THE DAMNED Back In Punk Town With New Nightmare ‘THE INVISIBLE MAN’

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6 February 2023

THE DAMNED are one of those
70s British punk outfits that have
no expiration date.

They’ll rumble and roll until their last breath.

They just announced album #12. It’s called
Darkadelic and lands on 28th April.
Pre-order info here.

With first taster THE INVISIBLE MAN it’s back to their horror-ific
graveyard days. Nightmare punk rock at its Damned best.

Wicked stuff.
Wicked video.

THE DAMNED: Facebook – Instagram


New striking strokes

3 February 2023

Toronto-based songstress SAM CASEY had a couple of soulful singles out
last year – New Company and Good Fight – and a magnificent goosebumps
cover of Etta James’ heartbreaking classic I’d Rather Go Blind and now she
dives into 2023 with a whole different piece.

Casey about new single I’M FUCKING SAM “It talks about the pressures of any young
adult who has recently left their safety net. It’s about dating the wrong guy, choosing the
wrong friends, and learning about yourself through these negative experiences. It illustrates
the experience of being wanted/adored for what you can do for someone rather than who
you really are. It also discusses the vices that we may fall back on when discovering these
ugly realities for the first time.”

It’s a sharp-tongued and guitar-tingling hip-pop tune. “I Never been so happy with
myself / I know who I am”
she sings, after past mistakes when it came to boyfriends
and companions, and she damn sounds confident. She’s done with wrong decisions.
She’s fucking SAM. Deal with it!

The accompanying video is directed by Agata Waclawska.


SAM CASEY: Facebook – Instagram

Shake Your Booty To Darkwavers MONTA And Their Sexy Dance Groove ‘EVERYBODY’S BABY’

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28 January 2023

Who: A post-punk electronic collective from
Kansas City that ventures into dark synthpop
and psychedelia.


TUTV: I dare you to try not to move all of your limbs to this irresistible,
shadowy synth groove. You just can’t resist this sickly sticky dancefloor
knockout. It’s funky, it’s vibey and it’s sexy, spiced with Mikal Shapiro‘s
sensual vocality and some glistening guitar lines.

Addictive earworms like this make you smile and speeds up
your adrenalin flow while you shake your booty. Touchdown!



MONTA: Facebook

Los Angeles’ Electro-Punk Whirlwind SEXTILE With New Capricious Roller Coaster ‘CRASSY MEL’

New striking strokes

28 January 2023

Who: Electro-punk act from Los Angeles, led by
key members Brady Keehn and Melissa Scaduto.

So far they fabricated/released 2 albums:
A Thousand Hands (2015) and Albeit Living (2017)
and one EP (2018).

New single: CRASSY MEL

It follows the two new songs – Modern Weekend
and Contortion – that the duo shared last year.

Crassy Mel is a weird beast of a jackhammer. It detonates like an electronic
whirlwind, spiced with hyperkentic bongos, and pushed by Scaduto‘s sneering
vocals. But soon the track derails as if synth-wizard Aphex Twin sneaked into
the studio for some head-twisting sequences before glowing synths fade out
slowly. A 3.28-minute roller coaster, ladies and gents.

Tune in.


SEXTILE: Facebook – Instagram

Portland’s Gothwave Duo PRINCESS UGLY Mystify With Psychedelic Mindtwister ‘AN INDIVIDUAL SOUL’

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25 January 2023

Who: The duo of J. Christopher-Rome (lyrics/vocals) and Christopher Moncrieffe (music/instruments) from Portland, Oregon. They mix post-punk, early 80’s goth,
shoegaze, and new wave into their own brand of sound.


TUTV: This is a multi-layered serpent of a track. After a short shock intro,
psychobilly guitars take over and riff and roll all the way through, surrounded
by glowing synths waves.

Add Christopher-Rome’s creepy whispering and you’ll feel transported
somewhere into a twilight zone where Goths party. Princess Ugly’s ominous
mind mystifies and the enigmatic she-devil in the video is a misleading magnet.

Save your soul, surrender.

Things get dark
Still going down
It needs to be fed
It came before
As an individual soul
As an individual soul

Delusion, delusion, delusions
We choose to pass by
We choose to pass by

Buy here.

PRINCESS UGLY: Facebook – Instagram

Belgian Heroes dEUS Share Moody Reverie ‘1989’ From First Album In 10 Years

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24 January 2023

(Photo by Turn Up The Volume)

Belgian heroes dEUS – the best Belgian band ever, on record and on stage – rock
their tails off since 1991 and drop their 8th longplayer baptized HOW TO REPLACE IT
on 17th February 2023. Their first in 10 years. Pre-order info here.

