UNDER THE RADAR: False Advertising – “Hey You”.
The Manchester via Oxford DIY trio, False Advertising are set to release a new EP, I Would Be So Much Happier If I Just Stopped Caring, next month, and have this week share their riotous new single, Hey You.
Hey You, described by the band as, “a rallying cry against gender stereotyping”, is built around ferocious, almost Pavement like guitar work, and pounding drums, but it’s singer Jen’s howling, visceral vocal that’s the star. There’s a touch of Shirley Manson, with the attitude and noise of early PJ Harvey, and as she repeats the tracks key line, “I am no figurine”, we’d dare anyone to suggest she’s anything but a rock star. Raucous, accessible and with plenty to say, False Advertising are more than worthy of their hype.
I Would Be So Much Happier If I Just Stopped Caring is out October 27th.
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UNDER THE RADAR: Suzie True – “Rat Kid”.
Suzie True are a, “sad girl three-piece pop band”, hailing from Los Angeles. They’re fronted by Bear Cats drummer Lexi McCoy.
This week the band have shared their debut single, Rat Kid, accompanied by a video shot by film-maker, and Lexi’s brother, Bobby McCoy. Lexi’s vocal, pitched somewhere between Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell and Diet Cig’s Alex Luciano, is accompanied by Dustyn Hiett’s propulsive drum beats, bright acoustic guitars and delightfully fuzzed out bass-lines. Early days, but if this slice of Californian indie-pop sunshine is anything to go by, Suzie True could just be our new favourite band.
Rat Kid is out now.
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UNDER THE RADAR: The Lemon Twigs – “Why Didn’t You Say That?”.
Rock’n’roll siblings Brian and Michael D’Addario will release their latest effort as the Lemon Twigs when their Brothers of Destruction EP lands later this month, and they’ve just teased another song from the upcoming record.
“Why Didn’t You Say That?” further demonstrates the two-piece’s penchant for infectiously sunny, melodic pop-rock. The new track is equal parts retro and refreshing.
Brothers of Destruction arrives on September 22 via 4AD.
UNDER THE RADAR: Latitude – “Say What You Mean”.
San Francisco’s Latitude released their debut album L’attitude this past June, which is a jangly exploration and reinterpretation of pop and rock and roll from the ’60s through the 80’s led by lead singer Amy Fowler’s charm. Now they’re back with some sweet visuals for their track “Say What You Mean.”
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UNDER THE RADAR: Broken Social Scene – “Skyline”.
Canadian indie rock collective Broken Social Scene returned from a seven year hiatus to release Hug Of Thunder earlier this summer. Early single “Skyline” has now gotten the video treatment.
Directed by Kevin Drew, the clip portrays the friendship between BSS’s Brendan Canning and skate photographer Dimitri Karakosta.
UNDER THE RADAR: Morrissey Releases First New Single in Two Years, “Spent the Day in Bed”.
It’s the lead single from his forthcoming album, Low in High School.
Morrissey has returned with the first single from his forthcoming album, Low in High School, marking a new chapter in his post-Smiths solo career.
“Spent the Day in Bed” is a peppy (a word Morrissey probably loves), organ-driven song about checking out from the news cycle and resisting the media narrative. “The news contrives to frighten you,” he sings. “To make you feel small and alone, to make you feel that your mind isn’t your own.”
UNDER THE RADAR: The Clientele- “Everything You See Tonight Is Different From Itself”.
London-based indie pop band The Clientele are releasing their comeback album Music For The Age Of Miracles on September 22 via Merge. Today they’ve revealed the sprawling, seven-minute third single, “Everything You See Tonight Is Different From Itself.”
UNDER THE RADAR: Kings of Convenience – “Envoy”.
B-side from the single “Winning A Battle, Losing The War”, 2001.
UNDER THE RADAR: Broken Social Scene – “Hallmark”.
Instrumental Song from the album “Bee Hives”, 2004, via Arts & Crafts.
UNDER THE RADAR: Goat Girl – “Crow Cries”.
London based indie outfit Goat Girl enjoyed a breakout year in 2016 with a debut single on Rough Trade and features in trendy music mags BEAT (including a cover) and So Young. You could be forgiven for thinking that their latest single ‘Crow Flies’ has a lot to live up to then, but with its lo-fi mash up of 60’s psychedelia and 80’s underground punk rock, this all female quartet are well up to the challenge.
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