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Crystal Castles – Sad Eyes

By • Jan 23rd, 2013 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Crystal Castles go disco (mutated to CC standards but still disco) on “Sad Eyes”, the third track taken from their third album (III). The clip for “Sad Eyes” features live footage of the band performing mixed with shots of Alice Glass lip-syncing along and other randomness. The melodic synth lines of the track screams ABBA (no, seriously), and is another departure from the screaming and soundsystem destroying sonic meltdowns that Crystal Castles are notable for. Having just caught the band on tour in Australia last week, they were on their usual deafening form, working the writhing masses into a frenzy. Life’s got to be a gas in that band, I tell you.

The Church – Sydney – 6 December 2012

By • Dec 8th, 2012 • Category: Live Reviews

The most remarkable thing about The Church, and there are many remarkable things about this enduring Australia band, is how better they get with age. Memories seep past of watching them just down the road, in what seemed for all intent and purpose their final show. How different the mood tonight from the fractured awkwardness of 20 years past. When success and its pursuit of becomes secondary to making and performing music, the true nature of a band shines through.

The Dandy Warhols – Autumn Carnival

By • Nov 13th, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

It’s hard to think of the alterna-rock landscape without The Dandy Warhols in it. They were the stoner Spacemen 3 of the 90’s/00’s — taking drugs to make music to take drugs to. Sure that gets old after a while and so did our favourite Portland four-some, but having returned with The Machine, their best album in a decade, all bets are back ON. Co-written with Bauhaus/Love and Rockets legend David J, “Autumn Carnival” is the Dandy’s trimming back the fancy fat as they float along on a subdued doing-our-thing psyche-rock vibe. Over lightning-like stabs of guitar, disembodied backing vocals, “Autumn Carnival” is the Dandy Warhols thumbing a ride back to their shoegaze roots. Currently playing shows in Australia, the band will be heading back out again on a European tour throughout November/December with the first stop being Heaven in London on November 22.

The Dandy Warhols – Autumn Carnival

By • Nov 13th, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

It’s hard to think of the alterna-rock landscape without The Dandy Warhols in it. They were the stoner Spacemen 3 of the 90’s/00’s — taking drugs to make music to take drugs to. Sure that gets old after a while and so did our favourite Portland four-some, but having returned with The Machine, their best […]

Chromatics – London – 6 November 2012

By • Nov 8th, 2012 • Category: Live Reviews

On a night when everyone is locked in an US election day trance, American synth-noir act Chromatics were the alternative for those choosing pop over politics. As a band who’ve existed in various forms since 2001, their recent mainstream crossover was aided by the success of the film “Drive” and its accompanying synth-wave soundtrack where their instrumental track “Tick Of The Clock” prominently featured.

Tame Impala – Together Alonerism (2012)

By • Nov 6th, 2012 • Category: Interviews

It’s a reassuring sight to see an Australian band successfully take on the world in the way Tame Impala have over the last few years. Their lush, psyche-pop sound feels like it was born between the grooves of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, evolving inward and outward, feeding on a wealth of influences and dreams unrealised. Currently on a worldwide tour, Kevin and Dom from Tame Impala talk about the making of Lonerism and its effect on the chief songwriter.

Fear Of Men – Mosaic

By • Nov 6th, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

With its place secured as one of our favourite singles released in 2012, we’re only pleased to see that London/Brighton dream-pop quartet Fear Of Men have finally got around to making a video for it. Filmed in a church, the black and white clip for “Mosaic” has an arty French auteur feel about it, with […]

HTRK – Fascinator (Part-Time Punks Session)

By • Nov 1st, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Never has a name been so purposely utilised, like a badge of pride that has grown beyond its deferential snub. HTRK, or Hate Rock, have been pressing their minimalist and emotionless presence into our lives since 2003. Their music a disconnected soundtrack to electronic dreams, and not the kind you’d want to share. During a […]

MNDR – Feed Me Diamonds

By • Oct 30th, 2012 • Category: Album Reviews

Mark Ronson accomplice MNDR serves up a dish of hot and cold electro-pop with her debut album, Feed Me Diamonds.

Savages – London – 11 October 2012

By • Oct 28th, 2012 • Category: Live Reviews

With just the one single to their name (“Flying To Berlin”/”Husbands”), London-based quartet Savages already have the potential to be post-punk’s next generational shining light. Such accolades are easy to bestow when your band reads like a university post-punk dissertation made flesh. You could transport Savages back to 1981 and sandwich them onstage between Pigbag and Bauhaus and none would be the wiser.

