ACTORS

Vancouver, CANADA
"Vancouver’s brilliant post-punk and new-wave quartet ACTORS continue the...ir flair for sonic cinematics in the video for their latest track ‘Face Meets Glass’... The atmosphere quivers with singer Jason Corbett’s crooning reverb augmented by shivering guitars and stark synths." — POST-PUNK.COM "‘It Will Come To You’ is a masterfully crafted work of darkwave in the grand tradition of British post-punk." — RIDE THE TEMPO “Drawing from 4AD Records-era post-punk and New Wave... Urgent yet cinematic." — THE JOY OF VIOLENT MOVEMENT “Addictively dancey, uplifting and melancholy sounds... Beautiful, dark music." — CVLT NATION "ACTORS have zeroed in on their myriad strengths and know exactly how to showcase them to the world, in a concise, enjoyable and infectious LP. It’s a hell of a debut album, and one we’re happy to recommend." — I DIE: YOU DIE “From opening to closing It Will Come to You displays all the ingredients ranking it as one of the best albums of 2018." — INDIEVOTION Read More
Listen: ACTORS - Face Meets Glass

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Algiers

Atlanta, GA
Even those aware of the ideals of this outspoken 4-piece will find their la...test direction traversing unprecedented ground. Coming off two years of nonstop world-touring for their The Underside of Power—including Central and Eastern Europe, the Baltic States and the Balkans, where they have established a rabid following—new album There is No Year solidifies & expands upon the doom-laden soul of their foundation, toward an even more epic, genre-reformatting sound, one somehow suspended in the amber of a different era. From the instant synth-pulse of the album's opening seconds, it’s clear that Algiers have set out to stake new ground, internally as much as sonically. There Is No Year encompasses future-minded post-punk R&B from the trapped heart of ATL, where they began; to industrial soundscapes à la 4AD-era Scott Walker or Iggy & Bowie’s Berlin period; to something like the synthetic son of Marvin Gaye & Fever Ray. Their essence on the album is a statement of their defiance, their desire to feel & be human even beyond the necessary fight back, sprawling head-on into the burning wind of doubt and fear and all it’s claimed, arriving on the far side of calamity more alive than ever. Read More

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Astragal

Houston, TX
Astragal began like how all things in Houston, Texas begin. Out of thin air..., dust, and the cities concrete clad ether. Having met on craigslist and in person at a DIIV show, the Houston trio became best friends over a shared interest in playing post-punk music while denying the elitism of the genre altogether. Honing in on their sound during a trip in North Carolina, the trio found a love for jangly guitar tones, groovy bass lines, and persistent in-the pocket drums. 
Since 2016, the band has released three EPS, has toured extensively in the south, has totaled two minivans, has only had one argument, and has made countless new friends along the way. Read More
Listen: Astragal - Bloomer

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Automatic

Los Angeles, CA
Like all the best bands, Automatic came together organically. Izzy Glaudini... (synths, vocals), Lola Dompé (drums, vocals) and Halle Saxon (bass, vocals) met while immersed in LA's DIY band scene, and started jamming together in 2017. Gaining notoriety for their explosive live shows, they were invited to share the stage with bands like Surfbort, Wand and Flatworms. Lola was born into a punk household (her father is Kevin Haskins of Bauhaus) and joined her first band, art-rock outfit Blackblack, when she was just 13. Halle and Izzy met playing in local bands in Northeast LA; Izzy was a guitarist and vocalist, and Halle liked to plug her fretless bass into a guitar amp. Uninspired by the masculine energy of the local scene and rock music on the radio - "pumped out like plastic bottles into the ocean" - Izzy ditched the guitar for a synth, and in 2017 she and Halle joined forces with Lola. They named themselves Automatic after a song by the Go-Go's - the only all-female rock band to have written and played instruments on an album to reach #1 in the US. Read More

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Blacks' Myths

Washington, DC
DC/NYC duo Blacks' Myths create pulsing, hypnotic rhythmic structures that ...reflect on American black history. Behind the project are two storied musicians with a background in jazz: multi-instrumentalist Luke Stewart on bass and Warren G. "Trae" Crudup III on drums. Stewart is a prominent figure in improvised music as a concert organiser and musician, performing in a variety of groups including the Afrofuturist free jazz troupe Irreversible Entanglements. Crudup is also active in DC’s jazz scene, drumming with the poet Thomas Sayers Ellis, saxophonists James Brandon Lewis and Brian Settles among others. Read More

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Bootblacks

New York, NY
Since the group’s founding in 2010, Brooklyn based Bootblacks have been e...nthralling audiences with their frenetic live shows from the U.S. to Europe. Their sound is described as a balance of contradictions: both pensive and buoyant, referential and modern. Bootblacks released their first EP “Narrowed”, in the fall of 2012, after previously collaborating with Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds). “Veins” was released in 2016 and was described as a step in the band’s evolution from punk to post-punk. With their influences always expanding, the band is never complacent in what makes up their sound. They toured extensively behind the effort and started building momentum. “Fragments”, which was released in September of 2017, found the band further diving into a more synth heavy, atmospheric and “bigger sounding” Bootblacks than before. The album landed on many year end “best-of” lists and catapulted the band into a must see. This helped them land spots on festivals such as Cold Waves, Terminus, Absolution, Wave Gotik Treffen, & Murder of Crows. The band now looks ahead to 2020 with the release of "THIN SKIES", their first on ARTOFFACT RECORDS. Read More
Listen: Bootblacks - Captives

