FIVE THINGS WE LIKED THIS WEEK
5. Transporterrium Me To The Beach
Menance Beach are in no mood to stand still. Just a matter of months on from their critically acclaimed debut album, Ratworld, they’re already plotting their next release. The release will take the shape of a brand new five track EP, Super Transporterrium. Again recorded with MJ from Hookworms the EP will be released in September, but for now they’ve shared its title track as a teaser.
We described Ratworld as “a very good album by a very good band” and based on the evidence of the lead track Super Transporterrium, their new EP should offer even more evidence of the unquestionable talents of Menace Beach.
Super Transporterrium is out September 25th via Memphis Industries. Menace Beach play a number of festivals including End Of The Road, and have a few dates across the UK at the end of September.
4. Good Evening Sports Fans
That Sports’ second album, All Of Something, was engineered by Kyle Gilbride, who’s worked with Swearin’, Waxahatchee and Radiator Hospital, won’t come as a huge surprise to anyone who hears the album’s first single Saturday. It lasts just over a minute and packs a mighty punch of hooky punk-pop guitar lines and half yelped vocals, the male-female harmonies recalling those of the UK’s own punk-pop heroes Martha.
Whilst the album won’t see the light of day until the Autumn, having signed to Father/Daughter Records, home of the equally brilliant Diet Cig, this track certainly marks the Ohio based five piece out as one of the most exciting rackets that’s coming our way this year.
All Of Something is out October 30th on Father/Daughter Records.
3. Let It Grow To Its Maximum
Dave Sitek is quickly becoming one of music’s great movers and shakers. He may still be best known as the guitarist in TV On The Radio, but with production credits including Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Foals and Scarlet Johansson and a successful debut solo album under the pseudonym Maximum Balloon, he’s definitely keeping himself busy.
Five years on from Maximum Balloon’s debut album, Dave has just released Let It Grow, the first track from an upcoming, and as yet untitled follow up. Featuring the vocal talents of both Karen O and TV On The Radio bandmate Tunde Abebimpe and clocking in at over six minutes in length, Let It Grow is an ambitious slice of beautifully produced, gently melancholic, summer pop that certainly raises expectations ahead of the upcoming record.
Maximum Balloon’s as yet untitled new album is set to come out on Federal Prism later this year.
2. Every Dog Has Its Day
Ohio based, four-piece, power-punk outfit All Dogs are set to release their debut album, Kicking Every Day later this year and they might just be your new favourite band. Well that’s if their new single, That Kind Of Girl, is anything to go by.
That Kind Of Girl marks All Dogs out as natural contemporaries of Waxahatchee and Alvvays in the fuzzy indie-pop world. Echo drenched vocals sit atop hook heavy, distorted guitar riffing and one of this year’s finest and catchiest choruses. If the album is even half as good we’re in for a treat!
Kicking Every Day is out mid-August on Salinas Records. The release coincides with All Dogs embarking on a tour of the US.
1. BC Camplight’s Grin Cinema
Earlier this year Brian Christinzio, aka BC Camplight, released his third album, and first for eight years. That album, How To Die In The North, followed his relocation across an Ocean from Philadelphia to his new home in Manchester. Written, apparently, in a matter of week, How To Die In The North was a triumph, an album that saw Brian’s ambition and musical knowledge shine through on the best album of his career to date.
Visa problems have sadly halted recent tours as well as scheduled sets at End Of The Road and Greenman, but Brian’s not letting that hold him back. He returns with a video for the album third single, Grim Cinema. A frankly bizarre collection of old television and cinema footage, it fits well with the tracks retro tinged surf-pop tendencies, and whilst a touch of the nudity at the end means you should wait until you get home from work before you check the video out, it’s an excellent audio-visual coming together from one of this year’s best albums.
How To Die In The North is out now on Bella Union.