| (PHOTO CREDIT CHRIS CHARLES) THE MUSLIMS|
FUCK THESE FUCKIN FASCISTS
OUT DIGITALLY NOW
CD/VINYL AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 5 VIA EPITAPH RECORDS
Fuck These Fuckin Fascists, the fourth studio album from Durham, NC punk band The Muslims, is out digitally now via Epitaph Records. CD and Vinyl will be available November 5.
Taking inspiration from classic punk and afropunk roots, The Muslims have successfully synthesized the “fuck you” energy of the oppressed into an ass-kicking, head-smashing, fascist-punching sonic experience. Fuck These Fuckin Fascists, is the perfect balance of humor, tenderness and political rage, wrapped in affirmations for oppressed peoples. Musically, The Muslims continue to bring dynamic melodies to the foundation of classic punk riffs, sprinkled with out-of-this-world rhythmic outbursts. Lyrically, the band unapologetically uses music as a vessel to call out racism, the American political landscape, and white supremacy.
The band’s leader and resident bad Muslim, Sheikh QADR, draws songwriting inspiration from trailblazing Black artists, such as Bobby Hackney Sr. (Death), Nina Simone, Jimi Hendrix, and Poly Styrene (X-Ray Spex), while drummer Ba7Ba7 and bassist Abu Shea blend their diverse musical backgrounds to drive a noisy-melodic truck into your face.
FUCK THESE FUCKIN FASCISTS TRACKLIST
Hands Up, Don’t Shoot
Crotch Pop A Cop
Kill Your Masters
Fuck These Fuckin Fascists
Froot of The Loom
Live Laugh Lead
John McCain’s Ghost Sneaks Into The White House And Tea Bags The President
The Muslims are QADR (vocals/guitar), Abu Shea (bass), and Ba7ba7 (drums).
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|NEW ALABAMA 3 ALBUM ‘STEP 13’ OUT THIS FRIDAY|
LISTEN TO NEW TRACK ‘PETRONELLA SAYS’ AHEAD OF RELEASE HERE:
ALABAMA 3 RETURN TO THE SOPRANOS IN NEW PREQUEL FILM ‘THE MANY SAINTS OF NEWARK’ OPENING TODAY
2022 TOUR DATES ON SALE NOW
“Finds the band sounding potent and energized” Uncut Magazine
“Step 13 is a largely up tempo, toe-tapping antidote to a Covid-damaged, post-Brexit Britain” – The Arts Desk
“Delivered with typical grit and swagger” Vive Le Rock
Recorded in Lockdown last year with producer Cam Blackwood (George Ezra, Jack Savoretti, Tom Walker, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes) the highly anticipated new Alabama 3 album Step 13 is out this Friday via Submarine Cat Records and available to pre-order here: https://alabama3.tmstor.es/
Featuring the South London’s beloved roots-futurists first recordings since the tragic passing of founding member Jake Black, aka The Very Reverend D. Wayne Love, in May of 2019, ‘Step 13’ is a cathartic, yet also joyous return for a band who have always existed within their own vacuum; in and out of fashion, playing only by their own rules and making Sweet Pretty Muthafuckin County Acid House Music. All night long.
This week Alabama 3 have revealed another glimpse of ‘Step 13’ in ‘Petronella Says’ – a pumping, upbeat, harmonica-howling dance-floor kicker that deals with ‘the collision between the delusions of the rich and the realities of the poor.’
For many, Alabama 3 were first launched into the nation’s consciousness and are still adored the world over for 1997’s inaugural smash ‘Woke Up This Morning’. Its marriage of Howlin’ Wolf samples and trip hop beats provided the theme music for long-running HBO series ‘The Sopranos’, which in an amazing case of serendipity, returns this week in prequel movie ‘The Many Saints Of Newark.’
Returning again with ‘Woke Up This Morning’ as its theme, ‘The Many Saints Of Newark’ explores the early troubled teenage years of lead character Tony Soprano and opens in cinemas today.
“Once again the sins of the father are bestowed upon the son, we are delighted to be a part of this process,” states vocalist Larry Love. “Let Woke Up This Morning befall the next generation of the sopranos family, and remember this kids, crime does pay…sometimes.”
