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For the first single off their debut album ‘You and I’, someone in or around Cut Off Your Hands decided it was a good idea to release ‘Happy As Can Be’. That person was terribly mistaken. ‘Happy As Can Be’ is a dreadfully bland single, sounding like a mixture between a 90s pop-Christmas song and a The Bravery b-side.

It’s a shame really, because Cut Off Your Hands can be good at times. ‘Expectations’ was a good single, ‘Still Fond’ and ‘Closed Eyes’ were great. ‘Oh Girl’ wasn’t though, and ‘Happy As Can Be’ is quite frankly woeful. In conclusion, Cut Off Your Hands need to return to the form that they had with the ‘Shaky Hands EP’ and songs like ‘You and I’ and ‘Closed Eyes’, where they blended their pop hooks with The Strokes cool, and The Cribs urgency.

When I saw them live, Cut Off Your Hands were exceptional, this song thuogh, is awful.

Does It Offend You, Yeah?‘s debut album You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into has two types of song on it: the frenetic electro songs, and the pop songs. Dawn Of The Dead falls into the second category and is my favourite of the pop songs on the album. It’s due for release in about a month and can be pre-ordered from their website here. If you shell out a whole £5 you can get the CD, 2 x 7″ vinyl and a t-shirt in one package. Nice.

“One Day As A Lion is both a warning delivered and a promise kept.”

If you haven’t already heard, One Day As A Lion is Zach de la Rocha of Rage Against The Machine‘s side project, accompanied by former The Mars Volta drummer Jon Theodore. The terribly-talented twosome recently posted their first track on MySpace. Wild International sees trademark de la Rocha vocals over Theodore’s drums and some brutal-sounding synths laid down by de la Rocha. It’s damn good and there’s an EP on the way! Rumours of an album from de la Rocha under a different guise have been around since the last millenium, but finally we might have something a bit better than the stuff he did with DJ Shadow. Then maybe a new Rage album?

Dream Bitches are a New York band that have been together for five years and recently released their second album, Coke-And-Spiriters. Their sound reminds me slightly of Australian indie-punkers The Grates but Dream Bitches lack the energetic front-woman that The Grates have in the form of Patience Hodgson. Incidently, The Grates have a new single out. The reason I’ve mentioned the energetic Hodgson is that if Dream Bitches had half of her energy, then I might be more interested. The music will be perfectly approachable for fans of Tegan and Sarah and suchlike, but I think it just lacks that something-something that I like about The Grates. I didn’t actually intend for this review to be a comparison between the two, but I can’t enjoy one without thinking that they’re not as good as the other. Anyways, Dream Bitches do have some good tunes, and my fave is Bad Luck Bill. Very catchy indie-pop riffs and vocals with a hint of Kimya Dawson in there.

MP3: Dream Bitches – Bad Luck Bill

You can also download two older songs from the band’s myspace here, andyou can buy their new album here!

Enjoy. x

As Bloc Party release their second single since A Weekend In The City, the jury is out again, just as it was for Flux. Mercury is yet another departure in terms of musical style and indicates a possible shift away from the genre of indie-rock that debut album Silent Alarm placed them in. The unexpected single sounds to me more like a Bloc Party remix by Phones or similar, not an original Bloc track. That said, I’ve always enjoyed Bloc Party remixes. So, is Mercury and good?

Yes and no. It has some things going for it. It as a good beat, and Kele Okereke‘s vocals are crisp and enchanting as ever, even if the distorting and chopping of the vocals is perhaps unnecessary. The trumpets are a first for Bloc, but they work well with the dark sound of the track as a whole. I suppose the main problem with the track is that it isn’t Bloc Party as we used to know them. Singer Kele Okereke has often spoken of his desire to move away from guitar-rock and explore more electronica-inspired sounds. This is almost certainly a creation mostly of Okereke origin, and overall, it’s not bad. I’m still looking forward to the third album, as yet untitled and expected in early 2009.

If you haven’t already heard it, you can listen or watch the (very strange) music video on blocparty.com and you can also pre-order the single on CD, 7″ or 12″ vinyl from there too. The video sees a weird Frankenstein’s monster/bull/lobster mutant become president of the USA and start bombing places. No really.

Mercury is released on August 11th.

Bloc Party debuted their new single Mercury on Zane Lowe’s show on Radio 1 this evening. To listen to the band’s first track since Flux and hear them talk about the track, and their forthcoming third album, you can listen back on the bbc website here. It sees the foursome move further towards the electic sound that frontman Kele Okereke is looking for, and ventures away from the indie-rock of Silent Alarm.

You can preorder the Mercury Deluxe disk set from Bloc Party’s official site here.

Rory. x

Pin Me Down (Photo by Timothy Cochraine for NME)

In a MySpace bulletin today, Pin Me Down announced that their debut single, Cryptic is out on iTunes UK today. Pin Me Down is Bloc Party guitarist Russell Lissack‘s side-project with singer Milena Mepris, formerly of Black Moustache. Their 80s-influenced electro-rock made it’s live debut in London recently, and we’re hoping for more UK dates soon. Lissack’s distinctive guitar licks are his contribution to the music, and whilst very recognisably Russell, it’s not Bloc Party with a different singer. The refreshing guitar pop is worthy of any indie dancefloor. The Cryptic single will also feature a Phones remix (always an exciting prospect) and more.

The Bulletin:

“That’s right. Our first single “Cryptic” is out today in the UK only on iTunes. The single features remixes by PHONES (Paul Epworth), Jamie Ellis and Russell Lissack, Dave P & Adam Sparkles, and Dubka of the Cazals. Next week May 26, the vinyl 12″ will be available. The full single will be out on June 2 on iTunes.

Check-it, check-it out,
love ya,
PMD xo”

iTunes free track of the week is rarely as good as this, so get in that music store and get this freebie right now.

Now this isn’t Santogold’s strongest track, but what do you expect from a giveaway track? It’s not as good as single L.E.S. Artistes or some of the others on the album, but it’s a good track, catchy and more energetic. Her voice on this one reminds me of Milena Mepris from Pin Me Down. The backing music isn’t provided by Russell Lissack, so Mepris wins on that one, but the two sounds are very comparable indeed. You’ll Find A Way is the best track iTunes have given away for free for a good while, (Hercules and Love Affiar was ok) so Santogold is a download must for you today!

Just a few pieces of news form around the web.

autoKratz – free mp3

you can get a free mp3 from autoKratz via their label Kitsune here

MSTRKRFT remix Usher

MSTRKRFT‘s remix of Usher’s latest hit single Love In This Club can be heard on their myspace here

Download in good band shocker

The Haze have been added to the Download Festival line-up. Listen to them here

The New Sound. x

Weezer have announced the track-listing for their new album. The album will be released in June, and will be their third self-titled album, and will follow on from The Blue and Green albums in being dubbed The Red Album. Yes, that is the real artwork.

The tracks on the album will be:
‘Troublemaker’
‘The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)’
‘Pork and Beans’
‘Heart Songs’
‘Everybody Get Dangerous’
‘Dreamin’
‘Thought I Knew’
‘Cold Dark World’
‘Automatic’
‘The Angel and the One’
‘Miss Sweeney’
‘Pig’
‘The Spider’
‘King’

It’s been three years since the last Weezer album, and if the new single Pork and Beans is anything to go off, it might be yet another brilliant album. Expect geek-pop tunes and painfully cool artwork (yes, I’m loving the artwork).

You can hear Pork and Beans on Weezer’s website and our myspace!

The New Sound. x