Arab on Radar / Running for Asthma
I bought this single when I saw what I think was their only show, at the recently demolished Metro Club. Impressive, and also a little odd, that a noise band who normally sing songs about genitalia and ‘blowing the neighbourhood bully’ could make a song that resonates with such emotion.
Evans the Death / Threads
This is the first seven-inch single from ETD on the Fortuna Pop label. I’ve just finished recording their album and it’s an indie-pop masterpiece. There are so many good melodies, hooks and brilliant lyrics mulled into their songs.
Novella / No Messin’
Novella take what I like from early 90s indie. They have loads of ideas and imagination running through their music and, more importantly, they have balls and play with serious intent!
Pale Saints / The Way the World is
This opening track from their faultless 1990 debut album The Comfort of Madness is a killer!
Blur / Death of a Party
I’m a fan of everything Blur have done. My favourite stuff is the more dour and downbeat songs from their eponymous fourth album. I think the Englishness of their music, which is infused with US indie guitar sounds, works a treat.
Not Cool / X (working title)
This isn’t released yet, but I’ve had a sneak preview. It encapsulates a lot of what I like about the latter-day Dischord record label bands, such as Black Eyes and Antelope. There’s also an incredible double drum section at the end, which reminds me of Fugazi’s last album.
Hot Snakes / No Hands
A lot of bands are coming back after many years away, and they can generally be very hit or miss, depending on their intent. Hot Snakes are also reforming, and seeing Speedo and Rick Froberg playing together again will be nothing short of incredible.
Satellites of Love / Correspondence
Satellites of Love are one of my new favourite bands. This track reminds me of something by The Convocation or The Vanishing, with the bratty vocals of Le Shok fused with an amazing 80s gothic guitar tone.
Eek-a-mouse / Sensee Party
I like the more quirky reggae acts such as Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry or King Tubby and Eek-A-Mouse is of that ilk. I’ve had the lyrics ‘Beng geng geh ga beng geng geng gah! Ayy!’ stuck in my head for weeks.
Black Sabbath / Black Sabbath
How can you deny a band that open their debut album with a six-and-a-half minute doom-metal masterpiece? I guess they pretty much invented metal with this.