Teenage Fanclub share new video and tour dates


Today, Teenage Fanclub share a final preview of their highly-anticipated album with a new song and video. “In Our Dreams“, written by the band’s Raymond McGinley, is the fifth single off Endless Arcade, out 30th April. The song evokes an exploratory voyage inward and reflects the melancholic yet uplifting themes present throughout the rest of the record. The video was shot at Motherwell Concert Hall by long-time collaborator Donald Milne.

(Credit: Donald Milne)

McGinley had this to say about the new song: “To rephrase an aphorism most famously used by John Lennon, existence is what happens while the human race is busy making other plans. This song is kinda about that, but like all our songs, we write them intuitively and only think about what to say about them afterwards.”

“In Our Dreams” follows previous singles ‘Everything Is Falling Apart’, ‘Home’, ‘I’m More Inclined’ and ‘The Sun Won’t Shine On Me’. Teenage Fanclub’s tenth album, due out at the end of the month, has received early praise from Uncut, Record Collector and DIY:
“Magical songs… Endless Arcade is excellent, with enchanting melodies, emotional depth, and a few unexpected evolutions.” Uncut – 8/10
“Teenage Fanclub have long been masters at giving their crowd what they need at the same time as subtly exploring new territory… No matter whether it’s Blake or McGinley on writing duties, it’s the sound of two master songwriters, still growing, still evolving.” Record Collector – 4 stars **** (Album of the Month)
“Forty minutes of charged guitars and driving rhythms paired with poetic lyricism…. Emotionally honest and wholly atmospheric.” DIY
UK Live Dates: 2021:
7th September 2021 – Manchester – Academy2
8th September 2021  – London – Forum
14th September 2021  – Edinburgh – Usher Hall
15th September 2021 – Aberdeen – Music Hall
16th September 2021  – Glasgow – Barrowland

8th April 2022- Sheffield – Leadmill
9th April 2022 – Leeds – Beckett’s
10th April 2022 – Nottingham – Rock City
12th April 2022 – Birmingham – Institute
13th April 2022 – Norwich – Waterfront
14th April 2022 – Bath – Komedia
16th April 2022 – Brighton – Chalk
17th April 2022 – Portsmouth – Wedgewood Rooms
20th April 2022 – Belfast – Empire Music Hall
21st April 2022 – Dublin – Academy   

Even if we weren’t living through extraordinarily troubling times, there is nothing quite like a Teenage Fanclub album to assuage the mind, body and soul, and to reaffirm that all is not lost in this world.   In the 1990s, the band crafted a magnetically heavy yet harmony-rich sound on classic albums such as “Bandwagonesque” and “Grand Prix”. This century, albums such as “Shadows” and “Here” have documented a more relaxed, less ‘teenage’ Fanclub, reflecting the band’s stage in life and state of mind, which Endless Arcade slots perfectly alongside. The album walks a beautifully poised line between melancholic and uplifting, infused with simple truths. The importance of home, community and hope is entwined with more bittersweet, sometimes darker thoughts – insecurity, anxiety, loss.  “I think of an endless arcade as a city that you can wander through, with a sense of mystery, an imaginary one that goes on forever…” says Raymond McGinley, one half of the band’s songwriters for this album alongside Norman Blake. “When it came to choosing an album title, it seemed to have something for this collection of songs.”   

Endless Arcade artwork and tracklist:

1. Home
2. Endless Arcade
3. Warm Embrace
4. Everything Is Falling Apart
5. The Sun Won’t Shine On Me
6. Come With Me
7. In Our Dreams
8. I’m More Inclined
9. Back In The Day
10. The Future
11. Living With You
12. Silent Song  