Order ‘Step 13’ HERE:
See Alabama 3 live at the following dates in March/April 2022 – tickets HERE:
Thursday 17 March 2022 Cambridge, The Junction
Friday 18 March 2022 Birmingham, Institute 2
Saturday 19 March 2022 Liverpool, O2 Academy
Friday 25 March 2022 Dublin, Academy
Saturday 26 March 2022 Belfast, Limelight
Thursday 31 March 2022 Brighton, Concorde 2
Friday 1 April 2022 Southampton, Engine Rooms
Saturday 2 April 2022 Exeter, Phoenix
Sunday 3 April 2022 Bournemouth, Old Fire Station
Thursday 7 April 2022 Newcastle, Boiler Shop
Friday 8 April 2022 Edinburgh, Liquid Rooms
Saturday 9 April 2022 Glasgow, SWG3
Sunday 10 April 2022 Kendal, Brewery Art Centre
Thursday 14 April 2022 Cardiff, Tramshed
Friday 15 April 2022 Holmfirth, Picturedrome
Saturday 16 April 2022 Manchester, O2 Ritz
Sunday 17 April 2022 Leeds, Warehouse
Wednesday 27 April 2022 Reading, Sub89
Thursday 28 April 2022 Oxford O2 Academy
Friday 29 April 2022 Bristol, O2 Academy
Saturday 30 April 2022 London, SBE
Alabama 3 are:
Rob Spragg a.k.a. Larry Love: vocals
Orlando Harrison a.k.a. The Spirit: keyboards
Mark Sams a.k.a. Rock Freebase: guitar,
Steve Finnerty a.k.a. LOVEPIPE: guitar
Nick Reynolds a.k.a. Harpo Strangelove: harmonica
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On the heels of TV Priest’s acclaimed debut album, Uppers, comes “Lifesize”, a new single from the group and their contribution to the Sub Pop Singles Club, Vol. 6.
The group’s front man, Charlie Drinkwater says of the song:
“‘Lifesize’ is about the worship of the ‘strong man’ image often present in our political and cultural discourse. One where the patriarchal underpinnings of our society and political structure goes unchallenged. After a particularly grueling year, when people have looked to leaders for strength, we’ve found instead empty gestures and contempt. (‘Talk like a salesman, walks like the Pope.’) We don’t need more macho bravado; society needs empathy and compassion.”
“Lifesize” will also be released with one additional track on a 7” single as part of the Sub Pop Singles Club Vol. 6. The subscription-only series includes twelve 7” singles by an exciting array of artists, including John Waters, Jeff Tweedy, Duma, LIDS, Washed Out, Hand Habits, BNH Deluxe, Porridge Radio, Sheltered Workshop Singers, and more. Only 1,000 subscriptions are available, and the series is nearly sold out. Hear music from the series via the Singles Club playlist, and subscribe here!
Having played festivals curated by the likes of IDLES and Sports Team, as well as Manchester Psych Fest this summer, TV Priest will return to the stages of the UK and France this October and November, with appearances at Sirens Festival in Glasgow and Edinburgh as well as the Pitchfork Festival in Paris. The band will then share the stage with A Place to Bury Strangers in North America in early 2022. See below for a full listing of dates, with more headline shows and news of their forthcoming record to be announced soon.
