The Mantles – Doorframe (2015)

Taken from the album “All Odds End”, on Slumberland Records.

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BOAT – 50 Sweaty BOAT Fans Can’t Be Wrong (2013)


Genre: Indiepop / Lo-Fi / Guitar Pop

Albatross Appreciation Society / Salutations, Joan Hiller / Ocular Icicles / Guillotine Dream / King Of West Palm / Hold It In Your Holiday Hands! / Allergic To Us / After All / I Wanna Be Your Sam Cooke / Brain, Oh Brain! / A Call To All Ears / Royalty Provider / Riding Bicycles In Tandem / Correction, Correction / Occupation / Pudding Pop Rock / Clogged Castle / Remember The Romans / Trained By Trains / In Melodicas We Trust / Let’s Drag Our Feet! / Quickly and Quietly / The Bar Is Too Low To Fail / Holding All The Globes / Ups & Downs / Lanterns and Laughing Ladies / Return Of The Rainbow Shoelace / My Humble Opinion

[Hail The Sound Records, 2013]


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The Fireworks – Runaround (Shelflife, 2013)


The Fireworks are my favorite new indiepop band. Fuzzy pop songs well crafted in the old school style. Highly recommended!!

[SHELFLIFE] Shelflife presents the second 7″ release from The Fireworks with “Runaround” b/w “With My Heart” and “Asleep” coming November 26th. Limited to 300 copies, the first 100 will be available on transparent red vinyl, exclusively on

The Fireworks have been busy since their debut EP in March. They have enlisted Shaun Charman (The Popguns, The Wedding Present) as their new drummer and together been playing numerous shows around the UK including the Indietracks Festival, the Nottingham Pop Alldayer and supporting The Wedding Present in Brighton. And last but not least they’ve managed to record three fantastic new tracks for this single.

Fans of their debut EP will be pleased to know the band continues right where they left off — delivering intoxicating head-bobbing noise pop. “Runaround” and “With My Heart” feature Emma on lead vocals surrounded by layers of fuzz and feedback with the usual Firework’s flare for crafting perfect two minute pop songs. The third track “Asleep” is a lovely closer featuring Godfrey Salmon on viola alongside Matthew’s whistful vocals. We’re super excited for this release and can’t wait to hear what they have in store for us in the new year.

For fans of: Razorcuts, Henry’s Dress, The Shop Assistants, Meat Whiplash, early Primitives, Buzzcocks, The Frenchmen

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The Proctors – Everlasting Light (Shelflife, 2013)

[SHELFLIFE] Everlasting Light is destined to become an absolute guitar pop classic. The album is coated in sunbathed jangly guitars, incredibly catchy choruses, and Gavin and Margaret’s lovely whispy boy-girl vocals. The band uses their 90s indie pop roots to their advantage while mixing in just enough 60s paisley-tinted sounds to create an album that would have fit at home in the early days of Sarah Records. Their Byrds-esque melodic guitar lines create a love affair with each listen. Special guest star Terry Bickers (The House of Love) contributed guitar to some tracks. The album was produced by The Proctors and Ian Catt (Saint Etienne, The Field Mice).

Everlasting Light coming September 24 on limited edition LP (with download code), CD and digital formats. The first 100 copies will be available on limited green vinyl, exclusively on

For fans of: The Field Mice, early Primal Scream, Biff Bang Pow!, The Chills, The House Of Love, The Bodines

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The Blanche Hudson Weekend – How Many Times Have You Let Me Die? (OddBox, 2013)


Entitled How Many Times Have You Let Me Die? – it’s the follow up to 2011’s You Always Loved Violence album, and this one takes everything the band achieved on that particular long player and ramps it up to a whole new level. The Blanche Hudson Weekend have never been about staying in one place musically. When people expected more of the fuzz pop they delivered on their earliest releases, they gave them the stripped back production of the You Always Loved Violence album instead.

Now, they just want to experiment with their sound as much as possible. On How Many Times Have You Let Me Die?, they still deliver the kind of noisy pop they’ve written from the start, but with the gradual introduction of keyboards, samples and strange electronic sounds, the songwriting has expanded and been driven down a different musical path. ~ OddBox Records

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