NEWS: Bloc Party announce new album!

Four - Bloc Party

Bloc Party have officially announced details of their fourth album, and it’s called Four! The past few years have been an anxious time for fans. As the band went on hiatus and various members set out to do different things, the fate of the group seemed up in the air. But with a handful of live dates recently set and videos of the band in the studio, this was almost an inevitable announcement.

Four will be released on the 20th of August. You can pre-order it over here, where you have a variety of bundles to choose from. You can also read a post Kele wrote on the album and the past few years over here.

Check out the album trailer below, where you can hear snippets of some songs. Bloc Party’s past three albums have not disappointed. This is exciting!

BRAND NEW: Oberhofer – “Runaway (Kanye West Cover)”

Oberhofer

Oberhofer are four-piece from Brooklyn, New York. Frontman Brad Oberhofer writes and records all of the music himself, and they’ve had a rather fast couple of years. Having already played Coachella this year and made their late-night US debut on David Letterman’s show, they’ll soon be gearing up for Lollapalooza in August. Considering their debut album – Time Capsules II – only came out in March of this year, that’s pretty impressive.

They recently released a cover of Kanye West’s “Runaway”, and the wispy, spacey sounds mixed with the light, crunchy guitars lend the song an entirely new atmosphere. It’s a warped, grey landscape, but one that’s almost more attractive than the original. Even if you aren’t a Kanye fan, this just might be your thing. Trust me.

Photo via the ever-excellent RCRD LBL.

FEATURE: Last week’s new music.

I Am Giant - "Purple Heart"

Over the past week I’ve had a bunch of videos and songs that I intended to blog about, but never quite got around to. I don’t have the time that I’d like at the moment, so here’s quick roundup of what I was going to tell you all about.

New Zealand (now London-based) prog-rockers I Am Giant released a new clip for their track “Purple Heart”. It’s pretty intense, and I have no idea what the drummer is doing with his face, but it’s well worth a listen. It’s massive.

If you’re a fan of bands like Dead Letter Circus and Karnivool, check them out.


Star Slinger, the excellent UK producer and remix artist, has ‘refixed’ Drake’s “Crew Love (feat. The Weeknd)”. General comments I’ve seen indicate a mixed reaction from fans, but Take Care was a huge album, and I understand the conflict inherent in advocating a remix of something you’re attached to. Or maybe they just thought it was shit.

I really like it though. Amazing club vibe here. You can download it for free too if you want.


Venice, a five piece pop outfit from London, have done a few covers lately. Today I somehow got linked to one they’d done of Frank Ocean’s “Thinking About You”, and I was actually quite impressed. They might tread a little too close to sugary commercial pop for some of your tastes, but as far as I’m concerned, their song-writing and arrangements are great. If you aren’t sure – check out their cover of Nero’s “Reaching Out” too.

Aussie “hip-hop” group TZU have released the video for “Beginning of The End” – their first single in quite a while. It’s a bit of a return, after the band went on a four-year hiatus. Their last album, Computer Love, was released in 2008.

It’s an interesting single, and I’m looking forward to picking up their new album. Tone Deaf have an accompanying comic book for you to download alongside it all too! Check it out over here.


And last, but definitely not least, is the first original track ever from remix artist RAC.

I bang on about RAC enough already, but this is special. Featuring vocals from Penguin Prison’s Chris Glover, it’s a well-defined pop hit. It’s simple enough, but still works in a bunch of amazing hooks. I really can’t wait to hear the impending album, because knowing just what RAC can do, it should be amazing. Also, if you like it, you can download it for free!

Photo from I Am Giant’s above video.

BRAND NEW: Be Forest – “I Quit Girls (Japandroids Cover)”

Be Forest

I really like Japandroids. I also really like “I Quit Girls”, which was a great closer to their energetic, explosive debut album Post Nothing. So I jumped at the chance to hear someone cover it.

All I can say is, I’m glad I did. It pays to be awake at 1am to see these gems appear in social media feeds.

Be Forest are a three-piece from Italy. Their debut album – Cold – came out last year. They create this beautifully hazy, washed-out, blur of distortion and bright shoegaze, and it gives the song a completely new feel. The cover is going to be a bonus track for the Japanese release of Cold, but here’s hoping we can get our hands on it elsewhere.

she wears white, six days a week –
she was just one of those girls.

Give it a listen!

