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Dog Unit

Turn Right And Right Again

    Turn Right and Right Again was written in between lockdowns then recorded in May by super-producer/mixer David Wrench, one half of audiobooks and known for his work with Frank Ocean, the xx, Caribou, David Byrne, Manic Street Preachers and Goldfrapp, at his studio in Hackney. The EP was then mixed by Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) in upstate New York and mastered by James Trevascus at Invada, the studio run by Geoff Barrow (Portishead, BEAK>) in Bristol.

    Dog Unit describe their sound as “a rock band’s interpretation of electronic music, so all the signifiers of dance music - build and drop, lots of emphasis on pulse, repetition and interesting cross-rhythms, melodies posing as riffs etc - but filtered into a two-guitars-bass-and-drums line-up. It’s instrumental rock music/post-rock you want to dance to.”

    Of the EP’s genesis, the band offers: “After the first lockdown, we decided to start getting together every Monday night for the sake of our sanities, and the new EP was borne from that.

    “There’s a sense of catharsis, tension-then-release and joy to it, all indirectly fuelled by the chaos and stress and isolation of lockdown. Monday night Dog Unit sessions were definitely the highlight of our respective weeks, and we hope that joy of communing, playing together, and being social after such a long period of isolation comes through in the music.”

    Alongside ‘The Rule of Six’, the EP finds the band moving between spaghetti western trip-hop sludge-metal (‘Absolute Unit’), sky-high drone-dub (‘Pyramid Scheme’) and, on title track ‘Turn Right and Right Again’, unabashed stadium-filling euphoria. The EP is a follow-up to 2020’s Barking to Gospel, which received nationwide radio play and critical acclaim, was named 3rd-best EP of 2020 by recordstore.co.uk and was featured on Rough Trade Shop’s best-of-2020 Counterculture compilation alongside Andrew Weatherall, Dry Cleaning, Jane Weaver and The Avalanches.

    Dog Unit sound like electronic music played by a rock band, or post-rock you can dance to: driving, insistent, intense, and joyous. Do call them: purveyors of entrancing drone, tactile texture, slow-mo polyrhythm and skewiff riff. Don’t call them: Dogwai.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. The Rule Of Six
    2. Absolute Unit
    3. Pyramid Scheme
    4. Turn Right And Right Again

    Grandmas House

    Grandmas House

      Following on from the success of their last single ‘Always Happy’ Bristol punk trio Grandmas House return with the release of a debut self-titled EP. Leading with the single ‘Golden’ the band are back on furious form and excite us with the prospect of what they can deliver live.

      The band have an astounding 40 UK shows in 2020 including a tour supporting The Blinders, dates with Katy J Pearson and a headline tour in October to accompany the EP release. The band have also recently been announced to support IDLES at The Downs festival in September.



      TRACK LISTING

      1. Golden
      2. Girl
      3. Never Out Of Luck
      4. Feed Me
      5. Pasty

      Muck Spreader

      Abysmal

        Muck Spreader found a home in the London circuit, performing alongside the likes of Fat White Family, Wolf Alice, Warmduscher and Black Midi; though this is not an indication of their sound, which continues to be forever morphing, unique and uncategorizable. The band’s latest EP Abysmal is their first vinyl release and signals a louder and further departure into sonic experimentation.

        The EP follows Rodeo Mistakes, released last year to acclaim from the likes of So Young Magazine, DIY, Dork, Huw Stephens at BBC 6music and Jack Saunders at BBC Radio 1. With Abysmal we find deranged screams and a music rich with filthy bass, sludgy guitar, shrieking saxophone, and glitchy effects. The drums anchor the chaos.

        On EP openerTake Flight Muck Spreader offer the following: "Fasten your seatbelts, find your nearest exit, and in the event of an emergency please assume the brace position. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. You are now in the safe hands of Captain Frosty Theodore, and the crew will do everything in their power to Keep it Mucky Take Flight"

        The past year has been eventful for Muck Spreader; throughout 2020-2021, they have soundtracked Vivienne Westwood’s catalogues while Muck Spreader frontman, Luke Brennan, featured as one of Westwood’s “SS21 voices”. With nods to punk and grime, and inspired by everyone from The Dubliners to Ornette Coleman, Muck Spreader talk about social values and social bases through a fully improvised setup. "There is no process to our writing" they say. Liberated from the boundaries of traditional form, Muck Spreader are a collective pushing the confines both sonically and with what it means to be a band.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Take Flight
        2. Would He?
        3. Mass Graves
        4. Freshly Squeezed
        5. A Particular Shade Of White
        6. Matilda
        7. Plumbing Problems
        8. 50 Pictures Of Your Dad

        John

        Šibensko Powerhouse

          JOHN's new single Šibensko Powerhouse announces their brand new album Nocturnal Manoeuvres to be released on the 8th October 2021 in a collaboration between Brace Yourself Records and their own label Pets Care Records. The lyrics of Šibensko Powerhouse recall the hazy landscape of a past memory, albeit reconfigured through the presence of a song. Understanding that any story retold through writing or speech is effectively a fiction. 

          Whilst still recording vocals in the booth, JOHN quickly recognised that past tour mate Adam Devonshire (of the band IDLES) would be the perfect tonal accompaniment to Newton's lead, and in a somewhat serendipitous manner, there was already a phone message from Devonshire awaiting them outside of the booth: asking them how the recordings were progressing. The resulting invite certainly pays off, adding to the sense of space that runs through the track-listing of Nocturnal Manoeuvres.

          TRACK LISTING

          A. Šibensko Powerhouse
          B. Šibensko Powerhouse (Live From The Bookhouse) 

          Italia 90

          Borderline

            The London based 4-piece have released a number of singles and Ep's since 2018, building a cult live following as well as performing with the likes of Viagra Boys, Cocaine Piss and The Murder Capital. The band have received critical acclaim from publications such as DIY, The Quietus, So Young etc. Borderline is terse and direct, brimming with confidence, anger and lyrical flair, all juxtaposed with a vulnerability on the edges of the snarl.    

            Originally from Brighton, the band now reside in South London. Regulars at The Windmill in Brixton - their back catalogue grapples with issues such as police brutality and the crimes of soldiers in Northern Ireland. B-side Declare deals with complicity and inaction in the face of violence or persecution. Despite navigating such serious political themes, Italia 90 still manage to convey sardonic humour and a sense of playfulness in their songwriting.   

            Italia 90 thread together several disparate influences, united by childhood friendship and a drive to make exciting, interesting and politically/socially engaged music. The band have released two EPs on cassette, as well as two singles with the experimental label Box Records. That preceded another EP, Italia 90 III which came via Fierce Panda and Permanent Creeps. Borderline is their first release on Brace Yourself Records.  

            TRACK LISTING

            A. Borderline 
            B. Declare   


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