Recently had a conversation with a friend about why I spend a inordinate amount of time listening to new music, must have spent 15 minutes waffling on with lots of intangible and untenable justifications when in fact it would have much easier to have just handed over a copy of this EP and left it at that because this five track release from The Paranoid Style makes the argument for me, visceral garage-power-pop that burns through the primary auditory cortex into the hippocampus and births multiple ear-worms.
On track two, New Age Tricks, vocalist Elizabeth Nelson sings “the explorers got it wrong there is nothing to discover”, in the context of this EP I’d say that’s a white-lie as whilst there’s nothing revolutionary on the EP the way it’s all put together is just perfect, the writing is acerbic and insightful, Elizabeth’s vocal diffuses out somewhere between Wendy Morgan, Helen King and Ludella Black and the band features backing from a number of indie luminaries including Bruce Bennett (A-Bones), Timothy Bracy (Mendoza Line) and Will Rigby (The dB’s).
The production was handled by Brian Paulson (Wilco, Superchunk) who’s done a fantastic job in pulling it together, whether the guitars are jangling over the top of the lyrics in classic indie-pop style or playing out as low driving 90’s riffs juxtaposing the pop-leaning vocal it all works brilliantly, the EP is five tracks long but will keep you entertained all day – I’d challenge you to resist not hitting the repeat button over and over. Powerful Pop.
No prizes for spotting the references, here’s my favourite from the EP, Bound To Be Vacant.
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Out on Battle Worldwide Recordings on March 2nd.
A rather nice compilation from fledging label My Little Empire Records, the independent was formed in late 2014 with the honourable vision of ‘promoting new music that we love.’
‘New Emperors’ is available now to download on a pay-what-you-like basis on Bandcamp.
New video for Pedestrian At Best the first single from Courtney Barnett’s forthcoming album Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit which gets worldwide release on the 23rd of March, the single is available now as a 7inch from Rough Trade this is the quieter b-side to the single Bein’ Around
Rough Trade are also taking pre-orders for the album including a rather nice double orange vinyl gatefold limited edition which is very likely to sell out quickly as Courtney’s performance at Glastonbury last year certainly gave her popoularity in the UK a boost, to coincide with the album release there’s a tour taking in dates in England and single dates in Scotland and Eire too in March and April.
23/03 – Album Launch Gallery Show London
27/03 – Brighton, Concorde 2
28/03 – Bristol, The Fleece
29/03 – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
30/03 – Sheffield, Leadmill
31/03 – Newcastle, Newcastle University
02/04 – Glasgow, Art School
03/04 – Manchester, Gorilla
04/04 – Dublin, Whelans
05/04 – Nottingham, Bodega
07/04 – Cambridge, Junction 2
08/04 – Norwich, Waterfront
09/04 – London, Electric Ballroom
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