Track Of The Day: Cheerbleederz – ‘Disco’

Following the fuzzy, whirring energy of last single ‘Staying Up Late’, London trio Cheerbleederz have now shared another uplifting offering.

Propelled by a jangly energy, new single ‘Disco’ is filled with scuzzy hooks and sugar-sweet vocals as refreshingly angsty, wholly relatable lyrics (“I was never picked at the disco” feeling particularly resonant…) flow with a twinkling emotion. Oozing the catchiest indie-pop vibes, it’s an effervescent, wonderfully infectious reflection on everyday anxieties.

Created by Jono Ganz, watch the perfectly colourful animated new video for ‘Disco’ here:

‘Disco’ is out now via Alcopop Records.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

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Track Of The Day: Petrol Girls – ‘Monstrous’

​”This is not all of me / I choose the parts you see” reveals Petrol Girls‘ vocalist Ren Aldridge in the opening lyrics to the band’s latest track, ‘Monstrous’. Stretched over visceral riffs and piston-like percussion, Ren’s lyrics compliment the single’s accompanying video (filmed by Martyna Wisniewska), which shows Ren and her band mates sharing intimate moments both on, and off stage during their tours with Refused, Thrice and La Dispute.

Ren articulately explains the feelings that inspired ‘Monstrous’: “(The track) is about feeling mined and drained and too much and not enough and, ultimately, monstrous. It’s also about how I sometimes feel on stage or on social media. Sometimes I find fronting a feminist band too much pressure from too many different directions.” Whilst Ren’s insecurities are laid bare here, with the band’s cathartic backdrop of noisy guitar and knockout drumming, ‘Monstrous’ feels like a lesson in spine-strengthening self awareness.

Petrol Girls are currently on their UK tour, and are set to headline Oslo in Hackney tonight (16th Jan – event details here). The band will then head to Scotland and Ireland later this month, before heading off to play European shows in February. They’ll also be visiting North America for the first time, where they’ll be playing SXSW and New Colossus later this year. 2020 looks set to be another successful year for these feminist punks.

Watch the video for ‘Monstrous’ below and follow Petrol Girls on Facebook for more updates.

Petrol Girls UK & Ireland Tour Dates 2020
Jan 16: LONDON @ Oslo
Jan 17: NOTTINGHAM @ The Bodega
Jan 18: MANCHESTER @ The Deaf Institute
Jan 19: GLASGOW @ Nice & Sleazy
Jan 21: BELFAST @ McHughs
Jan 22: DUBLIN @ Whelan’s
Jan 23: LIMERICK @ Kasbah Social Club​

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

Track Of The Day: Peaness – ‘Kaizen’

Following last year’s ‘Breakfast’, and support from the likes of Huw Stephens, John Kennedy and BBC 6Music’s Marc Riley, Manchester/Chester based trio Peaness have now returned to our ears with their new single ‘Kaizen’.

An instantly catchy blast of hope, it’s propelled by jangly hooks and an uptempo energy, as sugar sweet vocals and twinkling harmonies flow. A reflective and honest dose of ‘Pea-Positivity’, ‘Kaizen’ is the perfect antidote to these grim January days. Of the track, the band explain:

“It’s a song to remind myself that with every act of kindness and every crime, we affect the future, and that those choices go on to shape others, and our beautiful planet, long after we’re gone. The word ‘Kaizen’ is a Japanese word that literally translates to ‘change for the good’, and that’s what we’re hoping for.

Watch the Japanese pop culture-inspired new video for ‘Kaizen’ here:

Peaness are about to embark on their biggest UK tour to date. Catch them live:

27th January – Leicester, Firebug
28th January – Birmingham, The Hare and Hounds
29th January – Guildford, The Boileroom
30th January – Brighton, The Prince Albert
31st January – Southampton, Heartbreakers
1st February – Oxford, The Wheatsheaf
7th February – Manchester, Soup Kitchen
8th February – Leeds, The Lending Room
28th February – Bristol, Ritual Union (w/ Marika Hackman + more)
6th May – London, The Lexington

 

Mari Lane
@marimindles

 

 

 

 

 

Track Of The Day: Gold Baby – ‘Dogbone’

Following the success of latest single ‘Philadelphia’, and having recently charmed us once again with their spellbinding live set at The Finsbury, London based Gold Baby – now consisting of Siân, Scott and Sara – are back with their first offering of 2020.

