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Check ‘Em Out: West Of The Sun

Full of psych-guitar jangle and swaggering percussion
Clash Magazine

West Of The Sun are an indie rock band formed in Derby, 2013. Their story began in a flat above a pub in Derby when lead singer Luke met fellow university student and guitarist/songwriter Michael, the pair bonding almost instantly over everything from bands such as the Doors and Interpol to supporting championship football teams.

It was while working in that local music pub that Luke then met rhythm guitarist and Derby local lad Joe and the 3 of them would write together. With the addition of bassist Kieran and drummer Stevie, the band soon kicked up a groove and West Of The Sun was born.

The band’s name is taken from the Haruki Murakami novel ‘South Of The Border, West Of The Sun’ which describes a farmer on the brink of insanity who embarks on a quest to chase whatever it is that may lie ‘west of the sun’. The name appealed to the band because of it’s oxymoronic nature, seemingly whimsical with a dark underbelly – in keeping with the band’s blend of melancholic lyrical content and tuneful delivery. A theme that influenced the band from repeated exposure to the work of their musical heroes Joy Division and The Smiths.

Recent singles “Siberian Hysteria” and “Trip On A Turntable” were greeted with positive acclaim and the band are currently recording songs for their debut LP, set for release later this year.


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Video: Milagres – “Jeweled Cave”


“Album highlight ‘Jeweled Cave’ has a blissful, spectral sound with Milagres fusing dramatic songcraft with almost pastoral synths.” – Clash Magazine

“…combines a David Bowie-like theatricality with a sprawling prog groove.” – SPIN

” …evokes classic, synth-steered modern rock and highlights frontman Kyle Wilson’s hypnotic voice.” – Rolling Stone

Brooklyn indie rock quartet Milagres recently released their sophomore full-length album, Violent Light, via Kill Rock Stars in the US (out now via Memphis Industries in the UK). The follow-up to their 2011 debut Glowing Mouth LP, Violent Light finds the band channeling influences as diverse as Al Green, Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush, and introduces a darker, harder sound for the group.

Violent Light album cut “Jeweled Cave” is a psych-pop number that immediately bursts open with bouncing synths & a driving bassline. Today, the band reveal the striking accompanying video (directed by Mikel Cee), filled with subtle social commentary on gender roles.

Milagres (Kyle Wilson, Fraser McCulloch, Chris Brazee & Paul Payabyab) will make their national network television debut on Last Call with Carson Daly on April 10th, 1:35am ET/12:35am CT on NBC! Additionally, album cut “Perennial Bulb” was handpicked by tastemaker Nic Harcourt for his radio show Connections.

The band are currently on a full US tour in support of the record, including a homecoming celebration at the Bowery Ballroom! Full dates follow below:

North American Tour

3/28: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
3/29: Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
4/1: Lincoln, NE @ Vega
4/2: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
4/3: Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
4/4: Kansas City, MO @ Middle of the Map Fest
4/5: St. Louis, MO @ The Demo
4/8: Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR
4/10: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom

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Highly Anticipated: This Is Happening

LCD Soundsystem’s new album This Is Happening, was supposed to be released in March, but was pushed back to May. So now, in about a week, we’ll be able to have it (May 18th).

Sadly, James Murphy has informed the music community that this will be his fourth and last album as LCD Soundsystem. I can’t help but to feel sad that ‘this is happening’. 😦

Read an interview with him from Clash Magazine here

ALSO…click here to preview the whole album! I have a feeling I’m going to wear it out this summer!

Track Listing:

1. Dance Yrself Clean (Starts off slow, then surprises you with a ‘BAM!’ into some loud dance music)

2. Drunk Girls (Has some musical elements very similar to “North American Scum”)

3. One Touch

4. All I Want

5. I Can Change* (Reminiscent to the likes of Erasure, Yaz, The Cure, Love & Rockets, etc.)

6. You Wanted a Hit*

7. Pow Pow (sounds like the Talking Heads)

8. Somebody’s Calling Me

9. Home

* = my favorites


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Magic Arm

I was reading UK magazine Clash the other day, and I wrote a list of some of the bands so I’d remember to check them out. One of these is Magic Arm.

What initially caught my eye about Magic Arm was that they did a cover of LCD Soundsystem’s “Daft Punk is Playing at my House”, which is a great song. So, I figured they’re definitely worth the look-up.

And guess what? I like them so much, I had to get on here and tell you about it! Their debut album Make Lists, Do Something doesn’t come out until May…BUT you can go to their MySpace page and have a listen for now.

The LCD Soundsystem cover is there, and another song I really enjoy called “Bootsy Bootsy” and NOT just because I think the word “Bootsy” is really funny. Let me know what ya think!

Also, if you’ve been searching for a different cool music magazine, and you haven’t picked up Clash…you should. I’m glad I did.

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