NEWS: Los Campesinos! and “Hello Sadness”

Los Campesinos!

Have I got some news for you today! This post is all to do with the most eloquently gloomy and cathartic band in existence right now, Los Campesinos!

Firstly, Harriet, the violinist for LC!, has left the band to pursue her studies. It will be interesting to see whether the band find a touring violinist, or another permanent member, but at any rate Harriet will be sorely missed. Good luck to her in the future!

We also now have what is a tentative cover for the second issue of “Heat Rash”, LC!’s quarterly zine. Unfortunately new subscriptions to the project are closed at the moment, but keep your ears open because it’s well worth your money. On top of getting a quarterly zine, vinyl, and exclusive tracks, you also get discounts from their web store! The first issue was astounding for a debut, with contributions from every member of the band, alongside some brilliant artwork from Rob “Sparky Deathcap” Campesinos! Definitely try and get your hands on it if you can.

Lastly, the band have just revealed the details of their new album – Hello Sadness.

Los Campesinos! - Hello Sadness

Set for release on the 14th of November, Hello Sadness is:

“ten songs of love, loss and heartbreak nail-gunned to a back-drop of broken, tangled bodies, creeping, dead-eyed animals, suffocating, looming shadows and World Cup exits. It is an honest, bare bones documentation of breaking up and trying not to break up in the process.”

I don’t think I could expect anything more from Los Campesinos! – this sounds like the exact album I’ve been waiting for. Bring on November!

You can check out the track-list and all of the pre-order bundles and details OVER HERE. I can tell you want it though, so pop right on over to the store and start getting excited.

NEWS/BRAND NEW: Ash and We Are Scientists collaborate for charity

Ash and We Are Scientists recently covered a song called “Washington Parks” by Happy Monster (aka Robert Manning), a long time sufferer of Multiple Sclerosis. The collaboration was organised by Robert himself as part of an ongoing project, with the intention of raising awareness about MS, and raising funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society, with all proceeds from sales going to them.

You can read Robert’s full post on the cover over here. It’s amazing to see so many people jumping on board this great cause.

Interestingly, as the collaboration is in stereo, each band gets one side: you can hear Ash through the left channel, and We Are Scientists through the right channel.

You can buy the track over here, and watch the video below.

FEATURE: An open letter to The Living End

Hi Andy, Chris, Scott,

How’s it going? I hear you guys are doing pretty well, especially with the new album – I can’t wait to pick it up on Friday!

Anyway, I wanted to tell you guys about someone. His name is Alex Hingston. Conflict of interest here: yeah, he is my best friend, but he is also the most naturally talented musician I personally know, and the biggest The Living End fan I’ve ever met.

This is a person you’ve had a huge influence on. Since early highschool, he’s become incredibly skilled at drumming and playing bass (both guitar and double-bass), and the number of times I’ve visited and seen him jamming his way through your back catalogue are countless. This is a person who lines up hours before your gigs to get a top spot. This is a person who owns your DVDs, your albums, and knows all of the b-sides you’ve recorded. This is a person who has introduced hundreds of people to your music through amazing school showcase performances. This is a person who stayed up ’til midnight to stream The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating, even though he had to leave for work the next day at 7. This is a person who has 28 videos where he covers your songs, uploaded on his YouTube channel (two of them are of your latest tracks, “Machine Gun” and “The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating”).

This is a person who will be driving for four hours to see you guys play in Canberra in September.

I’m writing this because I know firsthand how much it would mean for my friend to get to meet you guys. Even just to have a chat. Maybe to even have a little jam with you at soundcheck. Possibly to play a song with you on stage… – well you can’t blame me for trying, right? ; )

Alex has nothing but love for you and your music. I know you can’t just let anyone backstage because they say they’re a massive fan, because that gives an expectation to other fans too. All I can hope is that you see how much of an impact you’ve had on his life, and give him a chance to meet you somehow when you play in Canberra.

Enough of my words. If you (Andy, Chris, and Scott) have actually read this, thanks for your time. Here’s just one example to support what I’ve said: you’ll find many more uploaded on his account.

And don’t worry, I’m not trying to gain any leverage by publishing this here – I only get about 20 hits a day anyway. I just figured that writing here is my best chance to get you to see this.

If by some incredbile chance you’re keen to make this happen, send me an e-mail: jeremy.stevens@live.com.au