TRAMPOLENE release new track and announce album

TRAMPOLENE New Album ‘Love No Less Than A Queen’ Released 16th July 2021

New Song ‘Gotta Do More Gotta Be More’ (Available Now


TRAMPOLENE release their third album ‘Love No Less Than A Queen,’ on Friday 16th July through the Strap Originals label. The album features 12 new TRAMPOLENE original songs and was produced by Mike Moore (Baxter Dury/Liam Gallagher), Richard Jackson (Super Furry Animals) & Jason Stafford (Albion Rooms) and mixed by Dave Emery (Arcade Fire/Elbow). The full tracklisting is:

  • Gotta Do More Gotta Be More (2.37)
  • Oh Lover (3.06)
  • The Misadventures Of Lord Billy Bilo (3.02)
  • No Love No Kisses (3.06)
  • Remember (3.10)
  • Uncle Brian’s Abattoir (2.15)
  • Shoot The Lights (3.43)
  • Lighter Than Paper (3.41)
  • Perfect View (3.30)
  • Born Again (3.28)
  • Milan (3.52)
  • Come Join Me In Life (3.16)

Says TRAMPOLENE main man Jack Jones: “The album was a way of me summing up my life so far. It made me search into myself and understand that life really is a gift after all and that being at peace isn’t wrong or something you don’t deserve and it actually makes things better that way.”

The new single, a mind-bending maniacal mantra‘Gotta Do More Gotta Be More’is the fourth track to be lifted from ‘Love No Less Than A Queen’ along with ‘Oh Lover,’ ‘Come Join Me In Life’ and ‘Uncle Brian’s Abattoir.’All four tracks can be streamed and downloaded immediately when you preorder ‘Love No Less Than A Queen’ https://ffm.to/lovenolessthanaqueen

Jack Jones on the songs: Gotta Do More Gotta Be More “we’re all told we can be better, we can do more. It’s not always true. Repeat it so often it becomes hypnotic and surreal and loses any sense or meaning. Then you’re free to relax and be yourself .”Oh Lover’ “started as a one-way message from a boy to a girl about their long distance love affair, but as the Pandemic became the new reality, it morphed into a song about being apart indefinitely…but now in a world that was unrecognisable and where nothing made sense and everything has changed.”
‘The Misadventures Of Lord Billy Bilo’“a nightmare narrative of things that happen when you’re asleep and your brain is occupied by twisted, weird imaginings that you are convinced are real.”
No Love No Kisses’ “I read an article about tower block graveyards in Japan, due to lack of space which then developed into a song about silly domestic rows with your partner.”
Remember’ “getting over your compulsions, mine had begun to ruin my life and damage others and they were taking away all my dreams. This is about all the people who helped me through.” 
‘Uncle Brian’s Abattoir’ “came about when I was picking up my little cousin from an after school art class…she had painted a paradise where animals and humans lived in harmony but mistakenly called it an Abattoir…I found the whole thing very charming and jotted it down in my notes…So it’s about an abattoir…but not as you know it…it’s taken straight out of a child’s imagination. It has taken on another meaning for me lately as it is also about slowly going mad being stuck indoors during the Lockdown”
Shoot The Lights’ “being stuck in a lockdown with someone you are happy with and not wanting to leave the house and go anywhere.”
‘Lighter Than Paper’“I got the idea from an episode of ‘Desert Island Discs,’ someone’s husband had died and she was very successful and had friends all over the world that she could do anything with, but no-one she could do nothing with…it stuck with me.”
Perfect View’ “is about not selling yourself short – the perfect view is in your mind.”
Milan’ “I always wanted to call this Milan on a Comedown, another love song about fighting against having joy in my life…I always thought I was supposed to be lonely and unhappy…” 
Come Join Me In Life’ “a call to arms for the left behinds and the voiceless ones…don’t believe what they tell you, its your world too.”

The album also features ‘Born Again’ which is included in the soundtrack to the hugely successful digital Basketball game NBA2K.

