If an all-female band from Seattle listened to a steady diet of Belly, Cowboy Junkines, Jan & Dean and Dick Dale, they might sound something like this. Label mates to The Julie Ruin and Tacocat, La Luz deliver chilled indie surf guitar with beautifully harmonised vocals. La Luz are Shana Cleveland (guitar), Marian Li Pino (drums), Alice Sandahl (keyboard) and Lena Simon (bass) and they’ve been together since 2012.
I think it’s probably safe to say that there are very few music videos that revolve entirely around the dismantling of an old shoe, but that’s exactly what two-piece industrial-rap exponents Death Grips new video for ‘Giving Bad People Good Ideas’ does.
The Atomic Bitchwax
One of the new batch of announcements for the Desertfest Antwerp festival this year, the Atmoic Bitch wax are often referred to as a ‘Super Stoner Rock’ band as a result of their three members already having had successful careers in other bands. The Atomic Bitchwax are Chris Kosnik (bass & vocals, currently of Monster Magnet, formerly of Godspeed and Black NASA)
Bob Pantella (drums & percussion, formerly of Raging Slab, currently of Monster Magnet) and Finn Ryan (guitar & vocals, formerly of Core).
Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation
A beautiful slice of slowly building ambient electronica from the Soundcloud pages of Rocket Recordings, Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation have featured on this blog before and I’m a big fan. Here they are remixed by Russian trio Gnoomes.
Having found their remix of the Josefin Öhrn track, I went in search of more to see what their own material sounds like. Gnoomes are Russian musicians Alex, Pavel and Dmitriy.
According to their bio..
‘Gnoomes initially didn’t want to tie band’s music to existing tags and made their own – stargaze. Stargaze is like a human state, when you’re lying on the grass with your friends, telling funny stories, and watching shooting stars.’
Hard to tell you what to expect from them other than it is ambient, floaty, psychedelic oddness. Go in with no preconceptions and you’ll have a great time.
Falling into the same group as The Graveltones and Royal Blood, The Picturebooks are another awesome two-piece outfit. Originally from Germany but living in California, these guys are all about the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle – riding motorbikes, skateboarding in the sun and bringing exciting, visceral electric blues-rock. Soon to be embarking on their European tour, catch them somewhere near you soon if you can.
This track is from their debut album Imaginary Horse, which can be bought from Riding Easy Records.
One of the greatest rock bands in the world, Red Fang have shared the first single of their forthcoming fourth album Only Ghosts which is available to pre-order in a variety of beautiful formats from Relapse Records.
Experimental Nottingham two piece consisting of just two girls and their drumkits. Rattle are Theresa J Wrigley and Katharine Eira Brown. Their debut album is due out early in August this year.
Easily knocking pretenders to the electro-pop crown sideways with her mad production and songwriting skills (Charli XCX, I’m looking in your direction), Claire Boucher aka Grimes comes back with another all-round polished performance in this new video for her song <I from her fourth album Art Angels.
Also listen to Grimes break down the production of this song on the Song Exploder podcast.
Top quality shoegaze/nu-gaze from Italian combo Be Forest. Be Forest consists of Costanza Delle Rose (Bass and vocals), Erica Terenzi (Drums and vocals) and Nicola Lampredi on Guitar. As well as the links below, there’s a nice little write-up about the band on wwnb.net.