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What we've been listening to this week...Yammerer, Autosuggestion, TV Priest, Souki and Sleemo
By Jon Milton
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It really has been a week for debuts. Autosuggestion, Souki, and TV Priest all released their debut singles/EP’s and Yammerer’s debut offering was released digitally for the first time.
‘Donnay Death Housing Cryssis’ was (as far as I’m aware) the first bit of music that the enigmatic Yammerer released, and came out on Record Store Day 2019 in cassette form. To coincide with what would have been RSD 2020, record label Restless Bear gave the single its digital release last week exclusively to Bandcamp. There are two tracks, Life in the new build and 50 HB, both of which are gloriously deranged post punk, as we have come to expect from the band. You can pay what you like to download the single, or just give it a listen here, and you can read our piece about their debut EP ‘Reality Escape Resort’ which came out last November here.
A month or so ago we reviewed the excellent debut EP by Document and thought it only right to give the debut EP by the band featuring Document’s lead singer Alex’s younger brother a review too. It was recorded live at a gig last year and features some pretty raw post punk, bordering on goth rock reminiscent of the Southern Death Cult and Bauhaus. Given that they’ve only been together for a relatively short period of time, it’s a promising start and you get the feeling that with some decent production and some solid gigging the band may certainly be one to watch. Our review of the EP is here.
Another two bands to watch releasing outstanding debut singles this week were TV Priest and Souki. TV Priest’s ‘House of York’ is a nod to the 15th Century War of the Roses and questions whether our nation can be truly meritocratic with a constitutional monarch in place. It also ponders whether history is re-written by the elite, all interesting stuff. Musically, its taut post punk and certainly presents a good argument for going to see them support Egyptian Blue when they play later this year (hopefully). You can listen to House of York here.
Apparently Miles Davis crashed his Lamborghini Muira in 1972, which had a huge impact on the musicians life and marked a significant shift in his output say Coventry five piece Souki in an article in the line of best fit. Muira is the name of their debut single, and it speeds along like a post punk performance car train then moves into new more experimental almost jazzy territory which one can only assume reflects the Miles Davis experience. Anyway, it’s a fine tune, its out on Permanent Creeps and you should give it a listen, which you can do here.
Moving away from post punk and more toward grunge / alt rock territory, Norwich based band Sleemo released a new EP ‘Mutilation of’ this week. It certainly rocks hard and we have a review of it here. Mutilation of is well worth listening to in its entirety, with each track neatly segueing into the next, and you can hear the full EP here.
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