Let's just listen to the tunes, no need for a big intro here right?
First of all it has to be MGMT, and yes you probably have already heard it two days ago when it came out. We don't know if the video is a tribute to Robert Smith or a strange medieval avant-garde short movie? And who really fucking cares. What's your guess?
If you didn't know, Christopher Owens from Girls has a new band called Curls (we told you this grand news a few months ago, so you should, in theory, already know). Anyway, an EP is on the way and an interview with the band on Third Outing should be published in November. In the meantime, here's a new track called Gentle And Kind.
Glaswegian band Spinning Coin have shared new song Money Is A Drug ahead of releasing their debut album 'Premo'. We like this band a lot, in fact, they're one of the first bands we ever interviewed. Check it, and then check this...
The half-baked song of the week comes from Illinois, where Arnold Friend churns out the same kind of melodies Hovvdy adore. Don't listen if you're in a good mood. But if you're meandering along then play this anthem out loud, dude.
The last song (which has the same title as a Britpop classic) is from Furnsss, who have a brand new shiny cassette out this November. Here's Roll With It for you. And remember, take your time and don't let any fucker get in your way.
Big news folks, 3rd favourites DMA's are back, also recent newcomer Mr Yolk shares another brilliant tune from his upcoming record release and finally, a lost record has been found. Great news, right? Read on to find out who by. Here are the 5 songs you need to hear over the weekend...
Robert Tilden, aka BOYO, is back with "Me, Again", a new album due in January. Stream the new single Insomnia, the first (weird) taste of what's to come.
Insomnia is "an uneasy, anxious and even melancholy indie song with what the craftspeople among you might call “live edges, always the mark of a true artist", as states the label. The video is equally as strange. BOYO goes into random houses and install cameras to spy on people. Find out why below...
Here we are: Wednesday, and it's raining (again). Might as well continue the week with great new songs, and you're lucky, 3rd is giving you the best of the very best; la crème de la crème.
Let's start with a brand new video from CHUCK, who released his final record (as CHUCK) called Frankenstein Songs for the Grocery Store in August. The track, Happy Birthday, is nearly as good as the video clip!
London based Honey Lung have released a début EP entitled Kind Of Alone. Among the new songs out the latest one called Stuttering Mind showcases a more melodic side of the band.
This next one is from Yorkshire. Indie outfit Party Hardly, who made us a great Yorkshire playlist, have chosen a different direction on this new track Mindchanger. Great artwork too!
In the second great come back of the week, Canadian Harley Alexander returns with Tiny Bricks. About the new album, he states "I'm proud to share a song that I wrote this Spring. Like the rest of the album, the music was written to soothe and reconnect with parts of myself that I've neglected or straight up cut out as a means of survival from childhood sexual abuse and the patriarchal conditioning that so much our culture functions on. My hope is that this can help other people to bravely explore and embrace themselves in more full and expansive ways. I can't always be a front-line activist in the battle for equality, truth, and healing but we aren't all made to aid in the same one way. This is my way."
And finally, a tribute to Grant Hart, drummer and songwriter for the influential rock band Hüsker Dü, who has died at the age of 56 years old. The cause of death has not been announced, but Variety reports that he had been fighting cancer. Re-connect below...
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This has to be one of the highlights of the second half of 2017: Pope's upcoming record True Talent Champion is due in November. Until then, listen to these two tracks here.
"We will become the biggest band in the world and enslave our listeners with our loud noise pop. We will also tour with the Cure".
- Pope, 2015
We ask a simple question: Cousin Kula what has happened here?
Brighton-based six piece Cousin Kula, who released their début EP back in November, have a new tune out called Working For It. So far, so good.
But there's one thing they haven't put too much effort: the video clip they put online along with the new track. It's not the official video but still, why? Here's the video below, wear sunglasses but we'll admit do turn the volume up , as the song is worth the pain. Musicians, not film makers!
Busy start after the holidays? No time to check the new tunes out? No worries...3rd is giving you the top 5 tracks of the week (or so)! Let's start with this great collab'; Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile teaming up to release a full LP called Lotta Sea Lice...
The first taste of this new album is finally here. The song is entitled Over Everything and merges the singers' two styles with a dialogue like style. The LP is due in October and from this first single, it's fair to say they were made to work together...
REMEMBER, this week we gave you 5 reasons why you should be excited about the new Catholic Action record? Here's a sixth one: the Scottish band have a new song out, called Black & White.
