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Album review: Black Flower – ‘Magma’: a perfumed souk of North African psych jazz from the Lowlands quintet

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Album review: Claude Cooper – ‘Myriad Sounds’: taut, essential Bristol jazz breaks and cinematic LSD groove

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Album Review: Boris – W

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Welcome to the end of the fear show! After everyone was grounded in 2021 Bognor braced itself for the return of the Rockaway Beach Festival. In the middle of a continuing pandemic? Really? As an idea it seemed crazier than the competitors in the notorious Bognor Birdman contest – a true leap of faith! During …

Today, Chaos Records announces March 25th as the international release date for the highly anticipated second album of Chile’s Mortify, Fragments at the Edge of Sorrow, on CD format. Hailing from the city of Concepción, Chile’s Mortify formed in 2013. Since their inception through the present, the band has been influenced by various bands associated with the death metal genre, such as Exmortis (USA), …

From fetish clubs to catwalks, Boy Harsher have amassed a cult-like following for their broody, atmospheric beats. Stepping up the cinematics, in addition to Friday’s album release they’ve just premiered their own short film, via streaming platform Shudder. Entirely written, produced and directed by the duo, the film is a horror-style “documentary” about their recording …

The sun always shines brighter when Brisbane dream pop shoegaze queen Hatchie releases another sonic gemstone, and she strikes again with new single ‘Quicksand’. Hatchie, the moniker of Harriette Pilbeam, having signed with US label Secretly Canadian, also has announced the release of her second album, ‘Giving The World Away’ on Friday, 22 April 2022 …

Canadian duo Altameda are back with a new single, Nightmare Town, and we’re absolutely delighted to premiere it right here on Backseat Mafia. It’s out today via Modern Sky, and is based largely on the film Badlands, and the true story that it’s loosely based on. Of the track, the band say “Though the violence …

After releasing their excellent album ‘Crawler’ last year, Idles have hit the road on a huge world tour in support. They are currently on the UK leg where our Nicole Osrin went along to the bands Brixton gig at the O2 Academy to capture all the chaos and joy. Purchase the bands album here Find …

Strange Bones and Calva Louise’s co-headline tour rolled into Sheffield treating The Leadmill to a kaleidoscopic feast of visual effects as high octane punk rock met electronic cyber punk insanity.  Local rockers Nova, warmed up the Leadmill’s early bird attendees with an intense set of heavy progressive rock. Guitarist Tom Whitehead’s playing had an intensity …

Emily Barker has just released a ‘Room 822’ her new album, which is a homage to 10 iconic Australian songs. The album was recorded in a Perth hotel room when Barker and husband, Lukas Drinkwater were in quarantine in a Perth hotel during October 2021. The pair are based in the UK and knowing that …

The magnificent The Church have announced the resumption of normal services with the announcement of new dates for a US tour. Originally set to celebrate 40 years of music in 2020 and inevitably postponed due to – well, you know what – the band has set new dates on the brink of the release of …

There’s a rumour that Western Australia churns out these talented bands in factories, and they certainly don’t believe in overproduction. Off the back of last year’s sophomore EP ‘Party Friends’, the dynamically adroit surf rock trio Pretty Uglys have kicked off the new year with their latest offering, ‘Situation City’. The track’s relaxed pulse is …