The Turns

Published by Doug under Indie Rock.

Shelflife presents the debut EP from Los Angeles based The Turns, a band who looks and sounds like the product of Creation Records 1989, but apply their own twist and turns to make their music uniquely modern. This EP was originally planned for a mid-2015 release, but we are releasing it early in digital-only format in cooperation with Lollipop Records who are making the EP available on limited edition cassette.

The Turns are Michael Eng (Lead Vox/Guitar), Danny Winebarger (Vox/Guitar), Marco Cortes (Bass) and Johnny Toomey (Drums). They have been playing live relentlessly in Southern California and were invited to play the official 2014 Austin Psych Fest party at the request of the “Committee to Keep Music Evil”.

Surf Rock Is Dead

Published by Doug under Indie Rock.

With ambient drum beats and wistful vocals, Brooklyn-duo Surf Rock is Dead (SRiD) arrive with a collection of blissful tunes that hit you like a bittersweet wave of nostalgia, kind of like that last hangover of the summer. Screaming with all the spit and grit of their new found east coast home, combined with laid back California-vibes, the washed out duo are gearing up to release their forthcoming EP, starting with their effervescent debut single, “Equinox.”
Inspired by the seemingly mundane- like skating or zoning out in the shower, and the not so mundane, like Tony Hawk’s haircut in the 80s – the duo’s music is a gorgeous dichotomy. It’s equal parts slacker rock and urgently upbeat pop that adds colour to everyday moments with their heavy hooks and euphoric melodies.

Tall Tales and the Silver Lining

Published by Doug under Indie Folk.

Tall Tales and the Silver Lining is a Los Angeles-based band led by songwriter Trevor Beld Jimenez. Beld Jimenez grew up on the sounds of ‘70s AM radio, along with L.A. classics like Jackson Browne, Court and Spark-era Joni Mitchell, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and The Byrds. His music incorporates all of that – classic songwriting, great playing, simple, hook-heavy arrangements and thoughtful production – but updates the sound for today. It’s straightforward, heartfelt rock & roll, ten songs of love and loss, ocean-scented breezes and the hum of the open road beneath your wheels. West Coast dates through December and January, full US tour, including SXSW, this spring.

Tour Dates:

Dec 03 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

Dec 05 Santa Barbara, CA @ Funzone

Dec 12 Riverside, CA @ Back to the Grind

Dec 18 Pasadena, CA @ Oldtown Pub

Jan 02 Los Angeles, CA @ Taixx

Jan 22 Costa Mesa, CA @ Casa

Feb 26 Costa Mesa, CA @ Casa

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.