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14 November 2018

NEW SINGLE + VIDEO PREMIERE: Deep Cut | Still Counting.

Today we’re exclusively premiering Deep Cut’s video for their brand-new single, “Still Counting”, and we couldn’t be more stoked about it! “Still Counting” is taken from the band’s forthcoming and long-awaited third LP, Different Planet, which is due for release on January 25, 2019. “Still Counting” is now available digitally, along with another new tune entitled “Hanging Around”, via the label Gare du Nord Records.

Deep Cut is a London-based psychpop band formed in 2006 by Mat Flint, formerly the frontman of well-known 90’s project Revolver, and Emma Bailey. The duo is joined by Mat's brother Simon Flint on bass and Ian Button on drums. Deep Cut’s previous albums, My Thoughts Light Fires (2009) and Disorientation (2011), were both released via Club AC30, and Deep Cut is a fine example of that label’s impressive pedigree. The band has also previously produced some cranking remixes for artists like Ringo Deathstarr, Tim Burgess, Daniel Land and The Megaphonic Thrift.

“Still Counting” shows Deep Cut returning to their distinguished shoegaze/dream pop roots with the energy and aplomb we have come to expect from this talented bunch. The song’s overall vibe is pure shoegaze sunshine with its infectious melody, reverb-drenched guitars, and Emma’s sparkling vocals. The breezy, colorful video is the perfect accompaniment to this little slice of shoegaze perfection. If this first single is any indicator, Different Planet will be yet another well-crafted, inspiring offering from Deep Cut.

13 November 2018


Brooklyn-based trio The Sofas are pedal-wielding psych-gazers that bring the damn noise. Their sonic palette is expansive, including elements of shoegaze, psych, noise pop and garage rock, all of which the band deftly blends while still managing to sound fresh and compelling.

The newly released debut LP, Chop Water, was mixed by Bill Skibbe (Blonde Redhead, Protomartyr). Shoegaze is definitely a thematic sound here, but there are also moments on the album that bring to mind veteran noise punks Sonic Youth, and some of the screeching, fuzzed out guitar solos are quite reminiscent of Dinosaur Jr.

The album brims with energy and while the songs are obviously carefully crafted, there’s also a wildness to them that makes the album feel unpredictable and exciting. Many songs open with an onslaught of carefree fuzz and a head-bobbing beat only to slowly transition into so much unhinged guitar and chaotic reverb that they almost feel like aural hallucinations. The band’s innate pop sensibility brings all of these elements together in a catchy and melodic way that’s difficult to resist.

We recently chatted with the Sofa’s songwriter, Will Steakin, and you can find the results of that conversation below. Do yourself a favor and check out Chop Water; this hidden gem deserves your attention. We can say without a doubt that the album is one of our favorite releases of the year.

How and when was the band formed?
It started out as just me like 5 years ago just writing and recording songs after moving back to NYC and then I eventually met Don and Myles which really took things to a new level over the past year or so.

Can you tell us what the band has been working on and what you've got forthcoming in the near future (any new releases, tour, etc.)?
Our first album just came out called Chop Water. We’ve been working on this thing for what seems like forever. Some of these songs I wrote like 5 years ago while others were written in the studio right at the finish line. It’s taken forever to get done and I’m just so happy it’s finally out there.

Do you consider your music to be part of the current shoegaze/dream pop scene, or any scene? Defining one's sound by genre can be tiresome, but do you feel that the band identifies closely with any genre? How do you feel about genres in music, in a general sense?
I don’t know if we are part of any scene, but I’d love to be, that sounds really cool. I think we are for sure influenced by shoegaze bands and that scene, especially from the late 80s early 90s. As far as genres are concerned, I’ll leave it to listeners to decide because honestly, I have no idea myself. But I’m also not against our music being labeled a certain genre if that means people are listening.

What do you think of modern shoegaze/dream pop/psychedelia artists, any favorites?
I think there are so many bands that are making amazing shoegazy and dreamy music right now. One that really inspired this album is a Brooklyn band called Painted Zeros. I saw them at a little show at Silent Barn years ago and it blew my mind. I went home and wrote 3 songs in one night that ended up on this new album.

What is the most important piece of gear for your sound? Any particular guitars/pedals/amps that you prefer?
I’d say my custom Jazzmaster. I bought a Japanese 90s Jazzmaster off Craigslist around 5 or 6 years ago for like $100 and since then I’ve been pumping money and all kinds of stuff into and now it’s just a beast.

