If you didn’t know, Clue Records are a Leeds-based independent label putting out some of the most captivating new bands around that area at the moment. Recently they’ve launched a singles’ club, no not the lonely hearts type but a musical one, putting out bi-monthly AA-side releases.
Having previously featured splits from Fighting Caravans/Colour Of Spring and Tea Buckley &/Team Picture, this latest edition comprises newbies Mini Skirt and a now-expanded Night Owls. The former have provided a song titled French Kiss, which exactly matches the feeling evoked by its title, emanating the warmth of summer nights and the blissful innocence of youth. Its companion Honestly is a fair amount rowdier, an ode to more mature relationships and the importance of trust. While sounding less amorous on the surface, lyrics such as “I’ll catch you when the ceiling falls right through” show the sort devotion absent from adolescent romance.
Whether chosen intentionally or not, the similar-but-contrasting themes result in these two songs balancing each other perfectly. This single is available now on its own, or a subscription to Clue Club will get you a bunch of bonus goodies as well as all the year’s releases.
Having watched this a few times now, it’s still definitely one of the best music videos I’ve seen. Wanna learn the lyrics to the song? Answer the questions correctly and you can. Thinking of starting your own band, but not sure how to get famous? It’ll teach you that too. Apart from the very beginning where my heart jumped to my throat as I really thought my laptop had crashed, I stare, joyously agape as an entire digital world built around the band unfolds line by line.
The attention to detail here is impeccable, I’m sure there’s still more to see than I’ve yet noticed, and the complexity of multiple layers reflects the tune itself with its juxtaposition of sunny melody and anguished lyrics. A catchy, upbeat indie-pop song about… crippling headaches? Probably not what you expect. But then when the band’s own name describes them as TRASH, I suppose the bar isn’t set high. Based on Migraines though, by which I mean the track not just the video, they should have a little more faith in themselves. This, and other songs will be available on their self-titled EP, released August 11th via Clue Records.
Also, TRASH now owe me a fiver for paying attention to aforementioned details.
Beaneath all the fuzz and drawled vocals, there’s something strangely warm and balmy about this new Forever Cult EP. Homewrecker may sound on the surface like it wants to tear you apart, but there’s a gently yearning element that suggests what it might just need, is a decent cuddle.
So urm, my interpretation of the new Forever Cult video is that it’s an advert for pacifism. You know like, if you fight over things then you both end up losing, right? Though the actual song is about… well if anyone can make out any of those grungy, slurred vocals buried somewhere in the delightful racket that is Codeine, then let me know. I can’t make any other sense of it, maybe we’re not supposed to. The EP that this track is part of, Homewrecker, will be out on July 7th via Clue Records.
Is the insanely warm weather giving you Migraines? Trash are here to help. Not only do they feel your pain, but their upbeat fuzz-pop can’t fail to make you feel uplifted too. The song will be part of their self-titled EP, due out August 11th on Clue Records.
Having made their name so far with a spasmodic string of CDs, cassettes, digital tracks and a Too Pure Singles Club 7″, Forever Cult are on the verge of putting out their most substantial release to date. A 10″ EP titled Homewrecker, via their regular base Clue Records, will be unleashed on the world come July 7th. You can begin to prepare yourself with a taste of that now, by listening to lead single Codeine.
When, whilst in the process of sorting through a fortnight’s worth of emails I came across a PR message about a new Clue Records’ signing, I wondered how I’d missed that – of course I hadn’t, the label’s newsletter was just in a different folder that I’d not got round to checking yet. Anyway the band in question are Avalanche Party, and from the first listen to current single I’m So Wet they had me hooked. By the time I’ve actually got round to writing anything there’s a video to accompany it, a simple but effective one that visualises the darkly hypnotic aesthetic of the song. From a hissed intro that sounds like the basilisk from Harry Potter, listening to this feels like dancing in a club that is just bit too sleazy but it’s ok cos you’re drunk, and you’ll pretend to regret going the next day but know you’ll be back because it feels seductively fun.