Another week, another fabulous collection of under-the-radar mp3s, Soundcloud link and YouTube videos for our latest edition of the New Tunes Guide. Highlights this week come David Bronson, who has finished a mammoth 22-song cycle which will be broken into a two album collective called ‘The Long Lost Story’, the first of which comes out January 7th next year. Formes, a Leeds band formed by brothers Steve and Jordan McNamara earlier this year after sporadic jam sessions, and The Divers, a band initiated by a merging of various musical projects around solo artist Pete Hickman.
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“Essex quartet States Of Emotion, who have been steadily gathering attention over the last few years have now signed to Rinse. Having formed the band as teenagers, they have been honing their music for over a decade, and attracted critical praise for their 2010 single ‘The Unsung’.”
“Valis is currently made up of former Screaming Trees band members Van Conner (bass, vocals) and his brother Patrick Conner (guitar, vocals), with Matt Vandenberghe (drums) rounding out these two original members. Formed in the basement of Mudhoney drummer Dan Peters back in 1996, Valis began as a casual side project for both Conner and Peters along with Van’s brother Patrick (Kitty Kitty) and Kurt Danielson (TAD).”
“Ghost Carriage Phantoms release their debut album ‘The Boy Lives’ through Marketstall Records on the 5th November as a limited edition (500 only), hand packaged, numbered CD set featuring pictures, lyrics and more. ‘The Boy Lives’ is the first installment of a series of releases tied together under the initialed banner ‘GCP’. This record, the debut album from Merthyr Tydfil born songwriter Michael James Hall was created over a three month period in early 2012 with fellow GCP collaborator Mark Estall at the helm, taking charge of arrangement and production duties.”
“Twerps are now set for the worldwide release of their brand new single Work It Out. A satisfyingly direct ode to the f**k-you break-up, the video of which has recently premiered on Stereogum, with the stream of b-side He’s In Stock already appearing on Pitchfork’s homepage and RDL LBL’s mail out.”
“Self-proclaimed as “doom soul”, the music of Cold Specks draws on folk and gospel elements, with a strong personal interpretation. At times it can be heavy and bleak, but the willful, raspy vocals of Al Spx offer an element of brightness. The weight of each track grows slowly and as her velvetly vocals hit your ears, you will instantly feel swathed in this warm blanket-like familiarity. As the leaves begin to change and the nights grow darker and colder, this is the music that will warm you from the inside out.”
“Enochian Theory had started composing their 3rd release when they returned from touring in late 2010, and in August 2011 the band entered “Aubitt Studios” (UK) for the full production of the new album with producer Rob Aubrey. Enochian Theory worked with Rob on the Spock’s Beard European Tour and his previous history with artists such as “IQ”, “Tony Levin” and “Transatlantic” only helped with the decision for the band to work with him on their important 2nd Album.”
“After a number of years of writing, producing, and recording, David Bronson has finished a 22-song cycle, broken into 2 albums, collective called The Long Lost Story. The first record, Story comes out January 7th. On the surface, the records begin with a description of a young man’s loss of hope and identity following the end of first love, and continue through the prolonged, arduous, and life-changing journey to re-find them. The multi-faceted project, however, reveals itself to have numerous levels of meaning, as metaphors of artistic creation, the passage of time, completion, and resolution are all dealt with. ‘It became all consuming, and a real test, of sorts’ David explains of the project’s dual emotional trajectories.”
“‘Absence of the Noise’ is the debut single from Leeds 5 piece Formes. Brothers Steve and Jordan McNamara formed the band in March 2012 after sporadic jam sessions and have quickly become a well known name on the Leeds music scene, playing high profile gigs at the 360 Club and Brudenell Social Club. The band have already had radio play from Tom Robinson(BBC6 Music), Alan Raw(BBC Introducing) and Amazing Radio. They also released a live EP recorded at the 360 Club. The band describes themselves as blues tinged psychedelia, with heavy classic rock influences.”
“Slowcoaches hail from the North of England. Heather and Matt have been playing together for a couple of years, with Sam completing the trio a year ago. Their new single ‘Tummy Bug’ is the band’s first release since their debut EP, ‘We’re So Heavy’, which came out in March on Tye Die Tapes, selling out in a week. ‘Tummy Bug’ was written as the title track for a short film of the same name, set around a boy that gets impregnated by an alien. The short was written, directed and filmed by Nottingham weirdo filmmakers and twins John and Tom Turrell. The film, along with two other songs by Slowcoaches and a graphic novel is to be released next year by Belly Kids.”
“The first single from Joe Perkins‘ forthcoming album ‘A Host Of Other Artists’. Featuring guest vocalist Ellie Price, Chris Hendy on drums, and Joe on electric guitars, bass, keyboards & percussion. Written, Engineered, Produced & Mixed by Joe Perkins. Recorded at Platform One, Isle of Wight. Mastered at AIR Studios by Ray Staff.”
“Formed in the summer of 2012 through a merging of various musical projects (essentially solo artist Pete Hickman recruiting a series of band-members around him), The Divers have already played well-received shows at London venues such as Barfly, Ronnie Scott’s (Upstairs), The Borderline and Notting Hill Arts Club with fellow indie rock bands like Whales In Cubicles, Scoundrels, Escapists and Eye Emma Jedi - gaining a slew of admirers in the process.”