Wild Nothing – Paradise

By • Oct 24th, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

With an extensive European tour beginning in the UK next week, Wild Nothing have unveiled a video for new single “Paradise” starring Michelle Williams. The Three-time Academy Award nominee was brought onboard by director Matthew Amato who explains: “I loved Wild Nothing the moment I heard Gemini and I jumped at the opportunity to make […]

Who The Hell Are… Fear Of Men?

By • Oct 19th, 2012 • Category: Features

Fear Of Men sound unabashedly in love with 80’s indie guitar bands, and I could rattle off half a dozen names of long forgottens like The Parachute Men and The Popguns, bands that weren’t trying to change the world, just wrap you in waves of guitar and tell you what was on their mind. With a growing list of impressive releases (and from the sounds of it, a forthcoming compilation to collect them all), we asked Fear Of Men to give us the inside scoop on what makes them tick.

Drop Out Venus – Elastic Teen Rent

By • Oct 18th, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Listen to those strings howl, the blues riffs unburdened then kicking and screaming, leaving such a satisfying boot-print on both sides of a piece of vinyl that an argument begins about which side is better, which side are you on? The video above tells only half the story, all of which isn’t true, only an act to accompany a song. South London three-piece Drop Out Venus have been around for a year maybe, counting a name change, releasing a couple of piano-courting, jazz-riffing, Cat Power-channeling cassettes and the odd online track (“Love In Vein”) that run the gamut of styles and emotions (their own take “three rocked and rolled kids playing junk jazz”, like listening to a band electrified with ideas and possibilities.

Spoon — Britt Daniel Talks Divine Fits (2012)

By • Oct 16th, 2012 • Category: Interviews

Divine Fits may be an unfamiliar name, but the people behind it no doubt lurk in your record collection under their original outfits. Better known Britt Daniel from Spoon, Dan Boeckner from Wolf Parade, and Sam Brown of New Bomb Turks, Divine Fits is the band du jour for these gentlemen. We speak to Britt Daniel as he talks about how Divine Fits came together, the recording of the album and adjusting to life in a new outfit.

Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits

By • Oct 16th, 2012 • Category: Album Reviews

Indie supergroups, who has time for them? Well you should make time for Divine Fits featuring members of Spoon and Wolf Parade.

Who The Hell Are… Deaf Club?

By • Oct 8th, 2012 • Category: Features

Heavy on atmosphere with a melodic depth that harnesses Banshees-like percussion against rippling guitar-work and bears more than a passing resemblance to the rhythmic whirl of Warpaint and the siren song of Esben and the Witch, the band known as Deaf Club (relax: it’s just a name) have become an intriguing proposition in the space of a handful of releases. On first listen you almost expect them to be card-carrying goths, but as revealed in our q+a (heck, just look at them, a cardigan short of a Sarah Records tea party) this is far from the case…

Deap Vally – End Of The World

By • Oct 8th, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Before the dust has settled on their frazzled blues-rock stomp “Gonna Make My Own Money”, Lindsey and Julie of Deap Vally are back with… another frazzled blues-rock stomp. “End Of The World” is basically where the girls left off on “Money”. Now they got the cash, so let’s just kick it until the end of […]

Cat Power – Sun

By • Oct 7th, 2012 • Category: Album Reviews

With her first album of new material in six years, the ever-captivating Cat Power rises anew with the varied delights of Sun.

Echo Lake – London – 1 October 2012

By • Oct 2nd, 2012 • Category: Live Reviews

To say that 2012 hasn’t been the easiest of years for Echo Lake would be a sad understatement. The tragic loss of their drummer Pete Hayes coinciding with the release of their debut album was a crushing setback for this wonderful London band-in-ascendant. To make a difficult time that much harder, vocalist Linda Jarvis was walking around prior to the show with her arm in a sling. For a band on the first date of their postponed album tour you have to admire the way Echo Lake have handled the cards dealt them.

Wild Nothing – Nocturne

By • Oct 1st, 2012 • Category: Album Reviews

Not so much a sophomore slump but a sophomore slide on album number two for one man dream-pop band, Wild Nothing.