UK and European dates 2021:
Fri. Oct. 01 – Ipswich, UK – Ipswich Sound City
Sat. Oct. 09 – Reading, UK – Are You Listening
Tue. Oct. 19 – London, UK – Shacklewell Arms [Sold Out]
Thu. Oct. 21- Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hound
Fri. Oct. 22 – Blackpool, UK – Bootleg Social
Sat. Oct. 23 – Hull, UK – New Adelphi Club
Sun. Oct. 24 – Newcastle upon Tyne, UK – Head of Steam
Tue. Oct. 26 – Nottingham, UK – Bodega
Wed. Oct. 27 – Cardiff, Wales, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach (Upstairs room)
Thu. Oct. 28 – Bedford, UK – Bedford Esquires
Fri. Oct. 29 – Manchester, UK – YES (Basement Room) [Sold Out]
Sat. Oct. 30 – Leeds, UK – Belgrave Music Hall [Sold Out]
Sun. Oct. 31 – Sheffield, UK – Sidney & Matilda, Sheffield City Centre
Tue. Nov. 02 – Bristol, UK – Rough Trade (Bristol) [Sold Out]
Wed. Nov. 03 – London, UK – Moth Club [Sold Out]
Thu. Nov. 04 – Southampton, UK – Heartbreakers
Sat. Nov. 06 – Brighton, UK – Mutations Festival
Sat. Nov. 13 – Glasgow, UK – Sirens Festival (Glasgow)
Sun. Nov. 14 – Edinburgh, UK – Sirens Festival (Edinburgh)
Wed. Nov. 17 – Lille, FR – L’Aeronef
Thu. Nov. 18 – Le Havre, FR – Le Tetris
Fri. Nov. 19 – Paris, FR – Pitchfork Music Festival
Sat. Nov. 20 – Nantes, FR – Stereolux
What people have been saying about TV Priest:
“Fuzzed-out post punk from London four-piece on debut LP… harsh, brittle eruptions offering up a variety of teeth-rattling noises.” [Uppers] Uncut
“Ragged yet tight, sprawling yet focused, it’s a singular vision of a disparate time. It rounds up most of the usual suspects of our Un-UK, the pop culture, the insularity, the lies on the side of a bus, but manages to breathe new life into those old tropes by sheer force of personality. [Uppers] ★★★★ – DORK
“Uppers…should rubber stamp TV Priest as one of, if not your favourite new acts” – The Line Of Best Fit
“The post-punk band have caught attention with a string of superb singles, exemplifying their scorching post-punk sound.” – CLASH
“Vocalist Charlie Drinkwater scrolls endlessly as his country fades into irrelevance on British band TV Priest’s latest fiery missive.” [“This Island”] – The FADER
“They fit in with the post-punk revival – sultry, prophetic lyricism with brash instrumentation…” [“This Island”] – Brooklyn Vegan
“Scorching” [“This Island”] – DIY
“Their sound is ultimately chaotic, with cuts of fuzzy distortion creating a disorienting yet completely thrilling listening experience.” – Gigwise
“The track’s distorted organs serve as riled-up opening remarks before grueling dark vocals spit out patriotic cliches and commemorative Latin phrases. “This is not my national anthem” sneers Charlie Drinkwater over a fuzzy echo of the Star-Spangled Banner. Thrashing industrial guitars smash any sense of security.” [“House of York”] – The Line Of Best Fit
“’This Island’ is a densely packed ball of energy, and their occasional spillovers of momentum are exhilarating.” – PASTE
“A frenzied anthem.”[“House of York”] – Earmilk
Abdoujaparov – Race Home Grow Love – September 17th 2021
Les Carter (AKA Fruitbat from Carter USM) is not very good at self-promotion. He also hated being a pop star but loves being in a band, on tour, writing songs and making
records. I am almost forcing him to issue this press release.
After Carter USM disbanded Les formed a new band in 1998 and called it Abdoujaparov (to deliberately make life difficult for radio DJs and journalists). Thinking about it now he says it worked a bit too well. He probably should have called the band ‘Fruitbat, The Guy Who Rugby Tackled Philip Schofield’.
A new album from Abdoujaparov is rare and much anticipated by the loyal (and growing fanbase). Race Home Grow Love is the fifth studio album. It was written last year after spending four years touring and recording with Ferocious Dog. Then everything stopped and Les was at home twiddling his fingers and looking for something interesting to do. The album builds on the previous four releases with a more musically diverse palette. It keeps the punk pop roots of Les’ teenage years, but there is also something new, intriguing and almost worldly in these songs. It’s a cliché but it’s the best Abdoujaparov album yet.
The album features the current Abdou line-up of Les, Richy, Bomber, Jon who are joined by special guests John Hare (False Alarms), Pete Allinson III (Jim’s Super Stereoworld), Charley Stone (Gay Dad, Keith TOTPs and many others) and Dan Booth (Ferocious Dog).
The album will be released physically on limited edition CD (only available from www.carterusmstore.com) but will be on all major digital and streaming platforms too.
