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Wakefield's Philophobia label bring us this split EP from Runaround Kids and Ireland's We Are Losers

'We've existed for a year or two, depending on your definition of 'exist'. Our first gig was in a sports hall. Since then we've been told we sound like Dinosaur Jr about 50 times. We're not 'alt 90s revivalists'. Seriously. Still, I suppose Dinosaur Jr are held in pretty high regard by some people. We don't really know what we're doing.' - Runaround Kids.

We Are Losers mix a hazy, lazy afternoon vibe with a similarly buoyant live enthusiasm, so it seems apt their cover of an RKs track is an acoustic version of Can’t Lose Lover (complete with whistling solo).


TRACK LISTING

A1. Drinking History
A2. Lesser Loved
A3. The Narcissist
B1. Talk
B2. We Vampires
B3. Can't Lose Lover

Protectors

The Stem And Leaf

Protectors hail from Leeds and play gritty northern melodic and upbeat indie rock, like if Guided by Voices met Supergrass in a pub in Headingley.

this EP features four tracks, two brand new ones produced in Leeds by Matt Peel (The Pigeon Detectives, The Crookes, Pulled Apart by Horses) and two re-mastered tracks from their 'Can't Shake The Moves' EP.

TRACK LISTING

The Carousel
Overtime
Honeymoon?
Shake The Moves

The Spills are a 4-piece from Wakefield who met at school and bonded over a love of all things noisy and six-stringed.

This is their debut album which was produced by Lee Smith and Jamie Lockhart at Greenmount Studios. Tracked predominantly live to vintage analogue equipment, the album deftly blends youthful rawness with polished guitar pop sensibility ranging between the infectiously hazy glaze-pop of 'Summer Vibes' and 'Oh Say Do' - the darker, atmopsheric moments of 'White Flag' and 'Concrete' that nod towards the mood of The National, The Antlers and The Microphones - the occasional plunge into the abrasive dirge of Nirvana or Pavement on 'Heat Death Of The Universe' and 'Jury's Out!'. 'Occam’s Razor' is a rough-edged thing of beautiful simplicity that rewards repeat listens with added nuance.

TRACK LISTING

1. Lockets
2. Summer Vibes
3. Coiled Springs
4. Heat Death Of The Universe
5. Oh Say Do
6. Silver Bullets
7. Newton's Flaming Laser Sword
8. Jury's Out!
9. White Flag
10. Concrete

Runaround Kids

Linked Arms

Runaround Kids, Wakefield’s emerging indie-rock trio, make their first and lasting impressions in the summer of 2011 with their debut album 'Linked Arms' on Philophobia Music. The album shouts and shakes unadulterated, gloriously crafted DIY.

TRACK LISTING

Null
Can't Lose Lover
Falling Into Better Hands
A Way That Works
Cut Yr Losses
Last July
Won't Fuck Her Sober
Beach Night
Linked Arms
I Tried

Piskie Sits

The Way I'd Like To Go

    Piskie Sits hail from Wakefield, West Yorkshire and were formed sometime around christmas 2004 amidst a rising scene of pre-fab brit-school/tabloid oriented indie pop. Rather than riding the wave of the chart friendly New-Yorkshire scene, the boys crafted their own brand of alt-american-rock taking influence from such early luminaries as Pavement, Sonic Youth, The Smashing Pumpkins, plus latter day saints The National, The Strokes, Blur and many others. The band quickly gravitated from local venue to local venue, occasionally stepping out from the Wakefield/Leeds scene, securring a loyal fanbase along the way. It was whilst cutting their teeth in the numerous venues about town that frontman Craig Hale developed his unique song writing skills and the band harnessed their own americana-influenced take on the current rock scene.

    Fast forward a few months and the band had spewed out several self financed EP's eventually attracting the attention of Leeds based label Wrath Records who went on to release debut single 'Props' as part of their Super Sevens singles club series, eventually culminating in the release of second single 'What is the Point?' and the bands first Long Player, 'The Secret Sickliness' in 2007. The band followed the release with live appearances up and down the country, including spots at national festivals and valuable airplay on independent and major radio stations alike, not forgetting their appearance at 2007's Leeds Festival and treading the boards at Maida Vale Studios for BBC6 Music.

    Hale's songwiriting continued to garner momentum as displayed on the 2008 split 'Dogs are faithful, cats are clever' EP with fellow Wakefield stalwarts The Spills, whilst sporadic lineup changes kept the band on their toes as they continued to refine their slacker pop onslaught into a far more concise sound. Rejuvinated, the band went back into the studio in 2009 and cut the single 'Churp Churp', eventually released in March 2010 on local label Louder Than Bombs, garnering airplay on Huw Stephen's Radio 1 show and receiving positive reviews all round. Following that with 'The Way I'd Like To Go' EP, released on Philophobia Music, demonstrates a band continually redefining their sound as they continute to mature and evolve whilst retaining their own original slacker pop sensibilities in a time when quantised electro and concieved indie pop bands continue to hold sway with an everchanging listenership and a unit-shifting obsessed industry.

    For the second year running Philophobia Music begins August with a collection of their favourite music from the Wakefield area. The title refers to the old meeting place in Wakefield.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Junior Swimsuit - How To Stay Airtight In A Southern State
    2. One Day, After School - A Billion Parallels, Crashing
    3. The Fur Blend - Let It Go
    4. The Bambinos - When The Weathers Wrong
    5. Salvage My Dream - Cost Of Living
    6. St. Gregory Orange - Pan Away And Fade To Black
    7. Imp - My Least Favourite Brunette
    8. Jeremiah - Do Whatever He Says
    9. Tiny Planets - Devout Loops
    10. Piskie Sits - Sweet Little Weasel
    11. Don't Give Up On Suburbia - Hoop
    12. The Spills - Frontal Lobe (The Joy Of Checking Once)
    13. Swords - Hazy Vapours
    14. Harry Rhodes - Twitching Deep And Cursing Sweet
    15. Michael Ainsley - Slip Smash
    16. Daniel Lancaster - Camouflage
    17. The Compression - Francine
    18. Above Us The Waves - Pilot Episode
    19. By By - The Rash That Grows
    20. Candid Squash - Gimp

    Runaround Kids

    Kiss Chase

    'We've existed for a year or two, depending on your definition of 'exist'. Our first gig was in a sports hall. Since then we've been told we sound like Dinosaur Jr about 50 times. We're not 'alt 90s revivalists'. Seriously. Still, I suppose Dinosaur Jr are held in pretty high regard by some people. We don't really know what we're doing.' - Runaround Kids.


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