OLIVER SLIM (The xx) Announces Solo Album And Shares Spine-Chilling Single ‘HIDEOUS’

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25 May 2022

Bassist/vocalist OLIVER SLIM of British alt synth/pop act The xx
has announced his debut solo LP named HIDEOUS BASTARD .
It will be out on 9th September.

New single: HIDEOUS

Slim: “I realised I’d been circling around one of the things that has probably caused me the most fear and shame. My HIV status. I’ve been living with HIV since I was 17 and it’s played with how I’ve felt towards myself, and how I’ve assumed others have felt towards me, from that age and into my adult life.

“So, quite impulsively, I wrote about it on a song called Hideous. I thought I could release it into the world and be done with it. After playing the song to my mum, being the protective and wise mum that she is, she gave me some of the best advice I’ve ever received. She suggested that I spend some time having conversations with people in my life first. Either people I hadn’t told yet, or people I had told but hadn’t wanted to talk much further on it. Since writing Hideous, I’ve spent the past two years having those conversations, which was difficult and uncomfortable to start with, but has allowed me to feel a lot freer and has only strengthened my relationship with myself and with the people in my life.”

This is spine-chilling…

OLIVER SLIM: Instagram

Toronto Amazon FAVVKES Expresses Break-Up Pain In Shout Out ‘WHAT YOU SAID’

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25 May 2022

Artist: FAVVKES
Who: Toronto-based artist, guitar player and songwriter. She combines pop-punk guitars with her love of modern pop music to bring you an alternative style reminiscent of artists like Courtney Love and Paramore, while leading the way with charisma and fresh fashion like Gwen Stefani and Grimes.

Neww single: WHAT YOU SAID

“It’s about all the things that weigh you down when you put so much energy
into making it work when it doesn’t work anymore, and you have a hard time
accepting it.”

Turn Up The Volume: As long as people in a relationship break up, farewell and heartbreak songs will recur in pop/rock music. And yes, we know heartbreak songs are forever. Favvkes is another victim of human nature. Fortunately, she can rock it off with this cathartic cry-out expressing her distress and pain. Think Courtney Love freaking out or Avril Lavigne on a rampage. A sense of outrage is at play here leading to an unadulterated shout out.

I was waiting for your call just the other day
But I can’t tell you all the things I wanna say
Cause I know you’d fucking hate me
I guess it makes no difference anyway


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FAVVKES: Facebook – Instagram

Britpop Glam Legends SUEDE Announce New Album And Share Aflame Single ‘SHE STILL LEADS ME ON’

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24 May 2022

Band: SUEDE
Who: Britpop glam champions from London
Active: 1989–2003, 2010–present
Albums: 9, new one included

New album: AUTOFICTION
Out: 16 September 2022 – more info here

Brett Anderson (frontman/songwriter): “Autofiction is our punk
record. No whistles and bells. Just the five of us in a room with all
the glitches and fuck-ups revealed; the band themselves exposed in
all their primal mess.


30 years ago

New single: SHE STILL LEADS ME ON
Brett wrote it for his late mother.

After all these years Brett Anderson & co still
know how to set the place aflame.

My stereo is impressed with this new heated hurry-scurry…

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SUEDE: Discography – Website

Crystal Voice ELIZABETH FRASER And Partner DAMON REECE Shared Second Piece From Their New Project

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24 May 2022


(Press pic by Ben Part)

Former Scottish Cocteau Twins voice and face ELISABETH FRASER and her partner,
former Spiritualized and Echo and the Bunnymen drummer DAMON REECE started
now a musical partnership called SUN’S SIGNATURE.

Anytime soon they will release their 5-track eponymous debut EP via Partisan Records. Highly evolved, yet simultaneously primal the extended play is an original, compelling,
and genre-defying collection of songs that has developed through anAlice in Wonderland journey through life and music.

Ahead of it comes UNDERWATER.
It’s the second track the duo shares
from that EP.

Underwater is a breezy reverie. Minimalistic at first, then evolving slowly into
a poppy hymn-like humdinger. Luminous as crystal with starry-eyed synths
and Fraser‘s moony vocality bringing Kate Bush to mind. Just resplendent.

Start dreaming here…

ELISABETH FRASER: Facebook – Instagram

Thrilling Trio – ERICA DAWN LYLE (Bikini Kill) And VICE COOLER (XBXRX) And KIM GORDON

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22 May 2022

Erica Dawn Lyle (ex-Bikini Kill) and Vice Cooler (XBXRX) joined forces for their upcoming benefit album Land Trust: Benefit For NEFOC. It comes out 3 June and counts 16 songs, every one with a different vocalist.

