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  1. Credit: Milah Libin


    Words: Ellie Ward 

    New City Slang signings WIVES have announced their debut single for the label, 'Waving Past Nirvana' (b/w 'Kinda Like You'), which sees release as a 7" on May 24, with the A-side streaming now.

    It serves as a tantalising teaser of the Queens, New York-based four-piece's debut album, which is due later this summer.

    The urgent, melodic-tinged punk - hook-driven track is a swaggering cut that pulls from the swaying beat of '80s rap, while the chorus jumps forward a decade into a grunge-tinged, anthemic roar.

    "'Waving Past Nirvana' is a literal interpretation of the bodhisattva—one who has achieved the release, the awakened eye, and yet wants to trade it back for the painful life of desire because she/he/they predominantly feels compassion," offers vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter, Jay Satterwhite.

    "This 'entering back into the world' to fight a fool's battle is the essence of 'Waving Past Nirvana', and the video depicts one young woman's journey along these lines."

    Listen to the track, and watch the video, directed by Milah Libin (Beach Fossils, Princess Nokia), above.



    UK live dates

    APRIL
    26 London Test Pressing Festival

    MAY
    06 Nottingham Chameleon Arts Cafe
    07 London Shacklewell Arms
    08 Bristol Rough Trade





  2. Toronto pop-punks PUP yesterday (March 20) appeared on US TV show , Late Night with Seth Meyers, as the show's musical guests.

    Watch their performance of 'Kids' above.  The song comes from their new album 'Morbid Stuff', out April 5 via Little Dipper, the band’s new label in partnership with Rise/BMG, and which was produced, recorded, and mixed by Dave Schiffman (Weezer, Cass McCombs, The Mars Volta).

    The record is the band's first studio album since 2016's 'The Dream Is Over'.

    PUP head to Europe and the UK next month.

    UK live dates 

    APRIL 2019
    08 Bristol, The Fleece SOLD OUT
    10 London, The Garage SOLD OUT
    11 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
    12 Glasgow, Cat House




  3. Words: Ellie Ward 

    Coming on the heels of 'Love You Back' which opened the year for Chichester-based Suns Up, they now bring out an even poppier, even synthier - even better - new offering with 'Just Because'.

    Describing their infectious sound as "Music made with guitars to sing and dance to", they are not at all wrong, as the indie-pop earworm 'Just Because' - produced once again by Gethin Pearson (JAWS, Kele Okereke) - is exactly something to join in with.

    “We had an idea which we kept coming back to at rehearsals. I had an opening line and a melody that I really liked, but the rest took time to get right," says vocalist/guitarist David Kelly. "I’m not a very open person, but I find in my music that I am. This song turned out to be quite personal to me about someone close and I wanted the music to do justice to that.”

    We think it does.

    Join Suns Up on March 26 at The Visconti Studio at Kingston Hill campus for a 'Live to Tape' session on March 26. Further details here






  4. Words: Ellie Ward 

    Directed by Roisin Murphy, Fat White Family have released a new video clip to accompany ‘Tastes Good With The Money’, a track their forthcoming third album, ‘Serfs Up!’, out April 19 via Domino Records.

    The track, described as their “ode to West London”, features Baxter Drury providing a vocal input.

    "I’ve been making it known for years how much I wanted to make a video for this band," says Murphy of the visual. "I’m a massive fan of FWF and I’ve been chasing this opportunity for a long time. For me there’s such a charm about them and an authenticity that’s actually incredibly rare. I knew I could not possibly work with a more magnetic bunch of performers.

    "The idea of referencing Monty Python partly came out of the somewhat absurd and confusing political landscape that we are now living in Britain, Python seems prescient. The British laughing at themselves, a certain kind glee even in the loss of empire, singing as the ship goes down, well it just seems so... of the moment. There is this deep ambivalence to the establishment that resonates with the Fat Whites own irreverent world view.

    "When I look at the video, what I see is the trust they put in me and I’m so proud of that. Maybe it’s because I am a performer too but they let themselves be put in a kind-of vulnerable situation; they allowed themselves to be foolish, silly and absurd in a way that could have gone tits-up, however, the result is hilarious and the performances are second to none."

    Check it out below.



    The Fat Whites play several in-stores next month for the album release ahead of their May tour.

    APRIL
    19 Rough Trade East LONDON
    22 Resident BRIGHTON
    23 Rough Trade BRISTOL
    24 Jacaranda LIVERPOOL
    26 Banquet KINGSTON



  5. Circa Waves have unveiled a further track from their forthcoming album, ‘What’s It Like Over There?’, out on April 5.

    Listen to  ‘Passport’ below.

    The band embark on a UK tour in April which will be preceded by a number of instore shows. See dates further down.



    APRIL
    04 New Slang Kingston, Pryzm - Banquet Records - 9.00pm
    06 Liverpool, Jacaranda Phase One 7.30pm
    07 Nottingham, Rough Trade 12pm
    07 Preston, Action 5.30pm
    08 Sheffield, Bear Tree 1.00pm
    08 Leeds, Jumbo 5.30pm
    09 Southsea, Pie and Vinyl 12.30pm
    09 Brighton, Resident 6.30pm
    10 Wokingham, Beyond the Download 1.00pm
    10 St Albans, Empire 6.00pm
    11 Newcastle, Beyond Vinyl 12.30pm
    11 Edinburgh, Assai Records 7.00pm
    15 Oxford O2 Academy
    16 Nottingham Rock City
    18 Glasgow Barrowland
    19 Manchester Victoria Warehouse
    20 Sheffield University
    23 Birmingham O2 Academy
    25 Bristol O2 Academy
    26 London Roundhouse
    27 Newcastle University