New Track: Savages

For those who haven’t seen the mesmerising live performances of Savages over the last six months or so, this will be treat indeed. A post-punk treat. Recorded live at the… Read More →

Japandroids – Celebration Rock

Japandroids were rightly lauded for their first release – an album that saw breakups, more labels than you can shake a stick at and international touring problems before it saw the light of day, and managed to capture all of ‘em in one condensed milk shot of unhingedness. And the second continues along the same pumping veins. Follows the tracks very closely. So closely, in fact, that even the album cover is practically the same. Words by Biu Rainey.

Secret Rivals – Make Do And Mend (Part 2)

Make Do And Mend (Part 2) is the latest offering from local spiky power-pop outfit, Secret Rivals, and sees them at their most instant, lively and enjoyable. Where as in the past, tight playing and an engaging aesthetic succeeded over solid songwriting, Secret Rivals have now found the middle ground, are all the better for it. Fans of their early live sets, may find that some of that original spike and character has disappeared, but in its place are well-crafted and contagious songs, and if you ask me, that’s a damn good trade. WOrds by Jack Olchawski.

Black Hats – ‘Kick In The Doors’

Black Hats are certainly not innovators of progressive new music with the arrangements being somewhat predictable and pastiche but if you’re a fan of upbeat catchy feel-good records and proudly put The Wombats near the top of your pre-drinking indie playlist, this pop punk band may be just the thing you need to get your summer party started. ‘Kick In The Doors’ is an explosion of rhythmic energy that’s sure to get people up and dancing at your local indie disco. Words by Hugh Fitz-Gibbon.

New Song: Fucked Up

Every Chinese New Year since 2006, Fucked Up have released a 12? single inspired by the beasts of the Chinese Zodiac. The latest single will be ‘Year Of The Tiger’, out February 7. Thanks to this rather fancy widget on the Matablog, you can listen to the four existing Zodiac singles (Dog, Pig, Rat and Ox). The new song features guests Jim Jarmusch, Annie-Claude Deschênes and Austra. It was produced by Shane Stoneback during the sessions for last year’s critically acclaimed rock opera album David Comes To Life.

Free Download: Young Knives

Taken from their most recent album, Ornaments From The Silver Arcade, Oxford’s most loved post-punk trio Young Knives have made the song ‘Woman’ available as a free download. The band are also set to release new digital bundle single ‘Vision In Rags’ September 5th. You can stream the track via the PIAS soundcloud underneath or follow the link and download the song.

New Song: Weekend

Late 1980s/early 1990s Shoegaze is currently undergoing period of 21st Century Renaissance, with UK bands like Yuck owing much of their sound to Dinosaur Jr. and in the USA bands like Cymbals Eat Guitars are ripping (in a good way) on Pavement. These bands a good examples of striking the right balance between nostalgia and modern relevance. Another band doing the same are San Francsico’s Weekend. ‘Hazel’ is the new track taken from their forthcoming EP Red, which will be released on September 20th courtesy of Slumberland Records.