Beth Jeans Houghton – London – 26 September 2012

By • Sep 27th, 2012 • Category: Live Reviews

A little face paint and a rummage through the fancy dress chest has the potential to turn even the dreariest of live performances into something oddly comical and surreal, yet this is something Beth Jeans Houghton and her Hooves of Destiny have nothing to worry about. The masquerade, the costumes (the “camp samurai” drummer in his kimono), only seem to elevate the mood to unnatural levels, whereupon the uninhibited audience will indulge in a little primal screaming and launch themselves onstage to bellow “fuck off” in the punkish frenzy of “Prick aka Sean”.

Dum Dum Girls – Lord Knows

By • Sep 26th, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Kinda getting the “Coming Down” vibe off this one (and Boys Next Door’s “Shivers” for that matter), which may have something to do with half of the tracks from the latest Dum Dum Girls EP End Of Daze being off-cuts from their last album mixed with 2 new tracks and a Strawberry Switchblade cover. Dum Dum Girls […]

Who The Hell Are… Best Friends?

By • Sep 22nd, 2012 • Category: Features

What to say about Sheffield’s Best Friends… The name of the band is self-explanatory. The a-side of their debut single “Surf Bitches” could either be about the kinds of girls they like or things they like to do, but with a comma missing between “Surf” and “Bitches”. You know, like a shopping list. Maybe they just wanna blitzkrieg bop their way all over the Beach Boys playbook? We all know Brian Wilson and the boys loved their surf and bitches, right? Get the dirt on the band, or maybe just nod along to their q+a in-jokes while watching the cool animated clip to “Surf Bitches”, out now on 7″ single as part of the Too Pure Singles Club.

Various Artists – 15 Years Of Bella Union Records

By • Sep 20th, 2012 • Category: Album Reviews

2CD celebration of UK label Bella Union, featuring tracks by Beach House, Fleet Foxes, Veronica Falls and Midlake.

Cat Power – Cherokee

By • Sep 19th, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Looking like she just rolled out of Mad Max III, bleach-blonde and all dressed in black Chan Marshall aka Cat Power is hanging out in the desert waiting on a friend at in the new video for “Cherokee,” taken from her latest album, Sun (Matador). Then all choreographed hell breaks loose as weird zombie types […]

Bob Mould – Silver Age

By • Sep 18th, 2012 • Category: Album Reviews

Hot from the anniversary trail for Sugar’s Copper Blue, ex-Husker Du/Sugar main-man Bob Mould returns with a grunge-tastic winner.

Wild Nothing – Nocturne, turne, turne (2012)

By • Sep 17th, 2012 • Category: Interviews

Riding the crest of the dream-pop insurgence that brought with it bands like Beach Fossils, Twin Sister and Still Corners, was that of Jack Tatum and Wild Nothing, who’ s debut album of 2010, Gemini was an exquisitely crafted record brimming with 80’s melodies and accompanying themes of nostalgia and romanticism. It was an album that quickly found its way into regular rotation at Webcuts and on many critics end of year lists. Speaking to Static’s Chris Berkley, Jack Tatum spoke about his transition about his love of pop music and its influence on Wild Nothing and the long late nights that led to the making of Nocturne.

Exlovers – Moth

By • Sep 14th, 2012 • Category: Album Reviews

Is it a Moth or a butterfly in disguise? Long-awaited debut album from London dream-pop quintet Exlovers.

David Byrne & St.Vincent – Who

By • Sep 10th, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Is it totally unreasonable (it is, trust me) to think of collaboration between St.Vincent and David Byrne to be akin to St.Vincent fronting Talking Heads? How gloriously bizarre and indefinably wicked would that be? Imagine Annie riffing on David’s clunky dance steps or fusing some of her schizoid guitar funk onto “Slippery People”? Well, you more […]

Melody’s Echo Chamber – I Follow You

By • Sep 3rd, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

It’s comforting to observe the steady re-emergence of shoegaze psychedelia aka dreampop into the musical mainstream. From London’s Echo Lake to Baltimore’s Beach House, there’s been no perfect a time to fall in line under a lazy strum of electric guitar and some soft-hearted harmonies. As much is waiting (and more) in Paris-based multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Melody Prochet […]

Palma Violets – Best Of Friends

By • Aug 31st, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

New Rough Trade signings Palma Violets haven’t exactly been keeping a low profile leading up to the release of debut single “Best Of Friends”. Coming off the back of a co-headline UK tour with Savages, a spot at the Reading Festival, and a nice ol’ leg up support slot with New Order back in May, serious moves have been made. And so, what to make of them? What to make of any band that has been scooped up in infancy? They bounce, they make music that is tuneful, youthful and enjoy the shit out of doing so (the alternative here being work-for-dole). “An exhilarating blast of primal rock’n’roll” — well, no, but that would mean a long-winded discourse in past proven makers of ‘primal rock’n’roll’ which would find Palma Violets fall embarrassingly short. No, it’s just the birth of a potentially endearing indie guitar band for the Club 18-21 Spector haters. Props for letting the bass player get first dibs. “Best Of Friends” will be in stores on October 22 on CD single and coloured vinyl. UK tour dates can be found on their website.

