BOTTOM FEEDING POP-FEST, ALL YOU CAN TWEET!
NICK NUISANCE & THE DELINQUENTS "NEWS" (BANDCAMP)
This feedback drenched, guitar as machine whip cracker is taken from the debut album "Cheap Things". It's good, eh?
Since this happened Nick & The Delinquents have released a follow up album, "Dumb Fuzz". It's entirely possible that you won't want everything they've ever released, but you're fooling no one but yourself if you don't have some of their naive rage on your playlist.
THE VIEW IS APPALLING
HEN OGLEDD "PROBLEM CHILD" (DOMINO MUSIC)
Well, this is flat out fucking brilliant for many reasons. Obviously we're not the kind of nit-picking nannies who think that an ability to play any instrument is essential, but Hen Ogledd really, really can do this and that was probably a big help when they decided to let "Kings Lead Hat" era Eno influence them, a bit, or quite a bit with "Problem Child".
Which brings us neatly to another good thing about Hen Ogledd, they have impeccable influences, which, apart from the airport enthusiast, seems to include Frank Black, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci and more. We have already taken the liberty of hunting down some back catalogue and so far it's all sooo good. Start with their "Mogic" album.
TELL OTHER PEOPLE WHAT THEY SHOULD AND SHOULDN'T DO!
GOOD PASH "A YACHT IN SYDNEY HARBOUR" (YOUTUBE)
Abrasive, edgy and slinking around some kind of explosion or denouncement, that's how it sounds and then I listen to what the woman is whip-drawling in the lyrics and I feel good about thinking that Good Pash will always be undersold, if never sold out and Leonard Cohen never mustered a slow-rage uncoiling of guitars like this and I feel good about this as well.
"A Yacht In Sydney Harbour" is an unlikely feel good track and I've never heard of Good Pash, but this, it, and they work.
STAYING WITH SYDNEY...
DEATH HAGS "EARTHBOUND" (BANDCAMP)
A little something for people who wonder how things would have turned out if Michael Hutchence fucked off to Bristol instead of wanking himself to death in Sydney.
Seeing as "Earthbound" skitters, burbles and leers over sleazy beats, I rest my case.
THEY DON'T GIVE A SHIT
PANTHER MODERN "ASK YOURSELF" (BANDCAMP)
Diseased machinery, organic throbbery, it's the dirty portrait in the Pet Shop Boys attic, it's an incest a go-go Thompson Twins reunion.
It's all of that, but the very best thing about "Ask Yourself" is that makes you understand how limiting a genre techno-twaddle can be. That Panther Modern obviously know this, don't give a shit and march fast-chanting monks through an aggressive mix is neat.