Indiepop supergroup Swansea Sound  debut new video “Rock N Roll Void”

Indiepop supergroup Swansea Sound  debut new video “Rock N Roll Void” off their upcoming debut album ‘Live at the Rum Puncheon’ (HHBTM / Skep Wax).
 

RELEASE DATE: November 19th, 2021

Taken from the forthcoming album ‘Live at the Rum Puncheon’, ROCK N ROLL VOID puts its arm round The Buzzcocks, The Undertones (and maybe even The Pooh Sticks), gives them a great big kiss, and then kicks them into the here and now with a raucous, singalong, punk/pop blast.

The guitars are loud and sweet and demand your attention, while the lyrics ask profound questions: ‘Who am I? ‘Where do I come from?’ and ‘Where’s the volume control? Cos I need to play this song REALLY LOUD!’

ROCK N ROLL VOID is a good illustration of the album. Witty, sardonic, catchy, anti-corporate pop, fizzing with life. Which is perverse in a way, given that the album was recorded in lockdown without the band members ever meeting. But not quite as perverse as naming the album after a pub that was demolished in the 1980s.

In the video, Hue and the rest of the band enter their own Rock N Roll void, surrounded by posters and fanzines from their previous lives.

SWANSEA SOUND reunite Hue Williams with Pooh Sticks singing partner Amelia Fletcher (ex-Talulah Gosh, Heavenly). Rob Pursey (also ex-Heavenly) and Ian Button (ex-Death In Vegas) provide the noise. 

The album will be released on 19th November on vinyl/CD/cassette/digital. It will not be available on streaming sites. In the UK, it is released on Skep Wax/Lavender Sweep. In the US, HHBTM/Austin Town Hall. In Indonesia, Shiny Happy Records. In Japan, Hayabusa Landings.

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 hitt 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 will not be released on streaming sites.

The Mighty Observer Okay, Cool EP Out Friday 29th October 2021 on Cae Gwyn Records

The Mighty Observer
Okay, Cool EP
Out Friday 29th October 2021 on Cae Gwyn Records.

The Mighty Observer is the solo project of multi-instrumentalist Garmon Rhys, also a member of Melin Melyn. The new EP Okay, Cool was written and recorded by Garmon in DIY studios in Wales and London. Infused with warm jangly guitars and a low lazy mumble influenced by the likes of Kurt Vile, Sam Evian and Mac DeMarco amongst others.

Garmon’s work has enjoyed airplay on BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru.

Okay Cool will be released digitally on Cae Gwyn Records on 29/10/2021 (available in all the usual places).

  1. Another Song Called Mexico 3.46
  2. Sunkiss 4.14
  3. Aros Am Yr Haul 3.54
  4. Y Gofod Inbetween 6.51
  5. Blodau Sidan 3.24

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Youth (Killing Joke) and Penny Rimbaud (Crass) share dramatic collaboration single ‘Shadows’

Penny Rimbaud & Youth Album ‘Corpus Mei’ released November 19th via One Little Independent Records

New single and video ‘Shadows’ out today

“Penny remains a relevant and vital voice of anarchism” – Vive Le Rock

“Youth is one of the UK’s most influential producers” – The Independent

Prolific punk pioneers Penny Rimbaud and Youth proudly present their collaboration album ‘Corpus Mei’, out November 19th via One Little Independent Records, with limited edition vinyl available from January.

Ahead of release the illustrious duo have shared new single ‘Shadows’, alongside it’s hypnotic and mystical video filmed and edited by Agi K.

In a conjoining of creative spirits, ‘Corpus Mei’ is a proclamation and, indeed, the re-establishment of a dream – “the romanticist vision of the one that is the all” as it’s described by Penny, “I once said that physicists are mystics armed with facts. This album plays with that truth wherein passion is expressed as an undeniable material force, and love, equally material, its raison d’etre: an old voice in a new setting.”

In a series of epic, cinematic soundscapes, Penny spits tales of the grotesque and absurd. Gargantuan sermons delivered in counter to swelling, emotive orchestration where he and former bandmate Eve Libertine deliver a slew of anti-capitalist weaponised poetry. With their carefully constructed verse they arm the listener against corrupt institutional powers as well as the abstract. High concept and highly descriptive, these vivid and dramatic pictures are painted with artful, honest passion against a monstrous, post-apocalyptic backdrop.

