Echo & The Bunnymen are the very essence of 1980s post-punk cool. Throughout that decade, the Liverpool band released album’s like their 1980 debut Crocodiles, Heaven Up Here, and the record which won the group mainstream success, 1983’s Porcupine.
The group combined the poetic sensibility of Leonard Cohen with the gobby angst of punk to create a potent blend of new-wave and, in doing so, have left an indelible mark on UK music — and to think they were nearly called ‘The Daz Men’.
Recorded at Crescent Studio in Bath, Echo & The Bunnymen laid down arguably one of the great post-punk anthems of all time. While many have tried to define the song’s sound and the meaning behind the lyrics, the truth is that, according to its creator McCulloch, “It’s about everything, from birth to death to eternity and God – whatever that is – and the eternal battle between fate and the human will. It contains the answer to the meaning of life. It’s my ‘To be or not to be.’”
A deeply introspective and noisy Chicago-based indie rock project led by singer/songwriter Lillie West, Lala Lala rose from playing basements in the underground D.I.Y. scene to signing with Sub Pop imprint Hardly Art for their 2018 sophomore album The Lamb.
Born in London, England, but raised during her teenage years in Los Angeles, West eventually headed to Chicago where she was a student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Lala Lala has returned to announce her new album, I Want The Door To Open, out October 8th via Hardly Art. As part of the announcement, she’s shared a video for her new track, “Diver.”
Sleigh Bells is anAmerican noise popmusical duo based in Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2008.
Sleigh Bells seemed to be struggling musically and emotionally on their last two outings, 2017’s Jessica Rabbit and 2018 EP Kid Kruschev. After consciously trying to sound different on those efforts, Miller later expressed frustration about the quality of his own songs on Jessica Rabbit. Some liked the band’s more nuanced direction, but it was its lowest-selling LP. On Texis, their fifth album, Sleigh Bells are ready to rock again.
Keane became one of Britain’s biggest bands in the early 2000s and eventually skyrocketed to fame in the United States. But in 2013, the band split. A reunion looked impossible after lead singer Tom Chaplin and songwriter Tim Rice-Oxley both spiraled through personal crises — but now, much to their own surprise, Keane has made a comeback.
The release of ‘Cause and Effect’ followed on from a succession of previous No1 albums that have accumulated over 13 million sales worldwide, including the seminal debut smash, ‘Hopes and Fears’. Generating hit singles ’Somewhere Only We Know’, ‘Everybody’s Changing’, ’This Is The Last Time’, and ‘Bedshaped’, this recording became one of the biggest selling albums in UK chart history and secured Keane’s place as one of Britain’s best-loved bands. The band will release the ‘Dirt EP’ as part of Record Store Day on 17 July, featuring 4 previously unheard songs from the ‘Cause and Effect’ sessions.
Though most debuts are the culmination of a lifetime of influences and experiences, few artists succeed in mapping their musical journey quite as vividly as Baba Ali has on Memory Device. Tracing his Nigerian heritage, an adolescence absorbing No Wave and the hip hop on NYC’s Hot 97, time immersed in the techno scene in Berlin, and the experimental punk spirit of his current base in London, Memory Device is an enthralling introduction to a musician who resolutely defies pigeonholing.
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