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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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Dot Dash Interview

The new album is out nowUS powerpop masters Dot Dash are back with their new album Half-Remembered Dream this month. For those of us who like ringing guitar lines spiralling up into clouds of classic melody, they’re a corkingly great band to stick on the stereo. We caught up with them to ask how things were going as the album hit the shops.

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New to You – Death Rattle

To be honest, with a name like Death Rattle you don’t really expect sun-kissed Brian Wilson-style pop hits.  Chilled, brooding and the perfect soundtrack to introspection? That they can do. With a sense of pained beauty that recalls Portishead merged with the omnipotent darkness of early Cure, they make music that’s both yearning and accessible. They’ve been bunkered away recording their new EP Fortress and have popped out this taster video. It’s really good. I’m sick of summer by now anyway.

Whippet Out – The Misfits + Goldblade + Dirt Box Disco, Glasgow ABC

Misfits620Call yourself a rock band? You ain’t shit without the stamp of approval from Howlin’ Whippet. How did this trio fare? 

I have to admit, the phenomenon of The Misfits kinda passed me by. I knew them from the huge amount of t-shirts that one sees around rather than for their music. That skull logo is iconic and seems to represents a whole slew of disaffected youth who love the band. But, come on, most youth are disaffected. That’s what they do. So are they any good?

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Fat Goth – Stud

StudWhen a band call themselves Fat Goth, I immediately want to like them. It’s funny, it’s a bit nasty, it seems more concerned with having a laugh than worrying about how others might take it. It is, in two words, why I like rock and roll. Because, while things were always better back when, there can’t be much argument that it’s been a long time since guitar music was so freshly-scrubbed. You really could take most of today’s bands home to meet your mother. Fat Goth would be disheveled, drunk and trying to do your sister. This is to their credit.

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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.

New My Bloody Valentine album coming soon?

Vintage indie kids could soon have cause to rejoice; noisy legends My Bloody Valentine may soon be back with a new album, the follow-up to 1991s epochal Loveless. But don’t take my word for it. Instead, be reassured to hear that MBV’s Kevin Shields told the NME himself. Praise be to the Gods of fucking loud guitar music!

Shields said the new record “really frees us up, and in the bigger picture it’s 100% necessary.”

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