Review: You could be forgiven for questioning the Californian roots of Ceremony. Then again, it's a big old state. Big enough, apparently, to hide one of the most vital movements in British music in its midst. Evidently no coincidence that the band's name nods to a seminal slice of Joy Division, while post punk never disappeared this 14-strong collection is enough to trick anyone into thinking they'd woken up in the genre's explosive heyday. "Turn Away The Bad Thing" sets the record straight as album opener. Intense, punchy, visceral and- crucially- incredibly catchy, Ross Farrar's lyrics arrive with rock 'n' roll's unapologetic edge. It's a case of one track and you're in. It's also perhaps the rawest offering here, synths and electronics gradually demanding more attention as the LP progresses. "From Another Age", for example, places bouncing keys centre stage as pseudo-guitar riffs. Basically buy it, buy it now.
Review: Once hailed by Pitchfork as "the noisiest pop music on the planet", Texan group Cherubs, with Immaculada High, continue their second wave after returning from a two-decade hiatus in 2014. It sees the three piece land on American metal and experimental label Relapse Records - think Mastodon and The Dillinger Escape Plan - with an album that brings a fresh, even a previously thought-lost '90s ethic back to alternative, distorted and noisy metal. This record is no final farewell type gig, with the essence and rawness of tracks like "Sooey Pig" and "Full Regalia" in all its anti-Americana charm shining through as something new. With the Texas-sized, psychedelic racket of Cherubs recorded and engineered by Erik Wofford (Explosions In The Sky, The Black Angels) an undeniable trippy element to the band's punk ethos wilfully resonates throughout, most distinctly in Kevin Whitley's LSD-laced vocals that add a warm colour to a wonderfully muddy mix of lo-fi, distorted post-rock. Get dirty.
Review: You might know, or perhaps recognise Survive's music, form the recent, first series of Stranger Things on Netflix. The series was a success thanks to its wonderfully charming plot, but the music throughout its episodes and, particularly on its opening sequence, is what has caught our attention and that of other music fanatics, naturally. The band's style is drenched in an 80s nostalgia that still sounds fiercely new and compelling. Think John Carpenter meets Actress. This new album, RR7349, is everything you could possibly ask for from a synth score, where tracks like "Dirt" or "High Rise" give the genre a sleek and elegant touch. "Wardenclyffe" is another favourite of ours, a magnetic and hummable rhythm, while other, darker pieces like "Sorcerer" emanate a cold yet eye-opening landscape of sounds. This is very warmly recommended, and if you're a fan of peeps like Legowelt, Dopplereffekt, or Actress himself, then this'll undoubtedly suit you nicely.