New Music Friday is the new release fix you need! We’ve been listening to Neck Deep, Chase and Status, Everything Everything and more.
What’s even better about New Music Friday is that you can listen to a lot of the new music live. We’ve also found a few artists who’ve got new records out and are about to take them on tour. Double win!
RELEASE OF THE WEEK: Neck Deep – The Peace and the Panic
In 2015, Welsh pop-punks Neck Deep released the seminal Life’s Not Out To Get You, firmly cementing their place on the alternative landscape. With The Peace and the Panic, the band’s third full-length, they take stock on the past couple of years. It sees them take a step up in terms of lyricism, yet retains that upbeat sound representative of the genre. Neck Deep are set to tour the UK in October, including a headline show at London’s O2 Academy Brixton. They’ll be joined on the road by As It Is and Real Friends. [Tickets] [Buy the record]
Brand New – Science Fiction
It’s been quite a week for Brand New fans. As well as announcing a pair of UK live dates for November, they also surprise released their long-awaited follow-up to 2009’s Daisy. Science Fiction was available as a limited edition physical release, which of course sold out instantly, and is now available to purchase as a digital download. Their two headline shows also went on sale today, with tickets being snapped up extremely quickly. As ever, the band remain vague and mysterious, and there’s nothing official to listen to online just yet. You can check out Mene below, their most recent single proper yet which doesn’t feature on Science Fiction.
Chase and Status – Tribe
London duo Chase and Status have brought in a plethora of friends for new album Tribe. The record sees them collaborate with the likes of grime superstar Kano, gritty singer-songwriter Tom Grennan, indie upstarts Blossoms, and punk pair Slaves. It goes some way to showcase the broad appeal and range of the dance veterans, who also recently announced a special live show at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on the 1 November 2017. [Tickets] [Buy the record]
Everything Everything – A Fever Dream
A Fever Dream is the fourth album by Manchester experimental indie band Everything Everything. Their latest outing swirls with atypical sounds, taking on the idea of trust in modern society. According to Jonathan Higgs, the band’s vocalist and lyricist, the record “tap(s) into ideas of neighbours and communities”. The album’s release comes as the band gear up for a performance at Reading and Leeds Festival over the August bank holiday weekend. [Tickets] [Buy the record]
Ghostpoet – Dark Days and Canapes
There’s a lot for poet Obaro Ejimiwe to pick up on in our current social climate. His fourth album, Dark Days and Canapes, discusses the likes of the refugee crisis, social media, and Tinder. It’s a critical record, downbeat on the state of the world. The perfect poem. Ghostpoet celebrates the release of his record with a tour across the UK in November. [Tickets] [Buy the record]
Grizzly Bear – Painted Ruins
Painted Ruins, the fifth studio album by New York based Grizzly Bear, is being heralded as one of their best year. It’s been five years since the band last released material, in that time having further honed their swirling, intricate songwriting. It comes as they gear up for a trip to the UK, touring in early October including a headline show at London’s O2 Academy Brixton. [Tickets] [Buy the record]
Neon Waltz – Strange Hymns
Strange Hymns marks the debut release by Scottish outfit Neon Waltz. Based in John O’Groats, it sure makes for a long trip to play live shows across the UK. This is represented in their sprawling sound, categorised loosely as psych-pop. The album’s release comes as the band prepare for live dates at the end of this month, and into the next. [Tickets] [Buy the record]
Rainer Maria – Rainer Maria
It’s been more than a decade since Rainer Maria disbanded and released their then final album. 2017 marks a return by the Wisconsin emo veterans, whose self-titled record is drawing critical acclaim across the board. The short album celebrates a particular urgency and abundant raw charm. There are no UK live dates just yet, but follow the band on Ticketmaster.co.uk to be in the know when there are.
Steven Wilson – To The Bone
Former Porcupine Tree vocalist Steven Wilson isn’t renowned for being upbeat. In fact his career is dominated by macabre music, until now. To The Bone, touted as his pop-opus, sees him turn the energy up a notch or two. It’s not a huge departure from his career to date, but it easily showcases Wilson in a new, more vibrant, light. Steven Wilson will be touring the UK and Ireland in the spring of 2018. [Tickets] [Buy the album]
The Homeless Gospel Choir – Presents: Normal
The Homeless Gospel Choir is the brainchild of Pennsylvanian folk-punk musician Derek Zanetti. Presents: Normal is his fifth studio album, following the release of 2014’s I Used To Be So Young. It continues his individual style, blending together his unusual vocals with key elements from both punk and folk. He’ll be arriving in the UK as support for Frank Iero and the Patience in September and October 2017. [Tickets]
The Sherlocks – Live For The Moment
Sheffield indie rockers The Sherlocks today release their long-awaited debut album, Live For The Moment. It comes after years of hearty touring, including as main support for the likes of Kings of Leon and Richard Ashcroft on their respective arena tours. Drawing comparison to The Libertines and Arctic Monkeys, they’ll be bringing their punchy indie to venues across the UK in September. [Tickets] [Buy the record]
Thy Art Is Murder – Dear Desolation
Australian deathcore band Thy Art Is Murder have dropped their fourth studio album, and their follow-up to 2015’s Holy War. Sticking close to their tried and tested formula, Dear Desolation is another adrenaline fuelled powerhouse. The band will be paying headline shows in October. [Tickets] [Buy the record]
UNKLE – The Road Part 1
James Lavelle’s first album in seven years marks the end of particularly rocky road. It’s something of a cinematic liberation, calling on the likes of Eska and Elliott Power for support. It continues UNKLE’s clever experimentation with various dance infused sounds. He’ll be celebrating the release with a show at London’s iconic KOKO on the 26 September 2017. [Tickets] [Buy the album]
Check back next week for the latest album releases.