New York's Public Access TV are Radar Band Of The Week in this week's mag, and for good reason. Since emerging at the beginning of this year with debut track 'Monaco', they've slowly but surely set out their stall as the most exciting thing to step out of Gotham in recent memory. 'In The Mirror' follows the buoyant garage-pop of this summer's 'Rebounder' EP, showing that they've still got plenty left in the tank with a Costello strut and Strokes-esque loucheness. Listen below and catch the band when they head over to the UK in November to support Circa Waves.
Part of what makes Single Mothers so exciting is that they probably shouldn't exist. Since forming, the London, Ontario hardcore act have gone through uncountable line-up changes, and at one point there were even two versions of the band in existence at the same time – after vocalist Drew Thomson fired the other members, they just carried on without him. In 2011, after the band had pretty much fizzled out and Thomson was working as a gold prospector in a town called Swastika (seriously!), Jeremy Bolm of acclaimed hardcore trailblazers Touché Amoré put out their self-titled second EP.
There are some bands who come bursting out of the traps – no holds barred, everything online, straight into the press/radio conveyor belt. Neon Waltz are not one of those bands. I love how slowly they're taking things. It's refreshing, and you can see it paying off already. Here is a band who you can still catch playing incredible sets to clubs that are only two-thirds full, meaning you can tell your mates you were onto them before anyone else.
Anyone who has even a vague interest in Burger Records will probably be aware of Curtis Harding. The Black Lips-affiliated singer was one of the hits at this year's SXSW, where he was part of the Burgermania crew - to put that into context, they book upwards of 50 acts to play across four stages in a run down bar for the final, most chaotic day of the festival.
Stephen Malkmus was in a hamburger restaurant at the end of last year when Parquet Courts came on the restaurant stereo. “I thought it was Pavement,” he told Rolling Stone, confusing the New York upstarts’ slacker-rock scrawl for his own. For the record, it wasn’t meant as a dig at Andrew Savage’s band - “those guys are cool,” the 48-year-old insisted elsewhere in the interview. But it does go to show how influential Pavement remain, some 20 years after the release of their (in my opinion) greatest work.