Here’s the track listing:
2. If You Want To Save The World (Listen To The Girl)
3. You Don’t Have To Be Alone
4. You’re Breaking Up
6. Valentine’s Picnic
7. Where Was The Love When You Stitched Me Up?
8. Brixton Flippin’ Riots
9. The Town Where I Grew Up
10. Goodbye Sweet Bread
11. The Battle’s Won
12. Bigger Better
Formed on October 19th 1998 by ex-Carter USM guitarist Les Carter (aka Fruitbat). Abdoujaparov’s musical foundations are the joyous and shambolic influences of 1977 punk rock and new wave mixed in with some 80’s and 90’s synths. The music is raucous, fast and sometimes a bit country. The lyrics are rude, tender, funny and frequently a little unwell.
So far eight EPs, four singles and five albums ‘AIR ODEON DISCO PUB’, ‘DJAMOLIDINE’, ‘CYCLE RIOT HISTORY GANG’, ‘SEASIDE ARCADE BINGO PATROL’and ‘LIVE ACTION PLANET NOISE’have been released on Spinach Records. The sixth album ‘RACE HOME GROW LOVE’ is due for release on September 17th.
The band features a constantly changing line-up depending on where and when they are playing. The have also historically toured under the guise of iDou, which is a cut-down line-up featuring Les, Richy and an iPod Shuffle.
They have toured extensively in the UK, Germany, Australia and America. In 2018 they celebrated their 20th anniversary with a hugely successful and sold out gig at London’s 100 Club. Abdoujaparov played two sets covering a large part of their back catalogue.
Les Carter has also toured with Ferocious Dog, guests with Nick Parker and plays bass in Keith Top Of The Pops And His All-Star Indie Backing Band
Indiepop supergroup Swansea Sound debut new single “Swansea Sound” and announce debut album ‘Live at the Rum Puncheon’ (HHBTM / Skep Wax).
RELEASE DATE: November 19th, 2021, pre order from Bandcamp link below.
Swansea Sound: a band that came into being during lockdown and decided that fast, loud, political indiepop punk was the answer to being stuck indoors. Who needs introspection?
Hue Williams is reunited with Pooh Sticks singing partner Amelia Fletcher (ex- Talulah Gosh, Heavenly). Rob Pursey (also ex-Heavenly) and Ian Button (Wreckless Eric’s live collaborator) provide the noise. Swansea Sound are the funny, angry, gleeful and savage past, present and future of indie. The band has played just one gig in real life – but there will be more in 2022.
On debut album ‘Live at the Rum Puncheon’, opening track ‘Rock N Roll Void’ catches you up on the past: a two minute revision session to make sure you haven’t forgotten The Kinks, The Ramones and the brief explosion of noise pollution that was C86 pop.
Second track ‘I Sold My Soul on eBay’, also two minutes long, savages the corporate piracy of our digital present, where anyone can earn plenty of ‘likes’, but no-one gets paid any money.
Next, ‘I’m OK When You’re Around’ is a love song to all the people Swansea Sound would like to meet in the future. People they’ve fallen in love with in digital chatrooms: new allies all over the world who are standing up to the digital giants and the shit-stirring racist trolls everyone’s forced to share the internet with.
Track 4: ‘The Pooh Sticks’. Hue pays tribute to his former self in an apparently sincere tribute to one of the great lost indie bands of the 90s. (No-one else was going to do it.) We have all become own archivists these days. We’ve all become our own covers bands…
This album whizzes by very quickly: you’re already near the end of Side One.
Four of the tracks have already been released as short run singles on a variety of formats. ‘Corporate Indie Band’ was cassette-only. ‘I Sold My Soul on eBay’ was a one-off lathe cut 7” single that got auctioned on eBay (with a £400 winning bid). ‘Indies of the World’ was a 7” single/cassette, which briefly hit the UK physical Top Ten chart, before selling out.
Most recently, ‘Swansea Sound’was released as a limited edition cassette/mini-CD on 1st September. This was the date, exactly one year ago, when the much-treasured South Wales radio station, Swansea Sound, was re-branded by its new corporate owners and its old name became available. The song is a requiem for that lost radio station – a DJ describing his final day at work before his show is ‘rationalised’ – but it’s also a wider protest about the culturally stultifying effect of corporatisation.
