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Course Of Action

    Two years on from making their PNKSLM debut with the incendiary Nerve Endings, Mind Rays return sharper, louder and more refined with Course of Action. After establishing themselves as one of mainland Europe’s most consistently thrilling live acts since their formation in 2013, the Ghent quartet - comprising vocalist Sis Sevens, guitarist Christophe Adriaensens, bassist Jean-Michel Lauweres and drummer Mikel Gaston-Echeverria - decamped to Hightime Studio in Herk-de-Stad to cut ten new tracks in four-and-a-half days with Pieter-Paul Devos of Raketkanon and Kapitan Korsakov. The result is a lean, high tempo punk rock affair that’s imbued with a different kind of energy than Nerve Endings; it’s polished without being pristine, and carries with it a new kind of swagger that speaks to the four-piece’s sky-high confidence. Mind Rays were born out of markedly different musical backgrounds; Gaston-Echeverria, for example, previously played post rock, whilst Adriaensens had never played electric guitar in any capacity before the group’s first jam.

    After the raw spark of their self-titled EP and the laying out of their punk rock blueprint that Nerve Endings represented, though, Course of Action is the sound of a band that has gelled spectacularly on the road beginning to kick things up a few gears. ‘Pristine Condition’ is an exercise in freewheeling riffery, whilst ‘Head Back’s urgent verses explode into a wild chorus in a manner reminiscent of post punk revivalists like Preoccupations or Iceage. For the most part, though, this is a record entirely in the band’s own psych-tinged image. “There are fewer outside influences on us on this album,” explains Adriaensens. “In the beginning, we needed some points of reference, whereas this time, we were asking how we wanted to sound as ourselves - we wanted to make our own work more unique. There’s a different chemistry to the songs, because all we wanted to do was work on improving the Mind Rays sound.”

    Rays

    You Can Get There From Here

      Oakland band Rays return with their second album, You Can Get There From Here, their first release since their eponymous Trouble In Mind debut in 2016. You Can Get There From Here represents a turning point for the band, angling their scrappy, post-punk fury into a more refined & melodic pop sensibility, drawing inspiration from UK DIY pop & punk like Dolly Mixture, Cleaners From Venus & Television Personalities. Songs like "Fallen Stars" & "The Garden" temper their sonic crunch ever so slightly, relying more on the harmonic wallop of a solid hook than the sheer volume of guitars.

      This is urgent, chiming guitar pop that clangs with a sonorous melancholy & a ramshackle grace. Rays can still lay it down with the rest of 'em; tunes like "Subway" & "Work of Art" shuffle & stumble forward, skirting chaos in a flurry of strums, recalling antipodean groups like UV Race or Dick Diver who cull inspiration from idiosyncratic UK greats like Mark E. Smith or Robyn Hitchcock. The new album finds the core group of Stanley Martinez, Eva Hannan, Troy Hewitt & Alexa Pantalone augmented by new member & keyboardist Britta Leijonflycht, whose synth flourishes add melodic embellishments, sonic heft or psychedelic swirl where needed. 

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      Coloured LP Info: Limited red vinyl version

      Punk Slime Recordings are proud to present our latest signing Mind Rays and their debut album Nerve Endings. The Belgian garage punk quartet have quickly emerged as one of the most exciting new garage acts in mainland Europe, and with Nerve Endings, they’re set to take over the world.

      The Ghent based quartet Mind Rays first appeared on the Belgian music scene in 2013, and have since made a reputation for themselves as one of the best live bands in the region, with countless wild and chaotic gigs in Belgium, Holland and France. Last year they released a split 7” with fellow Ghent act Teen Creeps on Oddie Recordsand a cassette EP on the Los Angeles based label Gnar Tapes, while supporting the likes of King Khan & The Shrines, Wand, Ausmuteants and Rocket From the Tombs.


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