It’s been the best part of three years since Single Mothers unleashed the incendiary treasure that is their debut album Negative Qualities. Following a mostly-changed line up for last year’s Meltdown EP, they return with a second record Our Pleasure, out now via (in the UK) Big Scary Monsters.
I’m generally averse to hype bands – if too many people are raving about an artist, they tend to turn out not to be worth my time. Now, call me a hipster if you like, but the truth is that niche music is more interesting and anything that’s accessible enough for all the new music places to love equally, probably isn’t. Occasionally though, something comes along that everyone is talking about just because it’s impossible to ignore. That was Kamikaze Girls‘ Sad EP last year, which as the title suggests, tackles mental health difficulties head on. Now they’re back with debut full length Seafoam , which expands to face a more general disillusionment with being a young person in this modern world, particularly highlighted in the video for Deathcap. While personal factors have contributed to the mood of this album (opener One Young Man is based on real events), it’s the general attitude of just having had enough with the way things are that gives a sense of relatability, and the reason everyone is listening to them. The album is out now via Big Scary Monsters, and the band are on tour next week, including Buffalo in Cardiff on June 29th for DIY Cardiff.
So I know that everyone was raving about Kamikaze Girls last year after the release of their Sad EP, but somehow I still kind of missed it. Then I watched the video for Berlin and it still didn’t quite click – thankfully somehow I ended up watching it again, and it felt like I’d always known that song. Nope, doesn’t make much sense to me either. Anyway, their debut album Seafoam will be out June 9th, and I’ll definitely be paying attention this time. They’re playing Cardiff not long after too, at Buffalo for DIY Cardiff on June 29th with a bunch of other great bands.
Wrapping up everything you need to know from the early days of Cassels into one neat package, Foreword is what the title suggests, a precursor to the band’s forthcoming debut album proper. Including three brand new songs so even those of us who’ve been following for a while haven’t heard it all yet, this release not so much closes the door on one chapter as opens a bigger one ready for the next. The record is available now via Big Scary Monsters and the band are heading out on tour with Meat Wave this month, including a Cardiff date on the 24th.
Ahead of their debut full-length (promised for later this year), Cassels have put together what they describe as a ‘pre-album’, and are streaming a new track from it. The Weight is one of three previously unheard songs on the compilation, which will otherwise be made up of almost everything they’ve released so far; a way of tying together the various EPs and singles that have come out over the past few years before they move on to the record proper. The appropriately-titled Foreword will be released on 12″ vinyl by Big Scary Monsters on April 7th. The band support Meat Wave on their UK tour next month, hitting Cardiff’s Clwb Ifor Bach on the 24th.
Prior to the release of their latest album, Sorority Noise have shared a third track, Disappeared. This follows lead single No Halo and the video for A Better Sun, also from You’re Not As _____ As You Think, which will be released tomorrow (17th March) via Triple Crown Records and Big Scary Monsters.