‘Love No Less Than A Queen’ will be available on CD, cassette, digital download and 12” vinyl, including beautiful limited marble and Red variants, as well as exclusive formats and signed items. 
To celebrate the release of ‘Love No Less Than A Queen,’ TRAMPOLENE  have announced three shows in Manchester, Cardiff and London during August. To make sure you bagsy a ticket, https://ffm.to/lovenolessthanaqueen the new TRAMPOLENE album and get access to an exclusive pre-sale starting Wednesday 14th April at 10am. Tickets will be on general sale at 10am on Friday 16th April from http://metropolism.uk/B2KB30rDV46  The full dates are:

AUGUST18th Wednesday Manchester  Deaf Institute
19th Thursday Cardiff  The Globe 
20th Friday London  Moth Club 

Jack Jones, lead singer/guitarist of TRAMPOLENE is a spoken word poet, singer and songwriter. He moonlights as lead guitarist in Peter Doherty & The Puta Madres. BBC Radio produced a documentary portrait of Jack Jones & TRAMPOLENE, entitled ’Another Swansea Poet’ in 2019. Jack writes about everyday life, his upbringing, and offers his own social commentary on the world, all delivered with a gentle Swansea lilt, reminiscent of his idol Dylan Thomas.

TRAMPOLENE have released two albums – ‘Swansea To Hornsey’ (2017) which entered the UK indie chart at no. 10 and ‘Pick A Pocket or Two’ (2018). 

TRAMPOLENE personnel:

Jack Jones – vocals/guitar, Wayne Thomas – bass/vocals and  Jay Bone – drums/vocals.






Broken Fires return with new single Dreamer


“Somewhere between the 80’s guitar landscapes of The Cult, the upbeat-melancholy of The Wombats, and the emotive vocal drive of The Joy Formidable. Shwing.”  Killing Moon “I am in love with this band and their hugely ambitious sound” – Bethan Elfyn, BBC Introducing Wales

 Back in business – BROKEN FIRES – return with their first new music in over 5 years: “Dreamer”. 

 Stream the track here and now: https://found.ee/BFDreamer

A brand new track with all the sky-high ambitions that its title may promise, the South Wales band return with an anthemic cut that heralds both a new partnership with Cardiff-based label Phwoar & Peace, plus a fresh batch of material planned for release throughout 2021. 

 Bearing all the hallmarks of classic Broken Fires whilst packing a beatific indie-rock punch akin to Dinosaur Jr, Manchester Orchestra or The Hold Steady, the new single from the Swansea trio finds them dreaming BIG..

At just three-and-a-half minutes long, “Dreamer” is a sugar rush short-and-sweet sonic thrills, and one that reflects on our own short-lived existences. As Tom from Broken Fires explains:
“Dreamer is a song about being allowed to dream and wanting to do something with your short time on earth. It was inspired by this feeling that as we grow up, we tend to default to the mundane, normal and let’s be honest – boring. It seemed like a feeling that a lot of our friends were experiencing, that itch you get when you just don’t want to accept that this is it and you want to do something bigger, better, maybe even a little bit crazy and unrealistic with your life.

Written in South Wales on Tom’s father’s old 1960s EKO acoustic guitar, a palpable sense of nostalgia rings through every chord and lyric of “Dreamer”. Crammed with introspective observations about life and how to live it, before it’s too late, lyrics like ““I want something I can tell the kids in 45 years. I was a dreamer. I wanted it all” will resonate and move in equal measure.
Originally a much slower and more melancholic number, the final version instead fires a shot of simple, energetic guitar-pop that strikes that alt/rock sweet-spot with a direct hit. Effervescing with lashings of twinkling guitar arpeggios, rousing vocals hooks and fuzzed-up fretboard wig-outs; “Dreamer” is the sound of a band waking-up to find their teenage dreams of the big-time are within touching distance and reaching out with both hands,.

Written and recorded by Broken Fires at sessions that culminated at Mwnci Studios, “Dreamer” was produced by Broken Fires’ own Justin Hendy (guitarist), before final mixing by Matt Lederman (!!!, Rural Alberta Advantage) and mastering by Ryan Morey(Arcade Fire / Suuns).