Scottish band PAWS have been tapped to open on The Cribs‘ upcoming North American tour, which makes for a pretty great pairing. In the meantime, the band have unveiled a new song, Omaha, about "the reflections/second guessing of one’s actions, the stability of new friendships and relationships with family members", the band told Brooklyn Vegan.
Glasgow-based Spinning Coin are on the rise. They've played with Teenage Fanclub recently and soon, they will support Dinosaur Jr in their hometown. Their début record Permo will hit the shelves in November. Listen to the first song from this album Sleepless below...
And finally, the new single from our favourite idiosyncratic pop charmer Jonnie Common is out via Indie label Song, by Toad Records. Restless explores the introverted side of the Scottish songster, reminding us again after his foray into the world of Christmas song, that Common is one of the best sounds to come out of Scotland in the last few years. Check it out below...
We all know a world class prick don't we? On the international stage; Donald Trump. In the UK, anybody on reality TV really, politicians, traffic wardens. It goes on...FACT.
And in Ireland, well I dunno I've never been, but there's going to be a few pricks there too I'm sure. But there's one guy who is keeping them at bay in the big bad scary world of Indie music, our Irish favourite Bobby Aherne and his genius creation No Monster Club.
"Do what you gotta do to make your dreams come true, and say what you gotta say to keep the pricks at bay"...we love this guy and everything he stands for! I mean, we sang his praises enough a few months back with the release of Faqir - Hex, but with this latest installment proving nearly as magic, and the promise of another one to drop soon, No Monster Club and Aherne are keeping the music pricks at bay and bouncing only the good stuff. It just makes you sing, "yaldi"! Listen...
It's 2017 and some unwavering artists still sings the blues. Will it be there forever? Probably. Watch Louis Antoniou's new video for the song I Don't Want No More Woes
Who would have thought singing the blues in 2017 would still be something young musicians want to do? Mad. But Louis Antoniou loves singing the blues. But not any blues, oh no! It's the blues of today's society, of fake news, Trump and Brexxxxxit. So it's still the blues, but the blues of today. The new video for I Don't Want No More Woes is being premiered below. Enjoy!
It's the long-anticipated return of a Third Outing favourite today as Jackson Honeycutt features with Stingray, his first appearance on the site since our first introducing to him last year. The Sweetheart I've Noticed singer enters the psych realm, and he does it oh so naturally. Here's what he had to say about the track, check out the premiere below...
"The song about being in love with someone who is drifting away. The video plays off this idea, we did a beach music video in the snow, so it's just the thought of trying to make something work that doesn't. All of this while trying to pay homage to some beach music video classics most notably just the Beach Boys themselves. It's all about making an effort to be with someone who doesn't really make an effort to be with you, and them just drifting away...
I wanted to make sure that in the version of Stingray released with the video it felt a little more slow and sad than the version that may end up on the album as well. Stingray isn't meant to be all doom and gloom though, so Evan Kidd - the Director and I just tried to have some fun making the video and see what we could come up with. In the end I would definitely say I am happy to be sending Stingray out into the world after what is now like 6 months".
Norwich is slowly becoming the UK's most exciting town for reverb-drenched music. One band is working hard to make it happen. Dazy Crown...
Though the new track is called Multi Vitamin, the rhythm is quite mellow and the song lacks of consistency. The sounds is dreamy, almost jazzy, but maybe just a bit predictable. Here's the track below and tell us what you think.
Glasgow newcomers Savage Mansion have dropped a new song Do You Say Hello To Your Neighbours? taken from the band's début single out on Lost Map Records. This is the sound of the summer. Watch out Only Real, summer 17 is Savage Mansion!
Savage Mansion is essentially a vehicle for the songs of Perth-raised singer and guitarist Craig Angus, with trusty Taylor Stewart on drums, Andrew McPherson and Jamie Dubber from Catholic Action on second guitar and bass. Their latest single is coming out very soon on Lost Map. Make sure you listen to Do You Say Hello To Your Neighbours? below. What a summer sound!
Here's another one for you. Hailing from New York, newcomers Rips are set to release their eponymous début record via Faux Discx Records on June 16. It's a proper guitar riffing band, who develop the NYC sound like the likes of The Strokes can no longer...
On Delay, there's a bit of this band going on, a bit of another band going on. And the list goes on. But Delay proves that Rips have got the knack for catchy punk tunes et al. They're not the only ones, no...but hey, it's a big trend to wave between full vigor and complete disinterest these days. Rips do that perfectly. You'll enjoy this, listen below...
Photography by Rowan Allen©
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...