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Borzoi

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
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Chicks on Speed

Hamburg, GERMANY
Chicks on Speed Flying VooCha is Melissa E. Logan with Nelly Ellinor and Li...la Twills. The multimodal project richochets between fine art provocateur. The Chicks performance utilizes prototype instruments, many wearable. The audience is invited and it could be that Chicks are testing new machine instruments. The music made is not meant to please or comfort, in fact it could hurt and get lost in repetition only to come out with very tightly structured works. Mentally Naked is a new release by Chicks on Speed and Captain Mustache and is featured on the last, great podcast of Andrew Weatherall. In a time of lounge mood hotel lobby music, his stream is fittingly titled Music’s not for Everyone. Chicks on Speed were not created to please, with the artists Nelly Ellinor on Keys and vocals, Lila Twills on her prophet joining forces, the ever fluctuating group delivers sparkling surreal poetic electro. Chicks on Speed 'Will Save Us All’ was released in a time when it did not seem like anyone needed saving. On the cusp of our self inflicted environmental catastrophe Chicks come back to SXSW, are we beyond saving? Read More

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Control Top

Philadelphia, PA
Covert contracts rule our world: manipulative relationships, encoded social... norms, opaque technologies. “With a covert contract, the trick is that the agreement is only known by the person who makes it,” says Ali Carter, singer and bassist of Philly post-punk trio Control Top. “The other person is oblivious. Consent is impossible. A void of communication opens up a world of misunderstanding.” In an era of such impossibilities, Control Top—Carter with guitarist Al Creedon and drummer Alex Lichtenauer—rip open space for catharsis. Their explosive songs are a synthesis of varied interests and backgrounds: Carter’s innate sense of new wave melodies, Creedon’s sirening noise guitars, Lichtenauer’s feverish hardcore drumming. On their debut full-length Covert Contracts, the songwriting is fully a collaboration of Carter and Creedon. Carter’s voice thumps and screams and deadpans while her driving, hooky basslines play out like guitar leads. Creedon, also the band’s engineer and producer, balances composition and chaos, equally inspired by pop and no-wave. With her lyrics, Carter responds to feeling trapped and overwhelmed in a capitalist patriarchy, offering indictments of wrongdoing Read More
Listen: Control Top - Office Rage

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Cuffed Up

Los Angeles, CA
With comparisons to 90’s bands like Sonic Youth and The Pixies to modern ...day post-punk UK acts like IDLES, it’s no wonder why the LA based quartet, CUFFED UP, have been turning heads since their debut double A-side “Small Town Kid” and “Mother/Father” was released in 2019. The band garnered much support as an unsigned act from KEXP (Song of The Day/Music That Matters), KCSN, KROQ, WFNM and from outlets like Bandcamp (New & Notable) and When the Horn Blows. They have recently followed up with a sultry yet punchy 90’s indie-punk ballad “French Exit" (premiered on Morning Becomes Eclectic on KCRW), the lead single to their debut self-titled EP which comes out 2/21 on Vinyl via Corduroy Recordings. Cuffed Up was formed thru a chance encounter at Shab Ferdowsi's Sunday Brunch (Blushh) where Sapphire Jewell and Ralph Torrefranca first met, connecting about their love for the UK punk scene with bands like IDLES and Shame. A few months later, Cuffed Up was formed along with Joe Liptock and Vic Ordonez, becoming a real passion project turned full time band. Read More
Listen: Cuffed Up - Small Town Kid

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Curse Mackey

Austin, TX
Austin, Texas-based artist Curse Mackey is revered as a charismatic perform...er and DJ in the Dark Wave, Post-Punk + Industrial music genres. He is a prominent singer for industrial supergroup PIGFACE, s a frequent member of My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, and was a founding member of notorious industrial-punk outfit Evil Mothers. In 2019, Mackey launched a self-titled project with his debut album INSTANT EXORCISM. The album has received extremely positive coverage from Kerrang!, Revolver Mag, Post-Punk.com, Austin Chronicle and many other online blogs and webzines. The album features a guest appearance from Ronny Moorings, founder of Clan of Xymox. Curse’s sound fuses post-punk, dystopian electronics with doom-fueled drones, seductive synth pulsations and industrial-strength dance beats that evoke the ghosts of early Skinny Puppy, “Twitch-era” Ministry, the darker side of New Order, Depeche Mode and the iconic projects has been a part of in a compellingly fresh approach. Released in the summer of 2019 on Negative Gain Records, Mackey has spent the majority of 2019 touring in support of ‘Instant Exorcism’ including a full US Tour supporting My Life with the Thrill Kill Kul Read More
Listen: Curse Mackey - Secrets of the Resurrection

