The Buzz – Five Bands You Need To Hear This Week

1. Lucern Raze – Burger Records-endorsed Stockholm slackers

If Denmark is fast making a name for itself as the capital of disenfranchised punk (see: Iceage, Yung), then Sweden could do worse than claiming Lucern Raze’s slacker garage rock as its own vibe. Following February’s debut LP ‘Stockholm One’, the trio have already announced a follow-up EP ‘Happy & Astray’ – due for release via PKSLM Records on September 18. Full of careering, Fisher Price synths and sunshine-stoned guitars, it’s Stockholm via the American West Coast. Check out the title track below and catch them on their UK tour, starting September 25. (LW)

2. Gang – stoner sludge from the South Coast

Recently supporting Ty Segall-tipped psych-rockers Wand in the UK were Gang – a sludgey-as-hell trio from Brighton who mix tar-steeped riffs with delirious vocals. Tracks such as ‘2b Abused’ and ‘Eye Garden’ are a good summation of their viscid sound, which lies somewhere between the dark side of Dinosaur Jr and a weary Black Sabbath. Live they’re every bit as gruesome as they sound on record, with the three members (the unkempt brotherly duo of Eric and Jimi Tormey plus lurching bass player Joseph Hunt) exchanging wails and licks as their bodies jerk. Their show with likeminded stoner rockers Puppy on September 29 (The Garage, London) will surely be a night of reckoning for those with sensitive ears. (JB)

3. Charlotte Carpenter – eerie, atmospheric blues from the Midlands.

Fans of the True Detective first series soundtrack will appreciate Charlotte Carpenter’s dark, Southern blues rock – it reeks of the same eerie, twisted atmosphere as the noir-toned TV show. New track ‘Wasted’, taken from her forthcoming EP ‘The Fault Line’ (due November 13 on Let It Go Records) swaggers with a sliding guitar lick, dull percussive thumps and Carpenter’s own fiery, soulful vocals. Older tracks like ‘Blood Ties’, meanwhile, are more minimal, with a delicate guitar and soft, naked vocal creating a vulnerable mood. She plays at Servant Jazz Quarters in London on November 23, backed by a full band, and if these songs are anything to go by then it’s bound to be a captivating performance. (JB)


LUWUM makes loveable, rain-drenched lo-fi – which is appropriate since the man behind the moniker, Jesse W Miller, recently moved from Midlake’s hometown of Denton, Texas to one of America’s precipitation hot-zones, Seattle. There’s real breadth of vision on second LP ‘Places Worn’, released at the end of last month: ‘A Weird Flash’ sits glumly between Elliott Smith and Sufjan Stevens, but ‘The Band’ – a dizzying shot of psych that opens the new album – is off somewhere else entirely. (LB)

5. Mothers

Hailing from Athens, Georgia, Mothers only have a few tracks online but they’re already packed with promise. “I am out of control” sings vocalist Kristine Leschper on their latest ‘No Crying In Baseball’, though you wouldn’t guess it from the restrained way in which the track begins. It’s not until Leschper hits her stride that her words become real and the song unravels in a charmingly ramshackle degree of chaos. It’s an unpredictable introduction to the off-kilter, stream of conscious song writing from the band, and one which draws comparison to Courtney Barnett. (DR)

Words by Lisa Wright, James Bentley, Larry Bartleet and David Renshaw