Premiere: DIY Label Art Is Hard Bring Together Cream Of Underground Talent On New Compilation

In June 2012, DIY label Art Is Hard put together a compilation featuring Joanna Gruesome, Playlounge, Keel Her and Gum, and called it ‘Family Portrait’. Three years on, they’re gathering another bundle of bands into frame for a second snapshot that reflects the diverse and rich levels of talent that are bubbling up in underground music scenes across the country (and Canada) right now.

Contributing two songs each, the groups involved offer up everything from rough, raw punk (Brighton’s Abattoir Blues), soaring, sugar-coated lo-fi (Leeds’ Bruising), punchy garage-pop (Nai Harvest side-project Fruit Bomb) and dark, brooding pop (Winnipeg dreamers The Living Hour). The sounds might vary but every artist shares a similar ethic and approach, and ‘Family Portrait Pt. II’ celebrates that in the best possible way.

‘Family Portrait Pt. II’ is out on May 11 on marbled 12″ and digital download via Art Is Hard. Pre-order here. Abattoir Blues, Bruising and Fruit Bomb play the following dates in support of its release:

Leeds A Nation Of Shopkeepers (May 6)
Manchester Fallow Cafe (7)
Brighton Green Door Store (8)
London Old Blue Last (9)