The latest releases from Labrador Records

Published by Doug under Indie Pop.

The Radio Dept. release their first new song in four years just in time for the Swedish elections. The title ”Death to Fascism” is probably self-explanatory.

In the words of Yugoslavian partisan freedom fighter Stjepan Filipović “Smrt fasizmu, sloboda narodu” (Death to Fascism, freedom to the people).

 

Johan Hedberg (ex. Suburban Kids with Biblical Names) returns with an upbeat, indiedisco hit with a touch of Cuba. “Det Fula” is about his love for suburbs others find ugly. Irresistable.

The single is taken from Johan Hedberg’s debut “Paradiset”.

 

Swedish duo Eternal Death just unleashed their new single “Fade” before its September 30 release date on Labrador Records.  “Fade” is the third single of 2014 from Elin Berlin and Johan Angergård, who emerged last fall with the video “Eternal Death”, 4-minutes of total silence and darkness, which created equal amounts of fascination and confusion.

Eternal Death emerged out of the darkness in January of this year with “Head”, with a sound that combines elements of Human League with Burial.  The single garnered critical praise from underground outlets such as The Sound Of Confusion, who called the single, “pop music how we wish it was made more often,” to Popjustice, who called it, “vibrant death-disco with sparkling pop melodies behind an electronic wall of sound and a hazy, 21 year-old, Swedish Dolly Parton.”  They followed with “Bullet” in May, which caused Under The Radar to state, “Between the razor sharp synths and haunted female vocals, you’re in for a beautifully unsettling experience.”

Of “Fade”, Elin Berlin stated, “With our last single “Bullet” we just wanted to get everything out of us – convey all the emotions, anger, desperation.  Get down to the core of Eternal Death. But this time it is different.  The deafening noises have subsided; the dark clouds have eased and settled like a heavy fog. “Fade” has that same mysterious, anxious feel like our previous songs, but it’s more burdensome and subtle. It is a song that gropes in darkness and burst into the light, like haze in a dim forest. A given soundtrack for a cold winters day.”

Eternal Death are putting the finishing touches on their debut full-length album, which will arrive on Labrador Records in winter 2015.

 

Thee Gold Blooms

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Thee Gold Blooms are a group of garage surf rock bums from Perth. In their short lifespan Thee Gold Blooms have focused on tampering with classic sixties sounds and corrupting the innocent themes first experienced in the grooves of early Beach Boys, Kinks and Beatles records.

They craft perfect little pop gems decorated with catchy melodies that provide a warm, sentimental familiarity – yet that sugary sweet goodness is always counterweighted with a cheeky, drunken presentation. Definitely for fans of The Black Lips and Bleeding Knees Club. Recent accolades include supporting Canadian slack-rocker Mac DeMarco, Australian psych-rock band Wolf & Cub and receiving national airplay with debut single ‘Alana’.

Brand new single ‘Katie-Sue’ is a lovely little slice of garage rock with a bit of country swagger. It’s a classic tale of unrequited love and Thee Gold Blooms have once again proven they know how to write a good hook. Thee Gold Blooms will be following this single up with the release of their self-titled debut album and a national tour all happening in January 2015.

 

CHAMPS

Published by Doug under Electro Pop.

 

CHAMPS aka brothers Michael and David Champion hail from the musical hinterland that is Isle of Wight, armed with an acclaimed debut album and accompanying superlatives, CHAMPS are pleased to announce news of a brand new single ‘Desire’.

Following the release of ‘Down Like Gold’ the brothers have wasted little time in getting to grips with the job in hand having intermittently decamped to London to record its successor – the plan was always to release two albums over twelve month period.

The first fruits of their endeavours arrive with the love-lorn beauty of ‘Desire’, the wistful entrance giving way to a sweeping musical panorama of love and rejection. The track sees CHAMPS veer away from the pared back feel of their debut and ‘Desire’ is an enthralling introduction to the next chapter and their forthcoming album ‘VAMALA’ in February 2015.

Recorded in the exotic environs of North West London under the guidance of producer Dimitri Tikovai and mixed at Assault & Battery by Catherine Marks, ‘Desire’ is released through Play It Again Sam and available digitally through all discerning musical outlets.

