Five new firecrackers to bang-up your favorite 48 hours…


Sixth 2020 single. Sixth tour de force. These poetic metalsmiths honour all the real caring heroes in these hazardous times, with an ill-fate inspired roller coaster that “reflects upon the events of the ongoing pandemic and global crisis. The song is an appeal to humanity and an emergency broadcast to mankind at a critical moment in the current crisis. The music video is a tribute and homage to all the healthcare professionals around the world who have risked their own lives to save the lives of others.”

The accompanying video clip is a heart and soul touching then and now visualization

‘BL/FF (Fake Friends)’ by MONOWHALES (Toronto, Canada)

A boosting crackerjack to play on your car stereo when go out at night looking for a playmate. An electrifying ‘I Feel Donna Summer Love’ flare-up. A hormones-fueled slice
of peppery power-pop for (safe) Saturday Night feverishness. Go for it here…

‘Blush’ by BEACH RIOT (Brighton UK)

At its heart ‘Blush’ is essentially just a soppy love song, two people recounting that magical feeling of falling for each other” says the band. To my ears, this is at its heart a full-steam-ahead knockout wanting you to leave your lockdown hole, roll over and over in the street and jump for joy. Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! From the band’s upcoming debut album ‘Subatomic Party Cool’, out June 2021 via Alcopop! Records.

‘Scratchcard Lanyard’ by DRY CLEANING (London)

“In the search for your true calling in life, it’s easy to try so many things that you end up confused. It can lead to an enormous build-up of frustration.” That’s what this ongoing
rolling-guitar-and-bass-riff-driven jam is about. Sticky as first-class glue. Here’s why…

‘I Don’t Know Who I Am’

Last week the Brit trio released their new, critically acclaimed, album Night Network.
On this highlight, good friend and ex-Sonic Youth member Lee Ranaldo joins them (again) for a dreamy groover. Tune in here…

See/hear you next week, music junkies...

Out Today! New Album ‘NIGHT NETWORK’ By Indie Rockers THE CRIBS

20 November 2020

Band: THE CRIBS (West Yorkshire, UK)
Active: Since 2001

Album: NIGHT NETWORK – 8th full length
Released: 20 November 2020

NME writes: The Wakefield brothers have pulled through some tough times and emerged recharged and back on their strongest form… While the album’s indie and punkier moments
do revitalise the record’s energy, there isn’t a sense of pining for that “classic Cribs sound” whenever the band do decide to explore other songwriting avenues… Even being able to speculate positively about The Cribs’ future should be a cause of celebration these days, given that the band were so recently considering calling it a day. But this album gives ample reason
to be cheerful going forward, and the trio now have a genuine shot at being a force in their
own right in this new decade… “Night Network’ isn’t the sound of a run-down band staggering towards the finish line. Far from it – The Cribs have just embarked on a victory lap.”

Score: 5/5.

Turn Up The Volume says: NME is a bit overexcited and generous (again) when it comes to bands they championed from day one. This record sounds like if The Beach Boys were a 90s indie rock band. Good, but not good enough to be a memorable album. My 3/5 score sounds more realistic.

Tune in…

THE CRIBS: Facebook

Indie Brothers THE CRIBS Share Another Piece ‘I DON’T KNOW WHO I AM’ From Their Upcoming Album

New sonic impulses

22 September 2020

Last month British indie THE CRIBS announced their eight album,
entitled NIGHT NETWORK, out 13 November.

We already heard the lead-single Running Into You (listen below)
and here’s new piece number two. I DON’T KNOW WHO I AM.

“Lyrically, the song addresses the disconnect that Ryan and myself have always
had with our biological paternal lineage – and how that may have shaped our
views on masculinity, gender roles, and the men we ultimately grew up to be”

says bassist and vocalist Gary Jarman.

Former Sonic Youth’s guitarist Lee Ranaldo joined the family in
the studio for this track. They already worked together back in 2007.

For some reasons I hear pet sounds on I Don’t Know Who I Am.
Yes, Beach Boys echoes with a multi-layered resonance.

Listen here…

Lead-single Running Into You

THE CRIBS: Facebook

(image on top: LP Cribs)