3 July 2020

Band: Chemtrails (Manchester, UK)
Who: Garage-punk and acid-corroded new-wave outfit from
Manchester formed by Mia Lust and Laura Orlova in 2016
Album: The Peculiar Smell of the Inevitable – the band’s second LP
Released: 15 May 2020

AllMusic said: “The refreshed lineup continues to funnel the group’s boisterous blend of vintage surf, garage rock, and proto-punk influences into compellingly glittery noise pop…
Lust’s snarling mix of complaints and shrug-emoji endurance of subjects both personal and societal bring just the right amount (a lot) of outsider attitude to their poppy tunes… there are no serious underperformers on The Peculiar Smell of the Inevitable, and the uninitiated would do well to start here for the band’s strongest set of songs to date.”

Full review here – Score: 4/5

Key phrase: “The Ronettes fronted by Poison Ivy bringing us the songs the Lord taught us”
Keywords: garage pop ecstasy, buzzing paranoiacs, head-spinning electricity, blitzkrieg guitar extravaganza, sultry organs, charisma is the middle name of Mia Lust, 21st Century’s sixties, sucking minds, Dusty Springfield going punk
Key tracks: Blurred Visions / Paranoiacs / Rats / Suck My Mind / Brother Connor

Message: It’s another big Bandcamp Friday to support artists impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. “It may sound simple, but the best way to help artists is with your direct financial support, and we hope you’ll join us as we work to support artists in this challenging time.”

Do not hesitate and buy
‘The Peculiar Smell Of The Inevitable’ here…



Catchy As Hell – Debut Single ‘FINETIME’ By CAST Released 25 Years Ago Today

Top singles from the past…

3 July 2020

Band: Cast – group formed in Liverpool in 1992 by
singer/guitarist John Power after leaving the near-
legendary The La’s – the band is still going strong
Single:  Finetime – debut single
B-sidesBetter Man and Satellites
Released: 3 July 1995 – 25 years ago today –
Powers performed the song for the first time
acoustically at a Liverpool festival while
still being with The La’s
Score: the single reached #17 in the UK
Album: All Change  – the band’s debut LP
turning 25 on 16 October – stream it here 

Original clip…

Rhapsodic live version at Glastonbury 1999

CAST: Facebook – Instagram – Discography

Isolation Moodiness – PORRIDGE RADIO’s Dana Margolin And LALA LALA Shine On ‘GOOD FOR YOU’

New sonic impulses…

2 July 2020

One good thing about these unseen isolation days is that artists had time to
create new music. And some came/come up with splendid stuff, like Porridge
‘s vocalist/songwriter Dana Margolin teaming up with Chicago-based
artist Lala Lala.

The collaborative result is the moody beauty called GOOD FOR YOU.

Margolin told what happened: “‘Good For You’ landed on me one morning early on in lockdown when I was eating breakfast. I really love Lillie’s music, and we were vaguely in
touch through the internet, so when Lillie got in touch asking if I wanted to make a song together, and then a few days later I’d written this song, it felt really right to collaborate
on it.“
Porridge drummer Sam Yardley also contributed a part.

Hear Good For You here…

Also on Spotify

LALA LALA: Facebook 

Imperishable Masters Of Post Punk Pop – WIRE Dive Into Their Archives With ’10:20′

2 July 2020

Band: Wire
Album: 10:20 
Released: 19 June 2020

Info: Originally scheduled for RSD 2020 Pink Flag have decided to make 10:20 a regular LP/CD release. A glimpse into Wire’s working practices, when Wire play live there are different 3 classes of pieces that are performed, new songs, old songs and “new old” songs. The latter often involves taking something that existed on a previous release and re-working it, very often evolving a stage highlight from it. There also pieces that have never seen a major release but for some reason never fitted on an album. The best of these ideas were recorded in 2 sessions – one relating to Red Barked Tree but recorded
in 2010 and another relating to Wire’s latest album Mind Hive released in 2020.

AllMusic says: “A collection of reimagined rarities and live favorites that felt just as fresh.
No matter how convoluted the histories of these songs are, they all make the most of Wire’s evergreen strengths. Hearing Wire riff on their past and present so brilliantly makes 10:20
both a dream come true for longtime fans and a surprisingly good introduction to their
music for newcomers.”
Full review here. Score: 4/5

Key phrase: “It’s Beginning To And Back Again.”
Keywords: Music for pleasure, never-changing resplendence, post punk pop, change became them, unwavering new wave wires, the art of stylish survival, timeless inspirators

Album in full…

WIRE: Facebook

(photo: website Wire)

Bewildering Emotionality – FEAR OF MEN Return With Brand New Single ‘INTO STRANGENESS’

2 July 2020

(Photo by Eleanor Hardwick / Styling by Harriet Byczok)

Since Brighton’s amplified dream-pop trio FEAR OF MEN released their highly
praised album Fall Forever it seemed like they went into quarantine for four
years. But the band is back now with brand new single INTO STRANGENESS.

Frontwoman Jess Weiss wrote in a press statement “It’s been a strange and extremely charged 4 years since we last released music. It’s been overwhelming and painful, hopefully leading to tangible positive change. In contrast, this time has personally brought a lot of healing, shutting the door finally on elements that have been toxic and draining in my life for too long. This song is an assertion of a voice, a cry of independence. It’s a song about the role
of words in constructing the self. We create ourselves like books, and I’m ready to tell a different story.”

A steady repetitive drum beat, gloomy guitar lines, freaky jazzy saxophone fragments
and Weiss’ magnetic voice all come organically together. Into Strangeness is a piece of bewildering emotionality. Both curious and catching. Terrific comeback.

How far will you follow me into strangeness
How far will you follow me into strangeness
Let the demon live inside your pages
Let the demon know that you’re alone

Here’s their impressive DIY video…

Also on Spotify

FEAR OF MEN: Facebook

DEVO Is Dead Long Live HOME COUNTIES – Here’s New Trash And Slash Single ‘DAD BOD’…

Daily fuel to load your sonic batteries…


2 July 2020

After their notable debut single Redevelopment British up and coming post punk
team HOME COUNTIES confirm their huge potential with new score DAD BOD.

Songwriter and vocalist Will Harrison told about the fresh cut: “Dad Bod explores modern middle-class masculinity, with a particular focus upon the ‘progressive’ metropolitan man. The song initially takes a light-hearted standpoint listing the aesthetic traits and status symbols of modern men before moving on to address a darker side which is hidden behind the comfortability and respectfulness of a ‘Dad Bod’.”

Devo is dead, long live Home Counties, although for a few seconds you’ll hear the Gang Of Four‘s Damaged Goods intro riff. From there on its manic funk electricity bringing those innovative 70s ‘Are We Not Men?’ wackos to mind. Mind you, it’s not a copy/paste thing. These Bristol gunslingers’ buzz saw guitars cut and carve to the bone. Splintered rhythms and kooky vocals will have a strange effect on your body’s movements. Two minutes of
chopped turbulence. Two minutes of I want more of this slash and trash buzz. Definitely!

Bring it on…

Home Counties will release their debut EP on 4th September via Alcopop! Records featuring the aforementioned debut single Redevelopment