Formed in Swansea, South Wales in 2014, Broken Fires have earned a reputation for massive alternative indie songs about love, life and death. Self-releasing their debut album ‘Silhouettes’ back in 2015 to a warm reception, the band earned plays on BBC Radio 1, extensive support from BBC Introducing and US public radio; whereas singles including ‘Elephants’, ‘Flesh and Blood’ and ‘Brand New Start’ gained them global recognition from placements in TV Shows across MTV, the BBC and beyond.

After a five year gap, Broken Fires utilised the lockdown of 2020 to their advantage and initiated work on their sophomore record: ‘HYMNS‘. Also produced by Matt Lederman, it is slated for release in Autumn 2021 via Cardiff indie imprint Phwoar & Peace Records. An invigorating alt-rock blast that beholds much more to come, “Dreamer” announces  Broken Fires’ long-overdue return with emphatic style. “Dreamer” is out now. 

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Members of Broken Fires also appear in the totally incredible Picsel, as featured on a past R*E*P*E*A*T compilation.


For fans of:  Frightened Rabbit, Manchester Orchestra and The Joy Formidable. 

R*E*P*E*A*T announces You Flexi Thing Vol 8 line up for Record Store Day 2021

Seditious Swansea / Cambridge underground label REPEA*T Proudly Presents
For Record Store Day 2021
You Flexi Thing Vol 8:
X-Ray Flex

New tracks from South Wales and East Anglia, from proper Top of the Pops popstars and young pretenders, to mark Record Store Day 2021, June 12th .

REPEA*T Records continues in its quest to bash back at Boris and the bigots one bit of bendy vinyl at a time, with the release of You Flexi Thing Vol 8.

Sleeve artwork by Seattle graphic designer Phil Rose Esq

Continuing with recent (anti) tradition, X-Ray Flex is an East West DIY Punk Rock Rebel Alliance Production, spanning both the UK and generations.

Within its flexible white groov(ie)s you can hear

The Darling Buds : Jump In
Newport indie legends hint at the brilliance of their almost imminent new album, Jump In is an instant Buds ear worm which will delight their fans around the world.

Twitter @theedarlingbuds

Pic Mark Blundell

The Monoliths : Fuck Oasis
The Monoliths are a teenage psychedelic punk-prog 4-piece band from a Cambridge school, with an ear for unexpectedly massive sounds and a healthy disrespect for their elders and lessers. More likely to receive abuse from Liam and Noel than radio play.


Tom Emlyn : Serenade
Heart stoppingly beautiful track from Swansea / Cardiff based songwriter which promises great things from his debut album. Tom is also the guitarist in Swansea’s bilingual noise bandits Bandicoot, whose Fuzzy sounds are currently creating a mini maelstrom.


The Verdicts : You Believe
Adrenaline fuelled teen band from Colchester whose crazily catchy punk barbs are deftly aimed at Boris Johnson and anyone else who spreads ‘the lies you read in The Sun’.


X-Ray Flexi
will be available exclusively from participating indie record stores nationwide in limited dazzling white bendy vinyl with artwork by Phil Rose esq from June 12th. Cat No MBRR158.

Listen and buy remaining copies (with even more exclusive badge) from June 19th here

A DIY Punk Rock East West Rebel Alliance Production

Keep supporting your local independent record shop #RSD21

Catch them live:
The Monoliths / The Verdicts – Cambridge Portland Arms, August 13
The Darling Buds – Newport Le Pub, September 11
Swansea dates to be announced.


More info rosey@repeatfanzine.co.uk

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Bandicoot share new single Fuzzy – Gene Vincent’s rebellion channelled through Bolan and the New York Dolls

When I first moved back to Swansea, Bandicoot were the first band I saw live who seemed to have something extra special about them.

However, their sound seemed just a semitone too nice.