Meanwhile, CHAMPS have announced details of an all-too-rare live show in London at Camden’s new venue The Stillery on 2nd December

“It started with explosions, the sound of bombs in your heart.”

 

The Donnies The Amys

Published by Doug under Indie Folk.

Gaining a reputation as a ‘TV soundtrack’ band, Los Angeles based duo The Donnies The Amys continue their tradition of releasing singles after appearing on the soundtracks of popular shows. The new single is ‘You Are Here’, a bouncy indie pop track, which was recently featured on the CBS drama ‘Extant’. They have also had music on Grey’s Anatomy, Suits, Reign, One Tree Hill, and Teen Mom, among others. “We couldn’t be happier,” says singer and keyboardist Donnie Stemp, “that people are developing a connection to our songs through their favorite shows. We always thought our music was kind of cinematic.”

The Donnies The Amys released their self-titled full length in 2012. In the beginning of 2014 they released an EP, ’Stay the Same’, which will be bookended by a second EP to be released at the end of this year.

Bentcousin

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Brighton’s bentcousin follow up this summers’Dizzy, with new singleThe Last One, which sees younger twin Pat take the lead vocal in a melancholy tale about office life. Described by the band as ‘Like The Office, without the funny bits’,the single will ring true to many as the office Christmas season fast approaches. The song also provides a sobering account of trite sentiment and Facebook.

Bentcousin is twin siblings, Amelia and Pat Innit, who were magically born a decade apart – Amelia just before midnight on December, 31st, 1989, Pat just after on January 1st, 1990. They formed in the summer of 2011 after sharing a dream (it’s a twin thing) in which David Bowie told them they were destined to make music together.

Dilly Dally

Published by Doug under Indie Rock.

 

Dilly Dally began as a teenage dream shared by Katie Monks and Liz Ball. Obsessed with slurred poetry, epic ballads, and grungy guitars, they’ve been writing music together since 2009. The band itself, however, has taken much longer to become what it is today.

Members have come and gone, but just recently the two best friends welcomed new drummer, Benjamin Reinhartz (Beliefs), and bassist, Jimmy Billy Rowlinson (Mexican Slang), into the project.  This new found collaborative energy has ignited their live show, drawing attention from Toronto’s renowned noise/punk scene. Pretty weird considering Monks’ fierce loyalty to a classic pop song structure.

Last spring, Dilly Dally self-released their first single, entitled ‘Next Gold.’ The song has since received praise from Pitchfork, NME, and Brooklyn Vegan. It came from a collection of material the band recorded with producers Leon Taheny (Owen Pallett, Austra, Dusted) and Josh Korody (Fucked Up, Beliefs, Greys) at Candle Studios in 2013. Dilly Dally plans on releasing much of this in the near future.

The band is now deep into creating their first full length. The teenage dream has never died, though it has grown heavier, louder…and seems as though its screeching to escape into the real world.

The Inkhearts

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The Inkhearts are due to release two tracks ‘Temper Temper’ and ‘Uptight’ by digital download on November 17th 2014.

The Inkhearts formed in 2010 when the members, then young teenagers, were introduced to each other at a music tuition initiative at The Engine Rooms, Skelmersdale.  Originally a seven piece, it was only when three original members left that the band found their sound and started to write and gig more seriously.

With three members aged just eighteen and one aged nineteen, The Inkhearts’ music screams enthusiasm and teenage energy yet its underlined by a songwriting prowess that transcends their youth.  Citing influences like The Vaccines, Two Door Cinema Club and The Libertines, the band are well versed in the art of mainstream indie pop but their intricately layered tracks have got an individualism that sets their sound apart, giving them an identity all of their own.

Their last single ‘Keeping Up’, described by Amazing Radio’s Jim Gellatly as a ‘cracking track’, was produced by The Farm’s Carl Hunter and Gary Westhead at Parr Street Studios, Liverpool. The single recieved widespread airplay across the UK, Europe and America, it was chosen as Janice Long’s BBC Radio 2 ‘Janice Loves’ track and was selected by Artrocker for inclusion in their New Blood feature.

Win and Woo

Published by Doug under Chilltastic.

Win and Woo have a new remix for us today. I’m digging their sort of chill but fun house sound in the song.  I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on these guys moving forward.  They will also be doing a few shows in the next few weeks.  Hopefully you’ll be able to check them out.

