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Album review: New Bums – ‘Last Time I Saw Grace’: Ben and Donovan reveal an unexpected treat

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TRACK: DARKSTAR – JAM

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TRACK: OILBIRDS – I WILL NOT BE DENIED

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With an innate cool guitar driven bop, the new single by Colleen Green is an absolute joy. A simple three chord buzzing guitar rhythm, driving drums and a rousing chorus deliver a low-fi gem. Think of the vibe of a sixties jam and an nineties sensibility – The Ronettes meets The Breeders and The Raveonettes. …

There is a power and intensity to the new single ‘Disco’ from Brooklyn band Geese that belies their young age and explains why they have been signed to the eminent label Partisan Records. Initial impressions are that this is a band that has been influenced by the Irish wave of post punk bands like The …

Qualified optimism never sounded so melancholic and measured than in the beautiful debut single from The Petrov Affair, a Sydney trio consisting of Murray Lee (Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar), Bruce Thomas (Guitar, Vocals) and Glenn Cone (Bass). Members were formerly in the band The Lee Three. ‘Back On Top’ has a stately and yearning piano riff …

Perth’s Rinehearts have delivered a perfectly formed package of power pop jangle in their new single ‘One Thing One Time’. Combining a chiming guitar attack with heavenly harmonies and a punchy melody, the vocals have a little grit, a little emotion, all forming the sort of charming sixties-flavoured joy one needs to brighten the skies. …

If you like a bit of jingle jangle guitar pop basted in a lashing of sixties sauce, then the iconic trio Even have just the thing for you – the tasty morsel of ‘Six Monkeys’. This is a bright and brilliant star in the firmament: a swinging, frilled sleeve suede-jacketed vibe with glorious melodies and …

We’ve closely followed the career of Blackpool’s finest, Jekyll, since their debut and enthusiastically reviewed their last release – the magnificent EP ‘The Whispering Gallery’ – last year. With only a splendid cover of Japan’s Nightporter released since then (showing exemplary good taste), it is great to see the band back in full post COVID …

‘Believe Anything’, the new track from the formidable duo Holy Holy, is a gurgling brook of a song – an electronic thrumming provides a bubbling undercurrent over which effervescent synths stream and epic vocals float. Brief interludes provide a moments of string-laden repose, but this is a full throttle blast of energy that is vibrant …

Louis and the Shakes have an unerring ability to create gyrating dance hall fillers that create disturbances in the atmosphere. After blasting away the cobwebs last April with ‘Losing My Mind‘, the band is back with ‘On One’: a track that eases just ever so slightly on the brakes but turns up the dirty, scuzzy …

CALIFORNIAN staple The Mountain Goats have released the title track “Dark in Here” ahead of their album, out on June 25th on Merge Records. Led by songwriter John Darnielle, the band’s sound on “Dark In Here” could be summed up as a sinister, wild yet calming Spaghetti Western soundtrack; instead of guns as ammo you …

Astari Nite have perfected a deep dark gothic songwriting craft that is deliciously enjoyable, poised and full of swagger. The new single, ‘Pocketful of Posies’ does not deviate: it is another elegantly crafted slice of gothic heaven – lead singer Mychael’s voice sonorous and powerful, the instrumentation insistent and driving. Mychael enigmatically says of the …