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Interview: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

borisyeltsinSomeone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin returned recently with the rather wonderful new album Fly By Wire. Without giving too much away, if you found a bookmaker offering odds on that being our album of the year and you put a few quid on it….well, let’s just say you’d be doing well with the whole transaction. Yes, it’s an absolute corker, full of delights that softly sneak up on your heart and then steal it. The hushed vocals recall The Pains of Being Pure at Heart while the oddly affecting melodies twinkle like the Cure at their heartfelt poppiest. We caught up with the band to ask about the album and what’s in store for them next:

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New to you – Poor Things

483396_633233053357665_838308126_nNostalgia is a bastard. Things were never what they used to be and it’s silly to keep harping back to some imagined era when everything was as you want it. There’s a reason for that and it’s because it only exists in your mind.

But 90s guitar bands were better than today’s that’s just a fact. No, it is. Shush.

Let me explain; it wasn’t that every band was great, or that every modern one is rubbish. Indeed, thanks to the wonders of Spotify you can find some wonderful music you probably wouldn’t have access to. But in the 90s, weird stuff was mainstream. Teenage Fanclub, Pavement and Dinosaur Jr. had hits. Actual, chart hits. They were on Top of the Pops. There was a Top of the Pops. Radio One was actually, genuinely, really good. Sigh….

So things have changed, and Perth 3-piece Poor Things may never get to hang out in the Met Bar, but it doesn’t change the fact that they are really, really good. Charmingly angular pop which will resonate with anyone who has ever drank a pint of cider – with no fucking ice – in a grotty mosh pit wearing a Nirvana t-shirt. They have a new EP out on June 10 called Hurricane Poor ThingsGive it a whirl.

New to You – Humphrey Milles

It’s cold at this time of year, but people are generally warmer. Holidays coming up, one year ending and the next beginning, there’s something in the air and it’s good. Well, so long as you aren’t one of these curmudgeons who willfully hate Christmas just because, of course. But if you are looking forward to the next six weeks as the traditional end-of-year blow-out, then then you’ll know what I mean.  And you’ll need a soundtrack. Well how about Humphrey Milles‘ new single  “Not Enough”? It’s soft and dreamy, like a hot latte after a day trudging round the shops. The single is out on December 3rd.

The Primevals – Heavy War (Beast Records)

Howlin’ Whippet walks a dark road, filled with the corpses of the weak and the tears of the righteous. Keeping him company is the new album by the Glasgow institution.

I first encountered The Primevals way back in 1983. Singer Michael Rooney had a record stall in a market in the then undeveloped Merchant City. I’d seen him around, at gigs, in the streets and often wondered who this uber-cool stick insect was.

Starting a nervous conversation with him, (I would have been 19,) he immediately came across as a friendly and extremely switched-on encyclopaedia of underground rock. He sold me a copy of his band’s debut 7” single Where Are you and I was hooked.

Over the years, they briefly toyed with the mainstream, but always seemed happier ploughing their own demented furrow of scuzzy, fuzzy, bluesy garage rock. Continue reading

We’re back!

After a month off, the ELM team returns! What started as a little downtime seemed to progress into a lot. All technical issues have been resolved now and we’ll keep bringing you the best in new music, the best in old music and, well, just the best coverage of what’s going down on the Planet of Sound.

Thanks for bearing with us, and remember to spread the word!

Interview – Dot Dash

On their 2011 debut Spark>Flame>Ember>Ash, Washington DC’s Dot Dash proved post-punk needn’t be all about icy angularity, bringing dynamism and a warm, almost pop sensibility to the forefront. They return with Winter Garden Light, a thrilling album that builds on the strengths of their opener while showcasing a band confidently developing new modes of attack. We caught up with them to chat about the new release:

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Head’s Up – Johnny and the Giros

Johnny and the Giros is a very punk name, but the Scottish band’s stock in trade is a blend of danceable indie which has seen them compared to Foals, Two Door Cinema Club and the Rapture. Where the punk spirit does shine through is in their riotous live shows. Trust me, they are genuinely mental. It’s like someone has nailed four speedfreaks together, put them in a bag and thrown them into an ocean of Tennents Lager.  A fun night out, no doubt, but there are some musical chops behind the frenetic moves as you can hear on new single  ‘I Don’t Need A Lover’, released October 5. Have a listen and let us know what you think.

I Don’t Need A Lover

 

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