Check out these under the radar favourites from this month, because bigger doesn’t always mean better…
White Shadows – ‘Secret Of Life’
The Vines’ Craig Nicholls teams up with Empire Of The Sun’s Nick Littlemore and a host of Australia’s brightest indie stars – including members of Warpaint and Jagwar Ma – on this surprising electronic-focused new record.
Nai Harvest – ‘Hairball’
Sheffield pop-punk duo Nai Harvest add a bright sheen to their scrappy tunes, with the help of Sky Ferreira producer Bob Cooper. With the songs elevated into something more ambitious, it marks a fine debut and a promising statement of intent.
George FitzGerald – ‘Fading Love’
The Berlin-based producer leaves the club scene behind on his debut album, after feeling alienated from EDM culture. ‘Fading Love’ sees FitzGerald move towards more traditional songwriting, while utilising some low-key guest vocalists.
Demob Happy – ‘Young & Numb EP’
The Brighton-based garage-rock quartet follow a handful of singles with their debut EP. On it, they strut their way through QOTSA riffs and early Kings Of Leon rattle, evoking the sweat-drenched box rooms that they regularly conquer.
Useless Eaters – ‘Singles: 2011-2014’
The US garage-punks gather together highlights from their 7-inch and EP releases so far on this collection, but only just break the half-an-hour mark. It’s rough, raw and full of blink-and-you’ll-miss-em gems.
Lost Dawn – ‘Lost Dawn’
Falmouth glam-rock group follow their mates The Black Tambourines out of the DIY scene of their hometown and into the rest of the world with a debut album that riffs off of Marc Bolan, Ex Hex and Supergrass.
Lapalux – ‘Lustmore’
Producer Lapalux has shifted his sound slightly on his second album, ‘Lustmore’. More otherworldly and sleazy in places, the record is his first for Brainfeeder and takes influence from old film soundtracks as well as the experience of hypnogogia.
Warmduscher – ‘Khaki Tears’
Fat White Family’s Saul Adamczewski and Jack Everett team up with underground dub experimentalists Paranoid London’s Clams Baker on this sideshow. It’s no less filthy than their main band, wallowing in yelping chaos and Captain Beefheart grooves.
Marriages – ‘Salome’
The genre-spanning LA trio finally followed up their 2012 EP ‘Kitsune’ this month. The wait was worth it – their noisy, ominous songs swirling brilliantly through gothic shoegaze and post-metal.
Wand – ‘Golem’
Dark psychedelia abounds on Wand’s second album, a sludgy, blackened record of bludgeoning riffs and riddle-esque lyrics. There are moments of light chinking through the shadows, though, and the LA group never lose sight of their sense of humour.