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The Peckham-based band YOWL, who made the Third Outing Top 11 songs from 2016 with Saturday Drag, are back with the brand new song My Headache Likes To Speak
It was already a great piece of work. Almost a masterpiece. YOWL's début EP was clearly one of the highlights of 2016's and almost impossible to beat. And so the band are back to try again with the same ethos as ever. Portray social issues, anxieties and our fucked up world through the art of music. It's a hard task YOWL continue to tackle, and one they do with great spirit. And thankfully, it doesn't seem like they've bottled it. You MUST listen below.
Max Gowan is back with a new record called Far Corners. It shows the singer-song writer growing up, and this maturity is reflecting into his music. Yes, Max Gowan has become more authentic. Here's a quick Q&A with Gowan about the latest record
We first wrote about Gowan back in 2015 when he released his début record Big People. Clearly influenced by the likes of Wilco and Elliott Smith, we found Max dabbing and toying with sounds, trying to capture the essence of his idols. After an even better second record in the form of In Transit, Gowan returns with a fresh new album. From Big People to Far Corners, you can hear the sound becoming more authentic, more subtle and introspective. Clearly, the sounds of a boy becoming a man, growing up and refining his musical tastes and ambitions. By trying to emulate artists like Alex G and Pinegrove, who are leading the way when being honest and genuine with their music, Gowan has tried to be more himself on the record. Expect more intimate. More coherent. And a very successful record...
What have you been up to since we last talked? I guess the last time we talked was around May of 2015, so since then I've started college at American University in Washington DC, and I'm finishing up my second year there now. I've still been writing and recording though, and I put out an album a year ago called Mass Transit. My friends Jose, Robbie, and Danny also helped me form the band to play songs from this project live, they're great.
When did you start working on the new record and how did it go? I would say I've been working on the new one since last April when the last album came out, but most of that time was spent scrapping songs. I scrapped a ton of stuff, so all of the songs that made it onto this album were written and recorded between December 2016 and late march of this year. I had a ton of writers block for a while but these past few months it came really smoothly; I think I write better music in the winter for some reason.
"I think I write better music in the winter for some reason"
You've already mentioned Alex G as one of your influences. What is it about his music that inspires you?
Yeah he definitely is! I would say it's less conscious now, though. My earlier music consciously emulated him and a few other artists like Wilco and Elliott Smith. Now I'm trying a bit more just to do my own thing and write what comes out. I think chord progressions and melodies are the two most important, emotional things for me in music. He's really good at those; his songs sounds like they're from another dimension while still keeping a feeling of familiarity.
Did you try new things on this record? I tried a lot of new stuff on this one. It's more percussion-focused. A lot of the songs have drum sets as well as smaller percussive items and electronic drums scattered throughout. I also think I approached vocals much differently because I sang in a bit more of a vulnerable way than I'm used to singing.
He goes by the name of Samurai Sword and churns out brilliant bedroom pop songs. His latest record Thank You is out today via Little L Records
Samurai Sword is the moniker of 18 year old Floridian musician Ben Rubin. He now joins the family of Little L Records, home of Dr Duloc, Very Happy Boy, Stephen Star, Brotherlode, Thumper and so many others. Listen below.
Hailing from Richmond, VA, Fat Spirit have had many styles and genres to their name. Now the band has released their latest record Nihilist Blues, out via Citrus City Records...
Without a doubt, Fat Spirit are kids from the 90's. Proper 90's kids. And today, they're soaking up more influences with the likes of Guided By Voices, Modest Mouse and Hüsker Dü. "I think a lot of the songs come from trying to reconcile that existence is meaningless and chaotic and at the same time wrought with meaning and purpose", says lead singer John Graham. We say, quite simply, listen below now! This is Nihilist Blues by Fat Spirit.
We usually take the week-end off. But we couldn't miss the opportunity to premiere one of 3rd Outing's favourites Here's Andy and his new track I Like You So Well
About this new track, Andy told us: "This song was written in March of 2017. Recently my influences have included Ween, The Residents, Smile by the Beach Boys, and Alex G. It's a much stranger song than I'm used to writing and I had a ton of fun recording it. Either people will get it, or they won't get it- I'm really fine with whichever." Listen below
Is 81 seconds enough for a song? The argument rages on. Look at Cat Stevens' Tea For The Tillerman at 62 seconds. Genius. But in the world of 2017 Indie music? Probably not. Regardless, Milo's Planes have the answer with their rapid-fire Fidget In Paralysis.
