People have been getting very excited about the highly infectious tunes Glasgow band Chvrches have been throwing at us in recent months. "The Mother We Share" and "Gun" stand out as firm favourites for me. They're about to release The Bones of What You Believe on September 23rd which is sure to see them gain even more fans and maybe convert some people still not convinced by their dance worthy tunes. Ahead of the album release next week you can stream it in full courtesy of NPR over on their site. Lovely stuff. I know what I'll be listening to in the office today.
Tomorrow marks the day many of us will be "sick" and have to stay home from work. The world could go into melt down for all we know. Forget about the Y2K bug 'cause tomorrow is release day for GTA V, the most expensive game ever created. It actually cost more to make than most Hollywood Blockbusters, second only to Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. There's some useless pub quiz knowledge for your Monday morning. As is the standard with Grand Theft Auto we can expect a vast array of entertaining radio stations and DJ's to keep us company as we roam the incredibly large map. One of said radio stations will be hosted by none other than Nathan Williams of Wavves and last week the band debuted a brand new track live on Conan that they've created especially for the game. Titled "Nine Is God" you can check out the performance above. Peep "Afraid of Heights" below too while you're at it. Notice Nathan's ltd ed "Los Santos" snapback.
Prepare your excuses for your boss tomorrow. Lucky for me I am the boss and I've already handed myself a doctor's note stating I will be out of action for the foreseeable future!
Skream is a talented fellow that likes to mix things up a bit every now and again. He's offered us up a variety of tracks over the years. His latest is a disco-centric track, "Rollercoaster", is the perfect feel-good tune to lighten up the tension before you let your hair down this evening. It features some ear stroking vocals from Sam Frank and it's like sipping down a refreshing gin and tonic after a long hard day. The video is entertaining too, showing us the tale of a young gent frantically trying to plan a party as the world is set to be hit by a huge asteroid. You've seen the movies, unless they've got Bruce Willis on speed dial, earth is pretty much screwed. Make sure to stick around until the end for the disco-ball bonanza.
We've not really mentioned These Monsters as much as we probably should have. They're a noisy bunch from Leeds offering up a riff heavy wave of music that you should familiarise yourselves with. The make the kind of music you'd have playing through your head while running away from a murderer wielding an axe or something similar. It gets the blood pumping. They've just announced a new, double A-side 7" single in the shape of "The Swamp" / "The Dogs" which will be released as part of September's Too Pure Singles Club. You can pick up the tracks from September 30th. Until then, stream it on repeat below and keep looking over your shoulders for murderers.
How about some brand new of Montreal to start off your Friday in good spirits? The band are preparing to release lousy with sylvianbriar next month on October 8th. In preparation of the release they've let loose a tune call "Belle Glade Missionaries" which is a more than slightly sounding rock throwback that I can more than get down to. Retro is the future I'm telling you. Plus everything's already been done. Or so they say. Daft Punk know what I'm talking about. But in all seriousness, this song sounds pretty damn good and is worth a few minutes of your Friday. You're probably slacking anyway as it's Friday so treat yourself to something that's not a picture of a fluffy cat or something.
A few weeks ago I made the trip to the wonderful Beacons Festival and one of the highlights of the weekend for me were the death-blues pairing Wet Nuns who delivered a face melting set. Their new single "Hanging" has now been given the official video treatment and it features footage from that very set along with the duo smashing the crap out of their guitar and drums. Something I've always wanted to do in all honesty. The track is set to feature on their self-titled debut which is released on the 9th of October.
They'll head out on tour in October too so be sure to catch them live while you can. Not that they're going anywhere. Just, you know, 'cause they're playing soon.
Wet Nuns UK Tour 2013
03rd Oct - LONDON - Lexington
04th Oct - BIRMINGHAM - Victoria
05th Oct - LEEDS - Belgrave Music Hall
09th Oct - LIVERPOOL - East Village Arts Club
10th Oct - MANCHESTER - Now Wave at Deaf Institute (Supporting No Age)
11th Oct - CARDIFF - Clwb Ifor Bach
12th Oct - BRISTOL - Simple Things Festival
14th Oct - BRIGHTON - Green Door Store
19th Oct - SHEFFIELD - Queens Social Club
We've mentioned the young talent of Polly Scattergood a few times on SKOA, most recently was for her matrix glitch filled video for "Wanderlust". Today we get the lead single from her newly announced album Arrows. "Cocoon" comes packaged in a video from the same guys, Madrid based collective NYSU, who created her previous déjà vu filled clip and you can watch it below. The album will be released via Mute on October 21st and you can pick up the single from November 4th. Peep the video for now and we'll let you know if we get any more treats sent our way before release.
Yes. Yes. Yes. Chromeo is back and they're ready to unleash their follow-up to 2010's fantastic Business Casual, the questionably titled White Women.
It was great hearing Chromeo team up with Oliver a few weeks back, as their cover of Donna Summer's "Love Is In Control (Finger On The Trigger)" really reminded me how good this Montreal duo is. I've since revisited their discography and god damn, all three of their albums are amazing. Hell, nine years after their debut album She's in Control was released, "You're So Gangsta" still sounds fucking incredible. These guys have a timeless sound, and that's why today's news was so exciting.
While all we know is that the album is "coming soon," Dave 1 and P-Thugg have provided us with a humorous teaser trailer directed by Jérémie Rozan. And how aobut that song? The new jam is called "Over Your Shoulder" and boasts one hell of a guitar riff. Watch it below and check back for more on White Women!