What We've Been Listening To...Osees, Night Beats, A Place to Bury Strangers, JW Paris, Laundromat, The Goa Express
By Jon Milton
The sun is shining (where I am at least!) and there’s a lovely bumper crop of new releases out today for you to get your teeth into.
First up is yet another live album from Osees in the form of ‘Levitation Sessions Volume II’. With this collection the band raid their back catalogue with tunes like ‘Stinking Cloud’ and ‘Spider Cider’ from 2011’s Castlemania, ‘Encrypted Bounce’ from Drop and ‘It Killed Mom’ from 2007’s Sucks Blood alongside newer tracks like Snickersee and established favourites like ‘The Dream’, ‘Web’ and ‘Tidal Wave’. Whilst not packing as much punch as the first Levitation Sessions and more recently Live at Henry Miller Big Sur, its still a highly enjoyable listen and there’s also a bunch of Chrome covers thrown in to boot.
On a similar tip is ‘Revolution’ the new single from Night Beats. Revolution is taken from taken from the bands fifth album ‘Outlaw R&B’ which comes out on Fuzz Club out at the start of June, and it has that wonderful garage rock 60’s feel about it, resplendent with squalling guitars throughout.
Back with a new single and new line up are Brooklyn’s A Place to Bury Strangers, ‘End of the Night’ is taken from the band’s new EP ‘Hologram’ slated for release in July on Dedstrange. End of Night sounds like a rather pleasurable mash up of Jesus and the Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine.
We’ve had X from Working Men’s Club, and now we’ve got Y?, out today on Heavenly. Its been billed as the B-side to X and it does have the feel of a dub, not that that’s a bad thing of course. Electro beats, looped vocals, a rumbling bassline and synth stabs echo the bands debut album more than the beefed-up new direction that the band seem to be taking on X.
Other singles of note out today are the new singles from JW Paris, The Goa Express and Laundromat’s. JW Paris continue their fine line of indie rock with ‘Sober’, The Goa Express go jangly with ‘Second Time’ and Laundromat slow things down with 'En Bloc', which completes their Red EP.
Following the success of their 2020 EP A Camera Wanders All Night, and after a restless year-long hiatus from the gig circuit thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, Manchester's Document are finally embarking on their debut UK tour in August, giving you ample excuse to grab tickets before the main delayed gig schedules start to kick in from September .
This tour will feature both performances of tracks from their critically acclaimed debut EP, plus new material, which they are heading into the studio next month to start recording.
Document will be supported on the tour by some incredible up and coming UK artists, such as Loose Articles, Wych Elm and Autosuggestion.
Dates are as follows:
3rd – Nottingham, The Chameleon
4th – Sheffield, The Washington
5th – Leeds, Wharf Chambers
6th – Manchester, Night & Day Café
7th – Birmingham, Dead Wax
11th – Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
12th – Glasgow, Broadcast
17th – Bristol, The Lanes
18th – London, Windmill Brixton
19th – Brighton, The Hope & Ruin
Catch the lockdown performance of lead single The Spy Who Came In from The Cold, live at Bury Met, below:
What We've Been Listening To...Courting, White Flowers, Les Bods, Team Picture, Traams, Working Men's Club, Anorak Patch, Murmur, Corvus and the Morning Star
By Jon Milton
So the shops are back open on Monday and the prospects of going to a gig, and not just a socially distanced one seem tantalisingly close. I guess the problem now is fitting in all those new bands that have emerged over the last 12 months alongside existing commitments! Take Courting for example, who’ve just released their debut EP, Grand National. The Liverpool lads turned a few heads last year with a string of impressive singles and have now cemented their promise with these four tracks. Lead track Grand National is absolutely storming, Popshop! is super slick and shiny and the two remaining tracks ‘Crass’ and ‘Slow Burner’ reveal a darker side of the band, cleverly juxtaposed. The band have announced a UK wide tour for September, which unfortunately for me clashes with my trip to see Yard Act at the Lexington, otherwise I’d be snapping up a ticket in a flash.
Touring more immediately in May and June and presumably socially distanced are dream pop / shoegazers White Flowers, who have a debut album out next month and have just released a new single this week in ‘Help Me Help Myself’. As with the rest of their output its rather sublime, so we expect lots from the album. You can check out their gig dates here.
One band that I’ll be taking time out to see is Les Bods, who released their second single ‘Free Your Mind’ this week. These Brighton based guys draw a lot of inspiration from arguably the best rock and roll that the sixties and seventies had to offer, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zep, Sabbath and so on, with ‘Free Your Mind’ big on riffs and with a heavy nod towards Cream and Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies. More tunes are planned for the rest of the year.
Also out this week is ‘phantom limb’ by Team Picture. They are a band I know very little about, but this is a class tune.
Last week saw the release of the imaginatively titled ‘4 Songs’ by Traams via Bandcamp, a collection of stand-alone tracks recorded over a handful of sessions with Theo Verney. If you haven’t picked up a copy already make sure you do, the EP features our song of the year ‘The Greyhound’, their other single from 2020 ‘IRW’, ‘A House on Fire’ and the unreleased ‘Karma Kat’ which you can’t get anywhere else. In other words, it’s got four fantastic tunes on it and is well worth the investment. Hopefully there may be more to come from them, but they’ve been worryingly silent. At the time of writing there's still some vinyl copies available which you can buy from here.
Other songs of note out last week included the magnificent ‘X’ by Working Men’s Club who are maturing very nicely, the excellent ‘Blue Jeans’ by Anorak Patch who continue to impress, ‘Shipman Blues’ the promising debut single from Corvus & the Morning Star, and 'I'm the Same' the blistering new single from Murmur. You can read our interview with Murmur by the way here.