'The Bisons of Bristol' are back! The new single is the first song from the band's upcoming record Individual Development Plan. "Fidget in Paralysis is about the correlation between working hard and achieving success and how this does not always correlate, effectively stuck in a rut. It's incredibly fun to play. It's less than a minute and a half and is a barrage of noise from start to finish", tell the band. Have they cracked the short form song? Listen below.
French Indie band Satellite Jockey are gearing up for the release of their latest record Modern Life. Here's the band's brand new single Copernicus
Members of KCIDY and Sierra Manhattan, amongst others, are only some of the talented acts part of the super group French Indie band Satellite Jockey. Copernicus can only be defined by a kind of Lo-Fi madness which resonates weirdly, beautiful, and wonderful Indie Pop infused with aching melody in loop [*now breathe and read that sentence again*]. The new record is out April 21 via Another Record, AB Records, Montagne Sacrée Records and Le Pop Club Records. Four record labels, how cool is that? Okay we need to calm down. Great tune! Satellite Jockey Copernicus...
Hazy Dog newcomer Ellie Bleach is ready to take the world of Indie music by storm. Why? Because on Duvet Day, Ellie B portrays the perfect mix between Mac Demarco and Courtney Barnett. Can you beat that? Listen below if you don't believe us!
Listen to Duvet Day and you won't be able to stop think about Courtney Barnett's Gardener. It's something to do with the "chill" atmosphere, or that spoken-word vocal performance. Whatever you put the cool attitude down to, Ellie Bleach has certainly made her mark with this release. Is it a rip-off? Let us know...
Shredd's first ever outing had one big ambition; to be a tight, consistent, and unbelievably catchy rock and roll sound. The band's latest track Cobra is even better!
Back in February Third Outing wrote: "Shredd's debut record provides a new template for effortlessly catchy, hook-filled and radio-friendly rock that has proven every bit as effective as garage rock can be. Though we won't describe their music as being groundbreaking, the intention isn't to be. Job done. Where to next, boys?".
Little did we know they'd be back with us so quickly! "Where to next is right here" is actually right here, right now! It's called Cobra and it's an intense fuzz, fueled, frenetic beast. No more small talk, here we are...
It's Spring, so we thought we'd bring you some breezy, sunny, reverb-drenched tunes to cool you off nicely. Honeymoons, who play "sadly uplifting dream Pop", are releasing their first single Los Angeles, and it can only be found right here on Third Outing! Here's a quick fire Q&A with band member George. Check out Los Angeles below
What does the new single mean to you? The B-side, Los Angeles, means a lot to us. Firstly, because it's the first release under a new guise, and secondly because it reflects on past relationships and the nostalgia post-breakup.
Which three songs have somehow influenced this song? I'd say that we're all influenced by pretty different things, but in my case, I'd say my current biggest inspirations, even if it's not heard on the track, are Frank Ocean's Thinking About You, Whitney's Light Upon the Lake and Homeshakes' Call Me Up.
Cool! Finally, A story which epitomizes the band's spirit? Mike and I got each others names tattooed on each other. I think that sums up how tight we are and how much we value each other as friends and musicians!
Canadian trio The Velveteins have shared many top efforts we've picked up on over the years. So much so, it even compelled us to list 10 things about the band you didn't know! Here's another outstanding track released from the shimmy shakers début record Slow Wave, out in May this year...
Right from the release of Don't Yah Feel Better, the band's latest single, we knew something great was going on. The new song Midnight Surf all but confirms the hype. The Canadian rockers, who had a bit of Oasis and english influences in their first effort, have spent time creating and shaping their sounds. Listen to Midnight Surf below...
Out via Hidden Bay Records, the new Brunch Club EP mixes the rough naiveté of pop with fun arrangements
After the release of Lunar Quiet, in tragic circumstances, newcomers Hidden Bay Records have lined up another release: Brunch Club, 6 short tracks, a strong mix of raw punk and the jangles of indie pop. Listen below. Listen below
Glasgow-based newcomers Black Cat Revue are gearing up before the release of their first outing, out via WYRD Records
"We are launching their debut double A-side Them Red, White and Blues/Gravedancer at Henry's Cellar Bar on 31st March", says Richard from the label. Black Cat Revue have been playing with fuzz afficionados Shredd around Glasgow and the two tracks on show continue in the pure tradition of psych-rock: druggy drone-rock, repetitive driven melodies, snarling riffs and heavy-footed rhythms. These boys have got it all!
Cigarettes After Sex have announced the release of their début record out via Partisan Records, and have shared the first new song Apocalypse
Masters in the art of romance, melancholy and the seductive side of Rock and Roll, Cigarettes After Sex have been on the Third Outing radar for quite a while. After we caught up with frontman Greg Gonzales, at The Bodega in Nottingham, we are pleased to share the band's new single Apocalypse. It is taken from their self-titled début album coming out in June via Partisan Records.