This dubious fault is firmly and funkily corrected on raucous new single Fuzzy, out next week on Libertino Records.

Bandicoot’s description of their track perfectly incapsulates its timeless, joyful energy … “FUZZY is a deranged attempt at seduction which draws on 70s ‘Top of the Pops’, glam rock and memories of misguided adolescence.”

Following hot on the heels of the bands successful debut single on Libertino ‘Dark Too Long’, FUZZY shares DTL infatuation with the decade where you cycled to catch your dreams on your trusted ‘chopper bike’ and ‘glittered teenage anthems filled the airwaves as much as your imagination’.

With FUZZY Bandicoot are Gene Vincent’s lustful, greasy-haired, leather-jacketed rebellion channelled through Bolan and the New York Dolls infectious boogie. As they sing FUZZY is their Vitamin C, now let FUZZY be yours!

According to Bandicoot “FUZZY is a strutting statement of intent, fizzing with energy, rolling relentlessly on. It captures the energy that we’re bursting with, cooped up in our homes, awaiting the return to the stage. And a triumphant, ferocious return it will be”

Not too nice at all.

Fuzzingly filthy, a perfect statement of intent.

Watch out for new of something further from Bandicoot guitarist Tom on this Wednesday, 6pm…

“Oozing intellect, iconoclasm and great tunes – meet Furrowed Brow, Manchester’s glorious antidote to boring ladrock”

“Oozing intellect, iconoclasm and great tunes – meet Furrowed Brow, Manchester’s glorious antidote to boring ladrock”   –  New Sounds Magazine


With anxiety, frustration and confusion etched into their very name, Furrowed Brow don’t know the meaning of fitting in. Since forming in Manchester in 2019, they’ve become well known(some might say notorious) across the North West of England for their fiercely unconventional sound and unruly, irreverent shows – droll, playful, subversive, sexy and intelligent – before the pandemic said goodbye to all that. Authentic and uncompromising, they find themselves totally out of sync with everybody and everything, part of no scene and unapologetically underground.

Musically, Furrowed Brow are up-tempo, glamorous and punky with yelping backing vocals and wry,meaningful lyrics that ridicule the duplicity and self-righteousness pervasive in today’s society. Tedious, mawkish love songs are dismissed with scoffing contempt – only irresistibly catchy and thought-provoking post-punk go-go weirdness will do.

Think The Fall meets The Divine Comedy, The Magnetic Fields processed through Larkin and Dostoyevsky, The Modern Lovers with intellect, or Violent Femmes with tits.

Their latest offering, “Punctual Punk,” is actually something of a reprieve from the intricate,idiosyncratic defiance of the band’s recordings that are already available on Spotify. They’ve been pretty busy, having issued six songs in just nine months. This has ranged from

EP “Dead Dead Dead Still Digging” to single “Pissing Superfluous” – the latter of which is an expletive-strewn art statement of intent with absolutely zero chance of airplay. To them it matters not; they are not hereto conform or to entertain.

Approval is not required, and they won’t compromise for commercial concerns. In the currentclimate of polished, cynical professionalism where bands obsess over “building their brand,”“maintaining an online presence,” and “coordinating a product marketing strategy,” wilful integrity and artistic pig-headedness of this degree are rare and beautiful virtues. You won’t find any merchandise on Furrowed Brow’s Bandcamp because they have nothing to sell – except their music. With so much artifice and mediocrity lurking around every corner the world needs bands like thisnow more than ever. No one is safe!

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Enter Richey: singer, archaeologist, perfumed ponce and anti-hero, and the human residue of years in the wilderness banging his head against walls of icy indifference while listening to enough Morrissey and The Smiths to kill a horse. Little escapes his scrutiny though his eyes be oftennarrowed, and his acerbic, sardonic songwriting forms the backbone of the band. His lyrics exude a devil-may-care impudence, rarely earnest but often contemptuous of the hypocrisies and disingenuousness of contemporary life. Richey’s love of the tragic blended with humour reflects his influences, among them Julian Cope & The Teardrop Explodes, Magazine, Pulp, Mansun, The Damned,The Kinks, Television Personalities, Half Man Half Biscuit, The Soft Boys, Go-Kart Mozart, Patrick Hamilton, Ivan Turgenev, Kafka, Oscar Wilde, and Knut Hamsun.

