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Divus Julius presents: Teenage Fanclub

Initially lauded for the sonically dense, guitar-driven anthems that heralded them as unexpected stars of the alternative rock era, the perception of Scotland’s Teenage Fanclub transformed over time, eventually earning the group a reputation as pop craftsmen famous for a distinctive brand of classicist ’60s- and ’70s-style power pop and folk-rock. 

They have announced a new album, Nothing Lasts Forever, coming September 22 via Merge. Recorded at Raymond McGinley’s house in Glasgow and in the Welsh countryside at Rockfield Studios, Nothing Lasts Forever follows 2021’s Endless Arcade and features the jangly lead single “Foreign Land.”

Divus Julius presents: Strange Ranger

Strange Ranger’s 2021 album No Light In Heaven played like a conscious deconstruction of the “rock band” label. The tracklist flitted between industrial noise, George Clanton-esque underground pop, shoegaze-inspired sounds, and straight-up bar rock, challenging the listener to reimagine what cohesion looks like in a modern indie rock-leaning LP. Pure Music, the band’s new project, is out July 21. Today, their new single “She’s on Fire” arrives.

Divus Julius presents: Krooked Kings 

Having joined forces in 2019 during their college years at University of Utah, the band paved their way performing in backyards and basements, slinging together garage-rock rhythms with heartfelt indie choruses to craft a sound that is entirely their own. Raised in the Mormon faith, the five piece made the bold decision to shy away from their religion to fully embrace the love they have for music – a choice that has inspired their songs ever since.

Their new album All Out of Good Days, a self-proclaimed scrapbook of how they perceive the elusive black hole of time between leaving college and being thrust into the terrifying concept of adulthood.

Divus Julius presents: Water From Your Eyes

For the past three years Brooklyn’s Water From Your Eyes have been evolving and experimenting with their sound. At their core, the duo of Nate Amos and Rachel Brown make experimental pop music, songs you can dance to, songs that will stick in your head long after you’ve heard them. The sound of Water From Your Eyes is far more expansive however, is blissfully unclassifiable.

In a couple weeks, Water From Your Eyes are releasing a new album, Everyone’s Crushed, and they’ve shared the unconventional bangers “Barley” and “True Life” from it already. Today, they’re sharing the album’s third single, the discordant and quietly yearning “14,” which comes with a music video directed by the group’s own Rachel Brown.

Divus Julius presents: Petite Noir

Petite Noir is the architect of Noirwave – a musical and cultural movement that draws creative energy from punk aesthetics and the fragmented identity of today’s African diaspora. The Congolese artist was born in Belgium, raised in South Africa, and is now based between London and Paris.

Petite Noir has released a couple of singles over the past few months (“Simple Things” featuring Theo Crocker and “Numbers”), and now he’s just released his second album called MotherFather.

Divus Julius presents: Miles Kane

Miles Kane returns with a blistering new album One Man Band, out August 4th. The album’s first offering is the exuberant indie banger ‘Troubled Son’ Miles returns to his guitar hero best on One Man Band as he focuses on big hooks and even bigger anthems. Sharp, infectious, urgent and packed to the brim with singalong moments, it’s Miles on the top of his game. A deeply personal record, Miles returned to Liverpool to work on the album, finding himself reflecting on his journey. 

Divus Julius presents: The Drums

The Drums have officially returned with I Want It All, a brand new single arriving via ANTI-. Soul-searching ruminations, confrontations of childhood trauma and epiphanies of self-acceptance are entangled within the song, which for Jonny Pierce – the founding auteur behind The Drums – serves as a piece of art that’s as exposed as it is triumphant. Imbued with a sense of freshly-absorbed introspection, I Want It All marks the debut offering from The Drums’ forthcoming album and first studio project since 2019’s Brutalism.

Soaring to alt-pop prestige nearly fifteen years ago with a renowned self-titled debut, The Drums continue to thrive, influence and reinvent with every project. Pierce initially conceived of the band back in 2008 and what resulted was worldwide acclaim and a string of five studio albums that deftly walk the line of aching melancholy and irresistible pop sensibilities, presented through a kaleidoscope of pastel guitars, reverb, modular synthesisers and drum machines. It’s a sound that’s wholly unique, and unmistakably The Drums.