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Introducing: S.C.U.M

By Rob Hakimian; August 16, 2011 at 2:20 PM 

S.C.U.M are a five-piece band from the UK that I’d heard a lot about while I was still over there, and it seems that I was not the only one, as the band have now made the leap on to renowned London-based indie label Mute; home to other such acts as M83, Liars and Grinderman. That is to say, Mute have quite a pedigree when it comes to their roster, and any addition should be taken seriously.

S.C.U.M. make synth heavy dance-rock music that is unafraid to make a sudden left turn into a more riff-oriented or shoegazey chorus. This erratic nature of their music keeps it incalculable, and this characteristic is expanded in their live show where singer Thomas Cohen’s non-stop and unpredictable moves are a beacon of inspiration for the audience, creating a party-like atmosphere in the crowd.

Again Into Eyes is the debut album from the quintet, produced by Ken and Jolyon Thomas, who have worked wth a number of large and wide-ranging acts including Sigur Ros, M83, and David Bowie. Again Into Eyes is set for release through Mute on October 4th, but there is plenty of music to check out right now to get yourself excited. The first official single is the energetic “Amber Hands,” that has a psychedelic video accompanying it, seen below. There’s also “Whitechapel,” due to be the next single from the album, which is described as ‘future-disco’. You can stream that below as well as the Light Asylum remix which gives the song a bit of a tropical dance kick.
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Introducing: TRMRS

By Rob Hakimian; July 28, 2011 at 9:33 PM 

TRMRS (pronounced “tremors”) are a young four-piece band from Costa Mesa, California, who make music in their own self-stylized genre “trash-pop.” If you’re wondering what “trash-pop” is then think of the basics of surf-rock, add a bit of scuzz, a sprinkling of psych, some feedback, crashing cymbals and rasping vocals and you’re more or less there.

Still can’t picture it? Maybe listening to their music over at their Bandcamp will help. That includes their LP Sea Things and the newly-released EP Tape: Side B, which is free to stream over there, or below, and yours to download for a mere $5.
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Introducing: Kyle Krone

By Max Ritter; June 8, 2011 at 5:59 PM 


Photo by Justin Taylor Smith

Kyle Krone is most notably known as the founder and front man in the recent Southern California rock band The Shys. However, you might not have known that since the group disbanded near the end of 2009, Krone has kept busy creating an entirely new body of work that has become his solo debut. This freshly released material is definitely a new musical direction for Krone and we are excited to share. Have a listen:

Kyle says of his music:

“This is stuff that I have always been into but, you know, when you have a rock band with two guitars it doesn’t really work; Shys just kind of did their thing. In May or April of last year I decided I was going to do this on my own because I had quite a few songs building up and it started to sound like it could be a record. I started recording at home and then in August I finally took it to the big studio in LA with the help of an engineer friend I have worked with forever, Mark Rains. I had a couple friends come out and play and basically went in there and made the record on my own with some friends. Since then I started my own little imprint called Young Volcano to put this stuff out.”

KK has released three singles, which you can hear at his bandcamp, as well a video for the song, “Driving Deloreans,” which you can watch below. A release for his full length is expected this summer. Krone says he is working out the kinks on exactly how to pull off these layered tunes live and can be expected to play dates this summer. Enjoy the new songs and stay tuned for more from KK!
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Introducing: Balto

By Johan Alm; April 22, 2011 at 2:07 PM 


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Introducing: Trogons

By Rob Hakimian; April 18, 2011 at 5:26 PM 

In a musical hub like London it’s not too bad when bands break up; the members always seem to find another set of forward thinking and talented musicians to make music with under a new banner. That’s exactly what happened for Trogons, a foursome who now make goth-tinged atmospheric garage-rock (yes, that’s a lot of genres but I couldn’t pin them down with just one). Propelled by the sultry and powerful vocals of Gemma Fleet, the band’s music sucks you in with compelling bass and tricky keyboards all ostensibly in a garage-rock style, but with intriguingly spooky overtones.

The name Trogons, despite sounding scary, is actually taken from a type of exotic bird. This surprise also occurs in their music; initially it seems quite dark, but there is a lot of beauty embedded within the grooves and a band that do not take themselves too seriously. The pantomime-esque evil laughs that punctuate the verses of lead single “Contina” reveal a band who are just as much about having fun as they are about making great music.

If that all sounds like your cup of tea then check out the video for “Contina” below as well as a few other things.
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