Phil Moore’s classy 60s outfit The Kumari are back with a new single. After the amazing 45 on Hey Girl! they’ve now made a reputation for themselves to live up to. “Walking” is available now from the French label Croque Macadam. While the flip “Beam” is very similar to the folk-rock stylings of their last outing, the top lays down some serious grooves. “Walking” sounds like The See See at the wildest and best. Now we’re just waiting for The Kumari to make it over to Scandinavia for some gigs.
Here’s the latest podcast from me, uploaded a couple of weeks ago actually. It features a bunch of new tracks from bands like Drinks (Tim Presley & Cate Le Bon), new faves C.C.T.V. (Coneheads off-shoot), Raw Nerves and Salad Boys outta New Zealand, lots of Aussie goodness, Destruction Unit (whom I am watching in Sweden tonight) and an amazing track from a new Fungi Girls tapes full of outtakes from the band’s short existence.
Chris Forsyth & Koen Holtkamp – Alternator
Drinks – Cannon Mouth
C.C.T.V. – Anxiety
Fungi Girls – Casino Dance
The Raw Nerves – I Love This Town
Radioactivity – Silent Kill
The Barreracudas – Cut Me Loose
Salad Boys – Bow to Your New Sensation
Totally Mild – Work It Out
Blank Realm – Palace of Love
Ducktails – Into the Sky
Sonny & the Sunsets – Baby Jokin
Empat Lima – Epic Mountain Song
Terrible Truths – Sink Or Swim
Hierophants – 321
Ghetto Ghouls – Right Hand
Uniform – Faces
Black Panties – Hot Tub Livin
Destruction Unit – If Death Ever Slept
Flesh World – Your Love Is Like a House
Love of Diagrams – Racing
Kitchen’s Floor – Down
Buck Biloxi and the Fucks – Right Down the Street
Primitive Parts – Rented Houses
The Loons – Out of the Frame
Jessie Jones – Twelve Hour Man
Angie – Ricky Street
Paul Messis has been busy making the rounds with The Higher State, of which he is now the only member apart from founder Marty Radcliffe (The Mystreated). Finally, Messis has returned with a new solo single, this time on his own label Market Square. With a string on brilliant 45s and two LPs on labels like 13 O’Clock and State he has built a solid reputation for himself, but he still does not have a band. Working the one-man-band sound to its limits, Messis has turned out what I believe is his best single yet – combining all the aspects of his sound with a cleverly nonchalant vocal. In particular, the b-side “As Time Rolls By” is a fine piece of songwriting. The first 100 copies come with the yellow photocopied sleeve above.
Everyone might not be familiar with the fact that Messis is also the artist behind the Suburban Homes moniker which has received quite a bit of attention after their initial 45, also released on Market Square. Punk labels around the world paid attention and Totally Punk snapped them up for their new release “Conformity In the UK”. For Messis it has been a relief to work on these much simpler and straightforward tunes, and he has managed to squeeze a fair bit of aggression and frustration in there. Let’s just hope that is not the only driving force behind his music, or we will stop culling the fruits of his labour as soon as things start to look up in the world. On second thought, that is not bound to happen any time soon.
After an album they were mildly disappointed with, The Wrong Society from Hamburg released a fantastic single last year. It was called “To Be Free”, came out on a small label and was full of angsty and moody 60s garage stylings. Bernie and Kai have done a great job spreading the word about the group and now they have a new single out on Paul Messis’ boutique label Market Square. The new one has “She Destroyed Me” on the a-side, a particularly honest put-down number with plenty of organ. The jangly New England sound of the flip is paired with some evil-sounding fuzz, to make what is probably their best song so far.
Worthless is a weirdo DIY group from Brooklyn, who released an interesting psychedelic album called Keep Sleeping a few years ago on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond (also the home of Heaters). I was less impressed with the new album All My Friends Are Stone that is out now on the same label. It devotes most of its time to the 17-minute closing track and never gets to the high of “We’ve Always Been Here”. However, they also have a single out on Market Square and now we’re talking. The b-side “Softest” will in particular appeal to those who liked the Smoking Trees album from earlier this year – and definitely any fan of the The Fugs.
Heaters are back with a second album, out on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond – and the coloured vinyl is almost sold out already. I love my green copy of the non-album single “Mean Green” and while this record is more mellow it’s still bang on psychedelic stuff. Holy Water Pool will keep you dreaming about sunny poolsides a bit longer.
In case you didn’t know, The Mantles have got their act together and recorded another album’s worth of Bay Area goodness. The brilliantly titled All Odds End, is out at the end of the month but you can already check out the nervy “Hate to See You Go” and a couple more on Soundcloud. This actually reminds me of the new Blank Realm record out on Bedroom Suck, which is quickly becoming a favourite of 2015.
Matt Rendon of The Resonars is back. After having played in bands like Lenguas Largas, The Knockout Pills and Freezing Hands, he’s now started a new studio project called The Butterscotch Cathedral. It picks up where he left off with the latest album Crummy Desert Sound, which I rated top album of that year. The new one is equally ambitious, upping the ante for his experimental side even more. The self-titled concept album is a tribute to baroque pop masterpieces like Odessey and Oracle and perhaps most notably Tommy. Rendon has often mentioned the immense influence of The Who on his music-making, and you can also spot traces of Butterfly-era Hollies on this one. This is a brilliant record with only 3 tracks – the first one doesn’t even have a title. Head over to Trouble in Mind to pick up your copy before the release on Friday – trust me, this is not one you want to listen to on Spotify or the horrible Apple Music.
One of the most interesting new bands to appear is ex-Splinters outfit Scully, who just released a split single with La Luz in the LAMC series. This track is brilliant! Free downloads as usual, and check out their demo tape too.
The Magnetic Mind has been the London band to watch for a while now. And now their debut album is finally out on Rowed Out, and it’s threatening to be the best album of the year. You could hear the brilliant “When the Morning Comes” in the last RECORD TURNOVER podcast, and be sure not to miss them at Double Sight, Glasgow’s and the world’s premier psychedelic weekender.