Finnish death metal band Of Spite releases their second full length album “Riddle Redemption” on March 31st 2023. The theme of the album is madness and twisted reality. Of Spite was founded in Finnish city Kotka in 2014 and they combine elements of 90’s death metal and progressive rock in their sound.
“The story of this song was created in a mood of nightshift-angst with a terrible rage-despair-apathy mix. First we weren’t sure about this track as our sound technician produced also a straight-forward version of this one by removing the kind of stumbling heavy riffs that we actually liked. We talked the thing through with the band and decided that the stumbling stuff is our stuff. But unfortunately on that point the original tracks seemed to be lost. Luckily the tracks were found after a search because this is the way this song works. This is also the only track on the album with completely Finnish lyrics.”
Check out th bands latest video for their track, ‘Olen’ below.
Finnish melancholic metal band Abandon All‘s new single Forever Yours is a heart-rending story about beloved one’s passing and devastating feelings to go through after a huge loss. The lyrics are inspired by a real life poem released as an obituary notice.
It’s the first single from band’s debut album Far Away, set to be released later 2023.
Bristol-based emo power pop outfit Shit Present are back. A new era for the trio is heralded by the long-awaited arrival of a boldly brilliant brand new single ‘Fuck It’.
As Iona Cairns who fronts the band explains: “We started writing this song as a joke cause it sounded like that Feeder song about drinking cider from a lemon. It is a manic song about feeling like you want to start arguments with everyone you love and bring up stuff from the past. The lyrics were supposed to be tongue in cheek but of course, like a lot of my songwriting, it just came out very intense.”
For almost three years, Cairns couldn’t write a song. She’d been creating for as long as she could remember, so this stagnant period felt like she would never get it back. It was the result of a hospitalisation, and coming to terms with her mental health issues, and while Cairns was in a much healthier place, she felt as if she couldn’t return to the person she was before. Then, without any epiphany or grand catalyst, Cairns picked up the guitar again and began writing what would become their first, yet-to-be-revealed, full-length album. Cairns has found a way to express herself more freely than ever before, with the help of bandmates Thom Weeks (guitar, bass, vocals) and Ben Cottam (drums).
Your Angel has recently released her latest single, ‘Misbehave’
With the release of “Misbehave,” YOUR ANGEL invites us into her lush and ethereal world. “I wrote ‘Misbehave’ when I met my now boyfriend of 2 years,” she says. “It’s about wanting to throw all of my boundaries out of the window and move super fast with him because I felt like I had known him for my whole life.” After writing and producing the song alone, Maddy tapped her friends Nick Noneman and Stephanie D’Arcy to add their unique touches to the track.
Originally hailing from Sante Fe, New Mexico and now based in Los Angeles, Maddy got her start touring in indie-rock bands like Current Joys and Surf Curse. After playing over 150 sold out shows, she left the bands in 2019 to pursue her own artist project. With her solo project, YOUR ANGEL has released one album, her 2019 debut Pipe Dream, as well as numerous hit singles, growing her loyal following with each new release.
Check out ‘Misbehave’ via your preferred streaming service.
Leeds indie heavyweights English Teacher share breathtaking new effort ‘Song About Love’ via cult indie label Speedy Wunderground (SW044).
Marking their first release of what promises to be a formidable twelve months, the group’s newest cut sees them partner with Speedy boss Dan Carey, as enigmatic bandleader Lily Fontaine explains: “It’s a pop song about doing chores instead of doing someone else, and how even songs with social or political themes that analyse contemporary discourse, rather than lyricism about tired themes like romantic love, still come from a place of love, or lack thereof.
With acclaimed debut EP ‘Polyawkward’ spearheading their phenomenal rise in 2022, English Teacher certainly deserve their position at the forefront of the indie landscape. Widespread critical praise from press titans (The Guardian, The Sunday Times, NME, The FADER, DIY, Dork, So Young, The Line Of Best Fit, Clash, Gigwise), and radio tastemakers alike (BBC Radio 1’s Jack Saunders, Gemma Bradley & BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq, Lauren Laverne) has already greeted their early releases, in addition to key milestones on the live front, with support slots alongside Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Parquet Courts and Yard Act ticked off throughout the last year, as well as a prestigious opening spot on Glastonbury’s John Peel Stage.
Casting their eye firmly on the future, English Teacher will be hitting the road again next week on their Independent Venue Week UK tour, followed by their first ever trip stateside for SXSW in March.
London-based post-punk power trio Alien Chicks announce their arrival with eccentric new single‘Cowboy’ via cult indie label Slow Dance Records (Saint Jude, Uma).
Forming the lead single from their upcoming debut EP, the group explore a whole mix of genres including jazz, rap, latin, and math rock in their music, providing a surreal social commentary packed with punchy rhythms and eclectic time signatures.
