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And we're at the 12 month mark! At this rate I'll be cancelling my subscription by the end of the summer, or sooner if I keep getting more than five discs dealt with at a time.
Whilst typing the above the scarlet 7" by Ten Tonnes has been spinning. The stage name of Ethan Barnett, 'Cracks Between' is decently listenable '90s indie, albeit I'm not grabbed enough to play it twice. 'Lay It On Me' is equally Radio 2-friendly but not for me in the long run. You can order the debut, self-titled Ten Tonnes album, out May 03, here.
Hatchie also has a '90s feel to her sound but there's a catchier element to 'Sugar & Spice' without it descending into pop dross. 'Sure' though starts off rather too slowly for my taste and then becomes formulaic. The best part of £20 could be mine according to Discogs so it's on the list. Hatchie has just finished a tour of the USA and UK dates for the summer can be found here.
Husky Loops I've already heard of but have no recollection of hearing. 'When I Come Home' is a pretty slow and ponderous semi-acoustic effort, with a kind of crap rap in the middle. 'Daft' is apparently the sort of song they more usually do. It's a bit like Arctic Monkeys on their third album, if a bit slower. Not a good advert for seeing them live. On to the Discogs inventory for this clear disc too. The band's website seems to indicate they've not much going on at the moment.
For four lads to all agree that The Old Pink House is a good name for a band is pretty amazing. The Geordie quartet have a bit of the Maximo Park about their sound on 'Jaded' whilst 'Black Hole' (very topical at the time of writing this review) plods along easily enough at a reasonably upbeat pace but neither song's that exciting and they don't sound like they'll ever make that much of a splash. Like Husky Loops there's little seemingly going on with the band online just now.
Calpurnia are signed to Transgressive and there seems to be a trend that the discs co-produced with that label end up on Discogs for sure. Then again I've got rid of nine of the ten I've been playing tonight so that statistic probably means little.
'Greyhound' has quite an AOR-ish guitar solo at one point and 'Louie' also manages to sound far older than the combined ages of the four band members. It's in fact very good. And, now that I've re-read the booklet I remember that one of the quartet is the lad who plays one of the main characters in Stranger Things, Finn Wolfhard (the lads from Newcastle might want to appropriate that as a better band name). Keeping it for now but it's also listed as future plays will no doubt never happen. Again they seem to have not much in their diaries for the coming months.

London-Based Trio Husky Loops Share New Single

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With their new EP, EP2, set for release this Friday, Husky Loops are sharing new single ‘Fading Out' from the record. The band are also set to tour with Placebo this month, as well as playing shows with Superfood & Tigerclub, which will then be followed by a full headline tour across the UK in November.

Singer Danio explains the thoughts behind the new song: "'Fading Out' is about leaving home. It’s open to interpretation, like most of our lyrics, but the song was inspired by both break ups and Mediterranean migrants. Musically it was really influenced by hip hop, I was listening to a lot of Pusha T and Jeru the Damaja and it’s all about rhythm”

Husky Loops are a band set on breaking the rules, bending genre boundaries and stepping boldly into the unknown. Their new EP strikes a perfect balance between the unhinged nature of their live shows and the meticulous detail that goes into every one of their studio recordings. It's messy but precise, fierce but mellow, it's open but intriguing.  Far-out apocalyptic arrangements collide with oddball pop structures as the group continues to define and accomplish their incredible musical vision. Husky Loops have gained a lot of attention for their ferocious live show, having previously played hugely successful support slots for The Kills, Sunflower Bean, Yak & Estrons. Full upcoming live dates are below.

See Husky Loops live:


10th – Doncaster Dome (Placebo)

11th – Blackpool Empress Ballroom (Placebo)

12th – Nottingham Bodega (with Superfood)

13th – Reading Rivermead (Placebo)

14th – Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (Placebo)

16th – Portsmouth Guildhall (Placebo)

17th – Swindon Oasis (Placebo)

20th – Plymouth Pavilions (Placebo)

21st – Wolverhampton Civic hall (Placebo)

23rd – Brixton Academy (Placebo)

24th – Brixton Academy (Placebo)

26th – Manchester Star & Garter (with Tigercub)

27th – Norwich Waterfront (with Tigercub)


8th – Glasgow Garage Bar (attic)

9th – Leeds Brudenell Games Room

10th – Middlesborough Westgarth

11th -  Newcastle Think Tank

12th – Liverpool Studio 2

14th – Birmingham Sunflower Lounge

15th – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach

16th – Bristol Crofters

17th – Lexington, London

18th – Southampton Joiners

25th - Luton The Edge








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