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97% / FKA

    Leicester punk sextet Jools have today released their new single ‘97%’, a provocative track spotlighting the ubiquity of sexual harassment in the lives of women. This comes alongside the band’s announcement of signing to UK indie label Hassle Records (Brutus, The Used, Casey), and the release of an upcoming double A-side 7” single in June.

    ‘97%’ draws on vocalist Kate Price’s own personal experiences and those of the women in her life. “The point of the song, however, is not to explore my experience as an isolated incident, but instead to force people to confront such commonplace experiences in a manner in which they can’t look away,” Price says. “Everybody knows a woman that has been harassed or assaulted, but nobody seems to know an abuser. That simply doesn’t add up. I want that song to feel uncomfortable because I want everyone who hears it to realise that just because they are not an abuser, that doesn’t mean they aren’t responsible for changing the culture and experiences of every woman. It’s a cry for justice in the world.”

    To experience Jools in their most chaotic and unpredictable full flight is, the band were once told, to not know whether you are about to be kicked in the face or kissed on the cheek. Even that, however, feels like an understatement.

    At any moment the Jools experience, on stage and on record, can turn on a sixpence from that of unbridled rage at the world to a celebration of the beauty that can still be found hidden in its murky corners. The punk rock of Jools is at once visceral and violent, cathartic and confrontational, and at the next exultant and exhilarating. Jools is duality by design, where contradiction is empowerment harnessed as a force for progress, sonically and societally.

    A collective of musicians – Mitch Gordon and Kate Price on vocals, Chris Johnston and Callum Connachie on guitar, Joe Dodd on bass, and Chelsea Wrones on drums – spread between London and Leicester, Jools found each other as much by accident as design in the

    earliest days of 2023. Together, they serve as a creative confluence for inspirations that move from the punk and post-punk of The Smiths, Fontaines DC, Iggy Pop, Amyl & The Sniffers and PJ Harvey, through the shoegaze of My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive, and into territories marked metal, rap and pop.

    “There’s an unconventional nature to our music that builds an intensity and a tension and an atmosphere that is uniquely Jools,” Gordon says of the band’s layered cacophony, from which his and Price’s mostly spoken word vocals explode. “Combining all of these sounds is in some ways deliberately counterintuitive, so that Jools does not conform and cannot be placed inside conventional genre boxes. I’m proud when people tell me that they find it hard to categorize our band. We’re simply Jools.”

    Such an ethos is carried throughout every facet of the band. If their music is often confrontational, sometimes fun, and always loud, the fashion of Jools is its equal, too, an embodiment of its spirit and message. “The freedom with which the band dresses is for us about reinforcing the ideal that people should be able to live their lives carefree and without judgment,” Price begins. “Rock’n’roll and fashion have always gone hand in hand, and we are greatly inspired by the giants and the pioneers who have come before us and the theatrics of the shows they delivered. Fashion gives us a freedom to reinvent ourselves any which way we choose, and to constantly challenge preconceptions of who and what Jools is.”

    The world of Jools is a space in which such progress and evolution can thrive. It’s there on stage, and it’s there in your headphones. Jools is a freedom of sound and freedom of self, an unfiltered expression of and search for truth, expressed with inextinguishable indignation. Be it a punch in the face or a kiss on the cheek, Jools is nothing if not a band to believe in.

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    A1. 97%
    B1. FKA

    Casey

    How To Disappear

      When Casey called it a day back in 2019, it felt like a premature demise. Their two full-length albums – 2016’s ‘Love Is Not Enough’ and 2018’s ‘Where I Go When I Am Sleeping’ – had firmly established the Welsh five-piece as one of the most exciting bands in Britain’s alternative scene in just a few short years.

      Some four or so years later, the band have returned; not only to sold out crowds on their first reappearance on stage, but also with new music in hand. One listen to the new songs, and it’s clear the band needn’t worry about the integrity of their fresh creative vision, nor their emotional investment in it. The new music is quintessential Casey, open hearts dripping with the same kind of pain and trauma that defined the band from the start. Because Casey songs don’t just replicate the feelings that inspire them – they embody them. That hasn’t changed.


      Brutus

      Unison Life - 2023 Reissue

        When times are tough, or you’re feeling worn down, you start longing for a life of total peace. A life where there are no fights, arguments or lies; where there is no such thing as disappointment and your actions have no consequences. Some might call it a “fantasy world”. Genre-jumping Belgian trio Brutus call it the “Unison Life” – a phrase that titles their third studio album. Unison Life is about all the stuff that wears you down in the first place. It’s the ugliness, the pain, and the acts of bravery that get you through it all. Beginning with a portrait of contentment and unravelling from there, the album goes into battle and asks what really counts. In their own words: “Is this Unison Life a hoax? Or a quest?”

        Since their formation in 2014, Brutus have made a name for themselves with their restless, emotionally raw rock that traverses the landscape of metal, punk, post-hardcore and beyond – often in the same song. The three members first met in their hometown of Leuven, where they cut their teeth playing in different local bands. Their influences are wide and varied. Drummer/vocalist Stefanie Mannaerts – who grew up above a music shop run by her family – is into a variety of genres from post-metal to electronic music. Bassist Peter Mulders is more of a punk guy, while guitarist Stijn Vanhoegaerden is into country and more melodic rock. Their diverse tastes come together through Brutus to create a sound that’s as heavy as it is unexpected, full of beauty and surprises.

        TRACK LISTING

        1. Miles Away
        2. Brave
        3. Victoria
        4. What Have We Done
        5. Dust
        6. Liar
        7. Chainlife
        8. Storm
        9. Dreamlife
        10. Desert Rain

        Casey

        Where I Go When I Am Sleeping - 2023 Reissue

          The critically acclaimed second album from Welsh melodic hardcore band Casey. Released in 2018, the record sees the band focus their creativity around vocalist Tom Weaver's physical and emotional afflictions that have dogged the majority of his life.

          TRACK LISTING

          1. Making Weight
          2. Waving
          3. Phosphenes
          4. &
          5. Fluorescents
          6. Flowers By The Bed
          7. Needlework
          8. Morphine
          9. Bruise
          10. The Funeral
          11. Where I Go When I Am Sleeping
          12. Wound 

          Alkaline Trio

          This Addiction

            Alkaline Trio return with their new album "This Addiction" - their first new material in years.

            Thursday

            A City By The Light Divided

              "A City By The Light Divided" is produced by Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Mogwai, Sleater Kinney).


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