Song of the Day: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Burning

Groundbreaking art-punk trio the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have announced NY and LA tour dates this fall. They’ll perform October 1st, 2022 at NYC’s Forest Hills Stadium and October 6th at LA’s Hollywood Bowl. These must see shows will be joined by The Linda Lindas and special guest TBA in NYC, and Japanese Breakfast and The Linda Lindas in LA.

The Yeah Yeahs also announced today that they have signed to Secretly Canadian with new music on the way this Fall.

“It’s with true life affirming pleasure to announce our two headline shows in our two hometowns NYC AND LA supported by two wildly gifted bands Japanese Breakfast and The Linda Lindas at the Hollywood Bowl, with The Linda Lindas supporting in Forest Hills and our other support TBA soon! Representin’ a few generations yo! Cannot wait to see you there! New music! New Era! And New Home with Secretly Canadian! Much to celebrate!” says Karen O. Enjoy Burning!

Magazine / Issue #118

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Song of the Day: Memes – Second Thought

Since forming on a megabus in 2019 with a difficult-to-Google name, Memes released their self-titled debut EP on Fierce Panda Records in 2020.

Their infectious brand of indie-punk has been played on many radio stations and covered by a lot of zines and websites. The band played estivals including SXSW, The Great Escape, Eurosonic ESNS, Mutations, Left of The Dial, Long Division and more.

Their latest singles Heavy Night and Second Thought were produced by artist/producer Darwin Deez, with more new music just around the corner. Enjoy the tune!

Song of the Day: Shady Baby – Come To Life

Last year, Nice Swan Records started the monthly ‘Nice Swan Introduces…’ series, shining a light on the most exciting emerging talent. Following releases with the likes of Sports Team, Pip Blom, FEET & FUR, the Series introduced a whole wave of new and exciting talent including Courting, Sprints, Malady, English Teacher & Opus Kink, which cemented the label as one of the country’s most exciting independent record labels for discovering the hottest new talent. Volume two of the series has already unearthed Prima Queen, Deadletter and Saloon Dion and next up are Brighton’s Shady Baby.

It is with impeccable timing that the week after Brighton’s Great Escape Festival, the UK’s most famous multi venue event showcasing the best new music – Nice Swan Records, today, have announced their latest signing, Shady Baby – one of Brighton’s own! Shady Baby is the musical project of Brighton based Sam Leaver. Inspired by the sounds of Madchester & Britpop, and with a love for John Cooper Clarke, Leaver began making his own brand of angst ridden pop during the height of lockdown where songs were formed out of frustration whilst locked in his bedroom.

Having approached Brighton based producer Theo Verney (English Teacher, FEET, FUR, Egyptian Blue, TRAAMS etc) with his early demos, the two instantly formed a musical bond that has seen them work closely together in the studio ever since and Verney has helped hone the exciting sound of the debut tracks of Shady Baby. Speaking on the track, Leaver said: “‘Come To Life’ is an angry response to feeling like people treated you like shit but you let them get away with it. Feeling both angry at them but also at yourself for letting it happen.” Enjoy the tune!

Song of the Day: The Crowleys – Sewer Drain

Ethereal tones, scintillating riffs and shimmering melodies. The Crowleys from Hamilton, Ontario, merge mind-bending psychedelic rock with bubblegum melodies that will blow your mind and have you dancing along impulsively. Here’s Sewer Drain, enjoy it!

Song of the Day: Mádé Kuti – No More Wars

Mádé Kuti — son of world-renowned Afrobeat ambassador Femi Kuti, and grandson of the legendary originator of the genre, Fela Kuti — has shared the impeccably groovy and soulful new track, “No More Wars”.

Co-produced by Burna Boy and Sodi Marciszewer, “No More Wars” is the first in a series of singles Mádé will be releasing before the end of this year. The new song follows his Grammy-nominated 2021 two-album package Legacy + which he released with his father. Enjoy the tune!

Song of the Day: Idles – Stockholm Syndrome

Idles shared a new music video for “Stockholm Syndrome” – a highlight from their latest album, Crawler. Watch the video (directed by Charlotte Gosch and the band’s own Lee Kiernan) below.

Coming off the heels of their first ever Coachella performance & an appearance at last weekend’s Lollapalooza, they’ll be embarking on another North American tour in the Fall. Ticket on sale now. Enjoy the gorgeous tune!

Magazine / Issue #117

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Song of the Day: Bad Breeding – Human Capital

Stevenage based, Bad Breeding, call for solidarity with their fourth album ‘Human Capital’, a pointed and brutal display of aggression steeped in political awareness. Across twelve merciless anarchopunk inspired tracks they attack Conservative meritocracy and the exploitative forces of late capitalism with a cacophony of blistering guitars and thunderous drums played with an intensity that refuses to abate.

‘Human Capital’ is released alongside a manifesto of sorts. Within the almost 2000 word essay, long time collaborator Jake Farrell explains that “we are marooned on our islands of self obsession by cultural forces that emphasize our differences, keeping us apart and suspicious of one another. It feels as though in recent years, especially during the immediate onslaught of austerity following the 2008 financial crisis, that the idea of community itself was under attack”.

From the opener’s menacing feedback and raging distortion, across the album’s dynamic and wild time changes, through to the final ringing close of the almost optimistic ‘Rebuilding’, Bad Breeding demonstrate admirable control amongst impassioned expression. Vocals strain and guitars build in epic tension while rhythmic battles take place behind them and, despite it all, each track remains a concise tool applied totheir targets with deadly precision. Make no mistake, Bad Breeding aren’t shouting at clouds here. ‘Human Capital’ is a savvy, conscious body of work with salient messaging. There’s no aimless finger pointing, punching down or virtue signaling, the band comes armed with answers. It’s an intelligent record that defies individualism and promotes community, organization and compassion. “Our lives are not to be managed like we are each a plucky start up, not to be measured in the emotional profit and loss that we can extract from our relationships and those around us. We don’t need to invest time and energy on capital projects of the self on some doomed, linear journey to self actualization.” Enjoy Human Capital!

Song of the Day: Ghost Car – Sex

One Little Independent Records and will be releasing Ghost Car‘s debut album ‘Truly Trash’ on October 28th. The album provides Ghost Car with a platform to rage against political injustices, as their unified battle cries attack patriarchal inequality, homophobia, racism and toxic relationships. ‘Truly Trash’ is a call to reclaim autonomy and to revolt against the powers that uphold an archaic nationalist system. Grungy pop-punk anthem and lead single ‘Sex’ channels the likes of Stiff Little Fingers and The Undertones, mixing with the bands amalgamated influences from 60’s girl groups to the explosive rock n’ roll of The Runaways.

They tell us that the track’s “about having an interaction with someone once and thinking more of it than it actually was. Especially with social media, being able to see that person all the time, thinking you have a connection when really you just snogged them at a party once. It made us so happy to be a band formed by women from different parts of the world but with the same feelings and frustrations!” Enjoy Sex!