Detailing ‘Cowboy’, an amalgamation of a few riffs that were loitering in frontman Joe Lindsay’s mind over a few weeks, Alien Chicks revealed: “The lyrics explore themes of regret, confusion, self blame and how these evils collude in taunting you through your dreams and subconscious”.
London dark-pop artist Circe has released the imperious new single ‘Undone’.
She’ll be playing Wide AwakeFestival’s tips for 2023 show in London on January 30th, before shows supporting Lynks in Leeds and Newcastle as part of DIY’s Now And Next Tour in February.
Flowing with ethereal viscosity, ‘Undone’ is a compelling call-to-arms:
“I read the essay title: ‘Femininity weaponised: a history of women with swords in art’ & copied it down with a note to myself – “Circe needs a sword”. My song ‘Undone’ is the final form of that sword.“
Sonically, the track was a co-produce between Circe and Steven Ansell of Blood Red Shoes. Often making the connection between the sonic and visual forms of art and culture – a trait which has seen her track ‘Ten Girls’ appear in Netflix hit Elite – Circe also takes cues from the cinematic sounds of Labrinth’s soundtrack for HBO’s Euphoria, capturing teenage lust and angst at its most extreme.
Lyrically, the new single strikes at the heart of Circe’s empowering ethos, and captures her electric interpretation of literature and pop-culture in her art:
“The line ‘Bring her to me’ is about summoning a feminine energy – an energy I think of as impossibly powerful and emotionally available. Femininity is in no way exclusive to being a woman, I think all genders and people can tap into it. Especially in songwriting; when a song flips your heart or wrenches your gut, I feel that energy is very present.
The line ’She broke him! Broke him!’ is a nod to the bad ladies of literature. Characters like Lady Macbeth or Clytemnestra who are seen as villains and cautionary tales always just resonated with me as empowering figures. Committing acts of bravery and brutality, they redefined what power can look like in the hands of a woman.”
And most succinctly and viscerally put:
“A cowboy guitar solo over a hip-hop beat & dark synthy drops is exactly the sound I imagine when Boudicca rolled into the battlefield.”
Bristol post-punk specialists Saloon Dion share frenetic new effort ‘I Don’t Feel’.
Marking the first reveal from their forthcoming debut EP arriving later this year, ‘I Don’t Feel’ incorporates the band’s groove-laden beats and bass riffs, often compared to the Happy Mondays, Beastie Boys and Gang of Four, and follows a flurry of early releases on tastemaker labels Nice Swan Records and Permanent Creeps.
Discussing their upcoming release, the Bristol natives explained. “’I Don’t Feel’ is a song about being reluctant to seek help from others. What it isn’t, is a song about having no feeling, but more of choosing what to feel and when to feel it. It speaks of the barriers we all put up to protect ourselves, no matter the damage they may do in the long run”.
Thick with their signature dual buzzsaw guitars, soaring vocals that have been compared with Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, and slamming rhythms that gel into the 90s-infused sound they’ve made into their own, CHESTER DOOM’s “Anxiety” will appeal to fans of modern Active rock as well as the Classic rock anthems of the 80s, 90s and 00s.
“This is our first single since the release of our ‘Masks’ EP in June,” says bassist Glenn Arseneau. “The music for this track has been kicking around for over a decade, but we could never find the right vocals for it. Once we hooked up with (CHESTER DOOM vocalist) Josh Best in 2020, this was one of the first tracks he put his stamp on, and we’ve been dying to get it out into the world ever since”.
New Jersey punk legends The Bouncing Souls have announced their upcoming new full-length, Ten Stories High, due out March 24th via Pure Noise Records. For over three decades The Bouncing Souls have been one of the most reliably joyful bands in punk rock, fostering an incredibly close kinship with their loyal listeners. Now on Ten Stories High, the band have taken this connection even further, creating an album of songs directly inspired by the stories of their fans.
To mark the announcement, The Bouncing Souls have shared two new songs, “Ten Stories High”
And “Higher Ground.”
“Ten Stories High” was one of the songs written after The Bouncing Souls‘ entered the studio. Attonito explains: “During the studio sessions we realized we wanted a song to summarize the process and tell the story of the project. One afternoon during the session we came up with the title ‘Ten Stories High’ and matched it up with a melody that Pete and Bryan had recorded earlier on their phones. We really liked how the title added imagery of ten people in a ten story building living out their own external and internal experiences. It was a perfect summary to the project. After a few hours of tinkering with the music and words we had our title track for the record!”
The Bouncing Souls have also announced a lengthy run of North American tour dates for the rest of 2023. The shows include dates with Anti-Flag, A Wilhelm Scream, Samiam, Swingin’ Utters, and more.
Ten Stories High tracklist: 1. Ten Stories High 2. Back To Better 3. Another Day In Denver 4. True Believer Radio 5. Shannon’s Song 6. Andy and Jackie 7. Vin and Casey 8. Magnus Air Organ 9. To Be Human 10. Higher Ground