clancy. “Lyrically I wanted to convey this disparity between hope and desperation and found a similarity in, what can be, the voyeuristic nature of romance today.”


‘Burn In The City’ employs dreamy guitars, sweeping synths and a reverberant, spacious mix. The track is hard hitting yet sentimental, animated yet brooding, recalling acts such as Eagulls, Preoccupations and Merchandise in its new-wave dance beats with dark, soaring undertones.


Fresh out of the studio, the ‘Voyeur/Burn in the City’ single was recorded with longtime collaborator Kevin Vanbergen (The Pixies, The Maccabees, Dinosaur Pile-Up, The La’s and Biffy Clyro) at Savage Sound Studios, Hastings at the beginning of 2018. Vanbergen has been a catalyst for the band’s creativity since hooking up with them for the recording of their debut Cathedral EP.  Their working relationship continues to thrive, with production of the new material pushing the band into richer sonic territory.


The band have collaborated with up and coming Irish artist Darragh Dempsey for the artwork and videos for ‘Voyeur/Burn In The City’. Recognised by the art world as a rising talent, Dempsey’s ‘Flesh’ painting was inspired by Francis Bacon’s ‘Study after Velazquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X’; the anguish and surrealism of the image echoing the themes of the band’s new music.


Slow Riot emerge from their hometown of Limerick backed with support from the likes of The Irish TimesNialler9Other VoicesElectric Picnic, Today FM and Whelan’s One’s to Watch; their plaudits building at an impressive rate. They’re flying the flag for a new breed of Irish acts ready for the global stage.


They have also amassed a rich profile of support this side of the Irish Sea, with the likes of Drowned In Sound, Q Magazine, The Line Of Best Fit, Clash and Gigwise amongst many others citing them for big things. Previous single ‘Trophy Wife’ earned the band plaudits from Shaun Keaveny on the 6Music Breakfast Show, Radio XAbsolute and was a mainstay on the band’s native Today FM with DJ Paul McLoone declaring Slow Riot to be “my new favourite Irish band”.


Slow Riot return to the UK in April to headline Communion’s club night in London plus regional dates, but not before they play their first headline Dublin show at Whelan’s on March 22nd. Summer festival dates will be announced very soon.




Photography: Martin Ruffin.

Sleeve Artwork: Darragh Dempsey

Live Dates:

March 22nd at Dublin Whelan’s – Tickets

March 23rd Single Launch Show at Limerick Kasbah Tickets

April 1st at Notting Hill Arts Club, London – Tickets

April 2nd at Lincoln Imp Scunthorpe

April 3rd Hull ‘Sesh’ at The Polar Bear


The Band:

Niall Clancy – Vocals / Bass

Aaron Duff – Guitars

Liam O’Connor – Guitars

Paul Cosgrave – Drums


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Enjoy Dave Vanian’s new space-age video and message to civilisation on earth. If you’d like to interview The Damned ahead of this album release or see them live on the current tour please get in touch.
Photo Credit: Steve Gullick

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Legendary British band, The Damned have released a video today for new single, ‘Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow’ taken from their new album scheduled for release on Search And Destroy / Spinefarm Records on April 13th. Their first new album in a decade.

The single is “an optimistic song even though it is about a dark subject, in a world obsessed by ‘self’,” explains legendary frontman Dave Vanian, who also directed the video.  “This is a cry for humanity to recognize its humanity, before it’s too late. There is a strong influence of Joe Meek here: ‘Telstar’ was a glorious song about the opportunities of the future. I’d like to think that ‘SOTEOT’ reflects a similar sentiment.”

To accompany this up-to-the-minute garage psychedelia that gallops like Scott Walker’s ‘The Seventh Seal’, the video depicts a vision of the future from a band whose colourful, anarchic, ever-changing vision has been propelled by an indefatigable creative motor. Quite simply, The Damned have always pushed their sound and message forwards from inception back in 1976 and have no plans to slow down in 2018.


