The Buzz – Five New Bands You Need To Hear this Week

1. Salad Boys – New Zealand garage rockers come good on early promise

2013’s self-titled release from Christchurch trio Salad Boys was a quiet triumph, slotting in neatly alongside Parquet Courts’ ‘Light Up Gold’ album thanks to some warm, woozy lo-fi gems. It promised great things should the band ever find themselves in a proper studio. Thankfully, after a relatively quiet 2014, this year that’s exactly what happened – debut album-proper ‘Metalmania’ is out on September 18 via Trouble In Mind. ‘Dream Date’ is the first track to be taken from it, and it’s an absolute stormer, coming good on all of that early promise. It might, alongside ‘Garbage’ from the new Royal Headache album, be the best garage rock song of 2015, in fact. We’ve got the premiere of the video above, which singer Joe Sampson tells us was “basically all made up on the spot” and shot on location at Banks Peninsula on New Zealand’s South Island. “The only idea we had to begin with was that I was going to run as fast as I could up a hill to the point of collapse and that was going to the be the video,” he says. “But then we decided to take the Tomahawk axe with us…” (MW)

2. PinkFlames – two of the capital’s indie heroes form a beguiling new band

A brand new London band here, with a cover of one of the most obscure songs ever. Featuring Isabel from Novella and Max from The Proper Ornaments, PinkFlames have been likened around these parts to Broadcast mixed with Brian Jonestown Massacre. The fabulously-titled ‘I’m Just A Star On A Democratic Flag’ was originally written by 60s LA stoners Smiles. It’s their only known song, and DJ Shadow dragged them into the limelight a decade or so ago by including them on ‘Diminishing Returns’. Here, PinkFlames take the track boldly into 2015 – it’s a mesmerising listen. Keep an eye out for their debut shows, which haven’t even been announced yet. (MW)

3. Kite Base – Savages side-project play innovative post-punk pop

Ayse Hassan is better known for plying her trade as the bassist for London post-punks Savages, but this new duo sees her teaming up with fellow bassist Kendra Frost to impressively blend the sounds of electronic, industrial, pop and post-punk music. “It is a symbiotic relationship. A duo. Our working methodology,” they explain. And the theme of duality is clearly audible on debut track ‘Dadum’, which finds each member intermingling with distorted, angular bass lines and dulcet vocal harmonies. Flecks of PJ Harvey can be heard through haunting, hypnotic “dum dum da-dum” melodies, while skittish machine beats and hollow bass thumps recall the gloaming sounds of Thom Yorke’s solo works. It’s a unique juxtaposition of light and dark that suggests that there’s more enchantment and innovation to come from Kite Base. (JB)

4. Dazy Chain – Frimley’s finest display an angsty confidence

The “extreme west” of Surrey (thanks Wiki) might not conjure up images of the most nascent music scene, but Frimley’s Dazy Chain sound as promising and any other indie act we’ve heard from the UK this week. Their debut EP mixes teenage apathy and sporadic synth lines to create something both cruel-sounding and listenable. Opening track ‘I Don’t Care’ is the pick of the bunch, and features lead singer Sagaar Kaushik continuously contradicting himself (“I don’t care and I just don’t get it” goes the chorus). The last minute sees the band throw themselves into overdrive, with wobbling synths and a beefed-up drum fill ending things moodily. (JM)

5. Screaming Peaches – infectious funk-poppers with a name-change

This London outfit were previously known as MOVIE, but a line-up reshuffle and name-change has seen them re-emerge galvanised, with their best song to date going live just in time to celebrate the fortuitous makeover. ‘Sad Kid’ is nothing short of a funked-up disco anthem. Guitars take their cues from Nile Rodgers, while blissed-out pop vocals chant “S-A-D! K-I-D!” over gooey MGMT synths and handclaps. The band’s debut performance – September 16 at London’s Sebright Arms – is bound to be full of vibrant hooks and infectious grooves. They’re certainly capable of it.
 (JB)

Words: Matt Wilkinson, Joe McCarthy, James Bentley