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Deeper

Chicago, IL
Shiraz Bhatti, Nic Gohl, and Drew McBride take a thoughtful and direct appr...oach with their songwriting, yielding spry melodies and inventive structures. It’s a clever combination of jagged post-punk and refined indie rock. A tightly wound rhythm section teeters on the edge, but is anchored by intricate guitar interplay and saturated with an enigmatic spirit. Their first album, 2018’s “Deeper” channeled the anxiety of change in everyday life and navigating the unhinged political atmosphere. The new single "Run" takes a more existential approach, reaching down past the emotion and staring back at the inner. Read More
Listen: Deeper - Run

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Del Judas

Brooklyn, NY
Del Judas is blackened Americana. Shimmering reverb and thundering rhythms ...roil, shake, and seduce. Melancholy melodies meet 80s hard pop that delves into darkness on the outskirts of town. Del Judas conjures elements of Chris Isaak, Echo and the Bunnymen, Waylon Jennings and the sounds of the desert to shape their sonic grimoire. Read More

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The Foreign Resort

Copenhagen, DENMARK
The Foreign Resort – a mix of dark new wave and explosive post-punk. Hai...ling from Copenhagen, Denmark, the band combines the shadowy mysticism of The Cure’s Pornography era with a driving production aesthetic akin to LCD Soundsystem. Intricate reverb-enveloped guitar lines glide over the motorik bass and powerful drumming, all while the taut and sincere vocals demands your attention. The Foreign Resort have toured relentlessly, addicted to the allure of America’s lost highways, sharing bills with bands like Cold Cave, Killing Joke, The Soft Moon, She Past Away, The KVB, Slowdive, Minor Victories, Ash Code and many more. Since 2010, the band has been rigorous in playing more than 450 shows across North America and Europe with performances at several festivals incl. SXSW, Iceland Airwaves, Canadian Music Week, POP Montreal, Nocturnal Culture Night, Wave Gotik Treffen and W-Fest. The trio released their latest full length album “Outnumbered” on Artoffact Records April 5 and are currently following up with shows and festival appearances in Europe and North America throughout 2019 & 2020. Read More
Listen: The Foreign Resort - Outnumbered

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Ganser

Chicago, IL
“Done right, post-punk can still fray nerves.” - Jon Pareles, New York ...Times Ganser combines post-punk workmanship and noise rock tendencies, inspired by cinematic visuals and imagist language. Equal parts Space Odyssey and Ghost World, this Chicago-based band channeled anxiety’s heightened state to absurd ends on their debut Odd Talk, released to favorable coverage from The New York Times, Billboard, Stereogum, and other publications while sharing stages with groups like Viagra Boys, Girl Band, and Daughters. Building on their dissociative disorder namesake, their music is sometimes frenzied, sometimes contemplative, probing on questions of self-actualization and change on their upcoming follow up. Read More
Listen: Ganser - Buio

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Girl Friday

Los Angeles, CA
Girl Friday think of themselves as an explicitly feminist project, though n...ot in the didactic way one might expect from that appellation. The L.A-based quartet, founded by bassist Libby Hsieh and guitarist Vera Ellen after they met at a UCLA house party a couple of years back, operates collectively, each member taking turns at the microphone and equal parts in songwriting; they’re all big personalities and big presences, but they find balance—and complement—in one another. There had been iterations of the band before, but none had truly clicked until drummer Virginia Pettis and guitarist Sierra Scott joined. This is the iteration of the band found on Girl Friday’s new EP, Fashion Conman; in four nimble tracks, these young women are able to fuse mod-pop a la the early Bangles with ‘90s alt-rock (“we all love Hole,” they say with enthusiasm), the urgency and tension of minimalist ‘70s post-punk, and contemporary observations, without sounding like pastiche. They’re uninterested in genre designations, and hope nobody’s ever able to pinpoint them in a word. Read More

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Gustaf

Brooklyn, NY
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Hotel Lux

Portsmouth, UK-ENGLAND
Hailing from Portsmouth, Hampshire, Hotel Lux take their place in front of ...bleak British times. A maelstrom of post-punk, ska and pub rock, their sound evokes the grit and grime that comes with growing up in a heavily industrialised area. Splintered guitars wrestle with rumbling basslines to make for an unparalleled spectral garage rock sound. The five piece formed as the group migrated to East London’s Wapping, an area with a historic docking setting to echo that of their hometown. Influenced not by bands but the world around them, the works of film makers such as Shane Meadows and the ashes of the Brexit referendum. Lyrically, frontman Lewis Duffin paints a landscape of Council flat riots, pints of Guinness, job centre plus and pub pianos. Hotel Lux are a regimented, determined band for the here and now. With the release of new track 'Tabloid Newspaper' gaining acclaim from DIY, Line of Best Fit, So Young Magazine, Gigwise, BBC Radio 1's Jack Saunders, BBC Radio 6 Music's Steve Lamacq, Radio X's John Kennedy, Beats1's Matt Wilkinson among others, the band announce a new EP 'Bar Stool Preachers' out in 2020 on Nice Swan Records. Read More
Listen: Hotel Lux - Tabloid Newspaper

