Monday, April 6

New Music Monday

. Monday, April 6

Welcome to Gigwise's weekly round up of all things new and shiny in music. Let us introduce you to two great new bands, recommend the five biggest tracks to hear, the weeks essential debut album releases and where you can see new music in your home town.

The XX
Four 19 year olds from London, The XX make dark and brooding music that is as introspective as it is indefinable. One of the great things that has come with the advent of the internet in modern music is the avenues and genres it opens up to people. No longer do artists stay in the confines of one style, instead they venture between folk and grime, between hip-hop and electronica. This style-skipping is reflected in The XX's music, refusing to sit still they play with dub basslines ('Stars') and juxtapose them with pop hooks and electric guitars all woven together by a hushed sense of tranquility. Recently signed to XL imprint Young Turks The XX are due to release their debut single 'Crystalised' soon with an album to follow shortly.

The XX@ Myspace

From the East London scene that begat Ipso Facto and Televised Crimewave come the deranged and feral Kasms. Featuring ex-Test-Icicle Rory Atwell alongside star-in-waiting Rachel Mary Callaghan the four piece make a feral and trashy take on Riot Grrrl mixed with post-punk leanings. 'Bone You' is a spitting and flailing stab of a single that can only be made by the sort of bands who record hanging upside down at the end of dark alleys. Similarly 'Male Bonding' is a hook laden jerk punk workout of the highest order. KASMS release their debut album in May when they will also tour the country with Die! Die! Die!.

KASMS@ Myspace

5 To Download:

La Roux- Bulletproof
Following the brilliant 'In For The Kill' comes something even better. Bulletproof is another big slab of sassy 80's gloss and is mischievously being released the same week as Little Boots next single. Let the retro pop battle commence!

Mumford & Sons- The Cave
The folk troupe preview their third EP by streaming this track on their Myspace page. 'The Cave' is more of what we have come to expect from 'The Sons- epic and melodic hillbilly heartbreak.

Kill It Kid- Send Me An Angel Down
This Bristol band recently signed to Fat Cat Records (Home of fellow NMM favourites We Were Promised Jetpacks) and boast one of the most divisive sounds around. Following in the likes of Anthony Hegarty and Wild Beasts KIK main man Chris Turpin has a deep and rich voice that will entice and enthrall as well as create confusion aplenty. We think it's beautiful and hope you do too.

Apes & Androids- Nights Of The Week
Vaguely ridiculous music from the New York duo. Sounding like The Police covering the Baywatch theme 'Nights Of The Week' is sure to infuriate many but the uber-catchy hooks and ironic posing may snare more than a bit of attention. A nagging voice in the back of our heads says '2009's answer to Iglu & Hartly'.

Battant- Radio Rod
Stylish Anglo-Francais trio creating livewire art-punk. Think of Siouxsie fronting Devo (only not quite as amazing but good nonetheless).

Debut Albums out this week:
Dananananaykroyd release their long-awaited debut album 'Hey Everyone!' this week. Hopefully you don't need me to tell you that it's 12 non-stop supercharged hardcore pop songs that will leave you breathless and energised at the same time- a definite purchase. Elsewhere London based bloggers/promoters/ label No Pain In Pop release a compilation album featuring the likes of Telepathe, Abe Vigoda and Gentle Friendly whilst Still Flyin' set sail to their exubarant LP 'Never Gonna Touch The Ground'.

Hot Gigs:
Golden Silvers start their True Romance tour with dates in Nottingham, Stoke, Kingston and Oxford. School Of Seven Bells are on the road with Bat For Lashes playing in Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds and Birmingham. Italo-Disco revivalists Heartbreak play two dates in London and Lucy & The Catepillar plays in Bristol.

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