Protomartyr's second record 'Under Color of Official Right' was released earlier this year, and is already a strong contender for the title of album of the year. On it, the Detroit punk band tell tales of dodgy low-life's and the inner city turmoil that's rife in their poverty-stricken home, all with reference points that range from The Fall to James Joyce. I caught up with frontman Joe Casey recently, as he arrived in Baltimore for a live show on the band's last US tour.
Ever since we heard Twin Peaks' early single 'Stand In The Sand' we've been on board with them.
Open this week's issue of NME and you'll find a full page dedicated to boy-wonder Kiran Leonard. The Oldham-based teen has been named our New Act Of The Week on account of his genius way with instruments (from the guitar to, er, radiators - Kiran can play 'em all) and rising status as one of the UK's most promising, prodigious talents.
Ok, so we know the big guns will be fantastic at this year's Reading and Leeds festival. Arctic Monkeys, Queens Of The Stone Age, Vampire Weekend... we know all about them. But if you're heading to Reading and Leeds in search of something a little more unknown, step right this way. The smaller stages are packed with brilliant, brand new talent. From the sonic fuzz of The Wytches to Kate Tempest's gob-of-her-generation declarations, the 15 tracks below showcase the very best that new music has to offer right now.
It's been a while since a band brought the kind of electro-punk anarchy The Garden specialise in. 'Cloak', the latest glimpse inside the twisted minds of Los Angeles twins Fletcher and Wyatt Shears, is a rabid, breakbeat-propelled supernova for fans of Aphex Twin and early Prodigy. It's the sort of track that makes you think of Killing Joke rocket-skating through a dark, dystopian metropolis. The pair call their violent bursts of noise "Vada Vada" - a word they invented because no other genre tags seems to get close to their particular brand of aural chaos. Sounds about right to us.