Recorded and mixed over the year 2011 and then remixed in 2019 (it took all that time to see the depths), ‘Corpus Mei’ brings together two disparate elements and makes them as one – Penny Rimbaud and Youth. Rimbaud is perhaps best known as a founder member, drummer and lyricist of the seminal anarchist punk band Crass. Since those times, he has dedicated his life to the headier pursuits of poetics and philosophy. Youth, whose post punk band, Killing Joke, remains a vibrant musical force, has at the same time become one of the most sought-after record producers of today. Realising from the outset that they shared an interest in the creation and promotion of “matters spiritual”, these two now legendary characters set out to recreate and externalize the dream that it might further become a living reality.

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But this was not to be a piece of self-conscious preciousness (both Rimbaud and Youth are far too abrupt for that). So, no questions were asked, no plans laid down, no agenda fixed – the album would create itself, or no album would be made. Youth had a wealth of compositions, many already recorded and waiting for a home, and Rimbaud had volumes of poetry to bring into the fold. The process was this: Youth would present the track and Rimbaud would finger his way through the pages looking for the right words, at which point the vocal recording was made, on all occasions on first take. In each and every case the results were absurdly precise, falling together in a natural, organic manner as if the tracks had been composed specifically for the chosen lyric. For example, Youth had composed a track whilst sitting on Mount Sinai. Without knowing its history, it was to this track Rimbaud chose to add his landscape poem, ‘You Brave Old Land’, written whilst travelling through Wordsworth’s treasured Lake District – a psychic knot was tied. On another occasion, Youth played a track which to Rimbaud’s ears was clearly, unintentionally, an arrangement of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’. Again, the result proved the point – leave art to get on with its alchemic self and that is precisely what it will do: the magick being that it is no magick at all – it’s a simple fact.

Having completed the vocal additions to nine tracks, Rimbaud suggested calling in Libertine, one of Crass’ lead vocalists with whom he has continued to work since they disbanded in 1984. She laid down one new track and then further lyrics and backing vocals to the existing ones. Finally, improvisational overdubs were added by three musicians with whom Rimbaud had worked extensively – Louise Elliott on flute and tenor sax, Kate Shortt on cello, Tony Barber on electric bass, plus the sixteen-year-old violinist, Isabella Kolaczynska, whose playing had caught Rimbaud’s ear earlier that year.

“Recording and writing this album was an intense and wonderful experience” Youth tells us, “Penny is one of the great visionary poets of our generation. A seer and prophet… crying to the universe, alone up on the mountain. Part Blake, Part John the Baptist and part Buddha. His is the limb nailed to the cross of our cultural banality. Such a narrative demands a suitably epic backdrop.  Composing and producing this music, as a foil to Penny’s beautiful and terrifying, almost biblical monologues, has been one of my greatest achievements in over 40 years of making music. The themes reveal Penny’s almost psychic pre-cognition of today’s dystopia and the sudden slo-mo apocalypse were all living through now. Nevertheless, it leaves you with a feeling of hope, inspiration and many positive possibilities. This was a great challenge and a deep channeling in itself. Despite the serious nature of the work we were mostly laughing and really enjoying each other’s company, the sessions were filled with joy and love.”

“Throughout the recording of ‘Corpus Mei’” Penny says, “the symbiosis was proved – we are as one, above as below. Trust that wisdom, and creative love will prevail: the very core before the apple”.

About Penny Rimbaud

In 1977, alongside Steve Ignorant, Penny Rimbaud co-founded seminal anarchist punk band Crass, who disbanded in 1984. Up until 2000, he devoted himself almost entirely to writing, returning to the public platform in 2001 as a performance poet working alongside a wide variety of jazz musicians. In 2003, together with Crass vocalist Eve Libertine, he founded what was at first known as ‘The Crass Collective’, then ‘The Crass Agenda’, then ‘The Last Amendment’ and finally ‘L’Académie des Vanités’ – a loose collective of jazz musicians, artists and filmmakers who shared Rimbaud’s lifelong interest in progressive, improvisational art. Rimbaud, a veteran of avant-garde performance art groups such as EXIT and Ceres Confusion, not only co-founded Stonehenge Free Festival, but he also founded and, along with Gee Vaucher, to this day runs the legendary anarchist/pacifist open house Dial House in Essex.