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Iguana Death Cult

Rotterdam, NETHERLANDS
Rotterdam-based fivesome Iguana Death Cult initially made their mark with g...iddy, hard-hitting garage punk and a miasma of acid-drenched psychedelics, only to blossom into an all-embracing unit that implements frameworks of post-punk, krautrock, new wave, soul and disco. The band’s sophomore album Nude Casino, out on LA imprint Innovative Leisure, holds aloft a more cerebral and absurdist side of their songwriting. From a dark bunker in the Netherlands, all the way to SXSW, they are a great case study on the ways headstrong dilettantism and crafty classical chops can skirmish and thrive. Iguana Death Cult embrace the art of rocking the fuck out with all senses and impulses up to eleven, rapturously sinking in their claws, never letting go. “...a blazing vault out of the pabulum and into unadulterated mayhem” - The Fader “Nude Casino is a quest to wriggle out of life’s bitter clutches with the maximum possible levels of fun and debauchery” - Paste “An album that whips in spiky riffs and jutting rhythms alongside more swirling melodies” - Louder Than War “Not only do they possess one of the best band names in history, but they’ve also got the chops to match” - DIY Magazine Read More
Listen: Iguana Death Cult - Bright Lights

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Italia 90

London, UK-ENGLAND
We are Italia 90, a four-piece from the UK. Our music threads together seve...ral disparate influences, but we are united by friendship and a drive to make exciting, interesting and politically and socially engaged music. There's a new EP out now (November 15), a joint venture release between fierce panda and Permanent Creeps labels. "...Very much rate this, and certainly don’t think that Wire, Alternative TV, Sauna Youth and Institute’s Catharsis LP are excessively flattering reference points..." The Quietus "...catnip for fans of Protomartyr or The Fall..." The Ransom Note "...sounds as though it was recorded in a working sawmill..." Hard of Hearing Music "...The sound this four piece create, recalls those early Wire recordings, Joy Division cassettes and Gang of Four bootlegs at least one mate would own having sneaked a cassette recorder into the venue to record and listen to a few weeks later…." Louder Than War Read More
Listen: Italia 90 - Road To Hell

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Kælan Mikla

Reykjavik, ICELAND
Icelandic synth-punk trio Kælan Mikla formed in Reykjavik in 2013, initial...ly as part of a poetry competition which the Reykjavik Library hosted. The band, comprised of singer Laufey Soffía Þórsdóttir, bass player Margrét Rósa Dóru-Harrysdóttir and Sólveig Matthildur Kristjánsdóttir, initially on drums but later synthesizer, won the competition, and were encouraged to continue making music. By 2014, Kælan Mikla was playing shows around Reykjavik and was asked to perform on the official roster of Iceland Airwaves. The trio has released three albums, all with Toronto-based Artoffact Records, the most recent of which, Nótt eftir nótt, made #14 on Revolver Magazine’s best albums of 2018 list. Kælan Mikla has toured Europe several times, notably with King Dude, Drab Majesty, and as headliners in their own right. The band was hand-picked by Robert Smith of The Cure as support on several festivals in the UK and in the US at Pasadena Daydream in 2019 with Pixies, Deftones, and Throwing Muses, amongst others. The band was recently announced as direct support to French blackgaze band Alcest on the band's 2020 tour. Read More
Listen: Kælan Mikla - Næturblóm

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Mauskovic Dance Band

Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS
THE MAUSKOVIC DANCE BAND The Mauskovic Dance Band are fusing no-wave dance ...punk, Afro-Caribbean rhythms and space disco in a “controlled explosion” (The Quietus). Since the release of their “Down In The Basement” EP on Soundway Records in early 2018, the band from Amsterdam, Holland have found themselves on a hectic touring schedule – not to mention being involved in other side projects. Following stints with Turkish psychedelic folk rock group Altin Gün, and touring with the re-formed 70s Zamrock outfit W.I.T.C.H., Nic Mauskovic also teamed up with Dutch neo-psychedelic artist Jacco Gardner to form the “cinematic Balearic disco” duo of Bruxas (released by Dutch institution Dekmantel). Read More
Listen: Mauskovic Dance Band - Down In The Basement

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The Murder Capital

Dublin, IRELAND
“They see the bar, clear it, and raise it dauntingly high.” – The Lin...e Of Best Fit “A band gearing up to scorch the earth around them…” - Mojo “They are extraordinary.” – Metro “In a league of their own.” – Loud & Quiet If you have ever seen The Murder Capital live then what will strike you most about the experience is not the heaviness, the bleakness of rage you might expect, but witnessing a most extreme vision of tenderness. Their debut album, “When I Have Fears”, recorded with Flood (PJ Harvey, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, New Order etc.) embodies this tenderness; it is a purple bruise on the had knee of the so-called post-punk resurgence. One of the key breakthroughs acts of 2019, the album made no.18 in the UK charts and no.2 in their native Ireland and saw significant plaudits on its release in August, with an aggregate review score of 86 out of 100 on Album Of The Year. “When I Have Fears” also received the full 5 stars from The Guardian, who had previously described their stage performance as “thrilling on the edge of terrifying: new year fireworks in a metal tent”. They arrive at their first SXSW as perhaps this year’s most genuine example of a must-see band. Read More
Listen: The Murder Capital - More Is Less

