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"We've got a great sense of urgency now": DiS meets The Flatmates
Aug 27, 2014 6:52am | Drowned In Sound

Twenty-five years ago, the smart money was on The Flatmates to "do a Primitives" as it was called back then and gatecrash mainstream radio and eventually the official charts. Formed in Bristol during the summer of 1985 by guitarist Martin Whitehead and (then) drummer Rocker, their adrenalin fuelled fusion of The Ramones meets The Ronettes saw them quickly rise to prominence as part of the C86 indiepop scene.

Nevertheless, despite being on the cusp of commercial success, the band imploded around the end of 1989, seemingly never to be heard of again. Until the summer of 2012 that is, when the aforementioned founder members decided to get the band back together. Recruiting Lisa Bouvier on vocals, Brian Price on drums and a succession of bass players "just like the old days", they set about writing a bunch of songs culminating in last year's seven-inch 'You Held My Heart', the first Flatmates release to feature brand new material since 1987's 'Heaven Knows' single.

Last month, DiS caught up with Whitehead, Rocker and Bouvier prior to their set at Indietracks and found a band eager to embrace the future rather than their past.


DiS: This is your first time playing Indietracks. Have you been wanting to play the festival ever since the band reformed?

Martin Whitehead: It was two years ago at Indietracks 2012 when me and Rocker were standing at the side of the church chatting and peo...

In Photos: Reading Festival 2014 - Day 2
Aug 27, 2014 6:46am | Drowned In Sound

Cold Specks - Neuroplasticity
Aug 27, 2014 6:44am | Drowned In Sound

Cold Specks first record was a remarkably mature and well-developed record, one of the best of the year. She disowned it almost immediately. Over a year ago I saw Al Spx voice, guitars and songs of Cold Specks perform a set where she hated playing the songs of her debut. When I saw her a few months ago, shes become more detached from them still. From almost immediately after releasing her debut, Spx was more than ready to release Neuroplasticity.

These songs evidence her eagerness to move into new territory, with swirling infernos of rasping New Orleans horns and guttural tones right at the hearts of dark red textures. Its a wildly fiercer sound than before. And the main difference is Spx willingness to release the tensions she builds in her arrangements, rather than damming them up as she did on I Predict A Graceful Expulsion. Those songs hinged on subtlety. These lurch into sudden tempo changes, set songs ablaze with roaring noise, and bury double tracked vocal takes laced with decay and distortion.

It gets to the point of outright menace. Spx was never going to win optimist of the year, but the songs of her debut glowed from the uplift of soul performed without winking. On Neuroplasticity, the textures allow Spx to let loose with a threatening and desperate tumult of misery. Shes fixated on bodily destruction at every turn people hung, drawn and quartered; knives going in; bodies needing to be kept at bay. And with the albums fin...

That Brazilian businessman buying up all the worlds records is now trying to buy the Birmingham shop selling its stock for £1 a pop
Aug 27, 2014 6:33am | Fact Magazine

Originally posted on The Vinyl Factory

He really is trying to buy all the records in the world.

Zero Freitas has become the worlds most famous record collector overnight. Featured in a New York Times interview earlier this month, the Brazilian bus magnate is described as buying up all the worlds vinyl records, his multi-million strong collection bolstered recently by the recent acquisition of two of the largest collections around that of million-record man Paul Mawhinney and the late Music Man Murray.

On the other side of the world, just a few days after the interview was published, Dan Reddington of legendary Birmingham record shop Reddingtons Rare Records announced that he was putting his entire stock of close to 75,000 records up for sale at £1 a pop, regardless of rarity or value. Go figure What happened next somehow seems too obvious to be true.

As reported by ITV, Zero Freitas has caught wind of Dan Reddingtons fire sale and put in an offer to buy every single record in his collection for a total of £23,000, with Zeros New York buyer Allan Bastos confirming the offer: I spoke with Mr Freitas and we are interested. The condition is that Mr Reddington does not take anything out of the stock and, of course, he has to cancel the (public) s...

