Gothenburg, Sweden-based indie rock outfit Junip was formed in late 90’s by singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez. The trio, which consists of Gonzalez on guitar and vocals, drummer Elias Araya and keyboard player Tobia Winterkorn, crafts dark, moody, indie folk in the vein of their founder.
Junip released its debut 7-inch in 2000 on their own Kakafoni imprint. Araya then spent nearly five years studying art in Norway and Finland, while Winterkorn worked as a teacher and Gonzalez launched a successful solo career. The trio regrouped for the Black Refuge EP in 2006 and began writing and recording in earnest after Gonzalez finished promoting his album In Our Nature in 2007. The full-length result, Fields, arrived in 2010 on Mute Records.
Line Of Fire is the first song to be taken from their upcoming self-titled second album.
Hurtsare a British synthpop duo from Manchester composed of singer Theo Hutchcraft and synth player Adam Anderson. Before Hurts, the duo were in (scruffier) bands The Bureau and Daggers, the latter of which supported Gary Numan.
On a trip to Italy, they discovered “disco-lento” (slow disco), and became fixed on a more austere and stylish European aesthetic. Hurts was born. Musically, they construct melancholic 1980s-inspired electro-pop with songs that they say are inspired by the British mentality of being “not too bad”.
Miracle is the first single taken from their second album, Exile, set for release on March 11.
Foals formed in Oxford, England, by longtime friends Yannis Philippakis and Jack Bevan, along with Andrew Mears, Jimmy Smith and Walter Gervers.
The band began as a way to protest against the proggier sounds that were both popular in Oxford and in Philippakis and Bevan’s former band, the Edmund Fitzgerald. After releasing the single Try This on Your Piano in 2006, Mears left Foals in order to more fully concentrate on his other group, Youthmovies. Philippakis added the role of lead vocals to his guitar-playing duties and Edwin Congreave soon joined in on keyboards.
Despite the dance-punk sound, the band is heavily-influenced by math rock, techno, post-rock and minimalism.
My Number is taken from their forthcoming 3rd album, Holy Fire, out on February 11th.
Wolf & Cub are a band from Adelaide, Australia. Their music is predominantly psychedelic with elements of Rock. An aspect of the band’s music that makes them unique is their use of two drummers. This allows the percussive elements of their music to feature more prominently alongside the guitar.
The band formed in 2002 when Joel Byrne, Adam Edwards and Thomas Mayhew moved to Adelaide after finishing high school. Adam and Tom met Joel Byrne through his younger brother Luke who said his older brother just sat in his room all day playing guitar. Later when Byrne brought Joel Carey to a jam the foursome decided to form a band. Carey started off playing percussion, later becoming the second drummer. In 2007 drummer Edwards left the band and got replaced by Marvin Hammond.
New Single Salao can be downloaded exclusively from their bandcamp page.
Theme Park began life as a different band, calling themselves Ark People and gigging the circuits, playing a style of post-punk pop with the odd bit of Theramin and a loose rumbling bass. Theme Park are only still between the ages of 19 and 21 years old, so a little re-invention is understandable.
Tonight is of their forthcoming self-titled debut LP. The London trio worked with producer Luke Smith (Foals, Maccabees) for most of the release but decided to bring Friendly Fires’ Ed MacFarlane to the helm when recording Tonight.