Garage punk mob Fidlar have announced a new album for September 4th. Due via Wichita, the first taste of Too comes in the form of ’40oz on repeat’, a three and a half minute scrap paired with a new music video that see’s their tongues remain firmly in cheek.
Watch the video below and head to their website here, where you can make a Gif as daft as this one.
Young Legionnaire have been currently touring the UK with Les Savy Fav this month turning heads and generally putting themselves on the map throughout these dates.
The band is made up of Paul Mullen who was the guitarist and singer for The Automatic and also formerly yourcodenameis:milo, bassist Gordon Moakes who has history playing in Bloc Party and drummer Dean Pearson.
Collectively they are creating a tight, melodic, post punk sound with crunching riffs and bring the goodness that bands such as Thursday and Heavy Vegetable have in their locker. Young Legionnaire are preparing the release of their debut album that will be available on May 9th through Wichita. Have a taster of their first single Colossus below that was released on a ltd 500 7″ via Holy Roar last year and look out for them on the road.
with Peggy Sue & Meg Baird
The Garage, London
Wichita Recordings have covered a lot of ground in the last ten years. Wichita is the colourful phoenix that flew out for the ashes of Creation Records, guided a lovely bearded Welshman that was partly responsible for the signing of some the 90s most incredible acts. Though they began with releasing some of my favourite albums of the decade (Bright Eyes’ ‘Fevers and Mirrors’ and Bloc Party’s ‘Silent Alarm’), it was Dick and Mark’s discovery of two girls from Sweden with stunning voices and an inexplicable talent for melody making, First Aid Kit, that made me actively fly the Wichita flag.
There wasn’t any other choice for who was to headline the ‘folking excellent’ Tueday night in their string of celebrations for the record label’s tenth birthday. New Jersey’s Meg Baird was tremendous and continued to draw attention from NJ’s sore shore rep and point us in the direction of the spectacular and pleasantly haunting music that emerges from the garden state. The folk or ‘anti-soul’ revival was in full-force when Peggy Sue mounted the stage in front of a now-rammed Garage. These were two brilliant sets, but First Aid Kit made me cease to function properly like jeeping shit.
First Aid Kit burst onto the web with an acoustic cover of Fleet Foxes’ ‘Tiger Mountain Peasant Song‘ in a nearby forest that can only be described as the loveliest viral video ever created. Since then they’ve released an equally lovely EP and a stunning debut that was matched by one of the most heart-warming, awe-filling live performances I’ve seen in some time at Wichita’s birthday feast of folk. They open with ‘Tangerine’, a gentle world-weary and refreshing blowback of Cat Power smoke which lingers like a surprisingly pretty moth as they power into the delicately perfect ‘You’re Not Coming Home Tonight’. They are utterly unaware of their flawlessness and play to us almost as if they we were peer pressured into playing the lonely looking guitar that’s placed against the wall of their bedroom. The Garage isn’t a large venue but it certainly isn’t small, and to render the entire crowd fully silent during an entirely unplugged rendition of ‘Ghost Town‘ speaks volumes about their natural talent that doesn’t require any further lexical amplification.
Of course their Fleet Foxes’ cover proved favourable with a perpetually beaming crowd but the highlight was a foot-stomping march through melody and powerful choruses in ‘Own Our Pretty Ways‘. They’ve come a long way from recording inconspicuous videos in forests and regardless of their admirable ‘aim for the hearts, not for the charts!’ motto, could very easily win the love from both.