Alvvays

Published by Doug under Indie Pop.

Alvvays are two women, three men, a crate of C-86 tapes and a love of jingle-jangle.
Molly Rankin and Kerri MacLellan grew up as next-door neighbours in Cape Breton, lifting fiddles and folk-songs. Heartbreaks of different shades soon entered their lives, as did the music of Teenage Fanclub and Belle & Sebastian. Similar noisy melancholy drifted over to Prince Edward Island, finding Alec O’Hanley, Brian Murphy and Philip MacIsaac.
Convening in Toronto, the group have been making music since dusk or maybe dawn, when stars were appearing or fading off. As a result, their debut self-titled album is both sun-splashed and twilit — nine songs concealing drunkenness, defeat and death in tungsten-tinted pop that glitters like sea glass.

 

With needlepoint melody and verse, Rankin and O’Hanley’s songs were recorded at Chad VanGaalen’s Yoko Eno studio and mixed by Graham Walsh (Holy Fuck) and John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile).

 

The resultant album is loud and clear and sure. Flood your ears.

Upcoming Shows:

07/23 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen %

07/25 – Guelph, Canada @ Hillside Music Festival

07/26 – Guelph, Canada @ Hillside Music Festival

07/28 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade

08/05 – London @ Birthdays

08/06 – London @ Rough Trade East

08/09 – Kingston, ON @ Wolfe Island Festival

08/14 – Toronto, ON @ The Horseshoe

08/16 – Montreal, QC @ La Vitrola

10/20 – Cambridge, UK @ Junction 2 &

10/21 – Liverpool, UK @ Kazimier &

10/22 – Dublin, Ireland @ O2 Academy &

10/24 – Birmingham, UK @ The Institute &

10/25 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club &

10/26 – Newcastle, UK @ Riverside &

10/28 – Brighton, UK @ Komedia &

10/29 – London, UK @ Shepherd’s Bush Empire &

% w/ J Fernandez
& w/ Real Estate

Two Wounded Birds

Published by Doug under Indie Pop.

I’ve known about Two Wounded Birds for a while but were at the back of my mind for a really long time.  Recently, I decided to look them up and see if they had more than the two songs they released on Holiday Records a few years back.  It turns out they released a self-titled album as well.  This is such a great album made of classic sound rock songs.  I’m a little heart broken to hear they’ve broken up since then.  I guess it’s yet another band I’ll never see live; a list that grows longer all the time.  I haven’t found much on the band but here’s a good write up on them:

Rock and Roll has always been the music of the outsider, it’s always been a snub to the mediocrity of mainstream norms and aspirations. Yet, in a world where marketing rules, rock and roll has too often been co-opted as a method of selling records. One day a band is a nu-folk sensation , and then they’re leather clad poster boys posing in front of Triumph Bonneville’s. But for Two Wounded Birds, there’s always been Vince Taylor on the stereo and Elvis’ picture on the wall. There’s no marketing strategy with this band, no friends in high places, no favours to pull in.

They’re from Margate, But there’s a benefit to being so isolated. As wave after wave of the next big things have engulfed England’s cities, singer Johnny Danger has quietly amassed a mountain of classic records in his quiet corner of the country, collecting everything from doo-wop to New York punk of the late 70s. From this fountainhead of pop, Two Wounded Birds have steeped themselves in the defining sounds of the last 60 years, creating their own micro-community in an unreceptive, generally hostile home town.
This all-encompassing love of rock and pop has acted as a block to the relentless buzz of the hype machines and instilled in the band a fervent appreciation of melody and a deep reverence for the song. And it comes across in the music: listen to All We Wanna Do and try and get that melody out of your head, or put on Night Patrol and try not to catch a chill.

In other words, for once, this is the real deal.

 

Beverly

Published by Doug under Indie Rock.

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Beverly - a recording project between Drew Citron and Frankie Rose. Conceived on the road, the songwriting and production reflects both Citron’s pop insight and Rose’s sharp ear for arrangement. ‘Careers’ (out 7/1 on Kanine Records) combines raw pop, post-punk and dreamy melodies drawing inspiration from The Amps and The Clean.

To transport the songs out of the studio and to tour in support of the record, Citron will collaborate with additional musicians and Rose, treating Beverly as a side recording project, will continue to maintain focus on her solo career.

The Travelling Band

Published by Doug under Indie Rock.

 

Manchester five-piece The Travelling Band, famed for their wonderful live prowess and feel-good epic-folk, have announced the upcoming release The Big Defreeze. The album is hugely anticipated following a three-year gap since their last long-player, Screaming is Something, received both critic and fan adulation.

