Whiteboard v. Happyness’ Weird Little Birthday

Young trio Happyness have brought out a debut album that touches on dark themes of jealousy and vengeance, whilst reflecting what it’s like to be born on the same day as Jesus Christ.

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Focus On: Climbing Boys

Climbing Boys are a stunning new post punk four-piece (produced and signed by ex-Kaiser Chief Nick Hodgson) who last month released their debut single Conjoining Rite. Having recently played a selection of shows across the UK in support of Sydney’s finest Howling Bells, we jumped at the chance to get to know them better and shot a few questions over to the band’s guitarist and vocalist Tom Salo.

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Whiteboard v. The Antlers’ Familiars

Originally a solo project of Peter Silberman, The Antlers evolved five years ago to become a band with Michael Lerner contributing percussion and multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci adding brass and keys to the mix. The band’s latest release is Familiars, a reflective LP written when the trio took a break from touring. It’s a record that expresses introspection and a growing sense of self-knowledge. But the atmospheric nine tracks, with their single-word titles, ensure that the band retain their ability to create richly-textured music with a multiplicity of meaning.

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Track Of The Day: 0287 - Ultimate Painting - Ultimate Painting

Formed of Mazes frontman Jack Cooper and Veronica Falls’ James Hoare, Ultimate Painting is a new music duo, originally comprised as an outlet for the duo to record a mere handful of songs, eventually turning into a whole album’s worth of material, set for release in October.

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Track Of The Day: 0286 - Bleached - For The Feel

California sister Jennifer and Jessie Clavin led Bleached have been pretty quiet since the release of their debut album Ride Your Heart, last year, but now they’re back with a brand new three-track EP set for release next month.

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Focus On: Kwabs

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London based former Royal Academy of music student and solo newcomer Kwabs may be considered to have quite a head start in the music industry – nonetheless it is clear his slick, clean cut songs incorporate almost every component needed to create contemporary masterpieces.

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The Albums Round Up 8 June 2014

Welcome to the latest Albums Round Up. There’s plenty of exciting new releases out this week, and here’s my pick of the bunch.

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Whiteboard V. The Heartbreaks’ We May Yet Stand A Chance

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Morecambe’s The Heartbreaks return with a second album We May Yet Stand A Chance and it sees the proponents of New Pop at their most political.

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Whiteboard V. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s Days of Abandon

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The New York band’s third LP Days of Abandon is out this week and, if the opening track ‘Art Smock’ is anything to go by, things have certainly changed since The Pains of Being Pure at Heart’s previous offering, Belong.

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Focus On: SLOWOLF

Danish producer SLOWOLF has been garnering an abundance of positive acclaim for his refreshing take on Hip-Hop, of late. Having recently released a mouth watering ice-cream featuring video for his track Overdose (directed by SPEKTRUM) as well as a brand new EP Bounty which includes the artist’s forthcoming single 2 Late.

So following the release of SLOWOLF’s latest EP, we caught up for a quick chat so we can all get to know the artist a little better.

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Track Of The Day: 0285 - CYMBALS - The End

Taken from their new album The Age Of Fracture, CYMBALS’ new single is a sonic collision of entrancing synthesisers and drum machines with swirling electric guitars, accompanied by an incredible Matthew Reed directed music video.

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Track Of The Day: 0284 - JAWS - Be Slowly

Taken from their long overdue debut album, of the same name, Birmingham band JAWS have, today, unveiled their brand new single Be Slowly. 

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Focus On: Sean Grant and The Wolfgang

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Northampton born Sean Grant is leader of the pack to the consequently named quartet, Sean Grant and The Wolfgang, alongside three close friends and fellow musicians: Jim Hutchinson, Steve Fiske and Chris Stocker.

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Track Of The Day: 0283 - Pulled Apart By Horses - Hot Squash

Set to release their third album Blood in September, Leeds’ finest hard rock titans have returned with a brand new offering - Hot Squash - from said release. 

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Whiteboard Interview: The Menzingers

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Scranton punks The Menzingers released their electrifying fourth album Rented World last month to an abundance of critical acclaim, and have now announced plans for an October tour of the UK that features their biggest London headline show to date, set to take place at Camden’s Electric Ballroom.

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