The rest of the group brings the raucous energy required to drag these perfectly crafted visions of dark genius from the sullen cave of Richey’s mind and, feet stamping, parade them into the world with gleeful fanfare. Alex, main handler and artistic foil, adds Dr. Who wails, distorted solos, and queer flourishes on keyboard and synth – along with always enthusiastic, tuneful backing vocals. Adorable lead guitarist Meg brings refreshing notes of cuteness and innocence, whilst slamming your ears with spiky riffs. Bassist Evie is the resident painter, costumier, dominatrix, and also the newest member of the band, contributing a mysterious blend of shuddering bass and sweet, sexy harmonies. And (literally) stand-up drummer Criostoir keeps everyone marching along with his affable humour and stomping glam rhythms.

Furrowed Brow are not afraid to make fun of themselves, each other and you. They love to provoke an audience and their shows and recorded output induce excitement and amusement in equal measure,simultaneously raising hackles, heckles, and cackles. They ooze gothic archness and a nihilistic impertinence.

But,the counterpart of nihilism is always hedonism: playfulness and frivolity,experimentation, pretension, contradiction, extravagance, and glamour.

Or, in the words of the band…

“We evoke the absent Negative – the unspoken and unthought always at hand; the unavoidable avoided. The Negative is gloomy, dispiriting, sometimes heartbreakingly so, but it’s omnipresent, –instantly recognisable and real. There is no “good” or “bad” — only truth. Our songs confront the jeering absurdity of human existence head on. Too often we’re bedevilled by the empty platitudes of “love and light,” like donkeys feeding on roses of illusion, of fine ideals reduced to the lowest common denominators: vanity and spurious cheerfulness. Nobody ever feels the better for it. Were present positivity through negativity.”


“A band as intelligent as they are appreciative in comedy while they analyze the humancondition in a cleverly satirical way instead of waving their fingers at us. They’re classy, butnot afraid to rough us up a bit, and that’s a juxtaposition you don’t usually see incontemporary music. I’m excited, but I also feel a little insulted, and I love it” – Melt Reviews

“Something fucking wonderful. It’s the sound of a band who basically care not one jot for whatis fashionable. I’m not entirely sure they care what the listening public thinks of what they do.They just do what they do, what they like, and leave for us to decide whether we like it. I loveit … There is so much variation – mutant art-rock, mutant indie (I kid you not) – but it all comes with that Furrowed Brow thing” – Local Sound Focus

“The antidote to blokey, white-bread guitar rock – the Anti-Sherlocks”– New Sounds Magazine

“Quirky, upbeat, shambolic, nonchalant , irreverent, brilliant … this band catapulted mebackward to 1977 / 1978 when everything was possible and there were no rules when the swagger of punk had cooled replaced with inventive, no rules new noise”– Paul Travis, A1MRecords

“Dystopian stripped back post punk that captures the spirit of The Fall’s chaotic legacy perfectly … they are shambolic, eccentric and are gleefully doing things very much on their own terms”– The Punk Site

“Fools who came to scoff remained to pray” – Oliver Goldsmith


Richey – Vocals (He/Him)

Alex – Keys/Synth/Vocals (She/Her)

Evie – Bass/Vocals (They/Them)

Meg – Guitar (She/Her)

Criostoir – Drums (He/Him)

Omaloma – Roedd EP : making sense of a turbulent world

Omaloma – Roedd EP

Out now on Cae Gwyn Records

Roedd, the new Omaloma EP is out now (download, stream)

Written and recorded during the first lockdown, recorded by remote due to the climate, this collection of songs represents the Dyffryn Conwy band’s attempt to make sense of a turbulent world.