“The exploration and colonization of other worlds is something we will face in the not so distant future,” adds Vanian on his own work directing the video. “My fervent hope is that we do not take our fears and prejudices with us and repeat the mistakes we have made on our home planet.”

‘Standing On The Edge Of Tomorrow’ is the first serving from Evil Spirits produced by another legend from pop’s golden age – Tony Visconti, whose production on innumerable classic albums by David Bowie, T-Rex and more, mark him not only as a master of his craft, but a perfect match for The Damned. Recorded in nine days flat, it’s an album bursting with messages, melodies, with scarcely a second of airtime wasted.

Evil Spirits will be available on digital download via Spotify and i-Tunes, on CD and 180g vinyl available to pre-order now from .


 Evil Spirits tour 2018:

Catch The Damned on tour this January and February. Main support comes from fabled Stray Cats drummer Slim Jim Phantom (*except Koko), whilst support at Koko and The Forum comes from Kristeen Young.

Tickets available from:

26th January – Newcastle, O2 Academy
27th January – Dundee, Caird Hall
28th January – Glasgow, O2 Academy
30th January – Leeds, O2 Academy Leeds
31st January – Manchester, Academy 1
1st February – Birmingham, O2 Academy
3rd February – Leicester, O2 Academy
4th February – Nottingham, Rock City
6th February – Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall
7th February – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
9th February – Cardiff, Great Hall
10th February – Bristol O2, Academy Bristol
11th February – Bournemouth, O2 Academy
13th February – Southampton, O2 Guildhall
14th February – Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
16th February – Koko, London*
17th February London, O2 Forum

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The Damned are:

David Vanian – Vocals
Captain Sensible – Guitar
Monty Oxy Moron – Keyboard
Pinch – Drums
Paul Gray – Bass




Pic: Lindsay Melbourne)


Following the announcement of their signing to Partisan Records, ahead of their highly anticipated second album, Bristol’s IDLES have now announced a string of new UK tour dates in April.

The dates are as follows:


* = Support from LICE



Selected recent press for IDLES and “Brutalism”:

A Bristol quintet who sound absolutely furious and thrilling; an inchoate cry of rage, with guitars that could raze the city – The Guardian

IDLES might just be the best live guitar band in Europe – The Quietus

A rare rock record with the rage, urgency, wit and shattering of complacency usually found only in grime. – Uncut

Having started the year as virtual unknowns, IDLES end it as one of the most important bands in the country. – DIY

You need them in your life right now – Kerrang!

IDLES are one of the most exciting British bands right now and Brutalism is proof – The Line Of Best Fit

Brutalism is loaded with some of the most fiery performances and brutally honest lyrics I’ve heard in years. – The Needle Drop

Visceral anthems that’s timed weirdly well for this year’s madness NME

Sharp charisma and cathartic vulnerability. – Dork

Party garage that sounds like a cross between Sauna Youth and Jay Reatard – The i

Brutalism presents a new assertive punk that’s as witty as it is savage and valiant. – Upset

The band are impossibly tight, offering an onslaught that pitches itself somewhere alongside the sensory overload of Girl Band or Hookworms. Savage, frantic but surprisingly minimalist.Loud & Quiet

IDLES are probably the most relevant band in Britain right now – Drowned In Sound

Brutalism is bracing, caustic, and relentless – Pop Matters

Belligerent, angry and brimming with socio-political commentary, a brutal, in-your-face indictment of, well, pretty much everything. – Team Rock

Brutalism is an unhinged and severely vicious record that questions everyday conventions and isn’t afraid to attack certain taboos. The 13 track debut album is a goliath sounding record driven by a simplistic, thumping rhythm section, topped with cacophonous guitars and obtuse, thought-provoking lyrics. – CLASH

The group excel at playing an acerbic brand of blistering and attitude-laden rock that we firmly enjoy. – London In Stereo

One of the best live bands out there – CRACK

Righteously annoyed noise – on the up – Total Guitar

Sheer bleak beauty – Louder Than War

After a landmark 2017 for the band, Bristol’s IDLES are proud to begin 2018 with the news that they have finished recording their second album and with the announcement that they have signed to Partisan Records.

