New Year/New Them – OH SEES put out another record for the new year!

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Just when you think you’re out, Dwyer and Co. pull you back in! Well, not really… Oh Sees should (and let’s face it – will) put out as many records as physically possible before they (or more likely – we) perish.

Having released two full lengths over the past six months (‘Orc‘ under the Oh Sees banner, ‘Memory Of A Cut Off Head’ under OCS), during the vinegar strokes of 2017 they decided to release yet another record – a limited edition 12!

An outtake from the sessions that made up Orc‘, Dead Medic’ sits in the ‘Raw Optics‘ camp in terms of exploration, taking the listener on a mind-boggling journey through the psyche of Dwyer. The flip side is a cover of ‘A Few Days Of Reflection’ from Swedish band Träd, Gräs & Stenar, which you can listen to here.

Whilst this began as a super limited edition release through the Castle Face Records website (which immediately sold out), there are allegedly more copies being released into the wild soon! Whilst you eagerly await that, listen to the hair-pulling insanity that is Dead Medic below.

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JOHN hook up with FRAUDS for Co-Headline Tour in February!

New Year, new them, eh? On the back of releasing their debut albums at the tail end of 2017, Southern duos JOHN and Frauds are hitting the open road together for a full on eight date tour around the UK this February!

Last year had both JOHN and Frauds play their biggest shows to date, with Frauds sharing stages with the likes of Jamie Lenman (ex-Reuben) and Future Of The Left, whilst JOHN opened up for Idles.

Though they may share the same numerical amount of limbs, both JOHN and Frauds offer up two different sides of the same noisy coin (maybe the satisfying one that you’ve found in your back pocket after New Years Eve perhaps?)
God Speed In The National Limit (JOHN) and With Morning Toast & Jam & Juice (Frauds) certainly bear testament to their unique live shows and you can find the dates on that handy poster at the top of this post. With it being February, you’ll have plenty of time to listen to both releases in the run up!

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a/s/l: Natalie Evans

Remember the days of the old schoolyard? Remember when Myspace was a thing? Remember those time-wasting, laborious quizzes that everyone used to love so much? Birthday Cake For Breakfast is bringing them back! 

Every couple of weeks, an unsuspecting band will be subject to the same old questions about dead bodies, Hitler, crying and crushes.  

This week: Solo singer and multi-instrumentalist Natalie Evans!

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a/s/l?
26/F/London.

Have you ever seen a dead body?
No.

Who is your favourite Simpsons character?
Haha oh no I was always more of a rugrats person.

What T-Shirt are you wearing?
Vasudeva band T shirt.

What did your last text message say?
Yeahh sounds good!

What’s the last song you listened to?
Mitski – ‘Once More To See You‘.

How did you meet the people in your band?
It’s just me at the moment.

What’s the first record you bought?
Green Day – ‘American Idiot’ / Good Charlotte – ‘The Young and the Hopeless’ – something like that.

What was your favourite VHS growing up?
Madonna – ‘Like a Virgin’ tour.

When was the last time you cried?
Today.

Have you ever kissed someone & regretted it?
Yes.

Best Physical Feature?
My tooth that sticks out.

Worst physical feature?
My tooth that sticks out.

Reasonably ok/not bad feature that you’re not fussed about?
That tooth.

Do you have any pets?
No but I’ve always wanted a dog.

Ever picked up any injuries on tour?
No.

What did you do for your last birthday?
Made my way back from a weekend of recording. I got stranded at the train station which was in the middle of nowhere, carried my harp to a nearby hotel for breakfast. Felt embarrassed at over-reacting to how nice the breakfast was. Met my family later for breakfast.

Name something you CANNOT wait for?
Stranger Things 3 / Bates Motel 5 on netflix.

Do you have a crush on someone?
Haha uhh no.

What’s the shittest experience you’ve had as a musician?
Going into instrument shops is always terrifying for me.

If you could go back in time, how far would you go?
I’ve always wished I played more video games as a kid and did more drawing too. And then I’d design a game and do all the art and music. Let’s say 4 years old.

How do you want to die?
Without knowing.

What’s your favourite thing about pizza?
I like bbq bases and some people are like NOOO.

What are you craving right now?
Sleep/rest.

Have you ever been on a horse?
No but I have walked horses with children on the horses.

What did you dream about last night?
That song ‘You Missed My Heart‘ by Mark Kozelek & Jimmy Lavelle. I was hanging out with my brother and he showed me a song that sounded really similar and I got annoyed that someone ripped it off.

If you could go back in time and kill the baby Hitler, would you?
I’d give him a happier/more rounded and accepting of others childhood.

Do you like Chinese food?
Yes but it’s not my absolute fave.

Have you ever been on TV?
Nope.

Ever meet someone famous?
A friend of a friend threw eggs at Simon Cowell.

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Astronaut / diver.