Oct 11th – Iowa (homecoming tailgate and summit)

Oct 17th – Mizzou (Roxys)

Oct 25th – Detorit (Sabrage)

Oct 31st – University of Houston

Nov 2nd – BAM Halloween (Chicago)

Nov 10th – Ohio

Nov 14 – Depauw (Indiana)

Eternal Husbands

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Eternal Husbands are Matt Leddy and Rick Reid. They have been playing music together for a dozen years or so, nearly half their lives. Montreal duo Rick and Matt (former City Streets frontman and bassist, respectively) are back with their new project, Eternal Husbands.

Since the honeymoon one year ago, the Husbands have released two records and toured Western/Eastern Canada. Their debut Plaza St Hubert consists of 5 tracks, including 2 Guided by Voices covers, recorded in their studio Franktown.

Their self-titled “EP” packages eight songs and clocks in at about half an hour—a full album in some people’s books. The album was recorded once again in Franktown, mastered by Jesse Gander (Japandroids, Black Mountain), and the artwork provided by Broken Social Scene’s Charles Spearin. Both records were released on their record label Clamour Records.

The Husbands will be recording a full length record with Jesse Gander in spring 2014 combined with a Canadian tour in the spring/summer and a European tour in late 2014.

A new beginning. Fuzzy warm. Fogpop. Recorded in the din and half light. Keep cool but care.

Rökkurró

Published by Doug under Indie Folk.

In 2010 Rökkurró released the studio album Í Annan Heim (produced by Alex Somers of Jónsi fame) to an unexpected wave of critical acclaim – not just within their native Iceland but internationally. The album spent
a staggering 100 weeks in the Icelandic chart’s Top 30, while international media such as NME, Clash, The Line of Best Fit, CMU Daily and KEXP Radio championed the band. Three years on, Rökkurró returned to the studio with two new members Helga (piano) and Skúli (bass) to record their follow-up second album which is set for release in late 2014.

In October 2013, Rökkurró released a teaser from the new album in the form of English-speaking album track Killing Time, a three-minute, stripped-down piece of music that talks about “a person who feels young, but their body is failing them and how getting old is a misleading thing,” said Rökkurró vocalist Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir. “Our new sound has a few obvious changes. We have added more electronic elements. I have taken a break from the cello and have replaced it with a synthesiser.” This time around, production was done by renowned multi-instrumentalist and producer Helgi Hrafn Jónsson. “His ideas are fresh and we liked the fact that he chooses the artists he works with very carefully. We found out very soon that we shared a common vision for this project and that is really important.” – Stefánsdóttir.

Rökkurró self-release their new album in late 2014, on CD, Vinyl and Digitally. The album release was preceded by the debut single The Backbone (released on 11 August 2014) and Blue Skies single (released 15 September 2014).

“Blue Skies is one of the first tracks we wrote for the new album. It came quite easily to us at the start but it was somehow way more of a pop song than any of the songs we’d written before. But in the studio the band had a disagreement about some elements in the song and we couldn’t really agree on anything. This song kind of turned into a ticking bomb, whenever somebody mentioned… But after some months we noticed how much we missed it. So we decided to rearrange it and make some drastic changes to be able to make it fit with the other tracks on the album,” explains Rökkurró vocalist Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir.

“The lyrics talk about fulfilling your dreams and the fact that these dreams can die, if you don’t nurture them. I was having a bad day and had this feeling of when things are slipping out of your hands. I noticed that the dress I was wearing had a blue skies pattern on it and it straight away inspired me to write this line: “Blue skies, all your dreams are dying, blue skies, come and bring them back to life.” It was an instant
reminder of how you sometimes just need to snap out of it and remember that blue skies are always there,” continues Stefánsdóttir. “We have performed the track a couple of times live and it was amazing to feel the energy in the venue completely changing. Many people came afterwards and talked to us about this song. I feel people can relate
very much to it.”

Rökkurró self-release their new album in late 2014, on CD, Vinyl and Digitally. The album release was preceded by the debut single The Backbone (released on 11 August 2014) and Blue Skies single (released 15 September 2014).

Rökkurró are playing Iceland Airwaves in November 2014, with more dates to be announced.