Despite a long gap between album two and three, The Travelling Band have experienced anything but a hiatus, instead taking the time to hone and enhance their already much loved trademark sound. The Travelling Band departed from their last tour in 2011 – which saw them enthrall the United States at SXSW – and have since patiently crafted their own personal recording studio, forged a record label and also revolutionized their horizons through remix collaborations with mix legend and Grammy award-winner Chris Lord-Alge. This break between releases has seen The Travelling Band become musical artisans, hugely benefiting The Big Defreeze as a result.

Produced by Lestyn Polson (Patti Smith, David Bowie) at the ethereally iconic Church Studios, The Big Defreeze oozes with creative freedom and massive landscapes, embodying The Travelling Band’s album gap. Standout track Passing Ships is a marauding beauty that hops, skips and jumps amid a backdrop of pop perfection, deeply breathing in a glorious, vast head space. Polson has expertly captured The Travelling Band’s eminent live act into a long-player that is second-for- second as equally explosive, giddy and wonderful as a Travelling Band gig.

The Travelling Band’s The Big Defreeze is personified by blissfully clean compositions that still harbour a rough and determined bite. Part E-Street Band and Faces submerged in 21st century gleam and shine, The Big Defreeze will delight and mesmerize deeply-rooted Travelling Band fanatics and newcomers alike; reminiscent of an introduction to a person, whom you could have sworn you met before, whom you fall in love instantly.

The Travelling Bands’ third album The Big Defreeze will be released on Sideways Saloon/Republic of Music on August 25th on limited edition yellow vinyl, 2 disc deluxe CD and digital formats.

The band will also set off in August for the following tour dates:

AUG

8 – CROPREDY FESTIVAL, NR. BANBURY

16 – UNDRESSED FESTIVAL, HALLE ST. PETERS, MANCHESTER

23 – GREEN BELT FESTIVAL, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

30 – OFF THE TRACKS FESTIVAL, DERBYSHIRE

SEPT

7 – SC4M FESTIVAL, WINCHESTER

12 – THE INSTITUTE, KELVEDON, ESSEX

14 – SHREWSBURY FIELDS FESTIVAL

OCT

2 KENDAL, THE BREWERY

3 LEEDS, BRUDENELL

8 LIVERPOOL, THE KAZIMIER

9 EDINBURGH, VOODOO ROOMS

10 GLASGOW, BROADCAST

11 LETHAM, LETHAM HALL

22 LONDON, THE LEXINGTON

24 OXFORD, ARTS BAR (BULLINGDON ARMS)

25 BRISTOL, THE LOUISIANA

28 BRIGHTON, GREEN DOOR STORE

NOV

28 HURST GREEN, VILLAGE HALL

 

Rural Alberta Advantage

Published by Doug under Indie Folk.

 

The Rural Alberta Advantage will release their highly-anticipated third album, Mended With Gold, on September 30th via Saddle Creek. The twelve-track album was recorded at Toronto’s Candle Recording with the band’s long-time live engineer Matt Lederman (Hayden, !!!, Besnard Lakes) alongside  co-producer Leon Taheny (Owen Pallett, Austra, F*cked Up). Mended With Gold’s “Terrified” is available to stream and share via SoundCloud. Mended With Gold can be

pre-ordered now on CD, LP, Deluxe LP (clear with gold splatter vinyl) and digitally in the Saddle Creek online store or here on iTunes. The Rural Alberta Advantage has just announced an extensive tour in support of their upcoming release. A full list of tour dates can be found below.

  

In 2006 singer-songwriter Nils Edenloff, percussionist Paul Banwatt, and multi-instrumentalist Amy Cole came together to release their debut self-titled EP as The Rural Alberta Advantage. The ensuing years have brought two full-length albums (2008′s Hometowns and 2011′s Departing), widespread critical praise (SPINThe New York TimesRolling StonePitchforkNPR, among others), two Juno Award nominations (Best New Group, Video of the Year), the Polaris Music Prize Long List, and a hard earned reputation as one of the most impressive live bands you’ll ever see. It was through all of this that The RAA’s latest album, Mended With Gold, took shape.

Nils recalls, “Last spring, I rented a remote cottage up in the Bruce Peninsula on the recommendation of some friends to try to do some writing for the new album.  It turned out to be a pretty terrifying place to be alone with your thoughts – locals told me to watch out for black bears, the heat wasn’t working and at night it sounded like the cottage was surrounded by wolves. I slept with a pocket knife at arms-reach. It’s funny the lines that will run through your head when you’re alone like that and trying to get yourself to sleep- they inspired “To Be Scared”, which is probably one of my favorite songs on the record.”