About Youth

Youth is a highly respected and versatile producer and remixer, plus the former bass player from seminal post-punk band Killing Joke. He has produced or remixed for a diverse range of artists, including The Verve, Embrace, Crowded House, Pink Floyd, U2, the Orb, INXS, James, The Charlatans, Texas, and Tom Jones. He’s also a member of The Fireman, along with Paul McCartney.

Born Martin Glover in 1960, he began producing while still with Killing Joke and left the band in 1982 to pursue solo projects, the first of which was the band Brilliant (including contributions from Jimmy Cauty, later of the KLF). He then worked with the successful dance act Blue Pearl before producing and helping to write the Orb’s first two albums. More dance-oriented productions followed in the form of work with Transglobal Underground and P.M. Dawn. In 1991, he also formed Butterfly and Dragonfly Records, ground-breaking labels for ambient and trance recordings. In 1994, Youth resumed work with Killing Joke, appearing on their well-received ‘Pandemonium’ and ‘Democracy’ collections. One of his most significant production credits was on The Verve’s hugely successful ‘Urban Hymns’, which topped the British album charts for several weeks and included the U.K. number one single ‘The Drugs Don’t Work’ and the Top Ten hits ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ and ‘Lucky Man’. The album won the U.K.’s 1998 BRIT Award for Best Album, while Youth won the Producer of the Year award. He announced a new record label in December 2020, The Youth Sounds imprint will unleash an innovative, exciting and varied array of artists.

Art credit: Gee Vaucher

Photo credit: Gee Vaucher

Track listing

  1. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
  2. Mammon’s Minions
  3. We The Mountain We The Sea
  4. And If I Lust
  5. I Too
  6. Incantations Of Intimacy
  7. You Stare
  8. You Brave Old Land
  9. Shadows
  10. Bread & Wine

Production credits

Poems written and performed by Penny Rimbaud with further vocals from Eve Libertine

Music composed by Youth with overdubs by Louise Elliott/sax and flute, Kate Shortt/cello, Tony Barber/electric bass, and Isabella Kolaczynska/violin

Engineered by Michael Rendall at Youth’s South London studio. 2011 & 2019

Additional overdubs recorded at Youth’s studio and by Tony Barber at The Shedio, Essex, and Harvey Birrell at Southern Studios, North London

Mastered by Alex Gordon at Abbey Road Studios, 2020

Produced by Youth and Penny Rimbaud

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Bandicoot return with new single ‘Life Death and Other Things’

Bandicoot return with new single ‘Life Death and Other Things’ out via Libertino 08.10.21

It feels fantastic to have Bandicoot back with a brand new single, ‘Life Death and Other Things’ after a summer of re-establishing themselves as one of Wales’s most exciting live bands. Taking its influence from Randy Newman, Bowie’s ‘Station to Station’ and Scott Walker, ‘Life Death and Other Things’ is yet another bold move from a band who are steadily building an envious back catalogue on their journey towards a remarkable debut album.

Vocalist Rhys Underdown explains the story of ‘Life, Death and Other Things’ creation:

“Life, Death and Other Things is a song about songwriting. It captures the frustrations that come with compressing the whole world and all living experience into three minutes and a few words. It describes the surreality of waking up in unrecognisable nightmarish places, and the impossibility of really saying what you mean. It tries to bridge the overwhelming feeling of distance separating yourself from the world around you, an attempt to understand life, death, and everything in between”

The Muslims new album ‘Fuck These Fuckin Fascists’ out digitally now

(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
Unity 
Illegals 
Kill Your Masters
Fuck These Fuckin Fascists
IDGAF 
Coronavirus
GCDC 
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).

For more information on The Muslims, visit:
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NEW ALABAMA  3 ALBUM ‘STEP 13’ OUT NOW

Alabama 3 Photo credit Rob Blackham
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
 
Find Alabama 3 online at:
 
WEBSITE
TWITTER
INSTAGRAM
FACEBOOK
 

TV Priest return with “Lifesize” | Out now via Sub Pop Singles Club Vol.6

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.” [UppersUncut

“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

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:
1.Tough Times
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
5. George
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

Baby Bio

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 announce new single “Swansea Sound” and debut album ‘Live at the Rum Puncheon’ 

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.

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https://swanseasound.bandcamp.com/

Cool ac yn Rad – the new ‘ bloody gorgeous’ single from Omaloma.


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).

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