Liverpool-based outfit The Vryll Society unleash a brand new track called Sacred Flight ahead of their upcoming small UK tour...
Remember when we sat down with the band a few months ago to talk all sorts. The Vryll Society were in Nottingham playing at the Bodega, and front man Michael stole the show with his Jagger like on stage groove. Today, the Vryll Society release a new song before heading to Sheffield, Bristol, London and Birmingham later this month.
Party Hardly just released a brand new song from their upcoming record called Have We Got Time. Coming out via Witchgirl Recordings check out one of the greatest bands in Yorkshire right now
Party Hardly, who made us a great Yorkshire playlist last year, are back with a new track! It's a very laid-back, effortless tune with a great melody! Have you got time for it? Of course! Stream the track below...
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The Orielles are on the rise. The band signed with Heavenly Records and released a new track Sugar Tastes Like Salt. A new style for the Yorkshire band? Certainly a new era!
A few months ago we wrote "though the Jobin EP is only three tracks long, it's an EP which also portrays great diversity". This diversity is only growing with the release of the band's latest song Sugar Tastes Like Salt. It's a clear stand out for The Orielles with 8 minutes of audio and a few serious dynamic changes. But it's the 80's feel which stands out most. They're a band eager to experimentation, so make sure you listen below.
Hailing from Norfolk, Virginia, shoegaze band You're Jovian are about to release their new record They Were Selected And Divided via Funny/Not Funny Records. Third Outing caught up with the band for quickfire Q&A.
You're Jovian! What a name. What does shoegaze mean to you?
It's a very broad term. I believe Wikipedia lists it as a motionless style while staring at the floor. I'll agree with that however, to me, shoegaze has many more elements to it. It can be poppy too. Stereolab comes to mind and even Deerhoof's La Isla Bonita has a shoegaze element to me. It can be multifaceted if executed properly.
What kind of records have you been spinning whilst making the new record?
I've been listening to a lot of Guided by Voices, the Unicorns Who Will Cut Our Hair When We're Gone and the Breeders Last Splash. There's too much to list. Also making this record has spanned over a couple years but everything I listen to can directly influence me in some way and show me something that I could try.
Last one, is there a story which epitomises You're Jovian's spirit?
There's no story that really embodies the band unfortunately. Well. Maybe it's that every Trader Joes we pass on tour Ana, our bass player, wants to stop and buy produce. By the end of tour usually there are gnats and it seems bad in the van. Same goes for our drummer, every Sheetz gas station we pass he wants a sheetzcuit.
Ahead of their UK tour, the enigmatic Black Honey have released a new track called Somebody Better. The first show finds itself at Esquires in Bedford on March 23, what a way to kick things off!
Little by little, Black Honey are getting better, tighter, bigger. We could go on! but there's two important things to take note of: first of all, read our interview with the band here! It's a belter. Secondly, listen to their brand new tune below before they hit the road on what is sure to be a mega-tour. Dates found here...
Here's another top release from Cotillon's incredible upcoming record The Afternoons. It's called Alex's Room and you can stream it below...
Last week we published an interview with Jordan Corso, the mastermind behind Cotillon. "As far as music I don't even know how it happened, it just came out so naturally, as if it already existed in a part of my brain I don't use", shared the singer. Here's the latest track released from his highly anticipated new record and it's another cracker. Remember, we gave The Afternoons a 9/10...
Deadplant Records, the home of the Jackson Reed, is releasing its second compilation called DIY Friends Vol 2. Here's a sneak peak of what's to come with Blue Akari
Grand Rapids-based record label Deadplant Records is making waves. After the release of Jackson Reed, who made last year's Third Outing Top 11, we were open ears ready to check out this new compilation from the label. Today we premiere Blue Akari's latest track called Drown, a slow electric ballad over soft vocals; one for the guitar players! The compilation is out on March 8th with all benefits will going to CAIR Michigan.
Stream the brand new compilation from Pittsburgh based record label Crafted Sounds. And something to warm your hearts... Big proceeds from this release will go to Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania, so get your wallets out you cheeky ones! Here's a quick-fire interview with the man behind it all
Hey Connor, tell us more about Pittsburgh and its music scene?
I can certainly tell you the DIY scene here is alive and well. It seems that Pittsburgh does not get as much press as other cities like Philly, DC, New York; so I wanted to highlight what is going on here, and contribute to a good cause while I am at it. Here is a cool video that highlights one of the heroes of Pittsburgh music scene, Jackson Boytim, so you can kinda get the gist.
Most benefits will also go to Planned Parenthood, right?
