This week, Mari and Mel have teamed up to offer you a whopping six of our favourite tracks from the last couple of weeks… Enjoy!
A perfectly empowering and witty remake of a pop anthem, Colour Me Wednesday’s ‘Queer For The Summer’ retains all the infectious, uptempo charm of Demi Lovato’s original (‘Cool For The Summer’), but adds its own empowering message and punk-filled energy.
Filled with the thrashing twang of guitars, lush, honey-sweet vocals and a spot on re-working of the original’s lyrics, ‘Queer For The Summer’ is an instant earworm; an utterly uplifting, sparkling sunny delight that I cannot get enough of. I challenge you not to become completely addicted to its colourful pop-punk vibes on first listen…
Catch Colour Me Wednesday live, supporting Lumeria this month:
14 – NOTTINGHAM Red Rooms
15 – DUBLIN, IRE Whelans
16 – BELFAST Voodoo
Having been touring nearly non-stop for the last three years, Californian punk trio LA Witch are now set to release their eponymous debut album.
Taken from the album is the somewhat morbid, and instantly infectious, ‘Kill My Baby Tonight’. A suitably eerie slice of goth-punk-garage-rock, the track oozes a captivating psychedelic haze as the sweeping, sultry vocals of Sade Sanchez flow alongside heavy, reverb-strewn riffs and raw, pummelling beats.
With shades of the likes of The Kills, upon listening to ‘Kill My Baby Tonight’, it’s simply impossible not to be cast under the spell of this trio’s dark, majestic power and effortlessly cool charm.
LA Witch, the eponymous debut album, is out 8 September via Suicide Squeeze Records. And you can catch the band live over here in September:
18 – The Crofters Right, Bristol UK
19 – Acid Box, Brighton UK
20 – Moth Club, London UK
21 – Mono, Glasgow UK
22 – Psych Festival, Liverpool UK
Following their impressive debut EP Those Funny Things, Gigslutz favourites Berries are back with the first single from their next release. Having already received acclaim from the likes of BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio and John Kennedy on Radio X, the trio look set to further their following with this new, energy-fuelled offering.
Raging with gritty riffs, pounding beats and swooning vocals, ‘Wild Vow’ oozes shades of the likes of The Breeders, with Berries’ own distinctive raw passion. With lyrics such as “We have it better than we used to… I refuse”, it carries a distinct angst-driven power set to raucous rock-laden hooks.
‘Wild Vow’ is out now. And you can catch Berries live over the next couple of months:
22 July – Tramlines Fringe Festival, Sheffield.
19 August – The Soup Kitchen Manchester (supporting Proletariat + King Kartel)
8th September – The Finsbury, London (for Gigslutz Live – YES!)
BOYS are selling dreams of warm summer nights in their latest single, and title-track from their second EP, ‘Dreamland’.
Following a collaboration with Yuck’s Max Bloom on their debut EP last year, ‘Dreamland’ sees the band explore their sound further; a sound which has the ability to both daze you out and completely transfix you. Warm, lo-fi indie at is finest, ‘Dreamland’ is setting BOYS firmly in their sound, and we’re okay with that. It’s hypnotic, more-ish and sweet-as-f*ck.
‘Dreamland’ is released on 28 June and will be available on all online platforms. Catch BOYS live:
22 July – Tooting Tram & Social, London
18 Aug – The Delancey, New York City
Described by the band as “embracing the sentiment of always keeping your head held high…never giving into the naysayers”, Dakota’s ‘Silver Tongue’ is the most poised ‘fuck you’ to people trying to bring you down.
‘Silver Tongue’ sees the Dutch four-piece blend a Cali haziness with a cutting garage rock edge. There’s something so calming about ‘Silver Tongue,’ yet it carries the message that Dakota are not a force to be reckoned with. In the track’s own words, “don’t take it from me” – ‘Silver Tongue,’ will have you hooked on Dakota.
‘Silver Tongue’ is out now
FLING have been busy taking over Bradford, with a club night called ‘Get Flung’ and an army of ‘Flingers’ who attend. They’ve also been busy planning to take over the world, and with their latest single ‘Just A Dog’ they’re set to do just that.
‘Just A Dog’ is completely unapologetic. In equal parts sickly sweet, cuttingly punky and mind-bogglingly psych, ‘Just A Dog’ sees FLING take a wealth of influences and do absolute magic with them. With a DIY ethos and their tongues pretty much constantly in their cheeks, FLING don’t care. This is on their terms, and it’s really f*cking good.
Catch FLING live:
15 Sept – KU Bar, Stockton
05 Oct – Jumpin’ Jacks, Newcastle
06 Oct – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
11 Oct – Old Blue Last, London
12 Oct – Record Junkee, Sheffield
13 Oct – Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
15 Oct – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham
17 Oct – The Hug and Pint, Glasgow
19 Oct – The Adelphi, Hull
21 Oct – Underground, Bradford
25 Oct – City Screen Basement York