The duo invited artists such as Katie Alice Greer, the Linda Lindas, Alice Bag,
Kathleen Hanna and the Breeders’ Kelley Deal
to participate.

Former Sonic Youth heroine Kim Gordon also features
on the benefit album with a slo-mo industrial whopper
called Debt Collector.

Impressive stroke…

LAND TRUST NEFOC: Website

Album out 3 June – pre-order here

Metallic Punk Whirlwind MYSTERY ACTIONS Storms On New Uppercut ‘WARBEAT’

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22 May 2022


(photo via Novonet PR)

Band: MYSTERY ACTIONS
Who: All-female whirlwind from Chicago.

New single: WARBEAT
First cut from their new forthcoming EP

Turn Up The Volume: When you rock cool, riot cool, look cool
and spit and sneer cool, you must be Mystery Actions.

An all-female metallic punk-fun fury comprised of (hilarious names) Nikki Mouse on vocals, Lucy Dekay on guitar, Rose Beef on drums, and Mikhael Hell on bass. The group has released several EPs and singles over their five years of activity, have toured regionally, and have shared stages with punk rock legends such as Buzzcocks, The Adicts, The Dead Boys, and GBH.

Their newest smack, titled WARBEAT is a firm middle finger to all ruthless war criminals.
A series of left and right hooks on their ugly faces. A KO uppercut. These sharp-teethed super-duper ladies have all burners and cylinders on, no brakes nor breaks. And btw, don’t mess with them.

Fuck Putin!

Take action, people…

MYSTERY ACTIONS: Facebook – Spotify

Trippy Alt-Pop Travellers DIVES Don’t Like Big EGOS

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20 May 2022


(Photo by Marie Haefner)

Band: DIVES (Vienna, Austria)
Who: Rock ‘n’ roll time travellers taking you on wild 70s road trips and through
Venice beach nostalgia with their earworm blend of surf-pop, garage-rock, and
Riot Grrrl attitude, with a message very much for the now: Anti-discrimination
and pro-equality and humanity.

New single: EGO

The song “explores selfishness and narcissism via strange conversations, it’s about
people who never listen and just keep talking. You got to listen and stop, listen and stop

Turn Up The Volume: The funky freshness of Warpaint combined with the pop
aura of Soccer Mummy leads to Austrian trio Dives. This perky ditty sparkles and
bounces all the way. The mixture of glittery guitars, mellow vocals and trippy
eurythmics will rejoice the ears of easygoing egos.

Dive into the music…

DIVES: Facebook – Spotify

Emotive Norwegian Pop Orchestra INSOMNIAC BEARS Will ‘SEE YOU IN COURT’

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18 May 2022


(Photo: Anne Valeur)

Band: INSOMNIAC BEARS
Who: Norwegian art-rock group producing a progressive mix of retro and
futuristic sounds, creating a unique atmosphere with pop sensibility.

New single: SEE YOU IN COURT

“The track brings hyper specific authenticity and uplifting collectivism to their wistful
guitars and energic vocals. With high-level intensity and addictively turbulent hooks,
it feels propulsive and surprising until the very end.”

Turn Up The Volume: This is the first single from the band’s debut album, landing
on 9 September 2022. It’s an effervescent and euphoric piece of multi-sonic grandeur. Catching, arresting, and greatly orchestrated featuring shiny synths, bouncy guitars,
firm drums, and poignant vocals.

When the fevered chorus kicks in you know we have when a winner.
I wonder if we can hear the track in court too?

Press play here…


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INSOMNIAC BEARS: Facebook

British Passionate Foursome LUNA ROSA Blow You Away With Their New Knockout ‘BRUTAL NATURE’

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18 May 2022

Band: LUNA ROSA
Who: Passionate indie foursome
from Corby, England

New single: BRUTAL NATURE

Rory McDade (frontman and guitarist): “Brutal Nature is the meeting of your maker at the crossroads. A choice. The questioning of the fragility and brutality of our own nature. It’s the turmoil and the triumph of that internal war. An exorcism of any engrained said to be truth. You at your finality. It’s the redemption and celebration of spirit, it’s our Diana Ross’s ‘I’m Coming Out’.”

This new piece is the title track of their upcoming EP, arriving
on 17th June via Vandalism Begins At Home records.

Turn Up The Volume: The burning intensity of this ablaze emo eruption goes
through the roof. Sky-reaching fanaticism and obsessive ‘I want it all longing joggle
your speakers with over-the-top zeal. Mcdade‘s vocal boisterousness and demoniac
guitars have a high-strung plangency leaving you behind aghast.

My oh my, just like that Luna Rosa come up with one of
the best knockouts I heard so far this year. Damn right.

Get impressed here…


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LUNA ROSA: Facebook – Instagram