One of the driving forces behind the resurgence of gothic rock and post-punk in Finland in the new millennium, Kuudes Silmä have kept a long break from recording. Previous works have appeared on the sadly defunct Combat Rock Industry label, and Svart Records welcomes the group into the fold with their second album, Pelko, set for international release on September 22nd.
Although expressing themselves in their native tongue, Kuudes Silmä's music is very much part of the greater global post-punk underground. Formed, suitably enough, in Berlin in 2009, the band have played several tours around Europe, America, and Russia, and appeared on Maximum Rock’n’Roll zine's Sound the Alarm compilation. On Pelko, the band takes a small step towards gothic maturity, with some of the most abrasive tones giving room for a more new wave pop approach.
Hear the new track "Sivustakatsojat" at Svart's Soundcloud HERE.
US female punk rock band Doll Skin have released the cover for their upcoming sophomore LP Manic Pixie Dream Girl in stores June 16th via EMP Label Group / Amped, and in Europe June 23th via EMP / SPV. The album is Produced and Mixed by Cage9 frontman Evan Rodaniche (Lacey Sturm, Powerman 5000).
Manic Pixie Dream Girl is now available for Pre-order from empmerch.com on CD, LP and in several bundle configurations.
Manic Pixie Dream Girl is the follow up to Doll Skin’s EMP debut, 2016’s "In Your Face (Again)", Produced by Grammy Winning Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, which garnered massive Worldwide press, spawned multiple singles including “Family of Strangers”, “Let’s Be Honest”, and “Furious Fixation”, and saw the band tour much of the year with Otep, Lacey Sturm, Fire From The Gods, Hellyeah, Dead Kennedys, Escape The Fate, September Mourning, Through Fire, and more. Doll Skin capped off the year snagging a spot on Alternative Press’s list of “7 of the Best Rising Bands Under 21”, before settling in to record their new album.
Svart Records have set January 27th as the release date for Pintandwefall's highly anticipated fifth album, Red and Blue Baby.
Based in Tampere, Finland, Pintandwefall have prepared their fifth album together with producer Risto Ylihärsilä, who has grabbed the band’s lo-fi aesthetics and steered the group even further, making the rough diamond harsher. The songs on Red and Blue Baby have been created during weekend sessions over the last 18 months, and the first single "Seasimularo" was released in May 2015 already. View the video exclusively HERE.
Pintandwefall - Komi, Manner, Luhtasaari, and Yli-Rinne - point out that their decade-long career has moulded the band and its status into what it currently is. Their s creative vision is bursting with intensity and short on explanations: "Playing together for over ten years, making many of our artistic visions reality and leaving many others be, have made our little group so tight that we often find ourselves even spending Christmas holidays together. In the end, you always return to where you started."
Svart Records is set to release Red and Blue Baby on vinyl, digital, and CD on January 27th. The band will embark on a Finnish tour soon, and continues with a Swedish tour in April
The Virginmarys, having recently returned from a successful US tour, have now confirmed a run of headline UK shows for June; the shows, including an appearance at the inaugural Stone Free Festival at the O2 in London, are in support of the Macclesfield trio’s latest studio album, Divides, set for release via Spinefarm Records on May 6th…
“This is an incredibly special tour for us!” says vocalist / guitarist Ally Dickaty. “The ‘Divides’ album tour!! It's going to be so great to get back in front of our home fans again, and really important to us to play some of the towns we've been wanting to come back to for so long. Our fans always do us proud, they are incredible.”
The band recently unveiled new track, Motherless Land, the video for which is about to be launched; the song – as with previous single, Into Dust – comes from the aforementioned Divides, a 12-track work laced with power, passion & outspoken energy, and produced by the legendary Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters, etc.).
THE VIRGINMARYS UK TOUR + FESTIVAL DATES 2016
08/05/16 @ Deaf Institute, Manchester (headline album launch show)
09/05/16 @ Blackheart, London (headline album launch show)
05/06/16 @ Camden Rocks Festival, London. Tickets here.
13/06/16 @ Stereo, Glasgow
14/06/16 @ O2 Academy 2, Newcastle
15/06/16 @ Key Club, Leeds
17/06/16 @ Academy 2, Manchester
18/06/16 @ Stone Free Festival, London. Tickets here.
19/06/16 @ Thekla, Bristol
London indie-punk trio Happy Accidents have got a rather big summer planned, announcing their signing to Alcopop! Records and the forthcoming release of their debut album "You Might Be Right", which will be revealed to the world on 1st July. This accompanies a rather enviable string of tour dates in mainland Europe and a run of UK festivals. Drawing influence from The Thermals, The Pixies, as well as their peers in the UK’s thriving DIY scene, they kick off with a video from the album’s first cut, Leaving Parties Early - which will be released in early April.
If there was one song on the record that could truly define Happy Accidents, this new single would be the one. With sugar-coated choruses and ‘four to the floor’ disco drums, the band’s sonic urgency may speak volumes on its own; but the disparity between the music and the lyrics showcases the great dichotomy of Happy Accidents. Dealing with matters such as anxiety and societal pressures, the song raises questions of identity within the context of attending parties where 'you don’t quite know if you fit in'. This contrast runs throughout the record, with the band pairing introspective lyrics with the biggest hooks they can muster. Rich from the band elaborates on the track:-
“Leaving Parties Early is about the coping mechanisms I go through when put into situations where I’m not completely comfortable. I wrote it after coming home from another terrible club night, trying my best to have a great time, while simultaneously never entertaining the idea that it might just not be for me. It was all part of learning that it’s okay to have a different idea of fun to those who surround us, and that personal preference is a wonderful thing!”
Formed by brothers Rich and Neil Mandell and Phoebe Cross back in 2014, Happy Accidents craft the kind of earworms that will be rattling round your head for months to come – fusing their deep-seated love of 90s punk and indie, whilst still managing to sound as fresh as any of their contemporaries. Quickly making a name for themselves in DIY punk circles, they’ve shared stages with the likes of The Front Bottoms, Martha, Muncie Girls, and countless others.
Following the positive reception to their self-released EP, the band took the collective decision to move beyond the home recording equipment and travelled to Leeds’ Greenmount Studios to record their all-important first album. The result is 30 minutes that neatly encapsulates what the band is all about. Packed with effervescent hook-laden melodies, bouncing bass lines and choruses to live for - this is intelligent, immediate pop. But dig a little deeper into Rich’s self-effacing lyrics and you’ll see there’s a more intensely personal edge to their output.
Though intensely personal, the album’s charismatic delivery and witty turn of phrase effortlessly turns these tales of personal struggle into a triumphant affair. With Rich noting that “It’s a record about overcoming the times where uncertainty is too much to handle, which is why we called it ‘You Might Be Right, there’s still a bit of ambiguity there, but optimism wins out in the end”.
It’s in this fine balance where Happy Accidents find their strength. By interweaving day-to-day difficulties with addictive pop hits, the album truly comes alive – transcending an undeniably exceptional pop record, to become something a little bit more special. You Might be Right will sneak into your consciousness from the first listen, like it or not!
TOUR DATES -
13th - Lille, FR - L’Imposture
14th - Diest, BE - JH Tijl
15th - Castricum, NL - De Bakkerij
16th - El Topo Goes Loco Festival, BE
30th - Leicester - Handmade Fest
14th May - Sheffield - Hagglers Corner
8th July – Cheltenham - 2000 Trees Festival
17th July – Oxfordshire – Truck Festival
13th Aug - Scene Better Days Fest (Leeds)
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