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Bands and new music for fans of sonic-youth


by Death Cassette

Death Cassette is a punk band from Winnipeg, Manitoba that blends elements of grunge and hardcore. The sound is melodic, high energy, and vocally driven and they've recently signed to High End Denim Records to release their latest effort - a 6 track EP entitled "Get Rid Of It."

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The Lead Replacer

by Toronto Blessings

Hi all give our new track The Lead Replacer a listen, its taken from our upcoming album Big Wins which will be released via Serial Bowl Records (12" orange vinyl, CD and download) on August 25th 2023

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The High Country

by Haloes

I am a digital sound artist equally partisan to the worlds of rock/pop, classical, & avant-garde music. I present here a track from my post-art punk project Haloes - a thrasher called The High Country - dense layered guitar textures here, kinda like Needles in the Camels Eye meshed with Sonic Youth.

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MEDDLEYS combine an intense fast paced sound with pop sensibilities to release raw, fresh music onto the Cardiff scene. live performances and further releases will be coming soon. check our debut single out, SWALLOW, self-recorded & self-produced at “La Maisonette” CF24 3RP.

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Big Muff

by Das Kapitans

Hey! Das Kapitans are that band from Norfolk who for some reason decided to write, record and release 12 albums in 2021. Slightly slower pace this year but loads more music to come. Check out our brand new single for 2022 - BIG MUFF. Alternative, lofi, post punk noise.

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by Entwives

We love songs with emotion. This song was recorded in my bedroom with acoustic guitars but then distorted. The song is dark and tense and the vocals full of some kind of twisted, obscure angst. But that changes at the end.

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by Movment

We produce raw, intense, engaging, and real alternative rock music with guitars, electronics, bass, drums and experiments with sound. We use technology & instruments to produce their sound, and make observations on life and living.

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Sea Sea Sea

by Pretty Happy

Hey folks, we're Pretty Happy and we're an art-punk band from Cork, Ireland. 'Sea Sea Sea' is our second release this year and will be included on our upcoming EP out this summer. You can find it and 'Salami' on our Spotify and Bandcamp pages.

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Until Somebody Drowns

by 3 Chords And A Lie

3 Chord & A Lie play swampy grungy homemade DIY punk with swampy grungy homemade DIY guitars.

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Off Track (Single Edit)

by Jovi Skyler

Howdy! Punk, alternative rock with an early '90s spirit and a hint of psychedelia. "Off Track" is about procrastination and the inevitable guilt that piles up by not following through with what you want to do. Every now and then it will make you crack up.

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The Beast Must Die

by Harker

Harker here! We're excited to be sharing the first single from our new album Axiom (April 23rd). The Beast Must Die is based on the idea of Mono-consciousness by Colin Wilson, who focused on striving to live with a heightened sense of meaning and avoiding a closed mindset. Plus noise! We like noise.

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by M(h)aol

Hi there, we're Irish intersectional feminist post-punk band M(h)aol. We've just released our new single 'Laundries', our first release after a five year hiatus. 'Laundries' recounts Ireland’s history of Magdalene Laundries, the oppressive institutionalisation of women and girls.

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Last day in L.A.

by Healthy Junkies

Hiya. We wrote this song during our U.S.A. tour of 2018. Saying goodbye to the city of angels was not easy as we wer flying high and on a roll. But all good things come to an end. At least we got a song out of it! This is an uptempo new wave/punk stomper and it waves goodbye to the world.

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by Teen Creeps

Belgian indierockers TEEN CREEPS are showing off their soft side on ‘CRASH/LAND’, the closing track of their new album ‘Forever’. The new single is no fast 90s punk song, but a long and quiet album closer that erupts into a guitar solo after four minutes.

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The Equidistance

by Pulse Park

Hi, Pulse Park are four men who met some time ago on an arctic expedition in Qikiqtaaluk/Canada and released their first EP this year. The Equidistance is hard to fit into one genre. It has the driving rhythm of an indie rock track, mixed with the sheer boldness of a noise-rock headbanger.

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Με Νεύρα

by Μινέρβα (Minerva)

Με Νεύρα is a phrase in greek that stands for "with nerves" or "with anger" if you prefer, and it was the first track ever composed and rehearsed by the band. Basically it describes the anger and frustration we are filled in, during the daily anxious routine in the city of Athens.

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WE Went to the Zoo

by Jovi Skyler

Greetings and salutations! Punk, alternative rock with an early '90s spirit and a hint of psychedelia. "We Went to the Zoo" is a new single off my debut EP. The track is about unrequited love, and it’s conflicted. It’s about caring and not caring, and then just being engulfed by those feelings.

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All Talk

by Healthy Junkies

Hiya. This is Healthy Junkies. All Talk is the name of our forthcoming new single. We are calling out the lies, deceit and layer upon layer of Bull Sh#t that people are being subjected to. The fake news, the denials, the empty promises.

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by Pet Crow

We're Pet Crow & this track is VERY self-explanatory - It's quick, fuzzy, garage-punk, with a hint of frustration. If you don't know what the song is about, we want to know your secrets! This is the 2nd single from our 2nd LP 'Take The Edge Off'. We also made a daft DIY video on YouTube you can check out.

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Hey Guys, we're a post punk band from North Wales. We're readying to release our 2nd EP, feauring this song 'Malkovich' and 'Dreams' that follows. Our last EP was BBC Radio Wales Top sounds of 2016 by Adam Walton, a Louder Than War article described us as a band that 'Will bring down governments'.

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