Category Archives: Music by Bergman

Music by Bergman: Die! Die! Die!

 Die! Die! Die! is one of the most prolific bands to emerge out of New Zealand’s indie, noise rock, and punk scenes over the last decade. Rooted in a stylistic conversation between post-punk, noise pop, shoegaze, lo-fi, experimental electronica and punk rock, at its emotional core, CHARM. OFFENSIVE. -their last album- is the sound of a road-worn underground band relaxing, and falling back in love with music all over again.

Die! Die! Die! have shared their new onslaught, ‘I Seek Misery’. The band – who returned with the ‘O’ EP last summer; their first release with bassist Lachlan Anderson since ‘Harmony’ in 2011 – will release the track as part of a double A-side along with ‘450’ on 23rd October.

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Music by Bergman: Everything Everything

If you try to explain Everything Everything on paper, their slow-but-sure rise to becoming one of the country’s biggest art-pop bands seems perplexing. Perhaps only alt-J can claim to have become a bigger band over the past 10 years while being as fundamentally weird as the Manchester four-piece.

Ever since their early singles ‘MY KZ UR BF’ and ‘Photoshop Handsome’ arrived at the start of the decade, followed on second album ‘Arc’ by ‘Cough Cough’ and ‘Kemosabe’, the group became owners of a handful of unlikely festival anthems. Their erratic, bizarre pop songs tapped into a confusing but satisfying sweet spot; you couldn’t quite understand how it worked, or what actual words you were trying to sing at the front of a sweaty festival tent – but it’s always a lot fun.

The band then took a surprisingly big leap forwards on 2015’s ‘Get To Heaven’, with the likes of ‘Distant Past’, ‘Spring / Summer / Winter / Dread’ and ‘No Reptiles’ becoming instant fan favourites. This time, they’d twisted their oddball concoctions into even bigger pop hits, which was furthered on their last album, 2017’s ‘A Fever Dream’. While not quite hitting the airwaves in the same way as ‘Get To Heaven’, its glorious, soaring title track and the paranoid ‘Ivory Tower’ brought more moments of euphoria for the subsequent arena tours. Now they release their new brand album ‘re-Animator.’

Music by Bergman: Declan McKenna

British indie singer/songwriter Declan McKenna first emerged in 2015 with the shimmering, politically charged single “Brazil,” which directly addressed the corruption scandal then engulfing soccer’s governing body, FIFA.

. Obsessed with Bowie and with an attitude recalling The Libertines and Jamie T., McKenna blended bright indie pop with textural lo-fi.   He is back with “Be An Astronaut”, the fourth song to be lifted from his second album Zeros, which has just been released.

Music by Bergman: Dan Croll

Since the release in early 2014 of his critically-lauded debut album, Sweet Disarray, Dan Croll has purposely proved impossible to pin down. A sonic explorer, he doesn’t so much sidestep genres as conquer several at the same time. Citing artists from The Beatles to De La Soul to James Taylor in his work.

Dan Croll has released his third album, Grand Plan and has unveiled his two newest singles, title track “Grand Plan” and “Work.” With a sound that leans into the Laurel Canyon’s 1960s and 1970s scene, which has always inspired Croll heavily.

Music by Bergman: I Don’t Know How But They Found

I Don’t Know How But They Found Me (often shortened to IDKHow or iDKHOW) is a two-piece band featuring bassist and vocalist Dallon Weekes (formerly of Panic! at the Disco and The Brobecks) and drummer Ryan Seaman (formerly of Falling in Reverse, also played for The Brobecks).

IDKHow is a concept band, centred around the idea of “a band out of time” originally from the the ’80s. They never got their big break, and were entirely forgotten about until a box of old cassette tapes was re-discovered in the modern day, leaving behind a trail of sinister mysteries behind them.

It’s been a long, loooong time coming, and finally Dallon Weekes’ iDKHOW have announced their debut album ‘Razzmatazz’ – set to arrive this October- which is first single is ‘Leave me alone.’

Music by Bergman: Sufjan Stevens

Sufjan Stevens is a singer-songwriter currently living in Brooklyn, NY. A preoccupation with epic concepts has motivated two state records (Michigan Illinois), a collection of sacred and biblical songs (Seven Swans), an electronic album for the animals of the Chinese zodiac (Enjoy Your Rabbit), two Christmas box sets (Songs for Christmas, vol. 1-5 and Silver & Gold, vol. 6-10), and a programmatic tone poem for the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (The BQE). In 2010 Sufjan released an expansive EP (All Delighted People) and the full length The Age of Adz, a collection of songs partly inspired by the outsider artist Royal Robertson.

After five years of side projects the singer-songwriter announced that his eighth solo album, titled The Ascension, will be released Sept. 25, The album is billed as “the long awaited follow-up to Carrie & Lowell,” Stevens’ previous solo record, which was released in the long-ago days of 2015.  Now he has shared another song from it, “Video Game,” via a video for the song.

Divus Julius presents: TRAAMS

Chichester post-punk trio TRAAMS create perfect anti-pop nuggets which channel the spirit of Television with the swagger of White Fence.

Following the release of standalone single ‘A House On Fire’ in 2016, it’s time to celebrate because TRAAMS are back, unveiling nearly 10 minute long new sizzler ‘The Greyhound’.

The first in a collection of three new tracks set to arrive over the coming months, the trio’s latest is a hypnotic cacophony of sounds, featuring Black Country, New Road’s Lewis Evans on saxophone duties.