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Necking

Vancouver, CANADA
Necking became a band before playing a note of music together. The origin s...tory of the Vancouver-based powerhouse post-punk quartet starts at a party where all four members met for the first time and began boasting untruths about their group’s musical accomplishments. Following a series of fake names including Britney Bitch and Four White Guys, they picked up instruments for real, quickly earning a rep for their live wire performances and no-holds-barred humour. This continues on the band’s debut LP, Cut Your Teeth, a collection of songs about dating woes, cybersex, and self-improvement. Ultimately focused on the friendship shared by the women of Necking, their main motivation is making themselves laugh. Read More
Listen: Necking - Big Mouth

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Ötzi

Oakland, CA
Ötzi is a dark post-punk group from Oakland, CA, comprised of singer & bas...sist Akiko Sampson, singer & drummer Gina Marie, guitarist K. Dylan Edrich, and keyboardist/guitarist Winter Zora. They are known for their intricate songwriting and their explosive live show. At times haunting and at times aggressive, Ötzi delivers the intertwining melodies of two vocalists with a driving rhythm and abstract guitar washes. Since their formation in 2014, Ötzi has toured many parts of the world, billing with varied post-punk, punk and indie luminaries including the Chameleons, Pink Turns Blue, Deerhoof, Modern English, Actors, Kommunity FK, Zounds, Screaming Dead and The Iconoclast. Ötzi released a seven-inch EP, "Gong Show," in 2016. In 2017 came Ötzi's debut LP, 'Ghosts,' recorded by Stan Wright of Arctic Flowers, and released on Near Dark, Psychic Eye, and Last Hour Records in the US and on Bat-Cave Productions in Europe. In 2019, Ötzi released “Part Time Punks Sessions,” a Peel Sessions-style EP, on Psychic Eye and Near Dark record labels. In 2019, Ötzi signed a worldwide deal with Toronto-based Artoffact Records. Read More
Listen: Ötzi - Winter

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The Paranoyds

Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles punk quartet The Paranoyds channel revelry and revulsion into t...heir debut album Carnage Bargain—a raucous blend of garage rock grit, new wave swagger, horror film soundtrack campiness, and a myriad of other influences. The Paranoyds’ beginnings can be traced back to a friendship forged between Staz Lindes and Laila Hashemi in their teens. With the additions of Lexi Funston and David Ruiz, the band found the personnel for their sonic balance of jubilant energy and foreboding undercurrents. Carnage Bargain captures this chemistry through guitar-and-keyboard, genre-mashing weirdness on “Laundry,” the fever-dream kitsch of B-52s on “Ratboy,” krautrock’s motorik groove on “Hungry Sam”, and Blondie on the sweet-and-salty highlight “Courtney.” Title track “Carnage Bargain” is a perfect example of the band delivering scathing lyrical observations under the guise of a quirky pop hook. The notion of rejecting the status quo and creating your own destiny is evident on the lead single “Girlfriend Degree,” which the band calls an ode to “being a badass woman who’s taking time to make sure she’s doing things for herself.” The band may be paranoid, but they offer a solution to our m Read More
Listen: The Paranoyds - Girlfriend Degree

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Patio

New York, NY
Patio formed four years ago when non-musician Loren DiBlasi met actual musi...cian Lindsey-Paige McCloy, and a joke about outdoor day drinking turned into a real-life band. The duo was soon joined by Alice Suh, a college friend of McCloy’s who had recently started drum lessons. Inspired by classic British post-punk, the songwriting of Cate LeBon, and the close-knit Brooklyn DIY community from which the band first sprouted, Patio released their long-awaited debut full-length 'Essentials' in April 2019 via Fire Talk Records. Read More

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Patti

Brooklyn, NY
What is a riff? NYC’s Patti is immediately catchy post-punk goofy enough ...to disguise what the band’s members truly are: shredders. Patti rips between dissonant punk, inept proto hardcore, and psycho noise-pop, with gang-vocal lyrics that deal with issues as relevant as class conflict and having fun. Tightly wound Devonic energy and razor sharp songwriting—there are a lot of unique moments in Patti songs that only come around once, so you have to see the band again if you want to revisit them. This is hardly a chore. Live, Patti pushes energy up and over the edge, and these unexpected moments shine in brittle high-end rapture. Before long, these frantic 2-minute zoomers reveal themselves as cohesive vision-objects. Read More
Listen: Patti - Apple T