400+ was written on the day Edward Coleston’s statue found its new rightful home in Bristol Harbour, Afalau Drwg considers the divisions confronting America, Awyr Agored is a lament for those unable to afford a house where they grew up – in this instance a tranquil valley and its imagined transformation into an adventure park. Peloton – somewhat different in tone though not without poignancy – chronicles a cyclist who’s unsure whether they’re good enough to compete in the race they’re in.

Written by George Amor. Performed by George Amor and Llŷr Pari. Recorded and produced by Llŷr Pari. Artwork by Dafydd Owain. Mastered by Iwan Morgan.

Omaloma Roedd

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.

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Omaloma release new EP ‘Roedd’

Disappearer – new novel from Cambridge’s Chris Johnson

People are being made to disappear. The removal men come along and take them away. That’s the conspiracy Chad Fenton stumbles upon. The mastermind pulling the strings behind the scenes is the Sallow Man (who looks like that Polish actor.)

The square-pegs and misfits living on the fringes of society are the ones being targeted―which means that Chad and his circle of friends are in deep trouble.

Disappearer: (Kafka in High Fidelity) by [Chris Johnson]

And so, Chad’s slacker life starts turning into spy thriller, and this has to happen just when he’s hooked up with Japanese art student Yuri Yamanaka. He’d much rather be at home having sex with her than putting himself in harm’s way; but Chad is beginning to discover that he has a lot less control over his life than he thought he had―and a truly horrific fate is lying instore for him.

DISAPPEARER marks a major(ish) departure for the author of MYSTERIOUS GIRLFRIEND, and, even more impressively, is also his shortest novel to date.

Chris Johnson

Author Chris Johnson will be known to R*E*P*E*A*T readers as a member of Chief Sharkey. He is resident of Cambridge (the one in England that’s not in Gloucestershire), and this novel is clearly set in Cambridge and includes recognisable locations like the Portland Arms and the Q-club. The subtitle ‘Kafka in High Fidelity’ is to imply that the story’s a cross between Kafka and the Nick Hornby novel. Chris is a Japanophile and, like a cat, semi-social. His interests in anime, rock music, cult TV and 19th-century literature combine to fuel his writing. He aims to write books that will stand out from the crowd – in the same way that an exhibitionist at a state funeral stands out. He draws his own covers as well.

You can buy Disappearer here

Disappearer: (Kafka in High Fidelity) eBook: Johnson, Chris: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store

Andrew Hung (Fuck Buttons) returns with new single “Space”

Andrew Hung returns with new single “Space
Announces new album “Devastations” out 18th June via Lex Records

Watch / Share the new video for “Space” HERE

Today, artist and musician Andrew Hung returns with a video for his new single “Space”. The single is taken from his much-anticipated forthcoming album “Devastations”, which is due out 18th June via Lex Records. The album also marks Andrew’s first new solo material since his 2017 breakthrough debut “Realisationship”, which saw him shatter expectations with his bold and unique new direction of expression, earning plaudits across a vast array of press and radio.

As co-founder of the highly influential noise-electronic duo, Fuck Buttons, Hung’s work has brought about three critically acclaimed albums as well as seeing him tour extensively with headline shows at the Kentish Town Forum, Glastonbury, Green Man and All Tomorrow’s Parties, as well as having music featured on the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony.

Press shot – credit: Zoe Davis

Since Fuck Button’s hiatus, Hung has become known not only for his solo material, but also for his work on film soundtracks and as a songwriter and producer. Notable collaborations include the likes of artist Beth Orton on her career redefining album “Kidsticks” as well as, Aimée Osbourne for her debut album “Vacare Adamaré” (released under the name ARO). Recent work in film has also seen Hung soundtrack movies from the likes of cult director Jim Hosking on his films “The Greasy Strangler” (winning best comedy at the Empire awards), “An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn” and “Tropical Cop Tales” for Adult Swim.  