‘In Trees’ is available now through Small Pond Recordings, the first in a series of singles to be released by Natalie Evans ahead of her debut album release for the label! You can grab yourself a digital copy here.

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Top 50 of 2K17 #41 – 50: From Chiyoda Ku to Wot Gorilla?

Following on from our Top 50 songs of 2K17 earlier this year (which you can view herehereherehere and… here), we decided to have a look back throughout the year to put together another Top 50 tracks that we’ve been salivating over. Don’t say we don’t spoil you.

Chiyoda Ku – ‘Smile You’re On CCTV’ (How It Works)

From their stonking debut ‘How It Works’, ‘Smile You’re On CCTV’ is the Chiyoda Ku live staple. The Bristolian wunderkind trio really make it happen on this super cool number.

Kagoule – ‘Monsieur Automaton’ (Ra-Ra Rok Records)

More than welcome new material from gnarly Nottingham based trio Kagoule. From their much anticipated follow up to 2015’s ‘Urth’, Kagoule remain one of the most exciting bands coming out of the UK.

Seize The Chair – ‘Knew You’d Never Been There’ (Too Pure Singles Club)

Sheffield’s own Seize The Chair bring out some real MADCHESTER vibes on this shimmering belter for the Too Pure Singles Club. First heard on these very pages!

The Cribs – ‘In Your Palace(24/7 Rock Star Shit, Sonic Blew)

In Your Palace’ is another grunge-heavy smasher from The Cribs off their latest record, the Albini produced 24/7 Rock Star Shit. Mega chorus from the Jarman trio.

Jamie Lenman – ‘Mississippi(Devolver, Big Scary Monsters)

A proper ‘smell-the-shit’ chunky riff throughout this fucker. From his latest LP ‘Devolver’, Lenman reflects heavy on the raucous ‘Mississippi’, with the verse about his Pa being particularly brutal.

Omni – ‘Southbound Station’ (Multi-Task, Trouble In Mind Records)

Another blast from Omni and another single of the year contender. As is often the case with Omni, ‘Southbound Station’ became an instant earworm, such is its appeal. That closing stretch is 100% strength.

Pet Crow – ‘How Are You Wired?(Too Pure Singles Club)

A thundering blast of groovy garage-rock from Derby based quartet Pet Crow,How Are You Wired?’ is all swagger. We even had the pleasure of premiering it way back when!

H. Grimace – ‘Land/Body(Self Architect, Opposite Number)

Southern post-punk quartet H. Grimace are proper energised in ‘Land/Body’, the first single taken from their debut LP ‘Self Architect’. The cucumber cool vocal of Hannah Gledhill keeps in check throughout, even when the track delves into the occasional manic moment. Shades of Preoccupations.

Table Scraps – ‘Sick Of Me’ (Autonomy, Zen Ten)

Taken from their debut album ‘Autonomy’ (out early next year), the retro-tinged new single from Brummy trio Table Scraps is a thumping bite of garage-rock and/or roll.

Wot Gorilla? – ‘Kikuna’ (Angel Numbers)

Opening up with the daftest of intros (in a dead good way), the opener from the latest Wot Gorilla? release hardly lets up. Absolutely brutal in parts, it’s a massive shot of adrenaline right in the temple.

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Top 50 of 2K17 #31 – 40: From Baxter Dury to JOHN

Following on from our Top 50 songs of 2K17 earlier this year (which you can view herehereherehere and… here), we decided to have a look back throughout the year to put together another Top 50 tracks that we’ve been salivating over. Don’t say we don’t spoil you.

Baxter Dury – ‘Oi(Prince Of Tears, Heavenly Recordings)

You borrowed my bike forever

Harking back to a challenging childhood friendship, this blinding ditty from the latest Baxter Dury record excels in its imagery. Hilarious lyrically, the drawl of Baxter captivates.

Frauds – ‘Suck Jobs‘ (With Morning Toast & Jam & Juice, Till Deaf Do Us Party)

Absolute stonker of a riff, huge chorus and a piss-funny vocal delivery. This absolute beast comes as part of Frauds’ brutal debut LP ‘With Morning Toast & Jam & Juice’.

Duds – ‘Elastic Feel’(Of A Nature Or Degree, Castle Face Records)

Another appearance from Duds, this time the first single announced from their debut albumOf A Nature Or Degree’. Being the first UK band to join the Castle Face Records family, the tightrope-tense ‘Elastic Feel’ opened up Duds to a wider audience. Lucky then that they knocked it out of the park. Vital.

LCD Soundsystem – ‘how do you sleep?(American Dream, DFA Records)

The perfect LCD Soundsystem jam, this. On a recent holiday in Munich, this became a bit of an anthem. An unreal build throughout its 9 minutes.

Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts – ‘Pretty Prizes’ (Milano, Columbia)

You’ve got to quench that Parquet Courts thirst somehow, right? Chuck Karen O into the mix and you’ve got this delightful little back and forth under Italian composer Daniele Luppi (he of Gnarls BarkleyCrazy’ fame).