Who The Hell Were… Naomi Hates Humans?

By • Aug 27th, 2012 • Category: Features

This is a first for Webcuts, in the sense that between asking a band to appear in a future ‘Who The Hell Are…?’ and publishing said feature, the band broke up. Our recent hiatus, which was unfortunate but you know… whatever , allowed Naomi Hates Humans to pass into the great rehearsal room in the sky un-championed by us, especially after having given one of the best responses to our questionnaire ever. This just could not stand, so the feature has been appropriately re-titled and like naughty puppies, we are very remorseful about our ineptitude.

Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny – Dodecahedron

By • Aug 23rd, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Beth Jean Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny’s debut album Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose arrived earlier this year heralding Houghton and the Hooves free-spirited carnival of psyche-folk-pop and Houghton’s own inimitable ignore-if-you-dare persona and style. It was one of a handful of releases this year that rose above expectation and threw the listener down a […]

Lower Dens – Candy

By • Aug 1st, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Baltimore’s Lower Dens have joined in with the summer of athletics, offering us an appropriately sporty video (or perhaps an outright strange team building exercise with aerial bass solo) for their next single, “Candy”. “Candy “is the third single from Lower Dens’ critically acclaimed Nootropics album and will be available digitally from August 13. At […]

Spiritualized – Little Girl

By • Jul 4th, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Spiritualized release their new single, “Little Girl” on Spaceman/Double Six Recordings on August 6. It is the second single release from the acclaimed album ‘Sweet Heart Sweet Light,’ out now on Spaceman /Double Six. The new video for the track is the second narrative installment from director Vincent Haycock, following the previous clip made for […]

Twin Shadow – Five Seconds

By • Jun 20th, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Premiering this track on giant LED screens in New York City’s Times Square was a pretty ballsy move for George Lewis Jr., a man who isn’t backward when it comes to turning on the charm and making people listen. Which just happens to be fortunate for the fact that “Five Seconds” is the most upfront […]

The Walkmen – Heaven

By • Jun 3rd, 2012 • Category: Album Reviews

A decade on from their debut The Walkmen throw some much needed life into the game on their seventh album Heaven.

M83 – Reunion

By • May 31st, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

M83 have just released a video for the new single “Reunion”. Directed by Fleur & Manu, it continues the storyline on from the video for 2011’s dance smash “Midnight City”, with the group of feral children this time using their supernatural powers as they head into battle. “Reunion” is the second single to be taken from the acclaimed (but over-cooked) fourth album Hurry Up We’re Dreaming. Released this week, the single comes with 6 exclusive re-workings of the track by Mylo, Sei A, The Naked And Famous, Polly Scattergood, We Have Band and White Sea. M83 is also on tour throughout the summer with a sold out show in London at Somerset House on July 16 and at Brixton Academy on November 8.

Civil Civic – Run Overdrive (live)

By • May 23rd, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Civil Civic, those mavens of mind-melting math-rock mayhem have been quiet for the better part of 2012 since the release of their self-titled, self-released debut album last year. An attempt to restake their claim across Europe was recently denied by UK customs officials who insisted that both Ben and Aaron’s torch-carrying Olympic duties carried precedence […]

Beach House – Bloom

By • May 17th, 2012 • Category: Album Reviews

Portland dream-pop duo Beach House find themselves covering familiar ground on the less than impressive Bloom.

Blood Orange – Champagne Coast

By • May 2nd, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

One of Webcuts favourite albums of 2011 was Coastal GroovesBlood Orange aka Dev Hynes. It was our “dancing in the dark, alone” album, or club grooves for loners. Directed by Haley Wollens, the video for “Champagne Coast” features an assortment of jerkily animated girls dancing in each of their specifically designed bedrooms, while Dev Hynes stands idly by. As Dev explained recently in The New York Times: “The song, as with every other piece of music I seem to make, is mostly about longing, creating scenarios in regards to an unrequited lover, plans that will never see fruition. So you’re left alone in your digitally created interior to dance by yourself”. We can also announce that Blood Orange has been confirmed to play at this year’s Field Day Festival in London’s Victoria Park on June 2nd. Further UK dates are to be announced.