  

The ideas and moods created in these songs tie back to the album title Mended With Gold, embracing the idea that the breakage and repair of an object becomes part of its unique history and ultimately makes it more valuable instead of a blemish to disguise. The Rural Alberta Advantage have taken all of their successes, losses, adventures, and heartbreaks over the past few years, and forged them together into an unforgettably powerful work of beauty.

The Rural Alberta Advantage Tour Dates: 

7-8-14 Toronto, ON Massey Hall

7-18/20-14 Dawson City, YT Dawson City Festival 

7-26-14 Welland,ON Owenpalooza

8-8-14 Kingston, ON Wolfe Island Music Festival
9-18/20-14 Montreal, QC Pop Montreal
10-3-14 Vankleek Hill, ON Beau’s Oktoberfest event
10-09-14 Detroit, MI Magic Stick*
10-10-14 Columbus, OH Skully’s*
10-11-14 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio*
10-12-14 St. Louis, MO Firebird*
10-14-14 Chicago, IL Metro
10-15-14 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall*
10-16-14 Omaha, NE Slowdown*
10-17-14 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue*
10-20-14 Edmonton, AB Starlite*
10-21-14 Calgary, AB McEwan Ballroom*
10-23-14 Vancouver, BC Commodore
10-24-14 Seattle, WA The Crocodile*
10-25-14 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge*
10-27-14 San Francisco, CA The Independent
10-29-14 Los Angeles, CA The Roxy Theatre*
10-30-14 San Diego, CA Soda Bar*
11-01-14 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room
11-02-14 Denver, CO Hi Dive
11-04-14 Dallas, TX Club Dada*
11-05-14 Austin, TX Red 7*
11-06-14 New Orleans, LA Beatnik*
11-07-14 Birmingham, AL The Bottletree Café*
11-08-14 Atlanta, GA The Earl*
11-09-14 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506*
11-11-14 Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel*
11-12-14 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church*
11-13-14 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom*
11-14-14 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom*
11-15-14 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair*
11-21-14 Birmingham, UK The Hare and Hounds
11-22-14 Glasgow, UK Broadcast
11-24-14 Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club
11-25-14 Manchester, UK Soup Kitchen
11-26-14 London, UK Islington Assembly
11-27-14 Amsterdam, NL Paradiso Upstairs
11-29-14 Munster, GE Gleiss22
12-1-14 Cologne, GE Knust
12-3-14 Berlin, GE  Lido
12-4-14 Munich, GE Atomic Café
12-5-14 Frankfurt, GE Zoom

The Cambodian Space Project

Published by Doug under Funk.

 

Khmer rock ‘n’ roll rock group The Cambodian Space Project (CSP) release their third album ‘Whisky Cambodia’ via Metal Postcard Records on 14th July. Following on from ‘Not Easy Rock ‘n’ Roll’, CSP were soon heading into the recording studio with the backing of legendary Motown musician Dennis Coffey and CSP founder Julien Poulsen on production.

 

‘Whiskey Cambodia’ was recorded by Al Sutton (credits include Bob Seger, Hank Williams Jr, Uncle Kracker, Lynard Skynard and Loretta Lynn) and Steve Lehane at Rustbelt Studios in Michigan.

 

An explosion of cultures and 60s influences, the long-player is rooted in the musical history of Detroit and Cambodia; essentially a rock ‘n’ roll record with a Motown sheen where CSP’s Khmer rock and Cambodian-pop shines through.

 

Their all-star Motown cast includes Dennis Coffey on guitar, Phil Whitfield on keys (Dick Wagner, The Contours, Andrea Boccelli, Lauryn Hill and King Sundiata Keita), Chuck Bartels on bass (Bettye LaVette), Steve Adams on drums (Dennis Coffey Trio) and horn section Motor City Horns’ (Justin Timberlake, The Four Tops and The Temptations).

 

Dennis Coffey is a former member of The Funk Brothers studio band. He’s notably worked on The Temptations’ ‘Cloud Nine’, ‘Ball of Confusion’ and ‘Psychedelic Shack’. Other hit records include Edwin Starr’s ‘War’ and ‘Someday We’ll Be Together’ by Diana Ross & The Supremes.

 

CSP’s music is as exotic as their story. Back in 2009 Tasmanian musician Julien Poulson went into a karaoke bar in Phnom Penh having heard a lone female voice singing Peggy Lee’s ‘Johnny Guitar’. Impressed by the singer, Srey Thy, Poulson invited her to start a band and together they formed The Cambodian Space Project.