Some of the songs are reflexive – ‘Swansea Sound’ and ‘The Pooh Sticks’. Others are searching for hope – ‘Let It Happen’, ‘I’m OK When You’re Around’, ‘Pasadena’, ‘Angry Girl’. Whereas ‘Je Ne Sais Quoi’ is pure pop throwaway fun. The other songs are catchy too, they just happen to express a sickness and a contempt for the state of things. ‘Corporate Indie Band’ is about a group who have mortgaged their creativity to a major label and sold their identities to an online marketing team of public schoolboys. Freedom of Speech takes a look at three contemporary ‘alternative’ music stars and considers how they’ve responded to BLM, the pandemic and the rise of right-wing populism. ‘Like self-serving arseholes’, is the unfortunate answer. (You won’t struggle to work out who the three ‘alternative’ stars are.) Backing vocals are provided by queer indie punk band The Crystal Furs (Portland, Oregon).
Swansea Sound took their name from a radio station, and they even use its abandoned logo. Something modern, acidic and angry has taken up residence in a familiar, borrowed frame, just as it has in these indiepunk pop songs. You can throw yourself around to Swansea Sound like it’s 1986, but if you catch the lyrics you’ll remember you’re in 2021. Sorry about that.
The Rum Puncheon, a notorious pub in Swansea, closed down decades ago.
The sleeve is designed by Catrin Saran James. Amelia, Rob and Ian also perform in The Catenary Wires.
The album is released by Skep Wax (CD / LP / Digital) and Lavender Sweep (Cassette) in the UK / Europe. HHBTM Records (CD / LP / Digital) and Austin Town Hall (Cassette) in North America. Shiny Happy Records (Cassette) in Indonesia.
The album will not be released on streaming sites.
Cool ac yn Rad – the new single from Omaloma.
Released digitally Friday August 27th 2021.
“So happy to report that Omaloma’s new single ‘Cool ac yn Rad’ (Cool and Rad) out today, is bloody gorgeous.” God is in the TV
Roedd EP, the bands last release, enjoyed a series of excellent reviews and was played across the BBC. The track Peloton featured in a BBC 6 Music Tour de France inspired cycling special.
Written by George Amor, performed by George Amor and Llŷr Pari. Recorded and produced by Llŷr Pari.
Video and artwork by Tori Gludo (Cadi Dafydd Jones).
Omaloma have played Latitude, Green Man and Festival No 6. They’ve been BBC Introducing Artist of the month and supported Gwenno on her 2018 UK tour. The band have enjoyed over 40 plays on BBC 6 Music, Radio 3 and Radio 1.
“..a dream pop mirror of slow grooves..” (Fox Sleep Music blog).
PAPUR WAL Share video for Arthur
Debut album ‘Amser Mynd Adra’ (Time To Go Home)
due 8th October via Libertino Records
Big Star, Pavement, Teenage Fanclub, Crosby, Stills and Nash
Album: Amser Mynd Adra
Label: Libertino Records
|Photo credit: Sam Stevens|
|Release: 08/10/21 Cardiff slacker pop trio Papur Wal have shared the new video for ‘Arthur‘, taken from their debut album Amser Mynd Adra (Time To Go Home), due 8th October via Libertino Records.|
Originally hailing from North Wales, the band fully formed in Cardiff in 2017 when Ianto (Vocals / Guitar), Gwion (Vocals / Bass) and Guto (Vocals / Drums) arrived as stowaways on the capital city’s streets. Driven to follow their creativity via their native language, Papur Wal combine fearless slacker influences and infectious power pop melodies into a beautifully raw musical mosaic.
|With it’s captivating melodic hooks that draw influence from the likes of Nils Lofgren, Bruce Springsteen and Teenage Fanclub, Arthur is a more classically Papur Wal song in terms of subject matter with references to the late celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, hard-hitting truths, and sworn secrets.|
“It’s a song about a dear friend of ours, Arthur, and a wild night in London with him in 2020,” says the band. “The chorus counts down from 8 to 2, and relays a message Arthur reminded us of on this fateful night – that Ianto (after Gwion) is his second best friend, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.”
|Live dates: |
25th September – Tiny Rebel, Cardiff
2nd October – Libertino Stage, The Laugharne Weekend
9th October – Focus Wales
23rd October – Swansea Fringe
20th November – Queen’s Hall, Narberth
More about Papur Wal:
Papur Wal have always been enticingly unique. One part early Beatles, the other Lou Reed at his most power chord thrashing intensity, what ties their songs together under the harmonies and fuzz is an unflinching desire to wear their hearts proudly on their sleeves.
