🗞️ The Lowdown; 𝐴 𝑞𝑢𝑖𝑐𝑘-𝑓𝑖𝑟𝑒, 𝑏𝑎𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑦 𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑙𝑙-𝑐ℎ𝑒𝑐𝑘𝑒𝑑, 𝑟𝑒𝑎𝑙-𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒 𝑖𝑛-𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑠𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑛𝑦 𝑜𝑛 𝑠𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑓𝑎𝑣𝑜𝑢𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑒 𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑎𝑠𝑡 𝑤𝑒𝑒𝑘 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑚𝑎𝑦 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑚𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑑, 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑡𝑜𝑙𝑑 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑝𝑙𝑎𝑖𝑛-𝑠𝑝𝑒𝑎𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑚𝑎𝑛𝑛𝑒𝑟 𝑦𝑜𝑢'𝑑 𝑒𝑥𝑝𝑒𝑐𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑏𝑒ℎ𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑡𝑒𝑟!
1️⃣ Cut Worms - Cut Worms
We’ve been fans of Cut Worms – aka musician Max Clarke – for a long time so this new album had been highly anticipated. It doesn’t disappoint either; in fact it’s one of the best of the year. It’s like having all your old-timey favourites rolled into one tightly-packed cigarillo; The Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, John Prine, and a twangy lo-fi surf guitar that would find even Charlie Megira himself toe-tappin’ to.
📣 Shop Reaction: 𝑂𝑟𝑑𝑖𝑛𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑙𝑦 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑜𝑟𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑣𝑖𝑏𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑤𝑜𝑢𝑙𝑑 𝑏𝑒 𝑑𝑢𝑏𝑏𝑒𝑑 𝑎𝑠 ‘𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝐿𝑒𝑒’, 𝑎𝑙𝑙 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑓𝑓 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑒𝑛𝑗𝑜𝑦𝑒𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑎 𝑐ℎ𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒. 𝐶𝑢𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑟𝑠 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑠𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑔𝑖𝑣𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑡 𝑎 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑑 𝑠𝑤𝑎𝑦 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛 𝑎 𝑙𝑖𝑡𝑡𝑙𝑒 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑙𝑒, 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑝𝑝𝑒𝑑 𝑠ℎ𝑜𝑟𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑎𝑛 𝑜𝑟𝑔𝑎𝑛𝑖𝑠𝑒𝑑 𝑙𝑖𝑛𝑒 𝑑𝑎𝑛𝑐𝑒, 𝑚𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑡𝑜 𝑜𝑢𝑟 𝑑𝑖𝑠𝑎𝑝𝑝𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡.
2️⃣ Rat Cage - Savage Visions
Literally in an opposite dimension to the above comes Yorkshire hardcore band Rat Cage. The captured audio intro to the album’s lead single ‘Change From A Fiver’ – “This country to me is finished – there’s no way it can get any better, it’s just gonna get worse” kind of sets the stall out for what you’re in for. Hard, lightning-fast, political thrash punk. It is an absolute monster.
📣 Shop Reaction: 𝑂𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒’𝑠 𝑓𝑎𝑐𝑒𝑠 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑝𝑝𝑒𝑑 𝑚𝑒𝑙𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔, 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑠𝑒𝑒𝑚 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑒𝑡𝑡𝑙𝑒 𝑖𝑛𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑜𝑛𝑒 𝑛𝑖𝑐𝑒𝑙𝑦. 𝐼𝑡’𝑠 𝑎 𝑐ℎ𝑜𝑖𝑐𝑒 𝑔𝑟𝑜𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦 𝑛𝑜𝑡 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦𝑜𝑛𝑒, 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑒 𝑜𝑓 𝑎 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑎𝑠ℎ 𝑜𝑟 ℎ𝑎𝑟𝑑𝑐𝑜𝑟𝑒 𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑠𝑒𝑡, 𝑖𝑡’𝑠 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑒’𝑠 𝑘𝑛𝑒𝑒𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑤𝑒𝑒𝑘.