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Pleasure Venom

Austin, TX
Explosive experimental garage punk outfit Pleasure Venom of Austin, TX, exp...lores topics of love, sex, resentment, and the general “absurdity of it all,” consistently blasting audiences with a firehose deluge of fierce femme-punk rock. In July of 2018, Afropunk named Pleasure Venom one of the Top 8 New Punk Bands on the Planet, and they showcased with fellow Afropunk-certified Austin punks BLXPLTN at SXSW Music Festival in spring 2019. Momentum building, the band caught the attention of Scottish powerhouse Shirley Manson of Garbage, and they joined their US tour in early summer 2019. With several critically acclaimed EPs and video releases under their belt, Pleasure Venom set their sights across the pond, and toured the UK, playing Loud Women Fest in London early last fall. Their videos have been featured in Afropunk and NME. “…It was wild, careering and chaotic and Audrey [Campbell, singer] is just amazing. She’s so unique. In this climate, everyone is so homogenised. Female artists particularly sound like one another, then you get this wild firebrand and that’s exciting.”-Shirley Manson of Garbage in NME Read More
Listen: Pleasure Venom - Untitled (lying to your face)

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Port Juvee

Calgary, CANADA
Although PORT JUVEE embody a sound that is equally indebted to New York Cit...y post-punk as it is to a listless Californian vibe, the Canadian prairies are where the band calls home. PORT JUVEE's upcoming release "Motion Control" will arrive in 2020 on Canadian upstart Garment District Records, with NYC-based producer/engineer mixer Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend's "Contra" and "Modern Vampires of the City") at the helm. PORT JUVEE has been selected to showcase at SXSW, Rifflandia, House of Vans, FOCUS Wales, New Colossus NYC and Treefort Music Fest, and have supported acts such as DIIV, POND, Twin Peaks, DillyDally, Titus Andronicus and more. "Their sound breaks boundaries, incorporating NYC post-punk and surfy California skate-punk. They bring frantic and tenacious energy with droning guitars and gritty lyrics" - EARMILK "Like the rapid increase of the pulse or a spike of adrenaline, the brand new track from Port Juvee is a high-tempo observation of living in the digital age." - Wonderland Magazine "The pace and atmosphere even make the low vocals have a certain electricity to them, like a sad oldies song being crooned over a panicked punk tune" - KERRANG! Magazine Read More
Listen: Port Juvee - Hope to Lose

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Protomartyr

Detroit, MI
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Qlowski

Ravenna, ITALY
Play it by the rules, stay on the cusp, ride against the tide, collide only... when you’re exactly on the verge of precipitating… is it your daily routine or just a dream? Smalltown kids always strike back and this time they are ready for the city, wide-eyed, weary and nervous. Qlowski's first tape released in 2016 (in Bandcamp’s best of the year) already showcased an uncommon post-punk sensibility, propulsive rhythms, a modern spin on kiwi-pop and a weird combination of dark punk, noise rock and flower pop. Something is shifting now, there’s a low thump rumble, a certain restlessness you can’t always wrap your finger around that permeates their new batch of songs, noise is creeping in, circular bass patterns laying down a foundation for echoes and feedbacks that highlight the growth and anxiety in Michele and Cecilia’s gut-wrenching vocal delivery. These kids man, I tell ya, talk about a knack for writing pristine songs… Television Personalities, Hannett’s production style, The Clean, Killing Joke, Aussie Punk? I give up, I’m gonna start calling them concrete-punk. Read More
Listen: Qlowski - Taking Control

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Queue Queue

Austin, TX
Queue Queue are a post-punk/psych-pop trio from Austin, TX. Using raw guita...r/bass/drums as their launch pad, Queue Queue blast through harmonic noise and atmospheric space rock with layers of icy-cool harmonies. Formed in 2016, the band quickly caught the ear of Austin media, receiving extensive airplay on KOOP and KUTX, including a 2 Studio 1A performances.A “My KUTX” guest DJ set reveals the inspiration behind their magic that happens when punk, pop, and psych collide. The Austin Chronicle gave kudos to its “no-nonsense punk attitude” that “deftly flits between a grungy crunch, Velvet Underground guitar lines, and spacey shoegaze” and recognized Queue Queue as one of the Best New Local Acts of 2017. Members are: Claire Hamilton (bass/vocals); Carrie Clark (guitar) is the erstwhile front-woman of Austin noise-pop veterans and Austin Music Hall of Fame recipients Sixteen Deluxe; and Mary Streepy (drums/vocals) who is also responsible for Queue Queue’s impressive visual design. Weaving in cheeky humor and roughhouse playfulness, Queue Queue doesn’t skip a beat in speaking truth to power. Read More
Listen: Queue Queue - Oprah

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Russian Baths

Brooklyn, NY
Russian Baths fuses the abrasive sounds of New York in the eighties, the an...gular outbursts of DC hardcore, shoegaze’s torrents of noise and the suffocating anxiety of the Information Age. One part horror movie soundtrack, and one part personal confession, the band’s music is at once imposing and intimate. Russian Baths’ new album ‘Deepfake’ takes their art of juxtaposition to its extreme. Feedback and dissonance swallow softly whispered harmonies. Granular synths and 808s rest besides guitar shrieks and pounding drums. Caustic fits are punctuated by moments of relief, tortured the next second. Surgical imagery and themes of personal regret and cultural guilt populate the soundscape, sung by voices sometimes so close, they’re in the room with you, sometimes from impossible distances. Unlike their dissonant peers, rarely do the proceedings lead to a scream. The record was meticulously recorded and assembled over the course of two years, and mixed by Ben Greenberg (Uniform). Read More
Listen: Russian Baths - Responder