The Dandy Warhols – This Machine

By • Apr 28th, 2012 • Category: Album Reviews

Portland stoners The Dandy Warhols return with their seventh album. And you know what? It’s really fuckin’ good. Seriously.

Dead Skeletons – Om Mani Peme Hung

By • Jan 31st, 2012 • Category: Webcut of the Week

The Too Pure Singles Club returns in 2012 with a bang (or is that a rattle) with the sound of Icelandic mantra magicians Dead Skeletons. For the uninitiated, Dead Skeletons came into existence in 2008 when band member Jon Saamunder needed music for an art installation in the Reykjavik Art Museum. Enlisting the help of friends Henrik Bjornsson and Ryan Carlson Van Kriedt the trio penned the songs which would eventually become the Dead Magick album, a 72 minute, 12 song journey through space and time, life and death. “Om Mani Peme Hung” is the sound of Neu! on a meditation retreat offering up a spiritual hypno-chant. Now repeat after me… Om Mani Peme Hung, Om Mani Peme Hung, Om Mani Peme Hung… (subscribe to the Too Pure Singles Club here).

Zola Jesus – Her Dark Materials (2011)

By • Nov 21st, 2011 • Category: Interviews

From her isolated upbringing in rural Wisconsin, comined with a passion for opera, philosophy and industrial music, Nika Rosa Danilova aka Zola Jesus has created a name for herself as being a successor to the great Diamanda Galas and Lisa Gerrard with her haunting, otherworldly vocal style. Over the past three years Danilova has reached the point in her career where she is no longer an experimental, teenage noise-maker but an internationally celebrated electro-pop artist. Her third album Conatus is her most accomplished work to date, pushing beyond the dark melodrama of Stridulum II toward something that is emotionally breathtaking.

Zoey Van Goey – You Told The Drunks I Knew Karate

By • Nov 17th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

As the year slowly winds down we get reminded, we being Webcuts, of the albums we just didn’t get around to reviewing. Either because our plate was too full or because well… yawn, where does the time go? So, look, we’d like to apologise to Scottish indie-pop quartet Zoey Van Goey who released their second album Propeller Versus Wings way back in February for not expressly recommending it’s quirky brilliance and tender moods (walking the same halls as Camera Obscura and early Belle & Sebastian). “You Told The Drunks I Knew Karate” is more of the former, an adorably perfect tale of a night out gone awry now made complete with its own karate-themed video. The track is being released as a single through Chemikal Underground on November 21. A digital single that is. Not something small, plastic, and awesome. Sigh.

Layabouts – Savage Behaviour

By • Nov 12th, 2011 • Category: Album Reviews

Ass-kicking rock n’ roll from Spain’s Layabouts. Not sure why we reviewed this, but hey, why the hell not.

Wet Illustrated – 1x1x1

By • Nov 9th, 2011 • Category: Album Reviews

Sizzling psyche-pop debut from San Francisco three-piece Wet Illustrated. A little Feelies, a little Sonic Youth.

Real Estate – It’s Real

By • Nov 6th, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

New Jersey outfit Real Estate’s shares their first music video from their album Days for the lead single “It’s Real”, filmed in Ridgewood, New Jersey and directed by Weird Days. Days was recorded over the course of five patient months in a remote New Paltz, NY barn-cum-studio, and is a coming of age moment for childhood friends Martin Courtney (Guitar and Vocals), Matt Mondanile (Guitar) and Alex Bleeker (Bass). A gorgeous suite of guitar-pop songs, Days is a testament to the sonic formula developed on their 2009 self-titled debut album, heralding the arrival of a new, genuine and enduring group of voices in American independent music. Days sees the band tighten and refine their brand of timeless, melodic and genuine music – consolidating the breezy sketches of their earlier work into considered, graceful pop songs.

Okkervil River – Your Past Life As A Blast

By • Nov 3rd, 2011 • Category: Webcut of the Week

Given the dream-like quality of the music and the wide scope of the title for visual artists to work with, Okkervil River have unsurprisingly released a second video for the song “Your Past Life As A Blast” taken from I Am Very Far. How do you capture a memory? This is the main question director […]

She & Him – A Very She & Him Christmas

By • Oct 27th, 2011 • Category: Album Reviews

It’s October. Why are we reviewing Christmas albums in October? Why She & Him? Why?