“IDLES have signed to Partisan Records. This is not a decision based on greed. They excite us and have injected ideas and passions into our camp that we would not have mustered. We as a family have realised our limitations in as far as the ship we have built with you all is becoming too much for the team we have to achieve the best of our abilities. It was time to admit a necessity for help but we needed that to come in the form of trusted, earnest and like-minded people who were as passionate about our art and you people as we were: Partisan Records are the partners we were looking for. We haven’t been given a huge wedge of cash but instead a huge wedge of confidence that we are in safe hands and make no mistake, we are not going to stop working fucking hard for you and ourselves.”
Joe Talbot, IDLES

Partisan Records was co-founded in Brooklyn in 2007 by Tim Putnam and Ian Wheeler and now has offices in New York, London and LA. They have previously worked with the likes of Cigarettes After Sex, Deer Tick, Torres, Eagulls and John Grant.

“We’re very excited to welcome IDLES to our roster. They are an altogether necessary band for the times we live in and we are honoured to have been trusted as their chosen partners. As Joe says: All Is Love!”
Tim Putnam, Partisan Records

IDLES have also announced their first headlining dates in US & Canada for March:

Fri March 9 – Brooklyn NY @ Ceremony
Sat March 10 – Brooklyn NY @ Flowers For All Occasions
Sun March 11 – Philadelphia PA @ PhilaMOCA
Tue March 20 – Toronto ON @ Smiling Buddha

They will also be playing SXSW.

Further info:

Last year’s “Brutalism” LP received considerable attention on its release and this alongside their incendiary live shows has garnered them a enviable and ever-growing fan base. Jeremy Vine is among their admirers, they were in Loud & Quiet, CRACK, NME and Radio 6’s albums of the year, they were 33-1 for the Mercury Prize at Ladbrokes ahead of announcement and they had the biggest crowd of the whole weekend on The Lake Stage at Latitude where they also performed a secret set for the BBC, also rammed, directly after at the Introducing stage. By the time of Reading & Leeds, they were a must see band and both tents were full for their performances.

As well as their own headlining tour, the band performed dates with Dead Kennedys, DIIV, were The Maccabees special guests at all three of their final shows at Alexandra Palace and were hand-picked by Foo Fighters to support them at their massive O2 shows in September.

They’ve not been hurt by a succession of brilliant, self-directed music videos either. Take a watch of their recent video for “Mother”, where front man Joe Talbot proceeds to destroy a table full of china, piece by piece:

Seattle’s Nostalgist presents ‘Present:Tense’ off coming ‘Disaffection’ LP (RIYL Catherine Wheel, Alcest, Deftones, Kitchens of Distinction)

“A beacon of hope for shoegaze’s future” – Noisey

“Straddling an intense and coveted border between shoegaze and post-punk… This is the music we’ve all been longing for ever since Catherine Wheel dissolved… Eisenhardt’s vocal stylings and timbre are so strikingly similar to Catherine Wheel singer Rob Dicksonson, but with that deep throatal element that made The Damned’s Dave Vanian so well loved” – Big Takeover Magazine

“Their brooding brand of shoegaze never admits sunshine is possible. But they wear their gloom lightly, which allows their songs to achieve a kind of dejected ascension” – The Stranger
“One of the most unique permutations this genre has ever produced…and best of all, it practically demands repeat listens… blissful bludgeoning” – Wilfully Obscure 
Post-punk outfit Nostalgist has announced their forthcoming album ‘Disaffection’, slated for vinyl and digital release in March. The six-track offering includes five original songs and a cover of ‘Texture’ from shoegaze legends Catherine Wheel‘s 1992 classic ‘Ferment’.

