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  1. Words: Sam Geary

    Premiered earlier tonight (January 15) by Annie Mac on Radio One as the Hottest Record, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have aired their new track, 'Crowbar'.

    Taken from the band's forthcoming Cam Blackwood-produced third album, 'End of Suffering' - out on May 3 - you can see the video to the track below.

    Scroll down for upcoming live dates in UK and Europe.

    07 The Bullingdon, Oxford
    08 Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
    09 Dreamland (Ballroom), Margate
    11 The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth
    12 The Fleece, Bristol
    13 Sin City, Swansea
    15 The Sugarmill, Stoke
    16 Empire, Coventry
    18 Peddler, Sheffield
    19 Arts Club Theatre, Liverpool
    21 Think Tank, Newcastle
    22 Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
    23 Fibbers, York

    15 M4M Festival, Zurich
    16 Z-Bau, Nuremberg
    18 Rockhal, Esch-sur-Alzette
    19 La Poudriere, Belfort
    20 Les Docks, Lausanne
    22 La Cooperative de Mai, Clermont Ferrand
    23 Rockstore, Montpellier
    25 Santeria Club, Milan
    26 Locomotive Club, Bologna
    28 Culture Factory, Zagreb
    29 Simm City, Vienna
    30 Akvarium Klub, Budapest

    01 Hydrozagadka, Warsaw
    03 Lucerna Bar, Prague
    04 Bei Chez Heinz, Hannover
    05 Matrix Club, Bochum
    06 Faster & Louder Festival, Eindhoven

  2. After last week airing new track 'Feet', and announcing their third album, today Fat White Family share the CC Wade-directed video to the song - along with a live show announcement.

    Ahead of ‘Serfs Up!’s arrival - due April 19 - the band will play two nights at The Lexington in London on January 30 and 31. Tickets go on sale at 10am tomorrow, January 16.

  3. Newly formed Leeds-based alt-dreampop trio B Shells, made up of members of The Voltaires, Proper Ornaments and Creatures, kick off at a pace making their debut with a seven-track mini-album/EP, 'Silver', released on January 11 2019.

    Who are you? 

    I’m KayV (aka Paul Cave). I play guitar, masquerade as a singer and pluck and paw at other instruments with varying degrees of competency. We also have MikeC (Mike Cockerham), who plays guitar/bass/keys, sings, engineers our records and makes an outstanding cup of Yorkshire tea, and finally BobE (Bobby Syme), The Busiest Man in Music™, who plays drums/ guitar/bass and keys, sings, does a bit of engineering alongside MikeC and possesses rock solid instincts around the reduced items shelves at both major supermarket chains AND local convenience stores.

    Tell us something about yourself and how you came to be where you are today.

    We all used to be in Leeds-based garage rock band, The Voltaires. When things came to an end a few years ago we kept on our rehearsal space/studio and started writing together. Although we all love garage rock it was quite freeing to escape the confines of the genre and see what happened. B Shells happened.

    Give us an idea of your musical style and influences.

    If the Beach Boys grew up in Yorkshire, listened to the Smiths and Cocteau Twins and couldn't really sing... which is to say, we love harmonies and echo. Hopefully, none of us is Mike Love. We’re huge music fans and we’re into a really diverse range of bands, but I guess Joanna Newsom, Dylan and Frightened Rabbit are my main influences in terms of lyrics (aim high).

    Explain the production and writing process behind your songs.

    We all write the music together – one of us might bring in an idea, or even a fully formed song, then we shape and mould it into a SLEEK POP DIAMOND. We’ve played together for a while, so we’re pretty good at not punching each other in the face during this process (although muttering under our breaths and passively aggressively munching on a handful of cashews isn’t above us). Lyrics are quite important to me and I tend to write most of them, with help from the others when required.

    Production-wise, we wanted something quite simple, analogue and organic, but without restricting ourselves to playing everything live (as was the case with our previous band). There’s a certain dreamy quality about the songs – a yearning – which hopefully comes across in the recordings.

    What can you tell us about your new EP?

    We recorded the tracks on 'Silver' between 2016-2018, then spent the last few months mixing and mastering. Taking lead vocals was a scary prospect for me after a lifetime of hiding behind my guitar and chirping in with the occasional shout during choruses.

    It features six thoughtful songs about the modern world, plus one instrumental about the economic influence of the developments in shipbuilding techniques, 1450-1485. Maybe. Includes melody, harmony and a single rude word.

    We had a lot of songs to choose from and wanted to put together and EP that worked as a nice introduction to the band. There’s a lot of unpleasantness in the world at the minute, which I felt I had to address on songs like 'Black/White' and 'Two More Years'.

    Can we catch up with you at any forthcoming live shows?

    We live all over the country and BobE is busy with his other bands, but we hope to play live at some point this year.

    How's the the year looking, plans-wise?

    MikeC has started mixing our debut album, which we hope to bring out in the summer. We’re also around halfway through writing our second album. Expect more thoughtful tunes for terrifying times.

    Where can we hear more of your music?

    'Silver' is available to stream and download from all your usual corporate behemoths, including Amazon, Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify and Soundcloud.

    What social media platforms can we find you on?

    Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

  4. LA's Starcrawler pay homage to their hometown movie celebrity with their Ryan Adams-produced 'Hollywood Ending'.

    Gilbert Trejo has directed the track's video.

    "Arrow (frontwoman, De Wilde) and I almost started sowing the seeds for this video when we first met," says Trejo. "One of the first things we bonded over was our shared love for old Hollywood, not old Hollywood like Golden age 1940s Cary Grant and movie stars Hollywood, but old Hollywood like, our parents’ generations and Weetzie Bat’s version... washed out hotels, and restaurants like TOI on sunset. We bonded over freeways and 1920’s apartments covered in Christmas lights. The Hollywood we both got dragged around felt magical at a young age.

    "When we got the go ahead to make the 'Hollywood Ending' video, we knew exactly what type of imagery we wanted to convey. We got to bring our own favourite disappearing neighborhood back to life."

    Watch above.

  5. Words: Ellie Ward

    Drenge have got a big new shiny album - 'Strange Creatures' - coming your way on February 22, and to get your aural buds whether they have dropped a new single, 'Never See The Signs', from it.

    “Our latest exploration of the pop song involves a battle re-enactment between razor sharp synthesisers and punishingly shrill guitars, set sometime in the late 1970s,” say the Lifeless brothers. “The ghosts of Italo disco mutter disapprovingly in the corner as they sip Disaronno on ice. The snare drum rattles like the tail of a desert snake with a fondness for pop gossip and internet culture. I never see the signs.”

    Tune in below, then scroll on further for Drenge's in-store dates - "digitally rewired and re-engineered tracks" as 'Drenge Philharmonic - and their UK tour following those.

    ‘Drenge Philharmonic’ In-Stores:

    23 Rough Trade, Nottingham
    24 Crash Records @ Headrow House, Leeds
    25 Rough Trade East, London
    26 Rough Trade, Bristol

    Drenge UK tour:

    27 The Garage, Glasgow
    28 Northumbria Institute, Newcastle
    29 O2 Ritz, Manchester

    01 The Junction, Cambridge
    02 Electric Brixton, London
    03 Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth
    05 SWX, Bristol
    06 O2 Institute, Birmingham