Tracks Of The Week, 14.04.17

The first release since their 2016 EP For The Kids, Baby In Vain’s new single ‘Transcendent’ is just that: 4 minutes of transcendental magic.

Speaking of the track, Andrea Thuseon says: “We were trying to write this one song, and it just didn’t want to be written… One day we went outside to say hello to the sun and clear our minds… and suddenly this melody got stuck in my head.” Building on the melody, struggling with lyrics and ultimately influenced by the anxiety and distress that came with recording the track, the result is truly special. In spite of its otherworldly nature, ‘Transcendent’ is also incredibly real, unbelievably honest.

Baby In Vain’s debut album is due for release later in 2017. Catch the band on tour with PINS from today at one of the following dates:

14 – Broadcast, Glasgow
15 – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
17 – Cluny 2, Newcastle
18 – Headrow House, Leeds
19 – Moth Club, London
20 –  Esquires, Bedford
21 – Cookie, Leicester

Collaborating with long-time friend Spank Rock, POLIÇA are gracing the world with their latest single ‘Still Counts.’ Released as a double-A side with ‘Lipstick Stains’ (feat. Boys Noize), ‘Still Counts’ is something truly special: an explosion of electro-punk unlike anything around at the minute.

Written during a late-night studio session, ‘Still Counts’ is frenetic but in a way that POLIÇA have complete control over. Pulsing, and with almost icy vocals, ‘Still Counts’ is addictive, and sets the pairing of POLIÇA and Spank Rock up as a bit of a dream team.

‘Lipstick Stains’/’Still Counts’ is available digitally on 11 April, with a limited Record Store Day 7” available on 22 April

Upcoming dates:

18  – Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara
19 – Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles
21 – Greek Theatre, Berkeley (early show)
21 – Cornerstone, Berkeley (late show)

11 – Upstream Music Fest, Seattle,

16 – Eaux Claires, Eau Claire

28- Wayhome Music & Arts, Toronto

Alongside the announcement of his debut album What Do You Think About The Car, Declan McKenna has announced his new single ‘Brazil’ – the track that kick-started his career at just 15.

Despite the track being three years old it’s a more than worthy ode to Declan McKenna song-writing abilities – indeed it got him noticed; got him talking on Sky News and got him on the bill at Glastonbury. ‘Brazil,’ in its new version, shows that while McKenna has in just three short years progressed hugely, he started his career off right, and there was never any need for improvement. Calling out FIFA heads and the corruption of the body, the track highlights McKenna’s ability to perfectly put into words frustrations and angers that the rest of us can’t. And now it’s got a shiny new video to match.

What Do You Think About The Car, Declan McKenna’s debut album, is out 21st July

Taken from their project 15 Minutes, Sisteray’s ‘Queen’s English’ does most of the talking for itself.

The project, based on Andy Warhol’s idea that ‘in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes,’ saw the band head to the studio on a mission to record exactly 15 minutes of material. What’s perhaps more impressive, however, is just how much they manage to pack into those 15 minutes.

‘Queen’s English’ secures Sisteray as a band on a mission; not so much with an agenda but with a clear message to spread. With clear tones of disaffection and perhaps not-so-subtle anti-establishment hints, Sisteray aren’t afraid to say how they feel; but there’s also an overriding sense of unity in their tracks. ‘Queen’s English,’ and the rest of the tracks, prove that if you only have 15 minutes, you better make it good. And Sisteray have.

15 Minutes is out today.

Melissa Svensen

Melissa Svensen

Melissa Svensen

Melissa, 22. Editor. Student, music journalist, probably talking about Blur or Bowie