Track Of The Day: The Kut – ‘Hollywood Rock N Roll’

Following success for their debut album Valley Of Thorns, and having wowed audiences at the likes of Camden Rocks, Rebellion and Amplified festivals, rockers The Kut return with a riotous video for new single ‘Hollywood Rock N Roll’.

Propelled by a thrashing, angst-driven energy, ‘Hollywood Rock N Roll’ relents the state of Hollywood and the world in general. With the raw, gritty vocals of front-woman Princess Maha, alongside racing riffs and pounding beats, it builds to an anthemic blast of raging rock that’ll grab your attention in an instant with its seething power.

Watch the band tear up Hollywood in the new video here:

And catch The Kut live on their UK tour:

16th August – The Chelsea Inn, Bristol
17th August – The Moon, Cardiff
18th August – Club 85, Hitchin
19th August – The Islington, London
14th August – Byline Festival, East Sussex
31st August – Wilkestock Festival, Stevenage
30th September – Sonder Festival, Manchester
27th October – Star and Garter, Manchester
4th November – Croydon Rocks Festival, Croydon

Mari Lane
@marimindles

 

LISTEN: She Drew The Gun – ‘Resister’

A measured but rallying cry to persevere in the face of adversity: ‘Resister’ is the new single from She Drew The Gun. The track is taken from their upcoming album Revolution Of Mind, due to be released on October 5th via Skeleton Key Records.

‘Resister’ hosts buzzing guitar riffs, persistent percussion and lyrics fused with empowering messages. “Empowerment; resisting; arming yourself with knowledge; questioning the status quo, questioning your own state of mind and how its affected by the systems we live in” are themes that permeate the new record, as guitarist & songwriter Louisa Roach explains.

Produced by James Skelly (The Coral) at Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios, Revolution Of Mind is set to be another powerful collection of songs from this affluent and informed songwriter. She Drew The Gun will return to the live scene following the release of their album, supporting The Coral on all dates of their UK tour. Listen to ‘Resister’ below and follow She Drew The Gun on Facebook for more updates.

She Drew The Gun 2018 Tour Dates (w/ The Coral)
WEDS 3 NEWCASTLE, Riverside
FRI 5 BIRMINGHAM, O2 Institute
SAT 6 LEEDS, Beckett Students’ Union
SUN 7 SHEFFIELD, Leadmill
TUE 9 BRISTOL, SWX
THURS 11 LONDON, KOKO
FRI 12 LIVERPOOL, University The Mountford Hall
SAT 13 MANCHESTER, Albert Hall

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Sit Down – ‘Mothership’

Inspired by their love of sci-fi & Route 66: Brighton-based duo Sit Down have shared a video for their single ‘Mothership’. Filmed entirely on VHS by the band during an American road-trip, the visuals show the pair frequenting highways and diners as their thunderous single plays on in the background.

The video has been released alongside the the exciting announcement that they will play Reading and Leeds Festivals this year for BBC Introducing. Taken from their recent debut EP Cheap Luxe, ‘Mothership’ is a blur of aliens and autonomy, as drumming front woman Katie Oldham explains: “There’s an undeniably feminist message behind it, like there is with the majority of our songs. It’s mostly about growing into womanhood, but also just loving the idea of this huge all-powerful alien queen invading earth to save us from horrible men.”

The band are keen to keep things DIY too, as Guitarist Greg Burns adds: “The decision to film ‘Mothership’ on VHS was not just purely for the aesthetic, it also embodies exactly what we stand for with Cheap Luxe, the namesake of our EP. To us, Cheap Luxe is embracing the crude, ramshackle reality of life in a world so obsessed with projecting perfection. It’s about this real, gritty rawness that’s so much more fun than taking yourself seriously. Doing everything DIY is important to us, and there was something so magic about working so hard to go on this once in a lifetime adventure and film this thing, which we could only then afford to do on an old camcorder we got for a few quid at a car boot sale. It’s perfect.”

We think Sit Down are perfect too! Watch the video below and follow the band on Facebook for more updates.

Sit Down have also released a photo diary zine, featuring 35mm film snapshots behind the scenes of the ‘Mothership’ video, which are available on their bandcamp page.

Sit Down 2018 Tour Dates
August 17th – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton w/ Gloo
August 23rd – Old Blue Last, London w/ Average Sex
August 25th – BBC Introducing Stage, Reading Festival
August 26th – BBC Introducing Stage, Leeds Festival
October 13th – The 2nd Floor, Chester

Photo Credit: Bridie Florence

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Ghum – ‘I’m The Storm’

After wowing us on numerous occasions with their immersive live performance (most recently at Indietracks Festival), and following last single ‘TV’, GIHE faves Ghum are back with brand new video for bewitching new single ‘I’m The Storm’.

Building the tension with throbbing bass-lines and whirring Cure-reminiscent hooks as the magnetising charisma of Laura Guerrero Lora’s vocals soar, ‘I’m The Storm’ oozes a swirling captivating haze. With their immersive gothic energy, the band’s sparkling haunting sounds float into the ears with a majestic grace, sending shivers down the spine. Once again, Ghum’s sweeping dark-pop proves they’re a band who deserve to be heard.

Of the track, guitarist Jojo Khor explains:

“‘I’m The Storm’ speaks about the difficulties of being in a relationship and not being able to give what your partner wants. It talks about the silent internal suffering you experience before breaking up with someone, the calm before the storm.”