The band once described as ‘ELO in a car accident with Slint’ and lauded by BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music started the journey towards Amser Mynd Adraat the beginning of 2020. The release of the singles ‘Meddwl am Hi’ and ‘Piper Malibu’ in quick succession introduced Papur Wal as purveyors of perfectly crafted three-minute, golden pop.
With the trusted support of their long time producer Kris Jenkins (Super Furry Animals, Cate Le Bon, H Hawkline) on the desk Papur Wal have crafted an emotive coming of age album. As with Neil Young’s ‘After The Gold Rush’ Amser Mynd Adra discusses maturing into the seemingly bleaker period of mid-20s adult life, away from the carefree abundance of young adulthood. As Ianto explains “moving out from living with friends into the rest of your life, the fear of missing out, the every day existential crisis, the guilt that comes with not knowing what to do next, separation anxiety and a new way of living your life that makes it all the more difficult to go back to do what you used to do”.
The tracks ‘Rhwng Dau Feddwl’, ‘Arthur’ and ‘Meddwl am Hi’ open the album in a flurry of unforgettable melodies and perfectly displays the dichotomy at play within Papur Wal’s debut. It’s these contrasting desires to embrace the future with all its uncertainties yet at the same time still hankering for the carefree horizons of youth that brings a strong and relatable narrative ark to Amser Mynd Adra.
‘Meddwl am Hi’ with its Big Star chord play was the first song that the band wrote that marked their transition from 90s alternative / art rock to a more 70s-pop-inspired songwriting and arrangements. It established a poppy and melodic back to basics style that is evident on ‘Brychni Haul’ with its early Beatles wistfulness recalling and embracing the good time.
‘Andrea a Fi’ refers to Ianto losing his belongings on holiday in Italy, and finding them the next day with his notebook full of short Italian poems written by an unknown passer-by. “I translated his poem to Welsh and English and it’s pretty deep and beautiful“. The album is full of these accidental moments that become beacons of connection, new joyful memories that carry you above the dark clouds.
Amser Mynd Adra is an album that you will go back to time and time again. Be it for ‘Arthur’’s captivating melodic hooks, ‘Haul Chwefror’ chamber pop, ‘Penblwydd Hapus’ infectious throwaway charm or ‘Nôl ac yn ôl ac yn ôl’ universal theme of loss of time and loved ones exasperated by the last 18 months of worry and uncertainty.
Amser Mynd Adra offers the listener empathy within its melancholy, sadness succinctly counterbalanced with playful lyrics, catchy hooks, upbeat, warm sounds.
|Tracklist: 1. Rhwng Dau Feddwl (In Two Minds)|
3. Meddwl am Hi (Thinking About Her)
4. Andrea a Fi (Andrea and I)
5. Haul Chwefror (February Sun)
6. Brychni Haul (Freckles)
7. Penblwydd Hapus (Happy Birthday)
8. Llyn Llawenydd (Lake Happiness)
9. Nôl ac yn ôl ac yn ôl (Backwards and Backwards and Backwards)
10. Anifeiliaid Anwes (Fi Efo Hi) (Pets)
Something’s Got to Give – The DeRellas
Format: Vinyl, CD and Download
Release date: 13 August 2021
A Trash Talking Sizzling Album” 8/10 – Vive Le Rock“
Just occasionally music can still elicit that primal urge, and “Something’s Got To Give” is one of those moments. Pure sleaze, and purely brilliant.” 9.5/10 – Maximum Volume
“The DeRellas Coming of Age Album” – R.P.M. Its a revolution
“Never Mind The Bollocks “Something’s Got To Give” IS the Bollocks” – Nuzz Prowling Wolf Blog
“Raw and snarling and filled with a Stooges-like guitar swagger and a You-Talkin’-to-Me? attitude, Something’s Got to Give is the album we all so desperately need right now.” – Razor’s Edge Rock
Rockaway Records is proud to announce the release of the brand new album Something’s Got to Give from The DeRellas produced at Perry Vale Studios by the legendary Pat Collier.