Formed in 2012, Nostalgist is led by Asa Eisenhardt (vocals and guitar). ‘Disaffection’ follows ‘Of Loves and Days Ago’ (2015) and 2013’s ‘Monochromantic’ EP, which was engineered, mixed and mastered by Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, King Woman, Tony Molina).
Recorded and mixed throughout 2016 and 2017, every track on ‘Disaffection’ features great contributions by renowned drummer Aesop Dekker (Khorada, Worm Ouroboros, Extremity, ex-Agalloch). More recently, in the fall of 2017, Alex Entrekin joined as the new drummer, building on Dekker’s crushing performances while bringing nuances and twists all his own. Monte McCleery (also of Seattle funeral doom outfit Un) is currently filling in on bass.
Nostalgist’s brand of heavy, ethereal post-punk is informed by bands like Lowlife, Slowdive, Lycia, Comsat Angels, The Chameleons, Killing Joke, Fields of the Nephilim, Hum, and Red House Painters.
“I was a few months into writing songs entirely on my own – something that I’d barely ever worked at before. I was also hurting, fresh off of the disintegration of an unstable and short-lived period of intimacy that never congealed into a relationship,” explains Asa Eisenhardt about lead track ‘Present:Tense’.
“The verses largely regard that time, and are my most stream-of-consciousness lyrics to date, though still couched in the grey dream imagery I’m always trying to evoke. The chorus, however, is really the essence of the tune: perseverance through hardship, while recognizing the weight and inevitability of heartache. ‘I will dream again’ is such a stupidly simple line, but the implied resolve is important.”
That prism of emotional openness continues a throughline from the band’s beginnings. Since its inception, Nostalgist’s sonic blend has been equal parts swirling riffs, expansive shoegaze atmospheres and airy post-punk isolation, combined with a romantic, self-questioning lyrical bent and cinematic themes. Lush layers of warm guitar fuzz and shimmering reverb interweave with melodic bass, intricate drums and evocative, determined vocals, tempering the music’s melancholy with just a slight sliver of hope.
Nostalgist crafts lush and powerfully intense distortion-laden dream rock riffs. A love of film noir, a sense of isolation and a decidedly romantic aesthetic shine through what are generally vulnerable lyrics. Eisenhardt’s talents in post-punk song-crafting are illuminated in the darkest moments with the warm, glowing embers of nebulous shoegaze.
The outfit’s latest output only further refines these sounds and ideas. “When writing ‘Disaffection,’ my sights were firmly set on creating a handful of focused, memorable songs that crystallized everything I’ve wanted Nostalgist to be, to the best and most thorough degree possible. It’s a mission statement on the direction of everything to come,” says Eisenhardt.
The ‘Disaffection’ album will be released on March 19 on vinyl and digitally on March 30 via the band’s own Nostalgium Directive label.


1. Pendulums
2. Smoldering Amber
3. Present:Tense
4. Petrichorale
5. Threshed At Dusk, Winnowed At Dawn
6. Texture

Asa Eisenhardt – vocals, guitar, bass, synth, arrangement, lyrics (except ‘Texture’)
Aesop Dekker – session drums
Instrumentals produced and engineered at Soundhouse, Studio Foster and Electric Wall by Evan Foster
Vocals produced and engineered at Studio Nels by Will Smith
Mixed by Evan Foster at Studio Foster
Mastered by Justin Weis at Trakworx
Master lacquer cut by Levi Seitz at Black Belt Mastering

Keep up with Nostalgist


COMING APRIL 27th 2018!

[ photo by Dan Sturgess ]

Ragga rock legends Skindred are proud to announce a first teaser for the track ‘Machine‘ ahead of their forthcoming UK ‘Start the Machine Tour’. ‘Machine‘ will be the first single from the band’s upcoming album titled ‘Big Tings‘ due out on April 27th 2018 on Napalm Records.