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Shady Nasty

Sydney, AUSTRALIA
Shady Nasty are a Sydney-based trio which formed in 2015. Their art is a dy...namic experiment drawing from alternative forms of punk and hip-hop. Coupled with a raucous live show, Shady Nasty offer compelling vignettes of their young adulthood unfolding in the diversity of Sydney: modding cars, Chinese heritage, making ends meet, menace and love. Read More
Listen: Shady Nasty - Get Buff

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Single Lash

Austin, TX
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Listen: Single Lash - You Know

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SPARKLING

Cologne, GERMANY
Sparkling just released their long-awaited debut album 'I Want to See Every...thing' in August 2019 and it has been making huge waves. As one of the first german bands, the group played a Maida Vale Session for BBC Radio 1, made it to BBC 6 Music heavy rotation and gets frequently played by Annie Mac, Matt Wilkinson, Jack Saunders, Steve Lamacq and many more. Their album has been featured in countless blogs and magazins all across europe, such as Musikexpress, Rolling Stone Magazin, Magic Magazin.. and has created a buzz around today's most exciting band from Germany. The three-piece from Cologne (GER) started playing together in 2013 while studying at University and Art School. After living in London in 2015, the band released their first EP in 2016, which already brought them praise across the european music landscape. Shows all around europe made them write a multilingual debut album, that features languages German, English and French and which was produced in London and Düsseldorf with Andy Ramsay from Stereolab. These boys are a preeminent blueprint of a truly European band. Witness what it really means to be part of an open Europe, at a concert or listening to a record. Read More
Listen: SPARKLING - I Want to See Everything

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SULLIVAN's FUN CLUB

Sapporo, JAPAN
Active in Sapporo, influenced by 90s alternatives, punks, power pops, etc. ...A four-piece rock band consisting of 19-year-old Vocal.Gt. Yoshida Leo, Bass. Yadanina, Drum. Tadakazuki, and Gt. Yoshida Kazuma. Formed in July 2016. Gt. Yoshida Kazuma joined in July 2019, and the current system is established. Appeared at "SUMMER SONIC 2019" in August 2019. ("Now!? Samasoni!? 2019" frame) Then, at the “My Navi Unconfirmed Festival 2019” held on August 25, a grand prize was won from a total of 3101 pairs submitted. In November, released the 1st digital single “PINK YELLOW BLUEZ” C / W “MI RA I”. In the same month, 160 people mobilized at a free one-man live `` date spot '' in Sapporo held at the Grand Prix prize, He performed 14 songs in an hour and a half in the enthusiasm, summarizing the leap year of 2019, and showing the highlights of the live performance that has begun to take a step further. Furthermore, it was held at Nagoya Club Quattro on December 6 Appeared as a support act on "STARCRAWLER JAPAN TOUR 2019". The live performance that involves the whole venue grabbed the audience's heart and It is also praised by STARCRRWALER members who watched the live on stage sleeves. Read More

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SUPER THIEF

Austin, TX
NOISE PUNK BAND FROM AUSTIN, TX. SELF-RELEASED, LEARNING CURVE RECORDS, RE...PTILIAN RECORDS. Read More
Listen: SUPER THIEF - i don't know about you or your band

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Topographies

San Francisco, CA
Formed by Gray Tolhurst (son of Lol Tolhurst [The Cure]), Jeremie Ruest, an...d Justin Oronos, the band meshes 90’s shoegaze with the urgency and mechanical rhythms of post-punk. Their debut EP was produced at New, Improved Recording in Oakland, California by Alexis Berthelot (Gojira, Wolfgang Tillmans, Enablers) and contains nods to shoegaze luminaries Slowdive and Chapterhouse as well as post-punk legend The Chameleons, and more contemporary acts like Nothing, Soft Kill, DIIV. Following a couple of west coast tours and a SXSW debut in 2019 at the Part Time Punks showcase, Topographies is set to release their second EP with DREAM and a single with Sonic Cathedral. Read More

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Twin Tribes

Brownsville, TX
Twin Tribes is a Dark Synth / Post Punk duo based in Brownsville, Texas. Fo...rmed by Luis Navarro (vocals, guitar, synth, drum machines) and Joel Niño, Jr. (bass, synth, vocals) in 2017.The band gathers their influences from the period of the dark 80's. Dark Wave, Post-Punk and Cold Wave are genres that the band summon using analog synthesizers and drum machines. Dark melodic sounds, lyrics of the undead, the occult and parallel universes are what conjure Twin Read More
Listen: Twin Tribes - Fantasmas