Watch the eerily quirky video for ‘I’m The Storm’ here:

‘I’m The Storm’ / ‘Undone’ double A Side is out now. Check them both out on Bandcamp. And make sure you catch Ghum live (you won’t regret it!) at the following dates:

18th August: The Old Blue Last, London – Single Release Party
11th September: The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
12th September: Autonomous Space, Glasgow
13th September: Delicious Clam, Sheffield
14th September: The Moon, Cardiff
19th September: Aces & Eights, London
12th October: The Moth Club, London – with Night Flowers
10th November: The Moth Club, London – with Projector and Gaygirl

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Get In Her Ears Live @ The Finsbury w/ Thunder On The Left, 10.08.18

Following a host of super amazing bands playing for us recently – including LIINES, Witch Fever, The Magnettes, H.Grimace, The Menstrual Cramps and The Empty Page  – we were back at The Finsbury on Friday for another jam-packed night of the best new music.

Immediately blowing us away, recent favourites Scrounge deliver their intense and utterly captivating sounds to kick off the night. As front woman Lucy’s immense vocals rage alongside whirring, scuzzy hooks and Luke’s thrashing beats, they continue to prove themselves to be one of the most exciting bands around.

 

Next up, Leeds’ Nervous Twitch uplift and inspire with their vibrant and energy-fuelled punk-pop offerings. With a colourful wit and sunny sparkle, it’s impossible not to be left feeling a joyous sense of empowerment at their instantly catchy creations.

Penultimate band of the night, Brighton’s ARXX, blast into our ears and dazzle our ears with all the seething, glitter-filled energy you could ever ask for. With the immense of power Hannah’s gritty vocals and raging riffs alongside Clara’s high-octane thrashing beats, their mighty grunge-fuelled offerings take our breath away once again.

Finally, headliners Thunder On The Left deliver a memorable, angst-driven set. Bounding across the stage with a riotous energy, front woman Carla blasts out a torrent of blazing vocals as frenzied hooks race alongside pummelling beats. A perfect outpouring of fiery emotion and refreshing honesty, the trio leave us ready – fists clenched – to take on anything with their infectious, ferocious power.

HUGE thanks to the four incredible bands who played for us on Friday, it was a dream of a night. And we’re already getting excited about next month’s gig on 14th September with Wendy Rae Fowler headlining!

Words: Mari Lane / @marimindles
Photos: Jon Mo / @jonmophotography

Track Of The Day: SEX CELLS – ‘Hell Is Where The Heart Is’

Dystopian visuals and moody synths permeate SEX CELLS debut single ‘Hell Is Where The Heart Is’. Described as “a mixture of Suicide, Psychic TV, and Art House sensibilities” SEX CELLS – aka Matt Kilda and Willow Vincent – fuse visual art and vicarious noise to create challenging new sounds.

The London-based synth duo will release ‘Hell Is Where The Heart Is’ as a double A-Side release, which will be available digitally & on limited edition 7″ vinyl on their own label, Pretty Ugly Records. Under the guidance of Raf.E and produced by Dave M. Allen (The Cure, Yassassin), the two songs will be accompanied by a series of surrealist artworks made by the band.

Formed in down-and-out circumstances, SEX CELLS were originally hobbyist promoters who ran monthly nights of live music and visual projections for experimental noise acts. After being ripped off in a house rental scam, the duo turned their anger in to music in a Peckham rehearsal room, documenting their desperation with a synth and house drum kit.

Since then, SEX CELLS have shared stages with bands such as Meatraffle, Madonnatron, The Rhythm Method, and HMLTD. They’ll be back on stage tonight (Aug 9th) at The Finsbury supporting noise-pop merchants TAYNE (Free gig: event details here).

Listen to ‘Hell Is Where The Heart Is’ below and follow SEX CELLS on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

EP: Militant Girlfriend – ‘Militant Girlfriend’

Tell me girls in grunge died off in the ’90s and I’ll happily inform you that the word grunge was merely a byproduct of the human need to label just about everything. Be it Marilyn Manson or Mark Arm who coined the term first, it’s boring, and not befitting the bands whose influence can be heard in Militant Girlfriend’s brand new self-titled EP.

While I hate comparing bands to others who have gone before, I do so in the way that no two bands are the same, and every member of them is uniquely brilliant of their own accord. It’s not that Militant Girlfriend sound like they’re from the early ’90s, or other bands I’ve reviewed have been from a similar era or different, but that they could, back in the day, very easily have shared a bill with the likes of Veruca Salt and L7 or 7 Year Bitch (or at one of our Get in her Ears nights, which bring about the same feeling – which they did a few months ago!).

 

Militant Girlfriend’s solidly chromatic harmonies give their self-proclaimed queer as fuck rock music layers, and their voices work well together, often spinning different tales in the same few words like their forebears Post and Gordon or the Deals. Their EP proves that, in music, minimalism can be everything and more, that all a girl needs to do to start her own band is pick up a guitar and do it. Strong riffs, great vocals, highlight of the collection ‘Marge’ is like vintage Radiohead and Mazzy Star were thrown into a blender and then poured into a fine pint glass with a fancy design. This is a track that stands out on a brilliant album by a band that know how to work: together.

Militant Girlfriend is available to buy now on Bandcamp.

Em Burfitt
@fenderqueer