“Psychocandy was meant to be a kick in the teeth to all of those who stood in our way at the time, which was practically the whole music industry. In 1985, there were a great many people who predicted no more than a six month life span for the Mary Chain.” – Jim Reid
30 years on and The Jesus And Mary Chain has announced its Psychocandy North American tour dates kicking off in May 2015. This will be the continuation of a year of activity not only celebrating the 30th anniversary of ‘Psychocandy’ but also looking firmly ahead to the future. Tickets on sale Fri. Jan. 30th at 10am PST
The new single from 18+, titled Dry, is pure trap homage, dripping with innuendo and laced together with coded lyrics over a backdrop of gun cocks and pitch-shifted chants. It’s B-Side Body is a woozy call-and-response that unnervingly unites sex and disorientation. Take a listen to ‘Dry’ via Soundcloud below.
Thomas D’Arcy will release his sophomore solo full-length album, ‘Fooled You Twice’, the first to receive a U.S. release, March 3 on Thomas D’Arcy Music/Maple Music – pre-order on CD or via iTunes. He has also premiered the video for the first single lifted from the record, All Over Your Face – watch it below via YouTube.
New York’s bottoms, the self-proclaimed “two shitty drag queens, a 303 and a drummer”, and “gender-problematizing goth dance band” that grew out of Brooklyn’s DIY space Secret Project Robot, will release their debut ‘goodbye EP’ available on 12″ vinyl + digitally on January 20 via JD Samson (MEN / Le Tigre)’s co-founded Atlas Chair. The band are having a release party on Friday January 23rd for the EP in Brooklyn, NY, and there’s a special entry deal: buy a ticket & a 12″. Get the info here >>> http://bit.ly/1mstrXO.
The group revealed the closing track from the EP, Goodbye Cruel World and sad this about the song: “Musically, the song was inspired by Terry Riley and the Paradise Garage sound. We’re really interested in the dichotomy of upbeat music with a more depressing lyrical theme. It’s like sad music for the club– people dancing to a suicide note. Of course with most of bottoms music, there is always a sense of humor. In this way, the music becomes a fair representation of the three of us as people: simultaneously sad and funny, and complex.” Take a listen to Goodbye Cruel World via Soundcloud below.
Wolverhampton band God Damn have spent the last three years nailing audiences to the walls with their sonic blasts of glorious noise. The band’s much anticipated debut full-length album ‘Vultures’ is expected on May 11 via One Little Indian Records. As a stop gap, the band has announced the release of a new single When The Wind Blows, which will be available digitally March 9th. Take a listen to the single now via Soundcloud below.
San Francisco-based indie quintet, Sporting Life, has released the video for Spoil Yr Party, which is lifted from their upcoming ‘Rivalry’ LP, out on March 10, 2015. The eleven tracks on the record draw heavily on their Brit-pop influences making the debut short and punchy, full of lush layers and instrumental hooks.
Sporting Life’s Andrew Gomez explains more about Spoil Yr Party: “The song is about the futile fight against a mundane existence: the “get up, eat, go to work, go back to bed” life. We like to think we are one big break away from escaping the average. In truth, it requires some real bravery, so many of us (& certainly I) do what the narrator does in the chorus / second verse: drink his face off, act obnoxiously at parties, surround himself with diversions, and act like he’s smarter than everyone else. It’s a celebration of the fleeting. The footage is taken from a 1980 documentary called Skateboard Madness that featured a bit on the popularity of roller-skating. The footage makes it easy to be taken in. it seems like a short documentary on a fantastic time that never existed.” Watch Spoil Yr Party below via Vimeo.
Following the release of a few singles, Brooklyn-based doom/blues trio GHXST return with the release of ‘Nowhere EP’ on 26th January through CLUB.THE.MAMMOTH.
The EP has been recorded over the last year between New Orleans, Nashville and Brooklyn. Even though the band’s characteristic doomy/grungy sounds of their first releases are still there, the ‘Nowhere EP’ also shows a more ethereal and grounded side to their music.