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Indie Roundup | 85 Songs To Make You Squeal Like A Pig This Weekend (Part 2)

Detritus, Nuit Oceān, Werewolves, Lucigenic and more ways to get in on the action.

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Detritus unleash hell, Nuit Oceān is not scared of you, The Ember, The Ash delivers a dose of poison, Werewolves are on a mission — but really, we’re still getting warmed up in your latest fat-assed Weekend Roundup. Ready or not, here it comes again:

 


22 | Detritus | Forever Soldier

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Detritus have released their first album in nearly 30 years, the stunning Myths — and if that’s not something to celebrate then we don’t know what is! To mark this historic occasion the band have released a lyric video for the album track Forever Soldier, a powerful, poignant look at the eternal nature of human conflict and its immeasurable cost.”


23 | Nuit Oceān | Fearless

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Alternative chill producer Nuit Oceān has released his Fire Divine Extended EP. This edition features two stunning new tracks including Fearless (with an accompanying video). Nuit Oceān tells us: “The single Fearless tells us the story of a man standing up again. An electronic downtempo fresco carried by a modern and dark bass. I maintain a land of contrasts: the more I speak of hope, the more granular and textured my compositions become. Even in my chosen name: melancholy is inherent in my quest for light.”


24 | The Ember, The Ash | Strychnine

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:The Ember, The Ash have announced their second album Fixation comes out on May 14. Wide reaching in scope and shrouded in mystery, the musical endeavour is a solo project by a musician only known as . The first track to be taken from the album, Strychnine, is a dizzying hybrid of modern metalcore and acerbic black metal.”


25 | Werewolves | Mission Statement

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Australia’s angriest sons Werewolves went full beast mode earlier this week and released a video for Mission Statement. Taken from their recently released sophomore effort What A Time To Be Alive, the video darts back and forth with werewolf imagery that acts as a horror movie homage as much as it represents Werewolves’ uniquely savage approach to death metal.”


26 | Hegeroth | Last Salvation

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Polish black metal band Hegeroth just released the lyric video for Last Salvation. The track is taken off from the band’s third full-length Perfidia, released in November. Perfidia deliver diversity and some unconventional solutions while being faithful to the second wave of black metal. Its energy will drag you through your most deep and hidden emotions, being a great album for the open-minded listener who’s not afraid of some dissonant vibes and catchy moments.”


27 | Lucigenic | Hope

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Manchester indie-prog-pop outfit Lucigenic have unveiled their single Hope. Drawing comparisons to The Velvet Underground, Blondie and Mazzy Star with their powerful, hypnotic sound; Lucigenic’s debut EP 1 was released in 2020, featuring featuring three tracks with Spencer Birtwistle (Intastella/The Fall) on drums and three early tracks featuring original drummer Stewart Burnett (The Cheaters).”


28 | Sainted Sinners | 40 Years

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Sainted Sinners cannot be stopped. With 40 Years, they publish a video for a song that is very important to them — it’s a reminiscence of the “good old days” in which they are not only grew up musically. Frank Pané (also Bonfire and Dark Blue Inc.) seems to have found his dream cast. For the third album Unlocked & Reloaded the lineup was changed again significantly. He is enthusiastic about the individual creativity of the new band members, who should keep the rock alive.”


29 | The Alien Cormorant | I Know What You Are (ft. Billordo)

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:The Alien Cormorant & Argentinian anti-folk artist Billordo have a new track called I Know What You Are. The Alien Cormorant — Dundee musician, producer and video maker Alan Cormack — says: “It has always been an ambition of mine to work with Billordo. I had known of him for a few years and finally in 2017, I had the honour of spending some time with him in person. We chatted about collaborating on some songs, but never did anything about it. Now we have, and I’m delighted that we’ve taken influences from the music we both grew up listening to, bands like The Ramones, Magazine, Stiff Little Fingers and The Clash.”


30 | Nun Gun | Mondo Decay

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Nun Gun is the award-winningmultimedia collaboration between visual artist Brad Feuerhelm and musicians Lee Tesche and Ryan Mahan of the band Algiers. Mondo Decay marks the outfit’s debut release, an audiovisual dialogue that pairs 144 pages of Feuerhelm’s malformed post-industrial gazing photography with an accompanying soundtrack by Tesche and Mahan. Mondo Decay focuses the group’s critical practice on the genre of horror itself, most notably the troubling sights and sounds of ’60s and ’70s Italian Mondo, cannibal and zombie exploitation films by Gualtiero Jacopetti, Umberto Lenzi and Lucio Fulci.”


31+32 | Big Loser | Post-Almost-Overdose + I Love You

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Last April, Austin’s Big Loser released Love You, Barely Living. The album showcased the band’s ability to combine anthemic rock with hints of emo much like The Menzingers, Spanish Love Songs and early Gaslight Anthem. To celebrate the impending vinyl release, Chase D. Spruiell teamed up with Sheilava to record two acoustic performances. Post-Almost-Overdose appears on Love You, Barely Living and the second performance is a cover of I Love You by Billie Eilish.”