The band’s first album appetizer ‘Machine‘ has already been used as both the intro and outro theme to ACDC frontman Brian Johnson‘s TV show ‘Cars that Rock’ Worldwide and features Reef frontman Gary Stringer lining up alongside the band’s own Benji Webbe on co-vocals and if that is not enough the single also features Motorhead/Bastard Sons guitarist Phil Campbell taking the honours on the guitar solo too!

Meanwhile Skindred shot some exclusive behind the scenes Studio footage while recording their new album ‘Big Tings’ at Peter Gabriels Real World studio in the village of Box ,NR Bath.

Skindred along with Producer James Loughrey and Engineer Lee Slater are currently putting the finishing touches to what will be the bands seventh studio album and could not be more excited about it.

Says Skindred Guitarist Mikey Demus: “The name hopefully says it all, you can expect some seriously Big Tings from Skindred on our next record. We’ve thrown away the rulebook and pushed ourselves harder than ever to create the biggest, baddest, and most banging songs we could muster. We can’t wait to start unleashing this new stuff on the world, so prepare yourselves for some Big Tings!”

Roaring and pounding, the follow-up to 2015`s Volume is a magnificent beast churning out heavy, distortion-laden riff punches melting into vocalist Benji Webbe`s frenzied rapping. Explosive metal and punk material rubs shoulders with smooth melodies – and of course Skindred wouldn`t leave us on the dancefloor without a hefty helping of their trademark Godzilla-esquely huge choruses. Big songs, big sound, big tings!

Coming April 27th on Napalm Records, ‘Big Tings‘ is now available to pre-order HERE!

Catch Skindred and their infamous Newport helicopter action live on a full U.K. tour in April 2018 with special guests CKY:

19.04.18 Norwich , UEA
20.04.18 Southampton, 02 Guildhall
21.04.18 Nottingham, Rock City
22.04.18 Manchester, Academy
24.04.18 Glasgow , 02 ABC
25.04.18 Bristol, 02 Academy
27.04.18 Leeds, 02 Academy
28.04.18 London, 02 Academy, Brixton
29.04.18 Birmingam, 02 Institute

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The Telescopes announces ‘Everything Must Be’ video, Europe tour for ‘Stone Tape’ album

The Telescopes announces ‘Everything Must Be’ video, Europe tour for ‘Stone Tape’ album

If you didn’t think 2017 was exciting enough for Creation Records shoegaze-psych rock legends THE TELESCOPES, between their two album releases and extensive touring, 2018 certainly gives signs that the band will be just as active. This week brings their new video for ‘Everything Must Be’ off their ‘Stone Tape’ LP.This coming Friday, January 26 is also the first date for their new Europe tour in support of this album.

“Every sound you ever heard was but a preliminary exercise in hearing, for the all embracing maelstrom of The Telescopes” – Melody Maker (1989)

“Droney and draggy in the best psychedelic way with Telescopes’ kingpin Stephen Lawrie in a swaying chant capable of sending you into a glazed daze. Close your eyes for added effect and hit repeat – by the end of round 3 you’ll be hitting the peyote sands of shamanic trance territory” – Louder Than War (2017)

“While only six songs long, the record leaves quite a bruise behind… Don’t operate any heavy machinery while this is spilling through your earbuds” – Paste Magazine

The Telescopes present the new video for their ambient bliss-trance track ‘Everything Must Be’, one of six tracks found on their new ‘Stone Tape’ album, released via Rome-based label Yard Press. This video was created by Michele Manfellotto, following up album lead tracks ‘The Desert In Your Heart’ and ‘Silent Water’, which premiered in Louder Than War and Paste Magazine respectively.

The band will also be heading across Europe on a 13-date tour in support of this album, which kicks off Friday, January 26. 2017 was a highly eventful year for The Telescopes, having toured Europe in late autumn for their ninth album ‘As Light Return’, released via Tapete Records. earlier that year.