Demob Happy – ‘Be Your Man’ (Holy Doom, SO Recordings)

Very much channelling mid-noughties Queens of the Stone Age and – dare I say it, The BeatlesDemob Happy bring out all the swagger on ‘Be Your Man’. Packed full of gnarly riffs this one.

METZ – ‘Cellophane’ (Strange Peace, Sub Pop Records)

Proper catchy bit of pulverising noize from usual suspects METZ. Taken from their new record ‘Strange Peace’, the New Yorker’s hooked up with Albini on this one to capture their raucous sound as it should be.

Mush – ‘Luxury Animals(Art Is Hard Records)

Soon to become a household name, Leeds quartet Mush add a little dash of Britpop flavouring into their garage-rock sound on latest single ‘Luxury Animals’. This builds into a total ripper, believe me!

And So I Watch You From Afar – ‘A Slow Unfolding Of Wings(The Endless Shimmering, Sargent House)

An absolute stonker of a tune from Northern Ireland’s And So I Watch You From Afar, ‘A Slow Unfolding Of Wings’ captures the quartet at their most epic. Joyous and uplifting, it’s an instant hit from their latest record ‘The Endless Shimmering’.

JOHN – ‘Local Blood Sport(Too Pure Singles Club)

Carrying on the tradition of really horrid, loud bands on the Too Pure Singles Club, ‘Local Blood Sport’ is a super distorted assault from JOHN, our favourite duo from Crystal Palace. A perfect accompaniment to their debut album ‘God Speed In The National Limit’ (which also came out this year).

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Top 50 of 2K17 #21 – 30: From Nadine Shah to Flat Worms

Following on from our Top 50 songs of 2K17 earlier this year (which you can view herehereherehere and… here), we decided to have a look back throughout the year to put together another Top 50 tracks that we’ve been salivating over. Don’t say we don’t spoil you.

Nadine Shah – ‘Place Like This(Holiday Destination, 1965 Records Limited)

Very much in the same style vein as Cate Le Bon (one of our favourites), the opener from Nadine Shah’s new record ‘Holiday Destinationis a proper energising cut, one which we’ve been spinning since its release in August.

Sparks – ‘I Wish You Were Fun’ (Hippopotamus, BMG Rights Management)

The second appearance from Sparks in our list, this little throwback number from brothers Ron and Russell Mael is lovely. No other way to put it, really. A proper earworm of a chorus too.

Thank – ‘Punching Bag(Sexghost Hellscape, Cruel Nature Records)

From their brutal debut EP released a few months back (which you can listen to here), ‘Punching Bag’ is very much that. A furious head-kick from this Leeds based crew, it’s particularly jarring. Likely the first song to feature the lyrics ‘…Shit in my hands and clap’. Very much a cold shower afterwards.

Downtown Boys – ‘A Wall‘ (Cost of Living, Sub Pop Records)

Gnarly, high-intensity punk from Rhode Island. Downtown Boys get stuck in from the word go, vocalist Victoria Ruiz howling every word so emphatically it’s hard not to join with guitarist Joey DeFrancesco when he calls back ‘Fuck It’. Love that sax, man!

Oh Sees ‘Animated Violence’ (Orc, Castle Face Records)

Double drummers of the world, unite and take over. This is one of the many face-melters taken from Orc’, the 19th album in Oh Sees oeuvre (so Dwyer recalls, anyway!) A proper beast of a record, ‘Animated Violence’ in particular sounds gigantic!

Thundercat – ‘Them Changes(Drunk, Brainfeeder)

Admittedly, this has been knocking about for years. But thanks to its inclusion on ‘Drunk’, the most recent opus from Los Angeles native Thundercat, we’re sticking it in our Top 50 for this year. Hell, I can see it making next year’s list too!

Snake Eyes – ‘Trouble(Sacred Bones Records)

As heard in the new series of Twin Peaks – and being very much the exact sort of thing you’d hear in Twin Peaks – this collab between Riley Lynch (David’s kid), Dean Hurley and Alex Zhang Hungtai (Dirty Beaches) has got that smoky room noir feeling all tied up.

Omni – ‘Equestrian(Multi-Task, Trouble In Mind Records)

Potentially our single of the year. The first track taken from Atlanta trio Omni’s second LP ‘Multi-Task takes their super-catchy brand of jerky post-punk and ups the dosage. Well in.

The Breeders – ‘Wait In The Car’ (4AD)

Very much a Breeders song, which is 100% a good thing. Short, scrappy and loads of fun, it’s a welcome *proper* return from the *proper* line-up, and a sure fire sign of good things to come.

Flat Worms – ‘Pearl(Flat Worms, Castle Face Records)

Absolute ripper from this LA trio, featuring our boy Tim Hellman (of Thee Oh Sees fame). This record, their rager of a self-titled debut, has been on repeat in our gaff for the past fortnight. Cover of the year contender too!

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