The DeRellas are on fire with razor-sharp vocals from frontman Timmy and The Stooges swagger of Luca’s guitars – the band have never sounded better. Something’s Got to Give is glamorous, snarling, raw and urgent. Set in a world of isolation, where subway dandies strut the streets, where passion ends in fashion in a Clockwork Orange dystopia, Something’s Got to Give spray-paints life in
dayglo pink and yellow.
These are songs of defiance and hope, fear and LUV for the 21st Century.
Something’s Got to Give is available on download at Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify etc.
“Like a rocket-fuelled New York Dolls – Classic Rock
“Reprobate rock ‘n’ roll with an amphetamine snarl of The Damned” – Vive Le Rock
“Coming on like the bastard offspring of The Ramones and The Heartbreakers” – Louder Than War
“Razor-sharp punk attitude – UberRock
“Like the Dead Boys and Heartbreakers in a party with Hollywood Brats and Ziggy Stardust” –
Fear & Loathing
Let’s hear the story of the writing and making of Los Blancos new EP ‘Detholiad o Ganeuon Traddodiadol Cymreig’ from the band themselves:
“During lockdown, while waiting to go back to the studio to finish the second album, everyone went back through old demos that we had been collecting over the last few years, and put them into a dropbox file. We had about 40 ideas, so we had an idea of releasing them as a collection which included one composition by every band member.
This has lead to a very mixed EP and you can see each members influences clearly that create Los Blancos’ sound. This was a different process for the band because we usually write together in a practice room with everyone influencing on the song in their own way. “
‘Detholiad o Ganeuon Traddodiadol Cymreig’ is the band’s first material after the success of their Welsh Music Prize nominated debut album ‘Sbwriel Gwyn’. The EP was recorded by the band in their homes and mixed by their long time producer Kris Jenkins. It’s raw, impassioned and full of Los Blancos’ infectious melodies and personality.
Rhestr Traciau / Track Listing
100 AD (ysgrifennwyd gan / written by Osian)
Diogi (ysgrifennwyd gan / written by Emyr)
Mil o Eirie (ysgrifennwyd gan / written by Gwyn)
Noi Vogliamo (ysgrifennwyd gan/written by Cian)
Trwmgwsg Tragwyddol (ysgrifennwyd gan / written by Dewi
CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM “AS BLUE AS INDIGO” OUT NOW VIA BLAME RECORDINGS
UK HEADLINE TOUR IN NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
CREDIT: BRIDIE FLORENCE
Selected praise for “As Blue As Indigo”:
“Long-awaited second album from bombastic Brighton rockers Tigercub brilliantly redefines who and what they are… a rebirth of a maverick rock’n’roll poet.”
KKKK – Kerrang!
Voted Best Albums released in June
“One of the best rock records of the year”
**** – Under The Radar
“A swaggering rock’n’roll record, stacked with monolithic riffs and packed with hooks.”
**** – DIY
“It’s a return that confirms the brains behind the project, Jamie Hall, as a grunge and garage rock mastermind… three years away have only done favours for the underground icons.”
**** – Dork
“One of the most inventive bands on the UK scene.”
**** – Upset
“Tigercub epitomise the exciting talent bubbling beneath the mainstream surface of the UK’s rock scene.”
“Jumping from head-mangling riffs to quiet passages of stark vulnerability, it’s an album made to prodded, poked and pondered.” – Rock Sound
Classic Rock’s Hot List
Tigercub’s second album, “As Blue As Indigo”, landed in June to rave reviews from rock and alt press internationally. The record, that Upset calls one to “cement them at the top of the food chain”, was written and produced by the band’s own Jamie Stephen Hall, engineered and co-produced by Adrian Bushby (Foo Fighters, Muse) and subsequently mixed by Tom Dalgety (Pixies, Ghost, Royal Blood). Written over two years, “As Blue As Indigo” champions introspection drawing on the subjectivity of colour.
Available on LP, CD and digital formats, you can purchase the record HERE
Following their performance at Download’s Pilot event and a successful series of dates supporting Royal Blood, Tigercub return today to share an animated video for “Blue Mist In My Head”, an undoubted highlight from an album full of them. Working with the animator and director SKUMBAGOVICH, they had the following to say about their video:
“The crux of the music video is the feeling of viewing life as though through a screen – no agency, no motivation, just dispassionately watching events unfold around you as you sink into yourself. Tigercub wanted to use disjointed TV imagery as a vehicle to talk about depression and detachment, so most of the video is set behind inside a continuous rabbit hole of old fashioned CRT screens that reveal more screens within.“
WATCH VIDEO FOR “BLUE MIST IN MY HEAD” HERE
The recent return to live has been a taster for further dates later in the year, including a further show with their friends in Royal Blood. The band will then tour “As Blue As Indigo” in full with a series of headlining shows to come in November and December.
Catch Tigercub live on the following dates:
13: Lincoln, England – Engine Shed w/ Royal Blood
27: Brighton, England – CHALK
28: Guildford, Surrey, England – The Boiler Room
29: Tunbridge Wells, England – The Forum
01: Norwich, England – The Waterfront
02: Leeds, England – Brudenell
03: Sheffield, England – The Leadmill
04: Glasgow, Scotland – King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut
05: Newcastle, England – The Think Tank
06: Birmingham, England – Dead Wax
07: Nottingham, England – Bodega Social Club
08: Manchester, England – The Deaf Institute
10: Cardiff, Wales – Clwb Ifor Bach
11: Southampton, England – The Joiners
12: Exeter, Devon, England – The Cavern
14: London, England – Lafayette
Jamie, who stands 7 foot tall and is the band’s sole songwriter, claims the creative fire for “As Blue As Indigo” was sparked by colour theory and the notion that what each human eye sees as colour could be totally subjective. That idea led him to explore his own personal issues through a similar prism, exploring topics including anxiety, depression, toxic masculinity, the death of his grandmother and the recent suicide of a close friend; and in turn began spinning the lyrical thread that ties the entire record together. Putting himself under the microscope was to become key:
“I never really felt in the past that I could talk about really personal things. I’d always used a mask. It’s quite easy to do that because you’re not exposing yourself in anyway. I’d always subconsciously tried to shy away from talking about myself,” he notes. “I didn’t want to do that anymore. I wanted this to be about me and process my emotions for the first time. I think that’s made us more genuine and authentic as a band”
“As Blue As Indigo” is as colourful a journey as the vivid title suggests, its ten tracks span the progressive to the immediate, the gentle to the monolithic, and most of all fulfill the significant potential the band have always promised. “As Blue As Indigo” is an album that looks set to cement their place at the top table of British rock acts in 2021.
As Blue As Indigo
Out now via Blame Recordings
1. As Blue As Indigo
3. Blue Mist In My Head
4. Stop Beating On My Heart (Like A Bass Drum)
6. Built To Fail
8. As Long You’re Next To Me
10. In The Autumn Of My Years
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Back in 2018 the Brighton-based three piece were on the crest of a wave. As well as regular plays on daytime Radio 1 and a Rockest Record from the Radio 1 Rock Show, years of near non-stop touring had seen them sell out The Scala and play a triumphant hometown show at The Concorde 2. On their last EP, Evolve Or Die, they’d pushed the live-wired sound of their 2016 debut, Abstract Figures In The Dark, massively broadening their sonic palette and delivering Tigercub’s pile-driving guitar gut-punch within an intense digital static.
It seemed like a good place to put things on pause for a bit and in the downtime the band’s lead songwriter and frontman Jamie Hall started tinkering with his own brand of gonzoid psych-pop under the name Nancy. Intended only as a DIY experiment, the project massively took off. Nancy was Hype Machine’s most blogged artist, Hall bagged two record deals and played a string of dates around the world. Not bad for something he’d done in his bedroom chiefly to keep his songwriting chops up. Enough to keep you busy you’d think, but Hall was itching to get back to the day job, determined to use all he’d learned from the solo project to further Tigercub on their return. And what a return it is.