3️⃣ Oxbow - Love's Holiday
Quite incredibly, Oxbow as a band has now been a thing for 35 years. For almost all of that they have flown under the radar, just the “wrong” side of alternative for many people. Their newest album, however, is arguably their most accessible point to date. It’s a really good listen too, with plenty of Birthday Party, Pixies, and Soundgarden comparisons. We can even hear, for better or worse, bits of Pearl Jam here and there. Well worth checking out.
📣 Shop Reaction: 𝐴𝑛 ‘𝑖𝑓 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤, 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤’ 𝑘𝑖𝑛𝑑 𝑜𝑓 𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑎𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑖𝑠 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑔𝑒, 𝑠𝑜 𝑖𝑡 𝑖𝑠𝑛’𝑡 𝑎𝑛 𝑎𝑙𝑏𝑢𝑚 𝑡ℎ𝑎𝑡 𝑓𝑖𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑝𝑒𝑜𝑝𝑙𝑒 𝑞𝑢𝑒𝑢𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑎𝑡 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑑𝑜𝑜𝑟 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑜𝑛 𝑟𝑒𝑙𝑒𝑎𝑠𝑒 𝑑𝑎𝑦. 𝐵𝑢𝑡 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑠𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤, 𝑖𝑡 𝑎𝑝𝑝𝑒𝑎𝑟𝑠 𝑡𝑜 ℎ𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑦 𝑤𝑒𝑙𝑙 𝑟𝑒𝑐𝑒𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑑.
4️⃣ Blur - The Ballad Of Darren
Hardly one you will have missed but it would be remiss of us not to mention that Blur have a new album out. Plus it’s been a bit of a quiet release week and we need content. While Record Culture (correction: Lee) is not the biggest proponent of the Blur thing, truth be told, it’s one of the biggest sellers of the year so far for a reason. Not for the first time, WHAT THE HELL DO WE KNOW?! (correction: What does Lee know?!) It’s now available on blue vinyl and deluxe CD.
📣 Shop Reaction: 𝑀𝑎𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑣𝑒, 𝑛𝑎𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑎𝑙𝑙𝑦. 𝐴 𝑏𝑖𝑔 𝑠𝑒𝑙𝑙𝑒𝑟, 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝑦𝑒𝑡 𝑡𝑜 ℎ𝑒𝑎𝑟 𝑚𝑢𝑐ℎ 𝑖𝑛 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑦 𝑜𝑓 𝑜𝑝𝑖𝑛𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑝𝑖𝑒𝑐𝑒𝑠 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑐𝑢𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑟𝑠, 𝑡ℎ𝑜𝑢𝑔ℎ 𝐼’𝑚 𝑠𝑢𝑟𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒𝑦 𝑤𝑖𝑙𝑙 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑒 𝑎𝑠 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑒𝑒𝑘 𝑒𝑣𝑜𝑙𝑣𝑒𝑠. 𝑂𝑢𝑟 𝐼𝑚𝑜𝑔𝑒𝑛 𝑠𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑠 𝑚𝑖𝑥𝑒𝑑 𝑜𝑛 𝑖𝑡 𝑠𝑜 𝑓𝑎𝑟. 𝑆ℎ𝑒 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑔𝑜𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑜 𝑑𝑜 𝑎 𝑚𝑖𝑛𝑖 𝑤𝑟𝑖𝑡𝑒-𝑢𝑝 ℎ𝑒𝑟𝑒 𝑏𝑢𝑡 𝑤𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑒𝑒 𝑂𝑝𝑝𝑒𝑛ℎ𝑒𝑖𝑚𝑒𝑟 𝑖𝑛𝑠𝑡𝑒𝑎𝑑. 𝐹𝑎𝑖𝑟 𝑒𝑔𝑔, 𝐼 𝑠𝑎𝑦.