Bristol based Towns (James MacLucas – vocals, John Paul Beaumont – guitar, Adam Hastings – bass, Miles Hastings – drums), was formed in February 2011 in their native town of Weston-Super-Mare. Squeezing inspiration out of the nineties’ British guitar-pop scene, the Somerset shoegaze foursome are on the cusp of great things this year.
Always keen to plough their own furrow, Towns spent last year hosting band nights in Bristol, featuring such acts as Tribes and The Chapman Family. They also released an über-limited edition cassette through local label Howling Owl Records, and prior their own two track demo, “Fields” and “Heads Off,” the latter receiving a wealth of support from key online taste-makers and publications.
Now, two months into 2012, the boys release their new Owen Morris (Oasis, Verve) produced split-single, “Gone Are The Days.” The track is a fuzzy reverb drenched affair filled with shoegazey guitar, Gallagheresque vocals, and a lot of swagger, looking to propel the Somerset four smartly along to the next level.
Following a brief hiatus, and the rather good Alex Turner songs that featured in the Submarine movie, Arctic Monkeys return with the release of the release of ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’, the first single from their new album, Suck It and See. The single will be available on exclusive white label 7” backed with album track ‘Brick By Brick’ through independent retail outlets in support of Record Store Day on Saturday the 16th of April. The single track will also be available digitally from midnight on the 11th of April. ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ will also be available on 7” (RUG406S), 10” (RUG406T) and digitally on Monday the 30th of May, featuring brand new b-sides, exclusive to these formats. Details are as follows: Record Store Day 7” ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ / ‘Brick By Brick’; 7″ ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ / ‘I.D.S.T.’; 10″/Digital bundle ‘Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair’ / ‘The Blond-O-Sonic Shimmer Trap’ / ‘I.D.S.T’. ‘Suck It and See’ will be released by Domino on Monday the 6th of June 2011.
Towns hail from Bristol and played their first gig in February this year, having already been featured on BBC introducing. They release their debut single, ‘Fields’, on 23rd May. In the meantime, you can listen to ‘Fields’ here:
The B-Side (or at least the track that would have been the B-Side if this were a record, but in actual fact is a digital bonus track) can be checked out here:
Quite why Ladytron have begun to reveal information about their upcoming studio album, Gravity The Seducer, is anybody’s guess, particularly as it won’t be released until September 12th in the UK (September 13th in the US). The band released Best Of Ladytron: 00-10, a few days ago, so maybe this is a way of distancing themselves from that compilation? In any event, Ladytron recorded the forthcoming album in Kent’s countryside, with Barny Barnicott (Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Editors) co-producing, alongside the band. The record will apparently be a “grander sound, incorporating more baroque elements. Fans can expect the new tracks to be dreamy, romantic, beautiful, and lush.”, according to their publicity machine. For all the Ladytron fanatics counting the days until that far-off day in September, the band will be touring Europe, and Mira Aroyo will be DJing in several cities. Ladytron play The Forum in London on June 8th, and The Arches in Glasgow on June 9th.
Example, (pictured above) has made his latest single available for streaming. Click to listen here:
Also, check out the Example tour diary feat: Changed The Way You Kiss Me live, tour bus smoothies, the tour bus bike, and more here:
Sons And Daughters have announced the follow up to 2008’s The Gift, and they tell us that the new album is radically different to its predecessor. They describe Mirror Mirror as “A slow burning sensation, a wiry, raw, sensual injection of primal monochrome rock”. The band reached back to their own past – namely 2006’s The Repulsion Box and the band’s 2004 mini-album debut Love The Cup – for inspiration. As Scott Paterson observes – “We sound better when we’re more minimal. We wanted everything on the new album to be necessary, no added fluff, and only recording on 16-track.” With this model in mind the band enlisted friend and fan Keith McIvor, (aka JD Twitch of local legends Optimo Music) as producer. Mirror Mirror is his first full length album. “We knew someone like Keith could be really honest with us,” says Scott. “He has great taste in music, and we also knew we wanted to start using electronics, and he’s really into his dance music”. The mood was further enhanced with mixing by Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode, These New Puritans). “I love the feel of this album and it’s the most balanced thing we’ve done,” Scott reflects. “There are great rocking moments but it’s also reflective and dreamy. It sounds odd in a natural way.”
Sons And Daughters are making opening track & statement of intent ‘Silver Spell’ available to download & stream here:
Two Wounded Birds have a new single called ‘All We Wanna Do’, which is being released on limited edition 7″ vinyl and digital download, on April 18th via Moshi Moshi. The band formed in 2008 and last year the Margate four-piece received a helping hand from label mates mates The Drums, joining them as support on their UK tour, then releasing their debut EP on guitarist Jacob Graham’s Holiday Records.
Please feel free to post this video on your site! View the video for the new single here:
‘Come Around’ is the brilliant debut single from newbies Tim & Jean, whose short career has galloped ahead of many of their contemporaries. It’s uplifting electro-pop which communicates a gloriously youthful, yet somehow wistfully nostalgic vibe.
Watch it here and see what’s about to hit the airwaves…
The Heartbreaks have also released a video for their upcoming single ‘Jealous, Don’t You Know’ with northern-soul dancing, Morecambe seascapes and abandoned halls to accompany their romantic, indie brit-pop.