Australian newcomers The Preatures specialise in the kind of three minute gems new wave was invented for. Chief of these is their new single (and the track that first got them noticed) 'Is This How You Feel?'. That song sounds like Warpaint if they succeeded in writing a Radio 1 anthem, and is the staple of the band's live set.
In February 2013, Jimmy Whispers was badly beaten up in his Chicago hometown. The organ player and sometime graffiti artist was walking home drunk from a party when he was jumped and kicked in the mouth, losing a tooth and chipping half off another. Shocked and upset, he retreated into himself, only leaving his house to go to work and drinking heavily in the evenings. Two years on, Whispers is preparing for the release of his debut album 'Summer In Pain' (released in Europe via Field Mates Records and via Moniker in America).
"It feels so good to fix something, even if it's temporary," says Ava Luna’s Felicia Douglass about the emotions underpinning new single ‘Coat of Shellac’. “As a dancer I used to put coats of shellac on my pointe shoes to increase their longevity. But I knew it was only a quick fix." After the kaleidoscopic funk-punk triumph that was their second album 'Electric Balloon', released barely a year ago, you'd have forgiven the New Yorkers for adopting an ‘if it ain’t broke…’ approach to upcoming third album ‘Infinite House’.
This week's New Act Of The Week are Pretty Vicious (pictured above), who last month were at the centre of the biggest record label scrum in ages.
Ever since Wand’s track ‘Flying Golem’ pretty much knocked me over last year I’ve been keeping an eye on the Los Angeles four piece.