33 | Mobley | Mate

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Young & Dying in the Occident Supreme is the new album from Mobley. Also out today is the video for single Mate, which Mobley wrote, directed and edited himself. “I picked a hell of a time to put out a record,” said Mobley. “We released the first single and then three weeks later the United States was struck by the first major fallout of the pandemic. The record, touring and my whole professional life were put on hold. In the time since, I’m afraid that the themes that pushed me to write Young & Dying… have only grown more relevant. My country, often so smugly certain of its supremacy, has become the incompetent, intransigent epicenter of the plague.”


34 | Emmet Michael | God Shaped Hole

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “There’s an honesty and vulnerability in Emmet Michael’s new single God Shaped Hole which is typically reserved for an older echelon of artists. While laying it all on the line is a risky move at virtually any age, the Edmonton trans singer-songwriter knows all about being upfront and honest. Growing up in a devout Christian family, Emmet realized at an early age he wasn’t necessarily like other kids. “When I got to high school and saw these people that openly identified as members of the LGBTQ community, it was both incredibly daunting and such a relief,” Emmet begins. “Up until that point in my life, I truly thought I was crazy because I never had the words to be able to explain what I was feeling inside.”


35 | The Wanted | Strange Flight

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “With just over a month before the release of their latest album Strange Flight, Toronto folk and blues practitioners The Wanted have shared the lyric video for the title track and second single. Jeff Rogers says it came out of the harrowing abuse experienced by a boy who ultimately committed suicide. “That song started really as a cry of frustration and anger at things in the past we can’t change,” Jeff explains. “It also came at a time when I was listening to a lot of dark, ’60s spaghetti western-influenced guitar music. I wanted the song to have a kind of a cinematic quality, which I thought suited the song’s emotional content.”


36 | Valley Maker | Branch I Bend

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Valley Maker has just released his fourth studio album When The Day Leaves, along ith the single and video Branch I Bend. He notes, “Branch I Bend is the opening track on the new record, and is a song about time. I wrote it as a meditation on how we make sense of the passing of time — both within our individual existence and in relation to others. The song is very cyclical in nature, so we wanted the production elements on the track to unfold in conversation with the song’s lyrical progression … The line “the branch I bend, I do not break” is inspired by a James Wright poem and speaks to a will to carry on despite the weight of time, and to the importance of resting in moments of beauty and connection.”


37 | Rebel Machine | Not So Rebel After All

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Fun, high energy and truth are just a few of the defining traces of Rebel Machine, a band that prioritizes music and message over labelling their sound. They are working on their third record, which will be released through a series of singles and EPs that will show the influence of everything from Scandinavian Rock and to Alternative Rock — and a few new twists. While the new album is being recorded, the trio are releasing the acoustic track Not So Rebel After All.”


38 | Tash Neal | All I See Is Blood

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Tash Neal has released All I See is Blood from his upcoming album Charge It to the Game (out March 12t). It was written and produced by Neal after surviving a near-fatal car accident in his hometown of New York City that nearly robbed him of his ability to play guitar and create music. “When I woke up from the coma, I’d rub my eye day in and day out, thinking for sure there was an eyelash in there,” recalls Neal. “Ended up being dried blood in my cornea because of the blood crushing my brain due to the impact. Damn drag racers.”


39 | Entity | How Did You Get In My Bed

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Entity (aka Natalie Diaz) is shifting between satisfaction and second thoughts on her soft and sensual new single How Did You Get In My Bed. An ode to the feeling of waking up somewhere you wish you hadn’t, the New York native explores the fickle complexities of reuniting with an ex whose emotions are still prevalent. She explains: “How Did You Get Into My Bed is a true story based on an experience where two worlds collide after being separated for years. It showcases a relationship that was once so beautiful, but has turned toxic.”


40 | Maggie Szabo | Choose Me

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Canadian pop singer Maggie Szabo has just released her latest single Choose Me. With a song filled to the brim with harmonious vocals, layered instrumentation and waves of synths, Szabo shows no sign of slowing down.”


41 | Mikalya | La Flute

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Mikalya released her new single La Flute, produced by Benny Adam. Check out the music video, directed by Véa and produced by Productions UP.”


42 | Imaina | D.U.K.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Belgian-Bolivian artist Imaina presents her debut EP Wounds, and shares visuals from the track D.U.K. “A close friend of mine confided in me about her emotional struggles related to her previous toxic relationships. She made me realise I went through a lot of them and I ended up writing an entire EP about these stories. She allowed me to become a vessel and ‘musicalize’ and visualise her raw experiences. I wanted to share our wounds and for people to listen to her, to us, and to go through a vivid emotional rollercoaster.”