The Telescopes ‘Stone Tape’ album inaugurates Yard Press’ new series of record productions. Curated by Giandomenico Carpentieri, this endeavor is rooted in the desire to create albums that are developed in close collaboration with the artists involved. The starting point is to create a concept album specially designed for Yard Press, within a free environment without creative limits, where artists can pursue the most experimental and conceptual projects.

‘Stone Tape’ is a concept album inspired by the “Stone Tape Theory”, theorized by Thomas Charles Lethbridge in 1961. The archaeologist, parapsychologist and explorer developed the idea that inanimate materials can absorb energy from living beings, and that this mental electrical energy, released during emotional or traumatic events, could somehow be “stored” in such materials and “reproduced” under certain conditions.

It has been 30 years since Stephen Lawrie founded The Telescopes. One of the more interesting bands to be on Creation Records, influencing The Brian Jonestown Massacre and the whole shoegaze, space rock and psych movements, The Telescopes are the creative vision of Stephen Lawrie with a revolving line up. Formed in 1987, they released their first record in 1988, a split flexi-disc with Loop.  A string of releases followed for Cheree Records, What Goes On Records and Creation Records, each one hitting the higher reaches of the UK independent charts, some of them making it into the UK mainstream charts.
Not long after touring with Spacemen 3, Primal Scream and The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Telescopes were headlining tours themselves with support from the likes of Slowdive, Ride, The Cranes, Bleach, Bark Psychosis and Whipping Boy. The band eventually transitioned from their noise origins towards a more brooding psychedelic sound.

Following the release of their second album in 1992, Lawrie put the group on hold, returning in 2002 with a renewed vigour. The late great John Peel, for whom they recorded two sessions, heralded their return and championed their ‘Third Wave’ album, exclaiming “The Telescopes have resurfaced and I am amazed and glad they are still practicing their mysterious art”.

A string of releases followed. The Wire magazine described them as having “a very real and crazy originality that carries fat tons of wallop”. The NME again found them ‘in another universe altogether, incredible”. Julian Cope championed two of their releases on his Head Heritage site, referring to their “suspended-in-space magnificence”.

In 2011, Portishead invited them to play the first ever ATP festival in London. The next year, The Black Angels / Reverberation Appreciation Society invited them to the Austin Psych Fest. 2014 brought their seventh release ‘HARM’ on Neon Sigh, involving members of LSD & The Search For God and BJM, which Drowned In Sound called “a visceral exercise in harshly constructed noise”.

The Telescopes then released two critically acclaimed albums through Tapete Records – ‘Hidden Fields’ and ‘As Light Return’, offering some of the band’s most crucial listening so far. Following pulverising performances at both Manchester and Liverpool Psych festivals this year, The Telescopes are set to release their tenth album in November on Yard Press.

‘Stone Tape’ is available digitally and as a vinyl limited edition of 500 copies via Yard Press, a label nurturing innovative cultural content, including visual works, underground events, books, and now music. It is available to order at or via Bandcamp at

1 Become The Sun
2 The Speaking Stones
3 The Desert In Your Heart
4 Everything Must Be
5 Silent Water
6 Dead Inside

Written, produced, arranged and played by Stephen Lawrie
Album photography by Achille Filipponi
Series curated by Giandomenico Carpentieri
Series executive production by Leonardo Mancini


January 26  Ferrara – Korova Milk bar (Stephen Lawrie acoustic)
January 27  Roma – Städlin (Stephen Lawrie acoustic)
February 1  Rouen – Le 3 Piéces
February 3  Paris – La Pointe Lafayette
February 4  Vevey – Session Studio 603
February 5  TBC
February 6  Milano – Kraken
February 7  Firenze – TBC
February 8  Roma – Evol Club
February 9  Fontanafredda – Astro Club
February 10 Recanati – Circolo Dong
February 11 Modena – Arci Dude
February 12 Geneve – TBC


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