Planned Parenthood is about to lose all federal funding due to the Trump Presidency. It's frustrating to witness this because PP provides a tremendous amount of service to people that need it, and the fact that this going away due to Mr. Trump's pro-life views is simply outrageous. PP offers services and information to people beyond abortion, and it is upsetting to see that one political view can cut federal funding for such a great organisation in the United States.
If I can highlight PGH music and PP in one project I will do it, and that's what I intend to to with Have a nice day. All digital proceeds will go to PP of Western Pennsylvania and 50% of physical proceeds will be donated as well.
What triggered the Have A Nice Day compilation, then?
I am currently a student at the University of Pittsburgh, and it is very cool to see a good amount of past and present Pitt students on this compilation. I am really looking forward to the benefit shows I put together to follow the release as well. It should be a good time, and I hope to raise a good amount of money. The first benefit show will actually be kicking off Surf Bored's spring tour, so there's that too.
With the release of Not Getting What You Want, One Step At The Time, Sean Lochridge, AKA Imp Of Perverse, imposes his own brand of cool without pretence. We asked him three quick fire questions the record...
Hello Sean Lochridge. The new record Not Getting What You Want, One Step At A Time, what is it about?
The title is an offhand remark my girlfriend made to me in jest after a series of failed attempts by me to do some trivial things, and I just really liked the phrase, so I decided to save it for an album title. I guess the songs are to some degree about that, continuing to do what you like regardless of them resulting in what you had hoped for or not. I recently found a quote of by Greg Saunier that has stayed in my mind and I think influenced part of this album as well. "There is a value in not succeeding...but also not stopping".
Who do you think the closest signed band with a similar style to yours is?
Yo La Tengo is probably the band I most emulate because I enjoy their songwriting and style, as well as how they vary from album to album and even song to song within each album, which is something I try to do with my own recordings. However I usually hear people say my music reminds them of Dinosaur Jr or REM which are both big influences on me as well.
Finally, the most important question. What's the best bar in Austin, Texas?
The Mohawk, I've seen more shows there than anywhere else in Austin and they consistently host great bands of all different styles. The first show I ever saw in Austin was there when I drove three hours to see a Black Angels halloween show as a teenager, and it's been my favorite place ever since.
Check out the Imp Of Peverse video for Stuck Down A Well With No One To Help You But Yourself below, as well as their Bandcamp for more great tunes. Sean Lochridge AKA Imp Of Peverse, good job...!
Richmond-based outfit Lance Bangs are back with a new track called Wash and it's a belter. Famous for their Sonic Youth/Pavement vibes, this one take us on a more Cribs-esque route down memory lane...
"Lance fucking Bangs, named after Lance Bangs" are back! And what a come back. "Wash it down" ladies and gentlemen. This flurry is all about the staccato of shouts littered with Cribs-esque melodies. It's like Our Bovine Public but for a washed out North American audience of 2017. What a sound that is. Enjoy...
Third Outing are pleased to premiere the new track China Skis from SLONK's upcoming record Songs About Tanks out on the 10th of March via Breakfast Record. But before we premiere, we asked Bristolian Joe Sherrin, also of Milo's Planes, quick fire questions about the project...
Hey Joe, the new album is read and we're premiering the first track. Tell us more about the song China Skis?
China Skis is probably the most chipper song from my new album and even then it closes with the line "I was content with sharing nothing, now I have nothing on my own". The song is about being a bit complacent in the things you're not happy with. I've found myself in a very new situation in recent months and I should be using it to my advantage to change stuff about myself - stop working in soul destroying admin jobs that I hate and what not - but I haven't really changed anything at all. Chipper, see.
What is it about China Skis you really like? Apart from writing it yourself, of course...
I like the lyrics in this one, they're quite simple and blunt which is pretty out of character for me. I hated it at first but now I don't hate it and also my friend Josh from Human Bones gets a mention - that's him in the photo on Soundcloud. I was really chuffed with myself for writing that China Skis line after reading Post Office and Josh has been the only person to understand it so far.
How did you approach music on this new record?
I wrote the bulk of the songs in November 2016 - it was not a good month for me for personal reasons but it did give me this astounding surge of inspiration and I wrote a collection of, what I think, are my best songs. I had been listening to a lot of country and folky stuff - particularly Palace Music's Viva Last Blues album and Bright Eyes.
I initially conceived it as a really miserable acoustic album - just one lonely guy and his acoustic guitar, man. But I realised pretty quickly that I wanted to make this album as flamboyant and big as possible as the songs on it are so unique to me and that particular time of my life that I'm never going to write anything like it again and I want to document it to the best of my ability.
Check out the track below and make sure you pre-order the record from 7pm today.