Five Things We Liked This Week – 28/08/2015

5. The story of Jesus and the Carpet Samples

Bristol Fuzz-Pop band Jesuits are incredibly new, so new in fact this is the first song they’ve ever released. Carpet Floors merges the reverberating guitar sounds of 1960’s Psychedelia with the crunching intensity of the 1990’s alt-rock purveyed by the likes of Pavement or Elastica. That they’ve supported Menace Beach and Yak will be no huge shock to anyone’s system.

Jesuits have done a number of recordings at Portishead’s J & J Studios ahead of future releases, but for now there’s just this excellent track to be getting on with, and with a running time of under two minutes, we can only hope they hurry back soon.

Carpet Floors is out now. Jesuits play The Exchange in Bristol on September 7th.

4. Please Don’t Tell Anyone About Grassfight

Grassfight formed in the Texan musical hotbed of Denton; home of Midlake amongst others. Whilst sitting in a Christmas-lit storage locker they felt worryingly stuck in the slow paced way of Denton life and decided there and then to move to the bright lights of New York City. Listening to their new single Please Don’t Tell, it’s abundantly clear that the move has paid off.

Please Don’t Tell merges the angular bass riffs of Interpol, the laid back drawl of The National and sounds unquestionably like a New York record. The title of the track, lifted from a speak-easy style bar in East Village, is also the title of their upcoming EP. The EP’s five tracks written in and inspired by the streets of New York, examine life, relationships (singer Nathan and bass player Tamsi’s relationship ended shortly after the recording of the album) and the inspiration a new surrounding can bring.

The Please Don’t Tell EP is out October 9th via Cold Records. 

3. Brighton is Mutating

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This week saw the launch of a brand spanking new inner-city multi-day festival in Brighton, Mutations. It’s early days for the line up but thus far the bill is both rather wonderful and incredibly eclectic. Beardy-Texan acoustic wonder Josh T.Pearson is probably the pick of the acts, and he’s joined by Canadian noise-punkers Metz, timeless country-tinged pop from Natalie Prass and the intensity of legendary live act Lighting Bolt.

Following in the footsteps of A Carefully Planned Festival, Dot 2 Dot and of course The Great Escape, Mutations is the latest in a long line of excellent inner city festivals. Indeed with the freedom from camping and adverse weather conditions, maybe one day all festivals will end up safely indoors just like Mutations.

Mutations Festival takes place on the 28th and 29th of November in venues across Brighton and Hove.

2. Haiku Salut Hitting Stereotypes With Spades Since 2010

Haiku Salut’s new single, Hearts Not Parts, is lifted from their excellent Etch And Etch Deep album. You don’t need us to tell you again how excellent Haiku Salut’s music is (you can just read the review of the album HERE), so instead we’re going to tell you how great their new video is.

The concept of the video was to create a “hyper real feminist horror movie” about the “media’s destructive stereotypes” and how they influence how a viewer receives the information put in front of them. We won’t spoil the experience for you, but it’s safe to say in this video all is not as it initially seems. As well as releasing a new single Haiku Salut are heading out on tour with their superb Lamp Show, not to be missed.

Etch And Etch Deep is out now on How Does It Feel To Be Loved? Haiku Salut tour the UK in September, including a date at Westminster Reference Library in London.

1. Anything But Normil

On the first of June 1985, brilliantly described in Normil Hawaiians press release as the, “austere years of the post-punk permafrost”, the people’s Peace Convoy descended on Stonehenge. They were the victims of a police attack, “537 arrested, children terrorised, idealism and hope stamped on with fear and violence.” The oppressive Thatcherite government had spoken, they said we control you, and you do as we say. It was in the aftermath of these awful events that Normil Hawaiians third album, Return Of The Ranters was written, recorded and later shelved, never to see the light of the day.

Never to see the light of day until now; as the country is again gripped by austerity and a Conservative government, Normil Hawaiians have teamed up with Upset The Rhythm to reproduced their lost masterpiece. This week they shared the first taster of the album, The Battle Of Stonehenge, a track that starts with a traditional acapella-folk sound and later fuses with the anxious post-punk sounds that give away it’s 1980’s roots. The track builds with the anger the band so clearly felt about the awful events they experienced on that day, gradually becoming awash with guitars, echoing synths, tight-angular drumming and latterly agile violins, a mix of traditional Irish folk tones and a more jarring post-punk sound. It sounds as vibrant, unique and relevant now as it would have done had it been released back when it was recorded.

Return Of The Ranters is out October 23rd via Upset The Rhythm. Normil Hawaiians play The Lexington in London on October 24th.

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