For reasons well documented that we are not going to touch on here, notverynicecream (Hassle Records) the sophomore record from Bristolian avant-garde noise merchants Phoxjaw, finally sees the light of day some six months after first scheduled. And focusing solely on the music, is this a record that was worth the wait? In a nutshell … Yes!
Bloc Party burst onto the UK music scene with their raucous debut album Silent Alarms in 2005, proving to be a unique act in the indie rock scene, with a collection of uptempo songs blending contemporary post-punk with art rock. The band immediately resonated with a new generation in a similar way that contemporaries such as Arctic Monkeys and The Libertines had, largely helped by the flamboyant personality and distinct vocal style of frontman Kele Okereke. The record went platinum in its first year as the band were championed on mainstream UK radio by the likes of Steve Lamacq and Zane Lowe, with a buzz also being created in the States where extensive touring followed.
Danish indie/experimental outfit MEW is confirmed to appear at this year’s South By Southwest Festival in Austin, TX. They are supporting+- out April 28, 2015. The album was produced by Michael Beinhorn (Hole, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Bloc Party‘s Russell Lissack makes a guest appearance.
Stream the “Satellites” music video below.
SXSW – Austin, TX
Mar 17: The Fader Fort (with Passion Pit) (Time TBA -Private event that will be broadcast on the Livestream on thefader.com) Mar 18: Disco Naivete/Pukkelpop @ Red 7 11:00PM Mar 19: Flamingo Cantina (Under the Radar Party) 4:00PM Clive Bar (Stubhub Party) 11:00PM Mar 20: Container Bar (Culture Collide Party) 5:00PM Mar 21: Red 7 (Brooklyn Vegan Party – 4:30PM)