 

The group, although known for their own original material, also cover ‘golden age’ 60s Cambodian pop songs as a means of preserving them.

 

They have toured the world from Texas (including SXSW) to the UK’s End of the Road festival and have performed for the likes of Nick Cave and Hilary Clinton.

 

Born in the late 70s Cambodia following the Pol Pot-led Khmer Rouge, front woman Srey has lived in a tank and as a teenager was kidnapped where she nearly found herself in a sex trafficking ring. Since then she has become a women’s rights activist in Cambodia, speaking at events sponsored by SISHA (Anti-Human Trafficking and Exploitation Organisation). She has also helped women worldwide as a Good Will Ambassador for UN Women’s UNiTE – a campaign to stop violence against women worldwide.

 

CSP will feature on ‘The Rough Guide To Psychedelic Cambodia’ (World Music Network) compiled by Metal Postcard’s very own Sean Hocking which is due for release later this year. The record also includes tracks from Ros Sereysothea, Pan Ron, Yos Olarang and Dengue Fever.

 

They are also the subject of a commissioned documentary between the BBC and ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) and will feature in John Pirozzi’s latest documentary film ‘Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten’ on the golden age of Cambodia’s lost rock ‘n’ roll.

The Airplanes

Published by Doug under Indie Pop.

 

The Airplanes is the DIY, indie pop project of Joshua Vest, a songwriter in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The
Airplanes strive for pop perfection, crafting noisy, harmony infused songs—a sound focused on the simplistic strength of the three minute pop song. Following the success of the 2012 self-titled debut
EP,The Airplanes released a four – song, 7” vinyl EP on Manic Pop Records. After the overnight disappearance of Manic Pop Records, Vest assembled a live lineup featuring Andrew Donovan on
12 string guitar, Joel Paul on bass, and Rob Storms on drums. In 2014, The Airplanes released the singles “Paper Hearts” and “Young.”

Oscar And The Wolf

Published by Doug under Indie Pop.

 

‘Strange Entity’ is the new single from rising star Max Colombie a.k.a Oscar and The Wolf and will be released via Play It Again Sam on 4th August. Written in his bedroom in Brussels and recorded in Belgium and London, ‘Strange Entity’ is the sound of melancholy wrapped in a haze of electronica. Laptop beats pulsating to the rhythm of pure passion. A personal insight into Max’s heart and soul.

After releasing 2 EP’s – the ethereal folk tinged ‘Imagine Mountains’ and the more rhythmic and epic ‘Summer Skin’ – and playing shows all over Europe, Oscar and The Wolf is ready to unleash ‘Entity’ the debut full length album. Mixed in London by acclaimed musician/producer Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno, David Byrne, Jon Hopkins, Florence and The Machine, Wild Beasts), it is set for an October release here in the UK.

Oscar and The Wolf have been polishing and crafting their sound and songs for years till they found something truly unique and brilliant. Centered around the otherworldly voice of singer Max Colombie, OATW’s sound is both classic and futuristic. Electronic textures, deep, dark and sensual grooves, Erik Satie-like piano parts, incorporating minimal techno as well as luscious electro r’n’b. Oscar and The Wolf are capturing the ‘now’ into sound with spectacular results.

 

Plastic Flowers

Published by Doug under Indie Pop.

Thessaloniki-based pop duo released their debut album Evergreen on Inner-Ear Records & Crash Symbols.

Strange as it may sound two plastic flowers can bring spring! The Greek Plastic Flowers (Giorgos Samaras and Aggelos Pashalidis) have already 4 EPs and an international tour on their resume and spring is the best time for the release of their long-awaited debut album. Evergreen was recorded with two tape recorders and a reel to reel analog tape recorder in less than two months in Thessaloniki during the summer of 2013 and was completed in England with the collaboration of Panayiotis Papagiannopoulos in production. The band used various vintage analog synths, drum machines and lots of cheap guitar amps. Dream pop atmosphere, lo-fi melodies and lyrics of everyday madness compose the evergreen world of this album. The variety of inventive arrangements and the contributions from New Yorker Ed Askew (Love is Above All) and local heroes Keep Shelly in Athens (Ghosts) make the 11 album tracks quite autonomous and they could stand on their own as different singles.

The Knocks

Published by Doug under Disco.

The Knocks collaborated with Mat Zo to put together a great disco track.  I’ve been moving away from the EDM scene quite a bit lately.  Mainly because it seems a bit bland and haven’t heard any new sounds in the scene.  The Knocks are usually the exception.  They keep it fresh with their disco tunes.  This track is no exception.