Foreign/National pull you into a psychedelic swirl on new song, “Life Tourist”
Aug 27, 2014 6:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
Aussie outfit Foreign/National craft a radio-friendly psychedelic dream on "Life Tourist", shared ahead of their debut EP this September.

A Decade of Space Disco: whats eating Oslos club scene?
Aug 27, 2014 6:28am | Fact Magazine

With Todd Terje’s It’s Album Time one of 2014′s biggest crossover records, and the likes of Prins Thomas and Lindstrom international stars, Norwegian dance music should be at an all-time high. However, everything’s not always as it seems. FACT’s Chal Ravens flew to Oslo’s Øya Festival to investigate, speaking to Terje, Thomas, DJ Strangefruit and key figures from Norway’s new wave of electronic artists.

It’s two in the morning in Oslo’s Dattera til Hagen club, a three-storey venue that spills onto an open courtyard where a crowd of unfeasibly wholesome-looking Norwegians chain-smoke like it’s the 20th century. Upstairs, they’re dancing to sets from rising Detroit DJ Jay Daniel and, on the floor above, local talent Andre Bratten, who came out of nowhere last year to release his debut album, Be A Man You Ant, on Full Pupp  making him one of the youngest torchbearers of the disco scene that emerged in tandem with Prins Thomas’s label a decade ago.

Everyone in the club, it appears, is either drunk or steaming drunk. This is notable because the pair of gin and tonics I’ve just bought cost a fraction under 200 kroner (around £20). Getting pissed in this country requires a little organisation and a lot of cash; conveniently, Norwegians tend to have both of these in spades. I’ve come to the club near the water...

The 1975 'annoyed' they've not received gong after being named Worst Band at NME Awards
Aug 27, 2014 6:16am | NME
'I grew up kind of being the antithesis of the NME,' the frontman says

In Photos: Leeds Festival 2014 - Day 2
Aug 27, 2014 6:08am | Drowned In Sound

Miley Cyrus condemns media for 'going after' homeless VMA guest following reports of arrest warrant
Aug 27, 2014 6:07am | NME
Jesse Helt is wanted in Polk County, Oregon, for probation violation

Manic Street Preachers to play 'The Holy Bible' tracks for BBC Radio 4
Aug 27, 2014 5:49am | NME
Band will appear on 'Mastertapes' in September

50 Words for Kate Bush's comeback show
Aug 27, 2014 5:30am | Drowned In Sound

After the mad scramble for Kate Bush tickets (in which I blew my holiday fund twice over) DiS was also lucky enough to receive a single review ticket for the opening night of Before The Dawn. In deference to the huge numbers of fans still to see the show, we pondered the best way to "review" it without "spoilers".

So here we present... 50 Words for Kate Bush:

Unreal city
Come on Kate, you've got 26 to go...
Pigment swirl
Pastoral panoply
Blackbird braille
Paper bird
Tawny Moon
Come on now, just 4 to go...

Before the Dawn is at Hammersmith Apollo from August 26th - October 1st 2014.

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Listen: Summer Ghost - “Milk”
Aug 27, 2014 5:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
The new project from Among Brothers' Alex Comana offers weighty but perfectly balanced dram-pop drops and echoey glitches - and it's pretty damn perfect.

Mono/Poly - Golden Skies
Aug 27, 2014 5:30am | The Line Of Best Fit
The experimental beatmaker's debut Brainfeeder LP is a transient journey into electronic heaven.

Simon Taffe’s End of the Road Picks 2014
Aug 27, 2014 5:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
We talk to festival co-founder Simon Taffe about the ten acts not to miss at this year's festival.

Watch the video premiere of Ólöf Arnalds’ new single, “Patience”
Aug 27, 2014 4:45am | The Line Of Best Fit
Icelandic artist Ólöf Arnalds returns with the video for "Patience", the lead single off her forthcoming album, Palme.
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