September 22nd, 2020

tUnE-yArDs share new single ‘nowhere, man’

Posted on 22 Sep 2020 at 10:03am

Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner have shared a new tUnE-yArDs track entitled ‘nowhere, man’.

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Cabbage announce UK tour before release of new album Amanita Pantherina

Posted on 22 Sep 2020 at 8:28am

Cabbage have announced the details of a UK tour shortly before the release of their new album Amanita Pantherina on September 25th.

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Album Review: Idles – Ultra Mono

Posted on 22 Sep 2020 at 7:04am

Idles could have conceivably found themselves in a quandary for their third album.

How to balance succeeding a lauded mainstream record with having a devoted ‘cult’ following? Joy As An Act Of Resistance took everyone (bar the AF Gang) by surprise; prominent on all end of year lists, as well as being nominated at the BRIT Awards and for the Mercury Prize, it was a true crossover hit covering toxic masculinity, immigration, racism and a whole of host of other uncomfortable subjects. Added to this, the five-piece continued to incrementally grow their fanbase via life-affirming gigs and festival slots.

To their immense credit, rather than chase success here Idles have doubled down on their core ingredients. Having created a sense of community not seen since The Libertines’ guerrilla gigs at the early part of the century, Ultra Mono finds them to be more of a fan’s band than ever.

Yet the big questions have just got bigger. The world has been in chaos ever since their 2017 debut album Brutalism, so it should come as no surprise that, once again, Idles are both an outlet and a conduit for pent-up rage, with the difference being that ‘pent-up’ has taken on a whole new meaning in 2020. For months now, we’ve had no choice but to watch on as these populist governments have proven to be little more than campaigners, not governors. The urge to shout ‘I told you so’ has surely never been more acutely felt, and it’s getting harder and harder to #BeKind.

More adamantly political than on either of their previous two albums, Idles have got your back and will fight beside you with a clarity of purpose from the get-go. It would be a crime against emphasis to state that War sets the scene; it’s a full throttle, ferocious Molotov cocktail of Armageddon disguised as music. It’s rock music as apocalyptic rainfall, bludgeoning us while we sado-masochistically drink it all in. Singer and lyricist Joe Talbot readily admits that his unfiltered contributions and unqualified sincerity act well as blunt instruments (indeed, that’s his strength), and in case the message isn’t received he shouts the song title repetitively, just to hammer the point home. He does the same on Anxiety, as the song gets faster and more claustrophobically frenetic, like the feeling of the title, while on the deliberately misspelled Ne Touche Pas Moi, Jehnny Beth joins the fray to bark ‘consent’ at us, returning the favour of Talbot’s appearance on To Love Is To Live earlier this year.

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Fleet Foxes are returning today with new album Shore

Posted on 22 Sep 2020 at 6:42am

Fleet Foxes are putting out a new album today, with the autumnal equinox very much in mind.

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Royal Blood tease new single Trouble’s Coming

Posted on 22 Sep 2020 at 6:20am

The countdown to Royal Blood‘s successor to the 2017 second studio album How Did We Get So Dark? is going to start on September 24th.

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Idles announce more UK gigs in support of new album Ultra Mono

Posted on 22 Sep 2020 at 6:01am

Idles have announced some UK gigs for April 2021, more delayed celebrations for their new album Ultra Mono.

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