Last November our ears got active for the first single, titled
Must Have Been New. A bluesy mid-tempo power-pop ballad.

Today second taster, named 1989 went online. An even softier piece.
Seems like singer-songwriter Tom Barman has a melancholic phase.

Lit a candle.

TOUR 2023

dEUS: Linktree

ALSION GOLDFRAPP Makes Dancefloor Addicts Happy With Her First Solo Single ‘DIGGING DEEPER’

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22 January 2023

British synth duo Goldfrapp, Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory ,
fabricated 7 LPs since they started dancing in 1999.

Both were involved in several other projects and now Alison goes
officially solo with her debut single Digging Deeper, produced by
German electro wizard Claptone.

Alison: ” I’m effortlessly gliding through air, on a gloriously
hot breezy night arriving at a blissed-out dancefloor on
the island of my dreams.”

Dig deep here.

ALISON GOLDFRAPP: Facebook – Instagram

Italian Industrial-Psych Bulldozer THROW DOWN BONES Share Their 2nd Sledgehammer From Upcoming Third Album

18 January 2023

(photo via Fuzz Club Records)

Who: Instrumental Industrial-Psych from Italy

New album: THREE
Out: 24 February via Fuzz Club Records
Pre-order info : here

Fuzz Club Records: “Milan/London experimental band Throw Down Bones are returning with their new album ‘Three’. A towering body of work that feels both apocalyptic and jubilant. It’s their eagerly-awaited return following 2018’s ‘Two’ and the tragic passing of founding member Dave Cocks in a motorcycle accident in 2019. Choosing to continue the band in honour of Cocks, in February 2020, surviving co-founder Francesco Vanni returned to London’s New River Studios with long-term collaborator and producer James Aparicio (Spiritualized, Nick Cave) and a new band in tow, made up of bassist Marion Andrau and drummer Raphael Mura.”

New single: THE GUIDANCE
It follows lead single, the speedy shocker Loma.

Francesco Vanni (co-founder): “The Guidance has a strong dualism between
the ‘futuristic’ production James carefully crafted and the out-of-time evocative
atmosphere. The main concept behind the new album was about evolving our
sound while still keeping our trademark sound and melodic style, and I think the
Guidance is the perfect example of that.”

TUTV: Think Nine Inch Nails with chainsaws, trying to cut Front 242 to pieces,
who in return produce deafening drones while the Chemical Brothers, in the back,
take care of metallic techno grooves. Gloriously nasty, right? You bloody betcha.
Like three brutal bulldozers crashing into each other. Can’t wait for the album.
So should you.

Unleash the beast.

Also st(r)eaming on Spotify.

TDB: Linktree – Facebook


For your hungry ears

Listen HERE



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11 January 2023

Press photo by Edward Bishop

British indie synth-pop duo EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL – singer Tracey Thorn
and multi-instrumentalist Ben Watt – are back after 24 years and 10 albums.

They just announced longplayer # 11, titled FUSE.
It lands on 21 April 2023. Pre-order info here.

Thorn told NME: “People will hear this single and assume the album is more electronic than acoustic, but there is a mixture of stuff on there. You’re always trying to exist in the present. It’s lovely having a past and being respected for it – I don’t dismiss that at all, we’re grateful – but you’re living today. It’s exciting to feel like you’re making stuff that has a connection with what’s happening around you now.”

First single NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE is modern
day EBM with deep electronic bass resonance and
soulful R&B vocality with Thorn‘s aged voice.


Also streaming on Spotify.

EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL: Bio – Discography – Instagram


New striking strokes

10 January 2023

Press photo

Who: A musical collective and supergroup of
singer-songwriters and musicians from multiple
projects led by conductor A.C. Newman.
Active: On/off since 1997 / 9 studio LPs (new one incl.)

Release: 31 March 2023 – order info here


AC N0EWMAN: “Part of my process throughout the years has been messing with
things I never finished. I really liked Dan’s chorus, and for a while I was just trying to
write something that I felt like belonged with it. I was thinking of the Aloe Blacc song
“The Man” which interpolated the chorus from Elton John’s “Your Song” and thought it
would be fun to interpolate a song that no one knows. Not trying to sound like Aloe Blacc,
just doing some interpolating of my own. It became a game of writing a verse that felt like
a part of the same song. In my mind, I was striving for a little Jeff Lynne–era Tom Petty,
a classic go-to.”

Really really breezy, airy and light.

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS: Facebook – Instagram