Since May 23rd, Melbourne’s purveyors of psyched-out noise rock SHOVELS have been stateside for a tour through the US. Their trip is now nearly complete, coming to an end on June 18th in Northampton, MA. What does that mean for you? Get off your ass and go catch them before it’s too late – they’re in NYC today. We didn’t waste our chance to see the trio, as we were lucky to catch them in Philadelphia and then AGAIN in Baltimore a couple days later. At the same time, Shovels didn’t blow their chance to lay waste to an entire crowd of eager onlookers. The trio delivers their unique blend of psych and noise like a battering ram plowing through your front door, spearheaded by manic percussion while their songs progress cleanly and seamlessly right before your eyes. Their intensity is palpable and everything in the room comes to a screeching halt while these guys do what they do best.
Below you can find a slew of videos from both shows. The Philadelphia show is cut up into songs – the Baltimore show is one half-hour long video (and they play an extra track, “Arm Arm Leg”). Now please, dig in!
At Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia
“Cash” (new song)
At Ottobar in Baltimore
Genre/ Tags: Post-Punk, Punk, Psychedelic, Noise Rock
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Fleeting Youth Records in Austin, TX is readying the debut cassette from Toronto-based witch-punk outfit THE BATS PAJAMAS. Aside from their new tape, titled No Hello, the band previously self-released their first full-length and two other EPs since July, 2010.
“Wrong House” is an impeccably scuzzy affair, built with tinny shreds of guitar and muffled vocals that change from troubled howls to blood-curdling screams in a matter of seconds. This all produces a strangely terrifying sound from the trio, who are currently gearing up for a full-fledged tour through Canada, which includes stops at NXNE and Canadian Music Week. On top of that, they’re already recording songs for another whole album.
“Wrong House” comes together with crumbling guitars and a loose rhythm, sounding as grungy, dark and disheveled as punk rock would be after it’s been lost and roaming the streets for months without a home. Guitar hooks offer sharp and spiny angles, coming off blunt and jagged as if they were ripped right out of a piece of sheet metal. Get an earful of their frightening sound right below, then sit tight as Fleeting Youth releases the cassette on May 26th – pre-order it now!
Genre/ Tags: Punk, Post-Punk, Grunge, Doom
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TEMPO HOUSE consists of Zac Grunter and Ronald Langford, both based out of Oakland, California. Their new cassette, Sketches, was just released on their own Digital Regress label in a modest run of 50 tapes.
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Castle Face Records just proudly dropped the debut LP from MALE GAZE, Gale Maze. The San Francisco-based trio features Castle Face co-runner Matt Jones who is an ex-member of now-defunct bands Blasted Canyons, Mayyors and The Mall. Continue reading “Male Gaze – Gale Maze”
THE FAMINES and Psychic Handshake Recordings are pleased to announce their latest release and it’s not a record. Stay Home Club sees the light of day as a 20in x 30in poster containing a download for two brand new tracks from the Montreal-via-Edmonton duo.
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Brisbane duo MULTIPLE MAN released this 12″ EP on Burka For Everybody Records in November 2014. Although there’s a few other tapes and records to their name, Persuasion is our first true encounter with the duo.
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WIND ATLAS hail from Barcelona, Spain. Their sophomore LP Lingua Ignota was just released by Burka For Everybody Records, containing an otherworldly journey of mystical and medieval psychedelic folk.
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