A heartfelt meditation on what it means to care, ‘Dogbone’ oozes a shimmering musicality and quirky charisma as Siân’s raw, confessional lyricism flows, showcasing the impressive range of her luscious, crystalline vocals. Building to an emotion strewn grunge-pop anthem, it’s a dreamy, yet refreshingly gritty, lamentation on life’s anxieties.

Watch the live video for ‘Dogbone’ here:

Or listen on Spotify now.

‘Dogbone’ is out now. Catch Gold Baby live at the single launch at The Waiting Room on 17th February.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Keira-Anee Photography

Track Of The Day: Dream Nails – ‘Text Me Back (Chirpse Degree Burns)’

Having been treating us to their riotous, empowering offerings for some time now, GIHE faves, Dream Nails, have now announced the release of their long-awaited debut album.

Taken from the album, new single ‘Text Me Back (Chirpse Degree Burns)’ oozes the band’s distinctive raucous, punk-pop energy, as they address the anxious hellscape that is 21st century dating and the excruciating pain of being left on read; that modern-day dilemma of seeing those two blue ticks and being ghosted by your crush. 

With stomping beats, pounding bass-lines and immense riffage accompanying the fun-filled lyricism, ‘Text Me Back’ is an instantly smile-inducing anthem from the sparkling, formidable force of these London Punk Witches. Of the track, Janey from the band explains:

“For those born beyond the M25, ‘chirpse’ is London slang for flirting and ‘chirpse degree burns’ is our personal slang for the injuries borne from romantic misadventure. The song is a tribute to the gut-wrenching feeling of checking your phone every 5 minutes to see if your crush has replied.”

Guitarist Anya adds:

“God only knows how rational, sensible, competent people can be reduced to quivering beasts in moments like this – yet no punk witch is safe. If you’ve ever been ghosted, allow yourself to manically wallow.” 

 
‘Text Me Back’ is taken from Dream Nails’ eponymous debut album out 3rd April via Alcopop Records. Dream Nails are currently supporting Anti-Flag on their European tour, and you can catch them live for their album lunch at Oslo, London on 23rd April. 

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Chloe Hashemi and Emily Barker

Track Of The Day: Post Louis – ‘Descender’

With a wry yet curious instrumental progression, London Art-Rockers Post Louis shuffle their way into groovy ears with their new single ‘Descender’. Teaming dreamy folk guitar riffs with elusive vocals and a sense of reflection,the band host a dejavu-like experience with the title track of their upcoming album. 

“Hold tight to anyone…”, Stephanie Davin’s spiralling vocals echo across a trail of rummaging instruments. It is here where the desperation of ‘Descender’ begins to paint its melancolic display. The story of someone’s emotional survival dances across the entire track, taking shape in lyrics and a floating choir of string instruments.

Midway through the song’s duration, whispy strings, fading vocals and glossy guitar cultivate together resulting in a captivating whirlwind of emotions. The sensitive tension of the mix becomes its own ‘Descender’ and concludes the piece’s inward questions and audacious alt-folk sounds.

Ending in a fluttering dreamscape, ‘Descender’ tucks its listeners into bed with its soft runoff of strings and lullaby whispers.

‘Descender’ is a lively, transformative adventure that showcases the versatility and profoundness of Post Louisapproach to songwriting. And I’m sure the band have a brilliant new experience for their listeners in their anticipated debut album of the same name.

 

Descender, the debut album from Post Louis, is out 28th February.

Jillian Goyeau
@jillybxxn

Track Of The Day: draag – ‘Ghost Leak’

A hazy ode to feeling inconsequential; L.A, shoegaze outfit draag have crafted a strung out, dreamy soundscape on their latest single ‘Ghost Leak’. The track is lifted from their upcoming EP Clara Luz, which is set for release on 21st February.

draag was originally a solo project, fronted by Adrian Acosta who was trained as a mariachi singer by his Father. After exploring the worlds of underground punk, no wave, and experimental jazz, Acosta soon met and added Jessica Huang, Nick Kelley, Ray Montes and Shane Graham to draag’s lineup. Together, the five piece create music that’s seen garnered comparisons to My Bloody Valentine and Sonic Youth.

Speaking about their latest single, Jessica Huang explains: “‘Ghost Leak’ is the feeling of being completely invisible and inconsequential. It is also a message to someone we lost — to let them know they weren’t invisible.” draag’s new EP has been underscored by personal hardships, illness and isolation, but there’s a sense of hope that filters through their muddy soundscapes, making it easy to escape into their music.

Watch the video for ‘Ghost Leak’ below, and follow draag on Facebook for more updates.

Photo Credit: Devonte Johnson

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut