Track Of The Day: Charmpit – ‘Bridges Go Burn’

London DIY band Charmpit have indeed been charming our ears, and our hearts, for some time; having wowed us with their energy-filled charisma live on more than one occasion, and following the joyous sounds of their Jelly EP, they’ve now announced the release of their debut album, out next year via Specialist Subject Records.

Taken from the album, new single ‘Bridges Go Burn’ is filled with all the sparkling fuzz, jangly, shimmering hooks and luscious honey-sweet harmonies we’ve come to know and love. An empowering ode to moving on from toxic relationships and standing up for yourself, it’s a perfectly uplifting, luminous slice of ‘Anarcutie’ pop-punk to soundtrack this week’s anxiety…

Of the track, the band explain:

We grew up in the 90s and 00s surrounded by examples in books/movies/songs of falling in romantic love and breaking up. Pop culture offered us so many blueprints for romantic relationships and comparatively few about other loving relationships. But in our experience, ending friendships, or being estranged from family, was heartbreaking, often more heartbreaking than our romantic breakups. We wanted to contribute a breakup song about friendship and family heartbreak to pop culture. It can take time to burn a bridge, especially when it’s guarded by a troll. You can forgive yourself for taking the time you needed to exit that toxic relationship. And when you exit it, you can write a pop banger so it ain’t so dang depressing. Strike a match, light it up, better bitter than deep fried!

Filmed at the band’s home, Charm Gardens in East London, watch the new video for ‘Bridges Go Burn’ here:

And keep your eyes peeled for the debut album from Charmpit, out in 2020, via Specialist Subject Records.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Track Of The Day: Foxcunt – ‘Merry Christmas, Fuck The Patriarchy’

Ahead of their gig for us at The Finsbury on 13th December, and following their joyous and empowering debut album, DIY punk band Foxcunt (or Foxaunt for the more mild-mannered of you) have now shared a banging, anti-establishment Christmas ditty.

Filled with driving, uptempo beats, a buoyant, fist-clenching spirit and honey-sweet poppy harmonies, ‘Merry Christmas, Fuck The Patriarchy’ is a catchy, cheer-inducing blast of punk-rock fuelled by anger at a system built on structural inequality.

A perfect, energy-fuelled anthem, given all that we have to fight for next Thursday – so, feast yourself on the raging sounds of Foxcunt, raise a glass of mulled wine in the air, and get yourselves out to vote.

And then come and celebrate (we can but hope) the results on Friday 13th December at The Finsbury, with Foxcunt, Dollie Demi, Libra Libra and Screaming Toenail!

Foxcunt’s debut album A Visit From Foxcunt is out now via Bandcamp.

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Micky Strickson

Track Of The Day: Suzie Stapleton – ‘Thylacine’

With creeping tip toes of its human predator, the Thylacine was hunted slowly and
strategically leading to the animal’s ultimate distinction. In Brighton based artist Suzie Stapleton’s new single of the same name, listeners are taken into an eerie world where the vulnerability of being prey is floating in the air.

Rolling drums and adventurous riffs paint a sonic landscape where one can nearly picture the “ancient footprints in the snow.” The disposition of the track has a certain hollowness, conjuring a gloomy winter landscape where Stapleton’s captivating gritty vocals can echo on eternally.

The eye of the storm hits in a dark manner across every chorus, allowing for one
word to hold a majestic, haunting depth all on its own. The weight and turmoil of ‘Thylacine’ feels huge.

The single begs the nervous question “who is the next Thylacine?”,  proposing a political reflection through the fear and confusion expressed lyrically and instrumentally. In our surrounding world, are we the predators or prey?

 

‘Thylacine’ is out now. It’s taken from Suzie Stapleton’s upcoming debut album We Are The Plague, set for release next Spring.

Jillian Goyeau
@jillybxxn

Photo Credit: Jeff Pitcher

 

Track Of The Day: Sink Ya Teeth – ‘The Hot House’

Having just announced the release of their upcoming second album, GIHE faves Maria Uzor and Gemma Cullingford – aka Sink Ya Teeth – have now shared an infectious new single.

Fusing together melancholia and deep house, ‘The Hot House’ is filled with the Norwich duo’s trademark, funk-filled groove. Propelled by an immense, cow-bell driven energy and propulsive beats, alongside Uzor’s soaring, sultry vocals, it’s a truly addictive, and wonderfully danceable, anthem about coming together during troubled times. Uplifting and necessary listening at a time when we need it the most.

Of the track, Uzor expands:

 “There’s a lot of polarisation in the world at the moment. The lyrics are about striving for unity in the face of this division. And having a good time while we do it. We’ve all got so much more in common than we think we have. Let’s just have a dance ffs!”

Shot at a recent live show in Oxford, watch the immersive new video for ‘The Hot House’ here:

‘The Hot House’ is taken from Sink Ya Teeth’s upcoming second album Two, set for release on 28th February next year via Hey Buffalo Records. Catch Sink Ya Teeth live at the following dates:

29th November – The Lexington, LONDON
6th December – The Georgian Theatre, STOCKTON ON TEES (with A Certain Ratio)
7th December – Rescue Rooms, NOTTINGHAM (with A Certain Ratio)

 

Mari Lane
@marimindles

Photo Credit: Andi Sapey + Susie Lloyd

Track Of The Day: Turkish Delight – ‘Spin’

“What would you like best to eat?”
“Turkish Delight, please, your Majesty” said Edmund.

If, like me, you grew up in the era of the Sunday teatime adaptation of the Narnia saga, then the words Turkish Delight always have a certain power, bringing to mind scenes of intoxication, mental confusion and seduction. Whether the band of the same name caught the BBC’s version whilst hanging around early ’90s Boston, they’ve admitted in interviews that the CS Lewis novel was the original inspiration for the name. And like the White Witch, the gift that the band bring is simultaneously familiar and threatening, warmly rocking but with an artsy cool.

Now, over twenty years since the band split, DIY label Reckless Yes are reanimating their back-catalogue with a re-release of debut Tommy Bell (1996) and second album (1998), on one double CD: bringing the band back – Aslan-style – all in one package. It’s the label’s assertion that the band are as relevant and fresh as they were in the ’90s and, as someone who’d never heard of them until very recently, it’s hard to disagree.

Taken from Tommy Bell, ‘Spin’ is a perfect introduction to Turkish Delight’s welding of art-rock and now-wave DIY sensibilities. That monotone bass-y rhythm you hear throughout? That’s ‘the can’, a “a home-made, electric bass-like instrument made from a bucket, a pole, and strings” which sounds somewhere between the skiffle broom and something from a bad (ie. good) sci-fi movie. Leah’s vocals switch in and out of English with the lilting “I’d rather be a spinster / I’d rather spin” – a defiant, subtly feminist, statement, whilst still also being punningly wry. Drums rattle around while spectral sharp and piercingly howling guitar lines rotate throughout, with verse and chorus largely being dictated by a shift in power rather than an expected telegraphed shift in chords.

‘Spin’ is sinister, daft, experimental and ultimately, pretty fun. And the same is true of the video: typical of its time as a piece of ’90s video art, showing individuals spinning in stop-motion black and white, intercut with footage of the band both playing the song and playing the fool. Not only is this an insight into the Dada world of the group, and lead singer Leah Callahan in particular, but according to interviews it’s evocative of the experience of seeing them play live, with costumes and silly antics a prominent feature.

Tommy Bell is a mishmash of agit art and indie rock with aspects of found sound and the experimentation of jazz and noise – with all that’s promised by ‘Spin’ on there, and more. At fifteen tracks it’s also a mammoth of a debut and shows a band in full fettle, right from the off. Howcha Magowcha is a more streamlined sophomore effort, which Leah has said “shows off the band’s maturity”. Taken together, they demonstrate the brave new frontiers of post-grunge indie, a world where art and music could be treated as synonymous and simultaneous activities. Often described as Thurston Moore’s favourite band of the time, Turkish Delight stand out as uncompromising and truly independent pioneers who left two lightning rods of LPs. Listening to them back-to-back is like poking around an old wardrobe, before stumbling, confused and maybe a little frightened, into a fascinating new world.

Tommy Bell and Howcha Magowcha are both out now, via Reckless Yes, and available both digitally and on CD.

John McGovern
@etinsuburbiaego

Track Of The Day: Tiberius B – ‘No Smoke’

Building upon the dream-pop melodies of the Vancouver duo known as Mu, that have taken us on various adventures in the tragedies of youth, Canadian singer-songwriter Francesca Belcourt’s renewed focus under a new musical moniker – Tiberius b – has resulted in a critically reflective debut single, ‘No Smoke’.

“After a long period of patient solitude,” Belcourt’s honest conversation to themselves is channelled into a beautifully heartfelt guitar ballad for those that struggle, through doubt and mistrust, to accept love. “Why do I find love like this disarming?” “There’s no smoke, no fire  / Cut it out, I’m tired.”

Through deep self-contemplation, Belcourt’s intimate, optimistic, and often cynical lyricism is complemented by nostalgia-laden guitar hooks and stripped-back percussion. Mixed with enthusiasm by Cecile Believe, an atmospheric soundscape is created that is as delightful to listen to as it is harrowing.

As Tiberius b, Francesca Belcourt is building a musical foundation for more ideas, experiences and observations. It is with Belcourt’s captivating storytelling, evident as both one half of Mu and as a solo artist, that ‘No Smoke’ sets the groundwork for future introspection and an ever-evolving sound.

‘No Smoke’ is out now.

Ken Wynne
@Ken_Wynne

Track Of The Day: Pet Crow – ‘What We Doin’

This Pet Crow is wearing its dancing shoes, and maybe even a tiny leather jacket! The latest single from the Derby band is a proper anthem in the making. An ode to hopelessness and feeling a little lost without feeling sorry for itself, ‘What We Doin” is poppy, rock ‘n’ roll perfection.

Big, bouncy guitars lift the melancholic vocal, which ask, “who knows what they’re doing?” while the spiky, post-punk riffs make you want to move rather than mope. It’s fun and energetic.

From the opening bars, you can hear nods to a huge range of influences; think Sonic Youth, Gang of Four and Vivian Girls. But ‘What We Doin'” feels as fresh as it is familiar.

Taken from Pet Crow’s forthcoming album, Take The Edge Off, ‘What We Doin” is an exciting taster of what’s to come. I’m looking forward to hearing what more the band can do.

‘What We Doin” is out now. Pet Crow’s new album, Take The Edge Off, is out in February 2020 on vinyl and digital download. 

Vic Conway