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The Underground Youth

Berlin, GERMANY
The Underground Youth started life back in 2008 as the creative project of ...Craig Dyer. Since the band started they have released 9 albums and 3 EPs, slowly developing their unique sound, ranging from cinematic psychedelic landscapes through to a raw and blistering style of post-punk. Over their 10 year existence TUY has developed a loyal global following and a cult fanbase, built by their extensive touring schedule through Europe and Asia. Signed to independent label Fuzz Club Records since 2011, The Underground Youth currently consists of Craig (Vocals, Guitar) Olya Dyer (Drums) Max James (Bass) and Leonard Kaage (Guitar). The band has been based in Berlin since 2016. Read More

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The Wants

Brooklyn, NY
With the minimal instrumentation of post-punk as their framework, The Wants... inject the hypnotic pulse of Detroit techno into the practice of pop songwriting. Led by Madison Velding-VanDam’s elusive duality of personas, which oscillate between earnestly romantic and unsettlingly deadpan, The Wants naturally forge a dark alley off the beaten path into danceable dissonance. Velding-VanDam’s vulnerable lyrics sometimes foray into the sardonically biting, reflecting the complex cycle of self-reflection of the current generation, while drawing from sources like the satire-of-power in Jenny Holzer’s “Inflammatory Essays,” and the midwestern heart of The National’s frontman Matt Berninger. The Wants origins are in the musical partnership between drummer Jason Gates and Velding-VanDam who met in 2014 in the Bushwick, Brooklyn DIY scene. They bonded over their appreciation for producer Peter Katis (The National, Interpol) and multi talented producer/artist Angus Andrew (The Liars). Heather Elle was the final member to join The Wants — after a decade in New York, she joined BODEGA where she met Velding-VanDam and the two instantly felt a strong musical chemistry. Read More

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Weeping Icon

Brooklyn, NY
Listening to Weeping Icon’s debut album is to enter a dim catacomb of psy...chical catharsis. A critical commentary on the unique pressures and power dynamics experienced by the social media generation, the self-titled LP digs sharply into the destructive, repetitive nature of the neoteric tasks idled through daily by the ambitious urban millennial. Uniquely contemporary and keenly perceptive, the ubiquity on this album is natural territory for drummer Lani Combier-Kapel and guitarist Sara Fantry, native New Yorkers who grew up playing in bands together at the center of the booming Brooklyn arts scene. Determined to vent the energy left stirring in the inert confines of lazy, decades-old band tropes, Weeping Icon is the almanac to the complex contrarian language they developed as innovational collaborators during a decade of major socio-political uprooting. Read More

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White Hills

New York, NY
New York’s critically acclaimed WHITE HILLS has garnered a reputation as ...one of the most prolific bands of their generation, releasing 11 studio albums along with numerous EPS, singles and collaborations. Weaving elements of post-punk, krautrock, goth, metal and psychedelia in the spirit of Killing Joke, Bauhaus and The Birthday Party, the music made by core members Dave W. and Ego Sensation is risky and cutting edge, rooted in punk ethos and Stooges-style abandon. WHITE HILLS has toured extensively throughout Europe and North America and appear in Jim Jarmusch’s film Only Lovers Left Alive. “It’s transcendent music, it’s ritual music, it’s about space and if you allow yourself to go on their journey, you’re gonna have some of the benefits that go along with breaking through to the other side.” -Ian Astbury (Lead Singer of The Cult) “Dave W. and Ego Sensation have led the band to become simultaneously one of the best known and best kept secrets in live rock, a group that opens a vortex every time they hit the stage.”-PopMatters “One of my favorite groups who ply the interstellar spaceways of rock”-Lenny Kaye Read More
Listen: White Hills - No Will

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Wire

Brighton, UK-ENGLAND
Wire are the definitive post-punk group. Since their inception they’ve ma...intained a reputation for creating music that stretches the rock form while simultaneously editing it down to its essence. With their gift for crafting songs that perfectly balance experimentation and accessibility, Wire were recently hailed by the Quietus as “one of the most consistent British bands of all time.” Yet Wire exhibit little inclination to look back or trade on past glories, rather they remain resolutely focused on producing music which is smart, vital and defiantly modern. Mind Hive is the group’s first newly recorded material since 2017’s stellar Silver/Lead. It is a supremely confident album featuring some of the band's most upbeat moments of recent years. Wire’s back catalog is of course studded with influential epoch defining works. Last year saw the reissue of their groundbreaking first three albums: Pink Flag, Chairs Missing and 154. These were voted amongst the top reissues of the year (Rolling Stone at no.10, Uncut at no.12 and Select at no.3). They are also the subjects of a career spanning feature documentary called People in a Film due for release late 2020. Read More
Listen: Wire - Cactused

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Wire Spine

Vancouver, CANADA
Wire Spine is a lively Post-Industrial/Darkwave electronic duo formed in Va...ncouver, Canada, in 2015. Founding members Robert and Jesi compose on a variety of digital and analog synthesizers and drum machines. Their sound is reminiscent of the anxiety building from getting lost without the reassurance that you'll be found. Wire Spine conjures up brooding beats amidst dark melodies and haunting synth leads. Jesiʼs lyrics, although bizarre and enigmatic, are delivered raw and unapologetically. Go ahead and treat your body to dark and dysphoric dance. Read More
Listen: Wire Spine - Burn You

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