What is your process for recording your music? What gear and/or software do you use? What would you recommend for others?
For this record most of the songs started out as demos or just rough ideas. I usually start with a melody and move from there. If I can get two interesting things out of a melody I’ll start trying it out in Garage Band to see if it sucks or not, which about 85% of the time it does suck, but for that 15% I’ll play with it on there and try to move it to an interesting direction before taking it to the guys and seeing what we keep and what we change. Sometimes the song stays exactly how I recorded it but other times we rework the whole thing.

When it comes to label releases versus DIY/Bandcamp and the like, what is your stance, if any?
Oh, man. I think if you’re rich or have access to money you probably don’t need a label today, right? But for us, we're not rich and we wanted our shit to be released and listened to, so a label can really help if you find the right people. The guys over at Jurassic Pop have been awesome with us and I was just happy that they liked our music let alone wanted to help us release it.

Do you prefer vinyl, CD, cassette tape or mp3 format when listening to music? Do you have any strong feelings toward any of them?
I for sure prefer vinyl. As things get more digital, which I also don’t mind, I do think vinyl at least has a sound benefit to me. Our album is out on yellow cassette, which is really cool, but I would love for it to one day be printed on vinyl.

What artists (musicians or otherwise) have most influenced your work?
I think for this record early on I was really influenced by the album Isn't Anything by My Bloody Valentine. It’s by far my favorite MBV album, which people love to mock me over. But I just love how raw it is, and how you can hear hints of the Loveless sound but it’s still punchy and the melodies are just incredible. I also was listening to a lot of Stereolab, especially their early, more guitar-driven stuff like Peng! and Switched On. Also a lot of Breeders and the Amps, the Clean, Frank Ocean, Brendan Canning and a lot more stuff I can’t think of at the moment.

What is your philosophy (on life), if any, that you live by?
This is a bonkers question to ask lol. I think like most people I’m still trying to figure out what my philosophy on life is? So maybe that’s it? But in general, I just want to create things. I constantly find myself consuming shit all day long, food, a new Netflix show, new music, etc. -- I think want I want to do is try to remember to create more often, even if I’m lazy as hell and would rather just watch another episode of the Great British Bake Off.

29 October 2018

New Video: Narcloudia | Tracy + Debut LP.

Photo by Morris Badiola

The wonderfully ethereal “Tracy” opens Day-Blind Stars, the just-released debut full-length from Philippines-and-Singapore based trio, Narcloudia (now there’s a band name we can get behind). The track is available for free on Bandcamp, where you can also buy the full digital album, praised effusively on Scout.

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24 October 2018

ALBUM REVIEW: The Silence Kit | Fall Proctection. Reviewed by Elizabeth Klisiewicz.

This Philadelphia post punk band has been pummeling our ears since 2006, and this latest album is no exception. Vocalist Pat McCay sounds a bit like Greg Sage at times, and I swear the band is channeling Adrian Borland at his darkest moments. Yet there are moments of pure beauty when the light bursts through, such as the almost cheery sounding “New Year’s Eve”. Everyone will hear something different, though I doubt anyone will miss Joy Division as an influence. I also appreciate the thoughtful lyrics on this song, they sound almost wistful.

“This Time” is mesmerizing and glum, and this is where the guitar work reminded me of The Sound. The plain-spoken lyrics are eerie and the guitar trips underneath like a dark current. “Can We Skip This?” is lush by comparison, and there’s an uptick in positive energy. “Everything You Feel Good About” is grand and throws down a bit of New Order panache, especially in that familiar bass line. Is Peter Hook on board? It definitely has single potential!

“Wound” meanders down a dark wave path and I love the repeating piano line that darts in and out of the mix. “Worry” hovers on the edges of psych with its watery guitar lines flowing like silver liquid. It reminds me a bit of the times when Robert Smith flirted with spacey textures. Pretty stuff!

“Never Say Goodbye” is a swell, synth pop tune, sounding quite unlike the band’s other tunes here. “How Does it Feel”? has a stately, dark structure, and guitars barely restrain their rage as misery pours down on the listener. I love the hard charging cadence here, a marked difference to the somewhat lighter fare earlier on. “Discard” is the filigreed coda, an almost warm and fizzy slice of dream pop that hints at future directions for this talented group. Nice work all around, and recommended from this picky scribe.  

Reviewed by Elizabeth Klisiewicz

Fall Protection releases on Friday, October 26, 2018.