Whereas his debut album saw his personal new form of articulation manifest, “Devastations” sees Hung further hone and actualise a sound that is entirely his own. The album’s lead single “Space” (out today) perfectly exemplifies this. Combining shimmering and volatile electronic elements with a tense and emphatic vocal, Hung experiments and knowingly toys with the balance between uplift, chaos and sanguine hope.


Single artwork by Andrew Hung

Speaking on the single, Hung says, “Space is about the fabric that connects us all i.e., space. We won’t find perfection in individual elements, but we can find perfection in the space that connects us and the outer edges of the known universe and beyond.”

In support of the new single, Hung will also be playing a livestream show on his YouTube channel on 8th April at 9PM GMT. The stream will feature the new single as well as an opportunity to hear further new album tracks in advance of release.

Hung’s forthcoming album “Devastations” is the ecstatic cry of colour found between light and dark. The album documents a transitional period in Hung’s life; a stepping out from the shadows. Hung explores the deepest recesses of his psyche and in doing so finds himself reconciling the light and dark within. Underlying the propulsive beats and prisms of noise is a melodic tenderness that weaves throughout the album; an offering hand emerging from a turbulent sky. The deepening of inner space becomes an exploration of the universal; a new beginning from the devastations of old worlds.

“Devastations” sees Andrew Hung push himself to the fore with his most candid and introspective material to date and sees a clear statement of intent in his creative odyssey. Hung wrote, performed, produced and mixed the whole album himself. He also painted the self-portrait that adorns the cover of the album. The oil painting further illuminates the artist’s intentions in his work; it depicts the artist stepping out of a shadowy world, partially lit by the bright light of the sun.

“Devastations” is out 18th June via Lex Records – Pre-order HERE

Album artwork by Andrew Hung

18th June
Lex Records

1. Battle
2. Promises
3. Brother
4. Colour
5. Light
6. Wave
7. Space
8. Goodbye

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Kilmarnock’s Alternative/Emo/Pop husband and wife duo DreamKids  announce debut ep

Kilmarnock’s Alternative/Emo/Pop husband and wife duo DreamKids have announced their self-titled debut EP set for release on Friday 2nd April 2021. The brand new music video for Only God Knows If My God Is Real out now!

Hailing from Kilmarnock Scotland, Alternative, Emo, Pop husband and wife duo DreamKids, launched their debut single, While I Die in February 2020. Featuring Dawn and Murray Baxter, who both previously performed and toured extensively with Twin Heart (2015-2019) and Mechanical Smile (2009-2014), like many musicians they had their plans, including dates across Scotland and support slots with Orchards and Microwave postponed when Covid-19 took hold of the world in March 2020.

Recorded at Chem 19 with Jamie Savage (Twilight Sad, King Creosote & Miaoux Miaoux) and mastered by Luis Bonilla and Mandy Parnell and Black Saloon Studios in London, the EP delivers a mixture of raw energy inspired in equal measures by 90’s grunge and 00’s emo, while consistently empowering an emotional subtlety. Lyrically, the EP relates to the painful truth of life, lost relationships, global crises and addiction.

Writing and rehearsing in their tiny studio, DreamKids continued to create music and when lockdown restrictions eased in the summer of 2020, they travelled the short distance to Chem19 Recording Studio to record and mix their debut five track, self-titled EP with Jamie Savage (Twilight Sad, King Creosote, Miaoux Miaoux). The EP was then mastered by Luis Bonilla and Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon Studios in London. The EP’s lead single, Mother, was released with an accompanying music video on 1st January 2021, with the EP set for release on Friday 2nd April 2021.

Pre-Order the EP from Bandcamp (Digital Download, CDs, Tapes)https://dreamkidsuk.bandcamp.com/album/dreamkids-ep

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